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Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco (Winter Season)

18 Days from $2,937 per person

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

This page shows Winter Season departures and itinerary; click here to see the main season version of this tour!

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

This page shows Winter Season departures and itinerary; click here to see the main season version of this tour!

  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. Transfers leave Madrid Airport for your hotel at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

    meal(s):DW
    hotel:Hotel Miguel Angel by BlueBay, Madrid
  3. With a Local Expert, go down the Gran Via to the Cibeles Fountain, cross the Puerta del Sol and see the Cervantes Monument. A sure highlight is a visit to the Prado Museum, a magnificent palace housing some of Spain's best artworks. Journey past the walls of Ávila en route to Salamanca.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hotel Alameda Palace, Salamanca
  4. At Fátima, join the pilgrims flocking into the great basilica commemorating the miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. Continue to Lisbon.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Turim Saldanha
  5. A Local Expert takes you from the Lower Town to the Terreiro do Paço with a visit to the Belém Quarter. Enjoy a taste of Pasteis de Belém from the patisserie that has been using the same, secret recipe for almost 200 years. View the Monument to the Discoveries and the ancient Belém Tower. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jerónimos Monastery before enjoying an afternoon at leisure.

    meal(s):BB
  6. Journey to Seville to join your Local Expert for a tour of the immense Seville Cathedral, burial place of Christopher Columbus. See the slender Giralda Tower, the former minaret of the Great Mosque and now the cathedral's belltower. Continue your explore through the labyrinthine narrow streets and shady squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter, emerging beside the great walls of the Alcazar.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Ayre Sevilla, Seville (Executive Rooms)
  7. This day is yours to completely relax or continue exploring this fascinating city. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to Cordoba and visit the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it? Enjoy an evening of food and wine while you are entertained by throbbing guitars, lamenting solos, colorful dancers and the rhythmic stomp of flamenco.

    meal(s):BB, DW
  8. Set sail across the Straits of Gibraltar to Morocco – a world of 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
  9. Explore the Medina with your Local Expert. Walk through the bazaar and pass one of the world's oldest universities. Then you are at leisure to continue exploring as you wish, or perhaps cool-off with a dip in the pool at your hotel.

    meal(s):BB
  10. See the Middle Atlas Mountains and mud-walled villages as you journey to Marrakesh.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Atlas Medina & Spa, Marrakesh
  11. Admire the past and present of Marrakesh. Enter the Medina with a Local Expert where you will visit a Berber pharmacy and be amazed by the Bahia Palace, intended to be the greatest palace of its time.

    meal(s):BB, D
  12. In Casablanca, discover if Humphrey Bogart really did say 'Play it again Sam' during sightseeing with your Local Expert. You will also see Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in the country and the très chic seaside strip, known as the Corniche.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Grand Mogador City Center, Casablanca
  13. Travel north to Rabat, to see the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower with your Local Expert. Your journey continues to Morocco's great port. Enjoy beautiful views of Tangier, where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Grand Hotel Villa de France by BlueBay
  14. Cross the water 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. Relax as you are driven along the scenic route of the Costa del Sol.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Melia Costa Del Sol, Torremolinos
  15. In the oldest olive grove of the region, visit the rural mill-factory of Almazara to taste a selection of olive oils with locally made farmer bread. Continue to Alfarnatejo, a quiet town surrounded by stunning mountainous landscape. See the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla.

    meal(s):BB
  16. In small groups, you are invited to into the home of a local family to join them for a delicious Highlight Lunch made of fresh, local produce with flavors typical of the region. Travel through the green hills to the north of 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, 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.

    meal(s):BB, LW
    hotel:Saray Hotel, Granada
  17. Your journey continues to the north, through countryside immortalized by Cervantes fictional hero, Don Quixote. On return to Madrid, toast your travels with your newfound friends during a lively Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Hotel Miguel Angel by BlueBay, Madrid
  18. Departure transfers arrive at Madrid Airport at 7:00 am, 9:00 am and 11:00 am.

    meal(s):BB
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23 Nov 18 10 Dec 18 $3,175$2,937pp Early PaymentPay by Aug 30 Request Quote Book Now
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21 Dec 18 7 Jan 19 $3,675$3,399pp Early PaymentPay by Aug 30 Request Quote Book Now
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  • Festive Celebrations: Christmas and/or New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.
  • Solo Traveler Discount: This departure includes a 20-100% discount on standard single supplement subject to availability.

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 $550 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $150 per person.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels

Included Quality Dining

16 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) 1 Lunch with Wine (LW), 4 Dinners (D) amd 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Departures on tour for Christmas and New Year’s Eve will enjoy festive Highlight Dinners which will replace an included meal.

Signature Experiences

MADRID:

  • From El Greco to Goya, your art historian reveals the crowning achievements of Spanish painting in the magnificent Prado Museum.

LISBON:

  • With your Local Expert, see the Monument to the Discoveries, the ancient Belem Tower and visit Jeronimos Monastery.

SEVILLE:

  • Join a Local Expert and step inside the cathedral, past the gilded altar to the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings. FES: Your Local Expert will show you hidden courtyards and mosques, the bazaar and one of the world's oldest universities.

MARRAKESH:

  • Built around a lovely innergarden, explore the Bahia Palace with a Local Expert and see glimpses of a Moroccan kingdom's former opulence.

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.

CASABLANCA:

  • Guided by your Local Expert, see the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in all of Morocco.

Top Rated Highlights

FATIMA:

  • Join the faithful at one of the world’s holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions.

SALAMANCA:

  • See the golden stone buildings and handsome arcades of Plaza Mayor for which the city is famous. 

GIBRALTAR:

  • Cruise the Straits of Gibraltar aboard your ferry to cross from Europe to Africa. 

FES:

  • Learn about the traditional craft of carpet making, gaining an insight into the different designs and materials.  

ALFARNATEJO:

  • Visit the beautiful, quiet town and walk to the town center to see the 18th century Inglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla. 

MIJAS:

  • Journey to this white-washed village and stroll the streets to admire the coastal views. 
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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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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 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.

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  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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