Welcome to Madrid, Spain's capital city. Check in to your hotel then relax and unwind. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. This evening, spend free time exploring on your own or take a walking tour of the city with the chance to savour local 'tapas' at a café on the Plaza Mayor. Or perhaps dine in a local restaurant offering the traditional flavours of Spain.
Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time
Your Local Specialist shows you the sights of Madrid including the Cibeles Fountain, the Gran Vía, Paseo de la Castellana and Puerta del Sol. See the monument to Cervantes in Plaza de España. Afterwards, consider an Optional Experience to the medieval UNESCO World Heritage city of Segovia.
Madrid – Toledo – Granada
Today, drive to ancient Toledo and see the cathedral and the ancient synagogue with your Local Specialist. Visit a steel workshop to see some fine examples of the famous Toledo steel-craft. Travel through Andalucía to the Moorish city of Granada
Granada – Costa Del Sol
Enjoy free time this morning to explore or join an Optional Experience to the Albaicín Quarter of Granada. Then travel towards Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and the gateway to the Costa del Sol.
Costa Del Sol – Fez
The day begins with a scenic coastal drive before boarding the ferry to North Africa. A different world awaits you in Morocco, from the dramatic Rif Mountains to the imperial city of Fez, the architecture, culture and scent of the land is as rich as it is diverse.
Fez Sightseeing and Free Time
This morning, your guided sightseeing tour includes views of the Royal Palace. Admire traditional Moroccan handiwork during a visit to a carpet cooperative. Experience the atmosphere of this exotic city with time to relax or use your new-found skills to haggle over beautiful Moroccan carpets - an everlasting souvenir. Tonight, consider joining an Optional Experience to a traditional Arabian dinner, complete with belly dancing.
Fez – Marrakesh
Today, travel to the city of Marrakesh, Africa's most popular year-round sun resort. It was once the favourite holiday spot of Sir Winston Churchill, a haven where he used to relax and paint.
Marrakesh Sightseeing and Free Time
This morning, your guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes a visit to the ornate Bahia Palace and the vast Djemaa el-Fna Square with its palm readers and acrobats. Then there is time at leisure for bargain hunting in the many souks and bazaars or perhaps take an Optional Experience to a Berber village in the Ourika Valley.
Marrakesh – Casablanca – Rabat – Tangier
Today, continue to Casablanca, scene of Humphrey Bogart's most magical moments. Upon arrival, your orientation includes a panoramic drive of the Corniche, plus views of the Hassan II Mosque with the world's tallest minaret. Then continue to the capital city, Rabat, where you view the Mohammed V Mausoleum and Royal Palace. Arrive later in Tangier.
Tangier – Seville
Board the ferry for the return journey back across the Straits of Gibraltar to the Spanish mainland. Continue your journey to the capital of Andalucía Seville for a two-night stay.
Seville Sightseeing and Free Time
Admire the great monuments and sights of Seville with your Local Specialist. See the tiled fountains, pavilions and lush palms in the Maria Luisa Park, renowned for its landscape design and walk through the imposing Plaza de España. Marvel at the mighty Cathedral and La Giralda Bell Tower. This evening, why not experience the fire and passion of a Spanish flamenco show?
Seville – Lisbon
Drive to the Portuguese border then continue past the cork trees of the Alentejo region. From here, travel to the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, a great seafaring city situated where the Tagus River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Tonight, why not consider a traditional Portuguese dinner with entertainment?
Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time
See the Hieronymite Monastery and the medieval quarter of the city before taking in views of the Belém Tower on an included sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Then time at leisure to maybe take an Optional Experience to discover Portugal's Golden Triangle of Queluz, Cascais and Estoril
Lisbon – FáTima – Salamanca
A scenic drive north through the magnificent Serra d'Aire Mountains brings you to the Shrine at Fátima, site of celebrated religious miracles. Cross the border back into Spain and arrive later in Salamanca where you view Plaza Mayor during your orientation tour.
Salamanca – Madrid
Your journey continues through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains to Madrid, Europe's highest capital city. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers on the final night of your holiday.
This morning it is time to bid farewell to your Travel Director and new-found friends as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available to Madrid airport. Conditions apply.