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16 Day Highlights of Spain Morocco and Portugal

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16 Day Highlights of Spain Morocco and Portugal

Reminders of Spain, Morocco and Portugal's entangled pasts envelop you through ornate palaces, churches, mosques and bazaars in Marrakesh, Casablanca, Gibraltar, Fez, Lisbon, Madrid and more. The scent of spice markets and warmth of the Mediterranean sun will linger in your memory for years to come.

Our adventure map

Day by day

First Day Arrive in Madrid 

Welcome to Madrid! After check-in there is time to unwind and relax. This evening, why not try the traditional dish of paella in one of the restaurants lining the lively Plaza Mayor.

Hotel: NH Ribera De Mazanares

Second Day its 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. See the monument to Cervantes in Plaza de España Afterwards, consider an optional experience to the medieval UNESCO World Heritage city of Segovia.

Third Day Travel to Toledo and Granada

Today drive to ancient Toledo and see the Cathedral and the ancient Synagogue with your Local Specialist. Visit a steel workshop to see some fine examples of the famous Toledo steel-craft. Travel through Andalusia to the Moorish city of Granada.

Hotel: Macia Condor

Fourth Day go from Granada to Costa Del Sol

Enjoy free time to explore the city or join an optional experience to the Alhambra Palace, subject to ticket availability. Then travel towards Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and the gateway to the Costa del Sol.

Hotel: Tryp Guadalmar / Tryp Alameda

Fifth Day enjoy Costa Del Sol then Fez 

The day begins with a scenic coastal drive before boarding the ferry to North Africa. A different world awaits you in Morocco, from the dramatic Rif Mountains to the imperial city of Fez, the architecture, culture and scent of the land is as rich as it is diverse.

Hotel: Fram Volubilis

Sixth Day its Fez Sightseeing and Free Time

The morning guided sightseeing tour includes views of the Royal Palace. On your walking tour through the labyrinthine Medina, learn the art of haggling. Experience the atmosphere of this exotic city with time to relax or use your new-found skills to haggle over beautiful Moroccan carpets – an everlasting souvenir. This evening, stroll beneath the star-studded sky or consider joining an excursion to a traditional Arabian experience dinner, complete with belly dancing!

Seventh Day Journey from Fez to Marrakesh 

This morning enjoy the breath taking drive, travelling through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to the city of Marrakesh, Africa's most popular year-round sun resort. It was once the favourite holiday spot of Sir Winston Churchill, a haven where he used to relax and paint.

Hotel: Atlas Asni

Eighth Day have some Free Time and Sightseeing in Marrakesh 

This morning your guided sightseeing tour includes a visit to the ornate Bahia Palace and the vast Djemaa el-Fna Square with its palm readers and acrobats. Then there is time at leisure for bargain hunting in the many souks and bazaars or perhaps take an excursion to a Berber village in the Ourika Valley.

Ninth Day Travel to Casablanca then Rabat

Today continue on to Casablanca, scene of Humphrey Bogart's most magical moments. On arrival your guided tour 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..

Hotel: Rihab

Tenth Day go from Rabat to Seville 

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 to Seville, for a two-night stay. This evening why not experience the fire and passion of a Spanish flamenco show?

Hotel: Gran Lar

Eleventh Day see Seville with Sightseeing and Free Time

Admire the great monuments and sights of Seville with your Local Specialist. View the pools and pavilions in Maria Luisa Park, constructed for the 1929 Exposition. Marvel at the mighty Cathedral and La Giralda Bell Tower.

Twelfth Day Drive from Seville to Lisbon 

Drive to the Portuguese border then continue past the cork trees of the Alentejo region. From here travel to the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, a great seafaring city situated where the Tagus River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Tonight, consider a traditional Portuguese dinner with folk dancing and song.

Hotel: Altis Park

Thirteenth Day enjoy Sightseeing and Free Time in Lisbon 

See the Hieronymite Monastery and the medieval quarter of the city before taking in views of the Belém Tower on an included sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Then time at leisure to maybe take an optional experience to discover Portugal's Golden Triangle of Sintra, Cascais and Estoril.

Fourteenth Day its onto Fatima then Salamanca

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.

Hotel: Vincci Ciudad De Salamanca

Fifteenth Day Travel from Salamanca to Madrid

Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid, Europe's highest capital city. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers on the final night of your holiday. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel: Rafael Orense

Sixteenth Day Depart Madrid

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

Whats included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Casablanca - View the Corniche and see the Hassan II Mosque
  • Fatima - Visit the celebrated shrine
  • Fez - Sightseeing includes a walking tour of the Medina and views of the Royal Palace
  • Granada - Enjoy a scenic drive to this Moorish city
  • Lisbon - View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries on your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist
  • Madrid - Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Puerta del Sol, The Cervantes Memorial and the Cibeles Fountain
  • Marrakesh - Visit Bahia Palace and Djemaa el-Fna Square during your sightseeing tour
  • Rabat - View the Mausoleum and Royal Palace during your orientation
  • Salamanca - Orientation of this university city includes views of the Plaza Mayor
  • Seville - Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral and Giralda Tower
  • Toledo - Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the synagogue and Cathedral. Visit a steel workshop

Dining

15 buffet breakfasts, 6 three course dinners

Optional Extras

Madrid

This evening you'll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid's new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before you experience the flavour of the old. Join the locals in a chat, and people-watch as you sip an aperitif before enjoying a delicious dinner.

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.

Granada

Enjoy an evening in Granada’s old quarter, which offers the finest views over the illuminated Alhambra Palace. We’ve organised tickets for you to see the Zambra dances by Sacromonte's famous gypsies – a fiery, emotive performance unique to this part of Spain. And we've also included a drink, too.

Join us on a trip to the beautiful Alhambra, where you’ll enjoy a tour of its stunning courtyards, cool fountains and refreshing pools. You’ll also have the chance to explore the gardens of the Generalife, as well as the summer palace of the Muslim rulers of Granada – loved for its green, terraced water gardens. When tickets for the Nasrid Palace portion of the Alhambra are unavailable, we’ll take you to the Alcazaba Fortress and Charles V Palace, at a reduced price of Euro 35.

COSTA DEL SOL

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

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

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

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.

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, hand-crafted jewellery made in the local style.

Seville

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.

Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialities. 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.

Lisbon

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.

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.

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.

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.

 Where you stay

All hotels included in your tour package are hand-picked, of an outstanding standard and far better value than if booked individually. Our valued travel partners who organise these tours also own the Red Carnation Hotel Group and where possible Red Carnation Hotels are used and please see our link for further details.

Travel Highlights

  • Return ferry crossing between Spain and Morocco
  • Audio Headsets: provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your trip
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are multi-award winning Globe Best Tour operator in the world 2013, 2014 and 2015.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA, IATA and ATOL protected
  • Part of the Trade Right Foundation

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