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Spain, Morocco and Portugal

16 Days 4 Countries 18 Cities

Discover ornate palaces, spice markets and the warmth of the Mediterranean sun on this Regional Explorer trip.

"Great vacation, well planned"

About this trip

The Moorish influence on the culture of Spain, Portugal and Morocco is clear throughout this journey, but the differences that make each country so distinctive also stand out.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… running your hand across lotions and potions in a tiny apothecary in Marrakesh's Medina, as the pharmacist shares how he blends native spices into age-old tonics.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: SMAP

15 Nights

accommodation

22 Meals
  • 15 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 7 dinners (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

Spain, Morocco and Portugal

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Day 1

Arrive Madrid (2 Nights)

Day 2

Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 3

Madrid – Toledo – Granada

Day 4

Granada – Costa del Sol

Day 5

Costa del Sol – Fez (2 Nights)

Day 6

Fez Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 7

Fez – Marrakesh (2 Nights)

Day 8

Marrakesh Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 9

Marrakesh – Casablanca – Rabat – Tangier

Day 10

Tangier – Seville (2 Nights)

Day 11

Seville Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 12

Seville – Lisbon (2 Nights)

Day 13

Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 14

Lisbon - Fátima - Salamanca

Day 15

Salamanca – Madrid

Day 16

Depart Madrid

Day 1

Arrive Madrid (2 Nights)

Welcome to Spain's capital, Madrid. Spend some time exploring this vibrant city before meeting up with your fellow travellers and Travel Director. Enjoy an evening drive to take in some of the city's main sights followed by a Welcome Reception.

Hotel

Melia Castilla

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time

Your Local Specialist 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. Why not 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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Explore Segovia UNESCO Heritage Site

Enjoy a visit to Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which sits on a rocky outcrop between two rivers. With your Local Specialist, you’ll visit the 13th-century castle, reputed to have inspired Walt Disney, as well as seeing the best-preserved Roman aqueduct which has remained intact for 2,000 years.

Adult Price: €45.00

Day 2

Day 3

Madrid – Toledo – Granada

Your Local Specialist 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 a traditional steel factory for a Cultural Insight and 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.

Hotel

Sercotel Gran Luna de Granada

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 3

Day 4

Granada – Costa del Sol

This morning your Local Specialist 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 stucco work, quiet courtyards and colossal walls. In the afternoon arrive on the famous Costa del Sol.

Hotel

NH Marbella

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Mijas and Mediterranean Dinner

Visit this charming hill top village perched high up with splendid views of the coastline. While here, you’ll experience its narrow streets with white-washed houses, unusual donkey taxi service, square bullring, and shoppers will find some hidden gems. Your evening will finish with a Mediterranean dinner at a coastal restaurant.

Adult Price: €62.00

Day 4

Day 5

Costa del Sol – Fez (2 Nights)

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.

Hotel

Royal Mirage

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5

Day 6

Fez Sightseeing and Free Time

Visit the fascinating Medina of Fez with your Local Specialist. 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 a visit to the Imperial city of Meknes. Soak up the unique atmosphere of this exotic city with its high defensive walls and monumental gates.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Arabian Dinner and Entertainment in a Riad

Enjoy a feast of fine food, live bands and traditional entertainment including belly dancing, in a spectacular Moroccan setting.

Adult Price: €51.00

Meknes Exploration

We’ll drive to Meknes, Morocco's fourth Imperial City. Here you’ll visit the beautiful and famous mosque, the former stables and granaries and explore the impressive city walls.

Adult Price: €30.00

Day 6

Day 7

Fez – Marrakesh (2 Nights)

Travelling through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to Marrakesh is spectacular. A favourite holiday 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 evening to enjoy an authentic Moroccan show.

Hotel

Meridien N'Fis

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Traditional Dinner And Marrakesh By Night

You’ll take a horse and carriage ride to the magical Jemaa el Fna Square to enjoy the exotic sights and sounds of Marrakesh by night. Then we’ll have dinner in a typical Moroccan restaurant, with music and entertainment.

Adult Price: €60.00

Day 7

Day 8

Marrakesh Sightseeing and Free Time

Visit the Bahia Palace during your walking tour with a Local Specialist. See Djemaa el Fna Square in the old quarter with its palm-readers, acrobats and snake charmers. Visit a traditional Moroccan pharmacy for a Cultural 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 maybe visit a local Berber village. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Ourika Valley And Berber Village Visit

You’ll enjoy a scenic drive into the Atlas Mountains where you’ll visit a typical home in a primitive Berber village in the Ourika Valley. You’ll also have the chance to bargain for beautiful, handcrafted jewellery made in the local style.

Adult Price: €30.00

Day 8

Day 9

Marrakesh – Casablanca – Rabat – Tangier

Today continue on to Casablanca, scene of Humphrey Bogart's most magical moments. On arrival your orientation 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. Arrive later in Tangier where you dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Farah Tanger

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 9

Day 10

Tangier – Seville (2 Nights)

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?

Hotel

Melia Lebreros

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Discover Tapas and Old Seville at Night

Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste different flavours and wines, before taking an atmospheric evening stroll through the charming old quarter of Seville.

Adult Price: €53.00

Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalusian flamenco show with us this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.

Adult Price: €40.00

Flamenco, the best show in town with a three-course dinner

After a three-course dinner of Andalusian specialities, you’ll discover the passion, rhythm and magic of flamenco this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.

Adult Price: €69.00

Day 10

Day 11

Seville Sightseeing and Free Time

See the Giralda Tower during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Admire the tiled fountains and pavilions 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 former Jewish Quarter. Experience a memorable Be My Guest dinner with a local family at an olive oil farm.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

The Moorish Alcazar And Plaza America

On this trip, you’ll begin with a visit to the elegant Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. You'll then journey to the famous exhibition site of Plaza America which is a must for any visitor to Seville.

Adult Price: €38.00

Day 11

Day 12

Seville – Lisbon (2 Nights)

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.

Hotel

Olissippo Marques De Sa

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Gourmet Dinner And Evening Orientation

Your opportunity to enjoy the exclusive district of Estrela, its park, basilica and the Portuguese Parliament, on the way to a delicious gourmet dinner. You’ll finish the evening with a drive along the banks of the mighty River Tagus.

Adult Price: €53.00

Seafood Dinner By The Tagus River

Take a ferry across the mighty Tagus River and enjoy typical Portuguese seafood and fish specialities at a local restaurant. After dinner, we’ll cross the impressive Suspension Bridge for a sweeping view over the Portuguese capital.

Adult Price: €53.00

Day 12

Day 13

Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time

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 Specialist. Later in your free time perhaps join an Optional Experience to the historic towns of Cascais and Sintra.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Portuguese Fado and Dinner

An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savour a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines and hear beautiful, traditional Fado singing.

Adult Price: €65.00

Sintra, Cascais And The Estoril Coast

We'll visit the impressive Royal Palace of Sintra before passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril. Then, we'll explore the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with its beautiful array of mansions and exclusive residences.

Adult Price: €46.00

Day 13

Day 14

Lisbon - Fátima - Salamanca

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

Hotel

Gran Corona Sol

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 14

Day 15

Salamanca – Madrid

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.

Hotel

NH Collection Eurobuilding

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Discover El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen

Come with us, along with a Local Specialist, to the royal city of El Escorial, where the great monastery palace was built in the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains. We’ll also visit the incredible Spanish Civil War memorial , which is cut into the rock face.

Adult Price: €49.00

Day 15

Day 16

Depart Madrid

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 16

The Trafalgar Difference

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    For included sightseeing in Madrid, Toledo, Fez, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Seville and Lisbon.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo, see local craftsmen at work.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit a Moroccan pharmacy for insight into the production of healing creams and cosmetics from local produce.

  • Be My Guest
    Dinner in a typical Andalusian white-washed Finca with a family who own an Olive Oil Mill and cultivate lemons.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Fez, Marrakesh, Seville and Lisbon

    • Orientation of Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Fátima and Salamanca

    • Visit the Synagogue and Sao Tomé in Toledo, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Bahia Palace in Marrakesh, Cathedral in Seville, Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon and Plaza Mayor in Salamanca

    • View Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Royal Palace in Rabat, Belem Tower in Lisbon and the Shrine at Fátima


What's Included

Dining

    • 15 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 7 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


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Travel Highlights

    • Return ferry crossings between Spain and Morocco

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • 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


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    Service rating : Our travel director, Rafael Moreno was excellent. He gave us advice and assistance with anything we asked as well as being courteous and highly entertaining on the bus. I particularly enjoyed the "Casablanca" video he played for us and the photo collage he made is a lovely

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    Service rating : The new roomy bus. The fantastic guide who made life easy as kept us up to date on what to expect during the day. And smoothing the way all the time .Product : Do you mean the xtras. If so, they were wonderful. If what we bought along the way. They were good too not that we

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    Service rating : As per our previous Trafalgar Tours, the service by Tiago was exceptional. Nothing was an issue for him, 2 ladies luggage was lost by their airline, but Tiago continued to chase the luggage until it was received. His knowledge, sense of humour and assistance was exceptional. We

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    Service rating : a bit dissapointed with our tour director, he was a nice man, but not enough humour on the trip, our bus driver was very good, helped the ladies off the bus, but our trip left a bit to be desired. one of our hotels in Morocco the air/con did not work we were so hot but everyone

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    Service rating : xxxProduct : Fes tour was too rushed and too long

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