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16 Day Spain, Morocco and Portugal

This truly is a tour encompassing a broad spectrum of Spain, Portugal and the north of the great African continent.  You will be shown a vast array of historic landmarks, places of interest and tremendous scenery.  Exerience an array of differing and often contrasting places of interest and have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the local culture.  Take home with you memories of iconic and famous places which will stay with you forever.




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Tour Highlights

  • City tour in Madrid, Toledo, Fez, Marrakesh, Seville and Lisbon
  • Orientation tour of Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Fátima and Salamanca
  • View Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
  • See the Royal Palace in Rabat, Belém Tower in Lisbon and the Shrine at Fátima
  • Visit the Synagogue and Santo Tomé in Toledo
  • View the Alhambra Palace in Granada
  • See Bahia Palace in Marrakesh and Cathedral in Seville
  • Visit the Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon
  • See the Plaza Mayor in Salamanca
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Madrid

Day 2

Madrid Sightseeing

Day 3

Madrid, Toledo and Granada

Day 4

Granada and Costa Del Sol

Day 5

Costa Del Sol and Fez

Day 6

Fez Sightseeing

Day 7

Fez and Marrakesh

Day 8

Marrakesh Sightseeing

Day 9

Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier

Day 10

Tangier and Seville

Day 11

Seville Sightseeing

Day 12

Seville and Lisbon

Day 13

Lisbon Sightseeing

Day 14

Lisbon, Fatima and Salamanca

Day 15

Salamanca and Madrid

Day 16

Depart Madrid

Day 1

Bienvenido to Spain and the capital city of Madrid.  Settle into this vibrant city before being introduced to your travel director and fellow travel companions.

In the evening, sit back and relax while you are driven around the city taking in some of the main attractions.  Evening tour followed by a welcome reception.

Day 2

Your local guide will show you the sights of Madrid this morning. You will see the Gran Via, the Paseo de la Castellana, the Puerta del Sol and the Cibeles fountain. You will be shown the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España.

In the afternoon, you may like to take an optional tour to see the city of Segovia, a medieval UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This evening you may like to join your travel companions for some Spanish tapas.

Day 3

Your local guide will take you on a walking tour this morning exploring Toledo. Visit a steel factory and see the specialist craftsman making traditional items and gain knowledge into this skilled craft. Visit Santo Tomé, a beautiful church containing some of El Greco’s most impressive paintings including ‘The Burial of Count Orgaz’. As your guide takes you through the narrow streets you will visit the synagogue before continuing your tour to the south.

Enjoy awe inspiring countryside as you drive through La Mancha to Granada.

Relax and unwind at your hotel for the night.

Day 4

Today your local specialist will take you to Granada to see the tremendous Alhambra Palace. The palace was built during the 14th century, influenced heavily by the Islamic rule of Spain at the time and is a beautiful testament to Moorish architecture.

In the afternoon, you will travel on to the Costa del Sol.

Day 5

A sea voyage across to the continent of Africa first thing this morning and a drive past the grand Rif Mountains.

Heading for the city of Fez in colourful and spicy Morocco.

Day 6

This morning your local guide will take you through the city showing you the bustling Medina, the Royal Palace and the fortifications. You will visit a traditional carpet weaving showroom where you will see the skilled craftsman at work and view this quintessentially Moroccan art-form.

In the afternoon, wander this awesome city at your leisure, barter for beautiful gifts, or just soak up the atmosphere of this unique place. Alternatively you may like to consider visiting the nearby city of Meknes.

Day 7

The city of Marrakesh is your destination this morning. Long thought to be the jewel of Morocco, it was founded in 1071 and is a haven of palaces, mosques and exotic gardens.

In the evening, you may like to experience the energy and vigour of a traditional Moroccan show.

Your hotel for this evening which includes breakfast is the: Le Meridien N’Fis.

Day 8

This morning you will have a walking tour with a local specialist which is a brilliant way to experience the city. You will visit the Djemaa el Fna Square situated in the ancient quarter, awash with entertainment from snake charmers to acrobats and palm readers. You will see the Bahia Palace; the name is taken from the word brilliance and it is truly tremendous. Visit an apothecary mixing traditional ingredients into lotions and cosmetics.

In the afternoon, you may like to shop for souvenirs in the many bazaars and souks before dining at your hotel for the night.

Day 9

Humphrey Bogart’s Casablanca is your destination today and you begin your tour with panoramic views of the Hassan 11 mosque which boasts the highest minaret in the world and the corniche.

Heading on to the countries capital Rabat to view the Royal Palace and the mausoleum.

Tonight, you will arrive in Tangier where you will dine at the hotel Farah.

Day 10

After a complimentary breakfast, you will head for the coast and cross the Straits of Gibraltar back to the coast of Spain. Travelling through beautiful vineyards, whose grapes are especially grown for sherry you will arrive in Seville.

Here you will stay for 2 nights in this glamorous city in Andalucía.

This evening you may choose to see the passion and vigour of a flamenco dance.

Day 11

On wards to Seville where your local specialist will give you a tour of the city seeing the sights. Visit the park of Maria Luisa with its ornately, tiled fountains, its grand pavilions, its beautiful gardens and lush palm trees. Take a walk through the Plaza de Espana and see the Bell Tower of Giralda. See the splendid tomb in the Cathedral dedicated to Christopher Columbus. The last part of your walking tour takes you through the Jewish Quarter with its charming cobble stoned lanes.

Day 12

Enter the region of Huelva as your tour continues, this region is renowned for both the Rio Tinto mines and for its tasty and succulent Jabugo ham. Then traverse the border into Portugal. Driving through the province of Alentejo you will see the areas cork oaks where half of the world’s cork is harvested. For lunch, you will be invited to dine as a guest at a Lusitano stud farm before later arriving in Lisbon.

Day 13

Your local guide will show you the sights of the city of Lisbon including the UNESCO recognised Hieronymite Monastery, the Belém Tower and the Monument to the discoveries. You will cross the River Tagus suspension bridge and wander the olde-world Alfama quarter.

For the afternoon, you may like to join an optional tour to visit the Golden Triangle of Queluz, Estori and Cascais.

Day 14

Head northwards this morning travelling across the grandiose and spectacular Serra d’Aire Mountains. Visit the temple at Fátima, a shrine to honour extraordinary acts of god.

Later cross the border onto Spanish soil and reach Salamanca. Here you will be given a tour of the town and view the Plaza Mayor.

Day 15

Traverse the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid this morning where you can wander the city at your leisure before joining your fellow travelling companions for a final dinner and some fine wine.

Day 16

This morning bid ‘Adios’ to Spain, your fellow travellers and Travel Director.

Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.


Sightseeing Highlights

  • Saddle up for a superb stud farm visit, the tragic story of unrequited love and a traditional home-cooked lunch with Tiago and Vera in Portugal's beautiful Alentejo.
  • The invincible swords of Toledo have defended cities for centuries. Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo to see local craftsmen forging the highest quality steel.
  • Visit a Moroccan pharmacy to learn about local healing creams and cosmetics made from regional ingredients.

Dining Highlights

  • 15 Hot buffet Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 6 Dinners

Important Information

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Return ferry crossings between Spain and Morocco
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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Why stop there?


The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

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