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Travelmarvel

Morocco Rail Adventure with Douro Discovery

Barcelona to Porto

Trip Code: EUTCOMA23P
23 Days
47 Meals
3 Countries
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Trip Inclusions

  • 15 nights in premium accommodation and 7 nights aboard the MS Douro Serenity
  • Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort, Travelmarvel Tour and Cruise Director, and local guides
  • 47 meals - 22 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 15 dinners
  • Onboard water stations, plus tea and coffee, soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of Seville, followed by a visit to the iconic Reales Alcazares
  • Embark on a tour of Marrakesh and discover its historic ramparts, secret tombs and colourful souks
  • Savour a sumptuous dinner of traditional dishes and dessert at a picturesque local quinta
  • Enjoy a Flamenco show and lunch and be entranced by captivating Flamenco dancers

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Rail itinerary operated by Travelmarvel’s partner Great Rail Journeys
  • Itinerary and hotels may be subject to change
  • Prices include a flight from Marrakesh to Lisbon (unescorted)
  • Prices include transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • Order of touring is subject to change
  • Prices are for land/rail/cruise and flights as specified only
Europe map EUTCOMA23P 2022-23
Barcelona to Porto

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

Your discovery of Spain and Morocco begins in the vibrant city of Barcelona today. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Barcelona, Catalonia La Pedrera Hotel

With exquisite architecture at every turn, days of endless Mediterranean sun and a laid-back atmosphere, Barcelona’s charm is irresistible. Today you will discover the city’s highlights on a guided walking tour, starting at the picturesque tree-lined Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s most famous street. Continue to Plaça de Catalunya, a lively square steeped in history. Later, be inspired by the magical, twisted turrets of the Sagrada Familia before wandering through the Old Town and Gothic Quarter. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. Perhaps visit Gaudi’s famous Park Güell or go for a stroll along the waterfront. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Board a high-speed train bound for Seville this morning. Home to beautiful baroque churches, winding medieval lanes and lavish palaces, this southern Spanish city will leave you in awe. Transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Stay: Two Nights, Seville, Hotel Casa Romana or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
View of plaza with a horse statue, Spain

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Seville, followed by a visit to the iconic Reales Alcazares. A local guide will show you around this magnificent Moorish royal palace, considered to be one of the most outstanding examples of mudejar art in existence.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Savour a traditional tapas lunch experience.


After your Insider Experiences, spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Perhaps head out to the Triana neighbourhood in search of the passionate Flamenco music that Seville is famous for.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Bid farewell to Spain today as you cross the Straits of Gibraltar and arrive in the Moroccan port of Tangier.  This city has long been regarded as the gateway to Africa. Later, travel by fast train to the thriving city of Casablanca.

Stay: Casablanca, Radisson Blu Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning, discover the exotic wonders of Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city, during a guided tour. This sprawling port city is an enticing blend of old and new, with the iconic Hassan II Mosque and its 210-metre minaret – the tallest in the world – as its centrepiece. You’ll also visit the League of Arab States Park, a green oasis built in 1925, and the Mohammed V Square. Travel to the city of Rabat, Morocco’s capital, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, set off on an exploration of Rabat and visit the Old Medina, the Kasbah and the Oudaya Gate before boarding a train bound for the city of Fez.

Stay: Three Nights, Fez, Fes Marriott Hotel Jnan Palace

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Spend the day discovering the historical city of Fez on a guided tour.


Founded more than 1,200 years ago, Fez is one of the oldest continuously inhabited medieval settlements in the world. On a guided tour, you’ll visit iconic sights including the Great Gateway of the Royal Palace and 17th century fortifications, as well as the city’s ornate blue gate, the Bab Bou Jeloud. Wander through the twisting streets of Fez’s World Heritage-listed old town, passing bustling spice markets and souks. This evening, enjoy a special dinner and show.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Large ornate yellow doors, Morocco

Today you will uncover the beauty of Meknes, an enchanting city in northern Morocco that is famed for its imperial past. See the lavish Bab el-Mansour and its exquisite mosaic tilework, the ruins of Agouda Busin, the Royal Gardens and the Royal Stables. Later, discover Volubilis, Morocco’s best-preserved archaeological site, declared a World Heritage site in 1997. After lunch on the terrace of Volubilis Inn, explore the Roman ruins, the Baths of Gallienus, the Forum and the House of Venus before returning to Fez later this afternoon.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Journey by train to Marrakesh today, a kaleidoscope of colours and spices that will delight your senses. Here you will discover bustling souks, sprawling palaces and winding medinas. On arrival, check in to your hotel before dinner tonight.

Stay: Four Nights, Marrakesh, Es Saadi Resort

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Embark on a tour of Marrakesh and discover its historic ramparts, secret tombs and colourful souks.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Be treated to a dinner and Moroccan folklore show.


Enjoy an Insider Experience before an afternoon at leisure.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

After a morning at leisure, visit a traditional riad, a Moroccan house built around a lush courtyard. Enjoy an expert talk about the history of the house and sample some local pastries.

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  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Discover the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and take part in a traditional Moroccan cooking class.


Today, venture into the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, the longest and highest mountain range in Africa, stopping en-route for an authentic cooking class. Guided by an experienced chef, try your hand at creating some of Morocco's best-loved dishes ahead of a delicious al fresco lunch. Continue into Berber country, still occupied by tribes who have called the area home for thousands of years. See hamlets of traditional baked clay houses scattered throughout the Ourika Valley and visit a typical Berber home for a glass of traditional mint tea. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers at your hotel this evening.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast, fly from Marrakesh to Lisbon on your included flight. Upon arrival, be transferred to your centrally located hotel and enjoy free time.

Stay: Three Nights, Lisbon, Hotel Altis

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  • Breakfast

On a guided tour, explore the alleyways of the Alfama district and marvel at the Manueline-style Jeronimos Monastery. Then, visit World Heritage-listed Belem Tower and admire the beautiful Castelo de Sao Jorge.

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Today, enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this vibrant city. Perhaps enjoy an optional excursion to the Sintra Mountain range of Serra de Sintra. Visit the World Heritage-listed Pena National Palace and take a guided tour of Sintra.

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  • Breakfast

This morning after breakfast, you will travel by coach to Vila Nova de Gaia where you’ll board your premium river ship. Later this evening, meet your fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception as you take in the sights along the Douro River on a sunset cruise.

Stay: Seven Nights, aboard your river ship, the MS Douro Serenity

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional dishes and dessert at a picturesque local quinta, a Portuguese winery.


Today you begin your cruise along the spectacular Douro River. As you cruise this morning, you’ll take part in a Portuguese language lesson, during which you’ll learn some essential phrases of this beautiful language. Disembark your ship in Régua and join an excursion by coach to the splendid Gardens and Palace of Mateus. Tour this living museum which is still owned by the Count of Vila Real. Afterwards, travel by coach to Pinhão for a special dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today, cruise across the border into Vega de Terrón in Spain. Enjoy some time at leisure before joining an excursion to Castelo Rodrigo. This tiny village sits atop a hill overlooking both Spain and Portugal, and features a number of well-preserved ruins, an impressive castle and a magnificent stone statue of Santiago Matamoros. After exploring this charming little town, you’ll board a coach and return to your ship.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a Flamenco show and lunch and be entranced by captivating Flamenco dancers as they astound you with their stomping feet in a fiery performance.


Today you’ll board a coach and set off for Salamanca, a glorious Spanish city that boasts sunlit sandstone buildings along with a majestic city square. Here you’ll enjoy an Insider Experience. Afterwards, return by coach back over the border to Barca d’Alva, the last Portuguese village along the Douro, where your ship awaits. Back on board this evening, enjoy a traditional Portuguese barbecue dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a tasting of local port wine, Portugal’s most famous tipple.


This morning after breakfast, enjoy a Portuguese cooking demonstration on board as your ship cruises past Pinhão to Régua. On arrival, head to a local quinta, which boasts outstanding views over the Douro Valley. Afterwards, board a coach and take a scenic drive past swathes of expansive vineyards, visiting the village of Lamego and the elaborately decorated baroque cathedral, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, an important Portuguese place of pilgrimage. While in Lamego, visit one of Portugal’s best museums, home to a vast collection of paintings, tapestries and jewellery.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Rows of trees on sunlit hills with river in background, Portugal

This morning, enjoy free time to explore Regua — you may like to wander along the riverfront, or venture into the lovely Old Town. Afterwards, continue on to the riverside town of Entre-os-Rios. On arrival, enjoy free time to explore this gorgeous, vibrant town as you please. Tonight, be treated to an energetic performance of traditional Portuguese folk music back on board at a special Captain’s Dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast, cruise back to the enchanting city of Vila Nova de Gaia. On arrival, join a fascinating tour of nearby Porto, which sits just across the river. Here you’ll be led past a collection of the city’s most famous attractions, and visit a local port winery for a tour and tasting. This afternoon, there’s ample time for you to step back out to explore Porto at leisure. You may choose to take an optional excursion to the World Heritage-listed city of Guimarães. This evening, back on board your ship, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

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  • Dinner

After enjoying a final breakfast on board, transfer to the airport in Porto for your onward flight.

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Everything was wonderful. There were great sight seeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.