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Spain Morocco and Portugal with Trafalgar

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16 days
08 Jun 24 to 15 Sep 24
Book by 28 Mar 24
Embark on a 16-day journey through Madrid, Granada, Marrakesh, and Lisbon, where each day unfolds as a new adventure. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco—be it savoring a traditional barbecue with the Albaserrada family in Andalusia, honoring Portugal's maritime legacy, or exploring the ancient Medina of Fes for unique treasures to bring back home. This 16-day trip promises a blend of diverse encounters, creating lasting memories across these enchanting destinations.

Includes

  • 16 Day Trafalgar Guided Holiday
  • 15 Nights in cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • 15 Breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest, 6 Dinners
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Optional Experiences at an additional cost during your free time
  • Sightseeing Highlights
  • Explore Madrid, Toledo, Marrakesh, Fes, Seville, Casablanca and Lisbon with a Local Specialist.
  • View the Royal Palace in Rabat, the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the Belém Tower in Lisbon and the Shrine at Fátima.
  • Discover Rabat, Tangier, Fátima and Salamanca and much more!

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Arrival/ departure transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Spending money and items of a personal nature

Extras

  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised
  • Optional Experiences available at an additional cost
  • Not all departure dates are definite at time of loading, please enquire with one of our agents

Highlights

  • 15 Nights in cherry-picked hotels
  • 15 Breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest, 6 Dinners
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

Itinerary

Day 1: Hola Madrid

Colour outside the lines on this unforgettable encounter with the intoxicating lands of Spain, Morocco and Portugal. Kick off your unforgettable journey in the fiery Spanish capital of Madrid. Explore the city's vibrant streets, before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner and orientation drive. Arrival Transfer: Depart Madrid-Barajas airport at 10:30, 13:00, 15:30 Accommodation: Meliá Castilla Madrid Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Explore Fiery Madrid

Join your Local Specialist on this day of discovery, which includes views of the iconic Cibeles fountain and Paseo de la Castellana. Admire the Royal Palace and Retiro Park, originally created as a retreat for the royal family, before spending the rest of the day at leisure indulging in la buena vida. Consider an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO-listed city of Segovia or encounter the greatest collection of Spanish art in the world at El Prado. Accommodation: Meliá Castilla Madrid Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Onwards to Toledo and Granada

Witness the influence of Christians, Muslims and Jews that has spanned centuries in the imperial city of Toledo. Join your Local Specialist for a walking tour, during which you’ll visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to El Greco's most famous paintings - 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz'. Then, visit the synagogue of Santa Maria La Blanca, the oldest one still standing in Europe. Celebrate the tradition of steel and Damascene manufacturing and moulding as you Dive Into Culture at a local workshop before your journey continues through the soul-stirring Andalusian landscape to Granada, where we'll spend the night. Accommodation: Hotel Occidental Granada Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Journey to the Sunny Costa del Sol

Tread in the footsteps of Spain's last emirs and admire the impressive Alhambra - a collection of palaces and fortresses dating from the 12 century. We join a Local Specialist to explore its intricate designs, tranquil gardens and colossal walls, believed to have been inspired by poetry and reflecting the description of paradise found in Islamic verse. Later, we leave this 'paradise on earth' behind and continue to the Costa del Sol. Accommodation: NH Marbella Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Fes

We travel along the sun-kissed shores of the Mediterranean and cross to North Africa by ferry. A memorable drive past the Rif Mountains brings us to Fes, a storied hub of traditional craftsmanship and our home for the next two nights. Accommodation: Fes Marriott Hotel Jnan Palace Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: The Medina and More in Fes

Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour through the cultural and spiritual centre of Morocco. Stroll through the Medina of Fes, view its fortifications and Royal Palace, and admire traditional Moroccan handiwork during a visit to a carpet cooperative. Spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure. Tonight, maybe join an Optional Experience Arabian dinner in a traditional riad – a night of heartfelt local entertainment, including belly dancing, awaits. Accommodation: Fes Marriott Hotel Jnan Palace Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Off to Vibrant Marrakesh

Departing Fes, we journey west through the golden landscape which turns to rusty red, bound for vibrant Marrakesh. Past and present collide in the world-famous Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. Embrace the unrivalled energy of this cultural and economic hub. Accommodation: Grand Mogador Menara Hotel Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Discover Marrakesh

Visit the elegant Dar El Basha Palace during your walking tour with a Local Specialist. See Jemaa el-Fnaa Square in the Old Quarter with its palm-readers, storytellers and snake charmers. Visit a traditional Moroccan pharmacy and Dive Into Culture, gaining insights into the blending of creams and cosmetics using regional ingredients. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Don't miss the chance to shop for bargains in the souks (markets) and bazaars, or perhaps visit a local Berber village. Accommodation: Grand Mogador Menara Hotel Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Continue to Casablanca and Tangier

We journey north to Casablanca and enjoy views of the Hassan II Mosque, with the world's tallest minaret, before arriving in the country's capital city. Stop at the opulent Mohammed V Mausoleum and admire Rabat's cityscape, its historic and modern centers traversed by the Bou Regreg River below. Continue to Tangier, a gateway between Africa and Europe as prominent today as in Phoenician times. Our unique Stays With Stories this evening is the sumptuous El Minzah, an icon of the city overlooking the Bay of Tangiers and the sparkling Mediterranean beyond. The grand property, built in the Spanish-Moorish style in 1930, has welcomed the rich and famous over the past century. You’ll get to experience its warm hospitality for yourself as you contemplate the building's colourful history. Accommodation: El Minzah Hôtel Tangier Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Sail the Strait to Seville

Crossing the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry, we return to Spain and journey past the region of Jerez, renowned as the origin of Spanish sherry. We drive through Andalucía and arrive in Seville. What better way to experience this lively city than witnessing the passion of flamenco? Immerse yourself in the spectacle of colourful swirling skirts and fervent rhythm of castanets during an unforgettable optional Flamenco performance this evening. Accommodation: Meliá Lebreros Seville Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Explore Spectacular Seville

Join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour which will take you past the iconic Giralda Bell Tower. Admire the tiled fountains and pavilions in the Maria Luisa Park, the showcase for the Ibero-American Exhibition in 1929, and see the imposing Plaza de España. Visit the ornate tomb of Christopher Columbus in the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, then enjoy a walk through the lovely historic Jewish Quarter. Accommodation: Meliá Lebreros Seville Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Venture to Lisbon

Your panoramic journey continues through the province of Huelva, famous for Jabugo jamón and the Rio Tinto mines. Cross the golden fields of the Alentejo, on your way to meet Tiago, Vera and their horses on their historic property. Continue on to your hotel in the waterfront city of Lisbon and opt to enjoy a seafood dinner by the Tagus River. Accommodation: Olissippo Marquês de Sá Lisbon/Olissippo Oriente Lisbon Your hotel will be dependent on your departure date Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

Day 14: Pilgrimage to Fátima and on to Salamanca

We trace the path of pilgrims, who for decades have ventured north to the shrine at Fátima to pray to the Virgin Mary, and see the site of a celebrated religious miracle. Departing Portugal, we arrive in the historic university city of Salamanca – La Dorada, so named for its golden, orange and pink façades, which we will have an opportunity to see in the magnificent Plaza Mayor - voted by the locals as the most beautiful of all squares in Spain. Accommodation: Gran Hotel Corona Sol Salamanca Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 15: Return to Madrid

Traversing the dramatic Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains, we arrive in Madrid, Europe's highest capital. Indulge in some last-minute shopping on the Gran Vía, or join our Local Specialist to uncover Spain's recent history, the Civil War and the Royal Family. This evening we join our travel companions and Travel Director for a memorable Farewell Dinner. Accommodation: NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16: Journey Home

Our epic journey through Spain, Morocco and Portugal comes to an end this morning. All that's left is to say a fond farewell to your newfound friends and an unforgettable experience shared. Departure Transfer: Arrive at Madrid-Barajas airport at 08:30, 11:00 Included Meals: Breakfast

Terms & conditions

Prices are per person twin share, include discounts, and are subject to availability and rate of exchange changes. Offers above are a guide only and will vary depending on departure date, our guide price is based on the cheapest departure within the stipulated season and availability is correct at time of loading. Visas may be necessary and insurance is essential. Pentravel and Tour Operator terms and conditions apply, and may be found on our website. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. High season supplements and block out dates may apply, pricing varies pending departure date.Package excludes flights. You can do optional free-time add-on experiences in your free time and pay for them as you travel (additional costs apply). Tour operator reserves the right to withdraw promotional offers and adjust savings anytime. The Big Tour Sale (15 - 20% Savings): New bookings only made with deposit between December 15, 2023 and March 28, 2024. Full payment due 120 days prior to departure or at time of booking if booked within 120 days of departure; whichever comes first. R3000 per person deposit required at time of booking for Level 1 tours to hold space; some trips require payment in full at time of booking. Savings are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.At time of loading this may not be a definite departure, please contact a travel consultant for more info. Other conditions may apply. These packages are based on CASH price. E&OE;.

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16 days
Dates
08 Jun 24 to 15 Sep 24
Book by
28 March 24
Experience ID
251
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