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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Soaking in history (and sunshine) in Porto & Sintra. Ticking off GoT filming locations in Seville. Feasting on traditional Iberian dishes. Before flying down south and trekking through the desert on a camel. You’ll do it all (and SO much more) on this 21-day ride of some of the most iconic destinations across Iberia & Morocco. To call it unforgettable will be an understatement.

  1. Day 1
    Madrid to Córdoba
    Welcome to Spain! Join up with your new crew today and we'll start our adventure by heading to Córdoba. Flowers adorn storybook balconies & charming little lanes will take your breath away in this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city, overflowing with history. We'll start with an orientation tour to fall head over heels with as we make our way to the Mezquita (The Great Mosque of Cordoba) will be the perfect way to spend our day.  This evening we'll stay in for an included dinner together at our Special Stay for the night, a 15th Century monastery with vaulted ceilings, outdoor pool and internal courtyard.Accommodation: Hotel el Monasterio de San Francisco (or similar)
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Cordoba to Seville
    Ready to explore more of Andalucía? This morning we'll leave historical Córdoba with our sights set on sun-soaked Seville. 13th century architecture and one of the world's biggest cathedrals wait for us in the passionate arms of Southern Spain's capital, Seville. We'll be seduced with a guided stroll of the city, admiring the city's river, Mudéjar palaces & aristocratic mansions. Just be sure to save some energy for our optional EatWith dining experience tonight, an authentic feast.Accommodation: YIT Via Sevilla Mairena (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Seville
    Another day free to explore Seville? Don't mind if we do. Take a wander through picturesque Barrio Santa Cruz, visit the Alcazar (a Game of Thrones location for those in the know) and explore winding medieval lanes to your heart's delight.Accommodation: YIT Via Sevilla Mairena (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Seville to The Algarve
    We couldn't think of a more perfect way to say goodbye to Spain, and say goodbye we must, because our agenda today sees us moving westwards on the Iberian penninsula to Portugal. Crossing the border, spirits are high as we cruise along the Algarve, where petiscos and pastéis de nata await. Remarkable coastlines. Show-stopping seafood. Pastel-coloured streets. And a sunny Atlantic breeze. Welcome to Portugal. Our first destination in this wonderful country is the breathtaking beaches of The Algarve. You’ll drop your bags off at our hotel and join us as we search for the best dinner spots. And so begins the second part of our adventure…Accommodation: A conveniently located hotel
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    The Algarve
    Folks, it's beach time. But not just any beach, we’ll visit the stunning sun-kissed beaches of Algarve. So wake up, get some of that included breakfast, and put on your swimsuits. You’ve got the ENTIRE day to spend as you please. Soak in the sunlight. Dive into the water. Grab a book and chill. Taste some fresh seafood. Wow. For dinner, we’ll walk around the colourful streets and get some dinner on the way. Pure bliss.Accommodation: A conveniently located hotel
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    The Algarve to Lisbon via Sintra and Cascais
    Good morning, it’s time to say goodbye to the Algarve. Don’t worry. We’ve still got more coastal spots to explore. So, fill up on some breakfast and hop onto your coach! Our first stop this morning is in the coastal town of Cascais, known for its stunning beaches and tasty seafood. Stroll along the marina or opt in for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER ® Experience hosted by local residents: a street art tour showcasing the culture of a neighbourhood shaking off old perceptions by creating an urban art gallery unlike anywhere in the world. Stop two? The incredible UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sintra. Here in this fairytale town, expect to feel fully enchanted with a stop-off at Quinta da Regaleira – Sintra’s mesmerising manor house. Welcome to yet another example of incredible Europe’s historical cities. Here in Lisbon, vintage looking trams roll down cobbled streets and tiny intricate tiles make everything beautifully picturesque. You’ve got plenty of time for exploring tomorrow. So why not take to the streets and check out some of the sidestreet cafes or restaurants for dinner?Accommodation: VIP Executive Zurique Hotel (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Lisbon
    A free day gives you plenty of time to explore all the hotspots including Portugal's Christo Rei (Christ the King), Rossio Square, the Belém District, home to the famous tower of the same name, and feel some Moorish vibes at a monastery where Vasco de Gama's tomb is held.Accommodation: VIP Executive Zurique Hotel (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Lisbon to Porto via Quinta do Sanguinhal Vineyard
    Lisbon, you’ve been incredible. But the show must go on. Today, we’ll make our way further up north, along the stunning coastline. We can’t leave Portugal without tasting some authentic local wine, can we? That’s why we’re visiting the 19th century vineyards to see, swirl, sniff, sip, and savour some of it. Alive with galleries and coffee shops and amazing food culture, the city of Porto is basically a dream for art lovers and foodies alike. So, it's a good thing you've got a free evening here to spend however you like. And if you're on the hunt for things to do, you can join us for a tour of some of the local foodie hotspots! Then, it's time to tuck in for tomorrow.Accommodation: Ibis Porto Gaia (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    Porto
    Wakey wakey. You get to decide the agenda for today. You can choose to try local food (if you're still craving some from last night). Discover heritage in the old wooden tram in Riberia. Or walk along the picturesque coastline, and view the main sites like lavish São Francisco Church and 19th century Palácio da Bolsa.Accommodation: Ibis Porto Gaia (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Porto to Salamanca via Ciudad Rodrigo
    See ya Portugal, you've shown us all your best places and we're feeling very thankful! We'll have an hour to check out a fortified city on the Spain/Portugal border - that dates back all the way to the Roman Empire (true story!) We'll settle for the night in Salamanca. We're just 2 hours from Madrid but somehow Salamanca feels like a whole other world, with a 13th century University, mysteriously futuristic gargoyles, a painted indoor sky fresco, and a Cathedral dotted with carved stone shells. After orienting ourselves to the city we'll have some free time to find some food (think cheeses, cured meats, wine & sweet almond cookies) and explore more this evening.Accommodation: Hotel Bardo Recoletos Coco (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    Salamanca to Madrid via Ávila
    Satisfied with our time in Salamanca, we'll make our way back to Madrid with a stop in Ávila. Ávila is best known for its perfectly preserved 11th century medieval walls, protecting the medieval UNESCO World Heritage-listed city inside. We'll stop to admire them before jumping back in the coach, bound for Madrid. Back where it all began, again! Here in Madrid you'll be able to make the most of our night together with an optional dinner of traditional food at an iconic Spanish restaurant near the Plaza Mayor.Accommodation: Hotel Praga (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    Madrid to Marrakesh
    Madrid, you've been great. But it's time to say goodbye to Europe, because we're flying a bit further down south to soak in the intoxicating vibes of Morocco. It's time to let our senses guide us as we arrive in the colourful city of Marrakesh. We'll spend the evening enjoying North African aromas and spices ahead of a full day exploring tomorrow.Accommodation: Hotel El Andalous (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Marrakesh to Casablanca
    Today we'll get to explore the sights and sounds of Marrakesh on a sightseeing tour and discover what this city is all about. You'll be sure to discover the likes of Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace and Jemaa El-Fna. Then its time to move on to our next destination... Welcome the Casablanca, the iconic city of Hollywood legend. For our first adventure, we'll wander the cornice and soak up all of those coastal views.Accommodation: Hotel Diwan (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Casablanca to Chefchaouen via Rabat
    Today we'll get to explore the elegant city of Casablanca and admire the Moorish buildings. We'll also we'll pay a visit to the iconic Hassan II Mosque, the largest functioning one in all of Africa. More astounding architectural sights are in store in Rabat, as we visit the Mohammed V Mausoleum, tour Hassan and see the gilded royal palace. We then make our way to Chefchaouen, keeping our eyes peeled for the iconic blue buildings. Cameras at the ready: we'll explore Chefchaouen's most iconic insta spot - the 'Blue City' - whilst also uncovering the likes of Place Outa Hamam, Kasbah, and the local markets.Accommodation: Hotel Madrid (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  15. Day 15
    Chefchaouen to Fes via Volubilis
    After breakfast this morning, we’ll make our way to Fes… with a stop-off in Volubilis along the way. Welcome to Volubilis – once a Roman settlement, and Morocco’s largest ancient attraction to this day (it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site). We’ll get to explore this marvellous site on a walking tour with a local guide. We'll travel through the Rif mountains to the cultural capital of Fes and check in to our hotel, ready for a full day of exploration tomorrow.Accommodation: Hotel Arena (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  16. Day 16
    Fes
    Welcome to Fes, Morocco's famed cultural capital - known for its medieval architecture and old-world atmosphere. Today you'll see the sights while also learning about the art of making carpets, handicrafts and how to shop medina style. Tonight, we’re off for an optional Moroccan feast… with live entertainment too.Accommodation: Hotel Arena (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  17. Day 17
    Fes to Erfoud
    Today we drive into the High Atlas Mountains, North Africa's highest mountain range as we make our way over to Erfoud. Expect to see some staggering peaks and breath-taking views, whilst making some pit stops in the gorgeous towns of Ifrane and Midelt, sitting between the Middle Atlas and High Atlas mountains. All before making base and enjoying some dinner in Erfoud, an oasis town situated in the mist of the Sahara Desert.Accommodation: Kasbah Tizimi Hotel Erfoud (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  18. Day 18
    Erfoud to Merzouga
    Erfoud, it's been a blast, but move on we must! We'll be making a charming stop for a home visit where we'll enjoy local Berber hospitality and plenty of Moroccan mint tea. Back on the road but we'll be making a stop in Rissani for a lazy lunch and maybe a cheeky swim (just what we need)! We've arrived, but we're not stopping yet. Enjoy optional activities such as visiting the Barber Music Center for some culture, or quad biking through sand dunes for some epic fun. Then in the evening, we'll swap the coach out for some camels and trek into the Sahara Desert for some beautiful sunset views. For dinner you'll be treated to a traditional Berber feast inside the royal tent before settling in for the night.Accommodation: Auberge La Caravane (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  19. Day 19
    Merzouga to Ouarzazate via Todra Gorge
    We're back on the road, and today it's time to unleash your inner Gladiator. After driving the iconic 1000 kasbahs and eating lunch at the beautiful oasis of Tinghir, we’ll head off to Todra Gorge. Here you’ll have the chance to do some hiking, and also try out rock climbing at Todra Gorge. Afterwards, you can visit Tatefy, a local women’s cooperative on the edge of the Dades Valley, known for its tea and baked goods (a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience). Once you're full and ready to go we will explore Ouarzazate - an iconic city you'll recognise from films including Kingdom of Heaven and Gladiator.Accommodation: Les Jardin De Ouarzazate (Or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  20. Day 20
    Ouarzazate to Marrakesh
    It's the final full day and time to head back to Marrakesh. But first we'll enjoy some traditional treats, including stopping at a local traditional argan oil cooperative to learn the different techniques and traditional ways of producing this fragrant oil - which helps to support the ladies of the cooperative and their families (a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience). Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. And besides, we're not done yet. Before you bid farewell to magical Morocco, you’ll have the chance to take a cooking class with a local family learning all about Moroccan hospitality and even have the chance to get a traditional Hammam Spa treatment.Accommodation: Hotel El Andalous (or similar)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  21. Day 21
    Marrakesh
    You've seen the sights, tasted the culinary delights - It's been emotional! But all good things must come to an end. It's time for all the hugs and most likely a few tears as we bid a farewell and start planning the reunion!
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Dining Summary

  • 7 Dinner (D)
  • 20 Breakfast (B)
  • 2 Lunch (L)

Included Experience

  • Córdoba: This ornate World Heritage site was built by the Moors after they conquered Iberia. And it’s still one of the world’s biggest mosques.
  • The Algarve: Roll out your sarong on the golden sands and take in the salty sea air and rugged scenery. And relax...
  • Lisbon: Get to grips with Portugal’s coastal capital. See all the sights, including Castelo de São Jorge, the Praca do Comércio, Rossio Sqaure and Praça da Figueira.
  • Lisbon: Take an orientation in Lisbon’s ‘museum district’. See the Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower and the best places to taste a pastel de nata.
  • Marrakesh: Get to know this crazy but beautiful city, with a local to show you the hidden gems. Plus, more mosques, palaces and riads than your camera phone can handle.
  • Rabat: Stroll around the Moroccan capital and check out the Hassan Tower and Dar al-Makhzen: the official royal palace. (entry not included)
  • Chefchaouen: Morocco’s ‘blue pearl’ is one of the world’s most Instagrammable places. Marvel at the medina of turquoise, azure and sky blue.
  • Volubilis: See another side to colourful Morocco, as you explore the Ancient Roman ruins at this archaeological site.
  • Fes: Get to know the city through the eyes of a local. See the Medina, Royal Palace, and visit a co-operative for handmade carpets.
  • Merzouga: Saddle up and get ready for a sand-filled adventure atop an actual camel. A total bucket list moment!
  • Marrakesh: Step into the heart of the action in this bustling square. Get a taste of local life and do a bit of people watching.

Make Travel Matter®

  • Ouarzazate: Enjoy a traditional tea ritual with a nomad family. It’s a hallmark of Moroccan hospitality.
  • Todra Gorge: Nestled in the divine beauty of the Dades Valley, we'll meet the women of Tatefy to listen to their stories and enjoy their tea and cakes.
  • Ouarzazate: Get to know the local women behind the production of Morocco’s ‘liquid gold’ and see the work being done by this social enterprise.

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Contiki Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.9
Accommodations
3.8
Itinerary
4
Professional Staff
4.2
Repeat with Operator
3.9
Value for Money
3.8

Ratings based off 66 reviews about Contiki Tours - currently showing 4 reviews with comments only

Prepare to spend more than usual on a Contiki tour.

We were lucky that the group of people with were good, but it was a large group tour and did have some of the downfalls of a trip of that nature, like frequent breaks for the bathroom, difficulty when eating out together, and getting things on and off the coach. The trip was still great and a good value for the money.

It was a good value and the experiences included were worth it. The only part that wasn't the best were the accommodations as it was hit and miss. Half of the hotels on the trip were okay, and the other half were really nice.

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