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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, you’ll visit Avila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its ancient fortified towers and walls, and beautiful Salamanca. The Portuguese pearls you’ll discover on this affordable tour are Coimbra, Obidos, Fatima with its famous Sanctuary, and the capital, Lisbon.You’ll cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco on the African continent by ferry to step back in time in Rabat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Morocco's capital since 1912. Fez is still Morocco's cultural and spiritual center, and its 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 will 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-mind travelers.
Visits to Avila, Salamanca, Coimbra, Fátima, Obidos, Casablanca.Guides:
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Madrid, Lisbon, Seville, Rabat, Marrakesh, Fez, Granada-Alhambra complex; professional Tour Director while touringScenic Highlights:
Serra da Estrela, Andalusia, Guadalquivir Valley, Costa del Sol, La Mancha, Middle Atlas
December 22 Departure – New Year's in Marrakesh including reveillon dinner
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
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach. Ferry across the Straits of Gibraltar