Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco - Small Group

Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco - Small Group

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Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco - Small Group

17 Days Starting and ending in Madrid

Visiting: Madrid, Ávila‎, Salamanca, Fátima, Lisbon, Seville, Tangier, Fes, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Gibraltar, Costa del Sol Occidental, Alfarnatejo, Granada

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

SE942ZM19

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 24

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
From:
$6425
$6098 Operator discount: -$40 Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$287

NB: Prices correct on 27-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Traverse Spain, Portugal and Morocco on this 17-day guided tour. Walk through the capital city of Spain, Madrid, with a Local Expert, who will drive you through the Old Quarter to see the origins of the city. In Lisbon, explore the long avenues of Lower Town with a Local Expert, and through the finest square in the city: the Terreiro do Paco. Journey to Gibraltar, a territory under British control, for a tour of St. Michael’s Cave with a Local Expert; be sure to look out for the legendary guardians of the colony, the Barbary Apes. In Marrakesh, meet a Local Expert in the Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, where you can watch dancers and acrobats twirl. Travel to the white-washed village of Alfarnatejo, then discover the oldest olive grove in the region, where you’ll taste freshly pressed oils and dine on a traditional meal while listening to stories of local life in the home of a Spanish family.

Highlights

  • Seville: Stroll through Barrio de Santa Cruz with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Seville

  • 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

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

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Madrid

Location: Madrid

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Riu Plaza España Madrid

Meals Included: Dinner

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 an evening of delicious food and wine.

Day 2 : Prado Museum And On To Golden Salamanca

Location: Madrid, Ávila‎, Salamanca

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Alameda Palace Salamanca

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 Velázquez, 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.

Day 3 : Holy Fátima And Lisbon

Location: Salamanca, Fátima, Lisbon

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dom Pedro Lisboa Lisbon

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 4 : Lisbon And The Age Of The Great Discoveries

Location: Lisbon

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Dom Pedro Lisboa Lisbon

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 the Portuguese Riviera?

Day 5 : To Seville, The City Of Carmen

Location: Lisbon, Seville

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Catalonia Giralda Seville

Meals Included: Breakfast

Visit Seville's Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Colombus.Explore Seville with Insight Choice. Choose to walk through the old Jewish quarter and see La Giralda, the former minaret of the Great Mosque, which is now the bell tower of the cathedral. Alternatively, join a scenic drive around the city and enjoy panoramic views.

Day 6 : Free Time And Flamenco In Seville

Location: Seville

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ayre Sevilla Seville

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 this afternoon, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit the Cristina Heeren Foundation, a flamenco dance school and beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Their mission is to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco. 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.

Day 7 : The Straits Of Gibraltar To Fes

Location: Seville, Tangier, Fes

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Marriott Jnan Palace Fes

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Set sail across the Strait of Gibraltar to reach Morocco, a historic land of deep-rooted tradition and compelling cultural character.

Day 8 : Explore Fes

Location: Fes

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Marriott Jnan Palace Fes

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Your Local Expert will guide you through the ancient Medina, teeming with hidden courtyards, beautiful mosques and local workshops. Sensorial delights await around every corner as you take in the historic grandeur of this walled city. Walk through the souks and pass one of the world’s oldest universities. Learn about the ancient craft of handwoven carpets, a tradition developed in this region over thousands of years. Gain insight into the exceptional skill and artistic symbolism applied to make each carpet unique.

Day 9 : On The Road To Marrakesh

Location: Fes, Marrakesh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Kenzi Rose Garden Marrakesh

Meals Included: Breakfast

During today's journey, see traditional mud-walled villages set against the vast arid plains. Glimpse the Atlas Mountains as you approach Marrakesh, a bustling hub of culture and trade.

Day 10 : Explore Marrakesh

Location: Marrakesh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Kenzi Rose Garden Marrakesh

Meals Included: Breakfast

Join a Local Expert to explore the Medina, the historic heart of the city. See the Koutoubia Mosque, its minaret dominating the Marrakesh skyline with golden brickwork. Visit the intricately-decorated Palais Bahia, a 19th-century mosaic-laden masterpiece built to be the greatest palace of its day. Experience the city's captivating charm during time at leisure. Perhaps try your hand at haggling in the souks on Jemaa-el-Fnaa Square or visit one of the acclaimed museums.

Day 11 : Play It Again Sam In Casablanca

Location: Marrakesh, Casablanca

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Grand Mogador City Center Casablanca

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey to the west coast of Africa to reach Casablanca. Did Humphrey Bogart really did say ''Play it again, Sam''? Your Local Expert will reveal the truth to this and other fascinating elements of this storied city. See the impressive Hassan II Mosque, the largest in the country. For those who came to Casablanca for the waters, the Corniche, a chic seaside strip, welcomes you with its trendy restaurants and cafes.

Day 12 : Rabat And Tangier

Location: Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier

Accommodation: Hotel, Grand Villa de France Tangier

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel north to Rabat to see the intricately-decorated Royal Palace and Hassan Tower with your Local Expert. Your journey continues to Morocco’s port of Tangier, overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean. After dinner, enjoy an evening at leisure to relax in the comfortable surroundings of your hotel as the sun sets or take a stroll along Avenue d'Espagne on the Bay of Tangier.

Day 13 : On To The Costa Del Sol

Location: Tangier, Gibraltar, Costa del Sol Occidental

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Meliá Costa del Sol Torremolinos

Meals Included: Breakfast

Cross the water to Spain and 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.Your travels continue through Andalucía and on to the Costa del Sol, famous for its beaches.

Day 14 : At Leisure On The Costa Del Sol

Location: Costa del Sol Occidental

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Meliá Costa del Sol Torremolinos

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 15 : Dining With Locals And The Alhambra Palace

Location: Costa del Sol Occidental, Alfarnatejo, Granada

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Gran Luna de Granada

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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 with fresh, local produce that showcases the 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 summer residence of the Spanish royals.

Day 16 : To Madrid In Search Of Don Quixote

Location: Granada, Madrid

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Gran Luna de Granada

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 17 : Depart Madrid

Location: Madrid

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfers arrive at Madrid airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.

What's Included

  • Personal radio headsets

    Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.

  • Hotel and restaurant tips

    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.

  • Baggage handling

    We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.

  • Insight Flourish

    From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

    Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

  • Transfers

    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.

What's Not Included

International flights to and from the start and end points of the tour are not included and must be purchased separately by the travelers.

Mode of Transport

Cruise back to Europe on your return ferry.

Accommodation

Stay at the Meliá Costa del Sol 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.

Check out our Q&As

  • 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.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes. An experience Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination

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

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum group size is 24 guests.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    The fitness level is low - These tours generally have up to 1-3 miles of walking per day and may involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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