Iberian Discovery & Morocco with Barcelona (ZWE)

16 Day Tour from Madrid to Barcelona

2020 Tour Details

This fantastic Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour focuses on the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula. On this vacation, there is ample time for in-depth sightseeing, and for visiting many of the area’s historic sites, including the Casa de Pilatos in Seville, with its splendid collection of Roman sculptures, and the Alhambra Complex in Granada. If you’re interested in religious sites, this tour is not to be missed. Visit Fatima’s Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, where pilgrims from all over the world congregate; Lisbon’s Jeronimos Monastery, built to thank the Virgin Mary for Portugal’s success in its voyages around the world; the Church of Santo Tomé in Toledo, which houses 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 and from 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. Enjoy a panoramic drive to Cap Spartel, to admire the splendid views and drink a glass of hot mint tea Bedouin-style, along with local biscuits. Also, enjoy Moroccan entertainment during dinner at your hotel. Plus, a visit to the colorful Grand Socco square, a busy market with many stalls.

Globus also includes special experiences such as a wine tasting and dinner in Salamanca, with highlight overnight stay; and a visit to a cork factory in Azaruja.

These are just a few of the many highlights on this wonderful Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour. Then, to conclude, travel via high-speed AVE train to Barcelona for three nights and guided sightseeing, including a visit to the Sagrada Familia Basilica, Gaudi’s masterpiece. All services in Barcelona, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms—it’s a vacation of a lifetime!

Headsets throughout the tour.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Iberian Discovery & Morocco with Barcelona map

 Photo Highlights

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

  • Alhambra and Generalife Granada
  • Historic City of Toledo
  • Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon
  • Old City of Salamanca
  • Old Town of Avila
  • Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Granada


Notes:

  • Day 11 Alhambra complex: Entrance to Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed.
  • If you intend to join the optional excursion to Gibraltar, please check visa requirements with your local consulate; responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. For Gibraltar, a special visa is required; a UK or Schengen visa will not gain entrance.

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN

Time to relax 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, founded in 1819, and considered to have one of the finest collections of European art of the last eight centuries.

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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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite your overnight stay at Hacienda Zorita, which once hosted Christopher Columbus, where a WINE TASTING and dinner await.
Today’s Distance: 180 mi / 290 km

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Day 4 SALAMANCA–FÁTIMA, PORTUGAL–LISBON

The majestic scenery of the Serra da Estrela mountain range forms the backdrop of your drive into Portugal. Follow in the steps of pilgrims from all over the world as you visit the SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY in Fátima. Tonight, an optional dinner with Fado-style entertainment is the perfect introduction to Portugal’s capital, Lisbon.
Today’s Distance: 329 mi / 530 km

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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 Discoveries. Next, visit JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb of Vasco da Gama. An optional excursion is available to the royal palace of Queluz.

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Day 6 LISBON–AZARUJA–SEVILLE, SPAIN

Stop in Azaruja to visit Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a CORK FACTORY and learn how this material can be used. Back in Spain, continue to Seville in Andalusia.
Today’s Distance: 273 mi / 440 km

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

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Day 8 SEVILLE–TANGIER, MOROCCO

Travel through the 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. 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, enjoy Moroccan entertainment during dinner at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi / 250 km

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Day 9 TANGIER–COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN

Visit the colorful GRAND SOCCO square, located next to the Mendoubia Gardens. Explore the narrow streets of the kasbah before returning by FERRY across the Strait. Arrive in Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol.
Today’s Distance: 81 mi / 130 km

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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. Time to enjoy the sandy beaches, browse through the trendy boutiques or to just relax.

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Day 11 COSTA DEL SOL–GRANADA

Venture into the mountains to history-steeped Granada. A guided walking tour features 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, dinner with local specialties has been prepared at one of Granada’s fine restaurants.
Today’s Distance: 121 mi / 195 km

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Day 12 GRANADA–TOLEDO–MADRID

The Andalusian hills and the landscapes of Don Quixote’s La Mancha unfold before your eyes on the way to Toledo, spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River. Your guided walking tour 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. Visit a DAMASCENE STEEL WORKSHOP before returning to Madrid. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 292 mi / 470 km

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Day 13 MADRID–BARCELONA

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

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Day 14 BARCELONA

Morning guided sightseeing includes a visit to the extraordinary SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA.

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Day 15 BARCELONA

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

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Day 16 BARCELONA

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Transportation:

Motorcoach; ferry; high-speed, first-class AVE train.

 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

RITA MARTINS

Escorting tours for more than 20 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.

Tour Director - RITA MARTINS

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Madrid
Lisbon
Seville
Tangier
Costa del Sol
Barcelona

Madrid

Treasures of Spain: El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen

Treasures of Spain: El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen

Visit two of Spain's most iconic attractions¿El Escorial, the historical residence of the King of Spain; and the impressive Valley of the Fallen, honoring those who died in the Spanish Civil War.

Price Range: $$

Zarzuela Show

Zarzuela Show

Experience a magical evening of traditional Spanish music during an unforgettable show at Madrid's famous El Rincón de la Rodríguez.

Price Range: $$

Lisbon

 Unforgettable Evening in Lisbon: Fado Music and Dinner

Unforgettable Evening in Lisbon: Fado Music and Dinner

Treat yourself to an unforgettable evening of classic Fado music and a delectable 3-course dinner with drinks at a local Casa de Fado (Fado restaurant).

Price Range: $$

Bairro Alto Foodie Stroll

Bairro Alto Foodie Stroll

Indulge in some of Lisbon's most delectable drinks and petiscos (Portuguese tapas) on this unique guided foodie tour through the 15th-century Bairro Alto neighborhood!

Price Range: $$

Cascais, Cape Roca and Queluz Palace

Cascais, Cape Roca and Queluz Palace

Experience stunning natural beauty on this day trip along the Portuguese Riviera featuring jet-set Cascais, world-famous Guincho Beach, Cape Roca, and a visit of the lavish Palace of Queluz!

Price Range: $$

Seville

A Night in Seville with Flamenco and Dinner

A Night in Seville with Flamenco and Dinner

Enjoy an exciting and passionate flamenco show while savoring a mouthwatering 3-course Andalusian dinner and drinks.

Price Range: $$

Cathedral and Columbus Tomb

Cathedral and Columbus Tomb

Seville's 15th-century gothic cathedral is the third-largest church in Europe and boasts the breathtaking La Giralda, one of the three remaining Almohad minarets in the world. The cathedral also houses the remains of explorer Christopher Columbus.

Price Range: $

Tangier

Discover Asilah

Discover Asilah

Asilah, Pearl of the Atlantic Ocean, awaits on this exciting excursion through the Old Town with its ancient ramparts, white-washed homes, and Roman, Portuguese, and Spanish influences.

Price Range: $$

Costa del Sol

Dinner in La Carihuela

Dinner in La Carihuela

Enjoy a scrumptious 4-course dinner in Torremolinos¿ vibrant La Carihuela fishermen's district, famous for the best seafood in the region!

Price Range: $$

Journey to Gibraltar

Journey to Gibraltar

Visit the Rock of Gibraltar, one of Europe's most legendary icons, on this full-day guided discovery featuring St. Michael's Cave, the Moorish Castle ruins, the colony of Barbary apes, and more!

Price Range: $$

Barcelona

Flamenco

Flamenco

Experience the passion and spirit of Spain's most traditional music and dance at this delightful evening of traditional Spanish Flamenco entertainment.

Price Range: $$

Barcelona Hop-On/Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour

Barcelona Hop-On/Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour

Explore Barcelona the fun and easy way! This hop-on/hop-off bus tour includes three different routes, 44 stops, and an all-day pass, so you can experience the city exactly the way you want!

Price Range: $

Under the Sea Adventure at Aquarium Barcelona

Under the Sea Adventure at Aquarium Barcelona

Come face to face with the underwater kingdom's most fascinating creatures at Aquarium Barcelona, one of the world's best exhibits of Mediterranean sealife!

Price Range: $

Dinner in Barcelona

Dinner in Barcelona

Ascend 246 feet (75 meters) above the sea for a fantastic dining experience featuring gourmet cuisine, excellent Spanish wines, and magical 360-degree views of Barcelona.

Price Range: $$$

Barcelona Half-Day Private Shopping & Lifestyle Tour

Barcelona Half-Day Private Shopping & Lifestyle Tour

If you love to shop `til you drop, then this private half-day Barcelona shopping tour with a personal shopper is for you!

Price Range: $$$$

Private Barcelona Discovery Tour

Private Barcelona Discovery Tour

Explore Barcelona in your own way and at your own pace on this private tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your certified Local Guide--the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

Spanish Tapas Walking Tour for Foodies

Spanish Tapas Walking Tour for Foodies

Explore and taste your way in some of Barcelona's most lively tapas bars on this fun guided foodie walking tour!

Price Range: $$

Authentic Spanish Lunch at the Marina

Authentic Spanish Lunch at the Marina

Enjoy a delightful lunch at one of the most popular restaurants at the former Olympic Port. This place offers his guests the opportunity to taste Mediterranean cuisine prepared with special care and expertise.

Price Range: $

Tapas-Tasting in a Real Basque Tavern

Tapas-Tasting in a Real Basque Tavern

You simply cannot go to Spain without trying its world-famous tapas, and you'll sample some of the very best specialties on this fun tapas-tasting outing to an authentic Basque tavern.

Price Range: $

Blue Side of Barcelona Boat Excursion

Blue Side of Barcelona Boat Excursion

Sail along the magnificent eastern coast of Spain for a unique view of Barcelona and some of its most incredible sights.

Price Range: $

Discover Montserrat

Discover Montserrat

Experience the magical beauty surrounding Barcelona on this memorable guided excursion to the soaring mountains of Montserrat.

Price Range: $$

Barcelona Craft Beer & Tapas

Barcelona Craft Beer & Tapas

Experience Barcelona's burgeoning craft beer scene on this fun and sudsy guided walk featuring tastings of 5 Spanish beers and delicious local snacks!

Price Range: $

Mosaic Workshop

Mosaic Workshop

Make your very own mosaic masterpiece using Antoni Gaudí's famous broken-tile technique during this fun, hands-on workshop with an expert art instructor!

Price Range: $$

Chef for a Day: Spanish Specialties & La Boqueria

Chef for a Day: Spanish Specialties & La Boqueria

Touristic visit at La Boqueria market, a cooking lesson, and a delicious lunch you prepared yourself-you can't go wrong during this enriching, hands-on Spanish cooking class!

Price Range: $$$

Dalí Theatre & Museum Tour

Dalí Theatre & Museum Tour

See a bathtub suspended from the ceiling, weird optical illusions, and other unusual curiosities when you visit the quirky, interactive Dalí Museum in Figueres, dedicated to the life, imagination, and works of Salvador Dalí.

Price Range: $$$

Medieval Girona and the Dalí Theatre & Museum

Medieval Girona and the Dalí Theatre & Museum

From the ridiculous to the sublime, this tour shows you the collection of unusual curiosities and weird optical illusions at the quirky Salvador Dalí Museum in Figueres, before introducing you to Girona, a cobblestoned showcase of medieval treasures.

Price Range: $$$$

Barcelona on Two Wheels: City Highlights

Barcelona on Two Wheels: City Highlights

Explore some of Barcelona's greatest wonders on this exhilarating guided bike tour.

Price Range: $

Walking Tour Picasso and El Born Quarter

Walking Tour Picasso and El Born Quarter

Roman emperors and Pablo Picasso are just two of the influential characters you' ll encounter on this captivating guided walking tour through Barcelona's El Born Quarter and Picasso Museum.

Price Range: $

Barcelona Private Yoga Class

Barcelona Private Yoga Class

Become one with Barcelona on this uplifting excursion featuring round-trip transportation to a beautiful park, garden, beach, or home; a yoga class customized to your skill level; and a refreshing drink at a local café afterward!

Price Range: $$$$

PortAventura Amusement Park

PortAventura Amusement Park

If you are looking for adrenaline, adventures and lot of fun, we offer you a different visit to Barcelona.

Price Range: $$

Penedès Wine Country with Tastings & Lunch

Penedès Wine Country with Tastings & Lunch

This wonderful half-day excursion is dedicated to Penedès wine country, including a stroll through the vineyards, wine and Cava tasting, and a light lunch of local specialties!

Price Range: $$$

Sweet Side of Barcelona

Sweet Side of Barcelona

If your biggest cravings in life include travel and sweets, then this foodie walk through the sweet side of Barcelona is for you!

Price Range: $$

Barcelona Guided Seaside Run

Barcelona Guided Seaside Run

Enjoy the beauty of Barcelona while burning off a few calories on this fun guided running tour along the charming seaside.

Price Range: $$$$



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