2023 - Portugal, Spain & Morocco (Adults)

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DATES: April 14-29, w/ext-May 2, 2023

 

Overnight Flight - 1 night
Day 1: Travel day
Board your overnight flight to Lisbon today.

 

Lisbon - 3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Lisbon
Included meal: Welcome dinner
Welcome to Portugal! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner tonight.

 

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Lisbon
Included meal: Breakfast
Get to know the Portuguese capital on a tour with a local guide.

Admire views of the city from Eduardo VII Park and pass the Praça Marquês de Pombal as you travel along Avenida da Liberdade
Stop at the waterfront to discover the city’s maritime heritage at the Monument to the Discoveries and Tower of Belém
Enter the church at Jerónimos Church, built to honor voyagers
Walk from Time Out Market through the heart of the city to Praça do Comércio
Enjoy a free evening in Lisbon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion: Lisbon Home-Hosted Dinner

Day 4: Free day in Lisbon
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Lisbon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion: Sintra & the Portuguese Riviera

Seville - 2 nights
Day 5: Seville via Évora
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel through the unspoiled countryside of Portugal en route to Spain. Before crossing the border, stop in the UNESCO-listed city of Évora. Join your Tour Director to view the Roman temple and visit the Church of St. Francis, known as the “Chapel of Bones.” Continue on to Seville and sit down for an included dinner this evening.

 

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Seville
Included meal: Breakfast
Uncover the beauty of Seville, the historic Andalusian capital, on a guided sightseeing tour. View the tiled pavilion of the Plaza de España and step inside the Gothic Seville Cathedral, the third-largest church in the world
Pass the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz
Enjoy a free evening in Seville or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion: An Evening in Seville: Tapas & Wine

Granada - 2 nights
Day 7: Granada via olive oil farm & Córdoba
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner
Make several stops as you travel to Granada today.

Stop at an olive oil farm and join a local guide for a tour of the olive groves, mill, and cellar. Sample some orange-infused olive oil drizzled on top of chocolate gelato
Enjoy free time to shop. Stop in the town of Córdoba, which was once home to 700 mosques, 900 public baths, and 70 libraries. Enter the Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage site built in the eighth century as a mosque and then transformed into a cathedral during the Christian Reconquista of 1236
Continue on to Granada and sit down for an included dinner this evening.

 

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of the Alhambra
Included meal: Breakfast
Take a guided tour of the UNESCO-recognized Alhambra, the Moorish sultans’ last stronghold in Spain.

Walk along the Cypress Promenade to view the upper and lower gardens of Generalife Palace, once the Nasrid dynasty’s summer home
Enjoy panoramic views overlooking Granada and the surrounding countryside
View the unique curved, Roman-style courtyard inside the Palace of Charles V
Admire the blend of Western art and Islamic design as you stroll through ornamented courtyards
Enter the Nasrid Palaces and see the Mexuar, where the Council of Ministers met
See where the royal family lived during visits to Comares Palace and the Palace of the Lions. Please note: The order of activities is subject to change.

Spend a free evening in Granada or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion: Granada Flamenco Show

Tangier - 1 night
Day 9: Ferry to Tangier
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel to Tarifa to board your ferry to Tangier, Morocco. (Please note: Travelers may need to handle their own luggage on the ferry.)

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

 

Fes2 -  nights
Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Tangier, Chaouen & transfer to Fes
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Begin your day with a guided tour of Tangier, a city celebrated by Western writers like Paul Bowles and William Burroughs.

Explore the stately French plaza and Boulevard Pasteur
Traverse the maze-like passageways through the medina
Then, stop in Chaouen, a hilltop town famous for its blue-painted buildings. Admire panoramic views of the city, then stroll through the streets to soak in Chaouen’s unique character. Continue on to Fes and sit down for an included dinner.

 

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Fes
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Take a guided tour of Fes, the spiritual and cultural center of Moroccan life.

See the ornate brass doors of the Royal Palace and visit the Mellah Jewish Quarter
View the Bab Bou Jeloud, a blue-tiled gate that exemplifies the Moorish architectural style. Attend a ceramics demonstration, where you’ll learn how the intricate and colorful art pieces are created and have free time to pick up a souvenir
Explore the UNESCO-listed Fes Medina on a walking tour through the colorful souks
Stop at a tannery to learn about the traditional method of dying clothes and enjoy free time to shop. Visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss and the University of al-Karaouine, the world’s oldest continually operating institution for higher education
Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

 

Casablanca - 1 night
Day 12: Casablanca via Rabat
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
As you make your way to Casablanca, stop to tour Morocco’s capital city of Rabat.

Enter the white and green Mausoleum of Mohammed V, which houses the tombs of the 20th-century king and his two sons
View Hassan Tower, intended to be the world’s largest mosque until construction halted in 1199. Make a photo stop at the Royal Palace. Walk through the Kasbah des Oudaias to see the mouth of the Bou Regreg river and the Andalusian gardens
Continue on to Casablanca and sit down for an included dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Marrakech - 2 nights
Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Casablanca & transfer to Marrakech
Included meal: Breakfast
Discover the highlights of seaside Casablanca, a city with a modern-day legend that was established by Old Hollywood, with a local guide.

Pass the fashionable Corniche waterfront area and Casablanca’s ancient medina, the bustling heart of the city
Enter the Hassan II Mosque, the largest in Morocco
Then, travel to Marrakech and spend a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion: Moroccan Evening & Sunset Camel Ride

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Marrakech
Included meal: Breakfast
Spend a free morning in Marrakech or add an excursion.

Then, get a feel for the history of the city on this afternoon’s guided tour.

Pass through the sophisticated Gueliz district
Marvel at the massive Koutoubia Mosque, which features a minaret that reaches nearly 200 feet high and dominates the city’s skyline
Enter the UNESCO-listed Medina of Marrakech to see the Bahia Palace
Step inside the evocative Saadian Tombs, the mausoleum for the 16th-century ruling princes. Walk through the city’s vibrant souks, stopping at a spice market where you’ll have free time to shop. Visit Djemaa el Fna, a festive, open-air market where musicians, snake charmers, and clowns perform

Optional Excursion: Moroccan Cooking Class & Lunch

Madrid - 2 nights
Day 15: Flight to Madrid
Included meal: Breakfast
Fly to Madrid, Spain this afternoon.

Day 16: Sightseeing tour of Madrid
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner
Get acquainted with Spain’s cosmopolitan capital city with the help of a local guide.

Pass by the Temple of Debod, a reassembled temple from ancient Egypt
View the Royal Palace, Spain’s largest royal residence
View the city’s many squares, including Plaza de España and the bustling Puerta del Sol. Explore the Prado, a world-class art museum that began as the private collection of the Spanish monarchy and is home to the works of Goya, Velásquez, and more
Celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner tonight.

 

Flight Home
Day 17: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)
Transfer to the airport to board your flight home or continue on to Barcelona.

 

OR Extension to Madrid & Barcelona
Linger in the Spanish capital before joining a local guide to discover Barcelona's twisting Gothic Quarter and some of the world's most whimsical creations (thanks, Antoni Gaudí). Don't forget to ask your Tour Director where to get some of the best tapas in the city!
Madrid - 1 night


Day 16: Free day in Madrid
Included meal: Breakfast
Spend a free day in Madrid or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion: Toledo

Barcelona - 2 nights
Day 18: Train ride to Barcelona
Included meal: Breakfast
Take the high-speed train to Barcelona and spend free time in the city or add an excursion.
Optional Excursion: Park Güell & La Pedrera

Day 19: Sightseeing tour of Barcelona
Included meal: Breakfast
Discover why the Catalan capital is touted for its unparalleled architectural landmarks, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Step inside La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s famous masterwork-in-progress
Drive along Passeig de Gràcia, past Gaudí’s “House of Bones”
Stop at Montjuïc, where the 1992 Olympic Games took place, and stroll through Mirador de l’Alcalde Park. Pass Plaça d’Espanya. This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

 

Flight Home
Day 20: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)
Transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

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