TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Transfer to the hotel. Evening transport to the Gran Vía district. Welcome to Madrid! Upon arriving at the airport we will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. You can enjoy free time until your tour starts. Please, check the informative posters placed at the hotel reception area which have all the information about the welcome meeting with your guide and fellow travellers. Towards the end of the day, we provide transfers to the Egyptian Debod Temple, Plaza de España and Gran Via; a vibrant district where you can dine at your preferred restaurant: Indian, Chinese, Spanish and Middle Eastern are some of the options available.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Madrid city tour. Stroll through the Retiro Park. Visit to the Las Ventas bullring. Evening transfer. The morning starts with a comprehensive tour through the centre of Madrid including the Paseo del Prado, Cibeles, Neptuno, the Gate of Alcalá, Plaza de Colón and Plaza Mayor. We then will visit Retiro Park, an oasis in the city centre, where we will see the lake and the Glass Palace. A visit to Las Ventas Bullring (admission included) is next. This is one of the most famous bullrings in the world where we will learn about the tradition of the “corridas” at the Bullfighting Museum. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your own leisure. At sunset we will provide a transfer to Plaza de Oriente, opposite the Royal Palace, an elegant and bustling area with many restaurants serving different cuisines, such as local Spanish food, international and Chinese. Enjoy a pleasant dinner of your choice. At the end of the evening we will return to the hotel together.
MADRID 55ºF - GRANADA 64ºF
TODAY’S HIGLIGHTS: Lunch included. Entrance and local guide in the Alhambra (if you bought the trip with the entrance included). Evening transfer. We leave Madrid in the early morning. We travel to the south across La Mancha, stopping in PUERTO LAPICE, a ‘manchego’ village evoking the figure of Don Quixote. We will enter Andalusia via Despeñaperros, arriving in GRANADA. Lunch included. In the afternoon, if you bought the trip with the entrance included, we will visit with a local guide the immense Alhambra Palace and its beautiful Generalife gardens, built in Arab times. In the evening we visit the Albaicín district of Granada, a World Heritage site along with the Alhambra, where you can enjoy dinner in the narrow winding streets of this captivating Medieval Moorish quarter. Tonight, you have the option to attend a flamenco dance show and the traditional neighbourhood of Sacromonte.VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: The number of people authorised to visit the Alhambra is limited by law. The number of places assigned to tour operators is small and we are only given the quota one month before arrival. Even if you buy the trip with the ticket included, we cannot guarantee a visit to the Alhambra (if these tickets cannot be offered, the Reales Alcázares in Seville, which is similar, would be visited and a sightseeing tour with a local guide of the city of Granada would also be offered). If the visit to the Alhambra is very important to you, we suggest you purchase the trip “without tickets” (the lowest price) and book your tickets on-line from the quota for individuals on the heritage website https://www.alhambra.org .
GRANADA 64ºF - TANGIERS 68ºF - ASILAH 70ºF - RABAT 68ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Step aboard a boat to Africa. Stop in the picturesque, ocean front town of Asilah. Dinner is included. Departure from Granada. We cross the Costa del Sol. In Algeciras or Tarifa we board a modern ferry to cross the Strait of Gibraltar. The coach does not normally make the crossing, so passengers must carry their luggage. Arrival in Morocco. We will journey through beautiful landscapes. ASILAH this small and picturesque walled city on the shores of the Atlantic was an ancient port and a base for pirates. Today the city is full of life. Time for lunch before we will resume our trip. Arrival in RABAT. Dinner buffet and accommodation included.
RABAT 68ºF - CASABLANCA 68ºF - MARRAKECH 66ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Guided visit in Rabat (admission fees included). Discover Casablanca. Kalesa ride and dinner in Marrakech.We will go on a scenic tour of Rabat in which we will visit the immense Royal Palace, the Mohamed V Mausoleum and the mighty Kasbah of the Udayas. At midday, we will travel to CASABLANCA,where we will have a short but informative tour of the city. The tour includes a visit to the outside of what is considered one of the most important mosques in the Arab world, the great Hassan II mosque. Then, we will head to MARRAKECH. After arriving at the hotel, you will be able to experience a traditional Kalesa ride up to the famous Djema square. Dinner buffet included. Hotel accommodation.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City guided tour. Admission fees and lunch included. We will start the day with a guided tour of the city which gave the country its name. We will get to know the great walls of the city, the bustling Jemaa square, walk through the colorful Medina and see the Kutubia tower. We will visit to the Bahia Palace (ticket included). Lunch included. We sill have some free time to relax at the pool or discover a famous Marrakech Souk (local market). In the evening, you can experience a Fantasia dinner and cultural show (optional).
MARRAKECH 66ºF - AIT BENHADOU - OUARZAZATE 79ºF - BOULMANE
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Scenic landscapes. Visit a village built with adobe. Dinner buffet included. We will journey across the Atlas Mountains as their, usually snow-capped, high peaks will greet us as we say goodbye to Marrakech. Small Berber villages perch on the side of chasms. We will interrupt our journey to stop at the fortified village of AIT BENHADDOU, a place where several films have been filmed. At this point in our trip, our route will be going through the so-called biblical landscapes. We will spend some time in OUARZAZATE city with its impressive Kasbah. We will continue toward the valley of Roses. BOULMANE DADES. Dinner and accommodation. NOTE: On very rare occasions (during winter), the roads may be closed due to snowdrifts. If necessary, this section of the itinerary will be rescheduled according to our alternative itinerary. (Whether we can visit the Sahara or not will depend on road access).
BOULMANE - TODRA - ERFOUD 75ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful scenery. Canyon in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains. Visit a village built with adobe. Lunch buffet included. Feel the adrenaline on an off-road excursion of the desert sand dunes. A journey full of excitement in the Sahara Desert: the Valley of the Kasbahs; river valleys containing thousands of palm trees; Stone plains followed by oasis and adobe villages, powerful fortresses defending the thoroughfares. We will visit the stunningly magnificent TODGHA GORGE. On the way there, we shall stop at a small town built with adobe next to KHORBAT, visitors will be able to learn about this desert community, which is supported by the Europamundo Foundation. (Note: due to weather conditions, such as river flooding, access might not possible at times). We will continue toward ERFOUD. Lunch included. Anyone who wishes to, can go on a field trip to visit the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert (and experience dusk among the dunes).
ERFOUD 75ºF - FEZ 68ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Breathtaking landscapes. Discover the medieval city of Fes. Dinner included. In the early morning, we will leave the Sahara through the mountains and cross the nomadic areas situated in the elevated and cold landscapes. In the afternoon, FES awaits us. Leisure time. Dinner and hotel accommodation included.
FEZ 68ºF - TANGIERS 68ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Guided city tour of Fes. Admission prices included. Lunch and dinner included. We will discover Fes with an informative scenic tour. We will conclude the visit with an included lunch at an ancient palace of the Medina district. At the beginning of the afternoon, we will travel towards the north of Morocco. Arriving in TANGIER in the mid-afternoon. Dinner and hotel accommodation included.
TANGIERS 68ºF - SEVILLE 70ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Travel via ferry from Africa to Europe. We will have some free time in Tangier, a good chance for some last-minute shopping, perhaps? We will return to Spain by ferry. The coach will not travel on board the ferry, therefore, each passenger will be required to carry their own piece of luggage with them. We will arrive in Algeciras or Tarifa and continue on to SEVILLE. Evening arrival.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Guided visit with local expert in Seville. Boat trip along the river Guadalquivir. Night transfer to the historic centre. After breakfast, a local expert will guide you on a scenic visit of Seville featuring the Cathedral and its famous Giralda (bell tower), the banks of the Guadalquivir River, popular neighborhoods of Santa Cruz and Triana and the beautiful Plaza de España. After the visit, we will include a boat trip along the river Guadalquivir, enjoying the panoramic views from the boat. Right after, you will have free time to explore at your own leisure. At the end of the afternoon, we will go to the historic city centre area (Calle Alfonso XII) where there are many different types of restaurants for you to choose from.
SEVILLE 70ºF - MONSARAZ 63ºF - EVORA 63ºF - LISBON 63ºF
HIGHLIGHTS: a scenic stage with walled border villages. Evora Chapel of bones. We will leave Seville on a stage of scenic beauty. Amidst hills and olive trees we will enter Extremadura. We will stop in JEREZ DE LOS CABALLEROS, this town belonged to the Knights Templar and is where Vasco Nuñez de Balboa was born. We will then enter Portugal. MONSARAZ, one of the most picturesque villages in Portugal with its walls, castle, great views and white and flowery streets. We will travel on to the city EVORA, declared a World Heritage Site, with its white streets, its Renaissance palaces and its cathedral. Time for lunch. We will also visit the impressive Chapel of Bones (admission included), built with 5000 skeletons! We will be arriving in LISBON toward the end of the day.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Visit Lisbon. Evening transfer. In the morning we will have a sightseeing tour with a local guide (note: in the event the group is under 12 people, the explanations may be given by our guide). We will visit the traditional neighbourhoods including the Belem district, which is the birthplace of the great Portuguese navigators who sailed the oceans in the Fifteenth Century. We will have a look around the Monument of the Discoveries, Belem Tower, and the beautiful Jeronimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the free afternoon when you are free to explore the city at your own leisure. In the late afternoon, we will have a transfer to the Restauradores Square, a public square with plenty of restaurants and cafes. We suggest you ride the Elevador Da Gloria funicular that takes you to the viewpoint of San Pedro with beautiful views over Lisbon and the Bairro Alto. Return to the hotel.
LISBON 63ºF - FATIMA 61ºF - PORTO 61ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Fatima Shrine. Visit Porto and the old cellars. We will head to the north of Portugal and visit FATIMA, an important sanctuary. We will continue on our way through to PORTO, Portugal’s second largest city. We will have time to have lunch and then go on a sightseeing tour of this city, which sits on the bank of the Duero river, and its historic city centre. We will also include a visit to the old cellars. Free time.
OPORTO (PORTO) 61ºF - BOM JESUS DO MONTE SANCTUARY - CAMBADOS 57ºF - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA 55ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Cable car ride to the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. Wine and Mussels tasting on a boat trip. Visit Santiago de Compostela. On this day we will travel through beautiful landscapes. In the city of BRAGA, we will get on the world’s oldest cable car to ride up to the Santuário do BOM JESÚS, where we will enjoy its gorgeous views. We recommend trekking back down in order to admire its beautiful stairway. Then, we will resume our trip and head to Galicia. We will visit the historic town of CAMBADOS in Rías Baixas where we will go on a glass bottom boat trip in which we will learn about the production of mussels and oysters. Wine and mussel tasting included. At lunchtime we will arrive in SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, where we will go on a guided tour with a local guide. This town was a famous pilgrimage destination in the Middle Ages.
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA 55ºF - LUGO 46ºF - O CEBREIRO 46ºF - LEON 46ºF - OVIEDO 52ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful landscapes. Visit Oviedo. We will travel along the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) to Castile. In LUGO we will have time to visit the historic town centre and Roman walls, which were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will make a stop en route in O´CEBREIRO, a small Galician stone village. Arrival in LEÓN at lunchtime, where we will have time to visit the Gothic cathedral with its stained-glass windows and to stroll through the historic town centre. After that, we will cross the Cantabrian Range mountains on our way to Asturias. Arrival in OVIEDO in the mid-afternoon. We will include (occasionally on Tuesday mornings) an hour-and-a-half visit of the city with a local guide in which we will visit its 9th century cathedral, Calatrava Congressional Palace, Campoamor Theatre and Calle de la Rua.
OVIEDO 52ºF - COVADONGA - SANTILLANA 52ºF - SANTANDER 52ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Fantastic landscapes. Altamira National Museum. Panoramic city tour of Santander. We will travel to Picos de Europa. We will visit Basílica de COVADONGA, which is surrounded by beautiful scenery. Then, we will resume our journey following the coastline to SANTILLANA, one of Spain’s most beautiful towns, and we will visit its well-preserved medieval quarter. We will also visit the National Museum and Research Centre of ALTAMIRA (ticket included) located in the vicinity of this town. We will later travel to SANTANDER, the region’s capital, a coastal city with amazing views and beaches. We will explore and learn about this elegant city and beautiful bay on the included panoramic city tour. NOTE: On some high difficulty dates (especially in summer from May to mid September), some groups can be accommodated in Bilbao.
SANTANDER 52ºF - BILBAO 52ºF - FORONDA SERVICE AREA (REFRESHMENT BREAK) - MADRID 55ºF
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Bilbao. Wine Museum in La Rioja. Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Dinner in Zaragoza. We will follow the motorway along the Cantabrian coast; some of the scenery we will go through as we travel between the mountains and the sea is of special beauty. BILBAO. We will arrive in the Bask Country’s largest city and, upon arrival, we will go on a short tour of the city with a local guide which will cover: Guggenheim area, old quarter, Cathedral… then there will be free time for some “pintxos”. After lunch, we will leave Bilbao and head to Madrid where we will be arriving at around 21.00h. Note: In case the group is small, the portion of the trip from Bilbao to Madrid may be done by train or regular transport. End of our services. Please, check the time of your flight in case you might need an additional night.
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PLAZA CONDE DE CASAL No 6
|MELIA AVENIDA AMERICA****|
Calle de Juan Ignacio Luca de Tena, 36
|SILKEN PUERTA MADRID****|
Calle de Juan Rizi, 5, 28027 Madrid
|ILUNION ALCALA NORTE****|
C/SAN ROMUALDO Nº30
Calle de Agustn de Fox, s/n
|ELBA MADRID ALCALA****|
|NOVOTEL MADRID CITY LAS VENTAS****|
Albacete, 1 esq. Avda. de Badajoz
|IBIS STYLES MADRID CITY LAS VENTAS****|
Albacete, 1 esq. Avda. de Badajoz
CALLE ENRIQUE TIERNO GALVAN 4
|SERCOTEL GRAN LUNA DE GRANADA****|
PLAZA MANUEL CANO, 2
Avenue Mohamed VI, 90000 Tnger, Marruecos
|HILTON GARDEN TANGER****|
Tanger City Center, Place du Maghreb Arabe
90 000 TANGIERS
21, Avenue Chellah 10000 Rabat
Place Sidi Makhlouf, Hassan
Zone Touristique de l´Agdal, Agdal, 40000 Marrakech
|XALUCA BOULMANE DADES****|
Avda. Zone Touristique B.P, 138
ROUTE ARFOUD A ERRACHIDIA km 5, ERRACHIDIA B.P. 205
|KASBAH HTL CHERGUI****|
CTRA ARFOUD A ERRACHIDIA KM 5.5
|ZALAGH PARC PALACE*****|
LOTISSEMENT QUED FES, ROUTE PRINCIPALE FES MEKNES, S/N
|NOVOTEL MARQUES NERVION****|
av/ eduardo dato 71
|SILKEN AL-ANDALUS PALACE SEVILLA****|
Avenida de la Palmera s/n, esquina Paran
|RIBERA DE TRIANA****|
Plaza Chapina s/n
|HILTON GARDEN INN SEVILLA****|
Calle Ingeniera no11 Parque Torneo
|ILUNION ALCORA SEVILLA****|
Carretera San Juan a Tomares, km 1, San Juan de Aznalfarache
|VILA GALE OPERA****|
travessa do conde da ponte
Avenida de Roma 33, 1749-074 Lisboa, Portugal
|VIP EXECUTIVE ENTRECAMPOS HOTEL CONFERENCE****|
AV 5 DE OCTUBRO 295
|VIP EXECUTIVE ZURIQUE***|
R. Ivone Silva 18
|HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PLAZA SALDANHA***|
Avenida Joao Crisosomo, 40-42 , Lisbon, 1050-162
avenida dom joao 2
|AC MARRIOTT PORTO****|
RUA JAIME BRASIL, 40
|HOLIDAY INN PORTO GAIA****|
RUA DIOGO MACEDO, 220
|HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PORTO EXPONOR***|
Av. Dr. Antnio Macedo 163, Lea da Palmeira
|CROWNE PLAZA PORTO*****|
Av. da Boavista 1466
C/ Restollal 24
15702 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
|OCA PUERTA DEL CAMINO****|
Miguel Ferro Caaveiro, s/n, San Lazaro,
15707 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
|AC MARRIOTT OVIEDO FORUM****|
PZA. DE LOS FERROVIARIOS, 1
|OCA SANTO DOMINGO PLAZA****|
Boulevar de la Ronda Sur, s/n
JOAQUIN COSTA, 28