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Iberian Vacation with Barcelona (ZWE2018)

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Tour Length: 16 Days
Countries Visited: Morocco, Portugal, Spain
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Tour Category: Other Globus Tours
Tour Operator: Globus Tours
Tour Code: ZWE-2018
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Iberian Vacation with Barcelona

Vacation Overview
This fantastic Spain, Portugal, and Morocco guided 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 Fatima’s Sanctuary of Our Lady of the 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 has one of El Greco’s most famous paintings. 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. 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 escorted tour. Then, at the end of your tour, travel via high-speed AVE train to Barcelona for three nights and guided sightseeing, including visits to the Casa Batlló and the Sagrada Familia Basilica, Gaudi’s masterpieces. All Barcelona vacation package services, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms—it’s a vacation of a lifetime!

 

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

Transportation
Motorcoach; ferry; high-speed, first-class AVE train. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 
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. (D)

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. (B)

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 [LF] your overnight stay at Hacienda Zorita, which once hosted Christopher Columbus, where a WINE TASTING and dinner await you. (B,D)

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. (B)

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 exciting optional excursion is available to the royal palace of Queluz. (B)

Day 6:
LISBON–AZARUJA–SEVILLE, SPAIN. On the way back to Spain, stop in Azaruja to visit [LF] a CORK FACTORY and learn about the many ways this material can be used. Then, continue to the vibrant capital of Andalusia, Seville. (B,D)

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 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. (B)

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 [LF] 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, [LF] enjoy a lively Moroccan show after dinner at your hotel. (B,D)

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. (B)

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. (B)

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 local specialties has been prepared for you at one of Granada’s fine restaurants. (B,D)

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. (B,D)

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. (B)

Day 14:
BARCELONA. Morning guided sightseeing includes visits to CASA BATLLÓ and the SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA. (B)

Day 15:
BARCELONA. Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure. (B)

Day 16:
BARCELONA. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 
         
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Documents
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

City Highlights


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; [LF] 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

AZARUJA
[LF] 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 [LF] drive to Cap Spartel, enjoy mint tea and biscuits; [LF] Moroccan show; guided sightseeing, visit Grand Socco square

COSTA DEL SOL


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

BARCELONA
Guided sightseeing including visits to Casa Batllo and the Sagrada Familia Basilica

Notes
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.

Travelers Notes
Headsets throughout the tour.

 

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Price Details US
Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $956-$959Triple room reduction per person: $56-$92Extra nights per person in Madrid:in single room $136-$205, in twin $77-$126, in triple $68-$117Extra nights per person in Barcelona:in single room $239, in twin $130, in triple $119

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