Iberian Discovery & Morocco with Barcelona (ZWE)

16 days from Madrid to Barcelona

2019 Tour Details

This fantastic Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour concentrates on the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula. On this vacation, there is ample time for in-depth sightseeing, and you’ll visit 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 sights, 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 has 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. You’ll enjoy a panoramic drive to Cap Spartel, where you’ll admire the splendid views and drink a glass of hot mint tea Bedouin-style, along with local biscuits. You’ll also enjoy Moroccan entertainment during dinner at your hotel. Plus a visit to the colorful Grand Socco square, a busy market with many stalls.

These are just a few of the many highlights on this wonderful Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour. Then, at the end of your tour, travel via high-speed AVE train to Barcelona for three nights and guided sightseeing, including visits to the Casa Batlló and the Sagrada Familia Basilica, Gaudi’s masterpieces. All services in Barcelona, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms—it’s a vacation of a lifetime!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

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

FATIMA
Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the 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
Panoramic [LF] drive to Cap Spartel, enjoy mint tea and biscuits; [LF] Moroccan show; 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; a special 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 visits to Casa Batllo and the Sagrada Familia Basilica

Notes:

  • 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.

Transportation:

Motorcoach; ferry; high-speed, first-class AVE train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

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

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

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.
Dinner Dinner

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 8 centuries, with the works of Goya, El Greco, Rubens, Titian, and more.
Breakfast Breakfast

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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

SALAMANCA–FATIMA, PORTUGAL–LISBON. The majestic scenery of the Serra da Estrela mountain range forms the backdrop of your morning drive into Portugal. Before heading for Lisbon, 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. This evening, an optional dinner with Fado-style entertainment is the perfect introduction to Portugal’s capital.
Breakfast Breakfast

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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

LISBON–AZARUJA–SEVILLE, SPAIN. On the way back to Spain, stop in Azaruja to visit [LF] a CORK FACTORY and learn about the many ways this material can be used. Then, continue to the vibrant capital of Andalusia, Seville.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

SEVILLE–TANGIER, MOROCCO. Through the sunny 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 and home town of legendary medieval traveler Ibn Batuta. 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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

TANGIER–COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN. Visit the colourful 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.
Breakfast Breakfast

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.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

COSTA DEL SOL–GRANADA. Into the mountains to history-steeped Granada. A guided walking tour features its main attraction, 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.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 12

GRANADA–TOLEDO–MADRID. The olive and orange groves of the rolling Andalusian hills and, later, the more barren landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha unfold before your eyes on the way north to Toledo, spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River. Your walking tour with a Local Guide 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. Time to visit a DAMASCENE STEEL WORKSHOP before returning to Madrid. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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.
Breakfast Breakfast.

Day 14

BARCELONA. Morning guided sightseeing includes visits to CASA BATLLÓ and the SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15

BARCELONA. Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 16

BARCELONA. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, 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.

RITA MARTINS

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"I love to explain the culture, history, and traditions of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. My goal is that by the end of a tour, the tour members have unique memories and experiences. For me, being a Tour Director is not just about the traveling, but mainly about spending time with each person. I enjoy sharing experiences, contributing toward happy memories, making dreams come true, and creating new bonds."

Tour Director -  RITA MARTINS

 Accommodations

BARCELONA

CATALONIA RAMBLAS

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

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.

COSTA DEL SOL

MELIA COSTA DEL SOL

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

GRANADA

HOTEL SARAY

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LISBON

MERCURE LISBOA

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

MADRID

GRAN HOTEL CONDE DUQUE

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SALAMANCA

HACIENDA ZORITA WINE AND SPA

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SEVILLE

MELIA SEVILLA

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

TANGIER

EL MINZAH HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

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