Classic: Spain, Portugal, and Morocco Adventure (ESMK)
Countries Visited: Morocco, Portugal, Spain Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12.
Meals Included: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Savour the tapas culture of Spain, explore the seven hills of Lisbon, savour the flavours of Morocco, wander the white washed streets of Seville, get lost in ancient medinas, and lay eyes on captivating landscapes.
Quite a few civilizations have left their imprint on Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, but perhaps none so permeating as the Moors. Get your feet wet in Moorish culture in the Iberian peninsula, home of Spain and Portugal. Surround yourself in the whitewashed architecture of a traditional "pousada" with an overnight in Evora, before exploring Spain's fiery Andalucian capital of Seville. Cool it all down in Morocco, within the city of Chefchaouen's striking blue walls. Don't miss out on a tour that's as drenched with flavours, colours, and history as the three countries that comprise it.
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|Day 1||Madrid||Day 1 Madrid|
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. We recommend arriving a day earlier to explore all that this amazing city has to offer. Additional Notes: Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Prado Museum. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Porto||Day 2 Madrid/Porto (1B)|
Spend the morning exploring Madrid. Transfer to Porto, stopping in the historic and charming town of Salamanca along the way. Arrive in Porto by the early evening. Transport: Local train (2.50-3.00 hours, 218km) Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours, 350km)
|Day 3||Porto||Day 3 Porto (1B)|
Head down Allies Avenue to see the French-inspired buildings. Bargain at the BolhAo Market. Wander the citys World Heritage-listed Ribeira district, visit SAo Francisco church, the palatial former 19th-century stock market PalAcio de Bolsa or head to the Clerigos Tower for a panoramic view of the city. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Port Wine Cellar Visit
|Day 4||Lisbon||Day 4 Porto/Lisbon (1B)|
Journey to Portugals capital city, Lisbon. Take in your surroundings on an orientation walk of the Belem district. Included Activities: BelEm District Visit
|Day 5||Lisbon||Day 5 Lisbon (1B, 1D)|
Opt to take a day trip into the foothills of the surrounding mountains to Sintra. Get lost in the citys winding streets lined with pastel coloured houses, palaces, majestic gardens and lush forests. It doesnt get more postcard-worthy than this. Included Activities: Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal
|Day 6||Evora||Day 6 Lisbon/Evora (1B)|
Travel to Evora in the heart of the Alentejo region. Enjoy an included tour to the haunting, but mesmerizing Chapel of Bones. Opt to visit Dianas Temple, one of the best preserved Roman temples in the Iberian Peninsula. Included Activities: Chapel of Bones Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 7||Seville||Day 7 Evora/Seville (1B)|
Journey to the Algarve coast to the small fishing village of OlhAo. Explore its bustling fish market, active waterfront and white washed laneways. Continue to Seville and enjoy an orientation walk on arrival. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.75 hour(s), 248km) Private Vehicle (2.25 hour(s), 191km)
|Day 8||Seville||Day 8 Seville (1B)|
Take the time to see all this great city has to offer. Opt to explore the interiors and gardens of the AlcAzar, a magnificent palace dating from Moorish times, or the true heart of Seville, the Santa Cruz quarter- a charming area with winding alleys, picturesque lime-washed houses, flowery patios, and small squares. Seville is home to the world's largest gothic cathedral - climb the adjoining tower for great views of the city. Other attractions include the Museo ArqueolOgico, the Casa de Pilates and the Parque de MarIa Luisa, which has a maze of paths, garden beds, pretty little patios, fountains, and shaded lawns. Additional Notes: Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the AlcAzar of Seville. Included Activities: Flamenco Show
|Day 9||Chefchaouen||Day 9 Seville/Chefchaouen (1B)|
Stop in Tangier for a guided tour of the medina before continuing on to Chefchaouen for the evening. The djellaba, the traditional hooded garment worn by the men and women of North Africa, was created here. Chefchaouen is a great place to check out many of Moroccos ancient crafts, or wander around the medinas winding streets lined with blue-washed houses. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Spain - Morocco) Tangier Guided Tour Transport: Local bus (2.50 hour(s)) Ferry (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 10||Chefchaouen||Day 10 Chefchaouen (1B)|
The city, whitewashed in different shades of blue, is spectacular on its own but with the surrounding mountains, its a sight to behold. At sunset, opt to visit the Spanish Mosque for a stunning panoramic view of the city.
|Day 11||Fes||Day 11 Chefchaouen/Fes (1B, 1L)|
Continue through the rolling hills to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Take a guided tour of the best-preserved Roman ruins in this part of Northern Africa, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After, continue to the imperial city of Fes, the heart of arts and culture in Morocco. Included Activities: Meknes Community Lunch Volubilis Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 12||Fes||Day 12 Fes (1B)|
Enjoy a half-day medina walking tour, with free time in the afternoon to explore more of the city. The Fes medina is the world's largest living medieval medina and a UNESCO site. Explore the artisan quarters, sample treats from the carts, and view Fes famous leather tannery from above. In the evening, opt for dinner in a converted riad complete with local specialties, music, and belly dancing, or visit a local hammam and meet some of the locals. Additional Notes: Only certified local guides are allowed to act as guides in the medina, so your CEO cannot go with you to the medina during free time. Included Activities: Fes Medina Guided Tour
|Day 13||Marrakech||Day 13 Fes/Marrakech (1B)|
Travel to Marrakech, stopping en route in seaside Casablanca known for its colonial and art-deco buildings. Opt to visit the spectacular Hassan II mosque and learn more about this masterpiece. Continue to Marrakech in time to start exploring the city. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.15 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.75 hour(s), 244km)
|Day 14||Marrakech||Day 14 Marrakech (1B)|
Enjoy a medina tour with a certified city guide. Opt to visit Djemaa al Fna Square in the evening to see the gathering of musicians and street performers. Included Activities: Marrakech City Tour
|Day 15||Marrakech||Day 15 Marrakech (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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