When you’re visiting Portugal and Spain on the Iberian Peninsula, Morocco is a quick trip away—so says G Adventures, which has added the North African destination gem to this more-than two-week trip that takes in two continents. Launching in Spain from Barcelona—Spain’s history-filled second-largest city that lies on the Mediterranean coast—you head to Portugal to see the Algarve coast and the vibrant capital of Lisbon, then cross to Morocco in North Africa, where you travel to some of its most exquisite destinations, the kind you’ve seen in movies and read about for generations.
Day 1 Barcelona. Arrive at any time, meet your group and “Group CEO.”
Day 2 Barcelona/Madrid. Enjoy an orientation walk along Las Ramblas. Take some time to visit the Gaudí buildings, or explore the Gothic Quarter before boarding an afternoon train to Madrid.
Day 3 Madrid. Orientation tour of Spain’s beautiful capital. Free time to explore the city, take in sites from art museums to sprawling piazzas. Visit Spain’s legendary Prado National Museum (where Goya, Velázquez, El Greco and Hieronymous Bosch’s famed “Garden of Earthly Delights” all on display). Also enjoy a legendary Madrid night out with the group.
Day 4 Madrid/Granada. Full day of free time before transferring to Granada in the afternoon.
Day 5 Granada. Orientation walk in Granada. Maybe try out a hammam bath. Enjoy a tapas-bar crawl with the group in the evening.
Days 6&7 Granada/Seville. Travel to historic and breathtaking Seville, a thriving university town. Visit the Real Alcázar, a Moorish palace, or take in an evening flamenco show.
Day 7&8 Lagos. Cross into Portugal and enjoy the Algarve coast. Spend the day on the Algarve with free time for hiking, water activities or just chilling ocean side.
Day 9 Lagos/Lisbon. Take a train up the coast to Portugal’s capital. Free time to visit Cristo Rei, explore Belem neighbourhood or relax in a café. Enjoy a night out in the city.
Day 10 Casablanca. Fly to Casablanca and spend free time in Morocco’s largest and legendary city.
Days 11&12 Casablanca/Chefchaouen. Travel to Chefchaouen, the blue city of Morocco, but stop en route in Morocco’s capital of Rabat to explore. In Chefchaouen, the buildings are painted in stunning shades of blue and the surrounding Rif mountains are spectacular.
Days 13&14 Fès. Travel to Fès. Enjoy free time to see the Belghazi Museum, visit a Berber pharmacy or an ancient tannery. Explore the artisan district, sample Morocco’s delicious street/cart food, view Fès’s famous leather tannery from above.
Day 15 Marrakesh. Travel across Morocco to the city of Marrakesh, and enjoy an evening exploring this absolutely buzzing city.
Day 16 Marrakesh. Depart trip any time from here.
A few details
- Targets 18 to 30-somethings: “Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.” (G Adventures)
- Affordable public/private transport; many optional activities.
- Small-group experience: maximum of 14-16 people, but average of 10.
- Phone: 888.800.4100
- SM: @gadventures.can, @gadventures, @gadventureslife
- Length/Departs: 16 days/April 2020 (contact operator for other dates)
- Accommodations: basic/clean hotels/hostels
- Price: from $2,399 CDN
- Difficulty: Easy