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Morocco Rail Adventure with Douro Discovery

Barcelona to Porto

Trip Code: EUTCOMAG23
23 Days
50 Meals
3 Countries
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Trip Inclusions

  • 15 nights in premium accommodation
  • Seven nights on a premium river ship, the MS Douro Serenity
  • Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort, expert local guides and a Travelmarvel Cruise Director
  • 50 meals - Enjoy 22 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 17 dinners
  • Daily bottled water, tea and coffee, as well as soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping

Travel & Accommodation

Douro Serenity journeying on the river through the valley

Portugal River Cruising

Wind your way through the Douro Valley's heavenly scenery on as seven-night river cruise aboard the ms Douro Serenity.

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Bright coloured plates for sale at the market, Marrakesh

Explore Marrakesh's souks

Enjoy a guided tour of Marrakesh followed by a stroll through the colourful and bustling souks of Market Square.

Small tapas plates of food

Traditional Tapas Lunch

Work up an appetite during a walking tour of Seville then indulge in a traditional Spanish Tapas lunch.

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Prices include a flight from Marrakesh to Lisbon
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Porterage is not included
  • Itinerary operated by Travelmarvel’s partner Great Rail Journeys
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • Prices are for land/rail/cruise and flights as specified only
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Barcelona to Porto

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Insider Experience

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The rail portion of your journey begins in the vibrant Spanish city of Barcelona today. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel before a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers and Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Barcelona, Sants Hotel

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Barcelona’s charm is irresistible and today you will uncover its highlights on a guided tour. Discover the picturesque tree-lined Las Ramblas and the twisted turrets of the Sagrada Familia before wandering through the Old Town and Gothic Quarter. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure.

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Sagrada Família Basílica, Barcelona, Spain

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. Be transferred to your hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Stay: Two Nights, Seville, Hotel Casa Romana

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a guided walking tour of Seville, followed by a visit to the iconic Reales Alcazares.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a traditional tapas lunch experience.


A local guide will show you around this magnificent Moorish royal palace. Afterwards, spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

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Bid farewell to Spain today as you cross the Straits of Gibraltar and arrive in the Moroccan port of Tangier. Breathe in the spicy aromas and enjoy the delicious flavours of Moroccan cuisine during a leisurely lunch at a beachside restaurant. Afterwards, travel by fast train to the thriving city of Casablanca.

Stay: Casablanca, Mövenpick Hotel

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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 as its centrepiece. Visit the League of Arab States Park before continuing to Rabat, Morocco’s capital. Enjoy lunch along the river front before visiting the Old Medina, the Kasbah and the Oudaya Gate.

Stay: Three Nights, Fez, Atlas Palais Medina and Spa

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Spend the day discovering this historical city on a guided tour. You’ll visit iconic sights including the Great Gateway of the Royal Palace and 17th century fortifications. This evening, enjoy a special dinner and show back at your hotel.


Founded more than 1,200 years ago, Fez is one of the oldest continuously inhabited medieval settlements in the world.

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Large ornate yellow doors, Morocco

Today you will discover the former imperial capital of Meknes and the archaeological site of Volubilis. See the lavish Bab el-Mansour, the ruins of Agouda Busin, the Royal Gardens and the Royal Stables. After lunch on the terrace of Volubilis Inn, explore the Roman ruins, the Baths of the Forum, and the House of Venus before returning to Fez.

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Journey by train to Marrakesh today. On arrival, check in to your hotel before a special dinner.

Stay: Four Nights, Marrakesh, Radisson Blu Hotel Marrakech Carré Eden

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

This evening you will be treated to a dinner and a Moroccan folklore show.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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


Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Marrakesh before spending this afternoon at leisure.

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Today is yours to spend at leisure, exploring Marrakesh as you wish.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Venture out into the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. In the Ourika Valley you will see hamlets of baked clay houses, and you will get to go inside a typical Berber home and drink traditional mint tea.


After a full day’s excursion, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at the hotel this evening.

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Board an included flight from Marrakesh to Lisbon today.

Stay: Three Nights, Lisbon, Hotel Altis

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

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Get to know the colourful city of Lisbon.

Today, enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this vibrant city. Perhaps enhance your journey with an 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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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

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel by coach to Pinhão. Here, you’ll enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional dishes and dessert at a picturesque local quinta, a Portuguese winery.


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. Discover for yourself the connection between this beautiful 18th-century palace and the famous Mateus Rose wine.

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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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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Discover the golden sandstone beauty of Salamanca on a tour, and take in a Flamenco performance. Be entranced by captivating Flamenco dancers as they astound you with their stomping feet in a fiery performance.


Today you’ll board a coach to set off for the glorious Spanish city of Salamanca, a glorious Spanish city that boasts sunlit sandstone buildings along with a majestic city square. 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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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

In Régua, visit a local quinta which boasts outstanding views over the Douro Valley. Here, you’ll enjoy a tasting of local port wine, Portugal’s most famous tipple.


This morning enjoy a feast for the senses during a Portuguese cooking demonstration on board as your ship cruises towards 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. Visit the picturesque 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. You may like to try one of the town’s most famous culinary specialties, Bola de Lamego, a sumptuous smoked ham roll.

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This morning, enjoy free time to explore Régua. Afterwards, continue on to the riverside town of Entre-os-Rios. On arrival this evening, enjoy free time to explore this gorgeous, vibrant town as you please. Tonight be treated to traditional Portuguese folk music back on board, where you’ll be joined by the Captain of your ship for a special Captain’s Dinner.

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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 like to visit a Portuguese boutique to buy authentic, local souvenirs. Or perhaps take a stroll through the city’s old-fashioned Bolhao food market. Alternatively, you might choose to take an optional excursion to the World Heritage-listed city of Guimarães. This evening back on board your ship, enjoy a final Farewell Dinner with your new-found friends.

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

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