Spain, Portugal & Morocco with Barcelona
For those who wish to see it all, this vacation is unforgettable. You start in Lisbon with a welcome dinner and sightseeing including Jeronimos Monastery, then travel south and visit a tile workshop in Azeitao and continue to Seville, Spain, where sightseeing includes a visit to the Alcazar. Sail by ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar and overnight in Rabat, Morocco. Admire the Royal Palace and visit the Mohammed V Mausoleum, plus the Roman relics of Chellah, before continuing to exotic Casablanca, where an exclusive lunch at Rick’s Café Américain, famous from the movie Casablanca, has been arranged for you. In Marrakesh, enjoy sightseeing with visits to Bahia Palace and the Saadian Tombs (if closed, visit Badia Palace instead). In Ouarzazate, visit Kasbah Taourirt and enjoy a drink at sunset. Another highlight awaits you in Erfoud, in the heart of the Sahara: an exciting four-wheel drive through the sand dunes. Also visit Fez and Tangier, before sailing across the Strait to the Bay of Algeciras. A whole day at leisure on the Costa del Sol allows you to join an optional excursion to the Rock of Gibraltar before continuing to Granada, where guided sightseeing includes visits to the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife, and where a special dinner at a local restaurant with local specialties awaits you. Also stop in Toledo, to see one of El Greco’s masterpieces in the Santo Tomé Church, on your way to Madrid. Here, guided sightseeing features a visit to the famous Prado Museum, and a special paella dinner has been prepared for your farewell evening. Transfer to Barcelona by high-speed AVE train; enjoy three nights and guided sightseeing with visits to Casa Batlló and Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Basilica. All services, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms.
LISBON Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Alfama quarter and Jeronimos MonasteryAZEITAO Visit a tile workshopSEVILLE Guided sightseeing, visit the Alcazar, and walk through the Santa Cruz quarterALGECIRAS–TANGIER By ferry across the Strait of GibraltarRABAT Guided sightseeing, visit Mohammed V Mausoleum and the Roman relics of ChellahCASABLANCA [LF] Enjoy lunch at Rick’s Café; guided panoramic drive; visit at Hassan II MosqueMARRAKESH Guided sightseeing, visit Bahia Palace and the Saadian Tombs (if closed, visit Badia Palace instead)OUARZAZATE [LF] Visit Kasbah Taourirt and enjoy a drink; stay overnight in the area where the movie Lawrence of Arabia was madeERFOUD[LF] Enjoy a four-wheel drive to the sand dune of Erg ChebbiER RACHIDIA Stop in the Ziz GorgesFEZ Guided sightseeing, visit the Medina and Medersa Bou InaniaTANGIER Orientation, board the ferry to SpainCOSTA DEL SOL Stay two nights in the resort of MarbellaGRANADA Guided walking tour, visit the Alhambra complex and the Water Gardens of the Generalife; dinner with wine at a local restaurantTOLEDO Guided walking tour, visit an early synagogue, the gothic cathedral, and the Santo Tomé Church with one of El Greco’s masterpieces; visit a Damascene steel workshopMADRID Guided sightseeing, visit the Prado Museum; [LF] farewell paella dinner with wine at a local restaurantMADRID-BARCELONA by high-speed AVE TrainBARCELONAGuided sightseeing including visits to Casa Batllo and the Sagrada Familia BasilicaHeadsets throughout the tour
LISBON Mundial (F)SEVILLE Sevilla Center (SF),RABAT Belere (F)MARRAKESH Es Saadi (SF)OUARZAZATE Le Berbere Palace (SF)ERFOUD Kasbah Chergui (SF)FEZ Barcelo Fes Medina (F)COSTA DEL SOL Fuerte Miramar Spa (D) at MarbellaGRANADA Saray (SF)MADRID Husa Princesa (SF)BARCELONA Catalonia Ramblas (SF)
Full buffet breakfast (B) daily; 1 special lunch (L) in Casablanca; 9 three-course dinners (D), including a welcome dinner in Lisbon and special dinners in Granada and Madrid
NOTES:Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. For Gibraltar, a special visa is required; a UK or Schengen visa will not gain entrance.In the rare event that the AVE train is unavailable; alternative services will be provided.
Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; ferry; four-wheel drive in the desert; high-speed first-class AVE train