Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco Winter 2016-2017

Plaza de Espana, Seville, Spain
19 Days

A kaleidoscopic adventure that takes you from some of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities, to an exotic and vivid land of medinas and minarets. 

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
  2. Transfers leave Madrid Airport for your hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:30 and 16:00. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
    hotel:Miguel Angel, Madrid (2 nights).
  3. Go with a Local Expert down the Gran Vía to the Cibeles Fountain on the wide Paseo de la Castellana. Cross the Puerta del Sol and see the Cervantes Monument in the Plaza de España. A highlight is a visit to the Prado Museum, a magnificent palace housing works by Velázquez, Goya, Rubens and others. The afternoon is at leisure.
    hotel:Miguel Angel, Madrid.
  4. With a Local Expert, visit the city of Toledo. Join a master craftsman in a Damascene workshop for a personal insight into this ancient craft. Walk through the cobbled streets to visit the Church of Santo Tomé, housing El Greco's famous painting. Later, pass the walls of Avila en route to Salamanca with its honey-coloured cathedral.
    hotel:Alameda Palace, Salamanca.
  5. Cross the Portuguese frontier and skirt the Estrela Mountains en route to Fátima. Join the pilgrims flocking into the great Basilica commemorating the miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. Then continue to Lisbon.
    hotel:Turim Saldanha, Lisbon (2 nights).
  6. Sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the avenues of the Lower Town to the Terreiro do Paço with a visit to the Belém Quarter. Enjoy a tasting of the famous 'Pasteis de Belém' from an old patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal's finest pastry for over 100 years. See the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belém Tower - a fortress originally set in the middle of the river. Next, visit Jeronimos Monastery with its Manueline architecture. Enjoy free time in the afternoon.
    hotel:Turim Saldanha, Lisbon.
  7. On arrival in Seville, join a Local Expert for a tour of the immense cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus and the slender Giralda Tower. Explore the labyrinthine Santa Cruz Quarter and see the Alcazar. In the evening, sit back and enjoy a fiery flamenco show with dinner.
    meal(s):BB, SE
    hotel:Ayre, Seville (2 nights).
  8. This day is yours to completely relax, explore, or continue sightseeing in this fascinating city. One suggestion is an optional experience to Cordoba to visit the magnificent Mezquita.
    hotel:Ayre, Seville.
  9. Set sail across the Straits of Gibraltar to Morocco, a world of veils, musky spices, bazaars, souks and snake charmers. Continue to Fes, Morocco's most ancient imperial city.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Palais Medina & Spa, Fes (2 nights).
  10. Sightseeing with a Local Expert shows you the Medina – the walled city of hidden courtyards, mosques and workshops, the bazaar and one of the world's oldest universities. Learn about the ancient craft of carpet making, gain an insight into the motifs and colors used in the designs. Then you will be at leisure.
    hotel:Palais Medina & Spa, Fes.
  11. Travel via the Atlas Mountains, past mud-walled villages to Marrakesh.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Atlas Medina & Spa, Marrakesh (2 nights).
  12. Enjoy the atmosphere in Jemaa el-Fnaa Square where acrobats and fortune tellers entertain you. A guided tour with a Local Expert shows you the Medina with its many souks and the Koutoubia Minaret dominating the skyline. Also included is a visit to the Palais de la Bahia, built in the late 19th century, intended to be the greatest palace of its time.
    hotel:Atlas Medina & Spa, Marrakesh.
  13. Say goodbye to the snake charmers of Marrakesh and head for Casablanca on the coast. Did Humphrey Bogart really say "Play it again Sam"? Find out during sightseeing with a Local Expert and see the largest mosque in the country.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Golden Tulip Farah, Casablanca.
  14. Drive northwards to Rabat. With a Local Expert see the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower. Continue to Tangier, Morocco's great port, overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar. Guided sightseeing includes the Sultan's Palace and the famous Kasbah, with its variety of Moroccan wares. In the evening, relax in the comfortable surroundings of your hotel or take a stroll along the Bay of Tangier.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Hotel Farah, Tangier.
  15. Cross back over to Spain and visit Gibraltar, an independent colony under British control since 1704. With a Local Expert, visit the Rock of Gibraltar, St. Michael’s Cave and see the Barbary Apes, legendary guardians of the colony. Later, take the scenic route along the Costa del Sol through exclusive resorts where the Mediterranean’s most expensive yachts are moored.
    hotel:Melia Costa Del Sol, Torremolinos (2 nights).
  16. A free day on the Costa del Sol. Enjoy the balmy climate as you stroll along the promenade, relax at your hotel or savor the local specialties in the local restaurants.
    hotel:Melia Costa Del Sol, Torremolinos.
  17. Drive through the green hills above the Costa del Sol to the white-washed village of Mijas. Stroll through the old streets and gardens and take in the views of the coast. Continue to Granada to visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace. A Local Expert will show you the Lion Court as well as the water gardens of the royal summer residence. In the evening, choose your own personal ambience and cuisine from our Dine-Around selection of restaurants.
    meal(s):BB, DA
    hotel:Vincci Albayzin, Granada.
  18. Journey northwards through countryside immortalized by Don Quixote. In the evening,back in Madrid, bid farewell to your newfound friends with a lively Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Miguel Angel, Madrid.
  19. Departure transfers arrive at Madrid Airport at 07:00, 09:00 & 11:00.

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Meal Summary

1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 17 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Dine-Around dinner (DA), 1 Signature Evening (SE),

4 three-course table d'hote Dinners or Buffets, plus tea or coffee (D) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD).

Departures on tour for Christmas and New Year's Eve enjoy a festive Highlight Dinner.

Included Highlights

Signature Experiences

  • Madrid: From El Greco to Goya, an expert art historian reveals the crowning achievements of Spanish painting in the magnificent Prado Museum.
  • Toledo: At a Damascene workshop, meet a master craftsman for a personal insight into this ancient craft.
  • Toledo: Walk the cobbled streets and view El Greco’s masterpiece in the Church of Santo Tomé.
  • Fatima: Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of Apparitions.
  • Lisbon: Visit Jeronimo's church with its beautiful Manueline architecture, reflecting Portugal's trade over the centuries.
  • Seville: With a Local Expert, step inside the cathedral, past the gilded altar to the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.
  • Marrakesh: Built around a lovely inner garden, explore the Bahia Palace with a Local Expert and see glimpses of a Moroccan kingdom's former opulence.
  • Rabat: With a Local Expert see the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower.
  • Tangier: Sightseeing with a Local Expert includes the Sultan's Palace and the famous Kasbah.
  • Gibraltar: With a Local Expert, tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, affording magnificent views of the meeting of the Atlantic and Mediterranean and the Spanish Sierra.
  • Granada: Best interpreted with help of a Local Expert, the Alhambra Palace is the ultimate in Muslim architecture, an arabesque fantasy in stone, complemented by the rich, scented gardens of the Generalife.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Autumn: Sample the smooth taste of the freshly pressed olive oil.
  • Winter: See Riffans picking strawberries in the fields and dine on the freshest strawberries available in Fes.
  • Spring: Enjoy a delicious exploration of the local wines, their robust flavours and absorbing history.


  • Madrid: A guided tour shows you the Don Quixote statue in Plaza de España, Gran Via, Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and Puerta del Sol.
  • Salamanca: See the cathedral in the university town.
  • Lisbon: Tour the spacious avenues and elegant squares. See the Monument to the Discoveries and ancient Belém Tower.
  • Seville: Enjoy a walking tour of the Santa Cruz Quarter. See the Alcazar.
  • Fes: Visit the Medina and shop for Moroccan carpets.
  • Marrakesh: Soak up the atmosphere in Djemaa el-Fna Square. See the Koutoubia Minaret.
  • Casablanca: See the Hassan II Mosque.
  • Rabat: See the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower.
  • Tangier: See the Medina and Kasbah.
  • Mijas: Journey to this white-washed village.
  • Consuegra: Enjoy views from the windmills above the town.
  • Scenic drives: Atlas Mountains, Costa del Sol, Sierra Nevada.
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
3 Nov 16 21 Nov 16 checkmark $3,295pp
27 Dec 16 14 Jan 17 checkmark $3,475$3,301pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$3,475 $3,301 pp
5 Jan 17 23 Jan 17 $3,295$3,130pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$3,295 $3,130 pp
19 Jan 17 6 Feb 17 $3,295$3,130pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$3,295 $3,130 pp
23 Feb 17 13 Mar 17 $3,295$3,130pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$3,295 $3,130 pp
9 Mar 17 27 Mar 17 $3,350$3,183pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$3,350 $3,183 pp
16 Mar 17 3 Apr 17 $3,375$3,206pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$3,375 $3,206 pp
23 Mar 17 10 Apr 17 checkmark $3,375pp
$3,375 pp

December 20th: Christmas Highlight Dinner with gift in Lisbon and New Year's Eve Dinner in Marrakesh. December 27th: New Year's Eve Dinner in Lisbon. These additional dinners will replace dinners shown in the itinerary.

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 $390.

*Note: There is a 50% reduction to the Single Supplement charge for departures November 3rd, November 24th, January 5th, January 19th, March 9th and March 23rd, subject to availability.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $170 per person.

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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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