Iberian Discovery & Morocco


  • 13 days

  • Spain and Portugal

  • Active pace

tour : ZW

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£1,899pp

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£1,709pp

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Overview

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This fantastic Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour focuses on the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula. On this vacation, there is ample time for in-depth sightseeing, and for visiting many of the area’s historic sites, including the Casa de Pilatos in Seville, with its splendid collection of Roman sculptures, and the Alhambra Complex in Granada.

If you’re interested in religious sites, this tour is not to be missed. Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Fátima, where pilgrims from all over the world congregate; Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, built to thank the Virgin Mary for Portugal’s success in its voyages around the world; the 13th-century cathedral and the Church of Santo Tomé in Toledo, which houses one of El Greco’s most famous paintings; and more.

There’s a full day at leisure at the Costa del Sol, so you can enjoy the sandy beaches, browse the shops, or join an optional excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar. Ferry crossings over the Strait of Gibraltar to and from Morocco afford spectacular views. An overnight in Tangier gives you a nice taste of Morocco. Here, Globus has arranged special experiences to help Morocco come to life. Enjoy a panoramic drive to Cap Spartel, to admire the splendid views and drink a glass of hot mint tea Bedouin-style, along with local biscuits. Also, enjoy Moroccan entertainment during dinner at your hotel. Plus, a visit to the colorful Grand Socco square, a busy market with many stalls.

Globus also includes special experiences such as a wine tasting and dinner in Salamanca, with highlight overnight stay; and a visit to a cork factory in Azaruja.

These are just a few of the many highlights on this wonderful Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour—a vacation of a lifetime!

Highlights

MADRID
Welcome and farewell dinners; guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum
SEGOVIA Take pictures of the Roman aqueduct
AVILA Visit the walled town
SALAMANCA Orientation walk;  wine tasting, dinner, and overnight stay at Hacienda Zorita
FÁTIMAVisit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
LISBON Guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery
AZARUJA Visit a cork factory
SEVILLE Guided sightseeing, visit the Casa de Pilatos, walk through the Santa Cruz quarter
ALGECIRAS–TANGIER By ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar
TANGIER  Panoramic drive to Cap Spartel, enjoy mint tea and biscuits; guided sightseeing, visit Grand Socco square
COSTA DEL SOL
Stay two nights in the resort of Torremolinos
GRANADA Guided walking tour, visit the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife; dinner at a local restaurant
TOLEDO Guided walking tour, visit an early synagogue, the gothic cathedral, and Santo Tomé Church with one of El Greco’s masterpieces; visit a Damascene steel workshop

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2021 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 6 dinners

ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN

Day
1

Time to relax or to start exploring the Spanish capital. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

MADRID

Day
2

The capital of Spain since 1561, Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Your Local Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Then, the highlight: a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM, founded in 1819, and considered to have one of the finest collections of European art of the last eight centuries.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MADRID–SEGOVIA–AVILA–SALAMANCA

Day
3

A day in beautiful Castile. Cross the rugged Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range on the way to Segovia, famous for the 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct. Enjoy a walk through the walled town of Avila, where St. Theresa founded the Order of Carmelites. Arrive in Salamanca, and follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk to beautiful Plaza Mayor. A highlight is LF your overnight stay at Hacienda Zorita, which once hosted Christopher Columbus, where a WINE TASTING and dinner await.
Today’s Distance: 180 mi / 290 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SALAMANCA–FÁTIMA, PORTUGAL–LISBON

Day
4

The majestic scenery of the Serra da Estrela mountain range forms the backdrop of your drive into Portugal. Follow in the steps of pilgrims from all over the world as you visit the SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY in Fátima. Tonight, an optional dinner with Fado-style entertainment is the perfect introduction to Portugal’s capital, Lisbon.
Today’s Distance: 329 mi / 530 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LISBON

Day
5

Lisbon was the center of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares and a walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the popular quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square. Stop for pictures of Belem Tower, guarding the mouth of the Tagus, and the Monument to the Discoveries. Next, visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. An optional excursion is available to the royal palace of Queluz.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LISBON–AZARUJA–SEVILLE, SPAIN.

Day
6

Stop in Azaruja to visit LF a CORK FACTORY and learn how this material can be used. Back in Spain, continue to Seville in Andalusia.
Today’s Distance: 273 mi / 440 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SEVILLE

Day
7

During your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, hear about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that was once the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also visit the magnificent CASA DE PILATOS, a mixture of Moorish and Roman architecture with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. For those interested, an optional extended guided visit to the cathedral is available, and tonight, for a truly Andalusian night out, reserve a seat at our optional Flamenco show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SEVILLE–TANGIER, MOROCCO

Day
8

Travel through the sherry wine region of Jerez to Algeciras. Board your FERRY and sail across the Strait of Gibraltar to Africa. Continue to Tangier, jumping-off point for the Moorish conquest of Spain. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a LF spectacular panoramic drive to CAP SPARTEL. Marvel at the views and quench your thirst Bedouin-style with a glass of hot mint tea, accompanied by local biscuits. This evening, enjoy Moroccan entertainment during dinner at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi / 250 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

TANGIER–COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN

Day
9

Visit the colorful GRAND SOCCO square, located next to the Mendoubia Gardens. Explore the narrow streets of the kasbah before returning by FERRY across the Strait. Arrive in Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol.
Today’s Distance: 81 mi / 130 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

AT LEISURE ON THE COSTA DEL SOL

Day
10

Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704. Time to enjoy the sandy beaches, browse through the trendy boutiques or to just relax.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

COSTA DEL SOL–GRANADA

Day
11

Venture into the mountains to history-steeped Granada. A guided walking tour features the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX. A fantasy of “lace in stone” surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains, it affords superb views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte, a mountain occupied by Gypsy cave dwellers. Also admire the magnificent WATER GARDENS OF THE GENERALIFE, the royal summer residence. This evening, dinner with local specialties has been prepared at one of Granada’s fine restaurants.
Today’s Distance: 121 mi / 195 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

GRANADA–TOLEDO–MADRID.

Day
12

The Andalusian hills and the landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha unfold before your eyes on the way to Toledo, spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River. Your guided walking tour features the Moorish bridge and visits to an early SYNAGOGUE, the 13th-century gothic CATHEDRAL, and the CHURCH OF SANTO TOMÉ with one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. Visit a DAMASCENE STEEL WORKSHOP before returning to Madrid. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 292 mi / 470 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

MADRID

Day
13

. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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