Spain, Portugal & Morocco with Barcelona (ZUE) - 2016

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20 Day Tour from Lisbon to Barcelona


Spain, Portugal & Morocco with Barcelona
Rabat is Moroccos capital
Rabat is Moroccos capital
Madrid at dusk
To this day, Fez has remained Moroccos spiritual and artistic center
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Madrid
The gorgeous shores of Barcelona
Bahia Palace
Jeronimos Monastery
Madrid
Alhambra at Sunset

Vacation Overview

On this Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour, you’ll experience these three glorious countries with overnights in Lisbon, Seville, Rabat, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Erfoud, Fez, the Costa del Sol, Granada, and Madrid. Some of the 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 Santo Tomé Church, with 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 including Bahia Palace, built in the late 19th century. Wander through the Djemaa El-Fna, a square and exotic bazaar offering some of the greatest open-air entertainment. In Fez, visit 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…you’ll enjoy lunch at Rick’s Café Américain, a re-creation of the bar made famous in the movie. Another special treat is a 4-wheel drive to the sand dune of Erg Chebbi. 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. Then, at the end of your tour, travel via high-speed AVE train to Barcelona for three nights and guided sightseeing, including a visit to Sagrada Familia Basilica, Gaudi’s masterpiece. All services in Barcelona, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms. It’s a memorable vacation indeed!

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Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s) for Morocco and Gibraltar (optional excursion), responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. For Gibraltar, a special visa is required; a UK or Schengen visa will not gain entrance.


DAY 1Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal

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

Lisbon, Portugal lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River Lisbon, Portugal is the capital and largest city of Portugal Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other modern European capitals 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)

Jeronimos Monastery 
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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)

Enjoy the wonderful Andalusian city of Seville, Spain Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain Explore the beautiful city of Seville, the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Southern 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. Also visit the ALCAZAR, founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress, with its Palacio de Don Pedro. 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)

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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. 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, 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. 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 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Marrakesh, Morocco is known as the red-colored imperial city Marrakesh Casablanca is Moroccos largest city Walk through the massive stone walls of the Hassan II Mosque 
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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 evening, an exciting optional excursion is available. (Breakfast)

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

Today, travel to Morocco’s Hollywood, Ouarzazate, deep in the desert and immortalized through movies like Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars. Later, visit KASBAH TAOURIRT. (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 to the sand dune of Erg Chebbi. Admire the unforgettable and romantic sunset and sip the traditional mint tea before heading back to your hotel to savor a typical Moroccan dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 10Erfoud–Er Rachidia–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. Tonight, why not sign up for an optional folklore dinner? (Breakfast)

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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Bab Bou Jeloud gateway in Fez 
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DAY 12Fez–Tangier–Costa Del Sol, Spain

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 seaside 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 out local specialties at one of the lively restaurants? (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)

The Alhambra features Islamic architecture and beautifully detailed gardens Alhambra at Sunset 
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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 arriving in Madrid. (Breakfast)

Madrid Visit the old walled city of Toledo, Spain, made famous in El Grecos painting The Plaza de Toros in Madrid Madrid at dusk 
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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. The highlight is a visit to the PRADO MUSEUM. An optional excursion to the El Escorial is available, and tonight, a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite special paella farewell dinner with wine awaits you at Las Cuevas del Duque 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 
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DAY 17Madrid–Barcelona

Travel by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (first class) to Barcelona. Your Local Host can help you make the most of your stay. (Breakfast)

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

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

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DAY 20Barcelona

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach; ferry; four-wheel drive in the desert; high-speed first-class AVE train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach (except in Morocco) and in most hotel lobbies.



Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 special lunch with wine in Casablanca; 9 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Lisbon and special dinners in Granada and Madrid


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

Years of Experience: 19 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.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Spain, Portugal & Morocco with Barcelona:

  • Medina of Fez
  • Medina of Marrakesh
  • Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City
  • Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon
  • Alhambra and Generalife Granada
  • Alcázar Seville
  • Historic Centre of Toledo
  • Sagrada Familia of Antoni Gaudi