Spain, Portugal and Morroco tour
21 days / 20 nights
from 2950 €
24 guests max
Welcome to Spain and to the grand city of Madrid. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is for free time, as you prepare to travel the Iberian Peninsula and see the best places to visit in Spain and Portugal. Accommodation at the hotel.
After breakfast you will embark on a panoramic city tour of Madrid; a rather logical initiation into any Iberian Peninsula tour. Overflowing with palaces, museums, and grand squares, Madrid is a truly majestic city. We will see the historical and architectural highlights, as well as contemporary Madrid, including the commercial and financial districts, the Las Ventas Bullring, and spectacular sight for all football aficionados, the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. In your free afternoon, explore this grand city on your own. It deserves it. Stroll through its streets, visit a museum, and enjoy some people watching over a cafe con leche or a copa de vino. Accommodation at the hotel.
After breakfast, we depart for Salamanca, which has got to be one of the loveliest cities on the Iberian Peninsula and, on a tour like ours, one of the most special and best places to visit in Spain and Portugal. The city has a truly golden glow due to the golden sandstone they used in its construction. The famous university, the two cathedrals, and the main square of the Plaza Mayor are just the highlights, but there are many more things to marvel at, and wandering round the old city (World Heritage Site) in your free time will lead you to a new treasure around every golden corner. We will then head to the Portuguese border, and on until reaching Porto. Accommodation at the hotel.
Let’s get to know Porto this morning on a panoramic sightseeing tour of this World Heritage city, including the Cathedral, the Stock Exchange building, and Santa Clara church. Afterwards, our tour of the Iberian Peninsula takes us to see the city from a different perspective, namely along the river Douro aboard the BlueBoats Cruise, and then to visit a well-known Port wine cellar for a tasting. The afternoon is at leisure; explore the city, which is consistently ranked high on the list of the best places to visit in Spain and Portugal, and get familiar with the local motto: “Coimbra sings; Braga prays; Lisbon shows off; and Porto works.” Accommodation in Porto.
After breakfast, we depart for Coimbra. This is the city seat of one of the oldest universities in Europe and the birthplace of Fado, Portuguese folk music. Enjoy some free time and check out everything Coimbra has to offer: wandering through its inviting, Arab-flavored old town, a maze of narrow lanes, timeworn shops, and little tascas (cheap eateries). We continue to Fatima, the center of the Christian Faith on the Iberian Peninsula and a World Pilgrimage Sanctuary, with its impressive Basilica and the Cova da Iria. A hundred years ago, this sleepy rural town suddenly shot to international renown when three children reported seeing an apparition of Mary here. Since then, Fátima has become a wildly popular destination for fait-based tourism on the Iberian Peninsula. At night you have the chance to attend the procession of the candles. Accommodation at the hotel.
We will start this day with a visit to Batalha Monastery, one of the most magnificent buildings on the Iberian Peninsula. Its gothic structure is beautifully preserved and it is complimented by ornation in Manueline style. Marvel at the structure and at the many delicate carvings, no wonder it is a Unesco World Heritage site. We continue to possibly the most famous and picturesque Portuguese fishing town of Nazaré, unique in many ways, with an atmosphere of times gone by. After free time, we continue to Alcobaça (World Heritage) with its Gothic church and Cistercian monastery, whose origins date back to the 11th century. Lastly, we head for the capital, Lisbon. Accommodation at the hotel. How about an optional traditional dinner with Fado, the hauntingly beautiful typical Portuguese music. Did you know that Portugal is commonly known as the 3 F’s: Fado, Fátima, and Futebol (Football)?
We start the morning with a sightseeing tour of the ancient Olissipo, driving through its main squares and avenues, Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Coach Museum (entrance included), the Monument to the Discoverers, the Marquis of Pombal Square, and Liberty Avenue. Free time in the afternoon is for you to get to know the oldest town in western Europe, catch the nostalgic corners of the Alfama Quarter, or take the famous number 28 Lisbon tram passing through the popular tourist districts of Graca, Alfama, Baixa, and Estrela. You’ll ride in a quaint, screeching, yellow tram through the city’s narrow streets, home to the genuine “tabernas”, where Fado transports listeners back to the past. Every tour to the Iberian Peninsula needs a visit to the City of Light, generally one of the most intriguing and best places to visit in Spain and Portugal. Accommodation at the hotel.
This morning we depart towards Caceres, the province’s capital, which was declared a World Heritage City on account of the amazing stories it has to tell. After all, it is not called the Ciudad Monumental for no reason. With its Roman, Moorish, and conquistador architecture and surrounded by medieval walls and stork-topped watchtowers, it actually managed to avoid the brunt of Europe’s wars and remain surprisingly intact, becoming the first Spanish city to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll through the old town, soak up all the stories and histories before continuing south towards Cordoba, once the capital of the Caliphate. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
We will take a guided tour of the city considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, visiting the Mezquita or Mosque-Cathedral, one of the most impressive buildings you will see on the Iberian Peninsula, the city’s atmospheric Jewish quarter, the Juderia, with its intricate network of lanes and buildings, decorated in wrought iron, and other city sites under the auspices of UNESCO. We then continue on towards Seville, the capital of Southern Spain and arguably on the list of top five best places to visit in Spain and Portugal, both for its beauty and its lively atmosphere, the city of Carmen, Don Juan, and Figaro. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
We discover grand Seville on a morning sightseeing tour, including the famous Royal Alcázar, the Cathedral of Santa Maria (the second-largest in the Catholic world after St. Peters in Rome), the Santa Cruz quarter (a backdrop in “Carmen”, and precisely where the myth of “Don Juan” developed), Maria Luisa Park, and Plaza de España. Afternoon free time is for you to explore and enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of this vibrant city. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. In the evening you may opt for a Flamenco Tour, as this dance is as passionate and mysterious as the city itself.
After breakfast we head south, enjoying the landscape and stopping in Ronda, one of Andalusia’s famous ‘white’ villages, loaded with history. It was built on a rocky outcrop and split in half by a deep river gorge, named the El Tajo, which was created by the river Guadalevin. The river is spanned by an 18th-century arched bridge, the Puento Nuevo, and tall whitewashed houses are perched along the edge. One of the most picturesque places to visit in Spain, Orson Wells and Ernest Hemingway both lived here for a while, and one of the scenes in the book For Whom the Bell Tolls takes place in Ronda. You will take some free time to stroll through the quaint town. Continue on to the Costa del Sol, the perfect playground for sun worshipers. More free time in the afternoon. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
A free day on Costa del Sol means having a full-day siesta on one of the beaches or finding beautiful landscapes, fabulous beaches, delicious food, or golf courses, and exploring interesting customs and traditions. For the sun worshipers, one of the best places to visit in Spain and Portugal. Much more than just a pretty beach, Costa del Sol will reveal its marvelous secrets, especially if you choose one of the optional tours. Breakfast, dinner, and accommodation at the hotel.
We start our day with a stunning drive along the picturesque Costa del Sol to Tarifa, where we cross the strait of Gibraltar by ferry and head towards Africa. This is where Spain and Morocco shake hands. After disembarking in Tangier, we drive southwards to Casablanca, Morocco’s largest town, often overlooked by travelers, but actually a thriving hub of fascinating architecture, great restaurants, and a real mix of grit and style. Casablanca was of course also the imaginary backdrop of one of the most famous movies of all times. Explore it during your free afternoon. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Let’s explore the city after breakfast, when we take a panoramic tour through the most interesting sections of the city, including Anfa Boulevard, Nations square, residential areas, and the outside of the Hassan II grand mosque.
We then head to Marrakech, the magical ‘Rose City’, blessed with fine gardens, palaces, and mosques, the real heartbeat of Morocco, located in an oasis between the Atlas Mountains and the area before the vast desert. We will visit the Koutoubia Tower, the twin tower of the Giralda in Seville, the Saadines Tombs, and Bay Palace, walk around the medina, souks, and soak in the unique atmosphere of Marrakech’s main square, Jemaa el-Fnaa, packed with fortune tellers, snake tamers, acrobats, dancers, and much more. This town is a feast for all senses and your camera. Dinner and accommodation at hotel.Optional dinner and show at Chez Ali Fantasia.
In the morning our tour takes us to Rabat, Morocco’s administrative capital, often left off the popular tourist circuits, but not missed on our Spain and Morocco tour. Rabat is a fabulous destination and can arguably be called the most ‘chill’ city in Morocco. We shall visit the exterior of the Royal Palace, the Mohamed V Mausoleum, and the Hassan Tower. We will then continue to the Imperial City of Meknes, one of the four Moroccan “Imperial Cities”, a relaxed, lesser-known tourist attraction, but nonetheless impressive, with unique places to visit, such as the loveliest and grandest “bab” or ancient door in all of Morocco, called Bab Mansour, or the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the only mosque in all of Morocco where non-Muslims are allowed. Later that day we arrive in Fez, one of the richest cities, historically, in the entire world as well as the cultural and spiritual center of the country. Dinner and accommodation.
Did you know that the Fez medina (old town) is one of the largest car-free zones in the world and is a UNESCO world heritage site? This morning we will explore the narrow, cobbled lanes and covered souks of this famous medina, visiting the 7 gates of the Royal Palace, the Jewish Quarters or Mellah, the gate of Bab Bou Jealous, and so much more. Fez is regarded as the most beautiful imperial city in this North African country, and that has everything to do with the beautiful and exotic sights that hide behind the walls of this fairytale city. Explore the maze of Fez by yourself in your free afternoon, then heading to dinner and accommodation at the hotel. You may also opt for an optional local dinner with a show.
Today we depart for Tangier, boarding the ferry back across the strait of Gibraltar, where Morocco say hello to the Iberian Peninsula again and we then drive towards the Costa del Sol. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast, dinner, and accommodation at the hotel. A great place to have a free day, few places conjure up such evocative images on hearing its name as the Costa del Sol (Sunny coast) and its 325 sunny days per year. It is the original sun, sea, and sand destination, but also more – Flamenco, golf, white washed villages, and, most of all, a laid-back approach to life. Optional tours available.
After breakfast we depart towards the city of Granada, the last stronghold of the Moorish Kingdoms up to 1492. We visit the famous Alhambra Palace and the beautifully manicured Generalife Gardens, former place of leisure for the kings of Granada, an inspiration for several authors with its sound and sights, such as in the Tales of the Alhambra by W. Irving. Enjoy your free afternoon in the city, which for many embodies the essence of Spain – the spirited people, rich history, warm climate, narrow streets with flower pots, traditional Flamenco shows. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel, with an optional Gipsy Flamenco show at Sacromonte Square, and maybe discuss which of the cities is the best place to visit in Spain and Portugal over a glass of vino.
Today we drive northward, where the sky opens up, past Castilla and the Tagus River, to the impressive Imperial city of Toledo – World Heritage City – where in the 13th century Christians, Moors, and Jews lived together, and churches, mosques, and synagogues and other buildings from this era give Toledo its unique and attractive combination of architectural styles. A real thriving hub of Spanish art, history, and spirituality, the whole town is a National Monument. We will enjoy a short guided tour of this historical old town through its narrow lanes and then visit the famous “Damasquinado” (gold and silver inlaying in iron) factory. At last, we continue to Madrid and conclude our tour of the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport and begin your journey home.
|Starting dates 2022|
|Prices in EUR|
|In twin superior “T”||2950|
|In single superior “T”||3850|
|In twin superior plus “A”||3340|
|In single superior plus “A”||4910|
|High season supplement (May 01 to Oct. 31, 2021) in superior “T”||120|
|High season supplement (May 01 to Oct. 31, 2021) in superior plus “A”||155|
|A||Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa / Riu Plaza España|
|2||Porto||T||Tryp Porto Expo|
|1||Fatima||T/A||Aurea Fatima / Estrela de Fatima / Regina|
|A||Lutecia / Vila Gale Opera|
|2||Seville||T||Catalonia Santa Justa / Catalonia Giralda|
|4||Costa del Sol||T/A||Sol Don Pablo / Don Marco / Sol Principe|
|A||Grand Mogador City Center|
|1||Marrakech||T||Mogador Kasbah / Zalagh Kasbah|
|A||Les jardins d’Agdal / Palm Plaza|
|A||Ramada Zalagh / Parc Palace|