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Morocco Rail Adventure with Douro Discovery

Barcelona to Porto

Trip Code: EUTCOMAG23
23 Days
49 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
  • 49 meals - Enjoy 22 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 17 dinners
  • Flight from Marrakesh to Lisbon
  • 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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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.

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.

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • 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

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

Your journey begins today in the Spanish city of Barcelona. Upon arrival at the airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening with your Tour Escort and fellow travellers.

Stay: Two Nights, Barcelona, Sants Hotel

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This morning, discover many of Barcelona's famous landmarks on a guided tour. Visit Las Ramblas, Plaça de Catalunya and be inspired by the incredible exterior of the Sagrada Familia. Your guide will take you through the Old Town including the Gothic Quarter. This afternoon you will have time at leisure to further discover this architecturally renowned city. Perhaps visit Gaudi's famous Guell Park or wander along the waterfront markets and cafes.

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After breakfast this morning, board a high-speed train bound for the southern Spanish city of Seville. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure in the Andalusian capital.

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, where a local guide will show you around this magnificent Moorish royal palace. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional tapas lunch experience.


After your morning tour and tapas lunch, this afternoon is yours at leisure. Perhaps take a siesta like the locals, then head out to the Triana neighbourhood in search of Flamenco music and the dancers that Seville is famous for.

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North Africa beckons today, and this morning a coach will take you to the ferry port of Tarifa, where you will 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, head to the station and board the TGV fast train service to Casablanca.

Stay: Casablanca, Mövenpick Hotel

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Discover the exotic wonders of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city, during a guided tour.


Casablanca is an enticing blend of old and new, with the iconic Hassan II Mosque with its 210-metre minaret - the tallest in the world - as its centrepiece. Visit the League of Arab States Park - a green oasis built in 1925 and the Mohammed V Square, which has given the city a cosmopolitan feel and has contributed to it being regarded as one of the world's most progressive Arab cities. Continue on to the nearby city of Rabat, Morocco's capital, and enjoy lunch along the river front. Later, set off on an exploration of Rabat. Visit the Old Medina, the Kasbah and the Oudaya Gate before transferring to the station for the train service to the city of Fez.

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

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Today you will have a full day to discover Fez during a guided tour. You'll visit sights such as the Great Gateway of the Royal Palace and 17th century fortifications.


Fez was founded more than 1,200 years ago and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited medieval settlements in the world. Fez is divided into distinct parts: the typical old walled city (Fez-el-Bali) and a French-built new town area (Ville Nouvelle). The old town enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status and has an entirely car-free centre, as the twisting streets and alleys are too narrow for cars. Walking through this area you'll pass spice markets, food stalls, tanneries, guilds and souks. This evening enjoy a special dinner and show back at the hotel.

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This morning, set off on a tour where local guides will give us an insight into the former imperial capital of Meknes and the archaeological site of Volubilis. At Meknes see Bab el-Mansour –gateway to the Palace of Moulay Ismael, the ruins of Agouda Busin, the Royal Gardens and the Royal Stables. After lunch on the terrace of Volubilis Inn you will explore fascinating archaeological sites such as the Roman ruins, the Baths of the Forum and the House of Venus, before returning to Fez later this afternoon.

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Today you will travel by train to Marrakesh, setting off after breakfast to the station. After arrival, check into your hotel located right in the heart of the city, which will be your home for next four nights. Tonight, enjoy a special dinner.

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

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  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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


Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Marrakesh including the ramparts, secret tombs and a stroll through the famous and colourful souks. Enjoy this afternoon at leisure.

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Today enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps hunt for souvenirs in the souks at the incredible, bustling Market Square – the largest in Morocco and home to one of the busiest markets in all of Africa.

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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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This morning after breakfast transfer to the airport for your included flight to Lisbon. Upon arrival, be transferred to your centrally located hotel and enjoy free time.

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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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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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.


Today you’ll disembark and board a coach to set off for the glorious Spanish city of Salamanca. This gorgeous city is arguably one of the most beautiful in Spain, and boasts sunlit sandstone buildings along with a majestic city square and an ancient university. Here you’ll enjoy a Flamenco show and lunch. Be entranced by captivating Flamenco dancers as they astound you with their stomping feet in a fiery performance. 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 after breakfast, enjoy a Portuguese cooking demonstration on board as your ship cruises past Pinhão to Régua. After visiting a local quinta, board a coach and take a scenic drive past swathes of expansive vineyards visiting 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. Once an episcopal palace, this beautiful building is home to a vast collection of paintings, tapestries and jewellery. You may also like to sample one of the town’s famous specialties Bola de Lamego, a sumptuous smoked ham roll.

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This morning, enjoy free time to explore Régua - 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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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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