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Colour outside the lines on this unforgettable encounter with the intoxicating lands of Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Kick off your unforgettable journey in the fiery Spanish capital of Madrid. Explore the city's vibrant streets, before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and orientation drive past some of the city's most iconic sites.
Join a Local Specialist on this day of discovery, which includes views of the iconic Cibeles fountain and Paseo de la Castellana. At Plaza de España, we admire the monument to Cervantes and his beloved Don Quixote characters, before spending the rest of the day at leisure indulging in la buena vida. Consider an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO-listed city of Segovia or encounter the greatest collection of Spanish art in the world at El Prado.
Witness the influence of Christians, Muslims and Jews that has spanned centuries in the imperial city of Toledo. Join your Local Specialist for a walking tour, during which you'll visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to El Greco's most famous paintings - The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Celebrate the tradition of steel manufacturing and moulding as you 'Dive Into Culture' at a local steel factory before your journey continues through the soul-stirring Andalusian landscape to Granada, where we'll spend tonight.
Tread in the footsteps of Spain's last emirs and admire the impressive palatial city of the Alhambra, a collection of palaces and fortresses dating from the 12th century. Said to have been inspired by poetry and reflecting the description of paradise found in Islamic verse. Join a Local Specialist for a guided visit exploring its intricate designs, tranquil gardens and colossal walls. We leave this "paradise on earth" behind and continue to the flamboyant Costa del Sol, where we'll spend tonight.
We travel along the sun-kissed shores of the Mediterranean and cross to North Africa by ferry. A memorable drive past the Rif Mountains brings us to the Fez, with its ancient walled city - our home for the next two nights.
Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour through the cultural and spiritual centre of Morocco. Stroll through the Medina of Fez, view its fortifications and Royal Palace, and admire traditional Moroccan handiwork during a visit to a carpet cooperative. Spend the rest of your afternoon on your own, or consider a visit to the imperial city of Meknès, with its medieval medina and harmonious Islamic and European styles.
Departing Fez, we journey west through the green and golden landscape which turns to rusty red, bound for vibrant Marrakesh. Embrace the unrivalled energy of a city said to have been the favourite holiday haunt of Sir Winston Churchill. Relax after your journey or spend the evening enjoying an authentic Moroccan show.
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 and 'Dive Into Culture' gaining insights into the blending of creams and cosmetics using 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 perhaps visit a local Berber village. Dine tonight at your hotel.
We journey north to enchanting Casablanca to experience first-hand the intrigue and romance of this city, immortalised by Hollywood. We walk along the city's Corniche and enjoy views of the Hassan II Mosque with the world's tallest minaret, before venturing to the Moroccan capital, Rabat. Here we will view the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the 19th-century Royal Palace, the residence of the Moroccan Royal Family. We arrive in Tangier later this evening, where we will dine in our hotel.
Crossing the Straits of Gibraltar by ferry, we arrive in Spain and journey past the region of Jerez, renowned as the origin of Spanish sherry. We drive through Andalucía and arrive in Seville - our home for the next two nights. What better way to experience this vibrant city than witnessing the passion of flamenco? Immerse yourself in the intoxicating sights of colourful twirling skirts and the clapping of castanets as you watch an optional performance this evening.
Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour which will take you past the iconic Giralda Tower. Admire the tiled fountains and pavilions in the Maria Luisa Park, the showcase for the Ibero-American Exhibition in 1929, and visit the imposing Plaza de España. See Christopher Columbus's ornate tomb in the Cathedral and the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, then enjoy a walk through the lovely historic Jewish Quarter. Meet the Albaserrada family and their horses on their farm in the Andalusian countryside near the white-washed village of Gerida. Here you'll 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest dinner featuring fresh regional ingredients and the local sangria of course.
Your panoramic journey continues through Huelva, famous for Jabugo jamón and the Riotinto mines. We cross into the golden fields of the Alentejo region, bound for Lisbon, the gastronomic soul of Portugal.
Explore the centuries-old seafaring heritage of the Portuguese, paying tribute to the great explorers who bravely set off from Portugal's shores to discover the 'New World'. See the gleaming Monument to the Discoveries, the suspension bridge spanning the River Tagus, Belém Tower and the Alfama district, home to the melancholic fado. Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery, before spending free time exploring the city's bairros. Consider an Optional Experience to discover Portugal's Golden Triangle of Sintra Mountain, Cascais and Estoril and coast.
We trace the path of pilgrims, who for decades have ventured north to the celebrated shrine at Fátima to pray to the Virgin Mary, and see the site of a celebrated religious miracle. Departing Portugal, we arrive in the historic university city of Salamanca - La Dorada, so named for its golden, orange and pink façades, which we will have an opportunity to see in the magnificent Plaza Mayor - voted by the locals as the most beautiful of all squares in Spain.
Traversing the dramatic Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains, we arrive in Madrid, Europe's highest capital. Spend this afternoon exploring the sights. Indulge in some last-minute shopping on Gran Vía or relax in one of the plazas and people watch. This evening we join our travel companions and Travel Director for a memorable Farewell Dinner with wine.
Our epic journey through Spain, Morocco and Portugal comes to an end this morning. All that's left is to say a fond farewell to your newfound friends and an unforgettable experience shared. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
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.
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: €45.00
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: €62.00
Enjoy strolling through the atmospheric whitewashed townhouses & cobbled streets of Marbella´s old town. Following a drive along Marbella´s Golden Mile, we'll explore jet-set Puerto Banús. Then, we'll round the evening off with a delicious specialty Mediterranean dinner in a well-known local restaurant.
Adult Price: €62.00
Enjoy an Arabian feast of fine food, a live band and traditional entertainment including belly dancing, in a spectacular Moroccan setting.
Adult Price: €51.00
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: €32.00
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: €60.00
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 a bargain for beautiful, handcrafted jewelry made in the local style.
Adult Price: €30.00
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.
Adult Price: €53.00
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: €40.00
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: €69.00
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: €41.00
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: €53.00
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: €53.00
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: €66.00
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: €46.00
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: €52.00
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