Iberian Discovery & Morocco (ZW)

13 days from Madrid to Madrid

2023 Tour Details

Variety is the spice of life—and of every great vacation. In addition to the ports, sherries, and sangrias for which Spain and Portugal are famous, this tour of the Iberian Peninsula adds the tantalizing taste of Morocco to your rich itinerary. Following the scent of fresh mint, ginger, and turmeric through the narrow streets of Tangier—and the scenic winding roads to the dramatic views of Cap Spartel—adds just the right kick to your tasty tour of Spain and Portugal. Beyond Portugal’s lively Lisbon, the pilgrimage site of Fátima, and the cork farms of Azaria, we pop open the fun in Spain with visits to artsy Madrid, ancient Seville, storied Granada, medieval Toledo, and the famous Costa del Sol where you’ll have a full day at leisure for your choice of sunbathing, boutique browsing, people watching, or all of the above.

To know more about the visas for this vacation, click here

GET A QUOTE

 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 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
Panoramic LF 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

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. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 Lunch, 5 three-course dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN Welcome to Madrid! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

MADRID Masterpieces in Madrid MADRID Guided sightseeing includes the Prado Museum and sights of Cibeles Fountain and Calle Alcala.
Breakfast Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ART & ARCHITECTURE The Prado Museum houses one of the world’s largest art collections, including its amazing assortment of masterpieces by historic artists like Velasquez, Goya, and El Greco. The famous museum also displays the works of renowned European masters, including Rubens and Rembrandt, along with a stunning collection of Greco-Roman statues.

Day 3

MADRID–SEGOVIA–AVILA–SALAMANCA Spectacular Spain SEGOVIA See the Roman Aqueduct.
AVILA Visit the medieval walled town.
SALAMANCA Take an orientation walk to Plaza Mayor. LF Enjoy an overnight stay and wine tasting with dinner at Hacienda Zorita, which once hosted Christopher Columbus.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
180 mi / 290 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
ACCOMMODATION SPOTLIGHT A former monastery overlooking the River Tormes, Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel and Organic Farm is a magnificent wine resort with an impressive history dating back to the 14th century. Former guests include Christopher Columbus, who stayed here in 1485. Experience true hacienda hospitality and culinary delights, including a wine tasting in the cellars of this blissful vineyard retreat in the Duero Valley.

Day 4

SALAMANCA–FÁTIMA, PORTUGAL–LISBON The Legends of Portugal Scenic drive through the Serra da Estrela Mountain range en route to Fátima.
FÁTIMA Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary with free time for lunch before departing for Lisbon.
Breakfast Breakfast
329 mi / 530 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORY & MYSTERY Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, one of the Catholic faith’s most visited pilgrimage site for its legend of apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in 1917.

Day 5

LISBON Lovely Lisbon LISBON Guided sightseeing includes Jeronimos Monastery and cloister, a photo stop at Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. Free time this afternoon and evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOTS The stunning capital city of Portugal is a treasure trove of historic and architectural masterpieces. Lisbon is home to the 16th-century Monastery of Jerónimos, adorned with its 100-foot façade featuring images of St. Michael the Archangel and Our Lady of Belém. See the 16th-century Belém Tower, which served as a fortress but also as an embarkation point for sailors and was their last sight of land before the start of their journey. Lisbon’s Monument to the Discoveries pays monumental homage to great Portuguese explorers with a spectacular carved prow of an ancient ship.

Day 6

LISBON–AZARUJA–SEVILLE, SPAIN Timeless Traditions AZARUJA LF Visit a cork factory.
Scenic drive into the Andalusia region to Seville.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
273 mi / 440 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
CULTURE & TRADITION Did you know that Portugal produces half the world's cork? Harvested from its bounty of cork trees, this spongy natural resource is used to create bottle corks, flooring, and even cricket balls. Visit a Cork Factory in Evora to learn about this traditional artisanship of generations in Azaruja.

Day 7

SEVILLE The Squares of Seville SEVILLE Visit Plaza de España. Guided sightseeing includes Casa de Pilatos, and a walk through the Santa Cruz quarter.
Breakfast Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT Walk through Seville’s picturesque Plaza de España, originally built for Seville's Ibero-American Expo at the 1929 World's Fair, the 540,000-square-foot plaza features a sprawling mosaic patio. Explore the historic Santa Cruz quarter and its magical maze of tapas, flamenco, and cafés.

Day 8

SEVILLE–TANGIER, MOROCCO Strait to Morocco STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR Ferry crossing to Morocco.
TANGIER Guided sightseeing includes a LF panoramic drive to Cap Spartel and enjoy mint tea with biscuits. Join your travel companions for a dinner with Moroccan entertainment at your hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
155 mi / 250 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
EPIC RIDE See the striking beauty of Morocco on a panoramic drive to Cap Spartel. This lofty promontory sits at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, with sweeping views of the sea. Mint tea and biscuits are the perfect refreshment along the way.

Day 9

TANGIER–COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN Cobblestones & Kasbah Streets TANGIER An orientation walk includes Grand Socco square. Free time to explore the narrow streets of the kasbah before boarding a ferry back to Spain.
Breakfast Breakfast
81 mi / 130 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURAL GEMS Explore Tangiers and stroll around the Grand Socco – the historic circular roundabout separating the old Médina with its vibrant markets and blue and white buildings from the modern downtown area.

Day 10

COSTA DEL SOL Sea & Sun COSTA DEL SOL Enjoy a free day on the coast.
Breakfast Breakfast

FREE TIME TIPS
EXPLORE MORE Endless beaches to stroll along, hidden caves, white villages that scatter the mountains, historical landmarks with centuries of culture, evenings spent sipping cocktails by the sea, pleasant temperatures all year round and happy friendly people that make you feel at home. These are the many ingredients of the area. Take your pick!

Day 11

COSTA DEL SOL–GRANADA Splendid Spain GRANADA Guided walking tour includes the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife. Lunch at a local restaurant. Free time this afternoon.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch
87 mi / 140 km

NOTE:
Day 11 Alhambra complex: Entrance to Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ARCHITECTURAL GEMS Granada’s Alhambra Complex stands as one of the largest ancient aristocratic sites of Western Muslim culture. Its leafy lanes and streams enhance the grand water gardens of Generalife, at the once summer palace and country estate of the Nasrid rulers.

Day 12

GRANADA–TOLEDO–MADRID City of Three Cultures TOLEDO Join a walking tour with a Local Guide. Visit a Damascene steel workshop.
MADRID Enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner
292 mi / 470 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURE & TRADITION Known as the “City of Three Cultures” Toledo gets its nickname from the ancient influences of the Romans, Visigoths, and North African Moors – evident in the city’s well-preserved synagogues, mosques, and cathedrals. See the Gothic cathedral, Santo Tomé Church with one of El Greco’s masterpieces, and Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue on a walk through this dynamic city.

Day 13

MADRID Safe travels until we meet again! 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

HASSAN ZUMURYOT

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"I love to share my knowledge and passion for Spain. The best it has to offer, with its truly amazing history and culture. Getting to know its passionate people who love their country and love life. Its contrasts and diversity never fail to surprise and delight our clients. Tour directing has enabled me to experience and discover amazing places but the most satisfying aspect is getting to know the people I have met along the years. I never stop learning and being surprised by our tour members, many of whom are an inspiration to me and their fellow travelers. So many new bonds are created amongst people from all over the world and all walks of life. It's so rewarding to see our clients having such great experiences that they will cherish forever as I guide and accompany them every step of the way through this wonderful country. "

Tour Director -  HASSAN ZUMURYOT

 Accommodations

MADRID

GRAN HOTEL CONDE DUQUE

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

SALAMANCA

HACIENDA ZORITA WINE AND SPA

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

LISBON

MERCURE LISBOA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

SEVILLE

MELIA SEVILLA

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

COSTA DEL SOL

MELIA COSTA DEL SOL

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

GRANADA

HOTEL SARAY

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

TANGIER

HILTON GARDEN INN CITY CENTER

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).