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Highlights of Spain, Morocco and Portugal

Operated by: CostSaver

16 Days from $2,250 per person
Marrakesh Market, Morocco

Countries Visited

Spain, Morocco, Portugal ...more Spain, Morocco, Portugal

Locations Visited

Madrid, Granada, Costa Del Sol, Fez, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Seville, Lisbon, Fatima, Salamanca ...more Madrid, Granada, Costa Del Sol, Fez, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Seville, Lisbon, Fatima, Salamanca
  1. Day 1 Arrive Madrid (2 Nights)

    Welcome to Madrid, Spain's capital city. Check in to your hotel then relax and unwind. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. This evening, spend free time exploring on your own or take a walking tour of the city with the chance to savour local 'tapas' at a café on the Plaza Mayor. Or perhaps dine in a local restaurant offering the traditional flavours of Spain.

    hotel Axor Feria
  2. Day 2 Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time

    Your Local Specialist shows you the sights of Madrid including the Cibeles Fountain, the Gran Vía, Paseo de la Castellana and Puerta del Sol. See the monument to Cervantes in Plaza de España. Afterwards, consider an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO World Heritage city of Segovia.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Madrid – Toledo – Granada

    Today, drive to ancient Toledo and see the cathedral and the ancient synagogue with your Local Specialist. Visit a steel workshop to see some fine examples of the famous Toledo steel-craft. Travel through Andalucía to the Moorish city of Granada.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Macia Condor
  4. Day 4 Granada – Costa Del Sol

    Enjoy free time this morning to explore or join an Optional Experience to the Albaicín Quarter of Granada. Then travel towards Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and the gateway to the Costa del Sol.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Sol Guadalmar/Tryp Alameda
  5. Day 5 Costa Del Sol – Fez (2 Nights)

    The day begins with a scenic coastal drive before boarding the ferry to North Africa. A different world awaits you in Morocco, from the dramatic Rif Mountains to the imperial city of Fez, the architecture, culture and scent of the land is as rich as it is diverse.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Across Hotels & Spa
  6. Day 6 Fez Sightseeing and Free Time

    This morning, your guided sightseeing tour includes views of the Royal Palace. Admire traditional Moroccan handiwork during a visit to a carpet cooperative. Experience the atmosphere of this exotic city with time to relax or use your new-found skills to haggle over beautiful Moroccan carpets - an everlasting souvenir. Tonight, consider joining an Optional Experience to a traditional Arabian dinner, complete with belly dancing.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Fez – Marrakesh (2 Nights)

    Today, travel to the city of Marrakesh, Africa's most popular year-round sun resort. It was once the favourite holiday spot of Sir Winston Churchill, a haven where he used to relax and paint.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Atlas Asni
  8. Day 8 Marrakesh Sightseeing and Free Time

    This morning, your guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to the ornate Bahia Palace and the vast Djemaa el-Fna Square with its palm readers and acrobats. Then there is time at leisure for bargain hunting in the many souks and bazaars or perhaps take an Optional Experience to a Berber village in the Ourika Valley.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Day 9 Marrakesh – Casablanca – Rabat – Tangier

    Today, continue to Casablanca, scene of Humphrey Bogart's most magical moments. Upon 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 Mohammed V Mausoleum and Royal Palace. Arrive later in Tangier.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Atlas Rif & Spa
  10. Day 10 Tangier – Seville (2 Nights)

    Board the ferry for the return journey back across the Straits of Gibraltar to the Spanish mainland. Continue your journey to the capital of Andalucía Seville for a two-night stay.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel MA Congresos
  11. Day 11 Seville Sightseeing and Free Time

    Admire the great monuments and sights of Seville with your Local Specialist. See the tiled fountains, pavilions and lush palms in the Maria Luisa Park, renowned for its landscape design and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Marvel at the mighty Cathedral and La Giralda Bell Tower. This evening, why not experience the fire and passion of a Spanish flamenco show?

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  12. Day 12 Seville – Lisbon (2 Nights)

    Drive to the Portuguese border then continue past the cork trees of the Alentejo region. From here, travel to the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, a great seafaring city situated where the Tagus River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Tonight, why not consider a traditional Portuguese dinner with entertainment?

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel VIP Executive Santa Iria/VIP Zurique
  13. Day 13 Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time

    See the Hieronymite Monastery and the medieval quarter of the city before taking in views of the Belém Tower on an included sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Then time at leisure to maybe take an Optional Experience to discover Portugal's Golden Triangle of Sintra Mountain, Cascais and Estoril Coast.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  14. Day 14 Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca

    A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d'Aire Mountains brings you to the Shrine at Fátima, site of a celebrated religious miracles. Cross the border back into Spain and arrive later in Salamanca where you view Plaza Mayor during your orientation tour.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Vincci Ciudad de Salamanca
  15. Day 15 Salamanca – Madrid

    Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid, Europe's highest capital city. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers on the final night of your holiday.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Meliá Avenida América
  16. Day 16 Depart Madrid

    This morning it is time to bid farewell to your Travel Director and new-found friends as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available to Madrid airport. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 15 Buffet breakfasts
  • 6 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Return ferry crossing between Spain and Morocco
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Madrid Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Puerta del Sol, The Cervantes Memorial and the Cibeles Fountain
  • Toledo Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the synagogue and cathedral. Visit a steel workshop
  • Granada Enjoy a scenic drive to this Moorish city
  • Fez Sightseeing includes a walking tour of the Medina and views of the Royal Palace
  • Marrakesh Visit Bahia Palace and Djemaa el-Fna Square during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist
  • Casablanca View the Corniche and see the Hassan II Mosque
  • Rabat View the Mausoleum and Royal Palace during your orientation
  • Seville Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral and Giralda Tower
  • Lisbon View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist
  • Fatima Visit the celebrated shrine
  • Salamanca Orientation of this university city includes views of the Plaza Mayor

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
Price Discount Availability Price
Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Madrid

Old Madrid with a Taste of Tapas

Join us for a walking tour through Old Madrid, taking in its monumental Plaza Mayor, atmospheric alleyways and emblematic squares. Your Local Specialist will accompany you for a drink and snack in one of its famous downtown 'tapas' bars. We’ll finish with a tour of the city.
Adult Price: €29

Segovia World Heritage Site - Its Ancient Aqueduct & Fairy-tale Castle

Enjoy a visit to Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which sits on a rocky outcrop between two rivers. With your Local Specialist, you’ll visit the 13th-century castle, reputed to have inspired Walt Disney, as well as seeing the best-preserved Roman aqueduct which has remained intact for 2,000 years.
Adult Price: €45

Granada

Gypsy Night Out in Old Granada

Enjoy an evening in Granada’s Sacromonte quarter, which offers the finest views over the illuminated Alhambra Palace. We’ve organized tickets for you to see the Zambra dances by members of Granada's most famous gypsy clan—a fiery, emotive performance unique to these people. And we've also included a drink, too.
Adult Price: €34

Albaicín And The Royal Chapel

Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicín World Heritage Site—a maze of narrow streets and Moorish splendor. You'll get to explore the Catholic Monarchs' tombs and some of their treasures at the Royal Chapel, and stop off at the picturesque Alcaicería quarter.
Adult Price: €37

Costa del Sol

Mijas Andalusian Hilltown & Mediterranean Dinner

Visit this charming hilltop village, perched up high with splendid views of the coastline. Experience its narrow streets with white-washed houses, see the oval bullring, or hunt for hidden gems in the shops. Your evening will finish with a Mediterranean dinner at a coastal restaurant.
Adult Price: €62

Fez

Arabian Dinner and Entertainment in a Riad

Enjoy an Arabian feast of fine food, a live band and traditional entertainment including belly dancing, in a spectacular Moroccan setting.
Adult Price: €51

Meknes Imperial City Visit & Exploration

We´ll drive to Morocco’s third Imperial city—World Heritage Meknes with its endless walls & ramparts, impressive Sultan Moulay Ismail’s 17th-century granaries and stables that once housed over 12,000 horses. We'll see the magnificent Bab el-Mansour Gate and visit a medieval school or “madrasa." 
Adult Price: €32

Marrakesh

The Square at Night with Horse & Buggy and Traditional Dinner

You’ll take a horse and carriage ride to the magical Jemaa el Fna Square to enjoy the exotic sights and sounds of Marrakesh by night. Then we’ll have dinner in a typical Moroccan restaurant, with music and entertainment.
Adult Price: €60

Ourika Valley And Berber Village Home Visit

You’ll enjoy a scenic drive into the Atlas Mountains where you’ll visit a typical home in a primitive adobe Berber village in the Ourika Valley. You’ll also have the chance to meet the family and enjoy legendary Berber hospitality—as well as bargain for beautiful, handcrafted jewelry made in the local style.
Adult Price: €30

Seville

Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalusian flamenco show with us this evening. We've organized tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.
Adult Price: €40

The Moorish Alcazar And Plaza América

We'll begin with a visit to the elegant 14th-century Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. The gardens were recently used as the setting for the Water Gardens of Dorne in the Game Of Thrones series. Then, we'll journey to the famous exhibition site of Plaza América—a must for any visitor to Seville.
Adult Price: €41

Flamenco, the best show in town with a three-course dinner

After a three-course dinner of Andalusian specialties with drinks included, you’ll discover the passion, rhythm and magic of flamenco this evening. We've organized tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment.
Adult Price: €69

Lisbon

Gourmet Dinner, Parliament, Exclusive Estrela and Evening Orientation

Your opportunity to view the exclusive district of Estrela, its park, basilica and the Portuguese Parliament, on the way to a delicious gourmet dinner. You’ll finish the evening with a drive along the banks of the mighty Tagus River.
Adult Price: €53

Seafood Dinner By The Tagus River

Take a ferry across the mighty Tagus River and enjoy typical Portuguese seafood and fish specialties at a local restaurant. After dinner, we’ll cross the impressive Suspension Bridge for a sweeping view over the Portuguese capital.
Adult Price: €53

Portuguese Fado Evening Of Music & Song With Dinner

An evening's entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savor a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines and hear beautiful, traditional Fado singing.
Adult Price: €66

The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

After passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril, we'll explore the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with its beautiful array of mansions and exclusive residences. To complete the Golden Triangle, we'll visit the impressive Royal Palace of Sintra.
Adult Price: €46

Madrid

Discover "El Escorial" Palace/Monastery & The 'Valley Of The Fallen'

Come with us, along with a Local Specialist, to the royal city of El Escorial, where the great monastery palace was built in the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains. We’ll also visit the incredible Spanish Civil War memorial, which is cut into the rock face.
Adult Price: €52

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Michele Camarillo Kipp
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Service
What a great trip! GET made it so easy! From planning the trip all the through getting there and getting back home. You were always there for us! Had such a great time that we're already planning our next destination - with GET of course!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love hearing that every aspect of your trip went well.  Thank you for sharing your experience and for your repeat business.  We so appreciate it!
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Vacation
Take advantage of the Optional Excursions! You might be tired, but it's so worth it! The entire experience was wonderful!
Abdul Sattar
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Service
The tour director (Kassie Jones and driver Rui ) were great.
Vacation
Spain, Portugal and Morocco were beautiful.
Irene Sada
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Service
My Travel Director and Driver were the best team. I never expected as much as I got from the trip and was so sad to depart company with Kassie and Rui & Julio.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That's fantastic to hear! Thank you so much and we hope to see you again very soon.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Vacation
Best value for the price. So much info from our Travel Director. Our Driver was so helpful getting us to places on time and assisting those who needed help off and on the coach. Gave extra touches to our luggage when we had to access our carry ones from time to time.
Oliver Paguyo
Friday, December 1, 2017
Service
Yes I would recommend Costsaver with the caveat that future travelers are clear about what to expect. Just by looking at the tour map, one should expect long bus rides but along scenic vistas. If you dont enjoy long bus rides you should consider a shorter trip. Also hotels in Morocco will be sub par compared to Spain and Portugal, which have already been reported by other travelers. Just be ready. Another surprise was having to carry your heavy bags through immigration screening to and from Morocco and Spain. Trafalgar should hire porters to assist. After all many travelers are AARP members.
Vacation
Be ready that Trafalgar will be pushing rather expensive optionals which vould raise your total cost by 30%. The hotels will be located away from the center of town so do your research so you can go see sights and dinners on your own. Otherwise you will have no choice but to sign up for expensive optionals. Be ready for high pressure sales pitches when tour is herded into carpet, leather and other vendor presentstions. Carry enough change to tip local specialists. Be ready for long walks inside the Fes Medina. 3 hours at least. During the included dinners, please add more bottles of water at the tables. In fact shouldn't this be unlimited? After the 2 bottles were consumed at a table for 8-10 travelers, any extra water had to be paid extra. Overall the tour was great. The tour director Javier was very organized, knowledgeable and always entertaining. (Thank you for thr Guitarra Espanola CD!). The bus was very comfortable and always kept clean and the drivers made us all feel safe. One sugeestion regarding seat rotation — i suggest that the starting seat assignments be done by lottery. 3 Exotic countries in 17 days — very memorable.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your honest feedback and will be sure to share it with the Quality Control team at Trafalgar.  We are happy to see that overall, you enjoyed the trip and cam home with some happy memories.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Ernest Argyropoulos
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Service
Our travel specialist, Javier Galvez, was excellent, his leadership was wonderful and he handled everything perfectly. What wasn’t great was the hotel in Tangier, no ac, no tv, no telephone, but the worst was every glass in the dining room had big chips, that would have cut your lip if you weren’t careful. The hotel in Fez wasn’t much better. While I know our tour was a cost saver, I don’t expect to navigate around big chips in glasses. The majority of the hotels were wonderful, especially the one on the beach on Costa del Sol. Our fellow travelers were all very pleasant, enjoyable people, who were always on time for every meeting.
Vacation
Basically the same review especially as relates to the hotel in Tangiers and to a lesser extent, Fez.
Michael Ciccarelli Jr
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Service
Since I did not book the trip I did not fully understand the program and little could be found on the web site to educate me. Our tour guide and coach driver were professionals and the best part of the tour.
Vacation
Hotels were poor to average and the included food was poor. If you enjoy 15 days on a coach this trip is for you. 8-12 hours a day on a coach traveling between cities is not my idea of a holiday. To participate in daily "optional" tours would have cost you about 1/3 additional $ and more time on the coach (no thanks).
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear that Guided Vacations may not be the right fit for you.  We appreciate your honest feedback and wish you happy travels in the future.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Gloria Trejo
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Service
Service was excellent,all of the booking was correct the voucher book arrived on time and flights & airport transfers were as booked. Of course I will use your service in any future travel plans and I will recommend it to my friends and family.
Vacation
This trip was a great experience but what it make the difference was the knowledge and professionalism of the Travel director, driver and City guides.
Maria Hernandez
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Service
Hotels in Morocco were horrible, they smelled and looked dirty. Breakfast in Morocco was disgusting, it seemed they just reheated the left over dinner and served it for breakfast. Also we were always given free time prior to city tour, which I thought should have been done backwards. City tour then free time, would have made more sense. Maybe more time in Portugal and less in Morocco.
Vacation
I know it was a cost saver but the hotels in Morocco were dirty. I was very disappointed. I trusted Grand European and I felt I was lied to.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so sorry to hear this.  We will be sure to share your comments with Trafalgar's Quality control team right away.  It should not have made a difference if you were on a Cost Saver trip or a First Class trip.  Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Rosario Hernandez
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Service
The tour guide director David Nadal was expectacular with everything from consideration with the people who had food allergies to tha pace of the elderly people. One thing that I was extremely disapointed was the hotel and breakfast of Moracco. I understand it was an economy saver trip but the hotels were scarry some of them worst than others but in general not what Gran European Tours usually offers. I would not considered taking another economy saver trip. I was told that hotel will be far from the town center but this ones were also in terrible conditions and some things were not even working properly.
Vacation
The Moroccan hotels were not in good conditions
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Service
Everything went smoothly from beginning to end. I have no complaints. Our tour guide was excellent.
Vacation
I thought it was a good value for the money spent.
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