Spain Morroco & Portugal - Leisure Holidays

Spain Morroco & PortugalSpain

From RM13,449 / per person for 15 nights
Discover ornate palaces, spice markets and the warmth of the Mediterranean sun on this Regional Explorer trip.

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Summary

Ornate architectural wonders, the scent of spice markets and warm Mediterranean sun are yours to explore. Wander down Madrid's Gran Via, visit the exquisite Alhambra Palace and learn the art of haggling in the labyrinthine Medina. Travel to the seafaring city of Lisbon, Fatima, the site of religious miracles, and cross in to Spain to admire the rare beauty of Salamanca.

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Transfer

On arrival at Madrid Airport transfers will operate at 10.30am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm. Guest arriving later should make their own arrangement to the hotel.

Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Madrid Airport at 8.30am and 11am.

Accommodation

Day 1-2: Hotel Melia Castilla

Day 3: Hotel Allegro

Day 4: Hotel NH Marbella

Day 5-6: Hotel Marriot

Day 7-8: Hotel Le Meridien N'Fis

Day 9: Hotel El Minzah

Day 10-11: Hotel Melia Lebreros

Day 12-13: Hotel Olissipo Marques De Sa

Day 14: Hotel Gran Corona Sol

Day 15: Hotel NH Collection

Day 16: Depart Madrid   

Sightseeing

Day 1: Arrive Madrid (2 nights)
Colour outside the lines on this unforgettable encounter with the intoxicating lands of Spain, Portugal and Morocco, kicking off your unforgettable journey in the fiery Spanish capital of Madrid. March to the trill of the flamenco guitar, exploring 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.


Day 2: Madrid sightseeing
Join a Local Specialist on this day of discovery, including views of the iconic Cibeles fountain, the bustling Gran Vía, Paseo de la Castellana and Puerta del Sol, Madrid's most famous square. At Plaza de España, we admire the monument to Cervantes and his beloved characters of Don Quixote before spending the rest of the day at leisure indulging in la buena vida. Consider an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO World Heritage city of Segovia or encounter the greatest collection of Spanish art in the world at El Prado.


Day 3: Madrid-Toledo-Granada
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 that will take you to visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to one of El Greco's most famous paintings - The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Celebrate the tradition of steel manufacturing and moulding during a Cultural Insight at a local steel factory before meandering through the breathtaking Andalucian landscape to Granada where we'll spend tonight.


Day 4: Granada-Costa Del Sol
Tread in the footsteps of Spain's last emirs and admire the incredible Alhambra Palace, a 14th century fortress that is said to have been inspired by poetry and reflects 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 the ornate palaces and fountains behind and continue to the famous Costa del Sol and sophisticated Marbella where we will spend tonight.


Day 5: Costa Del Sol-Fez (2 nights)
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 Imperial city of Fez, with its ancient walled city - our home for the next two nights.


Day 6: Fez sightseeing
Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour through the cultural and spiritual centre of Morocco. Meander through the fascinating 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 at leisure visiting the madrasa, zaouia and palaces of this fascinating city, or consider a visit to the Imperial city of Meknes, with its medieval medina and harmonious Islamic and European styles.


Day 7: Fez-Marrakesh (2 nights)
Departing Fez, we journey west through the green and golden landscape which turns to rusty red en route to the vibrant city of Marrakesh. Embrace the unrivalled energy of a city that is 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.


Day 8: Marrakesh sightseeing
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 for a Cultural Insight into the blending of creams and cosmetics from 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 maybe visit a local Berber village. Dine tonight at your hotel.


Day 9: Marrakesh-Casablanca-Rabat-Tangier
We journey north to enchanting Casablanca to experience first-hand the intrigue and romance of this city immortalised by Hollywood. We meander along the city's picturesque 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 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.


Day 10: Tangier-Seville (2 nights)
Crossing the Straits of Gibraltar by ferry, we arrive in Spain and journey through the region of Jerez, most famous for being the home of Spanish sherry. We drive through Andalucia and arrive in the beguiling city of Seville - our home for the next two nights. Where better to experience the passion of flamenco than this vibrant city? Embrace the intoxicating sights of colourful twirling skirts and the clapping sounds of castanets as you watch a traditional performance this evening.


Day 11: Seville sightseeing
Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour that 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' ornate tomb in the Cathedral, the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, and enjoy a walk through the lovely historic Jewish Quarter.


Day 12: Seville-Lisbon (2 nights)
Your panoramic journey continues through the province of Huelva, famous for Jabugo jamon and the Rio Tinto mines. We cross into the golden fields of the Alentejo region, the gastronomic soul of Portugal. Enjoy a memorable Be My Guest lunch at a local stud farm where Lusitano horses have been reared since the 18th century before arriving in Lisbon this afternoon.


Day 13: Lisbon sightseeing
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 quaint 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 quaint bairros or perhaps consider an Optional Experience to discover Portugal's Golden Triangle of Queluz, Cascais and Estoril.


Day 14: Lisbon-Fatima-Salamanca
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 celebrated religious miracles. Departing Portugal, we arrive in the historic university city of Salamanca - La Dorada, so named for its sun-kissed golden, orange and pink façades which we will have an opportunity to see the magnificent Plaza Mayor - voted by the locals as the most beautiful of all squares in Spain.


Day 15: Salamanca-Madrid
Traversing the dramatic Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains we arrive in Madrid, Europe's highest capital city. 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.


Day 16: Depart Madrid
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.

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

On-Trip Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

Meals

22 Meals as per itinerary - 15 buffet breakfast, 1 lunch (Be My Guest), 3 dinner with local wine & 3 dinner

Local Specialist

Local specialist to bring locations alive

Travel Director

An expert Travel Director & separate driver

Charges & Taxes

All baggage handling, hotel charges & local taxes

Connect with Locals

Visit a horse ranch in the Andalusian countryside near the white-washed village of Gerida, where you'll enjoy a Be My Guest dinner of traditional Sevillano cuisine.

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

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