Portugal, Andalusia, Morocco & Marrakech

Portugal, Andalusia, Morocco & Marrakech

from madrid
wednesdays all year
16 days

Price from: €1780
Duration: 16 days

Tour starts on every single WEDNESDAY all year long.


Tour code: C-3162

Included in tour:

- accommodation in **** hotels

- 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 12 dinners

- modern and air-conditioned bus

- multi-lingual tour escort

- sightseeing tour with local guide in Lisbon, Sevilla, Cordoba, Marrakech, Rabat, Fez, Granada and Toledo

- tickets to St. Geronimus Monastery

- tickets to Cordoba's Mosque

- tickets to the Saadian Tombs and Summer Royal Palace in Marrakech 

- tickets to the Mendersa in Fez

- tickets to Alhambra in Granada

- tickets to St. Tome Church in Toledo

- travel insurance

- free Wi- Fi on board (except Morocco)

- porter service (1 suitcase per person)

- tips 

The perfect possibility to visit and explore three countries (and two continents - Europe and Africa!) - Spain, Portugal and Morocco - in just a bit more than two weeks. If you have ever thought about exploring three beautiful, yet different countries in one ''go'' - this is the perfect way to do so.

During the first part of your trip, you will check out the most interesting sights of Portugal. Old fisherman's town, nowadays a main port and second largest place in the country - Oporto, Coimbra with its oldest Univercity, Fatima - one of the main pilgrimage centers in Europe, and of course, beautiful Lisbon - all those places you will see.

Later you'll be taken on to the heart of Andalusia to the cities, that are trully the essence of its spirit - Caceres, Cordoba and Seville. Bullfights, guitars, flamenco, wine, tapas, and passionate people - all what in the world Spain is famous for - you'll find it there. Old cathedrals, medieval palaces, beautiful gardens and a thousands years of history in front of your eyes. Beautiful village of Ronda will add to the picture. 

Next step - Marbella - a beautiful and famous resort on a southern coast of Spain, on the Costa del Sol, where you'll spend two and a half days, enjoying beautiful beaches, sun and sea. Later you will cross the Strait of Gibraltar to reach Morocco. You are going to visit all the main and most interesting cities of the country: Tanger, Rabat, Meknes, Marrakech, Casablanca and Fez.

Upon returning to Spain, you are going to spend another half of the day on the beaches of Costa del Sol in Marbella, to continue later to a beautiful Andalusian city of Granada and to the former capital of Spain - Toledo.

The tour ends in Madrid. 


IMPORTANT: Be aware that at this tour you will leave the European Union and enter the Kingdom of Morocco. Please make sure you have a valid Visa of Morocco. Also, your Schengen visa (to enter the European Union) needs to be a "multiple entry" type.

Day 1. Madrid - Trujillo – Lisbon (658km ~ 409 miles)

Departure from Madrid at 8am to the beautiful region of Extremadura, where the first stop will be in the ancient town of Trujillo, a place built and enriched by many famous conquerors of the medieval times. In Trujillo you will have free time to explore the city’s cultural treasures, such as the monumental main square of the town - Plaza Mayor, with its Pizarro's Equestrian Statue (Pizarro is conquieror of the empire of inca and founder of city of Lima), the old Arab castle or the churches Santa María and San Francisco. Later from Trujillo you will proceed to the Portugal and will  reach Lisbon in the early evening. Accommodation. 

 

Day 2. Lisbon

After breakfast you will join a sightseeing tour to discover the beauty of the city, located at the mouth of the River Tagus. You will see the oldest district of Lisbon - the Alfama Quarter, the fortified Tower of Belem, that was built to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s expedition, and the Jeronimos Monastery, which was classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as many other impressive sights. Second half of the day is free to explore the city on your own. It is very recommended to try a famous Portugese pastry - ´´pastel de nata´´. Optional excursions to beautiful suburbs of Lisbon - Sintra, Cascais and Estoril - are possible. Another night in Lisbon. 

 

Day 3. Lisbon - Fatima - Lisbon (264km ~ 164 miles)

Breakfast. Departure to Fatima - an important pilgrimage center known for its ´´Marian apparition´´ (appearance by the Blessed Virgin Mary), that occurred in Cova da Iria in 1917 and which was recognized by the Catholic Church. After some free time to visit the Basilica you will return to Lisbon. Free evening and overnight.

 

Day 4. Lisbon - Caceres - Seville (575km ~ 357 miles)

Breakfast. Departure towards the Spain. Crossing border to go back to the Spanish region of Extremadura, this time to Caceres - town, founded by the Romans in 25 BC. There you will have free time to explore the charming Old Town, (‘Parte Antigua’), with tiny streets, thick walls and a great medieval atmospere. Caceres was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1986 because of the city's unique blend of Roman, Moorish, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. After a break you will make your way to Sevilla. Dinner and accommodation. 

 

Day 5. Seville

Breakfast, then a city tour with a local guide to see Seville’s most beautiful places and notorious sights: Park of Maria Luisa – Sevilles’s main public park and the largest green area that stretches along Guadalquivir river; the Plaza de Espana – most famous square in Seville and one of the largest in Spain; the Cathedral of Saint Mary; the Minaret of Giralda; as well as the typical Quarter of Santa Cruz (former Jewish Quarter) with its white houses and tiny narrow streets. After the city tour you will have the afternoon off to rest or to explore further more on your own. You can also join an optional tour to the Reales Alcazares (Royal Palaces of Seville). Dinner and night in Seville.

 

Day 6. Seville - Cordoba (145km ~ 90 miles)

Breakfast. In the morning departure towards Cordoba, -a Roman settlement, that was colonized by Muslim armies in the eighth century. It became the capital of the Islamic Emirate, and then of the Caliphate of Córdoba, including most of the Iberian Peninsula. In Cordoba you will have a walking guided tour, that includes the entrance to the famous Mosque-cathedral and the visit to the Old Town - Jewish Quarter. The Mosque-cathedral was originally a Catholic Christian church built by the Visigoths, however in the middle Ages it was converted into an Islamic mosque and back to Catholic Church after the Reconquista (´reconquist´). In the middle Ages it was the second largest Cathedral in the world. It is also very famous for its wine-colored marble columns and double arches that were an innovation in architecture at that time. Accommodation and free second hal of the day. 

 

Day 7. Cordoba - Ronda - Marbella (322km ~ 200 miles)

Breakfast. On your way to Costa del Sol you will check out some beautiful white villages as well as the roman village Ronda, founded by Romans (logically!), and situated in a very mountainous area, around 750 meters above the sea level. It is famous for its three bridges - ´Puente Romano’, ‘Puente Viejo’ and ‘Puente Nuevo’, that span the canyon. After some free time there you will continue to the coastal city of Marbella, located at the Costa del Sol (translated as 'Sunny Coast'). Marbella is known as a very rich city, where famous actors, singers, and other well-known people from all over the world are living or spending their vacations – to see some famous from TV face here is absolutely nothing uncommon. Arriving to Marbella in the late afternoon, you can take a swim, walk along the promenade, relax and enjoy the sunset at the beach. Dinner and a night in Marbella. 

 

Day 8. Marbella

Breakfast. Free day to enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Costa del Sol, its perfect sandy beaches and numerous restaurants and bars. Here you can experience the Andalusian charm of the historic quarter, filled with whitewashed buildings, remnants of a ninth-century Arab fortress and fragrant orange trees. Dinner and 2nd night in Marbella.

 

Day 9. Marbella

Breakfast. Same day as before - totally in your full disposal. We recommend a relaxing day at the beach or shopping. Dinner and third night in Marbella.


Day 10. Marbella - Tarifa - Tanger - Casablanca (485km ~ 301 miles)

Breakfast. Departure towards to one of the Spanish ''gates'' to Morocco – either Tarifa or Algeciras (depending on exact date), from where you will take a ferry to cross the Strait of Gibraltar to reach Kingdom of Morocco. After disembarking, a bus will take you to the enchanting city of Tangier, where the tour leader will briefly show and explain the main highlights. Soon after you will be relocated to the largest and probably most famous city of Morocco, Casablanca - a legendary and cosmopolitan place (just to mention a world-famous ''Casablanca'' movie by Michael Curtiz!). Casablanca is also a largest (most populated) city in Morocco. Accommodation and dinner.

 

Day 11. Casablanca - Marrakech (237km ~ 147 miles)

Breakfast. Short panoramic sightseeing tour around Casablanca, then a departure towards Marrakech. Upon arrival - a proper tour to see Saadin Tombs (Graves of Saadinas) - the sepulchres of Moroccan sultanes of the sixtheen century. Those tombs, because of the beauty of their decoration, have been one of the major attraction for visitors of Marrakech.you will visit the exotic plaza Djemaa el Fna -  a huge square and market place in Marrakesh's Medina (Old City), used by locals and tourists. During a day you can buy (don't forget to bargain first!) traditional local shoes, wallets, handbags and other popular Moroccan goods, and at night full spectre of the street ''theaters'' kinds of entertainment are presented on Djemaa el Fna - musicians, dancers, singers, magicians, story-tellers - to name a few. More things to see during the tour: Royal Palace - that attracts visitors because of its imposing fortified walls and Koutoubia Mosque - the largest one in Marrakesh. The rest of the day will be free so you can discover the Medina (Old City) with its various colorful craft shops. Exotic local dinner and a night in Marrakesh.

 

Day 12. Marrakech - Rabat -  Meknes - Fez (548km ~ 340 miles)

Breakfast. Departure to Rabat, where you'll have a chance to stroll through its small narrow streets and explore the main sights: Mausoleum Mohamed - one of the main buildings, a mausoleum, that contains the tombs of the Moroccan king and the Towers of Hassan - the incomplete minarte that intended to be the larest in the world. Then tour continues to Meknes - the formal capital of Morocco. It is a marvelous city surrounded by 40 kilometers of town walls and with a huge gate called ‘Bab el-Mansour’ - the grandest of all imperial Moroccan gateways. Later that day you will relocate to Fez. Arrival, accommodation and dinner. 

 

Day 13. Fez

Breakfast. The cty tour to see one of the largest and oldest Medinas in the world - ''Fes El Bali''. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the world's largest car-free urban areas. The maze of 9400 winding alleyways are far too narrow for cars, and too crowded for just about anything but foot traffic.With its exotic corners, mosques, madrasas, fountains and handicraft shops, - this place never is boring. You will see the oldest Islamic Univercity in the world - Medersa, the Royal Palace of Fez and the quarter of ''tanners'' - where leather is produced, and its produced nowadays exactly the same way as many centuries ago. In the afternoon you will have plenty of free time exploring the city on your own. Dinner and second night in Fez.

 

Day 14. Fez - Tanger - Marbella (536km ~ 333 miles)

Time to get back to Spain. After breakfast you will first get back to Tangier and from there the ferry back to the Costa del Sol, Spain, will be taken. After a one-hour bus ride along the Spanish souhern Coast, you will once again arrive to Marbella. Evening to enjoy the beautiful promenades of the city. Accommodation, dinner and night in Marbella. 

 

Day 15. Marbella - Granada (180km ~ 112 miles)

After the breakfast you will continue to Granada. Here you are going to visit the impressive monumental complex of fortresses La Alhambra, with its typical Arabian palaces Nazaries and its green and picturesque Generalife Gardens. Besides Granada´s absolutely awesome and historical sights, this city is known as one of Andalusia’s hippest, most youthful places, with a ‘free tapas’ culture (when you get a free ´tapa´ - snack, along with each drink ordered), cool bars and intimate flamenco haunts. In the evening you will have the possibility to visit the Sacromonte caves and experience a passionate Zambra flamenco show.  Dinner and accommodation.

 

Day 16. Granada - Toledo - Madrid (446km ~ 277 miles)

Breakfast. In the morning of your last day of the tour you will leave Granada and make your way towards the imperial city of Toledo - a former capital of Spain, a place where Muslims, Christians and Jewish were leaving together for centuries. After lunch you will do a walking tour to stroll through narrow and charming streets, see old squares, thick walls, and fully immerse into a real atmosphere of a medieval town. You´ll visit church of St Tome, with its famous paintings of El Greco, and the Synagogue of St. Mary. Later you´ll pay a visit to the factory where things from Damascus steel is produced (for many centuries Toledo was famous for its swords, made from an excellent and high quality Damascus steel). In the evening you will go back to the starting point of the tour, Madrid. Arrival and the end of services.

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Please click here to see the route on a map.

Please click here to see the optional day trips for this tour.

If you prefer just Spain and Portugal, this is the alternative tour: Spain and Portugal.

Prices:

Per person in double/twin room: 1780€

Single Supplement: 535€

Supplement July to Oct.: 100€

Supplement for departure on March 21, 28 and April 18: 100€

 

Discounts:

- Children less than 4 years old: free, without granted seat in the bus

- Children between 4 and 7 years old: 25% discount off adult price, in a room with adults

- Teenagers between 8 and 18 years old: 5% discount off adult price 

- Seniors (65+ years old): 5% discount off adult price 

- Third person in triple room: 5%

Discounts cannot be combined. 

Lisbon

Lutecia**** - located at the entrance of the City, this hotel is close to many tourist attractions such as University of Lisbon, Gulbenkian Museum and Lisbon Zoo (Jardim Zoologico). It is also within easy reach to Estadio da Luz (home of Benfica football team).  Hotel offers 175 comfortable and well-equipped, air-conditioned guestrooms. Free Internet access, lounge and a restaurant are at your disposal. Complete with the most functional facilities, among which is a Spa and a fitness center, Lutecia hotel will make your mornings start perfect, thanks to their range of delicious dishes served for breakfast.


Seville

NH Viapol**** A modern hotel located in the heart of Seville’s business area, a pleasant 15-20 minute walk to Santa Cruz Quarter and Maria Luisa Park – some of the main attractions of the City. Tram (public transport) station is just few meters outside of the hotel too. This modern hotel offers plenty of peace and quiet, yet there are many of shops, tapas bars and restaurants nearby. The hotel has 96 rooms spread over 6 floors. Rooms are nicely decorated, and have elegant hardwood floors. Hotel’s restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace is at your disposal.


Cordoba

The NH Cordoba Guadalquivir**** The hotel sits in the middle of a World Heritage Site, and it’s just a few footsteps from Córdoba's famous Mosque-Cathedral. The rest of Córdoba's historic center is only a 10-minute walk away, across the ancient Roman Bridge. Rooms are bright, modern and plenty of peace and quiet. Many of them look directly out across the historic town, the Mosque-Cathedral or the river. The rooftop terrace, which comes complete with its own outdoor swimming pool, offers you spectacular views of the Mosque-Cathedral. The Al Punto restaurant serves a delicious range of local and international dishes and a sumptuous Continental breakfast buffet. 


Marbella

The NH Marbella**** hotel is an ideal place for exploring Marbella’s upmarket shops, bars and restaurants. It’s located along the ‘Golden Mile’, roughly halfway between the city center and famous Puerto Banus. It is less than 10 minutes walking to the beach. Hotel’s 163 rooms are spacious, modern and comfortable. They all have balconies and many come with mountain or sea views. Free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and satellite TV are standard. Hotel’s restaurant serves classic Mediterranean dishes. In spring and summer you can dine outside on beautiful terrace. In the gardens, you’ll find a pool with a poolside bar, also hotel possess a free gym.


Casablanca

Recently renovated the hotel Kenzi Basma**** is located in downtown Casablanca, right at the heart of the city: a prime setting, nestling between the amazing architecture of the Art Deco neighborhood and the economic capital’s cosmopolitan business district. The cozy and welcoming ambiance and the harmonious design, make this haven a must of Casablanca.

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Golden Tulip***** is a luxury 5 star hotel. It offers numerous facilities such as an indoor swimming pool, Spa, fitness club and few restaurants and bars, where you can try different type of food, also free Wi-Fi connection. Rooms are cozy-designed and tastefully furnished. Hotel is within walking distance to Medina – traditional and historic old part of the city.   


Marrakech

Atlas Asni**** hotel. All 334 rooms have balconies that overlook either swimming pool, gardens or Atlas Mountains. Feel free to discover its ‘’Daniel Jouvance’’ Spa, - a 1500 m² space of pure wellness joy, with rituals straight from Moroccan traditions. Few restaurants and lounges are at your disposal.

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Kasbah Zalagh**** The hotel is situated near the Agdal gardens and the ramparts of the old city “Medina”, and it’s only 1 minutes from the Jemaa-el-Fna square. Kasbah Zalagh offers tranquility because it is far from the bustle and traffic and it has beautiful views of the Atlas Mountains. Hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, an international restaurant and a few bars. You can also enjoy the spa and discover Moroccan traditional beauty cares and massages, as well as the traditional Hammam – a heated pool.


Fez

Menzeh Zalagh**** hotel offers a great view on the Medina - the oldest area of the city, and UNESCO world heritage sites. Hotel also has its own night club, garden and a swimming pool. All 150 rooms have balconies, air-conditioning, minibars and satellite TV.

 

Granada

Carmen ****: a nicely located hotel - right in front of El Corte Inglés - Spain’s most famous shopping mall, - this property has all the facilities necessary for comfortable and relaxed stay: lounge bar, restaurant and swimming pool, to mention the least. ‘’Fuentes de las Batallas’’ square – the ‘’heart’’ of Granada - is within a short walking distance.

 

In a very rare case hotel can be substituted for a one of a similar category. 

Here we put together answers to all the questions we constantly receive regarding our tours. Although much of this info you can find under ‘’Overview’’, ‘’Itinerary’’ and ‘’Prices’’ sections, we decided to simplify the task for you and put it all below:

 

 Are your tours really for individuals, families, small groups of friends?

- Yes. Our tours are for single travelers, couples, families, and groups of friends, whom we put together with other travelers to form a larger group for a tour.

 

How many people are normally on a tour?

- We can never tell exactly (neither guarantee) how many people will be on the specific route. Normally, it is about 10-20 persons in a group. In some cases, it could be more, in other days you travel with just a few more people or even by your party only. In summer (high season) groups tend to be larger, in winter – smaller. Also, it is possible that on different sections of the route number of travelers will change. For example, if you are on the trip of 10 days, there could be travelers that only do a 5-day trip and after your paths will split.

 

Is there is a guide in the bus?

- Yes. An accompanying guide (tour leader) is with a group during the whole trip, except for the routes when just a very few people are signed up. Those small groups will be travelling with an experienced and English speaking driver-guide. For the city tours, we use local professional and licensed guides.

 

In what languages guides explain?

- In English and Spanish, all our tour guides speak both languages fluently. If happens that there are only English speaking clients are on a bus, tour will be run in English only.

 

When during the year do you run your tours?

- Most of our tours are running all year long. Some (to northern parts of Spain, for example) – are only running from March till October. In any case, under each tour’s description it says exactly when it runs. Example: ‘’Sundays all year’’ - means that on every single Sunday of the year the tour will start, no matter how many people signed up, even if it’s you only.

 

What cities tours start from?

- Madrid and Barcelona (also says in the description of each specific tour – where it starts). First four tours on the list are from Barcelona, the rest from Madrid.

 

What are the meeting points for the tours?

In Madrid, it is Calle Ferraz 3 (Ferraz str., 3). The meeting point is in the City center, one of the streets right off Plaza Espana.

- In Barcelona, it is the reception of Hotel ‘’Catalunya Barcelona 505’’ (address: Carrer de Muntaner, 505, 08022 Barcelona)

 

Do you pick up from the hotels on the first day of the tour?

- By default, not. We do not pick up from the hotels, because that would delay the tour scientifically. Sometimes the groups get larger and to pick up everybody from their hotels would take us half of the day.

However – if your hotel is on the way of the bus route on leaving day, - we will pick you up. So, one week before travel we ask you to give us your hotel name in Madrid, and then we can tell if you can be picked up directly from your hotel or must go to meeting point at 7.45am.

In Barcelona, it is always a meeting point at the reception of ‘’Catalunya Barcelona 505’’ hotel.

 

What type of vehicles do you use?

- Buses for larger groups and minibuses for smaller ones. Vehicles are modern and with air- conditioning.

 

Are meals included?

- Lunches and dinners are included everywhere where it’s mentioned in the itinerary (section ‘’Itinerary”). Buffet Breakfasts are included every morning in all hotels you are staying in during your tour.

 

I am a vegetarian or allergic to certain products, any problem?

-No problems at all. Just tell this to our tour leader and he’ll advise and help. On top, many dinners are buffet, so you can simply choose what you like. For allergics, if in doubts, please remind your case to tour leader in the restaurants, or ask staff about content of the dishes. 

 

What time are you coming back to Madrid on the last day of travel? Can I book a flight on the same day, flying out of Spain?

- Normally we return to Madrid between 17.00 and 19.00 on the last day of excursion (depending on the specific tour). However, it is not recommended to book the flight out on this same evening/night, as traffic jams in Madrid or other possible delays may cause you being late for your flight.

 

I need a night in the hotel or transfer from/to airport to be booked before or after the tour.

- Sure. Just let us know about it.

  

Can I just show up for the trip without reservation and pay directly in the office, on the spot?

- Unfortunately, not. The tour needs to be booked in advance, as we need to make all the arrangements beforehand.

 

How long in advance should I book a trip?

- If you book at least 2 weeks in advance, the trip is guaranteed for you. It is recommendable to book even earlier, if possible. Requests that we receive in less than 2 weeks in 80% of the cases are fine as well, just contact us.

 

Can I customize one of the tours for myself?

- No, as in each tour there are more people. However, if you are a group of 20+ persons, the route can be customized upon your request as the tour could be run privately for your group. Please ask us regarding conditions.

 

What is the process of booking?

- It is very simple. Once you have chosen the tour, 6 steps need to be done:

   a) you confirm the tour to us by e-mail, indicating starting date, tour code, number of persons travelling and their names.

    b) we send you an invoice

    c) you pay 10% to book the tour

    d) we issue the confirmation

    e) 2 weeks before starting date you pay the rest

    f) you show up for the tour on appointed date and time

 

How much should I pay and when?

- We require 10% in the moment of reservation, and 90% in no less than 2 weeks before the trip

 

How would I pay?

- You can pay in one of four ways:

1) Bank wire to our company’s bank account. All our bank details are always on the invoice that you receive.

2) We can charge your credit card. Please keep in mind that in this case we must charge 2% on top of the amount (bank charges), we need you to sign an Authorization form and you need to send us your passport copy and copy of the credit card (just front) to verify the ownership.

3) Western Union (normally for the short-notice reservations, and when amount needs to be received urgently)

4) Transferwise.com – an online system allowing to transfer funds, paying very small commissions.

 

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

- 10% paid at the time of reservation is non-refundable.  The other 90% are fully refundable, if cancelled in no less than 2 weeks (in case if you paid 100% right away at the time of reservations). There are no refunds for cancellations made in less than 2 weeks before the trip.

 

Are there any discounts?

- Yes. Discounts are listed under the section ‘’Prices’’.

 

Are the taxes included in your prices?

- VAT and Tourist Taxes are always included, except for Tourist Tax of Cataluña (region where Barcelona is located) that needs to be paid at the hotel. The amount is currently 1 euro per person and per night.

 

Most of the multiday tours start and finish is in Madrid. But what are the options for a Day Tours and excursions in Madrid self, if we have few days in the Capital before or after multiday tour?

- We have numerous day tours around Madrid and to surroundings, if you have time before or after your multiday tour. Please check our separate website for the options. If you start from Barcelona and have some free time there, please check this link.

 

How do I know if I need a visa for Spain or Morocco?

- Please check the information on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain and the visa requirements for Morocco you can find here. On all trips to Morocco you also need to make sure that your Schengen visa will allow you a multiply entrance to European Union as you must enter Spain once again.

 

I am ready to go ahead and book one of your tours, but I need Visa to enter Spain.

- Yes, we help our customers to get Visa, after a trip is confirmed and the deposit is paid. As we are a fully licensed tour operator in Spain, we write to Spanish Embassy/Consulate sealed and signed letter where we confirm that you booked and partly (or fully) paid a tour with us. Please note, that we do not guarantee the issue of visa, neither can influence the process, - the decision is always up to the Embassy, as they have their own rules and regulations for each country, - but we do everything that depends on us to help you.