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Select Cosmos 2021 Europe tours are limited to an average of just 24 guests per tour. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos European tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Europe vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
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Check into your hotel. Take advantage of any free time to explore lively Madrid with the help of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Spaniards say the Spanish capital, situated 2,180 feet above sea level, is the nearest thing to Heaven. It’s certainly worth making the most of today by joining the included guided sightseeing tour: a full panoramic drive by way of the Avenida Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Parliament Square, and a picture stop outside the Royal Palace. The optional trip to Toledo is most rewarding, too. The splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus was made famous in El Greco’s painting, and even now it’s like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art.
Visit ancient fortified Ávila with its many towers, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Salamanca and make sure you spend some time wandering around Plaza Mayor, the grandest square in Spain. Cross the frontier to Guarda, the highest town in Portugal. From here, descend to the valleys of the Serra da Estrela to Coimbra.
Today’s Distance: 329 mi/ 530 km
Enjoy an orientation tour of Coimbra, celebrated for its beauty and ancient university. Later, travel southward to visit the Sanctuary of Fátima, one of Europe’s most visited Marian shrines. Continue to picturesque fortified Obidos, before reaching Lisbon for two overnights.
Today’s Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km
Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” On the included guided tour, see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, and the impressive Commerce Square, also known as Black Horse Square. Spend the afternoon at leisure—maybe in the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion to the Portuguese Riviera.
From the rolling plains of the Alentejo with its woodlands of cork and eucalyptus trees, head south to the brilliant light of Andalusia. Admire its neat, white-painted villages and sun-drenched plantations of olives, figs, and almonds while traveling towards magnificent Seville.
Today’s Distance: 261 mi/ 420 km
Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of this vibrant city. Walk in the city center, see some of the main highlights and spend time to admire the impressive Plaza d’España. Afternoon at leisure.
Drive through Spain’s pretty sherry wine region and head south to the coast. Here, you will embark the ferry and cruise across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco on the African continent. Travel along what was once the infamous Barbary Coast, then continue the drive south to Rabat, one of Morocco’s imperial cities.
Today’s Distance: 311 mi/ 500 km
Today starts with an included guided city sightseeing tour of the country’s lively capital, and a visit to Chellah Gardens and Kasbah des Oudaias. Later, reach Morocco’s westernmost city: Casablanca. Enjoy an orientation drive in this modern city and see the illustrious Hassan II Mosque. One of the largest mosques in the world, its minaret soars 689 feet into the sky. Continue on to the “red” oasis city of Marrakesh. An optional excursion this evening is the perfect ending of the day.
Today’s Distance: 227 mi/ 365 km
Today’s included city sightseeing with a Local Guide will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Founded in the 9th century, Marrakesh remains a tapestry of ramparts, mosques, palaces, gardens, and vibrant public squares and souks (markets)—where buying and selling and a fascinating carnival of entertainment occurs daily. Also visit the Bahia Palace and Majorelle Gardens.
Today, travel through the fragrant cedar forests of the Middle Atlas mountains, where a number of peaks soar above 13,000 feet in elevation. This range is home to the endangered Barbary apes, wild boars, and polecats. On your way north to Fez, enjoy glimpses of North African village life.
Today’s Distance: 311 mi/ 500 km
Ancient Fez is a city of outstanding scenic beauty. Visit the Medina during the included sightseeing tour this morning, and enjoy the maze of narrow streets through the colorful bazaars and exotic atmosphere. The madrasas, fondouks, palaces, residences, mosques, and fountains dating back to the 13th century are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, explore further on your own.
Today, an early departure takes you north for the ferry crossing back to mainland Spain to the Costa del Sol. Overnight in Mijas.
Today’s Distance: 311 mi/ 500 km
Travel along the Costa del Sol to Granada in the heart of Andalusia. Enjoy an included guided visit of the Alhambra Complex*, a lavish palace and fortress built by Moorish kings. Marvel at its architectural Moorish beauty and magnificent gardens, with construction dating back to 889 AD.
Today’s Distance: 162 mi/ 260 km
Travel through the very heart of Don Quixote’s La Mancha, famed for its castle and windmills, on your way to Madrid.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
The Hotel Praga, situated in Madrid was the first hotel of the Santos Hotels chain. It has a total of 420 rooms and is equipped with the best facilities to make your stay unforgettable.
The hotel offers an impressive amount of space given how close it is to the city center. It comes with a large, leafy garden, complete with sun terrace and swimming pool. Large al fresco terrace with a bar for drinks and snacks and outdoor swimming pool.
Located in the center of Portugal, this hotel unit that has presented itself in the market with an exceptional localization being it in Portugal, in the Iberian Peninsula, or in Coimbra.
Located on one of Lisbon's main avenues, Avenida de Roma, which is an important residential and shopping area, Hotel Roma provides a range of exclusive, high-quality services that are unique in a unit of this category.
Hotel Don Paco 200 rooms, is set in central Seville, 10 minutes' walk from the cathedral and Giralda Tower. It features a rooftop swimming pool and sun terrace with excellent city views. Convenient Hotel located 1/2 km from train station & 12 km from San Pablo Airport.
A mid-scale 77-room hotel located in the city center, in the residential area of Hassan with an International menu on offer in its restaurant, a cocktail / tapas bar and free wi-Fi access throughout.
The Zalagh Kasbah Hotel & Spa is conveniently situated near the Agdal gardens and the ramparts of the old city "Medina," only 10 minutes from the famous square Jemaa-el-Fna, the international Airport Menara and the Railway station, far from the bustle and traffic, with great views of the Atlas Mountains.
MENZEH ZALAGH 4* Luxe, according to the European standards, Connected to the ANDALUSIAN GARDENS.Situated in 10 km of the airport in the heart of the new city, in a green and peaceful district, the hotel enjoys an exceptional sight of the medina of Fes, which we can achieve on foot in 15 minutes.
Situated in a hill overlooking the sea, at only 3 km. From the village of Mijas.
A newly-built, beautiful hotel offering 136 rooms, very conveniently located in the city centre of Granada, a few metres from the El Triunfo gardens and the Barrio de Albayzín.
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