Iberian Discovery & Morocco (ZW)

13 Day Tour from Madrid to Madrid

2019 Tour Details

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 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 sights, 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 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 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. 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 Moroccan entertainment during dinner at your hotel. 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 Holy Rosary
LISBON
Guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos Monastery
AZARUJA
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit a cork factory
SEVILLE
Guided sightseeing, visit the Casa de Pilatos, walk through the Santa Cruz quarter
ALGECIRAS–TANGIER
By ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar
TANGIER
Panoramic Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite drive to Cap Spartel, enjoy mint tea and biscuits; guided sightseeing, visit Grand Socco square
COSTA DEL SOL
Stay two nights in the resort of Torremolinos
GRANADA
Guided walking tour, visit the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife; 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.

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.

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

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, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Granada

 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 8 centuries, with the works of Goya, El Greco, Rubens, Titian, and more.

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.

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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, 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. 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 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

On the way back to Spain, stop in Azaruja to visit Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a CORK FACTORY and learn about the many ways this material can be used. Then, continue 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 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.

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. Also visit Tangier’s exciting and colorful GRAND SOCCO square and explore the narrow streets of the kasbah. This evening, enjoy Moroccan entertainment during dinner at your hotel.

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Day 9 TANGIER–COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN

After a leisurely morning, return by FERRY across the Strait and back in Spain, drive to your hotel in Torremolinos on the elegant Costa del Sol.

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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.

Breakfast Breakfast

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, dinner with local specialties has been prepared 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 at your hotel.

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Day 13 MADRID

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 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

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

Madrid
Salamanca
Lisbon
Seville
Tangier
Costa del Sol
Granada

 Optional Excursions

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
Costa del Sol
Tangier

Madrid

El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen

El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen

Visit El Escorial, a renaissance-style complex of white-grey stone, which houses the Mausoleum of the Spanish Monarchs and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Price Range: $$

Panoramic Drive & Dinner

Panoramic Drive & Dinner

Drive through the capital's boulevards, passing beautiful buildings and fountains. Later, dine Spanish style!

Price Range: $$

Lisbon

Fado Music and Dinner

Fado Music and Dinner

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

Price Range: $$

Excursion to Cascais, Cabo da Roca and the Magnificent Palace of Queluz

Excursion to Cascais, Cabo da Roca and the Magnificent Palace of Queluz

Experience the natural and historical beauty of Portugal on day trip from Lisbon.

Price Range: $$

Seville

Andalusian Dinner & Flamenco

Andalusian Dinner & Flamenco

Enjoy an exciting and passionate flamenco show while savoring a typical Andalusian dinner.

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: $

Costa del Sol

Dinner on The Carihuela

Dinner on The Carihuela

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

Price Range: $$

Excursion to Gibraltar

Excursion to Gibraltar

Visit the strategic rock fortress of Gibraltar, in British hands since 1704.

Price Range: $$

Tangier

Excursion to the Fortress of Asilah

Excursion to the Fortress of Asilah

Don't miss out the peaceful seaside resort of Asilah with its own Medina (ancient city) and fortresses, reflecting the many different cultures which have left their marks.

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 guest in a party: $2,317*
18 guest 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 both 2018 and 2019 travel years unless tour will no longer be offered in 2019. 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.

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