Treasures of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco
Spain, Portugal an Morocco
A kaleidoscopic adventure that takes you from some of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities, to an exotic and vivid land of medinas and minarets.
Spain: Madrid, Salamanca, Seville, Costa del Sol, Granada - Portugal: Lisbon - Morocco: Fes, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Tangier
• Services of Travel Director
• Air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
• Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
• Luggage taken for you and promptly delivered to hotels door.
• Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
• Stay connected with friends and family with complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
• Transfers are available at scheduled times
• 16 nights at 4-star accommodations
• Buffet breakfast daily
• 7 Dinners, 3 including wine
• All guided sightseeing listed in Itinerary
• Meals that are not shown and items of a personal nature
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DAY 1 | Arrive in Madrid
Join your Travel Director at 6:00 PM for a pleasant Welcome Dinner and the chance to get to know your fellow travellers.
Overnight in Madrid (1 night)
DAY 2 | Madrid - Salamanca
With your Local Expert travel down the Gran Via to the Cibeles Fountain on the wide Paseo de la Castellana. Cross the Puerta del Sol and see the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de Espana. A sure highlight is a visit to the Prado Museum, a magnificent palace housing works by Velazquez, Goya, Rubens and others. Journey past the walls of Avila en route to Salamanca, with its honey-coloured cathedral and 16th century university buildings.
Overnight in Salamanca (1 night)
DAY 3 | Salamanca - Lisbon
Cross the Portuguese frontier and skirt the Estrela Mountains en route to Fatima. Join the pilgrims flocking into the great basilica commemorating the miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. Your travels continue to Lisbon.
Overnight in Lisbon (2 nights)
DAY 4 | Lisbon
Exploration with a Local Expert takes you along the avenues of the Lower Town to the Terreiro do Paço with a visit to the Belém Quarter. See the traditional patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal's finest pastry for almost 200 years and enjoy a taste of the famous Pastéis de Belém. View the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belém Tower, a fortress that was originally set in the middle of the river but with receding waters, now sits on the riverbank. Visit the 500-year-old Jerónimos Monastery with its Manueline architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The afternoon is free for you to explore further as your wish.
DAY 5 | Lisbon - Seville
Travel to Seville to join your Local Expert for a tour of the immense Seville Cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus. See the slender Giralda Tower, the former minaret of the Great Mosque and now the cathedral's belltower. Continue to explore through the labyrinthine narrow streets and shady squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter, emerging beside the great walls of the Alcazar.
Overnight in Seville (2 nights)
DAY 6 | Seville
This day is yours to completely relax or continue exploring this fascinating city. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to Cordoba and visit the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it? Enjoy an evening of food and wine while you are entertained by throbbing guitars, lamenting solos, colourful dancers and the rhythmic stomp of flamenco.
DAY 7 | Seville - Fes
Set sail across the Straits of Gibraltar to reach Morocco - a land of veils, musky spices, bazaars, souks and snake charmers. Your travels continue to Fes, Morocco's most ancient imperial city.
Overnight in Fes (2 nights)
DAY 8 | Fes
Your Local Expert will guide you through the ancient Medina. Explore this walled city of hidden courtyards, mosques, workshops. Walk through the bazaar and pass one of the world's oldest universities. Learn about the ancient craft of carpet making and gain an insight into the motifs and colours used in the designs. Then you are at leisure to continue exploring as you wish, or perhaps cool-off with a dip in the pool at your hotel.
DAY 9 | Fes - Marrakesh
See the Middle Atlas Mountains and mud-walled villages as you journey to Marrakesh.
Overnight in Marrakesh (2 nights)
DAY 10 | Marrakesh
An exploration with your Local Expert will show you the Medina with its many souks and the Koutoubia Minaret dominating the skyline. Visit the intricately decorated Palais Bahia, intended to be the greatest palace of its time when it was built in the late 19th century.
DAY 11 | Marrakesh - Casablanca
Journey to the west coast of Africa to reach Casablanca. Discover if Humphrey Bogart really did say 'Play it again Sam' during sightseeing with your Local Expert. You will also see Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in the country and the tres chic seaside strip, known as the Corniche, lined with trendy restaurants and cafes.
Overnight in Casablanca (1 night)
DAY 12 | Casablanca - Tangier
Travel north to Rabat, to see the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower with your Local Expert. Your journey continues to Morocco's great port of Tangier, overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar. Here you will enjoy beautiful views where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean. After dinner, you are at leisure relax in the comfortable surroundings of your hotel or take a stroll along the Bay of Tangier.
Overnight in Tangier (1 night)
DAY 13 | Tangier - Costa del Sol
Cross the water to Spain and continue on to Gibraltar, an overseas territory under British control since 1704. Meet your Local Expert for a guided tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, St. Michael’s Cave and see the Barbary Apes, legendary guardians of the colony. Travel to the white-washed village of Mijas and stroll the old streets, then relax and take in the views as you are driven along the scenic route of the Costa del Sol.
Overnight in Costa del Sol (2 nights)
DAY 14 | Costa del Sol
Enjoy the following day at leisure on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol. Relax by the blue Mediterranean waters, stroll along the promenade, savour the specialities in the local restaurants or consider exploring Malaga, the birth city of Picasso.
DAY 15 | Costa del Sol - Granada
Travel to the oldest olive grove in the region and stop at the rural mill-factory of Almazara to taste a selection of different oils with locally made farmer bread. Continue to Alfarnatejo, a quiet town with a population of just 500 people and surrounded by stunning mountainous landscape. Walk the town centre to see the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla. In small groups, you are invited to into the home of a local family to join them for a delicious Highlight Lunch made of fresh, local produce with flavours typical of the region. Continue to Granada to visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace with your Local Expert. Built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century, it is a wonder of beautiful gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace.
Overnight in Granada (1 night)
DAY 16 | Granada - Madrid
Your journey continues to the north, through countryside immortalised by Cervantes fictional hero, Don Quixote. On return to Madrid, toast your travels with your newfound friends during a lively Celebration Dinner of good food and wine at a local restaurant.
Overnight in Madrid (1 night)
DAY 11 | Depart Madrid
Departure transfers to airport arrive after early breakfast.
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