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13 Day Tour from Madrid to Madrid

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This fantastic Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour concentrates on the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula. On this vacation, there is ample time for in-depth sightseeing, and you’ll visit many of the area’s historic sights, including the Alcazar in Seville, founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress, and the Alhambra Complex in Granada.

If you’re interested in religious sights, this tour is not to be missed. Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima, where pilgrims from all over the world visit; Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, built to thank the Virgin Mary for Portugal’s success in its voyages around the world; the 13th-century cathedral and the Church of Santo Tomé in Toledo, which has one of El Greco’s most famous paintings; and more.

There’s a full day at leisure at the Costa del Sol, so you can enjoy the sandy beaches, browse the shops, or join an optional excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar. Ferry crossings over the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco afford spectacular views. An overnight in Tangier gives you a nice taste of Morocco. Here, Globus has arranged special experiences to help Morocco come to life. You’ll enjoy a panoramic drive to Cap Spartel, where you’ll admire the splendid views and drink a glass of hot mint tea Bedouin-style, along with local biscuits. You’ll also enjoy a lively Moroccan show. Plus a visit to the colorful Grand Socco square, a busy market with many stalls.

These are just a few of the many highlights on this wonderful Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour—a vacation of a lifetime!
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 Destinations & 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; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Wine tasting, dinner, and overnight stay at Hacienda Zorita
FATIMA
Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary
LISBON
Guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite ride Santa Justa elevator to upper Lisbon
SEVILLE
Guided sightseeing, visit the Alcazar, walk through the Santa Cruz quarter
ALGECIRAS–TANGIER
By ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar
TANGIER
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite panoramic drive to Cap Spartel, enjoy mint tea and biscuits; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Moroccon show; guided sightseeing, visit Grand Socco square
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 Santo Tomé Church with one of El Greco’s masterpieces; visit a Damascene steel workshop
Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • If you intend to join the optional excursion to Gibraltar, 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.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Alhambra and Generalife Granada
  • Alcázar Seville
  • Historic Centre of Toledo
  • Old City of Salamanca
  • Old Town of Ávila
  • Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners with wine, including welcome and farewell dinners in Madrid and a special dinner in Granada

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 Arrive in Madrid, Spain

Time to rest or to start exploring the Spanish capital. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 Madrid

The capital of Spain since 1561, Madrid today is a strikingly modern city, the showcase of a country resolutely turned towards the future. Your 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 with its priceless art treasures.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Madrid–Segovia–Avila–Salamanca

A day in beautiful Castile. Cross the rugged Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range on the way to Segovia, famous for the 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct. Enjoy a walk through the walled town of Avila, where St. Theresa founded the Order of Carmelites. Arrive in Salamanca, and follow your Tour Director for a pleasant walk to beautiful Plaza Mayor. A highlight is your overnight stay at Hacienda Zorita, where a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WINE TASTING and dinner await you.

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Day 4 Salamanca–Fatima, Portugal–Lisbon

The majestic scenery of the Serra da Estrela mountain range forms the backdrop of your morning drive into Portugal. Before heading for Lisbon, melt into the stream of pilgrims from all over the world as you visit the SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY in Fatima. This evening, an optional dinner with Fado-style entertainment is the perfect introduction to Portugal’s capital.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Lisbon

Lisbon was the center of Europe’s longest-lived overseas empire. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a drive through the Baixa quarter’s main squares and 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. Next, visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. In the afternoon, an exciting optional excursion is available to Sintra and the royal palace of Queluz.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Lisbon–Seville, Spain

The highlight this morning is the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Santa Justa ELEVATOR RIDE to Upper Lisbon. Then, a scenic drive back into Spain and to the vibrant capital of Andalusia, Seville.

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Day 7 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 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, and tonight, for a truly Andalusian night out, reserve a seat at our optional Flamenco show.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Seville–Tangier, Morocco

Through the sunny sherry wine region of Jerez to Algeciras. Board your FERRY and sail across the Strait of Gibraltar to Africa. Continue to Tangier, jumping-off point for the Moorish conquest of Spain and home town of legendary medieval traveler Ibn Batuta. Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite spectacular panoramic drive to CAP SPARTEL. Marvel at the views and quench your thirst Bedouin-style with a glass of hot mint tea, accompanied by local biscuits. This evening, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a lively Moroccan show after dinner at your hotel.

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Day 9 Tangier–Costa Del Sol, Spain

Visit Tangier’s exciting and colorful GRAND SOCCO square and explore the narrow streets of the kasbah. Return by FERRY across the Strait and back in Spain, drive to your hotel in Torremolinos on the elegant Costa del Sol.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 At Leisure on the 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, and browse through the trendy boutiques.

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Day 11 Costa Del Sol–Granada

Into the mountains to history-steeped Granada. A guided walking tour features its main attraction, the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX. A fantasy of “lace in stone” surrounded by arabesque gardens and fountains, it affords superb views of the Old Quarter and Sacromonte, a mountain occupied by Gypsy cave dwellers. Also admire the magnificent WATER GARDENS OF THE GENERALIFE, the royal summer residence. This evening, a special dinner with wine and local specialties has been prepared for you at one of Granada’s fine restaurants.

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Day 12 Granada–Toledo–Madrid

The olive and orange groves of the rolling Andalusian hills and, later, the more barren landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha unfold before your eyes on the way north to Toledo, spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River. Your walking tour with a Local Guide features the Moorish bridge and visits to an early SYNAGOGUE, the 13th-century gothic CATHEDRAL, and the CHURCH OF SANTO TOMÉ with one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. Time to visit a DAMASCENE STEEL WORKSHOP before returning to Madrid. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with wine at your hotel.

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Day 13 Madrid

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 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

Years of Experience: 19

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

 Accommodations

Madrid
Salamanca
Lisbon
Seville
Tangier
Costa del Sol
Granada

Madrid

Gran Hotel Conde Duque

Superior First-Class

P.Conde Val. De Suchil 5
Madrid, Spain

Free Wifi

Since 1953, the hotel stands up in the peaceful and landscaped square of Plaza Conde Valle de Suchil, near museum & Royal Palace.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Elevator
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning

Salamanca

Hacienda Zorita Wine and Spa

Superior First-Class

Ctra. Ledesma Km 12
Salamanca-Valverdon, Spain

Welcome to Hacienda Zorita! If you are a foodie, a wine lover, a traveler in pursuit of adventure & discovery or simply love life's understated luxuries you have come to the right place. Luscious outdoors with tucked away corners and secluded pools are what you have to look forward to. The waters of the River Tormes, a tributary of the Duero, flow under the La Casa Grande building. Inside you'll find the farm-to-table restaurant, a wine & dine bar, the Gastro by Michelin-starred chef Victor Gutiérrez, the lounge with its film & fine food menu as well as the relaxing wine - spa.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Hot Tub
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Window Opens
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer

Lisbon

Real Palacio Hotel

Superior First-Class

Rua Tomas Ribeiro 115
Lisbon, Portugal

Free Wifi

Set at the heart of Lisbon, opened May 2003, is the Real Palácio Hotel, a Hotel that combines charm and sophistication with the comfort of a 5-star Hotel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Desk
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning

Seville

Ayre Hotel Sevilla

Superior First-Class

Avenida Kansas City
Seville, Spain

Free Wifi

This is a special, unique city and Ayre Hotel Sevilla welcomes you. Not only is the hotel near the center of Seville, it is also the closest hotel to the AVE Station, one of the nearest to the Conference Centre and to San Pablo International Airport, not to mention just moments from the business and shopping district of Nervión.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Tangier

El Minzah Hotel

First-Class

85, Rue De La Liberte
Tangier, Morocco

Free Wifi

Traditional Moorish Hotel situated in heart of town, overlooking Straits of Gibraltar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Hot Tub
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Non-smoking Rooms

Costa del Sol

Melia Costa Del Sol

Superior First-Class

Playa De Bajondillo
Torremolinos-Malaga, Spain

Free Wifi

Contemporary Hotel comprising twin 9-story buildings set on El Bajondillo Beach.

Hotel Amenities

  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Hot Tub

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Television

Granada

Granada Hotel Saray

Superior First-Class

Paseo Tierno Galvan 4
Granada, Spain

Free Wifi

Moorish touches, rooms with Nazari styled decor, restaurant and gardens; set in town center next to the Congress Hall.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Spa Services
  • Pool
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Window Opens
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Phone

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Madrid
Lisbon
Seville
Tangier
Torremolinos
Granada

Madrid

El Escorial and Valley of The Fallen

El Escorial and Valley of The Fallen

Visit El Escorial, a renaissance-style quadrangular complex of white-grey stone, which houses the Mausoleum of the Spanish Monarchs and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built under the order of King Phillip II, it is considered the eighth Wonder of the World. Later continue through the Valley of the Fallen to the Basilica and the 492-foot cross commemorating the victims of the civil war.

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person

Panoramic Drive & Dinner

Panoramic Drive & Dinner

Drive through the capital's boulevards, passing beautiful buildings and fountains. Later, dine Spanish style! Tonight is your chance to try many of the dishes that Madrid is renowned for, at one of Madrid's favorite restaurants. Drinks and coffee are included. During this evening, don't miss the opportunity to sip a glass of Sangria, the most traditional and famous Spanish drink prepared with wine, chopped fruit, sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy.

Approximate value: €58 EUR per person

Lisbon

Excursion to Sintra & Queluz

Excursion to Sintra & Queluz

Enjoy a panoramic drive through Lisbon and along the scenic Estoril coast to the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with free time for lunch (not included). Later, drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra, with guided sightseeing and time at leisure for shopping. On the way back to Lisbon, stop in Queluz to visit the 17th-century, Versailles-like royal palace and gardens, the country's finest example of rococo architecture.

Approximate value: €53 EUR per person

Fado Music & Dinner

Fado Music & Dinner

Treat yourself to an evening of Fado music and dinner at a local restaurant. Fado combines elements of Portuguese country folk music with Moorish and African influences. It originated in the port city of Lisbon, where many cultures met and merged over centuries it is the music that reveals the Portuguese soul.

Approximate value: €59 EUR per person

Seville

Andalusian Dinner & Flamenco

Andalusian Dinner & Flamenco

While savoring a 3-course Andalusian dinner with drinks, enjoy an exciting flamenco show. The flamenco dance, with its roots in Indian, Arabic, and Spanish cultures, is a highly-expressive, passionate dance form that no visitor to Spain should miss.

Approximate value: €64 EUR per person

Cathedral and Columbus Tomb

Cathedral and Columbus Tomb

Standing on the site of a grand mosque, Seville's 15th-century gothic cathedral was built to demonstrate the city's power and wealth after the Reconquista, when the city was captured from the Moors. It is the third-largest church in Europe and boasts 80 chapels, the largest altarpiece in the world, and the breathtaking La Giralda, one of the three remaining Almohad minarets in the world (the others are in Marrakesh and Rabat, Morocco). This beautiful structure became the bell tower of the cathedral, and dominates the city's skyline. The cathedral also houses the remains of explorer Christopher Columbus. Although originally buried in Havana's cathedral in Cuba, his first discovery in 1492, his remains were moved to Seville during the upheavals surrounding the Cuban Revolution in 1902.

Approximate value: €18 EUR per person

Tangier

Excursion to The Fortress of Asilah

Excursion to The Fortress of Asilah

Drive south along the Atlantic coast from Tangier to the enchanting fishing village of Asilah. Visit this peaceful seaside resort with its own Medina (ancient city) and fortresses, reflecting the many different cultures that have left their marks. Tea and traditional Moroccan pastries are included.

Approximate value: €39 EUR per person

Torremolinos

Dinner On The Carihuela

Dinner On The Carihuela

Enjoy a 4-course dinner, with drinks, at one of the celebrated restaurants in La Carihuela, the original fisherman's district in Torremolinos, famous for the best seafood in the region.

Approximate value: €49 EUR per person

Full-Day Excursion to Gibraltar

Full-Day Excursion to Gibraltar

Visit the strategic rock fortress of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704. See the Upper Galleries, part of the Great Seige Tunnels (outside), and visit St. Michael's Caves, consisting of an Upper Hall with five connecting passages to a smaller hall. Also view the ruins of the Moorish Castle, providing excellent examples of Islamic architecture of the period, and admire the colony of Barbary Apes, a species of tailless monkeys called Barbary Macaques.

Approximate value: €65 EUR per person

Granada

Glimpses of Granada

Glimpses of Granada

With your Local Guide, discover the cathedral of Granada, considered to be one of Spain's most important renaissance buildings. Visit the richly decorated Royal Chapel, built between 1505 and 1521 and which houses the mortal remains of the couple who unified Spain under one monarchy Queen Isabella of Castile and King Ferdinand of Aragon. Then, visit the Carthusian Monastery, an outstanding example of baroque architecture with its intricate white stucco works. Construction began in 1516 and continued for the next 300 years, but the project was never completed. The monastery was home to a community of monks and laymen who lived under a vow of silence. Finally, enjoy a beautiful view over the Alhambra and the city from the famous El Albaicín old Moorish quarter.

Approximate value: €43 EUR per person

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