Spain, Portugal and Morocco Tour- SPM
Number of Days: 16
Explore fabulous Spain, Portugal and Morocco.
This 16 day guided includes the highlights of these three diverse countries, and transport throughout the tour from Madrid through to Marrakech.
DAY 1: Madrid
On arrival in Madrid, make your way to the hotel to meet up with your tour leader and the other travellers in the tour group. Depending on your arrival time, you may have time to explore Madrid, or alternatively relax in the comforts of the hotel. This evening, you will get your first taste of Spain with dinner included, giving you a great opportunity to meet the other travellers in the group. Join the tour in Madrid and, if you arrive early, explore the Spanish capital before meeting up with the tour in the evening for dinner. Enjoy a traditional Spanish welcome dinner (included) tonight, where you will sample local food like croquettes, fried shrimp and paella.D
DAY 2: Toledo – Granada
This morning, we leave Madrid and head to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Toledo. You are sure to fall in love with this charming medieval town, with its Gothic architecture and its impressive Cathedral. The tour continues south to the Moorish city of Granada. This afternoon, a walking tour is included to give you a great insight into this beautiful region of Spain. The Arabic influence has left its traces in everything in Granada, and the food is no exception. The use of vegetables such as beans, artichokes, and aubergines is very important. Classic dishes include 'La tortilla del Sacromonte' - a type of omelette made with sweetbreads and ham, gazpacho - cold tomato soup and 'las habas con jamón' - broad beans with ham.B
DAY 3: Ronda – Seville
Sit back and relax, as we take you on a journey through Andalusia. This area is famous for Flamenco, tapas, matadors and bullfighting. Our first stop is Ronda, which is famous for its ‘Puente Nuevo’ (New Bridge) that divides the city and offers views of the surrounding countryside. Once we’ve explored Ronda, we head to Seville for a two night stay. You have time to freshen up before heading to the old town and other sights on our an included walking tour of the city. Seville is famous as the home of tapas - small plates of hot and cold dishes and the city has approx’ 3,000 tapas bars. Pork, fish and seafood figure prominently, with influences from Europe and Moorish North Africa. Seville is also famous for its oranges – there’s the perfume of oranges in the city. Popular as a spread on a freshly toasted piece of bread.B,D
DAY 4: Seville
Legend has it that Seville was founded by Hercules, and it has certainly had a colourful history it was named Hispalis by the Romans and Isbiliya by the Moors. With a full free day, you will have all the time in the world to explore this beautiful and pleasingly compact city. Seville is famous for its flamenco, tapas bars and orange bars. The cobbled streets of the old town make for a pleasing morning stroll, while in the afternoon you may wish to visit the Metropol Parasol for amazing views, the palaces of Alcázar Casa de Pilatos or the Museum of Flamenco.B
DAY 5: Algarve – Lisbon
Today we travel to Lisbon, Portugal. Watch the countryside glide past in comfort. Upon arrival in Lisbon we take you on an orientation tour of the capital, from the imposing Sao Jorge Castle to the pastel colours of the old town, Lisbon has it all. Lisbon is culinary heaven, and its two most famous dishes are salt cod and custard tarts. Salt fish is cod covered in salt and dried in the hot sun. It can be kept for prolonged periods of time and can be shredded for numerous dishes or served as slices. The Pasteis de Nata - soft, sweet, custard tarts, are fabulous.B,D
DAY 6: Lisbon
Today is your free day to explore Lisbon on your own. See Lisbon's landmarks, including the Monument to the Discoveries and the Belém Tower or discover the hill top district of Bairro Alto, with dozens of restaurants and bars lining the narrow streets and lots to see and do. Fado music is unique to Portugal, and is arguably the oldest urban folk music in the world - you are sure to discover bars in this area playing this type of music.B
DAY 7: Porto
We continue our tour of Portugal and enter Porto - the second largest city and one of the oldest European centres. We have a driving tour of Porto - see Ponte de Luis - a stunning bridge over the River Douro, the Clerigos Tower and many other famous landmarks. One of Portugal’s famous exports is port wine, which is named after Porto, and you will have the opportunity to taste it this afternoon at the included Port tasting. Porto driving tour - experience Porto and its World Heritage Site historical centre. Port tasting experience - sample the famous Portuguese fortified wine. It is typically a sweet, red wine, often served as a dessert wine. It is availabe in dry, semi-dry, and white varieties. Petiscos is a Portuguese version of Spanish tapas - classic dishes include thin pork sandwiches and snails in a herbal broth. From it's colonial past spices are used abundantly especially piri-piri, made from African bird’s eye chili peppers.B
DAY 8: Salamanca
It is time to depart Portugal and travel back to Spain, as our journey today takes us through the countryside. Once we arrive into Salamanca, you will have time to freshen up at the hotel and enjoy some free time. We recommend you visit the old town and go up the Cathedral Bell Tower, which offers amazing panoramic views of the town and its surroundings. To cap off the evening, we have dinner included, and this is your chance to taste the famous Spanish tapas. Enjoy the final night of the tour with your fellow passengers and new friends with a delicious tapas dinner. Enjoy authentic Spanish tapas tonight, like home made croquettes, Spanish omelette, cold meats, olives, patatas bravas, albóndigas (meatballs) and chorizo.B,D
DAY 9: Avila – Madrid
This morning we depart Salamanca and travel to Avila, where we take a comfort stop. Avila –
a beautiful Medieval walled town notable for its Romanesque and Gothic churches, and the famous incredibly well preserved medieval walls. We then continue to the capital Madrid, where the Spain sector of your tour concludes this afternoon. Transfer to Madrid airport and overnight at hotel.B
Day 10:Madrid - Morocco
Depart Madrid Airport for your flight to Marrakech, Morocco, where you are met and transferred your Marrakech hotel. Enjoy free time this afternoon in this exotic city, strolling through the bazaars and visiting Jmaa el Fnaa Square.B
Day 11: Marrakech - Bahia Palace - Saadien
A guided, half-day walking tour helps you discover the history and soul of Marrakech. Learn about the city's old medina and souks and visit the Bahia Palace and the Saadien Tombs, finishing at the famous square Djemaa El Fna. You'll also get to share a tea break together with a local family, discovering how they prepare "Moroccan Whisky”.B
Day 12: Tizi N’Tichka - Berber Villages - Skoura
Today we head from your riad into the Sahara. Cross the High Atlas Mountains via Tizi N'Tichka pass at an elevation of 2,260m. Enjoy the amazing views over the mountains and Berber villages before reaching Skoura, where you will relax and feel the calmness of this beautiful paradise.B
Day 13: Sahara - Dades - Tondra Gorge
Leaving behind the beautiful palm groves, continue through Dades and Todra Gorges for fantastic views of gigantic rocks formations. Later in the afternoon, mount some camels and head for the Berber camp in the middle of the dunes where you will spend your evening under the stars.B
Day 14: Mergouza – Ouarzazate - kasbahs,
Watch the sun rise from atop one of the highest dunes before heading to Merzouga on camel-back. From there, the journey continues to Ouarzazate via the beautiful palm-grove landscapes. Ouarzazate is on a desert plateau and offers a beautiful mix of kasbahs, green valleys and oases. With its variety of landscapes, this city has been the perfect set for shooting theme movies.B
Day 15: High Atlas - Imlil Village
From Ouarzazate you will drive through the High Atlas to Imlil - a quaint village nestled amid the mountains, the quaint village is ideally located near Mt. Toubkal and so a perfect base for trekking. B
Day 16: Berber Villages - Marrakech
Enjoy a last walk through tranquil Berber villages, the fantastic mountain views and clean fresh air. In the afternoon transfer to Marrakech for your onward travel arrangements.B
Includes:Flight from Madrid to Marrakech.
Coach and mini coach transport.
Hotel and lodge accommodation.
Meals: B = Continental breakfast, D = Welcome and other dinners as per final itinerary.
- From $7995 per person. Single supplement additional $1595