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Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Lisbon was the center of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator’s 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares and walk along 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. Also visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. An optional excursion to the royal palace of Queluz is available, as well as dinner at a typical taverna with Fado-style entertainment.
In Azeitão, visit a traditional TILE WORKSHOP. Next, enter Spain and reach the vibrant capital of Andalusia, Seville.
Today’s Distance: 298 mi / 480 km
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. Tonight, for a truly Andalusian night out, reserve a seat at our optional Flamenco show.
Travel through the sherry wine region of Jerez to Algeciras and enjoy a FERRY RIDE across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco. Follow North Africa’s infamous Barbary Coast to Rabat, once a lair of the corsairs and now the country’s capital.
Today’s Distance: 286 mi / 460 km
Sightseeing with a Local Guide focuses on the massive medieval battlements, the Royal Palace, MAUSOLEUM OF MOHAMMED V, Hassan Tower, and the Kasbah of Oudaias. Also visit the fine ROMAN RELICS OF CHELLAH. Continue to Casablanca, Morocco’s modern seaport. LF Lunch will be served at Rick’s Café Américain, famous for the movie Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, and the song As Time Goes By. Your guided panoramic drive features a visit to the HASSAN II MOSQUE, a splendid monument designed to mark the end of the century. Evening arrival in Marrakesh, beautifully situated in an oasis.
Today’s Distance: 205 mi / 330 km
Follow your Local Guide and visit BAHIA PALACE, the 16th-century SAADIAN TOMBS (if closed, visit the BADIA PALACE instead), and to Djemaa El-Fna, the vibrant town center dominated by the 222-foot-high Koutoubia Minaret.
Today, travel to Morocco’s “Hollywood,” Ouarzazate. Deep in the desert, the city has been immortalized in movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars, Gladiator, and Game of Thrones. Later, visit the KASBAH TAOURIRT, by many considered a must-see site for a glimpse into the lifestyle of people from long time ago.
Today’s Distance: 124 mi / 200 km
Take a fascinating drive through the desert via the Dades Valley with its oases filled with olives, dates, and figs. Then, head through Morocco’s Grand Canyon, Todra Gorge, to Erfoud in the heart of the Sahara. A special treat awaits: enjoy LF a spectacular FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE to the sand dune of Erg Chebbi. Admire the unforgettable, romantic sunset and sip the traditional mint tea before heading back to your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 193 mi / 310 km
Enjoy your last views of the desert and turn northward. Stop in Er Rachidia, originally built as a French settlement, and travel via the Ziz Gorges and the Middle Atlas mountains to Fez. Blessed with an ample supply of water and strategically situated, Fez became the capital of Morocco when the country shook off foreign rule under Berber King Idris in the 8th century. To this day, Fez has remained Morocco’s spiritual and artistic center. Tonight, why not sign up for an optional folklore dinner?
Today’s Distance: 267 mi / 430 km
See the magnificent entrance to the Royal Palace, drive through the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter, and travel on to Bab Bou Jeloud, the traditional entrance to Old Fez. Your Local Guide also leads you through the labyrinthine MEDINA and MEDERSA BOU INANIA. Continue to Tangier, jumping-off point for the Moorish conquest of Spain, and enjoy an orientation drive of this busy seaport.
Today’s Distance: 211 mi / 340 km
Board the FERRY for the trip back across the Strait to Europe. Continue to the elegant Costa del Sol, where you will stay for two nights.
Today’s Distance: 94 mi / 150 km
Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704. Later, enjoy the sandy beaches, browse through the trendy boutiques, or just relax. Tonight, why not try out local specialties at one of the lively restaurants?
Leave the Mediterranean coast and arrive in Granada. A guided walking tour features a visit to the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX, a fantasy of “lace in stone” surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains, with superb views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte. Also visit the WATER GARDENS OF THE GENERALIFE. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi / 220 km
Drive via Don Quixote’s La Mancha to Toledo, where a Local Guide takes you to the Moorish bridge, an early SYNAGOGUE, the CATHEDRAL, and the CHURCH OF SANTO TOMÉ with one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. Visit a DAMASCENE STEEL WORKSHOP before arriving in Madrid.
Today’s Distance: 292 mi / 470 km
The capital since 1561, Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Morning sightseeing with a 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 8 centuries, with the works of Goya, El Greco, Rubens, Titian, and more. An optional excursion to El Escorial is available, and tonight, LF a special paella farewell dinner awaits at a local restaurant as a proper way to say adios to Spain!
Travel by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (first class) to Barcelona. Your Local Host can help you make the most of your stay.
Morning guided sightseeing includes a visit to the extraordinary SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA.
Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Lisbon Marriott is a modern hotel featuring an outdoor swimming pool and a relaxing garden area, and offers elegant accommodations with city views. All air-conditioned guestrooms come with a flat-screen cable TV with international channels, a desk, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a balcony with skyline or garden views. The restaurant serves international and Portuguese cuisine. A tapas bar with a terrace and fitness room are also available. Avenida da Liberdade, with its high-end shops and boutiques and Lisbon's historic downtown area are within easy reach.
The hotel enjoys a central location and is within walking distance to the historical Old Town and cathedral. Warmly decorated air-conditioned guest rooms include a minibar and free Wi-Fi. Amenities include a refined restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows, plus a hot tub and a seasonal outdoor pool with loungers. There's also a fitness room.
Situated in the heart of the Kingdom's capital, just steps away from the Royal Palace and traditional medina where it is possible to experience the true local culture. Air-conditioned guest rooms offer a 24 hour room service, minibar, in-room safes and unlimited Free Wi-Fi. The hotel boasts an in-house restaurant with a panoramic view of the city and a various offering of local dishes as well as a taste of International cuisine.
Modern Hotel in a palm grove, next to casino with nightclub; halfway between the walls of the old city & Menara Gardens.
Berber Style Hotel located 1km from the city center & 2km from the Airport.
The El Chergui Kasbah Hotel is a newly constructed 4 star hotel, located in a very quiet part of Morocco, on the outskirts of Erfoud, 60km from Erg Chebbi, standing on a site that brings together the largest and most spectacular dunes in Morocco.
A hotel that combines comfort and functionality which can be seen in its modern rooms decorated in a contemporary style with designer furniture.
Overlooking the heart of the city, the hotel benefits from the best views of the Tangier cityscape. The amenities include outdoor rooftop pool, 24-hour fitness center, and terrace restaurant with stunning panoramas of the city. 180 modern, spacious guestrooms are tastefully designed and provide complimentary Wi-Fi, an HDTV, a seating area with a sofa, and panoramic windows.
This upscale beachfront hotel is surrounded by lush tropical landscaping and is only a five-minute walk from the Old Town, many shops and restaurants can be found in close proximity along the Marbella promenade. All 263 spacious, air-conditioned guestrooms have beautiful hardwood floors, coffee machines, and free Wi-Fi access. There are two seasonal swimming pools, an outdoor pool open during the summer, and a glass-enclosed heated indoor pool for the colder winter months. Other amenities include a fitness center with sauna, a grill restaurant and bar with outdoor seating, as well as a buffet style restaurant.
Moorish touches, rooms with Nazari styled decor, restaurant and gardens; set in town center next to the Congress Hall.
Situated in the center of Madrid and close to the Royal Palace and museum. The elegant, air-conditioned rooms have Wi-Fi. minibar, safe and pillow menu. Amenities include a relaxed cafe, a traditional bar and a refined tea room, along with a library and a fitness room.
This 221 room hotel is set in a wonderful 19th century building, formerly the head office of Spain's La Vanguardia newspaper. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. Other amenities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with terrace and a spa with exercise equipment, sauna, and Jacuzzi. The hotel restaurant serves Catalan and Mediterranean style food and the welcoming lobby bar offers a selection of snacks and beverages.
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