Iberian Discovery & Morocco with Barcelona
Known for its gorgeous weather and lively history, the Iberian Peninsula is highlighted on this thrilling 17-day tour through Spain, Portugal and Morocco.
Immerse yourself in the vast history of the Iberian Peninsula and beyond on this insightful tour through three incredible countries: Spain, Portugal and Morocco. As you make your way between destinations, you will be escorted by a knowledgeable guide that helps you make the most of you time in each city. Of course there is plenty of time for sightseeing; however, there are also planned excursions and lots of free time to see the cities on your own terms. Over the course of the 17 days you will see the Prado Museum in Madrid; walk along cobblestone street to see important historic and religious sites in Lisbon; gain a brief, yet in-depth, look at Moroccan culture with an overnight stay in Tangier; lounge along the sandy beaches of Costa del Sol; ride a high-speed train to Barcelona and see beautiful mountains, waterscapes, fruit groves and grand examples of historic architecture along the way. Of course, these are only some of the highlights that make this adventure so grand. Come along - this is truly the vacation of a lifetime.
Highlights and Inclusions
- High-speed, first class AVE train from Madrid to Barcelona
- 15 nights' hotel accommodation
- Full buffet breakfast daily
- 6 three-course dinners with wine, including welcome and farewell dinners in Madrid and a special dinner in Granada
- Guided sightseeing in Madrid, Lisbon, Seville, Tangier, Granada, Toledo & Barcelona
- Visit the Roman aqueduct
- Visit the walled town of Avila
- Orientation walk and wine tasting in Salamanca
- Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary
- Visit a cork factory in Azaruja
- Ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar
- Drive to Cap Spartel
- Moroccan show in Tangier
- Costa del Sol
- Visit a Damascene steel workshop in Toledo
Day 1 - International flight to Madrid
Embark on a transatlantic flight from your U.S. gateway to Madrid. (International flight is not included)
Day 2 - Arrive in Madrid
Time to rest or to start exploring the Spanish capital. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Day 3 - Madrid
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, highlight: a visit to the palatial Prado Museum with its priceless art treasures. (B)
Day 4 - Segovia, Avila, & Salamanca
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 your overnight stay at Hacienda Zorita, which once hosted Christopher Columbus, where a wine tasting and dinner await you. (B, D)
Day 5 - Fatima, Portugal & Lisbon
The majestic scenery of the Serra da Estrela mountain range forms the backdrop of your morning drive into Portugal. Before heading for Lisbon, melt into the stream of pilgrims from all over the world as you visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima. This evening, an optional dinner with Fado-style entertainment is the perfect introduction to Portugal's capital. (B)
Day 6 - Lisbon
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 seaman 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 exciting optional excursion is available to the royal palace of Queluz. (B)
Day 7 - Azaruja & Seville, Spain
On the way back to Spain, stop in Azaruja to visit a cork factory and learn about the many ways this material can be used. Then, continue to the vibrant capital of Andalusia, Seville. (B, D)
Day 8 - Seville
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 used to be 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. (B)
Day 9 - Tangier, Morocco
Through the sunny 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 and home town of legendary medieval traveler Ibn Batuta. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a 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. Also, visit Tangier's exciting and colorful Grand Socco square and explore the narrow streets of the Kasbah. This evening, enjoy a lively Moroccan show after dinner at your hotel. (B, D)
Day 10 - Costa del Sol, Spain
After a leisurely morning return by ferry across the Strait to Spain and drive to Torremolinos on the elegant Costa del Sol. (B)
Day 11 - At leisure on the Costa del Sol
Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704. Later, enjoy the sandy beaches, and browse through the trendy boutiques. (B)
Day 12 - Granada
Into the mountains to history-steeped Granada. A guided walking tour features its main attraction, 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, a special dinner with local specialties has been prepared for you at one of Granada's fine restaurants. (B, D)
Day 13 - Toledo & Madrid
The olive and orange groves of the rolling Andalusian hills and, later, the more barren landscapes of Don Quixote's La Mancha unfold before your eyes on the way north to Toledo, spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River. Your walking tour with a Local Guide 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. Time to visit a Damascene steel workshop before returning to Madrid. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel. (B, D)
Day 14 - Barcelona
Travel by high-speed AVE train (first class) to Barcelona. Your Local Host can help you make the most of your stay. (B)
Day 15 - Barcelona
Morning guided sightseeing includes visits to Casa Battló and the Sagrada Familia Basilica. (B)
Day 16 - Barcelona
Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (B)
Day 17 - Barcelona
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Gran Hotel Conde Duque, Madrid
Since 1953, the hotel stands up in the peaceful and landscaped square of Plaza Conde Valle de Suchil, near museum & Royal Palace.
Hacienda Zorita Wine and Spa
Welcome to Hacienda Zorita! If you are a foodie, a wine lover, a traveler in pursuit of adventure & discovery or simply love life's understated luxuries you have come to the right place. Luscious outdoors with tucked away corners and secluded pools are what you have to look forward to. The waters of the River Tormes, a tributary of the Duero, flow under the La Casa Grande building. Inside you'll find the farm-to-table restaurant, a wine & dine bar, the Gastro by Michelin-starred chef Victor Gutiérrez, the lounge with its film & fine food menu as well as the relaxing wine - spa.
Real Palacio Hotel, Lisbon
Set at the heart of Lisbon, opened May 2003, is the Real Palácio Hotel, a Hotel that combines charm and sophistication with the comfort of a 5-star Hotel.
Melia Sevilla, Seville
Located in the heart of Seville opposite the Parque de Maria Luisa, this contemporary 365 room property boasts a stunning seasonal outdoor pool with large sun terrace overlooking Plaza España, a spa and fitness area. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout, unique rice dishes are served in the designer Mediterranean restaurant and cocktails and snacks can be enjoyed in the sophisticated lounge bar or at the outdoor poolside bar.
El Minzah Hotel, Tangier
Traditional Moorish Hotel situated in heart of town, overlooking Straits of Gibraltar.
Melia Costa del Sol
Contemporary Hotel comprising twin 9-story buildings set on El Bajondillo Beach.
Hotel Saray, Granada
Moorish touches, rooms with Nazari styled decor, restaurant and gardens; set in town center next to the Congress Hall.
Catalonia Ramblas, Barcelona
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.
Dates & Prices
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|29th July 2019||$3,917||Please call for availability.|
|12th August 2019||$3,917||Book Now|
|26th August 2019||$4,039||Book Now|
|2nd September 2019||$4,008||Book Now|
|16th September 2019||Sold Out|
|23rd September 2019||$3,937||Book Now|
|7th October 2019||Sold Out|
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