Highlights of Spain, Morocco and Portugal

Highlights of Spain, Morocco and Portugal

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Highlights of Spain, Morocco and Portugal

16 Days Starting and ending in Madrid, Spain

Visiting: Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Costa del Sol, Fes, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Seville, Lisbon, Fátima, Salamanca

Tour operator:

Costsaver

Tour code:

SMHIZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 45

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

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Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, History

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Tour Overview

The scents of spice and the warm embrace of the sun-kissed Mediterranean are never far when you embark on this uplifting voyage through Spain, Morocco and Portugal. Explore the bustling cities of Madrid and Marrakesh, cross the Strait of Gibraltar and feast your eyes on the colourful facades of Seville. From there, Portugal and her hilly capital of Lisbon await. They say great things happen in threes and this certainly rings true with this dynamic trio.

Highlights

  • Casablanca : View the Corniche and see the Hassan II Mosque during sightseeing with a Local Specialist.

  • Marrakesh : Visit Dar El Bacha and Djemaa el-Fna Square during your sightseeing tour.

  • Rabat : View the Mausoleum and Royal Palace during your orientation and Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the synagogue and cathedral, enjoy a visit to a steel workshop in Toledo.

  • Lisbon : View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist.

  • Fes : Sightseeing includes a walking tour of the Medina and views of the Royal Palace.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Madrid (2 Nights)
Location: Madrid
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center
Meals Included: No Meals

Elegant Madrid kick-starts your exciting journey across Spain, Morocco and Portugal. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and relax. If you’d prefer to skip the siesta, take to the city’s golden streets for a glimpse of what this football-crazed metropolis has in store. The real fun begins this evening when you meet your Travel Director and fellow travel compañeros, followed by some time to curb your craving for tapas and get to grips with why the Madrileños adore their nightlife.

Day 2 : Madrid Sightseeing And Free Time
Location: Madrid
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast

There is plenty to see in the lively Spanish capital, so we get right to it this morning, joining a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour to view the Cibeles Fountain, the Gran Vía and Paseo de la Castellana. Admire the Royal Palace the spend your afternoon exploring the city further or consider an Optional Experience to the UNESCO-listed city of Segovia. Marvel at the impressive towering arches of the ancient Roman aqueduct and trace the ornate esgrafiado façades that are characteristic of the city’s most important buildings before returning to Madrid.

Day 3 : Madrid – Toledo – Granada (1 Night)
Location: Madrid, Toledo, Granada
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Maciá Condor Granada
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Set your sights firmly on Toledo today, embarking on a scenic journey south through the windswept plateau of La Mancha where the fictional Don Quixote and his trusty companion Sancho Panza once roamed. View the enchanting skyline of the ancient hilltop city known as the “City of Three Cultures” – the influences of Christians, Muslims and Jews are reflected in the city’s history, culture and religion. Then, join your Local Specialist who will lead you on a captivating walking tour past the impressive cathedral to an ancient white and golden synagogue. Visit a steel workshop to see first-hand how Toledo’s famous steel-craft has evolved over centuries, then continue to the former Moorish stronghold of Granada. What better way to end the day than by choosing to watch an optional fiery Gypsy performance in Old Granada?

Day 4 : Granada – Costa Del Sol (1 Night)
Location: Granada, Costa del Sol
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Moon Dreams Calabahia Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Lace up your walking shoes and take to Granada’s narrow cobbled streets for an independent exploration of a city whose Arab influences remain in its Moorish architecture, tetería tea houses and even hammams. Delve into its Arab history and culture during an Optional Experience visit to the Albaicín Quarter, the city’s oldest neighbourhood and its characteristic cármenes (Moorish houses). On the hilltop overlooking the city is the fortified citadel of the Alhambra – its opulent palaces and gardens the former seat of Granada’s Nasrid emirs. Later, continue south to the sun-kissed Andalusian holiday retreat of Costa Del Sol, the gateway the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. This evening an Optional Experience could see you visit the hill-top village of Mijas for spectacular coastal views followed by a Mediterranean dinner.

Day 5 : Costa Del Sol – Fes (2 Nights)
Location: Costa del Sol, Fes
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Menzeh Zalagh City Center Fes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Take in a scenic coastal drive before boarding the ferry to North Africa. A different world awaits you in Morocco as you travel past the Rif Mountains to Fes. Beautiful sights, distinctive cultures and fascinating traditions await you.

Day 6 : Fes Sightseeing And Free Time
Location: Fes
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Menzeh Zalagh City Center Fes
Meals Included: Breakfast

Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour through the cultural and spiritual centre of Morocco. In the Fes Medina, marvel at the haggling skills of enterprising vendors during a guided visit through the hidden alleyways and main squares of this ancient marketplace. Visit a carpet weaving cooperative and admire the delicate craftsmanship as you gain an appreciation for the centuries of tradition informing every deliberate handmade knot. Learn about the symbolism behind the handwoven images immortalised in silk and wool. With the rest of your day free, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy Fes on your own terms. You could choose an Optional Experience - Arabian dinner in a traditional riad with music and local entertainment.

Day 7 : Fes - Marrakesh (2 Nights)
Location: Fes, Marrakesh
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Almas Marrakesh
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, travel to the city of Marrakesh, Africa’s most popular year-round sun resort. It was once the favourite holiday spot of Sir Winston Churchill, a haven where he would relax and paint. Engage in the dynamic atmosphere of the famous Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. Perhaps join an evening of authentic Berber cuisine and entertainment.

Day 8 : Marrakesh Sightseeing And Free Time
Location: Marrakesh
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Almas Marrakesh
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today Marrakesh remains home to some of Morocco's most vibrant souks, enveloped in the city's characteristic red sandstone façades, which you will have an opportunity to explore during your stay. The endless streets of Marrakesh have long enticed curious travellers like you, seeking to uncover its bewitching blend of Arab and Berber influences, so prepare for sensory overload and some hearty haggling. Visit the Bahia Palace during your walking tour with a Local Specialist and see Djemaa el-Fna Square in the Old Quarter with its palm-readers, acrobats and snake charmers. 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 join an Optional Experience visit to a local Berber village.

Day 9 : Marrakesh – Casablanca – Rabat – Tangier (1 Night)
Location: Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Chellah Tangier
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, travel to Casablanca, the setting of Humphrey Bogart’s most indelible moments on screen. Our scenic drive through the city reveals both Arabic and French influences as we admire the elegant Corniche and the impressive Hassan II Mosque, featuring the world's tallest minaret. Continue to the capital city, Rabat, where you see the Mohammed V Mausoleum and Royal Palace. Take in panoramic views of the capital before proceeding to today's final stop, Tangier.

Day 10 : Tangier – Seville (2 Nights)
Location: Tangier, Seville
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel M.A. Sevilla Congresos Seville
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We return to Spain this morning, crossing the Strait of Gibraltar and heading north to Seville, home of fiery flamenco, scorching Spanish summers and adorning Seville oranges. Spend the evening relaxing in preparation for a day of sightseeing tomorrow, which will reveal why the city has been the favorite winter retreat of Spanish royalty for centuries.

Day 11 : Seville Sightseeing And Free Time
Location: Seville
Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel M.A. Sevilla Congresos
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast

Admire the great monuments, handsome pavilions and lush gardens of Seville when you join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the Plaza de España, Maria Luisa Park and Seville’s Old Quarter. View the spectacular Cathedral of Seville, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb. Its Giralda bell tower was originally built as a minaret for the Great Mosque of Seville and you’ll get to see it in all its glory, before enjoying the rest of the day on your own. When the sun sets over this golden city, with the aroma of jasmine and orange blossom lingering around every turn, consider a foot-tapping Optional Experience at a flamenco show.

Day 12 : Seville – Lisbon (2 Nights)
Location: Seville, Lisbon
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: VIP Executive Zurique Hotel Lisbon
Meals Included: Breakfast

Our visit to Spain is short-lived, but it’s not farewell forever, as we head west across the Iberian Peninsula to Portugal. Our journey takes us through the rolling golden and green plains of the Alentejo, Portugal’s bread-basket. Continuing north, we arrive in the seafaring capital of Lisbon to enjoy an evening on your own to unwind after the day’s journey. If you’re tempted to take to its cobblestone streets, join your Travel Director for a poignant Optional Experience in the city’s Bairro Alto district for a traditional meal accompanied with the melancholic sounds of fado.

Day 13 : Lisbon Sightseeing And Free Time
Location: Lisbon
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: VIP Executive Zurique Hotel Lisbon
Meals Included: Breakfast

Explore the Age of the Discoveries and Portugal’s role as a global maritime power many centuries ago when you join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour to Belém on the edge of the Tagus River. See the alabaster-white Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries and the iconic Hieronymite before taking the rest of the day to explore on your own. Hop on one of Lisbon’s signature trams rolling along the city’s cinematic hillsides and you’ll quickly discover leafy squares and countless corner tascas (taverns) for a quick coffee and pasteis de nata (custard tartlet) fix. Perhaps choose an Optional Experience where you will visit Portugal’s Golden Triangle of Cascais, Estoril and Sintra and see some of the country’s most extravagant palaces during your free afternoon. This evening, consider an optional seafood dinner and views of the mighty Tagus for the perfect end to your Lisbon visit.

Day 14 : Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca (1 Night)
Location: Lisbon, Fátima, Salamanca
Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Bardo Recoletos Coco Salamanca
Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast

We travel to Fátima where three young shepherds are said to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1917. You’ll see visiting pilgrims who have come to pray and seek divine guidance as you explore the Basilica Chapel and Sanctuary on your own. Leaving this site of celebrated religious miracles behind, you’ll continue your journey across the border to Spain and arrive in Salamanca later. Join your Travel Director for a brief orientation of the city, past golden façades and ancient university buildings followed by an evening on your own. Sit back in the city’s 18th-century Plaza Mayor and wait for sunset when the square lights up and its Baroque buildings provide a gleaming backdrop for a drink or two.

Day 15 : Salamanca – Madrid (1 Night)
Location: Salamanca, Madrid
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Your return journey to Madrid includes a scenic drive through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains. There’s time for an optional visit to El Escorial Palace and the Valley of the Fallen. Then you’ll have the rest of the day to get your final fix of Madrid, whatever form that may take – retail therapy, artistic flair in the Prado Museum or decompressing in the leafy midst of El Retiro Park. What better way to end your epic adventure through Spain, Morocco and Portugal than with a final dinner with your new friends to toast shared memories and your next holiday? Salud!

Day 16 : Depart Madrid
Location: Madrid
Meals Included: Breakfast

Fill your heart with memories of your epic journey filled with colour, culture and the generous spirit of the locals, as the curtain closes on a mesmerising journey through Spain, Morocco and Portugal. Bid your Travel Director and newfound friends a fond farewell. Find out more about your available transfers at costsavertour.com/transfers.

What's Included

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Additional Services

    Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences, Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries included.

  • Fully Guided

    An expert travel director and professional driver on this tour.

  • Transport

    Return ferry crossing between Spain and Morocco is included.

What's Not Included

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Check out our Q&As

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum group size is 45 guests.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, An English speaking travel director on this tour.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Complimentary arrival and departure transfer by shuttle coach is included on the arrival and departure day of your guided holiday. If your flight times do not coincide with the shuttle coach transfer timings you may choose to book and purchase a transfer.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Hotel and restaurant tips are included. All taxes and porterage charges at hotels are also included.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in an itinerary.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty and joy of taking a guided vacation with Costsaver is that you get to meet, travel and make friends with people from all over the world.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Costsaver is part of The Travel Corporation, which has been in business for over 100 years.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Costsaver is proud to be a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation started in 2008. To date the charity has donated over US$2 million to assist underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism initiatives around the globe.

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Travel Director Alberto and Driver Victor were providing excellent services and amazing travel experiences. Since I came back I strongly recommended to all my contacts how impressed I am with your Professional Team.

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14-Dec-2022

Trip was planned well and the experience was great. Would definitely recommend and do another

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Best trip ever!

20-Jan-2023

Our trip was absolutely outstanding, organized and just plain fun. Agnes is a wonderful tour-guide, knowledgeable and we never had to worry about anything. And Frank, our bus driver, always had a smile and gave us the smoothest bus ride ever! And I've been on buses around the world... If we ever go again (hopefully), Costsaver would be my first and only choice and hopefully we will get "team" Agnes and Frank again.

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Best Travel Experience

05-Jan-2023

We have traveled to Europe many times but this time Spain was different. It was fantastic trip, our tour director was professional and informative.

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No hesitation recommending Costsaver

17-Jan-2023

I had the time of my life. It was an incredible experience.

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Why I chose Costsaver

15-Jan-2023

1. The visited places were interesting. 2. A real value for money. 3. Super knowledgeable and friendly tour director 4. Secure and safe. 5. Comfortable bus. 6. Efficient hotel check-in experience. 7. Highly experienced driver. 8. Excellent coordination with hotels.

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