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

Individual headsets

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.

Dinner

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.

Breakfast

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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Dinner

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.

Breakfast

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.

Breakfast

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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Dinner

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.

Breakfast

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.

Breakfast
Dinner

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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Dinner

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.

Breakfast

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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Dinner

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.

Breakfast

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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Dinner

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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Dinner

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!

Breakfast

Day 16 Madrid

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

 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!

 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)

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