SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO
per person with Exchange
On our Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour, experience the rich history and distinct cultures of these three glorious countries. You’ll overnight in Madrid, Seville, Granada, and the Costa del Sol in Spain; Coimbra and Lisbon in Portugal; and Rabat, Marrakesh, and Fez in Morocco. The tour starts in Madrid, where you’ll discover the main sights with a local guide. On the way to Portugal, visit Avila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its ancient, fortified towers and walls, and beautiful Salamanca. The Portuguese pearls you’ll discover on this affordable tour are Coimbra, Obidos, Fatima with its famous Sanctuary, and the capital, Lisbon. Cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco on the African continent by ferry to step back in time in Rabat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Morocco’s capital. Fez is still the cultural and spiritual hub, and its centerpiece is the Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its exotic palaces, madrasas, fondouks, residences, mosques, and fountains date back to the 13th-14th centuries. The red city of Marrakesh remains a tapestry of ramparts, mosques, palaces, gardens, vibrant public squares, and souks (markets). You’ll get to know this fascinating city with a local expert on the included sightseeing tour. Stop in Casablanca, Morocco’s westernmost city. Its name still resonates because of the 1942 classic film with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Once back on the European continent, you will love the included guided visit to Granada’s legendary Alhambra complex*, a lavish palace and fortress built by Moorish kings in 889 AD, and you will appreciate it even more after having visited Morocco. These are just some of the many highlights on this comprehensive and affordable Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour. It’s a memorable budget holiday for value-minded travel lovers. Traveller Notes Adventure is knocking with everything you need for perfectly affordable touring. Cosmos includes hand-selected accommodations, guided sightseeing, and seamless transportation between destinations—with value-minded travel lovers in mind. Explore with expert Cosmos Tour Directors and Local Guides, complimentary headsets, private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi, and a ferry across the Straits of Gibraltar. Enhance your free time to explore like a local with your CosmosGO mobile app! *Entrance to the Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed. Special Departures April 1 and 8 – Easter departures April 22 Departure – Feria in Seville December 22 Departure – New Year’s Departure including special dinner in Marrakech
Day 1 / ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN.
Check into your hotel. Take advantage of any free time to explore lively Madrid with the help of the CosmosGO app. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and travel companions. (D)
Day 2 / MADRID.
Spaniards say the Spanish capital, situated 2,180 feet above sea level, is the nearest thing to Heaven. It's certainly worth making the most of today by joining the included guided sightseeing tour: a full panoramic drive by way of the Calle Alcalà, Parliament Square, and a picture stop outside the Royal Palace. The optional trip to Toledo is most rewarding, too. The splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus was made famous in El Greco's painting, and even now it's like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. (B)
Day 3 / MADRID-AVILA-SALAMANCA-COIMBRA, PORTUGAL.
Visit ancient, fortified Avila with its many towers, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Salamanca and make sure you spend some time wandering around Plaza Mayor, the grandest square in Spain. Cross the border to Guarda, one of the most important strongholds in a set of fortifications which defended the Portuguese against Castile and Leon during the Middle Ages. From here, descend to the valleys of the Serra da Estrela to Coimbra. Today's Distance: 329 mi/ 530 km (B,D)
Day 4 / COIMBRA-FATIMA-OBIDOS-LISBON.
Enjoy an orientation tour of Coimbra, celebrated for its beauty and ancient university. Later, travel southward to visit the Sanctuary of Fatima, one of Europe's most visited Marian shrines. Continue to picturesque fortified Obidos, before reaching Lisbon for two overnights. Today's Distance: 168 mi/ 270 km (B)
Day 5 / LISBON.
On the included guided city tour, see the monument dedicated to Henry the Navigator, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, and the impressive Commerce Square, also known as Black Horse Square, facing the Tagus river. Spend the afternoon at leisure- maybe in the Alfama's tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion to the Portuguese Riviera. (B)
Day 6 / LISBON-SEVILLE, SPAIN.
From the rolling plains of the Alentejo with its woodlands of cork and eucalyptus trees, head south to the brilliant light of Andalusia. Admire its neat, white-painted villages and sundrenched plantations of olives, figs, and almonds while travelling towards magnificent Seville. Today's Distance: 261 mi/ 420 km (B,D)
Day 7 / SEVILLE.
Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of this vibrant city. Walk in the city centre, see some of the main highlights and spend time to admire the impressive Plaza d'Espana. Admire the banks of tiles representing the provinces of Spain. A frequent ritual for Spanish visitors is to look for the space dedicated to their province to take photographs. You may want to do the same with the one you enjoyed the most so far. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 8 / SEVILLE-FERRY TO MOROCCO-RABAT.
Drive through Spain's scenic sherry wine region and head south to the coast. Here, embark the ferry and cruise across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco on the African continent. Travel along what was once the infamous Barbary Coast, then continue the drive south to Rabat, one of Morocco's imperial cities. Today's Distance: 311 mi/ 500 km (B,D)
Day 9 / RABAT-CASABLANCA-MARRAKESH.
Join the included guided city sightseeing tour of the country's lively capital, Rabat, with a visit to Chellah Gardens and Kasbah des Oudaias. Later, reach Morocco's westernmost city: Casablanca. Enjoy an orientation drive of this modern city and see the illustrious Hassan II Mosque. One of the largest mosques in the world, its minaret soars 689 feet into the sky. Continue on to the "red" oasis city of Marrakesh. An optional excursion this evening is the perfect ending of the day. Today's Distance: 227 mi/ 365 km (B)
Day 10 / MARRAKESH.
Today's included city sightseeing tour with a Local Guide will make you feel like you've stepped back in time. Founded in the 9th century, Marrakesh remains a tapestry of ramparts, mosques, palaces, gardens, and vibrant public squares and souks (markets)- where buying and selling and a fascinating carnival of entertainment occurs daily. Also visit the Bahia Palace and Majorelle Gardens. (B,D)
Day 11 / MARRAKESH-FEZ.
Today, travel through the fragrant cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains, where a number of peaks soar above 13,000 feet in elevation. This range is home to the endangered Barbary apes, wild boars, and polecats. On your way north to Fez, enjoy glimpses of North African village life. Today's Distance: 311 mi/ 500 km (B,D)
Day 12 / FEZ.
Ancient Fez is a city of outstanding scenic beauty. Visit the Medina during the included sightseeing tour this morning and enjoy the maze of narrow streets through the brilliant bazaars and exotic atmosphere. The madrasas, fondouks, palaces, residences, mosques, and fountains dating back to the 13th century are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, explore further on your own. (B)
Day 13 / FEZ-FERRY CROSSING TO SPAIN-MIJAS.
Today, an early departure takes you north for the ferry crossing back to mainland Spain to the Costa del Sol. Overnight in Mijas. Today's Distance: 323 mi/ 520 km (B,D)
Day 14 / MIJAS-GRANADA.
Travel along the Costa del Sol to Granada in the heart of Andalusia. Enjoy an included guided visit of the Alhambra Complex*, a lavish palace and fortress built by Moorish kings. Marvel at its architectural beauty and magnificent gardens, with construction dating back to 889 AD. Today's Distance: 96 mi/ 155 km (B,D) *Alhambra complex: Entrance to Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed
Day 15 / GRANADA-MADRID.
On your way to Madrid, travel through the very heart of La Mancha region. It was described by Miguel de Cervantes in his 17th-century novel "Don Quixote". Visitors to the region today still can encounter the 16th-century windmills at which Cervantes's fictional would-be knight-errant "tilted," believing them to be gigantic rivals. In addition to its association with Cervantes, La Mancha is well known for its wines. Today's Distance: 267 mi/ 430 km (B)
Day 16 / MADRID.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)