Treasures of Spain, Portugal and Morocco (Winter 201718)

An 18-Day Insight Tours tour starting from $3,250

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Tour Length: 18 Days
Countries Visited: Morocco, Portugal, Spain
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Tour Operator: Insight Tours
Tour Code: W942AWN12
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A kaleidoscopic adventure that takes you from some of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities, in autumn, winter or spring, to an exotic and vivid land of medinas and minarets.

 
OUR FIVE-STAR SERVICES
Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land. Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat touring coach, with extended Business Class legroom and on-board restroom. Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary. We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door. Hotel and restaurant tips are included; you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels. Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi. From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination. Complimentary airport transfers from/to Madrid Airport are available at scheduled times only on arrival and departure days. Should your flights not coincide with complimentary transfers, charged transfers are available on arrival and departure days, or when additional accommodation is booked through Insight Vacations. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

 
Day 1: Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

Day 2: Welcome to Madrid
Transfers leave Madrid Airport for your hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:30 and 16:00. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and a pleasant evening of dinner and wine, with the opportunity to mingle with your fellow travelers.(WD)

Day 3: Prado Museum and Golden Salamanca
With a Local Expert, go down the Gran Vía to the Cibeles Fountain on the wide Paseo de la Castellana. Cross the Puerta del Sol and see the Cervantes Monument in the Plaza de España. A highlight is a visit to the Prado Museum, a magnificent palace housing works by Velázquez, Goya, Rubens and others. Later, pass the walls of Ávila, en route to Salamanca with its honey-coloured cathedral.(BB)

Day 4: Holy Fátima and Lisbon
(Relaxed Start) Cross the Portuguese frontier and skirt the Estrela Mountains, en route to Fátima. Join the pilgrims flocking into the great basilica commemorating the miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. Then continue to Lisbon, the Portuguese capital.(BB)

Day 5: Lisbon and the Age of Discovery
(Relaxed Start) Sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the avenues of the Lower Town to the Terreiro do Paço with a visit to the Belem Quarter. Stop by an old patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal's finest pastry for almost 200 years and enjoy a tasting of the famous 'Pasteis de Belem'. See the Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belem Tower - a fortress originally set in the middle of the river. Next, visit Jeronimos Monastery with its Manueline architecture. Enjoy free time in the afternoon.(BB)

Day 6: To Seville, the City of Carmen
On arrival in Seville, join a Local Expert for a tour of the immense cathedral - burial place of Christopher Columbus - and see the slender Giralda Tower. Explore the labyrinthine Santa Cruz Quarter and see the Alcazar - used as the Water Gardens and Sunspear in Game of Thrones. In the evening, sit back and enjoy a fiery flamenco show with dinner.(BB / SE)

Day 7: Free Time in Seville
(Relaxed Start) The day is yours to completely relax, explore, or continue sightseeing in this fascinating city. One suggestion is an optional experience to Cordoba to visit the magnificent Mezquita.(BB)

Day 8: The Straits of Gibraltar to Fes
Set sail across the Straits of Gibraltar to Morocco ' a world of musky spices, bazaars, souks and snake charmers. Continue to Fes, Morocco's most ancient imperial city.(BB / D)

Day 9: The Ancient Imperial City of Fes
(Relaxed Start) Sightseeing with a Local Expert shows you the Medina ' the walled city of hidden courtyards, mosques and workshops. See the bazaar and one of the world's oldest universities. Learn about the ancient craft of carpet making and gain an insight into the motifs and colours used in the designs. Then enjoy free time at your leisure.(BB)

Day 10: On the Road to Marrakesh
Travel past the Atlas Mountains and mud-walled villages to Marrakesh ' a thriving city of artisan, faith, cultural heritage, and labyrinthine souqs.(BB)

Day 11: Marrakesh, Pearl of the South
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy the atmosphere in Jemaa el-Fnaa Square where acrobats and fortune tellers entertain you. A Local Expert will guide you through the Medina and show you the Koutoubia Minaret which dominates the skyline. You will also visit the Palais de la Bahia, built in the late 19th century and intended to be the greatest palace of its time.(BB / D)

Day 12: 'Play It Again Sam', in Casablanca
(Relaxed Start) Say goodbye to the snake charmers of Marrakesh and head for Casablanca, on the coast. Did Humphrey Bogart really say 'Play it again Sam'? Find out during sightseeing with a Local Expert and see the largest mosque in the country.(BB / D)

Day 13: Rabat and Tangier
(Relaxed Start) Drive northwards to Rabat where, with your Local Expert, you will see the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower. Continue to Tangier, Morocco's great port, overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar. Sightseeing with a Local Expert includes the Sultan's Palace and the famous Casbah, with its variety of Moroccan wares. In the evening, relax in the comfortable surroundings of your hotel or take a stroll along the Bay of Tangier.(BB / D)

Day 14: Gibraltar and the Costa del Sol
Cross continents once more to Gibraltar, an overseas territory under British control since 1704. With a Local Expert visit the Rock of Gibraltar, St. Michael's Cave and see the Barbary Apes, legendary guardians of the colony. Later, take the scenic route along the Costa del Sol, through exclusive resorts where the rich and famous holiday.(BB)

Day 15: Free Time on the Costa del Sol
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a free day on the Costa del Sol. Relax by the blue Mediterranean waters, stroll along the promenade or savour the specialities in the local restaurants.(BB)

Day 16: Mijas, Granada and the Alhambra
Drive through the green hills above the Costa del Sol to the white-washed village of Mijas. Stroll through the old streets and gardens and take in the views of the coast. Continue to Granada to visit the magnificent Alhambra Palace. With a Local Expert, see the Lion Court as well as the water gardens of the royal summer residence. In the evening, choose your own personal ambience and cuisine from our Dine-Around selection of restaurants.(BB / DA)

Day 17: Madrid in search of Don Quixote
Journey north through countryside immortalised by Don Quixote, past the iconic windmills of Consuegra. In the evening, back in Madrid, bid farewell to your new-found friends with a lively Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.(BB / CD)

Day 18: Depart Madrid
Departure transfers arrive at Madrid Airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00.(BB)

 
         
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A NOTE ABOUT AIRFARE: We encourage you to buy your airfare from the tour operator, because if your tour cancels then your airlines tickets will be covered. Purchasing flights separately at a lesser rate and incorporating it with a Non-Guaranteed Departure Date can result in loss of total cost of your flight investment. Depending on the fare rules, flights may be Non-Refundable and/or Non-Transferable. Neither the tour operator and/or Atlas Cruises & Tours will be held responsible for loss if a tour is cancelled for Lack of Participation.

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.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
Salamanca: See the cathedral in the university town. Seville: Enjoy a walking tour of the Santa Cruz Quarter. See the Alcazar, home of House Martell in Game of Thrones. Straits of Gibraltar: Sail across continents from Europe to Africa. Fes: Visit the walled Medina and shop for Moroccan carpets. Marrakesh: Soak up the atmosphere in Djemaa el-Fna Square, explore the Souqs of the Medina and see the Koutobia Minaret. Rabat: See the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower. Tangier: See the Medina and Casbah. Gibraltar: Visit St. Michael's Cave and see Barbary Apes, guardians of the colony. Mijas: Journey to this white-washed village and wander the streets and gardens. Consuegra: Enjoy views of the windmills above the town. Scenic Drives: Estrela Mountains, Atlas Mountains, Costa del Sol, Sierra Nevada.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS
Autumn: Sample the smooth taste of the freshly pressed olive oil. Winter: See Riffans picking strawberries in the fields and enjoy the freshest strawberries available to taste, in Fes. Spring: Savour a delicious exploration of the local wines, their robust flavours and absorbing history. Lisbon: Enjoy a tasting of the famous 'Pastéis de Belém' ' a Portuguese delicacy, made to the same recipe for over 100 years! Seville: Over dinner with wine, beyond your dimly lit table, the stage will suddenly erupt with the unmistakable singing, clapping and throbbing guitars of flamenco. Granada: Choose from a selection of restaurants for a more intimate Dine-Around experience. Madrid: Toast the culmination of your tour at a fabulous Celebration Dinner with wine. Included Quality Dining: 16 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 4 Dinners (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 1 Dine-Around Evening (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. Departures on tour for Christmas and New Year's Eve will enjoy festive Highlight Dinners which will replace an included meal.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES
Madrid: From El Greco to Goya, your art historian reveals the crowning achievements of Spanish painting in the magnificent Prado Museum. Madrid: A guided tour with a Local Expert will show you Don Quixote's statue in Plaza de España, Gran Via, Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and Puerta del Sol. Lisbon: With your Local Expert, tour the spacious avenues and elegant squares. See the Monument to the Discoveries and ancient Belém Tower. Visit Jeronimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, reflecting Portugal's trade over the centuries. Seville: Join a Local Expert and step inside the cathedral, past the gilded altar to the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings. Fes: Your Local Expert will show you hidden courtyards and mosques, the bazaar and one of the world's oldest universities. Marrakesh: Built around a lovely inner-garden, explore the Bahia Palace with a Local Expert and see glimpses of a Moroccan kingdom's former opulence. Casablanca: Guided by your Local Expert, see the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in all of Morocco. Rabat: Explore the Moroccan capital with your Local Expert, and enjoy views of the Hassan Tower and the Royal Palace. Tangier: Learn about the highlights of the city from your Local Expert. See the lavish Sultan's Palace and the famous Casbah. Gibraltar: With a Local Expert tour the Rock of Gibraltar, offering magnificent views of the meeting of the Atlantic and Mediterranean and the Spanish Sierra. Granada: Best interpreted with help of a Local Expert, the Alhambra Palace is the ultimate in Muslim architecture - an arabesque fantasy in stone, complemented by the rich, scented gardens of the Generalife.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES
Madrid: The Hotel Miguel Angel by BlueBay is located in one of the most elegant residential areas in the city, close to many key attractions. Salamanca: The centrally located Alameda Palace is close to a range of restaurants and shops and is only a short walk to the Plaza Mayor. The spacious rooms all have marble bathrooms and antique-style furniture. Lisbon: Next to the Terreiro do Paco Square, in the heart of historic Lisbon, is the Turim Saldanha Hotel. The historical building has been recently renovated to a contemporary style. Seville: The Ayre Sevilla is fantastically-located in the centre of Seville and is only short walk to the old quarter. Fes: The Palais Medina and Spa Fes is a perfect alliance between tradition and modern luxury. The hotel offers exquisite rooms and is set in a 5-hectare Andalusian garden. Marrakesh: The luxurious Atlas Medina & Spa is set amid lush, picturesque gardens in central Marrakesh, the perfect location for exploring this fascinating city. Casablanca: Mövenpick Hotel Casablanca is ideally located within a short walk to the Old Medina with comfortable, contemporary designed rooms Casablanca: The monumental Grand Mogador City Centre is close to both the Old Medina and the harbour. Its modern design blends traditional architecture with luxury and art déco influences. Tangier: Overlooking the water, upon hill Ghandourim, the Hotel Farah Tanger is only a short distance from the city centre and combines elegance and high style. Torremolinos: Set on a stunning seafront location, where you can enjoy the beach all year round, is the centrally located Melia Costa Del Sol. Granada: Located only a short walk from Granada's historic centre, Hotel Saray features elegant Andalusian design, of mosaics, archways and fountains.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS
Fátima: Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions.

 

 
 

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