Spain, Portugal & Morocco (ZU)

17 days from Lisbon to Madrid

2019 Tour Details

On this Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour, you’ll experience these three glorious countries, each with a rich history and culture! You’ll overnight in Lisbon, Seville, Rabat, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Erfoud, Fez, Tangier, the Costa del Sol, Granada, and Madrid. Tour highlights include the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, a symbol of Portugal’s power during the Age of Discovery; Madrid’s Prado Museum, with its 8,000 pieces of Western painting; and Toledo’s Church of Santo Tomé, which has one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. Enjoy a ferry ride across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco and in Rabat, visit the beautiful Mohammed V Mausoleum, with the tombs of the Moroccan king and his two sons.

Step back in time in Marrakesh with sightseeing that includes Bahia Palace, built in the late 19th century, and the 16th-century Saadian Tombs (if closed, visit Badia Palace instead). Wander through the Djemaa El-Fna, a square and exotic bazaar offering some of the greatest open-air entertainment. Listen to the storytellers—an integral part of the culture—and browse for handicrafts. In Fez, a guide leads you through the labyrinthine Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Medersa Bou Inania, an architectural work of art built between 1350 and 1357.

One cannot think of Casablanca without thinking of the movie Casablanca. Here, Globus has arranged a special experience for you… enjoy lunch at Rick’s Café Américain, a re-creation of the bar made famous in the movie. Another special treat is a four-wheel drive to the sand dune of Erg Chebbi, formed by the Sahara sand. Back in Spain, spend time on the Costa del Sol, where you can relax and soak up the sun on the beach.

These are just a few of the many highlights offered on this spectacular Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour. A memorable vacation indeed!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

LISBON
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery

AZEITAO
Visit a tile workshop

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

ALGECIRAS–TANGIER
By ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar

RABAT
Guided sightseeing, visit Mohammed V Mausoleum and the Roman relics of Chellah

CASABLANCA
[LF] Enjoy lunch at Rick’s Café; guided panoramic drive; visit Hassan II Mosque

MARRAKESH
Guided sightseeing, visit Bahia Palace and the Saadian Tombs (if closed, visit Badia Palace instead)

OUARZAZATE
Visit Kasbah Taourirt; stay overnight in the area where the movie Lawrence of Arabia was made

ERFOUD
[LF] Enjoy a four-wheel drive to the sand dune of Erg Chebbi; have traditional mint tea

ER RACHIDIA
Stop in the Ziz Gorges

FEZ
Guided sightseeing, visit the Medina and Medersa Bou Inania

TANGIER
Orientation, board the ferry to Spain

COSTA DEL SOL
Stay two nights in the resort of Marbella

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 the Santo Tomé Church with one of El Greco’s masterpieces; visit a Damascene steel workshop

MADRID
Guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum; [LF] farewell paella dinner at a local restaurant

Notes:

  • Day 14 Alhambra complex: Entrance to Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); 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; four-wheel drive in the desert. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach (except in Morocco) and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 special lunch in Casablanca; 9 three-course dinners, including dinners at a local restaurant in Granada and Madrid

 Itinerary

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

Day 1

ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL. Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

LISBON. Lisbon was the center of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Portugal’s imperial ambitions date back to Prince Henry the Navigator’s 15th-century discoveries in West Africa. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares and walk along 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. Also visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. An optional excursion to the royal palace of Queluz is available, as well as dinner at a traditional taverna with Fado-style entertainment.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

LISBON–AZEITAO–SEVILLE, SPAIN. In Azeitao, visit a traditional TILE WORKSHOP. Next, enter Spain and reach the vibrant capital of Andalusia, Seville.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

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. Tonight, for a truly Andalusian night out, reserve a seat at our optional Flamenco show.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

SEVILLE–ALGECIRAS–RABAT, MOROCCO. Travel through the sherry wine region of Jerez to Algeciras and enjoy a FERRY RIDE across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco. Follow North Africa’s infamous Barbary Coast to Rabat, once a lair of the corsairs and now the country’s capital.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

RABAT–CASABLANCA–MARRAKESH. Sightseeing with a Local Guide focuses on the massive medieval battlements, the Royal Palace, MAUSOLEUM OF MOHAMMED V, Hassan Tower, and the Kasbah of Oudaias. Also visit the fine ROMAN RELICS OF CHELLAH. Continue to Casablanca, Morocco’s modern seaport. [LF] Lunch will be served at Rick’s Café Américain, famous for the movie Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, and the song As Time Goes By. Your guided panoramic drive features a visit to the HASSAN II MOSQUE, a splendid monument designed to mark the end of the century. Evening arrival in Marrakesh, beautifully situated in an oasis. (B,L,D)

Day 7

MARRAKESH. Follow your Local Guide and visit BAHIA PALACE, the 16th-century SAADIAN TOMBS (if closed, visit the BADIA PALACE instead), and to Djemaa El-Fna, the vibrant town center dominated by the 222-foot-high Koutoubia Minaret. In the evening, an exciting optional excursion is available.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

MARRAKESH–OUARZAZATE. Today, travel to Morocco’s Hollywood, Ouarzazate, deep in the desert and immortalized in movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars, Gladiator, and Game of Thrones. Later, visit the KASBAH TAOURIRT, by many considered a must-see site for a glimpse into the lifestyle of people a long time ago.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

OUARZAZATE–ERFOUD. Take a fascinating drive through the desert via the Dades Valley with its oases filled with olives, dates, and figs. Then, head through Morocco’s Grand Canyon, Todra Gorge, to Erfoud in the heart of the Sahara. A special treat awaits: enjoy [LF] a spectacular FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE to the sand dune of Erg Chebbi. Admire the unforgettable, romantic sunset and sip the traditional mint tea before heading back to your hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 10

ERFOUD–ER RACHIDIA–FEZ. Enjoy your last views of the desert and turn northward. Stop in Er Rachidia, originally built as a French settlement, and travel via the Ziz Gorges and the Middle Atlas mountains to Fez. Blessed with an ample supply of water and strategically situated, Fez became the capital of Morocco when the country shook off foreign rule under Berber King Idris in the 8th century. To this day, Fez has remained Morocco’s spiritual and artistic center. Tonight, why not sign up for an optional folklore dinner?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

FEZ–TANGIER. See the magnificent entrance to the Royal Palace, drive through the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter, and travel on to Bab Bou Jeloud, the traditional entrance to Old Fez. Your Local Guide also leads you through labyrinthine MEDINA and MEDERSA BOU INANIA. Continue to Tangier, jumping-off point for the Moorish conquest of Spain, and enjoy an orientation drive of this busy seaport.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 12

TANGIER–COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN. Board the FERRY for the trip back across the Strait to Europe. Continue to the elegant Costa del Sol, where you will stay for two nights.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13

COSTA DEL SOL. Today is your chance to join an optional excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704. Later, enjoy the sandy beaches, browse through the trendy boutiques, or just relax. Tonight, why not try out local specialties at one of the lively restaurants?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14

COSTA DEL SOLE–GRANADA. Leave the Mediterranean coast and arrive in Granada. A guided walking tour features a visit to the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX, a fantasy of “lace in stone” surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains, with superb views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte. Also visit the WATER GARDENS OF THE GENERALIFE. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 15

GRANADA–TOLEDO–MADRID. Drive via Don Quixote’s La Mancha to Toledo, where a Local Guide takes you to the Moorish bridge, an early SYNAGOGUE, the CATHEDRAL, and the CHURCH OF SANTO TOMÉ with one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. Visit a DAMASCENE STEEL WORKSHOP before arriving in Madrid.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 16

MADRID. The capital since 1561, Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Morning sightseeing with a 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. An optional excursion to El Escorial is available, and tonight, [LF] a special paella farewell dinner awaits at a local restaurant as a proper way to say adios to Spain!
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 17

MADRID. 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.

HASSAN ZUMURYOT

Escorting tours for more than 15 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

COSTA DEL SOL

AMARE MARBELLA BEACH HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

ERFOUD

KASBAH HOTEL CHERGUI

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

FEZ

BARCELO FEZ MEDINA

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

GRANADA

HOTEL SARAY

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

LISBON

OLISSIPIO ORIENTE

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

MADRID

GRAN HOTEL CONDE DUQUE

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

MARRAKESH

MOVENPICK MANSOUR EDDAHBI

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

OUARZAZATE

LE BERBERE PALACE

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

RABAT

BELERE RABAT

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Superior Tourist-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SEVILLE

SEVILLA CENTER

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

TANGIER

GRAND HOTEL VILLA DE FRANCE

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

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