Portugal, Morocco & Spain
Duration : 16 Nights / 17 Days
Destinations : Lisbon - Casablanca - Fez - Desert - Ouarzazate - Marrakesh - Tangier - Granada - Toledo - Madrid - Barcelona
Day 01 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 02 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 03 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 04 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 05 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 06 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 07 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 08 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 09 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 10 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 11 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 12 Tangier – 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 13 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 14 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 15 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 16 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 17 Barcelona – Abroad
Transfer to airport for your onward flight abroad.