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Spain Morocco and Portugal Winter 2014/2015

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Royal Palace of Fez, MoroccoMoroccoShrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Fatima, PortugalThe 25 de Abril Bridge in Lisbon, PortugalHieronymite MonasteryAlhambra Palace in Granada, SpainRoyal Palace of Madrid, SpainRoyal PalacePlaza de España in Seville, Spain
Royal Palace of Fez, Morocco
Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Fatima, Portugal
The 25 de Abril Bridge in Lisbon, Portugal
Hieronymite Monastery
Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain
Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain
Royal Palace
Plaza de España in Seville, Spain
  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Autumn, Winter & Spring 2014/2015
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: The Moorish influence on the culture of Spain, Morocco and Portugal is clear throughout this journey, but the differences that make each country so distinctive also stand out. It's Insider moments like… running your hand across lotions and potions in a tiny pharmacy in Marrakech's ancient Medina. Guided through a labyrinth of lanes by a Moroccan expert, the pharmacist of this 1940s-esque apothecary describes how he blends native herbs and spices. He can even give you a diagnosis and recommend a remedy from his cabinet of age-old natural tonics. You also meet locals from cities across Spain and Portugal, hearing their Insider takes on places like Granada's Alhambra Palace and Lisbon's UNESCO-listed monastery.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Overnight flight to Madrid.

  • Day 2


    Welcome to Spain's capital Madrid. Spend some time exploring this vibrant city, or simply relax before meeting for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travelers and Travel Director. Later, enjoy an orientation drive through the city.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Rafael Atocha

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Your Local Expert shows you the sights of Madrid including the Cibeles fountain, the Gran Via, Paseo de la Castellana and Puerta del Sol. At Plaza de España, admire the monument to Cervantes. Afterwards, take an optional experience to the medieval UNESCO World Heritage city of Segovia. This evening, you might be tempted by Madrid's nightlife, where the locals dine late and enjoy the open-air cafés and vibrant atmosphere until the early hours!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4


    Your Local Expert takes you on a walking tour of Toledo. Visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings – The Burial of Count Orgaz. Visit the Synagogue during your guided walk through the narrow streets. Visit an inlaid steel factory for a Local Speciality to see local craftsmen at work. Admire the breathtaking landscape during your drive south, through the heart of La Mancha to Granada in Andalucia. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Carmen

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    This morning your Local Expert takes you on a visit to the incredible Alhambra Palace, built in the 14th century and a magnificent example of Moorish architecture. Admire the ancient filigree, quiet courtyards and colossal walls. In the afternoon, arrive on the famous Costa del Sol.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Melia Costa Del Sol

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Travel along the Mediterranean coast and cross to North Africa by ferry. A memorable drive past the Rif Mountains brings you to the Imperial city of Fez, Morocco's second-largest city.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Royal Mirage

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Visit the fascinating Medina of Fez with your Local Expert. View the fortifications and Royal Palace, during your morning sightseeing tour. Admire traditional Moroccan handiwork during a visit to a carpet showroom. This afternoon, see the sights of your choice or consider an optional experience to the Imperial city of Meknes. Soak up the unique atmosphere of this exotic city with its high defensive walls and monumental gates.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 8


    Traveling through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to Marrakesh is spectacular. A favorite vacation spot of Winston Churchill, the city is one of North Africa's most popular tourist destinations. Later this evening you might like to consider an authentic Moroccan show optional experience.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Le Meridien N'Fis

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Visit the Bahia Palace during your walking tour with a Local Expert. See Djemaa el Fna Square in the old quarter, with its palm-readers, acrobats, camels and snake charmers. Visit a traditional Moroccan pharmacy for a Unique Insight into the blending of creams and cosmetics from regional ingredients. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Don't miss the chance to shop for bargains in the souks and bazaars, or perhaps take an optional experience to a Berber village. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 10


    Today continue on to Casablanca, scene of Humphrey Bogart's most magical moments. On arrival your tour with a Local Expert includes a panoramic drive of the Corniche, plus views of the Hassan II mosque with the world's tallest minaret. Then continue to the capital city, Rabat, where you view the Mausoleum and Royal Palace. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Golden Tulip Farah

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    Today, drive northwards to the coast and board the ferry for the return journey back across the Straits of Gibraltar to the Spanish mainland. Continue your journey through the Jerez vineyards, home of sherry. Next, continue to Andalusia's most beautiful city, Seville, for a two-night stay. This evening, why not experience the fire and passion of a Spanish flamenco show?

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Melia Lebreros/Ribera De Triana

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 12


    See the Giralda Tower during your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. Admire the tiled fountains, pavilions and ponds in the Maria Luisa Park and visit the imposing Plaza de España. See Christopher Columbus' ornate tomb in the cathedral and enjoy a walk through the Jewish Quarter. Experience a memorable Be My Guest dinner with a local family at an olive oil farm.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 13


    Your panoramic journey continues through the province of Huelva, famous for Jabugo ham and the Rio Tinto mines, and past the castle at Aracena. Crossing the border into the Alentejo region of Portugal, renowned for its cork oaks, you arrive in Lisbon.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Olissippo Marques De Sa

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 14


    See Lisbon's landmarks, including the Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, the Belém Tower and the quaint Alfama district. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Hieronymite Monastery during your sightseeing tour with your Local Expert. Later, in your free time, perhaps join an optional experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 15


    A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d'Aire Mountains brings you to the Shrine at Fatima, site of celebrated religious miracles. Cross the border back into Spain and arrive later in Salamanca where you view Plaza Mayor during your orientation tour.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Gran Corona Sol

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 16


    Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid, Europe's highest capital city. This afternoon, explore the city at your own pace and later join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner with wine.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Ayre Gran Hotel Colon

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 17


    This morning, it is time to bid farewell to your Travel Director and newfound friends as your memorable vacation comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Dinner in a typical Andalusian white-washed Finca with a family who own an Olive Oil Mill and cultivate oranges and lemons.
  • Local Expert in Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Fez, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Seville and Lisbon.
  • Local Specialty Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo, see local craftsmen at work.
  • Unique Insight Visit a Moroccan pharmacy for insight into the production of healing creams and cosmetics from local produce.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Fez, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Seville and Lisbon.
  • Orientations of Fatima.
  • Visit the Synagogue and Sao Tomé in Toledo, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, St Heironomyte Monastery in Lisbon, Cathedral in Seville and Bahia Palace in Marrakesh.
  • View the Shrine at Fatima and Plaza Mayor in Salamanca.


  • 15 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 7 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, three course dinner with wine, 3 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day.
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Hotel accommodations featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • Return ferry crossings between Spain and Morocco.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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