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Highlights of Spain, Morocco & Portugal

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Marrakesh Market, Morocco
Tour Style: Value
17 Days from $1,890 per person

Intoxicating scents of spice and the warm Mediterranean sun join your voyage through Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Wander down Madrid's Gran Via, learn the art of haggling in the labyrinthine Medina and travel to the seafaring Portuguese capital of Lisbon.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Madrid. After check-in there is time to unwind and relax. This evening, why not dine in one of the many restaurants lining the lively Plaza Mayor.
    hotel:Eurostar Grand Alcobendas
  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. See the monument to Cervantes in Plaza de España. Afterwards, consider an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO World Heritage city of Segovia.
  4. 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 Andalucia to the Moorish city of Granada.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Macia Condor
  5. Enjoy free time this morning to explore or join an Optional Experience suggested by your Travel Director. Then travel towards Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and the gateway to the Costa del Sol.
    hotel:Tryp Guadalmar/Tryp Alameda
  6. The day begins with a scenic coastal drive before boarding the ferry to Morocco, from the dramatic Rif Mountains to the imperial city of Fez, the culture of the land is as rich as it is diverse.
    meal(s):BB, D
  7. 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. Tonight consider joining an Optional Experience to a traditional Arabian dinner, complete with belly dancing.
  8. Today travel to the city of Marrakesh, Africa's most popular year-round sun resort, once the favorite vacation spot of Sir Winston Churchill.
    hotel:Atlas Asni
  9. 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.
    meal(s):BB, D
  10. Today continue on to Casablanca. 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 Mohammed V Mausoleum and Royal Palace. Arrive later in Tangier.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Atlas Rif & Spa
  11. Board the ferry for the return journey back across the Straits of Gibraltar to the Spanish mainland. Continue your journey to the capital of Andalucia, Seville for a two-night stay.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:MA Congress
  12. 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?
  13. Drive to the Portuguese border then continue past the cork trees of the Alentejo region. From here travel to Lisbon, a great seafaring city. Tonight consider a traditional Portuguese dinner with entertainment.
    hotel:Olaias Park
  14. 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 Queluz, Cascais and Estoril.
  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 view Plaza Mayor during your orientation tour.
    hotel:Vincci Ciudad De Salamanca
  16. Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid, Europe's highest capital city. Tonight enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers on the final night of your vacation.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Melia Avenida America
  17. This morning it is time to bid farewell to your Travel Director and new-found friends as your memorable vacation comes to an end. Transfers are available to Madrid airport. Conditions apply.

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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 $580.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $156 per person.

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

Important Visa Information: Visas may be required for this trip.

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Meal Summary

15 Buffet breakfasts, 6 Three course dinners, .

Sightseeing Highlights

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


Friday, December 1, 2017
Service rating : 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
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Service rating : 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.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Service rating : 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
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Service rating : 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.
Service rating : 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
Service rating : 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
Service rating : 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.
  • 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 24 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.

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

Costa Del Sol

Mijas Andalucian Hilltown & Mediterranean Dinner

Visit this charming hilltop village, perched high up with splendid views of the coastline. While here, you’ll experience its narrow streets with white-washed houses, unusual donkey taxi service, oval bullring, and shoppers will find some hidden gems. Your evening will finish with a Mediterranean dinner at a coastal restaurant.


Meknes Imperial City Visit & Exploration

We'll drive to Meknes, Morocco's fourth Imperial City. Here we marvel at the impressive city ramparts and one of North Africa’s most impressive monumental gateways, Bab el-Mansour. We then visit the former Royal stables and granaries that once housed over 12,000 horses during the rule of the infamous Sultan Moulay Ismail.

Arabian Dinner and Entertainment in a Riad

Enjoy a feast of fine food, live bands and traditional entertainment including belly dancing, in a spectacular Moroccan setting.


Gypsy Night Out in Old Granada

Enjoy an evening in Granada’s old quarter, which offers the finest views over the illuminated Alhambra Palace. We’ve organised tickets for you to see the Zambra dances by Sacromonte's famous gypsies – a fiery, emotive performance unique to this part of Spain. And we've also included a drink, too.

Albaicin And The Royal Chapel

Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicin World Heritage Site – a maze of narrow streets and Moorish splendour. You'll get to explore the Catholic Monarchs' tombs and some of their treasures at the Royal Chapel, and stop off at the picturesque Alcaiceria quarter.


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.

The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

We'll visit the impressive Royal Palace of Sintra before passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril. Then, we'll explore the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with its beautiful array of mansions and exclusive residences.

Gourmet Dinner, Parliament, Exclusive Estrela and Evening Orientation

Your opportunity to enjoy 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 River Tagus.

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.


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.

An Introduction to Madrid

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.

Dinner and Discovery in Old and New Madrid

This evening you'll have the chance to admire the elegance of Madrid's new city, with its wide, tree-lined avenues and decorative fountains, before you experience the flavor of the old. Join the locals in a chat, and people-watch as you sip an aperitif before enjoying a delicious dinner.


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.

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 Berber village in the Ourika Valley. You’ll also have the chance to bargain for beautiful, handcrafted jeweler made in the local style.


Discover The Origin Of "Tapas" & Evening In Old Seville

Join us for a dinner of mouth-watering tapas-style specialties. You’ll get the chance to taste different flavors and wines, before taking an atmospheric evening stroll through the charming old quarter of Seville.

Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town with a Drink

Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalucian flamenco show with us this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.

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

After a three-course dinner of Andalucian specialties, you’ll discover the passion, rhythm and magic of flamenco this evening. We've organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.

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