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Spain, Morocco and Portugal

Every day is an adventure on this Spain, Portugal and Morocco trip, whether you’re enjoying a traditional barbeque with the Albaserrada family at their farm in Andalusia, celebrating Portugal’s proud seafaring heritage or venturing deep within the ancient Medina of Fes to find treasures to take home.
Sightseeing highlights
  • Explore Madrid, Toledo, Marrakesh, Fes, Seville, Casablanca and Lisbon with a Local Specialist
  • Discover Rabat, Tangier, Fátima and Salamanca
  • Visit the Synagogue and Santo Tomé in Toledo, the Alhambra in Granada, Dar El Bacha and a Moroccan pharmacy in Marrakesh, the Cathedral in Seville, the Hieronymite Monastery in Lisbon and Plaza Mayor in Salamanca
  • View the Royal Palace in Rabat, the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the Belém Tower in Lisbon and the Shrine at Fátima
Iconic Experience
  • Madrid: Drive through central Madrid and see some of the city's famous features during an orientation with your Travel Director.
  • Madrid: See the highlights of the city with your Local Specialist. Visit the Old Town, travelling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the Cibeles fountain, Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace.
  • Toledo: Explore this magnificent ancient city with your Local Specialist and visit the Church of Santo Tomé to see an El Greco masterpiece.
  • Granada: Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. Explore with a Local Specialist keen to share insights into this Moorish landmark.
  • Casablanca: See the Hassan II Mosque and the Corniche.
  • Rabat: See the Mohammed V Mausoleum, a masterpiece of traditional Moroccan art and one of the very few Islamic religious buildings open to non-Muslims.
  • Marrakesh: Your Local Specialist guides you past Jemaa el-Fnaa Square with its intriguing characters, and through the seemingly entangled streets of the Medina with its many souks.
  • Fes: Led by your Local Specialist, wander the maze of streets in Fes' ancient Medina. Witness hidden courtyards, mosques and workshops before continuing through the souks, an array of vendors selling food, clothes, leather goods and traditional handicrafts.
  • Seville: Guided by your Local Specialist, see the Giralda Tower, former minaret of the Great Mosque and now the cathedral's belltower. Explore the narrow streets of the Santa Cruz Quarter and emerge by the great walls of the Alcazar.
  • Lisbon: Explore with your Local Specialist, from the Lower Town, beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco. Visit the Belém Quarter to see the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the medieval Belém Tower.
  • Fátima: Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions or see the basilica.
  • Salamanca: See the Salamanca's golden Plaza Mayor, voted one of the most beautiful central plazas in Spain.
Dive Into Culture
  • Toledo: The invincible swords of Toledo have defended cities for centuries. Visit an inlaid steel factory in Toledo to see local craftsmen forging the highest quality steel.
  • Marrakesh: Visit a Moroccan pharmacy to learn about local healing creams and cosmetics made from regional ingredients.
  • Lisbon: Visit the Hieronymite Monastery, a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome and exquisite example of Manueline architecture.
Tour details
Tour Provider Trafalgar
Price From
$5,895
Number of Days
16
Start Location
Madrid, Spain
End Location
Madrid, Spain
Age Range
Avg. 45+
Group Size
20 to 45
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
No specific theme
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Hola Madrid
Colour outside the lines on this unforgettable encounter with the intoxicating lands of Spain, Morocco and Portugal. Kick off your unforgettable journey in the fiery Spanish capital of Madrid. This evening, explore the city's vibrant streets, before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner and orientation drive.
Explore Fiery Madrid
Join your Local Specialist on this day of discovery, which includes views of the iconic Cibeles fountain and Paseo de la Castellana. Admire the Royal Palace and Retiro Park, originally created as a retreat for the royal family, before spending the rest of the day at leisure indulging in la buena vida. Consider an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO-listed city of Segovia or encounter the greatest collection of Spanish art in the world at El Prado.
Onwards to Toledo and Granada Dive Into Culture
Witness the influence of Christians, Muslims and Jews that has spanned centuries in the imperial city of Toledo. Join your Local Specialist for a walking tour, during which you’ll visit the Church of Santo Tomé, home to El Greco's most famous painting - 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz'. Then, visit the synagogue of Santa Maria La Blanca, believed to be the oldest one still standing in Europe. Celebrate the tradition of steel and Damascene manufacturing and moulding as you Dive Into Culture at a local workshop, before your journey continues through the soul-stirring Andalusian landscape to Granada, where we'll spend the night.
Journey to the Sunny Costa del Sol
Tread in the footsteps of Spain's last emirs and admire the impressive Alhambra - a collection of palaces and fortresses dating from the 12 century. We join a Local Specialist to explore its intricate designs, tranquil gardens and colossal walls, believed to have been inspired by ptry and reflecting the description of paradise found in Islamic verse. Later, we leave this 'paradise on earth' behind and continue to the Costa del Sol.
Cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Fes Stays With Stories
We travel along the sun-kissed shores of the Mediterranean and cross to North Africa by ferry. A memorable drive past the Rif Mountains brings us to Fes, a storied hub of traditional craftsmanship and our home for the next two nights.
The Medina and More in Fes
Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour through the cultural and spiritual centre of Morocco. Stroll through the Medina of Fes, view its fortifications and Royal Palace, and admire traditional Moroccan handiwork during a visit to a carpet cooperative. Spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure. Tonight, maybe join an Optional Experience Arabian dinner in a traditional riad – a night of heartfelt local entertainment, including belly dancing, awaits.
Off to Vibrant Marrakesh
Departing Fes, we journey west through the golden landscape which turns to rusty red, bound for vibrant Marrakesh. Past and present collide in the world-famous Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. Embrace the unrivalled energy of this cultural and economic hub.
Discover Marrakesh Dive Into Culture
Visit the elegant Dar El Basha Palace during your walking tour with a Local Specialist. See Jemaa el-Fnaa Square in the Old Quarter with its palm-readers, storytellers and snake charmers. Visit a traditional Moroccan pharmacy and Dive Into Culture, gaining insights into the blending of creams and cosmetics using regional ingredients. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Don't miss the chance to shop for bargains in the souks (markets) and bazaars, or perhaps visit a local Berber village.
Continue to Casablanca and Tangier
We journey north to Casablanca and enjoy views of the Hassan II Mosque, with the world's second tallest minaret, before arriving in the country's capital city - Rabat. Stop at the opulent Mohammed V Mausoleum and admire Rabat's cityscape, its historic and modern centres traversed by the Bou Regreg River below. Continue to Tangier, a gateway between Africa and Europe as prominent today as in Phnician times. Our unique Stays With Stories this evening is the sumptuous El Minzah, an icon of the city overlooking the Bay of Tangiers and the sparkling Mediterranean beyond. The grand property, built in the Spanish-Moorish style in 1930, has welcomed the rich and famous over the past century. You’ll get to experience its warm hospitality for yourself as you contemplate the building's colourful history.
Sail the Strait to Seville
Crossing the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry, we return to Spain and journey past the region of Jerez, renowned as the origin of Spanish sherry. We drive through Andalucía and arrive in Seville. What better way to experience this lively city than witnessing the passion of flamenco? Immerse yourself in the spectacle of colourful swirling skirts and fervent rhythm of castanets during an unforgettable optional Flamenco performance this evening.
Explore Spectacular Seville
Join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour which will take you past the iconic Giralda Bell Tower. Admire the tiled fountains and pavilions in the Maria Luisa Park, the showcase for the Ibero-American Exhibition in 1929, and see the imposing Plaza de España. Visit the ornate tomb of Christopher Columbus in the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, then enjoy a walk through the lovely historic Jewish Quarter.
Venture to Lisbon Connect with Locals
Your panoramic journey continues through the province of Huelva, famous for Jabugo jamón and the Rio Tinto mines. Continue on to your hotel in the waterfront city of Lisbon and opt to enjoy a seafood dinner by the Tagus River.
Lisbon Your Way
We Dive Into Culture at the UNESCO-listed Hieronymite Monastery built in the 16 century. This afternoon, consider an Optional Experience to discover Portugal's 'Golden Triangle' of Sintra, Cascais and the Estoril coast.
Pilgrimage to Fátima and on to Salamanca
We trace the path of pilgrims, who for decades have ventured north to the shrine at Fátima to pray to the Virgin Mary, and see the site of a celebrated religious miracle. Departing Portugal, we arrive in the historic university city of Salamanca – La Dorada, so named for its golden, orange and pink façades, which we will have an opportunity to see in the magnificent Plaza Mayor - voted by the locals as the most beautiful of all squares in Spain.
Return to Madrid
Traversing the dramatic Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains, we arrive in Madrid, Europe's highest capital. Indulge in some last-minute shopping on the Gran Vía, or join our Local Specialist to uncover Spain's recent history, the Civil War and the Royal Family. This evening we join our travel companions and Travel Director for a memorable Farewell Dinner.
Journey Home
Our epic journey through Spain, Morocco and Portugal comes to an end this morning. All that's left is to say a fond farewell to your newfound friends and an unforgettable experience shared.
Inclusions
  • 6 Dinner (D)
  • 15 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Return ferry crossings between Spain and Morocco
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
09 Mar 2024 24 Mar 2024 Available $5,895
16 Mar 2024 31 Mar 2024 Available $5,895
30 Mar 2024 14 Apr 2024 Available $6,325
06 Apr 2024 21 Apr 2024 onRequest $7,125
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27 Apr 2024 12 May 2024 onRequest $7,125
04 May 2024 19 May 2024 onRequest $7,150
11 May 2024 26 May 2024 onRequest $6,078
18 May 2024 02 Jun 2024 onRequest $7,150
25 May 2024 09 Jun 2024 Available $7,075
01 Jun 2024 16 Jun 2024 Available $7,075
08 Jun 2024 23 Jun 2024 Available $6,014
15 Jun 2024 30 Jun 2024 onRequest $6,099
22 Jun 2024 07 Jul 2024 onRequest $5,993
29 Jun 2024 14 Jul 2024 Available $5,993
06 Jul 2024 21 Jul 2024 Available $5,993
13 Jul 2024 28 Jul 2024 Available $5,993
20 Jul 2024 04 Aug 2024 Available $5,993
27 Jul 2024 11 Aug 2024 Available $5,993
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10 Aug 2024 25 Aug 2024 Available $5,993
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24 Aug 2024 08 Sep 2024 Available $6,116
31 Aug 2024 15 Sep 2024 Available $6,116
07 Sep 2024 22 Sep 2024 Available $7,195
14 Sep 2024 29 Sep 2024 Available $7,195
21 Sep 2024 06 Oct 2024 Available $7,195
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12 Oct 2024 27 Oct 2024 Available $7,195
19 Oct 2024 03 Nov 2024 onRequest $6,116
26 Oct 2024 10 Nov 2024 Available $6,895
02 Nov 2024 17 Nov 2024 onRequest $6,153
09 Nov 2024 24 Nov 2024 Available $6,153
16 Nov 2024 01 Dec 2024 Available $6,153
23 Nov 2024 08 Dec 2024 Available $6,153
14 Dec 2024 29 Dec 2024 Available $6,498
21 Dec 2024 05 Jan 2025 Available $6,641
26 Dec 2024 10 Jan 2025 Available $6,641
02 Jan 2025 17 Jan 2025 Available $6,268
11 Jan 2025 26 Jan 2025 Available $6,153
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15 Feb 2025 02 Mar 2025 Available $6,153
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01 Mar 2025 16 Mar 2025 Available $6,688
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15 Mar 2025 30 Mar 2025 Available $6,688
22 Mar 2025 06 Apr 2025 Available $7,244
29 Mar 2025 13 Apr 2025 Available $7,244
05 Apr 2025 20 Apr 2025 Available $7,175
12 Apr 2025 27 Apr 2025 Available $7,175
19 Apr 2025 04 May 2025 Available $7,175
26 Apr 2025 11 May 2025 Available $7,175
03 May 2025 18 May 2025 Available $7,195
10 May 2025 25 May 2025 Available $7,195
17 May 2025 01 Jun 2025 Available $7,195
24 May 2025 08 Jun 2025 Available $7,125
31 May 2025 15 Jun 2025 Available $7,125
07 Jun 2025 22 Jun 2025 Available $7,125
14 Jun 2025 29 Jun 2025 Available $7,225
21 Jun 2025 06 Jul 2025 Available $7,095
28 Jun 2025 13 Jul 2025 Available $7,095
05 Jul 2025 20 Jul 2025 Available $7,095
12 Jul 2025 27 Jul 2025 Available $7,095
19 Jul 2025 03 Aug 2025 Available $7,095
26 Jul 2025 10 Aug 2025 Available $7,095
02 Aug 2025 17 Aug 2025 Available $7,095
09 Aug 2025 24 Aug 2025 Available $7,095
16 Aug 2025 31 Aug 2025 Available $7,095
23 Aug 2025 07 Sep 2025 Available $7,250
30 Aug 2025 14 Sep 2025 Available $7,250
06 Sep 2025 21 Sep 2025 Available $7,250
13 Sep 2025 28 Sep 2025 Available $7,250
20 Sep 2025 05 Oct 2025 Available $7,250
27 Sep 2025 12 Oct 2025 Available $7,250
04 Oct 2025 19 Oct 2025 Available $7,250
11 Oct 2025 26 Oct 2025 Available $7,250
18 Oct 2025 02 Nov 2025 Available $7,250
25 Oct 2025 09 Nov 2025 Available $6,925