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Day 01: Newark-Lisbon, Portugal
This afternoon, fly to Lisbon, Portugal aboard our selected scheduled international airline from Newark airport.
Day 02: Lisbon
Arrive in the morning in Lisbon and transfer to hotel Corinthia or similar category. Enjoy the tour of Lisbon that will include Torres De Belem (a moorish tower), Walking towards Padrao dos Descobrimentos, View from Tagus (Tejo) River and Lisbon Bridge, Walking towards Jeronimos Monastery and visit Tram to Cais do Sodré, walk along the river to Terreiro do Paço, Terreiro do Paço, Rua Augusta, most visited street. Visit Sé de Lisboa towards Lisbon Castle (St. Jorge) passing throw St. Luzia viewpoint where you can see Lisbon and River from the top. Also visit to Lisbon Castle
Day 03: Lisbon – Cascais – Sintra - Lisbon
After breakfast, enjoy excursion to Cascais and Sintra. Wander around the center of Cascais, a former fishing village and today a popular holiday spot. Follow your guide through narrow alleyways and see the traditional Portuguese white houses. Also visit-Sintra is a magical place where man and nature exist in perfect harmony. Discover secret caves and trails at Pena Park, admire the natural wonders of Sintra Natural Park and the cliffs of Roca Cape, and visit the whimsical Pena National Palace. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, and stop at Guincho Beach. Walk around Cascais town and bay. Return to your hotel in Lisbon
Day 04: Lisbon-Batalha-Fatima-Lisbon
In the morning time drive to Batalha a UNESCO site famous for its monastery. The highlight of the day will be the visit to Fatima .Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, a center of Catholic faith and world pilgrimage. Housed in the Basilica are the tombs of Lúcia, Francisco, and Jacinta, peasant children who, despite threats, never denied witnessing the apparition of Mary. Return to your hotel in Lisbon.
Day 05: Lisbon- Casablanca, Morocco
Transfer to airport for flight to Casablanca. Arrive and check in the hotel. Enjoy the tour of Casablanca & Rabat. In Casablanca visit the old medina. See French architecture complemented with Moorish design in Place Mohammed V, the protectorate square. Visit the New Town of Casablanca designed by the French architect Henri Prost for an hour of shopping and the main streets of the New Town (Ville Nouvelle in French.
Day 06: Casablanca-Fez
After breakfast depart by coach to Fez. En-route visit Rabat, enjoy a walk around the picturesque Almohad northern walls of the Oudaïa Kasbah. The kasbah was built by Moulay Ismaïl from 1672-1727 to protect the city and is enclosed by ramparts dating from the Almohad period. Visit Bab Oudaïa, a monumental gate and example of Almohad military architecture. See the Musée de Oudaïa, Moulay Ismaïl’s palace exhibiting collections of Moroccan folk art. Before moving on to city medina, relax in the Moorish style Andalusian garden. Hassan tower, which stands on the hill overlooking the Wadi Bou Regreg. It is a gigantic mosque, emblematic of Rabat and famous for its unfinished minaret where storks nest. Later arrive in Fez and check in at hotel Palais Amani or similar category. Rest of the day at leisure to explore this wonderful Moroccan town on foot.
Day 07: Fez
In the morning, explore the breathtaking archaeological site of Volubilis (Walili). Once occupied by the Romans, Volubilis has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site and gained international acclaim when Martin Scorsese made it a feature location for his film, The Last Temptation of Christ. Also visit the city of Moulay Idriss for a panoramic view and appreciate the green plateau upon which Volubilis is situated. Enjoy the colorful bazaars and the exotic atmosphere of the Moroccan town.
Day 08: Fez – Midelt - Erfoud - Merzouga
Earlier departure to Midelt via Azrou; a berber village known for its handicraft cooperative. Continuation through Midelt, Ziz River and series of fortified villages. Arrival in Erfoud. Pick Up the 4 x 4 jeeps and departure to Merzouga dessert camp. Dinner and accommodation under Nomad Tents.
Day 09: Merzouga - Erfoud - Tineghir - Ouarzazate
After breakfast in the camp, enjoy the camel ride over the sand dunes. Later depart to Erfoud. We will drive to Tineghir via Rissani.Visit of the ruins of Ksar Abbar and through the Tinjdad road, arrival at Todra Gorges kown with their impressive bare of escarpments. Continuation to Ouarzazate via El Kelâa M’gouna and the Dades valley. Arrival to Ouarzazate, dinner and accommodation at the hotel Kenzi Azghor or similar category.
Day 10: Ouarzazate - Marrakesh
After breakfast enjoy the city tour including Taourirt and tifoultoute Kasbah, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. And then continue to Marrakech via the Tiz-In-Tichka pass (2260m of altitude) and Taddert. .Arrival at hotel Kenzi Menara or similar category.
Day 11: Marrakesh
The day will be devoted to the visit of Marrakesh; the second oldest imperial city known as the Pearl of the South with the Saadian tombs, the Koutoubia, the Bahia palace and the Menara Garden. In the afternoon, exploration of the souks and the Djemaâ El Fna place with its various entertainment.
Day 12: Marrakesh - Tangier
Morning free in Marrakesh to explore this Imperial city at your own pace. In the afternoon depart by coach to Tangier. Arrive and transfer to hotel Golden Tulip or similar category. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 13: Tangier – Strait of Gibraltar – Granada, Spain
After breakfast, check out and proceed on a tour of Tangier passing by the king’s palace, Cape Spartel, the exact point where the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean meet and the Caves of Hercules dating back to Neolithic age. Later continue to Pier for ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar across to Spain border. Your coach from Spain will pick you up from the pier and transfer to Granada. Arrive and check in at hotel Alhambra Palace.
Day 14: Granada
Enjoy your tour of Granada. Visit Alhambra Palace, a UNESCO World heritage site, is one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture in Spain. Set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Alhambra Palace is an exquisite combination of opulent pavilions, adorned with intricate mosaics separated by tranquil pools, fountains, and promenades. In the evening enjoy the world famous Flamenco dance show
Day 15: Granada- Toledo- Madrid
In the morning drive to Toledo. Toledo- one of the oldest towns in Europe, called the “city of three cultures”, since Christians, Muslims and Jews lived here in harmony for many years. The tour include the famous Cathedral, Church of St Tomé (with its famous masterpiece by El Greco); the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca; the Museum of Victorio Macho; the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes. Continue drive to Madrid. Arrive Madrid and check in at the hotel.
Day 16: Madrid- Barcelona
After breakfast, check out and proceed on a panoramic city tour of Madrid to see the most important buildings, avenues and squares with an expert official guide who will explain about the monuments and the history of each one. During the different historical periods, the city has grown from the old Habsburg and Bourbons quarters to the present city. We will see the Gran Vía, Plaza de España, University, Moncloa, Habsburg old quarter, Calle Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Puerta de Alcalá, the bull ring, and Columbus Square. Later transfer to airport for flight to Barcelona. Arrive in Barcelona and transfer to hotel.
Day 17: Barcelona
In the morning, a panoramic city tour of Barcelona. Discover one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities of Spain. See the main highlights of Barcelona as you explore Plaza de Cataluna, Via Laietana, the Cathedral and its cloister, the Gothic Quarter and other interesting sights
Day 18: Barcelona-Newark
Transfer to airport for flight to Newark via a European city on our selected scheduled airline. Arrive in New York the same day
Book your Tour 120 Days in advance and recieve US $ 200 per person Early Bird Discount
AIR & LAND COST:
(PER PERSON RATES BASED ON SHARING A TWIN/DOUBLE ROOM)
US $ per person
Single Room supplement US $ per person
Please read all the terms and conditions carefully before filling in the Tour Booking form and mailing your deposits.
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
Please read all the terms and conditions carefully before filling in the Tour Booking form and mailing your deposits
NOT INCLUDED: Visa fee, any meals not mentioned above, Travel Insurance, any baggage handling fee/gratuity, mineral water, any beverages alcoholic or non-alcoholic, items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, room service, any increase in airfare or government imposed taxes, any other items not mentioned in the tour inclusion list.TRAVEL INSURANCE: We strongly recommend that you obtain a comprehensive Travel Insurance coverage, including but not limited to trip cancellation, delay, loss of deposit, medical expenses, personal accidents and death, loss of baggage, personal belongings. “Cancel for Any Reason” travel insurance policy is one option that you must discuss with your Travel Insurance Company, as it offers a wider range of coverage if you cancel for any reason. Most Travel Insurance companies want you to buy insurance at the time of making your initial tour deposit to obtain the best coverage. Please contact and discuss all options available to you from the Travel Insurance companies of your choice before signing up on the tour.
CANCELLATION AND REFUND: Once booked, the Tour involves a cancellation penalty if it is cancelled by you for any reason or for any circumstances beyond the control of Pollina Tours & Travel, Inc, its agents, and its service providers. We highly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance policy from the travel insurance company of your choice, covering all eventualities including, but not limited to, trip delay, trip cancellation, medical evacuation, illness, disease, death, accident etc that can protect yourself from cancellation penalties, in case the tour is cancelled by you or due to circumstances beyond the control of Pollina Tours, its agents, or service providers.
An administrative fee of US $ 500.00 per person will be charged for any cancellation once the tour is booked. A 25% cancellation fee on total tour cost will be charged if the bookings are cancelled between 89-60 days prior to departure. A 50% cancellation fee on total tour cost will be charged if the bookings are cancelled between 59-30 days prior to departure. A 75% cancellation fee on total tour cost will be charged if the bookings are cancelled between 29-03 days prior to departure. For a later cancellation, or for any unutilized services, no refund will be permissible. It is mandatory for passenger to make all cancellations in writing, stating the reason for cancellation and same must be received in our office on a prompt basis. Most refunds generally take 6-8 weeks to process.
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS :: It is the sole responsibility of each passenger/tourist to obtain and verify that all of their travel documents, such as passport, visa, and airline tickets, vaccination requirements,etc are in order and meets the guidelines to embark on the trip.
HEALTH: You must consult with your physician every important aspect of your health related issues, including vaccinations such as Yellow Fever, Hepatitis, malaria prophylaxis etc. to ensure that you are in good health to engage in overseas travel. Please note: all our overseas tours require considerable walking and driving, sometimes on uneven, dusty and bumpy road conditions. You may also need to take stairs and inclines during the tour. No individual assistance to passengers requiring wheelchair can be provided, as many places may not be wheelchair accessible and may be challenging for the physically handicapped. For Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s hotline for international travelers at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) or via the CDC’s Internet site, at http://www.cdc.gov/travel For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, please consult the World Health Organization’s (WHO) web site. All passengers are personally responsible to ensure that they are medically fit to travel.
AIRLINE GROUP BOOKING AND SEAT ASSIGNMENTS: POLLINA TOURS makes the booking with the Group Department of the airline, which means all the group members must travel together to and from a common gateway, as one Group. The Group tickets are lower fare tickets and carry restrictions. The tickets are nonrefundable, non-transferrable, non–re-routable, and non-endorsable. Policies governing seat assignments for groups vary greatly by airline. Most airlines currently offer preferred seating, a system which allows them to charge additional fees for preferable seats. As a result, many seats displayed on airline seat maps are set aside for clients willing to pay additional fees for them. Some seats may only be accessible at airport check-in. Specific Seat assignments preferences are not guaranteed by Pollina Tours. Loss of assignments may occur, at any time, due to airline schedule changes, or even as a result of individual passengers making changes directly with airlines on their group seat assignments. In many cases, airlines will not assign seats for groups until the group booking is closed for ticketing usually 30 days prior to departure. At this time, Pollina Tours will do all possible to seat passengers together and in the best available seats. However, it may not be possible for Pollina Tours to assign seats of each passenger's personal choice. Once assigned, typically seats may only be changed at airport check-in. Domestic US flights, as well as flights within Europe, do not permit group seat assignments. Airline reservation agents are often prohibited from assisting with seat requests for Group Reservations from individual passengers.
GROUP HOTEL BOOKING: POLLINA TOURS makes the booking of the hotel in the specified hotel in “Standard” twin-bedded (two single beds) rooms or “Standard” double bedded (one double bed) room with private facilities, unless you have specifically requested and paid for an upgraded room category. Special requests, such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis.
GROUP DINNER BOOKING: : POLLINA TOURS make the reservation for the Group Dinner arrangements at the hotel or local restaurants based on the hotel or restaurant’s Buffet or Set dinner menu basis policy. All efforts are made to offer Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian menu choice to the Group members. However, Pollina Tours cannot make multiple dinner menu request based on each group members’ individual request, likings and disliking.
RESPONSIBILITY: Pollina Tours & Travel, Inc. and/or their agents give notice that all tickets, vouchers and the coupons issued by them and all arrangements for transportation or for conveyance/hotel accommodation, sightseeing, excursions, etc, made by them, as AGENTS of the passenger upon the express condition that they shall not be held liable for any injury, damage, loss , accident, death, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason or defect of any vehicle, or through the act or default of any person or company engaged in conveying or housing the passengers or in connection therewith, or of any hotel proprietor or employee. Pollina Tour and/ or their agents can accept no responsibility for cancellation penalties or losses or incidental expenses due to delay or change in schedules of airline, rail, motor coach, cruise or any transportation companies etc, hotel overbooking or default, sickness, injury, death, weather, strike, political or social unrest, disease, epidemic, pandemic, terrorism, natural calamities, quarantine or any other causes beyond the control of Pollina Tours & Travel, its agents and suppliers of services. All such losses or incidental expenses will have to be borne by the passengers. Baggage is at owner’s risk throughout the tour. Obtaining a suitable travel insurance policy to cover the medical and non-medical eventualities from any Travel Insurance company of your choice is solely the responsibility of each passenger/tourist booked on our tour. Pollina Tours & Travel reserves the right to accept or reject any person as tour participants, to expel any tour participants from the tour, to make changes in the itinerary whenever the company deems it is necessary for the comfort, safety and convenience of the participants or their agents/service providers. Although, all safety measures are taken by our suppliers to ensure you have an enjoyable and safe tour. However, our Service provider will require you to sign their responsibility form to not hold them responsible for any injury, accident, death, etc, caused to you during any adventure tourism activities, jungle safari, etc. which is beyond their control. All prices are quoted in US Dollars. The transportation, airlines, rail ,cruise, ferry companies, etc, concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or events during the time passengers are not on board their carriers and conveyance. The passenger’s contract in use by the airline carrier, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the transportation company and the purchaser of the Tour(s) and/or passengers. Typically, check- in time at the hotels is 3:00 PM and check out time is 12 noon. Sequence of the itinerary is subject to change, due to circumstances beyond our control.