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Package Tour| Insight Vacations | 17 Days Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco

17 Days Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco

Price: US$2921*, US$2935**
Book by 2nd May 2010 to enjoy discounted price!

Departure Dates:
June: 11, 18, 25
July: 2, 23
*valid for June 11 & 18 departure only
**valid for June 25 & July 2 & 23 departure only


A kaleidoscopic adventure that takes you from some of the most cosmopolitan cities of Europe, to an exotic and vivid land of medinas and minarets. This tour moves at a comfortable, pace with two-night stays in five cities: Lisbon, Seville, Marrakesh, Fez and Madrid. The driving days are of a reasonable length with frequent stops. Enjoy a free day in Seville entirely at your leisure.

This tour stays in predominantly modern hotels, many reflecting the local regional traditions. These range from the Lisbon Marriott and Melia Costa del Sol hotel, situated right on the sea front, to the comforts of the Ramada in Fez.

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Itinerary
Day 01 Madrid at Leisure

Welcome to Madrid - built by Philip II in the 16th century, the city is Europe’s highest capital! On arrival at Madrid Airport, your airport shuttle service leaves for the tour hotel at 09:30, 12:30, 15:00 and 17:30. The afternoon is yours to relax with a selection of tapas at a sidewalk café. As evening falls, get to know your fellow passengers over a Welcome Drink. Hotel: NH Eurobuilding.

Day 02 Madrid - Toledo - Salamanca (Breakfast / Dinner)
Visit Toledo, former capital of Spain, situated high above the River Tagus. Walk through the maze of cobbled streets to see the 13th century Cathedral, one of Europe’s oldest synagogues and admire El Greco’s masterpiece in the chapel of Santo Tomé. Continue on past the mighty walls of St Theresa’s Avila en route to Salamanca. See the Plaza Mayor, the New and Old Cathedrals and the university buildings in the Plaza de Anaya. Hotel: Grand Hotel Spa Salamanca.

Day 03 Salamanca - Fatima - Lisbon (Breakfast)
From Salamanca, drive across the Portuguese frontier to Fatima to visit the great white Basilica before continuing to the capital, Lisbon. Hotel: Marriott Lisbon.

Day 04 Lisbon Sightseeing (Breakfast)
Sightseeing with your local guide, shows you Sao Jorge Castle, the Monument to the Discoveries and the Belem Tower, starting point for Portugal’s great navigators and explorers, and the famous Jeronimo’s Monastery. This afternoon is at leisure.

Day 05 Lisbon - Seville (Breakfast / Dinner)
Leave Lisbon via the Tagus Bridge and drive through the Alentejo region, across the Sierra Morena into Andalucía. Arrive in Seville and join a local guide to visit the immense Cathedral to see Christopher Columbus’ tomb. Continue to the slender Giralda Tower, Alcazar and the colourful Santa Cruz quarter, with its flower decked balconies. Enjoy a Highlight dinner and ‘Flamenco’ show. Enjoy a short informative presentation on

Day 06 Seville at Leisure (Breakfast)
The day is free to take in more sights of your choice. Don’t miss the chance to take an optional excursion to Cordoba, or perhaps enjoy a typical Sevilliano dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a cruise on the Guadalquivir?

Day 07 Seville - Gibraltar - Tangier (Breakfast / Dinner)
Cross into Gibraltar, a British territory since 1704. There is time to explore the town and take a trip to the top of the Rock to see the fortifications, St Michael’s Cave and the Barbary Apes.

Day 08 Tangier - Fez (Breakfast / Dinner)
On a sightseeing tour of Tangier, see the famous Medina and the Casbah before continuing to Fez, the most ancient of Morocco’s cities. Enjoy a superb Moroccan Dinner and a Folklore Show with drums and belly dancing. Hotel: Ramada Fez.

Day 09 Fez Sightseeing (Breakfast / Dinner)
During a guided tour of this ‘City of the Mind’, visit the Medina and the walled city of hidden courtyards, mosques and tiny workshops, the ancient bazaar and a carpet co-operative. Afterwards, consider visiting the fascinating Berber village of Meknes.

Day 10 Fez - Marrakesh (Breakfast / Dinner)
The road passes through the rugged Atlas Mountains, past mud-walled villages to Marrakesh, your base for two nights. & Spa.

Day 11 Marrakesh - Sightseeing (Breakfast)
On a guided tour, see the Koutobia Minaret, visit the Saadi Tombs, and explore the Medina with its many souks. The tour ends in Jemaa el Fna Square where acrobats, dancers and fortune tellers entertain you. When night falls, you may wish to enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants to try a traditional Tajine dish.

Day 12 Marrakesh - Rabat (Breakfast / Dinner)
Head north to Casablanca. Did Humphrey Bogart really say ‘Play it again Sam’? Find out on your orientation tour. Continue to the modern capital Rabat where you see the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower. Hotel: Golden Tulip Farah.

Day 13 Rabat - Costa Del Sol (Breakfast / Dinner)
Sail back across the Straits of Gibraltar toSpain. Disembark at the port of Tarifa and travel along the sun drenched Costa del Sol past exclusive resorts to your hotel. Hotel: Melia Costa Del Sol.

Day 14 Costa Del Sol - Granada (Breakfast / Dinner)
Drive past olive groves to hilltop Granada. A local guide will take you on a tour of the fabulous Alhambra Palace – a magnificent example of Moorish architecture. Also visit the exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence, where you can enjoy the fine views over the town and its hills. Hotel: Saray.

Day 15 Granada - Madrid (Breakfast)
Travel through La Mancha where Don Quixote tilted at windmills as his faithful Sancho Panza looked on, and pass through the wine centre of Valdepeñas, its roads lined with ‘bodegas’ (wine cellars). Upon reaching Madrid, why not try a restaurant on the Plaza Mayor? Hotel: NH Eurobuilding.

Day 16 Madrid (Breakfast)
Take a guided tour down the wide tree-lined avenues to see the Puerta del Sol, Gran Via, Paseo de la Castellana, Cibeles Fountain and the Cervantes Monument in the Plaza de España. Make a Highlight visit inside the state apartments of the Royal Palace. In the afternoon, consider a visit to the Prado museum.

Day 17 Madrid (Breakfast)
It’s time to bid farwell to your new found friends as your tour draws to a close today. Departure transfers arrive at Madrid Airport at 07:00, 09:00 & 11:00.
Updated 21 April 2010
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