20 days from Lisbon to Barcelona
Departs From: Lisbon
On this Spain, Portugal, and Morocco escorted tour, you’ll experience these three glorious countries with overnights in Lisbon, Seville, Rabat, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Erfoud, Fez, Tangier, the Costa del Sol, Granada, and Madrid. Some of the tour highlights include the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, a symbol of Portugal’s power during the Age of Discovery; Madrid’s Prado Museum, with its 8,000 pieces of Western painting; and Toledo’s Santo Tomé Church, with one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. Enjoy a ferry ride across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco and in Rabat, visit the beautiful Mohammed V Mausoleum, with the tombs of the Moroccan king and his two sons. Step back in time in Marrakesh with sightseeing including Bahia Palace, built in the late 19th century, and the 16th-century Saadian Tombs. Wander through the Djemaa El-Fna, a square and exotic bazaar offering some of the greatest open-air entertainment. In Fez, visit the labyrinthine Medina – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and Medersa Bou Inania, an architectural work of art built between 1350 and 1357. One cannot think of Casablanca without thinking of the movie Casablanca. Here, TravelToe has arranged a special experience for you…you’ll enjoy lunch at Rick’s Café Américain, a re-creation of the bar made famous in the movie. Another special treat is a four-wheel drive to the sand dune of Erg Chebbi. Back in Spain, spend time on the Costa del Sol, where you can relax and soak up the sun on the beach. These are just a few of the many highlights offered on this spectacular Spain, Portugal, and Morocco guided tour. Then, at the end of your tour, travel via high-speed AVE train to Barcelona for three nights and guided sightseeing, including visits to the Casa Batlló and the Sagrada Familia Basilica, Gaudi’s masterpieces. All Barcelona vacation package services, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms. It’s a memorable vacation indeed!Duration:
|31 August, 2018
||19 September, 2018
|28 September, 2018
||17 October, 2018
|05 October, 2018
||24 October, 2018
|12 October, 2018
||31 October, 2018
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery AZEITAO
Visit a tile workshopSEVILLE
Guided sightseeing, visit the Casa de Pilatos, and walk through the Santa Cruz quarterALGECIRAS–TANGIER
By ferry across the Strait of GibraltarRABAT
Guided sightseeing, visit Mohammed V Mausoleum and the Roman relics of ChellahCASABLANCA
[LF] Enjoy lunch at Rick’s Café; guided panoramic drive; visit Hassan II MosqueMARRAKESH
Guided sightseeing, visit Bahia Palace and the Saadian Tombs (if closed, visit Badia Palace instead)OUARZAZATE
Visit Kasbah Taourirt; stay overnight in the area where the movie Lawrence of Arabia was madeERFOUD
[LF] Enjoy a four-wheel drive to the sand dune of Erg Chebbi; have traditional mint teaER RACHIDIA
Stop in the Ziz GorgesFEZ
Guided sightseeing, visit the Medina and Medersa Bou InaniaTANGIER
Orientation, board the ferry to SpainCOSTA DEL SOL
Stay two nights in the resort of MarbellaGRANADA
Guided walking tour, visit the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife; a special dinner at a local restaurantTOLEDO
Guided walking tour, visit an early synagogue, the gothic cathedral, and the Santo Tomé Church with one of El Greco’s masterpieces; visit a Damascene steel workshopMADRID
Guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum; [LF] farewell paella dinner at a local restaurantBARCELONA
Guided sightseeing including visits to Casa Batllo and the Sagrada Familia Basilica
Day 1 ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL.
Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)Day 2 LISBON.
Lisbon was the center of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator’s 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares. Then, enjoy a walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the popular quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square. Stop for pictures of Belem Tower, guarding the mouth of the Tagus, and the Monument to the Discoveries. Also visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. An exciting optional excursion to the royal palace of Queluz is available, as well as dinner at a typical taverna with Fado-style entertainment. (B)Day 3 LISBON–AZEITAO–SEVILLE, SPAIN.
In Azeitao, visit a traditional TILE WORKSHOP. Next, enter Spain and reach the vibrant capital of Andalusia, Seville. (B,D)Day 4 SEVILLE.
During your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, hear about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that used to be the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also visit the magnificent CASA DE PILATOS, a mixture of Moorish and Roman architecture with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. For those interested, an optional extended guided visit to the cathedral is available. Tonight, for a truly Andalusian night out, reserve a seat at our optional Flamenco show. (B)Day 5 SEVILLE–ALGECIRAS–RABAT, MOROCCO.
Travel through the sherry wine region of Jerez to Algeciras and enjoy a FERRY RIDE across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco. Follow North Africa’s infamous Barbary Coast to Rabat, once a lair of the corsairs and now the country’s capital. (B,D)Day 6 RABAT–CASABLANCA–MARRAKESH.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide focuses on the massive medieval battlements, the Royal Palace, MAUSOLEUM OF MOHAMMED V, Hassan Tower, and the Kasbah of Oudaias. Also visit the fine ROMAN RELICS OF CHELLAH. Continue to Casablanca, Morocco’s modern seaport. [LF] A special lunch has been prepared at Rick’s Café Américain, famous from the movie Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, and the song As Time Goes By. Your guided panoramic drive features a visit to the HASSAN II MOSQUE, a splendid monument designed to mark the end of the century. Evening arrival in Marrakesh, beautifully situated in an oasis. (B,L,D)Day 7 MARRAKESH.
Follow your Local Guide and visit BAHIA PALACE, the 16th-century SAADIAN TOMBS (if closed, visit the BADIA PALACE instead), and to Djemaa El-Fna, the vibrant town center dominated by the 222-foot-high Koutoubia Minaret. In the evening, an exciting optional excursionis available. (B)Day 8 MARRAKESH–OUARZAZATE.
Today, travel to Morocco’s Hollywood, Ouarzazate, deep in the desert and immortalized through movies like Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars. Later, visit KASBAH TAOURIRT. (B,D)Day 9 OUARZAZATE–ERFOUD.
A fascinating drive through the desert via the Dades Valley with its oases filled with olives, dates, and figs. Then, head through Morocco’s Grand Canyon, Todra Gorge, to Erfoud in the heart of the Sahara. A special treat awaits you: enjoy [LF] a spectacular FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE to the sand dune of Erg Chebbi. Admire the unforgettable and romantic sunset and sip the traditional mint tea before heading back to your hotel. (B,D)Day 10 ERFOUD–ER RACHIDIA–FEZ.
Enjoy your last views of the desert and turn northwards. Stop in Er Rachidia, originally built as a French settlement, and travel via the Ziz Gorges and the Middle Atlas mountains to Fez. Blessed with an ample supply of water and strategically situated, Fez became the capital of Morocco when the country shook off foreign rule under Berber King Idris in the 8th century. To this day, Fez has remained Morocco’s spiritual and artistic center. Tonight, why not sign up for an optional folklore dinner? (B)Day 11 FEZ–TANGIER.
See the magnificent entrance to the Royal Palace, drive through the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter, and travel on to Bab Bou Jeloud, the traditional entrance to Old Fez. Your Local Guide also leads you through labyrinthine MEDINA and MEDERSA BOU INANIA. Continue to Tangier, jumping-off point for the Moorish conquest of Spain, and enjoy an orientation drive of this busy seaport. (B,D)Day 12 TANGIER–COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN.
Board the FERRY for the trip back across the Strait to Europe. Continue to the elegant Costa del Sol, where you will stay for two nights. (B)Day 13 COSTA DEL SOL.
Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704. Later, enjoy the sandy beaches and browse through the trendy boutiques. Tonight, why not try out local specialties at one of the lively restaurants? (B)Day 14 COSTA DEL SOLE–GRANADA.
Leave the Mediterranean coast and arrive in Granada. A guided walking tour features a visit to the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX, a fantasy of “lace in stone” surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains, with superb views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte. Also visit the WATER GARDENS OF THE GENERALIFE. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)Day 15 GRANADA–TOLEDO–MADRID.
Drive via Don Quixote’s La Mancha to Toledo, where a Local Guide takes you to the Moorish bridge, an early SYNAGOGUE, the CATHEDRAL, and the CHURCH OF SANTO TOMÉ with one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. Visit a DAMASCENE STEEL WORKSHOP before arriving in Madrid. (B)Day 16 MADRID.
Morning guided sightseeing features the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, and more. The highlight is a visit to the PRADO MUSEUM. An optional excursion to El Escorial is available, and tonight, [LF] a special paella farewell dinner awaits you at a local restaurant as a proper way to say adios to Spain! (B,D)Day 17 MADRID–BARCELONA.
Travel by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (first class) to Barcelona. Your Local Host can help you make the most of your stay. (B)Day 18 BARCELONA.
Morning guided sightseeing includes visits to CASA BATLLÓ and the SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA. (B)Day 19 BARCELONA.
Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (B)Day 20 BARCELONA.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)Meals
: Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 special lunch with wine in Casablanca; 9 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Lisbon and special dinners in Granada and MadridTransportation
Motorcoach; ferry; four-wheel drive in the desert; high-speed, first-class AVE train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach (except in Morocco) and in most hotel lobbies.