Spain, Portugal and Morocco Overland Tour

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This is an overland adventure tour to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco for active travelers who wish to explore beyond the average tourist attractions. Our Overland expedition to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco is about the in-depth cultural encounters and the unsurpassed natural landscapes these three destinations of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco share naturally, historically, and geographically. Here is a budget-priced overland expedition and tour of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco to enjoy the environment and ecology with a small group or private personalized expedition scheduled for 2024 and 2025.

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Our two-week overland adventure tour from Madrid to Marrakech is one of the most culturally eclectic expeditions one can take so close to home. Our overland truck expedition is an intimate adventure private transport to explore the best scenic roads and off-the-path trails through the three countries of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco that we have featured on our carefully personalized tour itinerary for the active traveler.

Our overland adventure expedition Starting in Spain’s capital, Madrid, with its fine collections of art galleries and all-around metropolitan highlights of Madrid, we then take the road toward some time in historic Salamanca before heading across the border into Portugal. We will travel the scenic road to Coimbra, where we will spend two nights exploring the marvels of this ancient city in a small boutique hotel. We then head south to spend a couple of days roaming around Portugal’s stunning capital, Lisbon, which is the stunning capital city of Portugal. Lisbon is one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities in Europe. It is a city that effortlessly blends traditional heritage with striking modernism and progressive thinking. As a holiday destination, Lisbon offers a rich and varied history, a buzzing nightlife, and a glorious year-round climate. After a couple of days on the Algarve coast, enjoying the peninsula of this Atlantic relaxing beach, we will pop back into Spain for 24 hours so that we can take the boat to Morocco, taking a quick visit to the sumptuous city of Seville and the triangle of Cherry, where everything changes from Spaniard culture to Moorish culture. You can notice the Moroccan influences already, with its Moorish architecture standing proudly alongside flamenco and tapas bars.

From here to Tarifa, where we take the hydrofoil ferry to Tangier. A dramatic cross at the Straight of Gibraltar when leaving Europe to Africa right between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean. It is only an hour's cross but could be an adventure you will treasure for a lifetime. We will overland straight to Chefchaouen, one of the best blue cities in the Mediterranean basin, nestled at the peaks of the Rif Mountains. Every city in Morocco has its character and identity. The imperial cities are all exciting in their ways, as two days in Fez will reveal the sophistication of Moroccan arts and crafts and its well-preserved ancient Islamic heritage. The Old Medina of Fez does not owe anything to modernity but electricity. Finally, we take an overland ride across the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech, a city that needs little introduction but which leaves the most memorable mark for its vibrant, sense awakening, and exciting atmosphere, Joie de Vivre. Are you ready to explore the marvels of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco on our overland expedition? Then hop in our truck and enjoy this small group adventure tour.


Day 1: Madrid

Upon your arrival at Madrid Airport, you will meet our tour leader right after clearing customs. He will greet you and introduce you to your small group, sharing your overland tour of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. Welcome to Madrid, Spain. The elegant capital of Spain is known for its spacious boulevards and well-groomed parks, a vibrant royal city in the heart of Spain's geography. Your small group overland adventure tour begins with a welcome meeting and a guided tour of Madrid. We will retreat to the hotel for a group orientation meeting around 7:00 pm. After the meeting, we will head out for an optional group dinner where you can get to know your fellow travelers. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel on time for the day, we recommend arriving early. We'll happily book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). As there's minimal time for sightseeing in Madrid, consider flying a few days early to explore, as Madrid landmarks are worth exploring. After the welcome meeting, perhaps get into the mind of a Madrileno with some tapas and Rioja for a bit of taste of Spanish nightlife.

Day 2: Madrid overland to Salamanca

After breakfast, we will hop on our overland vehicle and head toward the historic city of Salamanca (approximately 3 hours). Situated among beautiful pastures and rolling green hills on Spain's northern plateau, the rose-hued medieval town of Salamanca is great to explore on a walking tour to discover its historic highlights. Your leader will take you on an orientation walk upon arrival, where you can explore the Central Plaza Mayor and discover the beautiful Renaissance and Baroque architecture the city is known for. Plaza Mayor is a true central Plaza of vibrant local life, perhaps Spain's most perfect city square. It is architecturally unique and thrives with activity as locals meet and take coffee, tapas, or cocktails on the square. The rest of your afternoon and evening is then free. You can admire the intricate detail of the Casa de Las Conchas, or 'House of the Shells,' see the contrasting Old and New Cathedrals, and climb to the top to get a view across the terracotta rooftops. Due to Salamanca's educational reputation, the city thrives on a large student population. Salamanca then enjoys the young exuberance of nightlife so you can soak up the buzzing vibe tonight.

Day 3: Travel from Salamanca to Coimbra

Meet the group in the morning after breakfast, then travel further west in your overland truck to Coimbra on the scenic road (approximately 4 hours). Coimbra will be your base for the next two nights. Coimbra is set on the banks of the River Mondego, which was once the capital of Portugal. Its royal heritage can be felt in its ancient streets and buildings. On arrival, your leader will escort you on a walking tour to help you orientate yourself in the maze of alleyways of this riverfront city. Half the fun of Coimbra is wandering and exploring, so use your free time to get to know the city more. Coimbra features white stone buildings with several excellent examples of colorful Azulejos tiling. Some historical structures were originally built in the 12th century (like the Cathedral Se Velha). Coimbra is also known for its Romanesque architecture. You can find some of Portugal's best examples. One must explore the highlights of the University of Coimbra – the oldest in Portugal – and the famous baroque library, the Biblioteca Joanina, with its 18th-century bell tower.

Day 4: Historic Tour of Coimbra

Enjoy a day free to discover more historical and artistic highlights of Coimbra before treating yourself to a traditional Fado performance. Fado songs must follow a particular structure, and though this traditional music can be about anything, it popularly features mournful tunes with lyrics about the sea or the life of the poor. In Coimbra, male university students often serenade their sweethearts with this music, with songs here tending to be literary translations or follow themes students can relate to. We are offering an optional excursion in the afternoon to the Roman ruins outside Coimbra into the countryside in search of ancient Roman ruins, which takes around 30 minutes by bus. The ruins of Conimbriga are rich in well-preserved mosaics and offer a great insight into ancient Roman life. There are several options to return, including a three-kilometer walk through the countryside to the unspoiled rural town of Condeixa (optional). If you have time, you can take a short boat tour to view Coimbra from a different angle.

Day 5: Travel overland from Coimbra to Lisbon

After breakfast, our small group will travel on our 4x4 truck through the countryside of central Portugal to Lisbon (approximately 3.5 hours). Lisbon is considered one of Europe's most pleasant and affordable capital cities. The City combines the best elements of Portuguese life, offering fantastic architecture, a multicultural population, delicious seafood, and non-stop nightlife, just what the doctor can prescribe for an active traveler. Upon our arrival in Lisbon, we will meet our local guide, who will take us on a historic visit to the city. Lisbon is located on the banks of the Tagus (Tejo) River. Lisbon's character and charm lie in its beautiful renovated buildings, grand boulevards, and impressive medieval castles and churches. Visit the old citadel in the heart of the city center, the Citadel of Sao Jorge Castle, which dates back to Moorish times and sits on the highest point of the Old Town. Look down on a city swarming with endless angular white houses and buildings with distinct red terracotta rooftops. Your afternoon and evening are free to explore individually what you wish, so perhaps head to the Grand Naval Museum for an insight into the history of Portuguese navigation. Or maybe you'd prefer to roam through charming narrow streets of local neighborhoods and discover Portuguese local life play out. If you want to indulge in Portuguese nightlife, Barrio Alto is where to head this evening.

Day 6: Explore Lisbon your way

You do not have to be on this overland adventure tour with your small group. Today is free for you to explore more of Lisbon, or maybe take a 45-minute train ride out to the mountainous region of Sintra, an absolute jewel of Portugal, where you can visit the beautiful Pena Palace. This area offers great walking, stunning cliff-top palaces, and unique Moorish architecture. The 8th-century Castle of the Moors looks down on the Old Town, and the views from the battlements across the Serra de Sintra mountain range are stunning.

Day 7: Discover the Algarve Coastline

After breakfast, we will hop in our overland truck for a trip to the Portugal Southern Belt called the Algarve. This province is known for fertile plains rich with orange and olive groves, fig trees, almonds, and cornfields. This region is perfect for enjoying the natural and leisure aspects of Portugal. We will take base in Olhao, the Algarve's biggest fishing port. With an active waterfront, Moorish buildings, and bustling old quarters, the city has a Moorish Northern African feel. We will camp here for the next two nights and spend the rest of the day discovering Olhao. You may wish to wander the city's historic downtown and get a great view of the town from the rooftop terrace of a café house. Do not miss Olhao's famous fish restaurants along the coastal road Rua 5 de Outubro, the eastern Algarve's food mile, filled with delicious and authentic local staples.

Day 8: Day free at Algarve

Enjoy exploring the marvels of the Algarve today at your leisure. You can go and trek in the Algarve environment or relax on one of the white beaches of Olhao for the day. If you choose to visit the nearby islands, your leader can point you in the right direction to catch a small ferry boat locals use to travel between the coast and the islands. For walkers, maybe head towards the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, a beautiful landscape of canals, salt pans, lagoons, and sandbanks separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a series of barrier islands. One of these is Ilha de Culatra, where you can wander along a series of boardwalks leading away from the fishermen's settlements and cross over dunes and lagoons to beaches so long that they disappear into the horizon's haze. Evenings are best spent watching breathtaking sunsets, and the best place to do so is Olhao's Old Town, where you will also have a chance to try some true Portuguese Funtime.

Day 9: Overland from Algarve to Seville

Today, our group tour will travel southward to Seville in Spain. The myths narrate that Hercules founded Seville, and its origins are linked with the Tartessian civilization. To the Romans, it was Hispalis; to the Moors, it was Ishbilya. After the Christian reconquest, it became considered the portal to the 'New World,' today the largest city in southern Spain. Seville is famous for its vitality and flamboyance, as are the cities of Carmen, Don Juan, and Figaro. Seville is also well-known for its oranges, tapas, and flamenco style of Saetas and Sevillanas, all three of which are ingrained in the fabric of the city and its proud Andalusian People. Enjoy a short orientation walk around the main sights, then enjoy some limited free time to discover as you wish. Enjoy the lively, atmospheric nightlife in Seville. We will stay in a small inn or a campsite if the weather is good.

Day 10: Travel to Tarifa then Chefchaouen

Today, we will travel first to Tarifa to catch an afternoon ferry to Tangier, then proceed to Chefchaouen, one of the best bleu cities in the Mediterranean. We will leave Spain behind and head to Morocco. Before doing so, there will be a chance for an optional walking tour of Tarifa Castle visit—ferry across the straits to the city of Tangier (approximately 1 hour). We will cross with our overland truck so as not to waste time. Chefchaouen is about fifty miles south of Tangier. We will reach there late afternoon and check into Akchour Lodge, where we will spend the night. Visit the Tallassemtane National Park and then the beautiful city of Chefchaouen with a local guide. Chefchaouen, which is in the center of a mountainous agricultural region. Dinner and overnight will be at your guesthouse.

Day 11: Overland trip to Fez

Our small group will meet the local guide early in the day to explore the maze of streets in Chefchaouen. The ‘blue city’ is arguably one of the prettiest towns in Morocco. Set against a wide valley and nestled between two peaks in the stunning Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen may take you by surprise. Its medina is a typical Moorish white village emblem with striking blue and whitewashed houses, red-tiled roofs, and artistic doorways. The Medina is not only a residential area but an ensemble of workshops and an open market simultaneously replete with crafted goods. The main square has shops selling woven goods and small sweets. Discover the reality of daily life in a small Moroccan community, visit a communal bakery, watch local women do their laundry, and walk up to a former mosque for a great view over the town nestled between two mountain peaks. Later, we will take off to Fez and visit Volubilis Roman Ruins and the revered city of Moulay Idris, the first Islamic city in Morocco. Dinner and accommodation are in your hotel in Fez.

Day 12: Fez historic walking tour

Your guide will be ready to take you on a full-day tour of the ancient city of Fez. Today, you will discover Moroccan cultural aspects' heartbeat in depth. The city of Fes offers an enactment of a surreal setting. Step back in time at a medieval medina thick with exotic smells, tastes, and sounds, vibrant, noisy, fascinating, and overwhelming – a visual and pungent feast for the senses – Fes is by far the largest lively of all medinas on earth. Enjoy a traditional lunch in the heart of the old city in a typical Moroccan restaurant offering the best Moroccan delights of a Fez fine cuisine. The afternoon will be devoted to the arts of bargaining, so shop till you drop into these medieval souks where you can find all kinds of handcrafted goods straight from the hands of the make. Crown your Fez experience by watching the sunset over the Medina while a dozen melodic prayer calls vie for attention is an experience you'll likely remember for a lifetime.

Day 13: Fez to Marrakech

After breakfast, our small group will take off to Ifrane to visit some of the Atlas Mountains and Berber villages. After that, we will hit the highway straight to Marrakech. Upon arrival in Marrakech, we will head out with the group for a quick visit to the main square, Djema El Fna, before dinner. The square is filled with a hive of activity. Henna tattooing, performers, and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies. On the edge of the square stands the sumptuous Minaret of Al Koutoubia. One of the sister towers was built by the Almoravid King in Marrakech, Rabat, and Seville/Spain. After visiting the square, the group tour will return to the hotel, which is not far from the square, for dinner and accommodation.

Day 14: Marrakech Guided Tour

Meet your Marrakech local guide in the morning. You will devote your morning to exploring Marrakech’s many historical sites, starting at the Menara, a magnificent pool surrounded by flowerbeds, the emblem of an exquisite Moorish edifice. It was constructed in 1866 for dignitaries who enjoyed glorious sunsets with the ethereal Atlas Mountains as a backdrop. The pool also functions as an innovative irrigation system that serves dry life in the desert. Your tour will cover many impressive sites, including the Koutoubia Minaret (identical to la Giralda, a tower found in Sevilla, Spain) and the Saadian Necropolis Tombs, which demonstrate Moorish architecture at its best. The tombs consist of sixteenth-century mausoleums that were walled in and undiscovered until 1917. Next, you will explore the gardens of the Agdal and then the Marjorelle. Finally, you will return to your hotel for dinner and other accommodations.

Day 15: Marrakech - Home

Your Madrid to Marrakech adventure ends this morning. No activities are planned for the final day, and you can depart the accommodation at any time as long as you abide by the hotel's internal check-out rules. For those of our group travelers who wish to extend their journey in Morocco, as there's not much time spent in Marrakech, we recommend booking an extra few nights of accommodation so you can fully explore this amazing city. Our reservations team will be happy to help (subject to availability). We will transfer those who have their flight in the morning to Marrakech Airport.

What is included:

  • Services of local guides
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Transportation in 4X4 vehicles
  • Breakfast, and dinner daily

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