Day 1 - Arrive Madrid
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 - Madrid Sightseeing
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 - Madrid, Toledo and Granada
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 - Granada and Costa Del Sol
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 - Costa Del Sol and Fez
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 - Fez Sightseeing
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 - Fez and Marrakesh
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 - Marrakesh Sightseeing
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 - Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier
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 - Tangier and Seville
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 - Seville Sightseeing
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 - Seville and Lisbon
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 - Lisbon Sightseeing
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 - Lisbon, Fatima and Salamanca
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 - Salamanca and Madrid
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 - Depart Madrid
This morning bid ‘Adios’ to Spain, your fellow travellers and Travel Director.
Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.