HIGHLIGHTS OF SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO

HIGHLIGHTS OF SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO

Madrid, Spain

Discover the magic and charm of Spain, Portugal and Morocco on this complete hosted tour! Pass through Lisbon where you can be mesmerised by Fado music, in the oldest districts of the city. Visit the famous monesteries and pilgrimage sites of Fatima and explore Porto, home of the Douro Valley and port wine production. In Spain roam along the luxurious ports and mosey through white-washed villages.
 
Visit Seville, the birthplace of Flamenco dancing, and admire UNESCO listed Cordoba and its historic quarter. Wander around beautiful Granada, home to the Alhambra, the flagship of the city’s diverse historical heritage. Spend time in Spain’s cosmopolitan capital, Madrid, see original art by Spanish painters such as Picasso, Dalí and Miró. Continue to Morocco, where epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts and warm hospitality combine. Visit the winding medina maze of Fez to the carnivalesque street-theatre of the Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakech and the glitzy urban city of Casablanca.

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Highlights:

Madrid – Porto – Coimbra – Fatima – Lisbon – Cordoba – Casablanca – Marrakech – Fez – Granada – Toledo – Seville – Rhonda

Includes:

* Roundtrip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass
• 20 nights 4-star hotel accommodation (three nights in Madrid, two nights in Porto, one night in Fatima, two nights in Lisbon, one night in Cordoba, two nights in Seville, four nights in Costa del Sol, one night in Casablanca, one night in Marrakech, two nights in Fez and one night in Granada)
• Private motor coach transportation
• Local English speaking tour guide
• 20 breakfasts and 12 dinners
• Merit Travel tour host**
• All taxes and gratuities

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Merit Travel Hosted

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20 nights

$7,995* p.p.


Activity Level:
Sight-seeing

Group size: 30 maximum

Departs: Feb. 29, 2020

Toronto - $7,995* p.p.
Vancouver - $8,495* p.p.

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DAY 1 | Feb. 29, 2020 | Toronto/Vancouver - Madrid
Board your overnight flight to Madrid.



DAY 2 | Mar. 1, 2020 | Madrid
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check in. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Accommodation at Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa (2 nights)



DAY 3 | Mar. 2, 2020 | Madrid (B)
Get a taste for the top attractions in Madrid on a panoramic tour of the city by coach.
Along the way you'll tour historic plazas like Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa and see intriguing neighbourhoods like the district of Salamanca, Plaza Castilla and Parque del Oeste. View the city's grand boulevards, as your guide shares details on their history and significance. Your afternoon is free for shopping or exploring.



DAY 4 | Mar. 3, 2020 | Madrid - Avila - Salamanca - Porto (B)
After breakfast, depart for Avila, a city with a well-preserved medieval wall surrounding the old town. Continue on to Salamanca, a university city featuring various World Heritage listed architecture and art. Afterwards, we journey on to Porto in Portugal.
Accommodation at Tryp Porto Expo (2 nights)



DAY 5 | Mar. 4, 2020 | Porto (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. With the knowledge of a local guide, visit Porto’s best Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque, and Neo-classical style monuments and learn the intricacies of them all. Admire top attractions including the Stock exchange building, Santa Clara church and the famous Porto Cathedral.
Your afternoon is at leisure. You may wish to visit a famous winery and taste the world-famous port wine.



DAY 6 | Mar. 5, 2020 | Porto - Coimbra - Fatima (B)
After breakfast we depart for Coimbra known as the birthplace of Fado and the city with one of the oldest universities in Europe.
Continue to Fatima the centre of the Christian faith with its impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria place where the Virgin Mary appeared.
We will see the Chapel of the Apparitions, heart of the sanctuary, with the tombs of the three shepherds, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta.
In the evening there is a possibility to attend the procession of the candles.
Accommodation at Aurea Fatima Hotel (1 night)



DAY 7 | Mar. 6, 2020 | Fatima - Nazaré - Alcobaça - Lisbon (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart to the Batalha Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline style and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré and on to Alcobaça another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit a 12th century church and admire the tombs of Pedro and Inés de Castro.
We then continue to Lisbon and check into our hotel.
Optional night tour to attend a typical Fado show with Portuguese songs and music.
Accommodation at Tryp Lisboa Oriente (2 night)



DAY 8 | Mar. 7, 2020 | Lisbon (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Lisbon and explore the city. The rest of your afternoon is at leisure.



DAY 9 | Mar. 8, 2020 | Lisbon - Caceres - Cordoba (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart at 7:30 a.m. for Caceres a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the Plaza Mayor and the Medievil Old Town. Afterwards, continue towards Cordoba.
Enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Accommodation at NH Cordoba Guadalguirir Hotel (1 night)



DAY 10 | Mar. 9, 2020 | Cordoba - Seville (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a tour of the city, the Mosque and the Jewish Quarter. In the afternoon, we reach Seville. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.
Accommodation at NH Collection Sevilla (2 nights)



DAY 11 | Mar. 10, 2020 | Seville (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a panoramic city tour of Seville with your local guide. Your afternoon is at leisure for you to discover this delightful city. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Optional tour to see a Flamenco show.



DAY 12 | Mar. 11, 2020 | Seville - Ronda - Costa del Sol (B, D)
After breakfast at the hotel you will drive south and pass through typical villages until you reach Ronda. Enjoy free time to admire this town of Celtic origin and the marvelous view of the valley and mountain range. In the afternoon continue on to the Costa del Sol, surrounded by luxurious ports, white-washed villages and impeccable beaches that dot the southern coast of Spain.
Enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Accommodation at Hotel Melia Costa del Sol (2 nights)



DAY 13 | Mar. 12, 2020 | Costa del Sol (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy your entire day at leisure and explore the wonderful beaches of the Costa del Sol and surrounding areas.
Enjoy dinner at your hotel.



DAY 14 | Mar. 13, 2020 | Costa del Sol - Rabat - Casablanca (B, D)
After breakfast you will drive along the picturesque tourist route of Costa del Sol and arrive at Tarifa where you will board a ferry boat for a short crossing of the strait of Gibraltar towards Africa.
Arrive in Tangier, Morocco, and disembark, clear customs and then drive southwards via Larache to Rabat. Enjoy a panoramic city tour and see the Royal Palace from outside, the Mohammed V Mausoleum, and the unfinished Hassan Tower, all important examples of the Almohade architecture.
Afterwards, continue to Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco.
Your afternoon is at leisure to explore this European-flavoured, sophisticated, Arabic city.
Enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Accommodation at Oum Palace Hotel (1 night)



DAY 15 | Mar. 14, 2020 | Casablanca - Marrakech (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel and then enjoy a panoramic city tour.
Then continue towards Marrakech. Marrakech is a city steeped in ancient artistry that continues to thrive, kept alive by the modern craftspeople of the souqs and the contemporary art and design scene of the ville nouvelle. Savour the Majorelle and Menara botanical gardens and discover the stalls and entertainment of Djemaa el Fnaa square, before enjoying dinner at your hotel.
Optional show at Chez Ali Fantasia.
Accommodation at El Andalous Lounge and Spa Hotel (1 night)



DAY 16 | Mar. 15, 2020 | Marrakech - Meknes - Fez (B, D)
After breakfast depart northeast to Meknes, a walled, once imperial city, located in the heart of the Mid Atlas. Enjoy a panoramic city tour and admire the famous Bab Al Mansour Gate. Afterwards depart for Fez, the most monumental of the Imperial Cities, and known for its University of “Al-Karaouine” the largest Islamic sanctuary in Morocco.
Enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Accommodation at Royal Mirage Hotel (2 nights)



DAY 17 | Mar. 16, 2020 | Fez (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a morning city tour of the most ancient and monumental attractions before joining a walking tour of the Medina or Old City, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your afternoon is free at leisure before enjoying dinner at your hotel.



DAY 18 | Mar. 17, 2020 | Fez - Costa del Sol (B, D)
After breakfast depart for Tangier, board the ferry to return across the strait of Gibraltar back to Spain. Upon arrival in Spain continue towards Costa del Sol before enjoying dinner at your hotel.
Accommodation at Hotel Melia Costa del Sol (2 nights)



DAY 19 | Mar. 18, 2020 | Costa del Sol (B, D)
Start with breakfast before enjoying the remainder of your day relaxing at wonderful beaches or exploring your surroundings.
Enjoy dinner at your hotel.



DAY 20 | Mar. 19, 2020 | Costa del Sol - Granada (B, D)
After breakfast depart for Granada, a city both gritty and compelling.
Visit the world-famous Alhambra complex and Generalife Gardens that have inspired several authors with its sounds and sights, such as the “Tales of the Alhambra” by W. Irving.
Your afternoon is at leisure. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Accommodation at Hotel Melia Granada (1 night)



DAY 21 | Mar. 20, 2020 | Granada - Toledo - Madrid (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive northward towards Castilla, by the Tagus River, until you reach the impressive Imperial city of Toledo.
Toledo is a UNESCO World Heritage city where Christians, Moors and Jews, have lived together over time. Enjoy a panoramic city tour of this historical old town through its narrow streets. Next, visit a “damasquinado” (gold and silver inlaying in iron) factory.
Continue to Madrid. Few cities boast an artistic pedigree quite as pure as Madrid’s. Many art lovers return here again and again. For centuries, Spanish royals showered praise and riches upon the finest artists of the day, from home-grown talents such as Goya and Velázquez to Flemish and Italian greats. Masterpieces by these and other Spanish painters such as Picasso, Dalí and Miró now adorn the walls of the city’s world-class galleries. Madrid has evolved into one of the richest culinary capitals of Europe. From tapas in sleek temples to all that’s new to sit-down meals beneath centuries-old vaulted ceilings, eating in Madrid is a genuine pleasure.
Accommodation at Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa (1 night)



DAY 22 | Mar. 21, 2020 | Madrid - Toronto/Vancouver (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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