Cultural tour: Two Continents

Cultural tour: Two Continents

Spain - Portugal - Morocco

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Duration: 15 days

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Included in tour:

- accommodation in **** hotels

- full board

- modern and air-conditioned bus

- tour leader with a group at all times

- sightseeing tours with local guide 

- entrance tickets to sights

- 24h assistance

This 15-day tour is the ultimate experience for those who are keen on visiting these three exotic locations: Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. You will tour two continents, Europe and Africa, in a little over two weeks.

During the tour you will visit Spain's major cities: Madrid, Toledo, Salamanca, and the most beautiful, authentic regions of the Spanish South, Andalusia: Seville, Cordoba and Granada. You will also spend a few nights at the famous beach resort, Costa del Sol.

In Portugal we’ll tour Coimbra with its ancient university, Fatima which is the center of Catholic pilgrimage from all over the world, and of course, Lisbon, the capital and one of the oldest cities in the world (the oldest in Western Europe). Lisbon predates other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by centuries.

In Morocco we will tour the major cities and noticeable sights. Of these, there are four main imperial cities: Fez, Meknes, Marrakesh and Rabat. We sill also pass through the coastal cities of Casablanca, Tangier and the famous blue town of Chefchaouen.

Did you know the oldest existing and operating university in the world, the University of Karueein, was founded in 859 AD in Fez? Imagine the marvelous history enveloped in its walls.

You will feel the exotic and unique atmosphere in Morocco, experience the charming atmosphere of the ‘’souks’’ or traditional Arabian markets, try local foods and absorb the spirit of this beautiful Arabian country.

The whole tour is based on a Half Board food arrangement - you will always have breakfast and lunch or dinner. Your itinerary will better fit lunches on some days and dinner on others at local restaurants or hotels. Drinks are included. 

Day 1. Madrid

Arrival. Meet’n’Greet at the airport.

We start with a 4-hour introductory tour highlighting the city sights. Some of the places we will visit include:

  • The Royal Palace (outside)
  • The Plaza de España with the Don Quijote statue
  • The Puerta del Alcala
  • Gran Via
  • Plaza de Cibeles
  • Puerta de Toledo
  • The Stadium Santiago Bernabeu (outside)
  • Debod Temple
  • Paseo de la Castellana
  • The Plaza Real, and
  • Puerta del Sol

Check in at the hotel with free time. Enjoy a welcome dinner in the evening.

 

Day 2. Madrid – Salamanca – Coimbra

Breakfast at the hotel. We leave for Portugal. 

Arrival at Salamanca and a short city tour to visit the main highlights:

  • The Plaza Mayor
  • Salamanca University
  • St. Stephens Convent with the old and new cathedrals.

You have free time to explore and enjoy lunch in your own time.

We travel onward to Coimbra. Arrival, check in and experience a traditional Portugese dinner.

 

Day 3. Coimbra - Fatima - Lisbon

Breakfast followed by a tour through the city to visit Coimbra university. The university is a public institution, established in 1290 in Lisbon. It went through a number of addresses before being permanently relocated to its current location in 1537. It is one of the oldest universities in continuous operation in the world, the oldest in Portugal, and one of Portugal’s largest higher education and research institutions. You’ll visit Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha, the monastery built in the 14th century and the old Cathedral of Coimbra. We then transfer to Fatima, the main center of pilgrimage of Portugal, well known for its Marian apparitions that occurred in Cova da Iria in 1917 and which were later recognized by the Catholic Church as events "worthy of belief". A small chapel was built here in honor of Our Lady of Fátima in the beginning of 1918, and a statue of her was installed. The chapel and statue have since been enclosed within a large shrine and basilicas.

After some free time and lunch, we continue on to Lisbon.

Arrival, check in at the hotel and a wonderful dinner.

End of day 3.

 

Day 4. Lisbon

Breakfast and a tour around the city to visit some of the best spots.

We visit the Jeronimos Monastery, a former monastery of the ''Order of Saint Jerome'' near the Tagus. The monastery is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon. It was classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the nearby Tower of Belém, in 1983.

Other tour highlights include:

  • Descubridores Monument - located along the river where ships departed to explore and trade with India and the Orient. The monument celebrates the Portuguese ''Age of Discovery'' (or Age of Exploration) during the 15th and 16th centuries
  • Plaza de Comercio
  • Triumphal Atc and an old Alfama - Lisbon's most emblematic quarter.

We enjoy lunch during the tour.

You have a free evening to explore or relax in your own time.

 

Day 5. Lisbon – Seville

Breakfast. We travel onward to Seville.

Enjoy lunch and go on a 3-hour tour to view Seville’s most beautiful spaces and famous sights. These include:

  • The park of Maria Luisa – Sevilles’s main public park and the largest green area that stretches along the Guadalquivir river
  • The Plaza de Espana – the most famous square in Seville and one of the largest in Spain
  • The Cathedral of Saint Mary
  • The Minaret of Giralda

The Quarter of Santa Cruz (formerly Jewish Quarter) with its white houses and charming, narrow streets.

Check in at the hotel with a free evening.

 

Day 6. Seville – Algeziras – Tangier

Breakfast, then we travel to Algeziras or Tarifa (depending on the exact date of travel) where we take a ferry, crossing the border to Morocco.

In the afternoon we land in Tangier and start with a city tour to view the grottoes of Hercules Cave – the place where Hercules is said to have lived. We walk through the streets of Medina, and enjoy a truly breathtaking view from the Cap Spartel – an amazing viewpoint just outside the city.

Check in at the hotel and enjoy your first Moroccan-style dinner.

 

Day 7. Tangier – Chefchauen – Fez

Breakfast then we head towards Fez.

On the way, we will have a short excursion in the ''blue city'' of Chefchaeuen. This town is famous for the many blue buildings and are popular subject of interest, attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world.

Enjoy some free time and continuation to Fez.

Arrival, check-in and a wonderful dinner.

 

Day 8. Fez – Meknes – Rabat

Breakfast and a city tour through Fez. You will visit the beautiful old Medina (Fes el Bali), with its maze of narrow streets numbering in the thousands. Fes el Bali is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the world's largest car-free urban areas. With its exotic corners, mosques, madrasas, fountains and handicraft shops, this place is always buzzing.

Later, we continue to Meknes, another Royal city of Morocco and its formal capital. It has a magnificent, surrounded by 40 kilometers of town walls with a huge gate called the ''Bab el-Mansour'' - the grandest of all imperial Moroccan gateways.

We have a short tour and continue onward to Rabat.

Enjoy a late lunch (or early dinner!) and check in at the hotel.

Free evening to relax.

 

Day 9. Rabat - Casablanca – Marrakesh

Breakfast followed by a tour around Rabat. Main highlights include:

  • The Mausoleum of Mohammed V, which contains the tombs of the Moroccan king and his two sons, late King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah. The building is considered a masterpiece of modern Alaouite dynasty architecture, with its white silhouette, topped by a typical green tiled roof
  • The Hassan Tower – the minaret of an incomplete mosque, intended to be the world´s largest
  • The Kasbah of the Udayas – the main Kasbah (fortress!) of Rabat.

We continue to Casablanca where we´ll have a panoramic sight-seeing tour to explore the city´s most famous sights. Among these is the Hassan 2 Mosque – the largest mosque in Morocco. Lunch, then we depart towards Marrakesh.

Arrival and dinner.

 

Day 10. Marakesh

Breakfast. We embark on a short tour and view:

  • The famous Bahia Palace and the largest bazaar square (market place) – the Jamaa el Fna
  • The Mosque of Koutoubia, and
  • The Saadian Tombs (Graves of Saadinas). 

Most of your day is free to enjoy the beautiful city of Morocco in your own time. Dinner.

 

Day 11. Marrakesh – Tangier – Torremolinos (Malaga)

Breakfast at the hotel.

We travel back to Spain today and start with the transfer back to Tangier, a 6-7 hour drive.

We will stop for a quick snack and group lunch in Tangier. We go through customs, and take a ferry back to Spain.

We arrive at the port in Algeciras (Spain) and take a bus ride to Torremolinos – a famous resort in the south of Spain.

Check in at the hotel and dinner.

 

Day 12. Torremolinos (Malaga)

Breakfast and a free day to relax after your tour through Morocco.

Relax, experience the beach, shopping, and buy souvenirs.

Dinner.

 

Day 13. Malaga – Granada

After breakfast we will proceed to Granada, another pearl in the crown of Andalusian cities. Here you are going to visit the impressive monumental conglomeration of La Alhambra, its beautiful Palaces of Nazaries and the Generalife Gardens.

Later, check in at the hotel, enjoy a free evening and dinner.

 

Day 14. Granada – Toledo – Madrid

On this day, we complete the “circle” and come back to our starting point - Madrid.

Before we head back, we'll pay a visit to the former capital of Spain – Toledo. Toledo is a gorgeous, medieval city, and a place where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together for centuries. We´ll stroll through the charming, narrow streets, see old squares, thick walls, and  fully immerse ourselves into the atmosphere of a real medieval town.

Continue onward to Madrid.

Arrival and a Gala dinner.

 

Day 15. Madrid – fly out

Breakfast then transfer to the airport for the flight home. 

End of Tour.