Spain, Portugal & Morocco (6830)

16 Day Tour from Madrid to Madrid

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Combine the highlights of the Iberian Peninsula with fascinating Morocco on this unforgettable vacation. Start in Madrid, Spain’s grand capital, then visit fortified Avila with its many towers, and renaissance Salamanca. Enter Portugal and arrive in Coimbra, a charming hillside town that overlooks the Mondego River. Visit the Sanctuary of Fátima and Obidos, known as the “Wedding Present Town” because it was a gift King Dinis gave to Queen Isabel on their wedding day in 1282. Then, arrive in Henry the Navigator’s exquisite city of Lisbon. Get to know spectacular Seville before boarding a ferry for Morocco. Once on the African continent, motor along the Barbary Coast to Rabat, capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, and stop in Casablanca to see the illustrious Hassan II Mosque. Next, head through the Middle Atlas mountain range to Marrakesh, known for its colorful Djemaa el Fna, a square bustling with acrobats, storytellers, dancers, singers, and food stalls. Spend two nights in the old walled city of Fez, and visit a traditional medina on the included sightseeing tour. Re-cross the Strait of Gibraltar and return to mainland Spain. Drive through the Andalusian countryside to Granada for a visit to the exotic Alhambra complex, residence of Moorish kings. Retrace Don Quixote’s footsteps past the windmills and castles of La Mancha, then return to Madrid for the conclusion of your exciting journey.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Avila, Salamanca, Coimbra, Fátima, Portuguese wine bodega, Obidos, Seville, Casablanca

Scenic Highlights:
Serra da Estrela, Andalusia, Guadalquivir Valley, Costa del Sol, La Mancha, Middle Atlas

NOTES:
April 10 Departure – Feria in Seville
December 22 Departure – New Year's "Reveillon" dinner in Marrakesh

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Medina of Fez
  • Medina of Marrakesh
  • Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City
  • Alhambra and Generalife Granada
  • Cathedral in Seville
  • Historic city of Toledo
  • Old City of Salamanca
  • University of Coimbra
  • Old town of Avila with its Extra muros Churches
  • Monastery of Batalha
  • Belem tower in Lisbon
  • Cultural landscape of Sintra

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach. Ferry across the Straits of Gibraltar

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 8 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Madrid, Spain

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring lively Madrid. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

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Day 2 Madrid

Spaniards say the Spanish capital, situated 2,180 feet above sea level, is the nearest thing to Heaven. You have only a day here, and it’s certainly worth making the most of it by joining the included guided sightseeing tour: a full panoramic drive by way of the Avenida Mayor, Puerta del Sol, 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.

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Day 3 Madrid–Avila–Salamanca–Coimbra, Portugal

West for a visit to fortified Avila with its many towers. Next is Salamanca, just six miles from the spot where Wellington routed Napoleon’s army in 1812. 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 for an overnight.

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Day 4 Coimbra–Fátima–Obidos–Lisbon

This morning, enjoy your orientation tour of Coimbra, celebrated for its beauty and ancient university. Later, travel southwards to visit the SANCTUARY of Fátima. En route, stop for an enjoyable wine tasting, then continue to the fortified Obidos, known as the wedding present town before reaching Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, for two overnights.

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Day 5 Lisbon

Henry the Navigator made Lisbon the 15th-century “Mistress of the Seas.” On the included tour, see his monument, the Belem Tower, the Moorish Citadel, and the impressive Black Horse Square. Spend the afternoon in the Alfama’s tile-decorated streets, or take an optional excursion to coastal Estoril and Cascais.

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Day 6 Lisbon–Seville, Spain

From the rolling plains of the Alentejo with its woodlands of cork and eucalyptus trees, southwards all the way to the brilliant light of Andalusia. Admire its neat white-painted villages and sun-drenched plantations of olives, figs, and almonds, while traveling by way of Beja into magnificent Seville.

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Day 7 Seville

At leisure in one of Spain’s most colorful cities. Perhaps you’d like to spend this morning enjoying an optional sightseeing tour including the main highlights of this vibrant city.

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Day 8 Seville–Ferry to Morocco–Rabat

An interesting drive today through Spain’s pretty sherry wine region and south to the coast. Here, you will embark the FERRY and cruise across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco on the African continent. Motor along what was once the infamous Barbary Coast, then join the new motorway for the drive south to Rabat for an overnight.

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Day 9 Rabat–Casablanca–Marrakesh

Today starts with an included guided city sightseeing tour of the country’s lively capital. In 2013, Rabat was a filming location for the movie Black Hawk Down. Later, via Settat, reach Morocco’s westernmost city: Casablanca. Enjoy a short break in this modern city and see the illustrious Hassan II Mosque—perched dramatically on a platform over the Atlantic Ocean. One of the largest mosques in the world, its minaret soars 689 feet into the sky and part of the mosque’s floor is made of glass so worshippers can kneel directly over the ocean’s waters. Continue on to the historic oasis city of Marrakesh.

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Day 10 Marrakesh

The highlight of this morning is included city sightseeing that 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 carnival of entertainment and fascinations occur daily. An optional excursion this evening is the perfect end to the day.

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Day 11 Marrakesh–Fez

Today, motor 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, as well as wild boar and polecats. On your way north to Fez, enjoy glimpses of North African village life reminiscent of Beau Geste.

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Day 12 Fez

Ancient Fez is a city of outstanding scenic beauty. Visit the MEDINA during included sightseeing this morning, and enjoy the maze of narrow streets through the colorful bazaars and exotic atmosphere. In the afternoon, explore further on your own.

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Day 13 Fez–Ferry Crossing to Spain–Costa del Sol

Today, an early departure takes you north for the FERRY back to mainland Spain for an overnight on the Costa del Sol.

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Day 14 Costa del Sol–Granada

Drive along the coastal road of the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) and head into the heart of Andalusia to reach Granada. On the agenda: an included guided visit of the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX, a lavish palace and fortress built by Moorish kings. With construction dating back to 889 AD, you’ll marvel at its architectural beauty and magnificent gardens. This afternoon, there’s time at leisure.

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Day 15 Granada–Madrid

Travel north today through the very heart of Don Quixote's La Mancha, famed for its castle and windmills. Tonight, consider joining your fellow travelers at an optional traditional tapas evening, a fitting way to say Adios to Spain!

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Day 16 Madrid

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

JULIAN HIDALGO

Years of Experience: 19

After so many years in this fascinating land, I never get tired of showing people the wonders of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. Every tour is an adventure...a unique cultural experience I share with my guests. Like a storyteller, I can´t wait to meet my audience and start the show. Introducing travelers to the people, colors, and flavors of the region is exciting-something you just can't get from a guidebook!

Tour Director - JULIAN HIDALGO

 Accommodations

MADRID Praga (ST) or Abba (F)
COIMBRA Dom Luis (ST) or Tryp (F)
LISBON Roma (ST)
SEVILLE Don Paco (ST) or Tryp Macarena (F)
RABAT Rihab (ST)
MARRAKESH Zalagh Kasbah & Spa (ST)
FEZ Zalagh Parc Palace (ST) or Menzeh Fez (ST)
COSTA DEL SOL Almenara (F) at Sotogrande or NH Sotogrande (F)
GRANADA Don Juan (ST) or Abba (F)
MADRID Praga (ST) or Rafaelhoteles Ventas (ST)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Madrid
Lisbon
Seville
Marrakesh
Fez

Madrid

MadridByNightTapas

Madrid By Night & Tapas

An authentic Spanish food experience in a local restaurant tucked away in the center of old Madrid. The venue with its warm ambiance is home to solid Castillian cuisine and the tapas dinner we are offering you gives a sample of a variety of dishes i.e. "tortilla espanola", "jamon serrano". Included is the well-known Spanish drink "sangria" or soft drink or mineral water. After dinner, see some of the main sights of Madrid on a short orientation drive before returning to the hotel.

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person

TheMajesticCityofToledo

The Majestic City of Toledo

Toledo is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest wealth of monuments. Known as the "city of three cultures" because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together there for centuries. Behind its walls Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. This great diversity of artistic styles makes the old quarter of the capital of La Mancha a real open-air museum, which has led it to being declared a World Heritage site. Upon arrival in Toledo there will first be a drive around the city with a stop for a panoramic view. Then a walk in the city visiting one of the most outstanding buildings in Toledo - the Cathedral - considered one of the high points of Gothic art. Continue with a visit of the church of Santo Tomè, which is famous for housing El Greco's famous picture entitled "The burial of Count Orgaz".

Approximate value: €47 EUR per person

Lisbon

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A Real Portuguese Evening

No visit to Lisbon is complete without seeing a live ""Fado"" show. The word ""Fado"" literally means faith and this form of urban folklore is a repository of the sadness and joys derived from the destiny of Portugal throughout its history. You will be taken to one of the most renowned venues located in the former cellars and stables of a 17th century palace. The dinner will let you sample delicious traditional Portuguese dishes together with locally produced wine or soft drinks or beer plus mineral water, coffee or tea. Be entertained during dinner by the Fado singing performers - an experience to remember!

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person

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Sintra & Portuguese Riviera

On this interesting afternoon excursion with a local guide you will first drive along the scenic ocean road of the Portuguese Riviera, passing the cosmopolitan town of Estoril to arrive at the quaint fishing village of Cascais. Back in the early 20th century it was a popular resort favored by European nobility and kings and today is a colorful town with elegant pedestrian streets, some paved with blocks recreating wave patterns. There will be time here to look around and perhaps have some lunch before continuing to the town of Sintra. This beautiful town at the foot of the mountain range of the same name, has been classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. It comes under the special category of a "cultural landscape" due to its natural riches as well as the historic buildings in the town and mountains. A visit will be made to the Sintra National Palace, one of the best preserved medieval Royal palaces in Portugal, due to it being inhabitated more or less continuously from the early 15th century up to the late 19th century. Its history goes back to the times of Islamic domination when Sintra had two different castles, one located on the top of a hill overlooking Sintra and the other located downhill. After visiting this fascinating Palace you will have time on your own for sightseeing or shopping before driving back along the coastal road to Lisbon.

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person

Seville

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Classic Flamenco Show

One cannot leave Spain without having heard the clicking of castanets!! You will be taken to a flamenco venue founded in 1952 which hosts many famous flamenco performers and is known for performances which feature a variety of flamenco styles as well as classical Spanish dance and music. The evening lasts about 1 and a half hours and during the evening one drink is included at your choice.

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person

SplendorsofSeville

Splendors of Seville

Enjoy an added bonus to the normal sightseeing tour of Seville as after departing from the hotel with a local guide, the coach takes you just outside the city center to the site of Italica - the Roman city founded by Scipio. The ruins of the Roman town, close to Santiponce and not very far from the Cartuja complex include an amphitheater, baths, theatre and various buildings containing mosaics. After an interesting guided visit, and a short break, return back to Seville and at Murillo Gardens you will leave the coach for a walk through the streets of the Old Jewish Quarter to the magnificent Gothic Cathedral for an inside visit of one of the most complete Christian temples in existence. The excursion lasts approx. 4 hours and at the end of the sightseeing you will be taken back to the hotel by coach. In case the Cathedral is closed to the public a visit will be made to Casa de Pilatos (Pilate's House), which is an Andalusian palace and serves as the permanent residence of the Dukes of Medinaceli.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

Marrakesh

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"1001 Nights"

Marrakech is unforgettable - they say that each time one returns one finds something different to discover - some people return and decide to stay forever. A short illumination drive will show you Marrakech which starts a new life at night, with perhaps the possibility of a short stop of the Jemaa El Fnaa square, which is the crucial place in Marrakech and offers the abundance of life and activities that characterize the city. Then continue to a venue in the heart of Marrakech where you will dine on local specialties and see a live Moroccan show with various acts, dances plus of course a belly dancer.

Approximate value: €40 EUR per person

DiscoverTheBerbersofAtlas

Discover The Berbers of Atlas

This fascinating afternoon excursion will take you into one of the most popular valleys of the High Atlas - the Ourika Valley, where one of the nicest surprises are the aromatic organic gardens along the route. Different stops will be made en route at the most stunning viewing points. Also en route you will stop to visit a typical Berber home to see for yourself how these people live. There will also be a stop for some light refreshments and the possibility to purchase local handicrafts made by the Berbers.

Approximate value: €25 EUR per person

Fez

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Traditional Moroccan Evening

After a short illuminated tour of this fascinating Imperial city, you will be taken to a typical local restaurant for an evening of folklore show and dinner. The show will consist of a number of acts including popular dances, acrobatic dancers, jebia dance, Bedouin dance and a marriage ceremony plus not to forget a belly dance! The dinner will give you a chance to sample some typical Moroccan dishes with wine or beer or soft drinks plus mineral water.

Approximate value: €45 EUR per person

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