Spain, Morocco & Portugal Winter 2016-2017

Moroccan Slippers
17 Days

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. 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… sampling 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.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Spain's capital, Madrid. Spend some time exploring this vibrant city before meeting up with your fellow travelers and Travel Director. Enjoy an evening drive to take in some of the city's main sights followed by a Welcome Reception.
    hotel:AC Cuzco
  3. 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.
  4. 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 a traditional 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):BB, DW
  5. 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.
    hotel:Melia Costa Del Sol
  6. 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):BB, D
    hotel:Royal Mirage
  7. 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 a visit to the Imperial city of Meknes. Soak up the unique atmosphere of this exotic city with its high defensive walls and monumental gates.
  8. Traveling through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to Marrakesh is spectacular. A favorite vacation spot of Winston Churchill, the city is one of North Africa's most popular tourist destinations. Tonight is yours to explore Marrakesh's fascinating maze of souqs, or perhaps enjoy an authentic Moroccan show.
    hotel:Meridien N'Fis
  9. 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 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 maybe visit a local Berber village. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
  10. Today continue on to Casablanca, scene of Humphrey Bogart's most magical moments. On arrival your orientation 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 Tangier where you dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Farah Tanger
  11. Board the ferry for the return journey back across the Strait 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?
    hotel:Melia Lebreros
  12. See the Giralda Tower during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Admire the tiled fountains and pavilions 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 former Jewish Quarter. Experience a memorable Be My Guest dinner with a local family at an olive oil farm.
    meal(s):BB, BG
  13. Your panoramic journey continues through the province of Huelva before crossing the border into the Alentejo region of Portugal, renowned for its cork oaks. Arrive this afternoon to Lisbon.
    hotel:Olissippo Marques De Sa
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
    hotel:Gran Corona Sol
  16. 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):BB, FD
    hotel:Ayre Gran Colon
  17. This morning it is time to bid farewell to your Travel Director and newfound friends as your memorable vacation comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

15 nights' accommodations, 15 hot buffet breakfasts, 7 dinners.

Your included sights

  • City tour in Madrid, Toledo, Fez, Marrakesh, Seville and Lisbon.
  • Orientation of Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Fatima and Salamanca.
  • Visit the Synagogue and Santo Tome 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.
  • View Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Royal Palace in Rabat, Belem Tower in Lisbon and the Shrine at Fatima.

Your Insider Experiences

  • Local Specialist: For included sightseeing in Madrid, Toledo, Fez, Marrakesh, Seville and Lisbon.
  • Cultural Insight: Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo, see local craftsmen at work. Visit a Moroccan pharmacy for an insight into the production of medicine from local produce.
  • Be My Guest: Dine in a Andalusian white-washed Finca with a family who own an olive oil mill.
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
28 Oct 16 13 Nov 16 checkmark $2,650pp
4 Nov 16 20 Nov 16 checkmark $2,650pp
25 Nov 16 11 Dec 16 checkmark $2,650$2,518pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,650 $2,518 pp
10 Dec 16 26 Dec 16 checkmark $2,695$2,560pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,695 $2,560 pp
21 Dec 16 6 Jan 17 checkmark $2,895pp
$2,895 pp
29 Dec 16 14 Jan 17 checkmark $2,725$2,589pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,725 $2,589 pp
6 Jan 17 22 Jan 17 checkmark $2,650$2,518pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,650 $2,518 pp
20 Jan 17 5 Feb 17 $2,425$2,304pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,425 $2,304 pp
3 Feb 17 19 Feb 17 checkmark $2,425$2,304pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,425 $2,304 pp
24 Feb 17 12 Mar 17 $2,550$2,423pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,550 $2,423 pp
3 Mar 17 19 Mar 17 $2,650$2,518pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,650 $2,518 pp
10 Mar 17 26 Mar 17 $2,650$2,518pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,650 $2,518 pp
17 Mar 17 2 Apr 17 $2,650$2,518pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,650 $2,518 pp
24 Mar 17 9 Apr 17 checkmark $2,650$2,518pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,650 $2,518 pp
7 Apr 17 23 Apr 17 checkmark $2,750pp
$2,750 pp
14 Apr 17 30 Apr 17 checkmark $2,775$2,636pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,775 $2,636 pp

Special Rate Solo Rooming: These departures include 40-100% discount on our standard single supplement. 

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $320.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $123 per person.

Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights: Please note Morocco does not celebrate Christmas. The December 11th, 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas in Madrid. The December 17th, 2016 departure will toast New Year's Eve in Madrid. The December 22nd, 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas in Costa del Sol and New Year's Eve in Seville. The December 30th, 2016 departure will toast New Year's Eve in Madrid. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.

Airport Transfers: On arrival to Madrid Airport transfers will operate at 10:30am, 1am and 3:30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Madrid Airport at 8:30am and 11am.

Note: Visas may be required for this trip.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Spain, Portugal and Morocco must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting these countries.

  • The currency in Spain and Portugal is the Euro (€) and in Morocco is the Dihram (.د.م).  U.S. dollars and euros are also usually accepted in Morocco.  While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Spain, Portugal and Morocco. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Spain offers a delicious selection of cured hams, chorizo sausage, seafood, cheeses, and more.  Try traditional dishes such as tortilla española (Spanish omelet), paella, and desserts such as flan, churros, and Catalan cream. For a quick lunch at a reasonable price, stop by a café or food cart for a bocadillo, a traditional Spanish sandwich made with baguette-style bread, ham and cheese.  In the evening, try a selection of tapas with a glass of the local wine. 

    With Portugal’s long coastline, seafood is featured prominently on their menus. Popular dishes include sopa de mariscos (a shellfish soup) and bacalhau (dried codfish), and Portuguese grilled chicken prepared with chili, garlic and olive oil. For dessert, don’t miss out on the famous pastéis de nata custard pastry or arroz dolce (rice pudding) and a glass of port wine. 

    Moroccan food is a flavorful mix of Mediterranean, Arabic, Andalusian and North African cuisines.  A wide variety of spices including saffron, cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, and paprika are used in cooking.  Try a variety of couscous with meat and vegetables and fresh baked Moroccan bread.  Meals are generally concluded with fresh fruit and a glass of sweet mint tea.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase.  This will also give you many options for how to dress in varying climates. In Morocco, loose fitting clothes are always a respectful and comfortable option, especially during the hot and humid summer months.  It’s a good idea to bring a lightweight scarf that can be worn at religious sites throughout your trip and at night when temperatures cool off. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping in Spain and Portugal is much less common than in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appreciated, although not required, to leave a few extra euros for your server, and up to 10 percent for particularly good service.  Leave your tip on the table rather than adding it to your credit card slip to ensure that your waiter receives it.  In Morocco, it’s appropriate to tip your waiter 1 dh per person at cafés and up to 10-15 percent at upmarket restaurants.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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