SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO 16 DAY/15 NIGHT ESCORTED TOUR - MADRID TO MADRID with option of Barcelona extension by Syndi Prokopich - Your Personal Travel Concierge
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SPAIN, PORTUGAL & MOROCCO
16 DAY / 15 NIGHT ESCORTED TOUR MADRID TO MADRID by Syndi Prokopich - Your Personal Travel Concierge
October 9 - 25, 2020 (add Barcelona extension Oct 25-28, 2020)
Included: Luxury Coach with WiFi, all accommodations, Prepaid Gratuities, Coach and 2 ferry rides, UNESCO sites, palaces, gardens, markets, 5 Included Excursions (IE), Professional tour Director/local guides, 15 breakfasts, 11 dinners, Roundtrip Transfers (with our Air). $3650 per person based on Double Occupancy (Price subject to change) not including AIR or INSURANCE, please inquire. Air will be made available. Singles welcome + Single Share available, please ask for details on how this works.
Welcome Back Credits from 2019 applicable.
On this Spain, Portugal and Morocco tour, experience these three glorious countries with rich histories and distinct cultures.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 will start 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 it’s ancient fortified towers and walls, and beautiful Salamanca.The Portuguese pearls you’ll discover
on this affordable tour are Coimbra, Obidos, Fatima with it’s famous Sanctuary, and the capital, Lisbon.
You’ll cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco on the African continent by ferry to step back I time in Rabat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Morocco’s capital since 1912.Fez is still Morocco’s cultural and spiritual center, and it’s centerpiece is the Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 9th century and whose palaces, madrasas fondouks, residences, mosques, and fountains date back to the 13th-14th centuries.
Also founded in the 9th century, 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 tour.You’ll also stop in Casablanca, Morocco’s westernmost city and still known for the 1942 classic film with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
You’ll love the included guided visit to Granada’s legendary Alhambra complex, a lavish palace and fortress built by Moorish kings in 889 AD, that you will appreciate 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 vacation for value minded travelers.
Day by Day Itinerary:
OCTOBER 9 - LEAVE WINNIPEG VIA AIR – ARRIVE MADRID, SPAIN NEXT DAY
Day 1 ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN
Transfer from the Madrid Airport and check into your hotel. Take advantage of any free time to explore lively Madrid with the help of the CosmosGO app.Tonight, meet your up with your Escort Host, Tour Director and fellow travelers. Prepare for your next days in this capital and dynamic city.
Day 2 MADRID(B)
Spaniards say the Spanish capital, situated 2,180 feet above sea level, is the nearest thing to Heaven.After breakfast, It’s certainly worth making the most of today by joining the included guided sightseeing tour: a full panoramic drive by way of the Avenida Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Parliament Square, and the 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 an great open-air museum of Spanish history and art.
Day 3 MADRID-AVILA-SALAMANCA-COIMBRA, PORTUGAL (B, D)
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 frontier to Guarda, the highest town in Portugal.From here, descend to the valleys of the Serra da Estrela to Coimbra.
Day 4 COIMBRA-FATIMA-OBIDOS-LISBON (B)
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.
Day 5 LISBON (B, D)
Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th century “Mistress of the Seas.”On the included guided tour, see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, and the impressive Commerce Square, also known as Black Horse Square.Spend the afternoon at leisure – maybe in the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion to coastal Estoril and Cascais.IE: Tonight, enjoy an unforgettable evening of classic Fado music and a delectable 3-course dinner with drinks at a local Casa de Fado (Fado restaurant).
Day 6 LISBON-SEVILLE, SPAIN (B,D)
From the rolling plains of the Alentejo with it’s woodlands of cork and eucalyptus trees, head south to the brilliant light of Andalusia. Admire its neat, white-painted villages and sun-drenched plantations of olives, figs and almonds while traveling towards magnificent Seville.
Day 7 SEVILLE, SPAIN (B)
Enjoy an included sightseeing tour on this vibrant city.Walk in the city center, see some of the main highlights and spend time to admire the impressive Plaza d’Espana. Afternoon at leisure. IE: Tonight, experience the passion and spirit of Seville on this incredible outing to a classic flamenco show!
Day 8 SEVILLE-FERRY TO MOROCCO-RABAT (B,D)
Drive through Spain’s pretty sherry wine region and head south to the coast. Here, you will 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.
Day 9 RABAT-CASABLANCA-MARRAKESH (B,D)
Today starts with an included guided city sightseeing tour of the country’s lively capital, and a visit to CHELLAH GARDENS and CASBAH DES OUDAIAS.Later, reach Morocco’s westernmost city: Casablanca.Enjoy an orientation drive in this modern city and see the illustrious Hassan II Mosque.One of the largest mosques in the world, it’s minaret soars 689 feet into the sky.Continue on to the “red” oasis city of Marrakesh.IE:The perfect end of the day is this evening’s excursion, 1001 Nights. The magic of Morocco awaits during this impressive evening featuring a caliche ride, feast of local specialties and wine, and an amazing folklore show with music, belly dancing, and more!
Day 10 MARRAKESH(B,D)
Today’s included city sightseeing with a Local Guide will make you feel like you’ve been whisked 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 see the BAHIA PALACE and MAJORELLE GARDENS.IE:This afternoon spend a half day exploring the scenic Ourika Valley, the most popular valley in the High Atlas Mountains, and visit a traditional Berber home to experience the Berber way of life!
Day 11 MARRAKESH-FEZ (B,D)
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 ape, wild boar, and polecats.On your way north to Fez, enjoy glimpses of North African village life.
Day 12 FEZ (B, D)
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 colourful 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. IE:This evening, you’ll feel like a sultan on this unforgettable evening featuring sightseeing through the illuminated city, mouthwatering Moorish food, and traditional Arabian, Oriental, and Bedouin music and dance.
Day 13 FEZ-FERRY CROSSING TO SPAIN-MIJAS(B,D)
Today, an early departure takes you north for the FERRY crossing back to mainland Spain to the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun). Overnight in Mijas.
Day 14 MIJAS-GRANADA(B,D)
Travel along the Costa del Sol and head to Granada in the heart of Andalusia.On the agenda: an included guided visit of the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX*, a lavish palace and fortress built by Moorish kings.You’ll marvel at it’s architectural Moorish beauty and magnificent gardens, with construction dating back to 889 AD.
Day 15 GRANADA-MADRID(B)
Travel through the very heart of Don Quixote’s La Mancha, famed for it’s castle and windmills, on your way to Madrid. Depending on the location of our final hotel stay in Madrid, we will arrange to gather for a Farewell Dinner for those who are interested.
Day 16 MADRID(B)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. If you’d like to extend your visit to Barcelona for 3 nights or more, talk to me about the options available.
Madrid Guided sightseeing; Visit Avila & Salamanca; Coimbra orientation; Visit the Fatima Sanctuary; Visit Obidos; Lisbon Guided sightseeing and Fado Music & Dinner evening; Seville Guided sightseeing & Flamenco show; Rabat Guided sightseeing; Casablanca orientation drive; Marrakesh Guided sightseeing & 1001 Nights feast & folklore evening including half day Ourika Valley with traditional Berber home visit; Fez Guided sightseeing and evening feasting on mouthwatering Moorish food, with traditional Arabian, Oriental and Bedouin music and dance; Granada Guided Visit of the Alhambra Complex* ; group to discuss a Farewell Dinner in Madrid for final night once confirmed.
*Entrance to the Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed
Individual headsets throughout the tour.
Local Guides for city sightseeing; Professional Tour Director while touring
15 buffet breakfasts, 11 dinners, 5 Included Excursions (IE), Roundtrip Transfers (provided Air is purchased with Cosmos), Prepaid Gratuities, Farewell Dinner yet to be determined
Dates, itinerary and inclusions are subject to change as are costs; all fluctuate with currency exchange rate
Barcelona 3 night or more extension will be available including train from Madrid – ask for pricing
Single Share IS included on this tour – or Single Supplement cost $818.00 – No triple room reduction.
Extra hotel nights, extra night transfers also available and additional.Please inquire.
**Group Air will be available please inquire!Arrangements for extensions need to be confirmed prior to booking air to ensure correct date/city of departure ** Roundtrip transfers are included if air purchased through Cosmos. Otherwise, transfer costs are additional.
Deposit of $250 per person land and $300 per person (Cosmos Group air) required to hold seat; final payment due June 2020.
***Ask about our Trip Insurance options and costs***Insurance must be purchased at the time of deposit.