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Length:  16 days from Madrid to Madrid

2019 Season Departs From:  Madrid


Overview

On this Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour, experience these three glorious countries with rich histories and distinct cultures. You ll overnight in Madrid, Seville, Granada, and the Costa del Sol in Spain; Coimbra and Lisbon in Portugal; and Rabat, Marrakesh, and Fez in Morocco.

The tour will start in Madrid, where you’ll discover the main sights with a local guide. On the way to Portugal, you’ll visit Avila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its ancient fortified towers and walls, and beautiful Salamanca. The Portuguese pearls you’ll discover on this affordable tour are Coimbra, Obidos, Fatima with its famous Sanctuary, and the capital, Lisbon.

You’ll cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco on the African continent by ferry to step back in time in Rabat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Moroccos capital since 1912. Fez is still Moroccos cultural and spiritual center, and its centerpiece is the Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 9th century and whose palaces, madrasas fondouks, residences, mosques, and fountains date back to the 13th-14th centuries.

Also founded in the 9th century, the red city of Marrakesh remains a tapestry of ramparts, mosques, palaces, gardens, vibrant public squares, and souks (markets). You’ll get to know this fascinating city with a local expert on the included tour. You ll also stop in Casablanca, Moroccos westernmost city and still known for the 1942 classic film with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

You will love the included guided visit to Granadas legendary Alhambra complex, a lavish palace and fortress built by Moorish kings in 889 AD, that you will appreciate even more after having visited Morocco.

These are just some of the many highlights on this comprehensive and affordable Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour. Its a memorable budget vacation for value-mind travelers.



Duration:  16 Days

Schedule:   

Start Date End Date
02 January, 2019 17 January, 2019
09 March, 2019 24 March, 2019
23 March, 2019 07 April, 2019
06 April, 2019 21 April, 2019
20 April, 2019 05 May, 2019
27 April, 2019 12 May, 2019
04 May, 2019 19 May, 2019
11 May, 2019 26 May, 2019
18 May, 2019 02 June, 2019
25 May, 2019 09 June, 2019
25 May, 2019 09 June, 2019
01 June, 2019 16 June, 2019
08 June, 2019 23 June, 2019
15 June, 2019 30 June, 2019
22 June, 2019 07 July, 2019
29 June, 2019 14 July, 2019
06 July, 2019 21 July, 2019
13 July, 2019 28 July, 2019
20 July, 2019 04 August, 2019
27 July, 2019 11 August, 2019
03 August, 2019 18 August, 2019
10 August, 2019 25 August, 2019
24 August, 2019 08 September, 2019
31 August, 2019 15 September, 2019
05 September, 2019 20 September, 2019
07 September, 2019 22 September, 2019
12 September, 2019 27 September, 2019
14 September, 2019 29 September, 2019
19 September, 2019 04 October, 2019
21 September, 2019 06 October, 2019
26 September, 2019 11 October, 2019
28 September, 2019 13 October, 2019
05 October, 2019 20 October, 2019
10 October, 2019 25 October, 2019
12 October, 2019 27 October, 2019
17 October, 2019 01 November, 2019
19 October, 2019 03 November, 2019
26 October, 2019 10 November, 2019
09 November, 2019 24 November, 2019
23 November, 2019 08 December, 2019
07 December, 2019 22 December, 2019
22 December, 2019 06 January, 2020


City Highlights

MADRID
Guided sightseeing

ÁVILA & SALAMANCA
Visit

COIMBRA
Orientation

FÁTIMA
Visit the Sanctuary

OBIDOS
Visit

LISBON
Guided sightseeing

SEVILLE
Guided sightseeing

RABAT
Guided sightseeing

CASABLANCA
Orientation drive

MARRAKESH
Guided sightseeing

FEZ
Guided sightseeing

GRANADA
Guided visit of the Alhambra Complex*

LA MANCHA
Visit a wine cellar





Day 1   ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN. Check into your hotel. Take advantage of any free time to explore lively Madrid with the help of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 2   MADRID. Spaniards say the Spanish capital, situated 2,180 feet above sea level, is the nearest thing to Heaven. It’s certainly worth making the most of today by joining the included guided sightseeing tour: a full panoramic drive by way of the Avenida Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Parliament Square, and a picture stop outside the Royal Palace. The optional trip to Toledo is most rewarding, too. The splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus was made famous in El Greco’s painting, and even now it’s like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. (B)

Day 3   MADRID–ÁVILA–SALAMANCA–COIMBRA, PORTUGAL. Visit ancient fortified Ávila with its many towers, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Salamanca and make sure you spend some time wandering around PLAZA MAYOR, the grandest square in Spain. Cross the frontier to Guarda, the highest town in Portugal. From here, descend to the valleys of the Serra da Estrela to Coimbra. (B,D)

Day 4   COIMBRA–FÁTIMA–OBIDOS–LISBON. Enjoy an orientation tour of Coimbra, celebrated for its beauty and ancient university. Later, travel southward to visit the SANCTUARY of Fátima, one of Europe’s most visited Marian shrines. Continue to picturesque fortified Obidos, before reaching Lisbon for two overnights. (B)

Day 5   LISBON. Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” On the included guided tour, see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, and the impressive Commerce Square, also known as Black Horse Square. Spend the afternoon at leisure—maybe in the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion to coastal Estoril and Cascais. (B)

Day 6   LISBON–SEVILLE, SPAIN. From the rolling plains of the Alentejo with its woodlands of cork and eucalyptus trees, head south to the brilliant light of Andalusia. Admire its neat, white-painted villages and sun-drenched plantations of olives, figs, and almonds while traveling towards magnificent Seville. (B,D)

Day 7   SEVILLE. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of this vibrant city’s main highlights, such as the cathedral, Alcázar, and Plaza d’España. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 8   SEVILLE–FERRY TO MOROCCO–RABAT. Drive through Spain’s pretty sherry wine region and head south to the coast. Here, you will embark the FERRY and cruise across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco on the African continent. Travel along what was once the infamous Barbary Coast, then continue the drive south to Rabat, one of Morocco’s imperial cities. (B,D)

Day 9   RABAT–CASABLANCA–MARRAKESH. Today starts with an included guided city sightseeing tour of the country’s lively capital, a visit to CHELLAH GARDENS and CASBAH DES OUDAIAS. Later, reach Morocco’s westernmost city: Casablanca. Enjoy an orientation drive in this modern city and see the illustrious Hassan II Mosque. One of the largest mosques in the world, its minaret soars 689 feet into the sky. Continue on to the “red” oasis city of Marrakesh. An optional excursion this evening is the perfect end of the day. (B)

Day 10   MARRAKESH. Today’s included city sightseeing with a Local Guide will make you feel like you’ve been whisked back in time. Founded in the 9th century, Marrakesh remains a tapestry of ramparts, mosques, palaces, gardens, and vibrant public squares and souks (markets)—where buying and selling and a fascinating carnival of entertainment occurs daily. Also see the BAHIA PALACE and SAADIAN TOMBS. (B,D)

Day 11   MARRAKESH–FEZ. Today, travel through the fragrant cedar forests of the Middle Atlas mountains, where a number of peaks soar above 13,000 feet in elevation. This range is home to the endangered Barbary ape, as well as wild boar and polecats. On your way north to Fez, enjoy glimpses of North African village life. (B,D)

Day 12   FEZ. Ancient Fez is a city of outstanding scenic beauty. Visit the MEDINA during the included sightseeing tour this morning, and enjoy the maze of narrow streets through the colorful bazaars and exotic atmosphere. The madrasas, fondouks, palaces, residences, mosques, and fountains dating back to the 13th century are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, explore further on your own. (B)

Day 13   FEZ–FERRY CROSSING TO SPAIN–MIJAS. Today, an early departure takes you north for the FERRY crossing back to mainland Spain to the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun). Overnight in Mijas. (B,D)

Day 14   MIJAS–GRANADA. Travel along the Costa del Sol and head to Granada in the heart of Andalusia. On the agenda: an included guided visit of the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX*, a lavish palace and fortress built by Moorish kings. You’ll marvel at its architectural Moorish beauty and magnificent gardens, with construction dating back to 889 AD. (B,D)

Day 15   GRANADA–MADRID. Travel through the very heart of Don Quixote’s La Mancha, famed for its castle and windmills. Before arriving in Madrid, visit a local WINE CELLAR and taste some of the locally produced wines. (B)

Day 16   MADRID. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Meals:  Buffet breakfasts daily; 8 dinners

Transportation

Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; ferry across the Straits of Gibraltar





Note: Flights are NOT included with the Tour and unless otherwise stated above transfers are also NOT included.





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