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Iberian Discovery & Morocco with Barcelona 2020

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

This fantastic Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour focuses on the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula. On this vacation, there is ample time for in-depth sightseeing, and for visiting many of the area’s historic sites, including the Casa de Pilatos in Seville, with its splendid collection of Roman sculptures, and the Alhambra Complex in Granada. If you’re interested in religious sites, this tour is not to be missed. Visit Fatima’s Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, where pilgrims from all over the world congregate; Lisbon’s Jeronimos Monastery, built to thank the Virgin Mary for Portugal’s success in its voyages around the world; the Church of Santo Tomé in Toledo, which houses one of El Greco’s most famous paintings; and more. There’s a full day at leisure at the Costa del Sol, so you can enjoy the sandy beaches, browse the shops, or join an optional excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar. Ferry crossings over the Strait of Gibraltar to and from Morocco afford spectacular views. An overnight in Tangier gives you a nice taste of Morocco. Here, Globus has arranged special experiences to help Morocco come to life. Enjoy a panoramic drive to Cap Spartel, to admire the splendid views and drink a glass of hot mint tea Bedouin-style, along with local biscuits. Also, enjoy Moroccan entertainment during dinner at your hotel. Plus, a visit to the colorful Grand Socco square, a busy market with many stalls. Globus also includes special experiences such as a wine tasting and dinner in Salamanca, with highlight overnight stay; and a visit to a cork factory in Azaruja.These are just a few of the many highlights on this wonderful Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour. Then, to conclude, travel via high-speed AVE train to Barcelona for three nights and guided sightseeing, including a visit to the Sagrada Familia Basilica, Gaudi’s masterpiece. All services in Barcelona, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms—it’s a vacation of a lifetime!

Day 1: ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN.
Time to relax or to start exploring the Spanish capital. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2: MADRID.
The capital of Spain since 1561, Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Your Local Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de Castellana. Then, the highlight: a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM, founded in 1819, and considered to have one of the finest collections of European art of the last eight centuries. (B)

Day 3: MADRID–SEGOVIA–AVILA–SALAMANCA.
A day in beautiful Castile. Cross the rugged Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range on the way to Segovia, famous for the 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct. Enjoy a walk through the walled town of Avila, where St. Theresa founded the Order of Carmelites. Arrive in Salamanca, and follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk to beautiful Plaza Mayor. A highlight is [LF] your overnight stay at Hacienda Zorita, which once hosted Christopher Columbus, where a WINE TASTING and dinner await.
Today’s Distance: 180 mi / 290 km (B,D)

Day 4: SALAMANCA–FÁTIMA, PORTUGAL–LISBON.
The majestic scenery of the Serra da Estrela mountain range forms the backdrop of your drive into Portugal. Follow in the steps of pilgrims from all over the world as you visit the SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY in Fátima. Tonight, an optional dinner with Fado-style entertainment is the perfect introduction to Portugal’s capital, Lisbon.
Today’s Distance: 329 mi / 530 km (B)

Day 5: LISBON.
Lisbon was the center of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares and a walk through the cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the popular quarter of the seamen and Fado singers. Drive along the grand Avenida da Liberdade up to Pombal Square. Stop for pictures of Belem Tower, guarding the mouth of the Tagus, and the Monument to the Discoveries. Next, visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. An optional excursion is available to the royal palace of Queluz. (B)

Day 6: LISBON–AZARUJA–SEVILLE, SPAIN.
Stop in Azaruja to visit [LF] a CORK FACTORY and learn how this material can be used. Back in Spain, continue to Seville in Andalusia.
Today’s Distance: 273 mi / 440 km (B,D)

Day 7: SEVILLE.
During your sightseeing tour with a Local Guide, hear about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that was once the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Also visit the magnificent CASA DE PILATOS, a mixture of Moorish and Roman architecture with a splendid collection of Roman sculptures. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. For those interested, an optional extended guided visit to the cathedral is available, and tonight, for a truly Andalusian night out, reserve a seat at our optional Flamenco show. (B)

Day 8: SEVILLE–TANGIER, MOROCCO.
Travel through the sherry wine region of Jerez to Algeciras. Board your FERRY and sail across the Strait of Gibraltar to Africa. Continue to Tangier, jumping-off point for the Moorish conquest of Spain. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a [LF] spectacular panoramic drive to CAP SPARTEL. Marvel at the views and quench your thirst Bedouin-style with a glass of hot mint tea, accompanied by local biscuits. This evening, enjoy Moroccan entertainment during dinner at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi / 250 km (B,D)

Day 9: TANGIER–COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN.
Visit the colorful GRAND SOCCO square, located next to the Mendoubia Gardens. Explore the narrow streets of the kasbah before returning by FERRY across the Strait. Arrive in Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol.
Today’s Distance: 81 mi / 130 km (B)

Day 10: AT LEISURE ON THE COSTA DEL SOL.
Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704. Time to enjoy the sandy beaches, browse through the trendy boutiques or to just relax. (B)

Day 11: COSTA DEL SOL–GRANADA.
Venture into the mountains to history-steeped Granada. A guided walking tour features the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX. A fantasy of “lace in stone” surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains, it affords superb views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte, a mountain occupied by Gypsy cave dwellers. Also admire the magnificent WATER GARDENS OF THE GENERALIFE, the royal summer residence. This evening, dinner with local specialties has been prepared at one of Granada’s fine restaurants.
Today’s Distance: 121 mi / 195 km (B,D)

Day 12: GRANADA–TOLEDO–MADRID.
The Andalusian hills and the landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha unfold before your eyes on the way to Toledo, spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River. Your guided walking tour features the Moorish bridge and visits to an early SYNAGOGUE, the 13th-century gothic CATHEDRAL, and the CHURCH OF SANTO TOMÉ with one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. Visit a DAMASCENE STEEL WORKSHOP before returning to Madrid. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 292 mi / 470 km (B,D)

Day 13: MADRID–BARCELONA.
Travel by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (first class) to Barcelona. Your Local Host can help you make the most of your stay. (B)

Day 14: BARCELONA.
Morning guided sightseeing includes a visit to the extraordinary SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA. (B)

Day 15: BARCELONA.
Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (B)

Day 16: BARCELONA.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

  • Day 11 Alhambra complex: Entrance to Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed.
  • If you intend to join the optional excursion to Gibraltar, please check visa requirements with your local consulate; responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. For Gibraltar, a special visa is required; a UK or Schengen visa will not gain entrance.

Sightseeing & Activities:

MADRID
Welcome and farewell dinners; guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum

SEGOVIA
Take pictures of the Roman aqueduct

AVILA
Visit the walled town

SALAMANCA
Orientation walk; [LF] wine tasting, dinner, and overnight stay at Hacienda Zorita

FÁTIMA
Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

LISBON
Guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery

AZARUJA
[LF] Visit a cork factory

SEVILLE
Guided sightseeing, visit the Casa de Pilatos, walk through the Santa Cruz quarter

ALGECIRAS–TANGIER
By ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar

TANGIER
[LF] Panoramic drive to Cap Spartel, enjoy mint tea and biscuits; guided sightseeing, visit Grand Socco square

COSTA DEL SOL
Stay two nights in the resort of Torremolinos

GRANADA
Guided walking tour, visit the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife; dinner at a local restaurant

TOLEDO
Guided walking tour, visit an early synagogue, the gothic cathedral, and Santo Tomé Church with one of El Greco’s masterpieces; visit a Damascene steel workshop

MADRID-BACELONA
By high-speed AVE Train

BARCELONA
Guided sightseeing including the Sagrada Familia BasilicaMotorcoach; ferry; high-speed, first-class AVE train.

Meals:
Full buffet breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Granada


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$1132-$1312

Triple room reduction per person:
$106-$114

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Madrid: Gran Hotel Conde Duque
Situated in the center of Madrid and close to the Royal Palace and museum. The elegant, air-conditioned rooms have Wi-Fi. minibar, safe and pillow menu. Amenities include a relaxed cafe, a traditional bar and a refined tea room, along with a library and a fitness room.
Address:
P.Conde Val. De Suchil 5
Madrid , Spain
Salamanca: Hacienda Zorita Wine and Spa
Welcome to Hacienda Zorita! If you are a foodie, a wine lover, a traveler in pursuit of adventure & discovery or simply love life's understated luxuries you have come to the right place. Luscious outdoors with tucked away corners and secluded pools are what you have to look forward to. The waters of the River Tormes, a tributary of the Duero, flow under the La Casa Grande building. Inside you'll find the farm-to-table restaurant, a wine & dine bar, the Gastro by Michelin-starred chef Victor Gutiérrez, the lounge with its film & fine food menu as well as the relaxing wine - spa.
Address:
Ctra. Ledesma Km 12
Salamanca-Valverdon , Spain
Lisbon: Hotel Novotel Lisboa
This modern 249-room mid-scale hotel offers Free Wi-Fi access throughout and has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with sun terrace and poolside bar. There is a small fitness center, a cool vintage style restaurant and bar serving International cuisine as well as a buffet style restaurant.
Address:
Av. Jose Malhoa 1A
Lisbon , Portugal
Lisbon: Mercure Lisboa
A 104-room modern hotel offering Free Wi-Fi Internet access and year-round heated rooftop swimming pool, with panoramic views over the Águas Livres Aqueduct. International cuisine and Regional wines can be enjoyed in the main restaurant and there is a lobby bar serving a wide range of drinks & cocktails.
Address:
Avda Jose Malhoa, 23
Lisbon , Portugal
Seville: Melia Sevilla
Located in the heart of Seville opposite the Parque de Maria Luisa, this contemporary 365 room property boasts a stunning seasonal outdoor pool with large sun terrace overlooking Plaza España, a spa and fitness area. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout, unique rice dishes are served in the designer Mediterranean restaurant and cocktails and snacks can be enjoyed in the sophisticated lounge bar or at the outdoor poolside bar.
Address:
Doctor Pedro De Castro 1
Sevilla , Spain
Tangier: Hilton Tanger City Center
Overlooking the heart of the city, the hotel benefits from the best views of the Tangier cityscape. The amenities include outdoor rooftop pool, 24-hour fitness center, and terrace restaurant with stunning panoramas of the city. 180 modern, spacious guestrooms are tastefully designed and provide complimentary Wi-Fi, an HDTV, a seating area with a sofa, and panoramic windows.
Address:
Place du Maghreb Arabe
Tangier , Morocco
Costa del Sol: Melia Costa Del Sol
A contemporary 9-story hotel right on the oceanfront promenade opposite the popular El Bajondillo Beach. Leisure facilities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and fitness center, the Thalasso spa with saltwater relax pool, sauna and steam bath can also be enjoyed (an additional fee is payable locally for the spa). A mix of Mediterranean and international specialities are offered at both the buffet and à la carte restaurants, there is also a Central bar serving a wide variety of drinks all day and complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property.
Address:
Playa De Bajondillo
Torremolinos-Malaga , Spain
Granada: Hotel Saray
Moorish touches, rooms with Nazari styled decor, restaurant and gardens; set in town center next to the Congress Hall.
Address:
Paseo Tierno Galvan 4
Granada , Spain
Barcelona: Catalonia Ramblas
This 221 room hotel is set in a wonderful 19th century building, formerly the head office of Spain's La Vanguardia newspaper. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. Other amenities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with terrace and a spa with exercise equipment, sauna, and Jacuzzi. The hotel restaurant serves Catalan and Mediterranean style food and the welcoming lobby bar offers a selection of snacks and beverages.
Address:
Calle Pelayo 28
Barcelona , Spain

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.7
Accommodations
4.6
Itinerary
4.6
Professional Staff
4.8
Repeat with Operator
4.8
Value for Money
4.6

Ratings based off 11 reviews - currently showing 9 reviews with comments only

Our tour guide was great and made sure that everything went smoothly. Her English was excellent.

Globus always has great tours with outstanding and knowledgeable guides.

Globus exceeds my expectations Great company with great tour directors Kaye was very knowledgeable

Ramon, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and very friendly and helpful to everyone.

The optional tours / dinners were very over priced for what was received. If I were to do this tour again or my recommendation to any one considering do this tour it would be to skip the optional dinners.

I would highly recommend this tour. We saw so much, the accommodations were all excellent. I would recommend to those booking this tour that you add at least one or two extra days stay to both your arrival and departure. We did so much on our own in that time and enjoyed the tour even more than way.

It was a wonderful trip. Very interesting & educational. Diverse, but lovely accommodations. Our guide was fantastic. He went above and beyond to meet the needs of his group. I'll have to say that this trip involved a lot of walking with hills and steps. Some people were not able to participate in some sights so be forewarned.

Some hotels were better than others, but all met or exceeded my expectations. Would have preferred a better connecting flight arrangement on our return trip. We had a 3 hour layover at an airport 1 hour and 45 minutes from our home, waiting for a 30 minute flight to our destination airport 20 minutes from our house.

Perfect planning, trip was fantastic. My first escorted tour-I am a fan now!


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