Highlights of Spain, Morocco and Portugal – 2023 2024
from $4005
Duration: 16 Days
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 colorful façades of Seville. From there, Portugal and her capital of Lisbon await. They say great things happen in threes and this is certainly true with this dynamic trio.
Day 1
Arrive Madrid
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
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
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. 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
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 neighborhood 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
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
Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour through the cultural and spiritual center 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 immortalized 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
Today, travel to the city of Marrakesh, Africa’s most popular year-round sun resort. It was once the favorite 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
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 travelers like you, seeking to uncover its bewitching blend of Arab and Berber influences, so prepare for sensory overload and some hearty haggling. Visit Dar El Bacha 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
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
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
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
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
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
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. 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
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. For the rest of the day 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
Fill your heart with memories of your epic journey filled with color, culture and the generous spirit of the locals, as the curtain closes on a mesmerizing 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.
  • 15 Breakfast (B)
  • 5 Dinner (D)
  • : See the Royal Palace, Cibeles Fountain and Retiro Park on a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist
  • : Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the synagogue and cathedral, enjoy a visit to a steel workshop
  • : Enjoy a scenic drive to this Moorish city
  • : View the Mausoleum and Royal Palace during your orientation
  • : View the Corniche and see the Hassan II Mosque during sightseeing with a Local Specialist
  • : Visit Dar El Bacha and Djemaa el-Fna Square during your sightseeing tour
  • : Sightseeing includes a walking tour of the Medina and views of the Royal Palace
  • : Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral, Plaza de España and Giralda Tower
  • : View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist
  • : Visit the celebrated Shrine
  • : Orientation of this university city includes views of the Plaza Mayor
  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : Many meals and daily breakfasts included
  • : City orientation tours
  • : Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • : Return ferry crossing between Spain and Morocco
  • : Extensive variety of Choice Optional Experiences
Start Date: 2023-09-30
End Date: 2023-10-15
Adult Price: $4025
Child Price: $3675
Adult Price: $4025
Child Price: $2705
Adult Price: $4005
Child Price: $3655
Adult Price: $4925
Start Date: 2023-10-07
End Date: 2023-10-22
Adult Price: $4025
Child Price: $3675
Adult Price: $4025
Adult Price: $4005
Child Price: $3655
Adult Price: $4925

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