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Insight - Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco - Classic Group, 2022 Classic Group (E942N17)

17 Days From Madrid to Madrid 
Tour Style: Regional Europe
Insight Brochure Price from $4,450.00
Brochures: Europe & Britain Premium 2021, Europe 2022, Europe & Britain Premium 2023
Visits: Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, Morocco

Traverse Spain, Portugal and Morocco on this 17-day guided tour. Walk through the capital city of Spain, Madrid, with a Local Expert, who will drive you through the Old Quarter to see the origins of the city. In Lisbon, explore the long avenues of Lower Town with a Local Expert, and through the finest square in the city: the Terreiro do Paço. Journey to Gibraltar, a territory under British control, for a tour of St. Michael’s Cave with a Local Expert; be sure to look out for the legendary guardians of the colony, the Barbary Apes. In Marrakesh, meet a Local Expert in the Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, where you can watch dancers and acrobats twirl. Travel to the white-washed village of Alfarnatejo, then discover the oldest olive grove in the region, where you’ll taste freshly pressed oils and dine on a traditional meal while listening to stories of local life in the home of a Spanish family.
Choice Highlights
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Seville: Visit the Seville Cathedral with your Local Expert. Pass the altarpiece dripping with gold and see the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.
  • Seville: Explore Seville's top sights on a panoramic city tour with your Local Expert, and a stop for a refreshing beverage.

Well-being
  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 20 or more guests).
  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Travel Director
  • : "Morocco is a country with many contrasts, from the very modern world to the incredible ancient traditions that live side by side in a perfect harmony."
  • : "No visit to Portugal is complete without an extensive investigation into its gastronomy. Our guests are delighted by the high-quality food, diverse flavours and generous service for which the Portuguese are known."
  • : "Guests are surprised to find that Spanish is not the only language spoken in the country – there’s also Basque, Galician and Catalan, not to mention the little dialects in each province."

Authentic Dining
  • Madrid: Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travellers over a beautiful evening of delicious food and wine.
  • Lisbon: Delight in a taste of the famous Portuguese delicacy, Pastéis de Belém.
  • Alfarnatejo: Hear the stories of local life as you are invited into the home of a local family to join them for a freshly prepared, traditional lunch, with wine.
  • Alfarnatejo: Taste a selection of freshly pressed olive oils with locally made farmer bread when you stop at Almazara, the oldest olive grove in the region.
  • Madrid: With good food and wine, toast the culmination of your travels during a fabulous Celebration Dinner.
  • Dining Summary: 16 Breakfast (B), 6 Dinner with Wine (DW), and 1 Lunch with Wine (LW)

Top Rated Highlights
  • Madrid: See the highlights of the city with your Local Expert. Visit the Old Town, travelling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the fountain in the Plaza de Cibeles, the Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace, before crossing the Puerta del Sol.
  • Avila: Walk within the ancient walls of this unique town.
  • Salamanca: See the golden stone buildings and handsome arcades of Plaza Mayor for which this city is famous for.
  • Fátima: Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions or see the basilica.
  • Lisbon: Explore with your Local Expert, from the Lower Town, beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco. Visit the Belém Quarter to see the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the ancient Belém Tower.
  • Lisbon: Visit Jerónimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, reflecting Portugal's trade over the centuries and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Seville: Visit the Seville Cathedral with your Local Expert. Pass the altarpiece dripping with gold and see the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings.
  • Seville: Explore Seville's top sights on a panoramic city tour with your Local Expert, and a stop for a refreshing beverage.
  • Gibraltar: With your Local Expert, explore the Rock of Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, affording magnificent views and see the meeting of the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Spanish Sierra. Visit St. Michael's Cave and see the Barbary Apes.
  • Gibraltar: Set sail across the straits of Gibraltar and cruise to Tangier.
  • Tangier: Your Local Expert will show you the sights of Morocco's great port. See the Sultan's Palace and visit the Casbah.
  • Rabat: See the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower.
  • Casablanca: See the Hassan II Mosque and the Corniche.
  • Casablanca: Explore this coastal city, made famous the classic film. Your Local Expert will show you the largest mosque in the country, Hassan II Mosque and the Corniche, lined with trendy restaurants and cafes.
  • Marrakesh: Your Local Expert guides you past Jemaa el-Fnaa Square with its intriguing characters and through the seemingly entangled streets of the Medina with its many souks. See the protruding Koutoubia Minaret.
  • Marrakesh: Built around a lovely inner-garden, explore the Bahia Palace with a Local Expert and see glimpses of a Moroccan kingdom's former opulence.
  • Fes: Learn about the traditional craft of carpet making, gaining an insight to the designs the and the difference in materials.
  • Fes: Led by your Local Expert, wander the maze of streets that make up the ancient Medina. Pass one of the world's oldest university's and see the hidden courtyards, mosques and workshop and continue through the souks, an array of vendors selling food, clothes, leather goods and beautiful lights.
  • Alfarnatejo: Visit the beautiful, quiet town and walk the town centre to see the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla.
  • Granada: Explore 'The City of the Pomegranate' with a Local Expert. During sightseeing you'll see the icons dedicated to this fruit throughout the city.

Insight Experiences
  • Madrid: Witness the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings, plus an impressive international collection, as you tour the Prado Museum with an art historian.
  • Granada: Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. While others wait in line, you'll be exploring accompanied by a Local Expert, keen to share insights into this Moorish landmark.

Make Travel Matter
  • Seville: The Cristina Heeren Foundation aims to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco and is a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Meet the students of the foundation, learn some basic flamenco steps, and then feel the passion as they perform an emotional show. The school enables students access to cultural education that otherwise may not have occurred. TreadRights sponsorship has helped students to complete their studies in advanced guitar, singing and dance. As students complete their training, they will carry on and safeguard the traditional flamenco dance, contributing to the protection of Andalusia and Spain’s cultural heritage. The Cristina Heeren Foundation advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education and UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Insight Tour Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Madrid
Your transfer will depart Madrid airport at 09:00, 11:30, 13:30 or 16:00.Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travellers over an evening of delicious food and wine.
Visits: Madrid
Meals: Dinner with Wine
Accommodation: Hotel Riu Plaza España, Madrid.
Day 2Prado Museum and on to Golden Salamanca
With your Local Expert, travel along the main historical areas of the capital of Spain, known as Madrid of the Bourbons. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter, to discover the origins of the city. A sure highlight is when you join an art historian to explore the Prado Museum, a magnificent palace housing works by Velazquez, Goya, Rubens and other masters. Journey past the walls of Ávila en route to Salamanca, with its honey-coloured cathedral and 16th century university buildings.
Visits: Madrid, Avila, Salamanca
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Alameda Palace, Salamanca.
Day 3Holy Fátima and Lisbon Relaxed Start
Cross the Portuguese frontier and skirt the Estrela Mountains en route to Fátima, Portugal’s most renowned religious site.Join the pilgrims flocking into the great basilica, commemorating the miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. In the heart of the Shrine of Fatima is The Chapel of Apparitions, marking the exact location of her first appearance. Other sacred sites include the Museu de Arte Sacra e Etnologia, exhibiting religious artifacts and the modern church of the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity. Your travels continue to Lisbon.
Visits: Salamanca, Fátima, Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Dom Pedro Lisboa, Lisbon.
Day 4Lisbon and the Age of the Great Discoveries Relaxed Start
Your guided sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and across the tree-shaded squares. Pass beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paço, the finest square in the city, named after the palace that was destroyed in the terrible earthquake of 1755, along with much of the rest of the city. Visit the Belém Quarter from where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. Enjoy a taste of Pastéis de Belém from the patisserie that has been using the same secret recipe for almost 200 years. See the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belém Tower, erected to protect Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which you visit. This afternoon is free to explore further as you wish or perhaps decide to visit Sintra?
Visits: Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Dom Pedro Lisboa, Lisbon.
Day 5To Seville, the City of Carmen
Explore Seville with Insight Choice. Choose to visit Seville's Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Colombus, and see La Giralda, the former minaret of the Great Mosque, which is now the bell tower of the cathedral. Alternatively, join a scenic drive around the city and a short walk through the narrow lanes of Santa Cruz Quarter, to enjoy a refreshing beverage.
Visits: Lisbon, Seville
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ayre Hotel Sevilla, Seville.
Day 6Free Time and Flamenco in Seville Relaxed Start
This morning is yours to completely relax or continue exploring this fascinating city. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to Córdoba and visit the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it? Later this afternoon, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit the Cristina Heeren Foundation, a flamenco dance school and beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Their mission is to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco. Feel the passion behind the choreography as you put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson before witnessing emotions come to life in a flamenco performance. With some free time for dinner, wander the restaurants in Triana or try the local night market Lonja Del Barranco, selling tapas made from fresh, local produce. Why not grab yourself a refreshing sangria for a cheers to your new found dancing feet?
Visits: Seville
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ayre Hotel Sevilla, Seville.
Day 7The Straits of Gibraltar to Tangier Relaxed Start
Continue on to Gibraltar, an overseas territory under British control since 1704.Meet your Local Expert for a guided tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, St. Michael’s Cave and see the Barbary Apes, legendary guardians of the colony. Set sail across the Straits of Gibraltar to reach Morocco — a land of musky spices and colourful souks. Your travels continue to Tangier.
Visits: Seville, Gibraltar, Tangier
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Accommodation: Grand Hotel Villa de France, Tangier.
Day 8Rabat and Casablanca Relaxed Start
Your Local Expert will show you the sights of Tangier, Morocco's great port. See the Sultan's Palace and visit the Casbah.Journey to Rabat and see the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower with your Local Expert.Continue to the west coast of Africa to reach Casablanca.Discover if Humphrey Bogart really did say 'Play it again Sam' during sightseeing with your Local Expert. You will also see the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in the country. During your free time this evening, perhaps head to the Corniche, Casablanca's chic seaside strip, for your choice of trendy restaurants and cafés?
Visits: Tangier, Rabat, Casablanca
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Accommodation: Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche.
Day 9Marrakesh, Pearl of the South Relaxed Start
Journey to Marrakesh, the city of dancers, storytellers and acrobats. In the evening, perhaps dine at a vibrant restaurant to enjoy classic Moroccan dishes and a belly dancing performance?
Visits: Casablanca, Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Kenzi Rose Garden, Marrakesh.
Day 10Explore Marrakesh
Join a Local Expert to explore the Medina and see the Koutoubia Mosque, with its minaret dominating the Marrakesh skyline. Visit the intricately decorated Palais Bahia, intended to be the greatest palace of its time, when it was built in the late 19th century. With time at leisure, you are free to continue exploring, try your hand at haggling in the souks on Jemaa-el-Fnaa Square or maybe visit a museum?
Visits: Marrakesh
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Kenzi Rose Garden, Marrakesh.
Day 11The Ancient Imperial City of Fes
Journey to the vibrant city of Fes. Upon arrival, relax in your hotel and enjoy spectacular views from your room.
Visits: Fes
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Accommodation: Marriott Jnan Palace (Pool view rooms), Fes.
Day 12Explore Fes Relaxed Start
Your Local Expert will guide you through the ancient Medina. Explore this walled city of hidden courtyards, mosques and workshops. Walk through the souks and pass one of the world’s oldest universities. Learn about the ancient craft of carpet making and gain an insight into the motifs and colours used in the designs.
Visits: Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Accommodation: Marriott Jnan Palace (Pool view rooms), Fes.
Day 13On to the Costa del Sol
Leave Morocco and cross back over to Spain. Your travels continue through Andalucia and on to the Costa del Sol, famous for its beaches.
Visits: Tangier, Gibraltar, Costa del Sol
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Meliá Costa del Sol, Torremolinos.
Day 14At Leisure on the Costa del Sol Relaxed Start
Enjoy the day at leisure on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol. Relax by the blue Mediterranean waters, stroll along the promenade, savour the specialities in the local restaurants, or consider exploring Malaga, the birth city of Picasso.
Visits: Costa del Sol
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Meliá Costa del Sol, Torremolinos.
Day 15Dining with Locals and the Alhambra Palace
Continue to Alfarnatejo, a quiet white washed village with a population of just 500 people, surrounded by stunning mountainous landscape.Walk the town centre to see the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla.Travel to the oldest olive grove in the region and stop at the rural mill-factory of Alfarnatejo to taste a selection of different oils with locally made farmer bread.In small groups, you are invited into the home of a local family to join them for a delicious Highlight Lunch made with fresh, local produce that showcases the flavours typical of the region.Continue to Granada, where overlooking the town stands one of the most remarkable fortresses ever built, the Alhambra. Led by your Local Expert, explore this exquisite palace built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century - a fantasy of arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. Stroll through the elegant, exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the summer residence of the Spanish royals.
Visits: Costa del Sol, Alfarnatejo, Granada
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
Accommodation: Meliá Granada.
Day 16To Madrid in search of Don Quixote
Your journey continues to the north, through countryside immortalised by Cervantes fictional hero, Don Quixote.On return to Madrid, toast your travels with your newfound friends during a lively Celebration Dinner of delicious food and wine at a local restaurant.
Visits: Granada, Madrid
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Accommodation: Hotel Riu Plaza España, Madrid.
Day 17Farewell Madrid
After breakfast, transfers arrive at Madrid airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.
Visits: Madrid
Meals: Breakfast


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Child: ages 5 to 17

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