Tour: ZUE - 2013 (ZUE) - 2013 / 2014

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal

Welcome to Lisbon! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other modern European capitals Lisbon, Portugal is the capital and largest city of Portugal Lisbon, Portugal lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River Lisbon, Portugal is situated at the mouth of the Tagus River and is the westernmost capital of a mainland European country 
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DAY 2Lisbon

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. Then, enjoy 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 Discoverers. Also visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. To enhance your stay, choose from our optional excursions to Sintra and the royal palace of Queluz and a dinner with Fado-style entertainment. (Breakfast)

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other modern European capitals Jeronimos Monastery Lisbon, Portugal is situated at the mouth of the Tagus River and is the westernmost capital of a mainland European country Lisbon, Portugal lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River 
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DAY 3Lisbon–Azeitao–Seville, Spain

In Azeitao, visit a traditional TILE WORKSHOP. Next, enter Spain and reach the vibrant capital of Andalusia, Seville. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain Explore the beautiful city of Seville, the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Southern Spain Enjoy the wonderful Andalusian city of Seville, Spain 
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DAY 4Seville

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 used to be the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. Highlight is a visit to the ALCAZAR, founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress, with its Palacio de Don Pedro. 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)

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DAY 5Seville–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. Here, your Moroccan adventure starts! Follow North Africa’s infamous Barbary Coast to Rabat, once a lair of the corsairs and now the country’s capital. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Rabat is Moroccos capital 
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DAY 6Rabat–Casablanca–Marrakesh

Sightseeing with a Local Guide focuses on the massive medieval battlements, the Royal Palace, MOHAMMED V MAUSOLEUM, Hassan Tower, and the Kasbah of Oudaias. Also visit the fine ROMAN RELICS OF CHELLAH. Continue to Casablanca, Morocco’s modern seaport. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite A special lunch has been prepared at Rick’s Café Américain, famous from the movie Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, and the song As Time Goes By. Your guided panoramic drive features the Hassan II Mosque, a splendid monument designed to mark the end of the century. Evening arrival in Marrakesh, beautifully situated in an oasis. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Walk through the massive stone walls of the Hassan II Mosque Marrakesh Marrakesh is justly reputed the most fascinating of all Moroccan cities Marrakesh, Morocco is known as the red-colored imperial city 
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DAY 7Marrakesh

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 afternoon, an exciting optional evening excursion is available. (Breakfast)

Bahia Palace Visit the famed Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakesh, Morocco 
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DAY 8Marrakesh–Aït Ben Haddou–Ouarzazate

Stop in the quaint town of Aït Ben Haddou, and visit its fascinating kasbah before continuing to Morocco’s Hollywood, Ouarzazate, deep in the desert and immortalized through movies like Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 9Ouarzazate–Erfoud

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 you: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a spectacular FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE through the sand dunes. Admire the unforgettable and romantic sunset before heading back to your hotel to savor a typical Moroccan dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 10Erfoud–Fez

Enjoy your last views of the desert and turn northwards. 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

To this day, Fez has remained Moroccos spiritual and artistic center 
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DAY 11Fez

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. Why not sign up for an optional folklore dinner? (Breakfast)

The Bab Bou Jeloud gateway in Fez To this day, Fez has remained Moroccos spiritual and artistic center 
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DAY 12Fez–Tangier–Costa del Sol

Arrive in Tangier, jumping-off point for the Moorish conquest of Spain, and enjoy an orientation of this busy seaport. 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 in the pretty resort of Marbella. (Breakfast)

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DAY 13Costa 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, and browse through the trendy boutiques. Tonight, why not try one of the seafood restaurants in the Carihuela? (Breakfast)

Rock of Gibraltar 
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DAY 14Costa del Sol–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 with wine at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Alhambra at Sunset The Alhambra features Islamic architecture and beautifully detailed gardens 
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DAY 15Granada–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 returning to Madrid. (Breakfast)

Visit the old walled city of Toledo, Spain, made famous in El Grecos painting Madrid at dusk The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid 
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DAY 16Madrid

Morning guided sightseeing features the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de España with its monument to Cervantes, the Parliament, and more. Highlight is a visit to the PRADO MUSEUM. An optional excursion to El Escorial is available, and tonight, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a special paella farewell dinner with wine awaits you at one of Madrid’s fine restaurant as a proper way to say, “Adios” to Spain! (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Prado Museum features renowned collections of European art dating from the Romanesque through the Impressionistic era The Plaza de Toros in Madrid Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid Madrid 
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DAY 17Madrid–Barcelona

You will be transferred by high-speed AVE TRAIN to Barcelona, arriving in the late afternoon. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)

The gorgeous shores of Barcelona 
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DAY 18Barcelona

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

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DAY 19At Leisure in Barcelona

Full day at leisure. Ask your local host for suggestions. (Breakfast)

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DAY 20Barcelona

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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