Spain, Morocco and Portugal - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

16 days

from £1591 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Apr 2016.
"Our experience was first class"
Glendon , Jun 2014

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.

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

Trip type:
Regional Explorer
Trip code:
SMAP

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE MADRID (2 NIGHTS)

    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 travellers and Travel Director. Later, enjoy an orientation drive through the city.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Vincci Soma

  • 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!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 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 an inlaid 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    MA Alhamar

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    NH Marbella

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Royal Mirage

  • 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 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

  • 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 authentic Moroccan show optional experience.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Meridien N'Fis

  • 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, camels 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 perhaps take an optional experience to a Berber village. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

  • 9.

    MARRAKESH – CASABLANCA – RABAT – TANGIERS

    Today continue on to Casablanca, scene of Humphrey Bogart's most magical moments. On arrival your tour with a Local Specialist 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 Tangiers where you dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Andalucia Golf

  • 10.

    TANGIERS – 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?

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Ribera De Triana

  • 11.

    SEVILLE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See the Giralda Tower during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. 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

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Olissippo Marques De Sa

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Gran Corona Sol

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

    Hotel

    NH Eurobuilding

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • 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.
  • Cultural Insights

    Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo, see local craftsmen at work.
    Visit a Moroccan pharmacy for insight into the production of healing creams and cosmetics from local produce.
  • Local Specialists

    in Madrid, Toledo, Fez, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Seville and Lisbon.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Madrid, Toledo, Fez, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Seville and Lisbon
  • Orientations of Tangiers, Fátima and Salamanca
  • View Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Royal Palace in Rabat, Belem Tower in Lisbon and the Shrine at Fátima
  • 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

Dining

  • 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

  • Return ferry crossings between Spain and Morocco.
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Madrid

  • Explore Segovia UNESCO Heritage Site

    Adult Price: €44.00 Enjoy a visit to Segovia, a Unesco World Heritage Site which sits on a rocky outcrop between two rivers. 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.
  • Discover El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen

    Adult Price: €44.00 Come with us to the royal city of El Escorial, where the great monastery palace was built in the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains. You’ll also visit the memorial built for those who fell in the Civil War, which is cut into the rock face.

COSTA DEL SOL

  • Discovery and Dinner in Mijas

    Adult Price: €61.00 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.

Fez

  • Arabian Dinner And Moroccan Belly Dancing

    Adult Price: €49.00 Enjoy a feast of fine food, live bands and traditional entertainment including belly dancing, in a spectacular Moroccan setting.
  • Meknes Exploration

    Adult Price: €30.00 We’ll drive to Meknes, Morocco's fourth Imperial City. Here you’ll visit the beautiful and famous mosques, the former stables and granaries and explore the impressive city walls.

Marrakesh

  • Traditional Dinner And Marrakesh By Night

    Adult Price: €60.00 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.
  • Ourika Valley And Berber Village Visit

    Adult Price: €30.00 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.

Seville

  • Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

    Adult Price: €39.00 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.
  • Discover Tapas and Old Seville at Night

    Adult Price: €52.00 Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste a myriad of flavours and different wines, before taking an atmospheric walk through the old quarter of Seville which has a certain charm, particularly in the evening.
  • The Moorish Alcazar And Plaza America

    Adult Price: €36.00 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.

Lisbon

  • Seafood Dinner By The Tagus River

    Adult Price: €51.00 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.
  • Gourmet Dinner And Evening Orientation

    Adult Price: €51.00 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.
  • Dinner With Fado Singing

    Adult Price: €64.00 An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savour a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines, watch the Portuguese demonstrate their folk dancing and hear beautiful, traditional Fado singing.
  • Sintra and Cascais And The Estoril Coast

    Adult Price: €45.00 We’ll leave Lisbon for the slopes of the Sierra de Sintra, an area studded with palaces. After visiting an impressive palace, you’ll see the fashionable resort of Estoril before returning to Lisbon via the quaint fishing village of Cascais.
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