Spain, Portugal & Morocco with Barcelona


  • 20 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

tour : ZUE

Overview

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On this Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour, experience these three glorious countries with overnights in Lisbon, Seville, Rabat, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Erfoud, Fez, Tangier, the Costa del Sol, Granada, Madrid, and Barcelona. Tour highlights include the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, a symbol of Portugal’s power during the Age of Discovery; Madrid’s Prado Museum, with its 8,000 pieces of Western painting; Seville’s Casa de Pilatos with its collection of Roman sculptures; Granada’s Alhambra complex; and Toledo’s Church of Santo Tomé, with one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. Enjoy a ferry ride across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco and in Rabat, visit the beautiful Mohammed V Mausoleum, with the tombs of the Moroccan king and his two sons.

Step back in time in Marrakesh with sightseeing that includes Bahia Palace, built in the late 19th century, and the 16th-century Saadian Tombs (if closed, visit Badia Palace instead). Wander through the Djemaa El-Fna, a square and exotic bazaar offering some of the greatest open-air entertainment. In Fez, visit the labyrinthine Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Medersa Bou Inania, an architectural work of art built between 1350 and 1357.

One cannot think of Casablanca without thinking of the movie homonymous. Here, Globus has arranged a special experience for you… enjoy lunch at Rick’s Café Américain, a re-creation of the bar made famous in the movie. Another special treat is a four-wheel drive to the sand dune of Erg Chebbi. Back in Spain, spend time on the Costa del Sol, where you can relax and soak up the sun on the beach; and in Madrid, a special farewell paella dinner awaits at a local restaurant.

These are just a few of the many highlights offered on this spectacular Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour. Then, to conclude, travel via high-speed AVE train to Barcelona for three nights and guided sightseeing, including a visit to the Sagrada Familia Basilica, Gaudi’s masterpiece. All services in Barcelona, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms. It’s a memorable vacation indeed!

Highlights

LISBON
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery
AZEITAO Visit a tile workshop
SEVILLE Guided sightseeing, visit the Casa de Pilatos, and walk through the Santa Cruz quarter
ALGECIRAS–TANGIER By ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar
RABAT Guided sightseeing, visit Mohammed V Mausoleum and the Roman relics of Chellah
CASABLANCA [LF] Enjoy lunch at Rick’s Café; guided panoramic drive; visit Hassan II Mosque
MARRAKESH Guided sightseeing, visit Bahia Palace and the Saadian Tombs (if closed, visit Badia Palace instead)
OUARZAZATE Visit Kasbah Taourirt; stay overnight in the area where the movie Lawrence of Arabia was made
ERFOUD [LF] Enjoy a four-wheel drive to the sand dune of Erg Chebbi; have traditional mint tea
ER RACHIDIA
Stop in the Ziz Gorges
FEZ Guided sightseeing, visit the Medina and Medersa Bou Inania
TANGIER Orientation, board the ferry to Spain
COSTA DEL SOL Stay two nights in the resort of Marbella
GRANADA Guided walking tour, visit the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife; a special dinner at a local restaurant
TOLEDO Guided walking tour, visit an early synagogue, the gothic cathedral, and the Santo Tomé Church with one of El Greco’s masterpieces; visit a Damascene steel workshop
MADRID Guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum; [LF] farewell paella dinner at a local restaurant
MADRID-BACELONABy high-speed AVE Train
BARCELONA
Guided sightseeing including the Sagrada Familia Basilica

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2020 Tour itinerary

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

Total meals included:

  • 19 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 9 dinners

ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL

Day
1

Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

LISBON

Day
2

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

LISBON–AZEITAO–SEVILLE, SPAIN

Day
3

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SEVILLE

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SEVILLE–ALGECIRAS–RABAT, MOROCCO.

Day
5

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

RABAT–CASABLANCA–MARRAKESH

Day
6

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

MARRAKESH

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MARRAKESH–OUARZAZATE

Day
8

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

OUARZAZATE–ERFOUD

Day
9

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ERFOUD–ER RACHIDIA–FEZ

Day
10

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

FEZ–TANGIER

Day
11

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

TANGIER–COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN

Day
12

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

COSTA DEL SOL

Day
13

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?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

COSTA DEL SOLE–GRANADA

Day
14

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

GRANADA–TOLEDO–MADRID

Day
15

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MADRID

Day
16

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!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

MADRID–BARCELONA

Day
17

Travel by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (first class) to Barcelona. Your Local Host can help you make the most of your stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BARCELONA

Day
18

Morning guided sightseeing includes a visit to the extraordinary SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BARCELONA

Day
19

Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BARCELONA

Day
20

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

  • Day 14 Alhambra complex: Entrance to Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. For Gibraltar, a special visa is required; a UK or Schengen visa will not gain entrance.

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