Iberian Discovery & Morocco (ZW)

13 Day Tour from Madrid to Madrid

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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 the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Fátima, where pilgrims from all over the world congregate; 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 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—a vacation of a lifetime!

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

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.

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 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

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Transportation:

Motorcoach; ferry.

 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

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: $$

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $2,317*
18 guests in a party: $438*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2020 and 2021 travel years. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.



* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include International airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).