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Treasures of Spain, Portugal and Morocco

Operated by: Insight Vacations

17 Days from $3,776 per person
People at outdoor tables, Salamanca, Spain

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

Madrid, Salamanca, Lisbon, Seville, Tangier, Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakesh, Fes, Granada ...more Madrid, Salamanca, Lisbon, Seville, Tangier, Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakesh, Fes, Granada
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Madrid

    Your transfer will depart Madrid airport at 09:00, 11:30, 13:30 or 16:00.Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travellers over a beautiful evening of delicious food and wine.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Riu Plaza De Espana, Madrid.
  2. Day 2 Prado Museum and on to Golden Salamanca

    With your Local Expert, travel along the main historical areas of the capital of Spain, known as Madrid of the Bourbons. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter, to discover the origins of the city. A sure highlight is when you join an art historian to explore the Prado Museum, a magnificent palace housing works by Velazquez, Goya, Rubens and other masters. Journey past the walls of Ávila en route to Salamanca, with its honey-coloured cathedral and 16th century university buildings.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Alameda Palace, Salamanca.
  3. Day 3 Holy Fátima and Lisbon

    Cross the Portuguese frontier and skirt the Estrela Mountains en route to Fátima, Portugal’s most renowned religious site.Join the pilgrims flocking into the great basilica, commemorating the miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. In the heart of the Shrine of Fatima is The Chapel of Apparitions, marking the exact location of her first appearance. Other sacred sites include the Museu de Arte Sacra e Etnologia, exhibiting religious artifacts and the modern church of the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity. Your travels continue to Lisbon.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Dom Pedro Lisboa, Lisbon.
  4. Day 4 Lisbon and the Age of the Great Discoveries

    Your guided sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and across the tree-shaded squares. Pass beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paço, the finest square in the city, named after the palace that was destroyed in the terrible earthquake of 1755, along with much of the rest of the city. Visit the Belém Quarter from where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. Enjoy a taste of Pastéis de Belém from the patisserie that has been using the same secret recipe for almost 200 years. See the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belém Tower, erected to protect Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which you visit. This afternoon is free to explore further as you wish or perhaps decide to visit Sintra?(Breakfast)

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    hotel Dom Pedro Lisboa, Lisbon.
  5. Day 5 To Seville, the City of Carmen

    Explore Seville with Insight Choice. Choose to visit Seville's Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Colombus, and see La Giralda, the former minaret of the Great Mosque, which now is the bell tower of the cathedral. Continue your exploration in the old Jewish Quarter. Alternatively, join a scenic drive around the city and a short walk through the narrow lanes of Santa Cruz Quarter, to enjoy a refreshing beverage.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ayre Hotel Sevilla, Seville.
  6. Day 6 Free Time and Flamenco in Seville

    This morning is yours to completely relax or continue exploring this fascinating city. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to Córdoba and visit the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it? Later, visit the Cristina Heeren Foundation, a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. This private dance school is dedicated to promoting the conservation of flamenco and supports young enthusiasts from all over the world with a special focus on new talent from the Andalusian region. Feel the passion behind the choreography as you put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson before witnessing emotions come to life in a flamenco performance. With some free time for dinner, wander the restaurants in Triana or try the local night market Lonja Del Barranco, selling tapas made from fresh, local produce. Why not grab yourself a refreshing sangria for a cheers to your new found dancing feet?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ayre Hotel Sevilla, Seville.
  7. Day 7 The Straits of Gibraltar to Tangier

    Continue on to Gibraltar, an overseas territory under British control since 1704.Meet your Local Expert for a guided tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, St. Michael’s Cave and see the Barbary Apes, legendary guardians of the colony. Set sail across the Straits of Gibraltar to reach Morocco — a land of musky spices and colourful souks. Your travels continue to Tangier. Your Local Expert will show you the sights of Morocco's great port. See the Sultan's Palace and visit the Casbah.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Grand Hotel Villa de France by BlueBay, Tangier.
  8. Day 8 Rabat and Casablanca

    Journey to Rabat and see the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower with your Local Expert.Continue to the west coast of Africa to reach Casablanca.Discover if Humphrey Bogart really did say 'Play it again Sam' during sightseeing with your Local Expert. You will also see the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in the country. During your free time this evening, perhaps head to the Corniche, Casablanca's chic seaside strip, for your choice of trendy restaurants and cafés?(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Grand Mogador City Center, Casablanca.
  9. Day 9 Marrakesh, Pearl of the South

    Journey to Marrakesh and meet your Local Expert in the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, where you can take a moment to watch the dancers, storytellers and acrobats. Explore the Medina and see the Koutoubia Mosque, with its minaret dominating the Marrakesh skyline.Visit the intricately decorated Palais Bahia, intended to be the greatest palace of its time, when it was built in the late 19th century.With time at leisure, you are free to continue exploring, try your hand at haggling in the souks or maybe visit a museum? In the evening, perhaps choose to join us at a vibrant restaurant on Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, where you will enjoy a slew of classic Moroccan dishes as you absorb the ambience and watch twirling belly dancers balance plates of lit candles on their heads.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Kenzi Rose Garden, Marrakesh.
  10. Day 10 Explore Marrakesh

    Today is yours to explore Marrakesh at leisure.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Kenzi Rose Garden, Marrakesh.
  11. Day 11 The Ancient Imperial City of Fes

    Journey to the vibrant city of Fes.Your Local Expert will guide you through the ancient Medina. Explore this walled city of hidden courtyards, mosques and workshops. Walk through the souks and pass one of the world’s oldest universities.Learn about the ancient craft of carpet making and gain an insight into the motifs and colours used in the designs. This afternoon you are at leisure to relax in your hotel and enjoy views from your room of the Medina.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Marriott Jnan Palace (Pool View rooms), Fes.
  12. Day 12 Free time in Fes

    Enjoy a relaxed start and day at leisure.Perhaps unwind at your hotel and cool off with a dip in the pool, or continue to explore Morocco's most ancient imperial city.(Breakfast / Dinner)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Marriott Jnan Palace (Pool View rooms), Fes.
  13. Day 13 On to the Costa del Sol

    Leave Morocco and cross back over to Spain. Your travels continue through Andalucia and on to the Costa del Sol, famous for its beaches.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Meliá Costa del Sol, Torremolinos.
  14. Day 14 At Leisure on the Costa del Sol

    Enjoy the day at leisure on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol. Relax by the blue Mediterranean waters, stroll along the promenade, savour the specialities in the local restaurants, or consider exploring Malaga, the birth city of Picasso.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Meliá Costa del Sol, Torremolinos.
  15. Day 15 Dining with Locals and the Alhambra Palace

    Continue to Alfarnatejo, a quiet white washed village with a population of just 500 people, surrounded by stunning mountainous landscape.Walk the town centre to see the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla.Travel to the oldest olive grove in the region and stop at the rural mill-factory of Alfarnatejo to taste a selection of different oils with locally made farmer bread.In small groups, you are invited into the home of a local family to join them for a delicious Highlight Lunch made of fresh, local produce with flavours typical of the region.Continue to Granada, where overlooking the town stands one of the most remarkable fortresses ever built, the Alhambra. Led by your Local Expert, explore this exquisite palace built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century - a fantasy of arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. Stroll through the elegant, exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel Meliá Granada.
  16. Day 16 To Madrid in search of Don Quixote

    Your journey continues to the north, through countryside immortalised by Cervantes fictional hero, Don Quixote.On return to Madrid, toast your travels with your newfound friends during a lively Celebration Dinner of delicious food and wine at a local restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Riu Plaza De Espana, Madrid.
  17. Day 17 Farewell Madrid

    Bid farewell to your Iberian adventures. After breakfast, transfers arrive at Madrid airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
  • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times
  • If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport

Authentic Dining

  • Lisbon: Delight in a taste of the famous Portuguese delicacy, Pastéis de Belém.
  • Madrid: Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travellers over a beautiful evening of delicious food and wine.
  • Alfarnatejo: Taste a selection of freshly pressed olive oils with locally made farmer bread when you stop at Almazara, the oldest olive grove in the region.
  • Alfarnatejo: Hear the stories of local life as you are invited into the home of a local family to join them for a freshly prepared, traditional lunch, with wine.
  • Madrid: With good food and wine, toast the culmination of your travels during a fabulous Celebration Dinner.
  • Dining Summary: 16 Breakfasts (B), 4 Dinners (D), 2 Dinners with Wine (DW), 1 Lunch with Wine (LW)

Insight Choice

  • Seville: Choose between a visit to the cathedral and a walk through the old Jewish quarter with a Local Expert or alternatively, join a panoramic tour of the city and stop for a refreshing beverage.

Insight Experiences

  • Madrid: Witness the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings, plus an impressive foreign collection, as you tour the Prado Museum with an art historian.
  • Granada: Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. While others wait in line, you'll be exploring alongside a fascinating Local Expert keen to share insights into this Moorish landmark.

Make Travel Matter

  • Seville: The Cristina Heeren Foundation aims to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco and is a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Meet the students of the foundation, learn some basic flamenco steps, and then feel the passion as the students perform an emotional show.The Cristina Heeren Foundation advances SDG 4: Quality Education. The school enables students access to cultural education that otherwise may not have occurred. TreadRights sponsorship has helped students to complete their studies in advanced guitar, singing and dance. The Foundation also advances SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. As students complete their training, they will carry on and safeguard the traditional flamenco dance, contributing to the protection of Andalusia and Spain’s cultural heritage.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Scenic Drives: Take in the ever changing scenery of south-west Europe and northern Africa as you pass the Estrela Mountains, the Middle Atlas Mountains, the High Atlas Mountains, and continue along Costa del Sol, through the Provence of Malaga, across Sierra Nevada and the La Mancha region.
  • Madrid: See the highlights of the city with your Local Expert. Visit the Old Town, travelling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the fountain in the Plaza de Cibeles, the Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace, before crossing the Puerta del Sol.
  • Avila: Walk within the ancient walls of this unique town.
  • Salamanca: See the golden stone buildings and handsome arcades of Plaza Mayor for which this city is famous for.
  • Fatima: Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions or see the basilica.
  • Lisbon: Visit Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, reflecting Portugal's trade over the centuries and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Gibraltar: Set sail across the straits of Gibraltar and cruise to Tangier.
  • Tangier: Your Local Expert will show you the sights of Morocco's great port. See the Sultan's Palace and visit the Casbah.
  • Rabat: See the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower.
  • Casablanca: Explore this coastal city, made famous the classic film. Your Local Expert will show you the largest mosque in the country, Hassan II Mosque and the Corniche, lined with trendy restaurants and cafes.
  • 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.
  • Fes: Led by your Local Expert, wander the maze of streets that make up the ancient Medina. Pass one of the world's oldest university's and see the hidden courtyards, mosques and workshop and continue through the souks, an array of vendors selling food, clothes, leather goods and beautiful lights.
  • Alfarnatejo: Visit the beautiful, quiet town and walk the town centre to see the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla.
  • Granada: Explore 'The City of the Pomegranate' with a Local Expert. During sightseeing you'll see the icons dedicated to this fruit throughout the city.

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Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Charles Kingsbury
Monday, November 25, 2019
Service
Lauren Vejar was very accommodating and helpful in the booking process and followed up to make sure that we had everything that we needed for the trip
Vacation
We visited many interesting places. The tour guide provided lots of information as we travelled in the comfortable Mercedes Coach. The hotel accommodations were very nice. The optional tours were a little pricey but very nice.
Jean Fisher
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Service
I didn't do it, my brother did
Vacation
Really enjoyed Moracco. such a different world
Bruce Murray
Monday, August 12, 2019
Service
After having booked so many trips through GET over the years, it's soo easy! We basically only have to pick the tour we are interested in doing either from your brochure or website, then we contact you and you take care of everything. All our information is in in your records, so we get all the discounts we are entitled too.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It's such a pleasure to be able to help you plan and book your trips. We appreciate your business and are so pleased that you enjoyed this latest adventure!
Monday, August 12, 2019
Vacation
Spain and Portugal are different in many ways than all the other spots we've visited in Europe. And, Morocco - wow - it was a unique experience.
Mayur Kadakia
Monday, July 15, 2019
Service
Booking was very easy thru' website. I wish there were more vegetarian options available on a tour
Vacation
Covered lot of mileage in 17 days and seen a lot
George E Waters
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Service
They went out of the way to arrange good flights for us
Vacation
Aside from one local tour at Fes wich was way too long, all the guides and activities were excellent. Tour guide was great.
Patrick Kimble
Monday, November 26, 2018
Service
The tour was a very comprehensive exposure to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. The guide, Daniel Ferguson from Insight, was very knowledgable and accommodating to all guests, even those with challenging personalities. The coach was extremely comfortable with great drivers. I would recommend this tour to all.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It's fantastic to hear you enjoyed your tour of Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Thank you for your positive comments. We hope you will think of us the next time you want to plan and book a guided vacation.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Vacation
Great tour and reasonable cost.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Service
The description of our tour was exactly what we experienced plus additional surprises and adventures that enhanced our tour. We had clear expectations that were completely met, providing us with an amazing travel experience. Each person with whom we communicated at GETours was knowledgeable and helpful. No question or concern was treated as trivial - in fact, details were clearly presented and explained as needed. We always felt as if we were the most important person during conversations.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your trip to Spain, Portugal and Morocco. It's our pleasure to assist you in any way we can to make your travels worry-free. Thank you so much for taking the time to write. All the best!
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Vacation
This tour was exactly what we wanted - the description met the actual travel. The tour director, Jorge, was incredibly organized and knowledgeable, who focused on providing us with the best experience possible. The local guides enhanced the specific locations. The extra legroom on the coach and the seating rotation provided comfort and encouraged friendships. The advice, expectations and itinerary made every day special! We travel to learn about culture, people, history, etc. The experiences were amazing!
Elaine Camhi
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Service
The booking experience was fine, after having to apply a bit of pressure to get the single supplement we requested. At first we were told that we would have to keep calling back day by day to determine if it was available, and that there was no way to keep a record that we had requested an extra room if available. I found that a bit ridiculous; fortunately they were able to help us.
Vacation
First, it is ridiculous to count the day you leave the US as day 1 of the trip. The trip was identical to Gate 1's trip, but more expensive. The optionals were overpriced; the food in general was not nearly worth what we paid. Many of the city stops were not a visit at all,as we would arrive quite late in the day, bus ride thru town, and leave the next morning. This was more a series of LONG bus rides and short visits. When we got to spend a bit of time we would have these 'death marches' where guides would not slow down so that we could make it to the next factory. The hotels were average, which would have been fine if thet were not described as much more. A disappointing trip...not the cities but the tour, tour guides, and endless bus rides. Would not take another trip witht the company involved. Since this was my ancestral home, it was particularly disappointing
Paulette Mandell
Monday, October 22, 2018
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Dinners ranged between exceptionally bad and okay. When paying $60 + for a meal, it should be better than average. Hotels were mediocre, one had stained bed linens, a second had the shower knob fall off, a third lacked a/c, etc. Local guides raced through tours so that there was never time for photos. The tour leader talked so much, we stopped listening and missed important information.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your honest feedback and apologize for your disappointment. We will be sure to share your comments with our team and Insight Vacations and request immediate review.
Monday, April 15, 2019
Vacation
Lower price your operators used the same hotels and went to the same plces. Going with Insight is a high waste of money.
Alan Koslow
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Service
While the tour guide was great, the local guides for Morocco were terrible! And I should have been advised that there were so many "factory tours" on this trip. I have been on many tours with many companies, but THREE in one day is too much. When i get up at 6:30AM I don't want to spend 3-4 hours listening to sales pitches I am partly to blame as an "optional tour" may include a factory tour. But overall, there were way too many factory tours on this trip. Factory tours are tours of rug, leather or textile factories and the like where no locals are ever there to buy anything. They are only for the tour trade. They are marked by benches and a free cup of tea or liquor and negotiated prices. The local guides pressure you to buy overpriced goods as their commission depends upon it. And while these things are common on many tours, there were just more on this tour than I can handle. I am now looking at other forms of touring. The sights were the kind of sights you see on these tours, that is cathedrals, old castles, palaces and the like. The people on our tour, our fellow travellers, were exceptional. The tour guide was terrific.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your feedback and suggestions and will be sure to share them with our operations team. We are glad that overall you enjoyed your trip and thank you for writing.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Vacation
While the tour guide was great, the local guides for Morocco were terrible! And I should have been advised that there were so many "factory tours" on this trip. I have been on many tours with many companies, but THREE in one day is too much. When i get up at 6:30AM I don't want to spend 3-4 hours listening to sales pitches I am partly to blame as an "optional tour" may include a factory tour. But overall, there were way too many factory tours on this trip. Factory tours are tours of rug, leather or textile factories and the like where no locals are ever there to buy anything. They are only for the tour trade. They are marked by benches and a free cup of tea or liquor and negotiated prices. The local guides pressure you to buy overpriced goods as their commission depends upon it. And while these things are common on many tours, there were just more on this tour than I can handle. I am now looking at other forms of touring. The sights were the kind of sights you see on these tours, that is cathedrals, old castles, palaces and the like. The people on our tour, our fellow travellers, were exceptional. The tour guide was terrific.
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