Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco - Classic Group, 2022

Tour Type: Regional Journey
Brochure Type: Europe & Britain: 2022

A kaleidoscopic adventure that takes you from some of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities, to an exotic and vivid land of medinas and minarets.

Authentic Dining
  • Lisbon: Delight in a taste of the famous Portuguese delicacy, Pasteis de Belem.
  • Madrid: Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travellers over a beautiful evening of delicious food and wine.
  • Alfarnatejo: Hear the stories of local life as you are invited into the home of a local family to join them for a freshly prepared, traditional lunch, with wine.
  • Alfarnatejo: Taste a selection of freshly pressed olive oils with locally made farmer bread when you stop at Almazara, the oldest olive grove in the region.
  • Madrid: With good food and wine, toast the culmination of your travels during a fabulous Celebration Dinner.
  • Dining Summary: 16 Breakfasts (B), 4 Dinners (D), 2 Dinners with Wine (DW), 1 Lunch with Wine (LW)
Insight Choice
  • Seville: Choose between a visit to the cathedral and a walk through the old Jewish quarter with a Local Expert or alternatively, join a panoramic tour of the city and stop for a refreshing beverage.
Insight Experiences
  • Madrid: Witness the world's finest collection of Spanish paintings, plus an impressive foreign collection, as you tour the Prado Museum with an art historian.
  • Granada: Visit the famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. While others wait in line, you'll be exploring alongside a fascinating Local Expert keen to share insights into this Moorish landmark.
Make Travel Matter
  • Seville: The Cristina Heeren Foundation aims to promote the teaching and conservation of flamenco and is a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. Meet the students of the foundation, learn some basic flamenco steps, and then feel the passion as the students perform an emotional show.The Cristina Heeren Foundation advances SDG 4: Quality Education. The school enables students access to cultural education that otherwise may not have occurred. TreadRights sponsorship has helped students to complete their studies in advanced guitar, singing and dance. The Foundation also advances SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. As students complete their training, they will carry on and safeguard the traditional flamenco dance, contributing to the protection of Andalusia and Spain's cultural heritage.
Top Rated Highlights
  • Scenic Drives: Take in the ever changing scenery of south-west Europe and northern Africa as you pass the Estrela Mountains, the Middle Atlas Mountains, the High Atlas Mountains, and continue along Costa del Sol, through the Provence of Malaga, across Sierra Nevada and the La Mancha region.
  • Madrid: See the highlights of the city with your Local Expert. Visit the Old Town, travelling along the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, past the fountain in the Plaza de Cibeles, the Cervantes Monument and Royal Palace, before crossing the Puerta del Sol.
  • Avila: Walk within the ancient walls of this unique town.
  • Salamanca: See the golden stone buildings and handsome arcades of Plaza Mayor for which this city is famous for.
  • Fatima: Join the faithful at one of the world's holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of the Apparitions or see the basilica.
  • Lisbon: Visit Jeronimos Monastery with its beautiful Manueline architecture, reflecting Portugal's trade over the centuries and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Gibraltar: Set sail across the straits of Gibraltar and cruise to Tangier.
  • Tangier: Your Local Expert will show you the sights of Morocco's great port. See the Sultan's Palace and visit the Casbah.
  • Rabat: See the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower.
  • Casablanca: Explore this coastal city, made famous the classic film. Your Local Expert will show you the largest mosque in the country, Hassan II Mosque and the Corniche, lined with trendy restaurants and cafes.
  • 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.
  • Fes: Led by your Local Expert, wander the maze of streets that make up the ancient Medina. Pass one of the world's oldest university's and see the hidden courtyards, mosques and workshop and continue through the souks, an array of vendors selling food, clothes, leather goods and beautiful lights.
  • Alfarnatejo: Visit the beautiful, quiet town and walk the town centre to see the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla.
  • Granada: Explore 'The City of the Pomegranate' with a Local Expert. During sightseeing you'll see the icons dedicated to this fruit throughout the city.
Included Insight Services
  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • 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
  • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times
  • If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport

Call (800) 468-2359 for more information or to book today! Mention code 15392312

Tour Operator
Insight Vacations
Offer
Offer valid through 3/31/2021
Duration
17 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1MadridWelcome to Madrid: Your transfer will depart Madrid airport at 09:00, 11:30, 13:30 or 16:00.Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant and get to know your fellow travellers over a beautiful evening of delicious food and wine. (Dinner with Wine)
Hotel Riu Plaza De Espana, Madrid.
Day 2SalamancaPrado Museum and on to Golden Salamanca: With your Local Expert, travel along the main historical areas of the capital of Spain, known as Madrid of the Bourbons. Your drive continues through the Old Quarter, to discover the origins of the city. A sure highlight is when you join an art historian to explore the Prado Museum, a magnificent palace housing works by Velazquez, Goya, Rubens and other masters. Journey past the walls of Avila en route to Salamanca, with its honey-coloured cathedral and 16th century university buildings. (Breakfast)
Hotel Alameda Palace, Salamanca.
Day 3LisbonHoly Fatima and Lisbon: Cross the Portuguese frontier and skirt the Estrela Mountains en route to Fatima, Portugal's most renowned religious site.Join the pilgrims flocking into the great basilica, commemorating the miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. In the heart of the Shrine of Fatima is The Chapel of Apparitions, marking the exact location of her first appearance. Other sacred sites include the Museu de Arte Sacra e Etnologia, exhibiting religious artifacts and the modern church of the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity. Your travels continue to Lisbon. (Breakfast)
Dom Pedro Lisboa, Lisbon.
Day 4LisbonLisbon and the Age of the Great Discoveries: Your guided sightseeing with a Local Expert takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and across the tree-shaded squares. Pass beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city, named after the palace that was destroyed in the terrible earthquake of 1755, along with much of the rest of the city. Visit the Belem Quarter from where sailing ships once set forth to discover unknown lands. Enjoy a taste of Pasteis de Belem from the patisserie that has been using the same secret recipe for almost 200 years. See the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belem Tower, erected to protect Jeronimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which you visit. This afternoon is free to explore further as you wish or perhaps decide to visit Sintra? (Breakfast)
Dom Pedro Lisboa, Lisbon.
Day 5SevilleTo Seville, the City of Carmen: Explore Seville with Insight Choice. Choose to visit Seville's Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Colombus, and see La Giralda, the former minaret of the Great Mosque, which now is the bell tower of the cathedral. Continue your exploration in the old Jewish Quarter. Alternatively, join a scenic drive around the city and a short walk through the narrow lanes of Santa Cruz Quarter, to enjoy a refreshing beverage. (Breakfast)
Ayre Hotel Sevilla, Seville.
Day 6SevilleFree Time and Flamenco in Seville: This morning is yours to completely relax or continue exploring this fascinating city. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to Cordoba and visit the magnificent Mezquita, an 8th century mosque with a Christian cathedral built inside it? Later, visit the Cristina Heeren Foundation, a beneficiary of a TreadRight Foundation grant. This private dance school is dedicated to promoting the conservation of flamenco and supports young enthusiasts from all over the world with a special focus on new talent from the Andalusian region. Feel the passion behind the choreography as you put your rhythm to the test during a dance lesson before witnessing emotions come to life in a flamenco performance. With some free time for dinner, wander the restaurants in Triana or try the local night market Lonja Del Barranco, selling tapas made from fresh, local produce. Why not grab yourself a refreshing sangria for a cheers to your new found dancing feet? (Breakfast)
Ayre Hotel Sevilla, Seville.
Day 7TangierThe Straits of Gibraltar to Tangier: Continue on to Gibraltar, an overseas territory under British control since 1704.Meet your Local Expert for a guided tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, St. Michael's Cave and see the Barbary Apes, legendary guardians of the colony. Set sail across the Straits of Gibraltar to reach Morocco - a land of musky spices and colourful souks. Your travels continue to Tangier. Your Local Expert will show you the sights of Morocco's great port. See the Sultan's Palace and visit the Casbah. (Breakfast / Dinner)
Grand Hotel Villa de France by BlueBay, Tangier.
Day 8CasablancaRabat and Casablanca: Journey to Rabat and see the Royal Palace and Hassan Tower with your Local Expert.Continue to the west coast of Africa to reach Casablanca.Discover if Humphrey Bogart really did say 'Play it again Sam' during sightseeing with your Local Expert. You will also see the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in the country. During your free time this evening, perhaps head to the Corniche, Casablanca's chic seaside strip, for your choice of trendy restaurants and cafes? (Breakfast / Dinner)
Grand Mogador City Center, Casablanca.
Day 9MarrakeshMarrakesh, Pearl of the South: Journey to Marrakesh and meet your Local Expert in the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, where you can take a moment to watch the dancers, storytellers and acrobats. Explore the Medina and see the Koutoubia Mosque, with its minaret dominating the Marrakesh skyline.Visit the intricately decorated Palais Bahia, intended to be the greatest palace of its time, when it was built in the late 19th century.With time at leisure, you are free to continue exploring, try your hand at haggling in the souks or maybe visit a museum? In the evening, perhaps choose to join us at a vibrant restaurant on Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, where you will enjoy a slew of classic Moroccan dishes as you absorb the ambience and watch twirling belly dancers balance plates of lit candles on their heads. (Breakfast)
Kenzi Rose Garden, Marrakesh.
Day 10MarrakeshExplore Marrakesh: Today is yours to explore Marrakesh at leisure. (Breakfast)
Kenzi Rose Garden, Marrakesh.
Day 11FesThe Ancient Imperial City of Fes: Journey to the vibrant city of Fes.Your Local Expert will guide you through the ancient Medina. Explore this walled city of hidden courtyards, mosques and workshops. Walk through the souks and pass 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. This afternoon you are at leisure to relax in your hotel and enjoy views from your room of the Medina. (Breakfast / Dinner)
Marriott Jnan Palace (Pool View rooms), Fes.
Day 12FesFree time in Fes: Enjoy a relaxed start and day at leisure.Perhaps unwind at your hotel and cool off with a dip in the pool, or continue to explore Morocco's most ancient imperial city. (Breakfast / Dinner)
Marriott Jnan Palace (Pool View rooms), Fes.
Day 13TorremolinosOn to the Costa del Sol: Leave Morocco and cross back over to Spain. Your travels continue through Andalucia and on to the Costa del Sol, famous for its beaches. (Breakfast)
Melia Costa del Sol, Torremolinos.
Day 14TorremolinosAt Leisure on the Costa del Sol: Enjoy the day at leisure on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol. Relax by the blue Mediterranean waters, stroll along the promenade, savour the specialities in the local restaurants, or consider exploring Malaga, the birth city of Picasso. (Breakfast)
Melia Costa del Sol, Torremolinos.
Day 15GranadaDining with Locals and the Alhambra Palace: Continue to Alfarnatejo, a quiet white washed village with a population of just 500 people, surrounded by stunning mountainous landscape.Walk the town centre to see the 18th century Iglesia del Santo Cristo de Cabrilla.Travel to the oldest olive grove in the region and stop at the rural mill-factory of Alfarnatejo to taste a selection of different oils with locally made farmer bread.In small groups, you are invited into the home of a local family to join them for a delicious Highlight Lunch made of fresh, local produce with flavours typical of the region.Continue to Granada, where overlooking the town stands one of the most remarkable fortresses ever built, the Alhambra. Led by your Local Expert, explore this exquisite palace built as a citadel by the Moors in the 13th century - a fantasy of arabesque gardens, fountains and stone cut like lace. Stroll through the elegant, exotic water gardens of the Generalife, the royal summer residence. (Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)
Melia Granada.
Day 16MadridTo Madrid in search of Don Quixote: Your journey continues to the north, through countryside immortalised by Cervantes fictional hero, Don Quixote.On return to Madrid, toast your travels with your newfound friends during a lively Celebration Dinner of delicious food and wine at a local restaurant. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel Riu Plaza De Espana, Madrid.
Day 17MadridFarewell Madrid: Bid farewell to your Iberian adventures. After breakfast, transfers arrive at Madrid airport at 07:00, 09:00 and 11:00. (Breakfast)
Dates/Pricing

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03/26/2022$4,575.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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04/23/2022$4,575.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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08/20/2022$4,395.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
09/03/2022$4,625.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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09/24/2022$4,575.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
10/01/2022$4,575.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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10/22/2022$3,875.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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