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Jewels of Spain, Portugal & Morocco - 21 days map

COACH TOUR: Uncover the best of Spain, Portugal and Morocco on this 21-day coach tour which starts and ends in Madrid. Enjoy guided sightseeing in the Spanish capital, as well as Porto, Lisbon, Casablanca, Marrakech, Fes and more! Spend two free days relaxing on the beaches of the Costa del Sol, explore the mighty cathedral in Seville and Granada's Alhambra fortress. Cruise the Douro River in Porto, sample delicious Spanish tapas and watch a traditional Fado show in Lisbon. Explore Cordoba and Caceres, visit the Moroccan capital of Rabat and stop in hilltop Toledo.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Madrid - See the modern and historic highlights of the city on a guided tour and enjoy free time to further explore independently
Lisbon - Join a guided tour of the Portuguese capital and spend your free time exploring the historic Alfama Quarter
Costa del Sol - Spend two full days soaking up the summer weather on the beach, enjoying water sports, or dining in local restaurants
Marrakech - Enjoy a guided city tour, including a visit to Djemaa el Fna, the city's main square home to souks, snake charmers, acrobats and more
Fes - Wander the narrow alleys of the world's oldest and largest medieval city, see the ancient walls, gates, tanneries and dye pits
Porto - Cruise the Rias Bajas fjords, tour the city, enjoy a Douro River cruise and visit the Port Wine Cellars for included tasting
Seville - Visit the second largest cathedral in the Catholic world and take in the highlights of the Andalusian capital on a city tour
Casablanca - Uncover highlights of the city including the sprawling white Hassan II Mosque, which can hold 25,000 worshippers
Rabat - Admire the exterior of Morocco's Royal Palace and the Hassan Tower on a visit to the country's administrative capital
Granada - Discover the famous Alhambra palace and fortress complex dating back to the 13th Century, and visit the adjacent Generalife Gardens

Included

20 breakfasts & 7 dinners
Escorted by an English-speaking Spanish tour leader with the services of local guides for city sightseeing (please note you will have a different tour leader in Morocco)
Transportation by deluxe coach with Wi-Fi and audio headsets
Guided sightseeing in Madrid, Porto, Lisbon, Cordoba, Seville, Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat, Fes, Granada & Toledo
Fado show in Lisbon (including dinner)
Olive oil tasting
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.
20 nights 4-5-star hotels
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 21
Return ferry from Tarifa - Tangier
Douro River Cruise & wine tasting in Porto
Entrance to Cordoba Mosque, Seville Cathedral & Alhambra
Flamenco experience in Granada (including dinner)

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Additional meals and drinks unless specified
City tax of approximately €2 per person per night in Porto and Lisbon (approx €8 in total per person). To be paid directly to the hotel at check-in/out. Please note we recommend paying your city tax when checking in or in the evening during your stay to save time on check out!

Itinerary

Day 1

Bienvenido a Espana!

Welcome to Madrid, the Spanish capital! You will be collected at the airport and transferred to our hotel, where the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Madrid

Day 2

Magical Madrid

Today we take an all-encompassing coach tour of Madrid. Highlights of the excursion include the historic Barrio de la Morería region, Habsburgs District, Puerta del Sol central square, Plaza Mayor and the Neptuno Fountains. These are dedicated to Neptune, a Roman water god. In the more modern part of the city we see the Salamanca district, Plaza Castilla and Parque del Oeste. We also see the Santiago Bernabeu, the football stadium of Real Madrid, the most successful European club.

The rest of today is free for you to relax in the hotel or head out and explore further at your own pace. Tonight we enjoy a group Welcome Dinner at a local Tapas restaurant. Get to know your fellow travellers and enjoy some authentic Spanish cuisine.
Overnight: Madrid  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Salamanca & Porto

Madrid - Salamanca - Porto (Portugal). Departing Madrid after breakfast, we make a stop in the university city of Salamanca, with free time to enjoy a stroll around. After our visit, we cross the border into Portugal and complete our drive to Porto. One of the oldest cities in Europe, Porto is located along the Douro River estuary and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
Overnight: Porto  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Porto sightseeing

Today is spent exploring Porto with a number of included activities. We enjoy a guided city tour, taking in highlights such as the Cathedral, Stock Exchange and Santa Clara Church. We also take a cruise on the Douro River, which runs through the heart of Porto. And we visit one of the riverfront Port Wine Cellars, with included tasting of this local drink.
Overnight: Porto  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Coimbra & Fatima

Porto - Coimbra - Fatima. Departing Porto after breakfast, our first stop today is in Coimbra. This riverfront city is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, which was established in 1290. It was also the birthplace of Fado music. There's free time to explore.

We complete our drive to Fatima, another important site in Christianity. It is here, at the Cova da Iria that the Virgin Mary appeared before three local shepherd children - Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, who are buried at the Sanctuary of Our Lady Fatima, the country's most important pilgrimage site. Tonight, we may be able to attend the candlelit procession at around 22:00.
Overnight: Fatima  |  Breakfast

Day 6

To Lisbon

Fatima - Batalha - Nazare - Alcobaca - Lisbon. This morning we visit the UNESCO-listed Batalha Monastery, a 14th Century Gothic masterpiece, built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the Battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. We then enjoy some free time in the quaint fishing village of Nazare before arriving in Alcobaca, where we can see the even older 12th Century monastery located here. This is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the world. After admiring the monastery, we complete our journey to Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal. The evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Lisbon  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Exploring Lisbon

Our day starts with a city sightseeing tour, taking in many of Lisbon's highlights. We see the city's main plazas, the fortified Belem Tower, Jeronimo's Monastery, the Monument to the Discoverers and the Marquis of Pombal Square roundabout.

The afternoon is free, and we recommend you head into the Alfama Quarter, the oldest part of Lisbon. Crowned by the Sao Jorge Castle, this part of the city features narrow alleyways and colourful 'tabernas'.

Tonight, there is an included group dinner at one of the oldest Fado venues in Lisbon.
Overnight: Lisbon  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Caceres & Cordoba

Lisbon - Caceres (Spain) - Cordoba. After breakfast we say farewell to Lisbon and head back into Spain, specifically the southern region of Andalusia. Before we reach mainland Spain's southernmost region, we stop in Caceres. The Old Town here is UNESCO-listed, known for its blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. There's time for a walk through the Plaza Mayor Square and the Old Town. We then climb back on board our coach and complete the journey to Cordoba, where the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Cordoba  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Cordoba sightseeing & Seville

Cordoba - Seville. This morning we tour Cordoba, an important Roman city that was also an Islamic centre during the Middle Ages. The most important landmark here is the sprawling La Mezquita mosque-cathedral, which dates back to 988 AD. Entrance to the mosque is included on our tour and we also take a stroll through the Jewish Quarter before departing the city and travelling south-west to Seville, capital of Andalusia.
Overnight: Seville  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Exploring Seville

Today we explore Seville on a guided tour. Entrance to the city's cathedral, the second largest in the Catholic world, is included. We also visit the Santa Cruz Quarter, where the famous opera 'Carmen' is largely set. Wander through Maria Luisa Park and the picturesque Plaza Espana. After our tour, the afternoon is free for you to further explore Seville at your own pace.
Overnight: Seville  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Ronda & the Costa del Sol

Seville - Ronda - Costa del Sol. Leaving Seville after breakfast, we pass through quaint Andalusian villages and make a stop in the picturesque mountain-top town of Ronda, where there is free time to explore and admire the view of the surrounding valleys and mountains.

Continuing our journey, we stop at a local Almazara, olive oil mill. Here we can walk through the olive groves and taste some of the delicious organic olive oil produced here. We then reach the stunning Mediterranean coast of the Costa del Sol, where we will usually stay in Malaga or Torremolinos. The evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Costa del Sol  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Beach day!

Today is completely free for you to enjoy the sunshine and beaches of the Costa del Sol. Grab a sunbed and a book, head for a walk along the seafront or taste some fresh seafood in one of the area's fabulous restaurants.
Overnight: Costa del Sol  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Ferry to Tangier & Casablanca, Morocco

Costa del Sol - Tarifa - Tangier (Morocco) - Casablanca. Today we say goodbye to Spain, as we drive along the coast to the port town of Tarifa, and board a ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar to Tangier. After clearing customs, we head south to Casablanca, a city made famous by the classic 1942 film of the same name. Your first evening in Morocco is at leisure, and dinner is included.
Overnight: Casablanca  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14

Casablanca & Marrakech

Casablanca - Marrakech. Today is a big day of sightseeing for us in Morocco! We start with a guided tour of Casablanca, taking in highlights such as Anfa Boulevard, Nations Square and the grand Hassan II Mosque, which can hold up to 25,000 worshippers at any time.

After our tour we leave the city and travel south, to Marrakech. This is perhaps Morocco's most popular destination. The capital of the south, it is located in an oasis near the Atlas Mountains. On our included sightseeing tour we will see the Koutoubia Mosque, Bay Palace, Saadian Tombs necropolis and the atmospheric Djemaa el Fna main square - where fortune tellers, snake charmers, market sellers and acrobats entertain and enthral the crowds. It's the heart of the city and a fascinating place to explore.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15

Marrakech to historic Fes

Marrakech - Rabat - Meknes - Fes. Leaving Marrakech after breakfast, our first stop today is Morocco's capital city - Rabat. On our sightseeing tour we will take in the ornate Royal Palace from the outside, the Mausoleum of Mohamed V and Hassan Tower. Hassan Tower is the minaret of an incomplete mosque which was intended to be the largest mosque in the world, but failed quite comprehensively! Commissioned by Caliph Abu Yusuf Yaqub al-Mansur in the 12th Century, construction was abandoned after his death in 1199.

We make a stop in the imperial city of Meknes to see the Walls of Bab el Mansour and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, Sultan of Morocco from 1672 until 1727. We then arrive in the ancient city of Fes.
Overnight: Fes  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16

Fes

This morning we enjoy a tour of ancient, UNESCO-listed Fes, most important of the imperial cities in Morocco and the oldest and largest medieval city in the world. On our tour we will wander down some of the old walled city's 9,400 alleyways and take in the heart of the medina. We also see the seven gates of the Royal Palace, explore the Jewish Quarter and admire the ornate gate of Bab Bou Jeloud, built by the colonial French administration in 1913. Tonight there is an optional show with dinner included - book and pay locally.
Overnight: Fes  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 17-18

Return to Spain

Fes - Tangier - Tarifa (Spain) - Costa del Sol. After breakfast on day 17 we depart Fes and make our way back to the port city of Tangier. Here we board the ferry and retrace our steps back across the Strait of Gibraltar to Tarifa in Spain. From here we return to the Costa del Sol, and enjoy our first evening back in Spain.

Day 18 is free for you to enjoy some more leisure time on the beaches of the Costa del Sol - time to top up that tan!
Overnight: Costa del Sol  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 19

Granada & the Alhambra

Costa del Sol - Granada. Today we travel to Granada and enjoy an included visit to the Alhambra complex. This famous 13th century palace and fortress is one of the best-preserved examples of early Islamic architecture anywhere in the world, as well as being home to important Spanish Renaissance architecture. We'll tour Alhambra and the adjacent Generalife Palace and Gardens. The gardens have historically inspired many authors, including Washington Irving. This American author wrote his Tales of the Alhambra in 1832 whilst visiting the area.

Back in the city, there is some free time before we enjoy an included group dinner and Flamenco show.
Overnight: Granada  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 20

Toledo sightseeing

Granada - Toledo - Madrid. We return to the Spanish capital of Madrid today, stopping in the imperial hilltop city of Toledo en route. This picturesque location is surrounded by the Tagus River and is protected by UNESCO. It's also something of a confluence of culture, with Christians, Jews and Muslims having lived side by side for centuries. We enjoy a short tour of the historic Old Town before completing our journey back to the Spanish capital, where the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Madrid  |  Breakfast

Day 21

Madrid

Enjoy a final breakfast in the hotel before our tour comes to an end. There is an included transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 8 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The Single Room price applies for solo travellers who require their own room.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
07 Apr - 27 Apr 30% off G
€7,125
€4,988
€9,175
21 Apr - 11 May 30% off
€7,125
€4,988
€9,175
05 May - 25 May 30% off
€7,125
€4,988
€9,175
12 May - 01 Jun 30% off
€7,125
€4,988
€9,175
19 May - 08 Jun 30% off
€7,125
€4,988
€9,175
26 May - 15 Jun 30% off
€6,815
€4,771
€8,875
02 Jun - 22 Jun 30% off
€6,815
€4,771
€8,875
09 Jun - 29 Jun 30% off
€6,815
€4,771
€8,875
16 Jun - 06 Jul 30% off
€6,815
€4,771
€8,875
23 Jun - 13 Jul 30% off
€6,815
€4,771
€8,875
30 Jun - 20 Jul 30% off
€6,815
€4,771
€8,875
07 Jul - 27 Jul 30% off
€6,525
€4,568
€8,815
11 Aug - 31 Aug 30% off
€6,525
€4,568
€8,815
01 Sep - 21 Sep 30% off
€7,125
€4,988
€9,175
08 Sep - 28 Sep 30% off
€7,125
€4,988
€9,175
15 Sep - 05 Oct 30% off
€6,815
€4,771
€8,875
22 Sep - 12 Oct 30% off
€6,815
€4,771
€8,875
29 Sep - 19 Oct 30% off
€6,815
€4,771
€8,875
06 Oct - 26 Oct 30% off
€6,815
€4,771
€8,875
13 Oct - 02 Nov 30% off
€6,815
€4,771
€8,875
20 Oct - 09 Nov 30% off
€6,815
€4,771
€8,875

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Hotel Riu Plaza Espana, Madrid

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Housed in the striking red and white Edificio Espana building in the centre of Madrid, the 4-star Riu Plaza Espana boasts an outdoor swimming pool on the 21st floor, free Wi-Fi throughout, a fitness centre and a sky bar offering sweeping vistas of the city. All rooms come equipped with ensuite bathrooms, mini-fridge and air-conditioning. Buffet breakfast is served in the onsite restaurant and travellers can tuck into authentic Tapas at the El Eden Gastrobar a la carte restaurant. This hotel is located on the Gran Via, often referred to as the 'Spanish Broadway', with a host of shopping and dining opportunities at hand. It is also an easy walk to the Royal Palace.

BessaHotel Boavista, Porto

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located in Porto's popular Boavista district, the BessaHotel Boavista is just a few minute's walk from the Casa da Musica concert hall and other attractions. Bright and spacious guest rooms offer private bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, air-conditioning and TV. There is an onsite gym and dining options include the BRestaurant & Bar, where Head Chef Vitor de Matos serves impeccable Iberian cuisine. Breakfast is served buffet style and there is also an outdoor terrace serving an array of cocktails and regional Douro Valley wines. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also offered.

Hotel Santa Maria, Fatima

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

A 2-minute walk from the Sanctuary of Our Lady Fatima, Hotel Santa Maria has been contemporarily designed, with tall glasswork allowing plenty of light into the hotel. Displaying works by artists including Pedro Calapez, Silvia Patrício and Inês Carrelhas, the hotel also features a tranquil garden, restaurant serving local cuisine, and a bar. Views of the Sanctuary can be admired from the upper floor terrace. Rooms are air-conditioned, with free Wi-Fi and carpeted floors.

Smart Design Hotel Lutecia, Lisbon

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

This recently renovated hotel features 9 themed floors, with rooms and corridors decorated in varying contemporary patterns and pastel hues. Smart Design Hotel Lutecia is located just 200m from the nearest metro station, giving guests quick and easy access to different parts of the city. Rooms are equipped with modern amenities such as design chairs, smart TV's and espresso coffee machines. In the morning enjoy an expansive buffet breakfast.

Hesperia Cordoba, Cordoba

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located on the peaceful banks of the Guadalquivir River, Hesperia Cordoba offers views of Cordoba's two main attractions, La Mezquita and the Alcazar and is just a 7-minute walk from the city's historic centre. Facilities include a rooftop pool, garden and complimentary Wi-Fi connection. Rooms at the hotel all come equipped with ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning and satellite TV. Decor is classic white, as is commonplace in southern Spain. As well as an onsite restaurant, there is a rooftop bar serving drinks until 23:30.

Melia Lebreros, Seville

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

A stylish hotel located in Seville's commercial district, Melia Lebreros was extensively refurbished recently and modern, elegant decor is visible throughout. Rooms offer air-conditioning, wood panelled flooring, minibar, flat screen TV and ensuite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries. Facilities include an outdoor pool and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property. Local and international cuisine can be enjoyed at the Mosaico Restaurant and local dishes are served in a traditional atmosphere at La Taberna la Dehesa. There is also an onsite bar.

Sol Don Pablo, Torremolinos, Costa del Sol

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Sol Don Pablo is located in the resort town of Torremolinos, just 200 metres from Bajondillo Beach and a host of seafront bars, restaurants and shops. As well as its proximity to the ocean, the hotel boasts two outdoor pools and a hot tub, making it the perfect place to enjoy the fine weather of the Costa del Sol. Air-conditioned guest rooms come equipped with balconies and ensuite bathrooms and there is an onsite buffet restaurant and pool bar. A variety of evening entertainment is also offered for guests to enjoy, as is complimentary Wi-Fi.

Grand Mogador City Center, Casablanca

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Offering free Wi-Fi, two onsite restaurants serving Mediterranean, Moroccan and international cuisine and 417 elegant yet modern guest rooms, the Grand Mogador City Center Hotel is a great option for guests travelling to Casablanca. There is a spa and fitness centre for guests to enjoy. Spacious rooms are air-conditioned and come equipped with flat-screen satellite TV, ensuite bathrooms with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries.

Palm Plaza Hotel & Spa, Marrakech

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

An upscale hotel located on landscaped grounds in the Agdal district of Marrakech, the 5-star Palm Plaza boasts a large outdoor pool and sun terrace, piano bar, nightclub, sauna, hamman and gym for guests to enjoy. Dining is at the El Menzah International Restaurant buffet, or the Marrakech-Phuket open air restaurant, serving regional dishes in a relaxing environment. There is also a poolside snack bar. Guest rooms are decorated in Moroccan style, with flat screen television, air-conditioning, seating area, ensuite bathroom and a terrace or balcony. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Royal Mirage Hotel, Fes

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located in the heart of ancient Fes, the Royal Mirage Hotel is just a short walk from the medina. There is a large outdoor pool and terrace, free Wi-Fi and a Moroccan spa and wellness centre. Traditional cuisine is served in the Al Wadi restaurant and there are a number of smaller snack bars, coffee shops and bars serving alcoholic drinks. Guest rooms offer either a pool or garden view and come with a balcony or terrace, as well as modern amenities including ensuite bathroom, air-conditioning, safe and TV.

Hotel Catalonia Granada, Granada

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located in the heart of Granada, the Catalonia hotel offers sleek and modern guest rooms with smart TV, private bathrooms, minibar and desk. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the property and other amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and rooftop sun terrace. Buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant, and there is an onsite Gastrobar open from 11am to 11pm, serving a variety of snacks and Mediterranean dishes.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Madrid
Ends
Madrid
Departs
Sundays
Group Size
Min 8 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
4 - 5 star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader with local guides for sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 20, Dinner: 7
Countries
Minimum Age
No minimum age
Arr. Transfer
Yes - Arrival time and flight number must be provided
Dep. Transfer
Yes
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