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Spain, Portugal & Morocco Encompassed - 23 days  map

From beautiful Barcelona and onto Madrid, take in the best of Portugal, Southern Spain and Morocco on this 23 day tour. Marvel at iconic La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and cruise the Douro River in Porto. See the sights in Madrid, Lisbon and Seville, unwind on the blissful beaches of the Costa del Sol and visit the spectacular Alhambra in Granada. Take the ferry to Morocco for a tour of magical Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat and Fes, before ending your adventure back in the Spanish capital.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Barcelona - Visit La Sagrada Familia and see other highlights of Gaudi's work on an included city tour, with free time to further explore
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
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
Toledo - Marvel at the stunning surroundings of this hilltop riverside town, a confluence of Christian, Jewish and Islamic cultures

Included

22 breakfasts 1 lunch & 6 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
Return ferry from Tarifa - Tangier
Entrance to La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
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.
22 nights 4 star hotels
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 23
High-speed train ticket in Tourist Class from Barcelona to Madrid (unescorted)
Guided sightseeing in Barcelona, Madrid, Porto, Lisbon, Cordoba, Seville, Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat, Fes, Granada & Toledo
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
City tax of approximately €4.95 per person per night in Barcelona and €2 per person per night in Porto and Lisbon (approx €17.90 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!
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Barcelona

On arrival in Barcelona, you will be collected and transferred to our hotel. The rest of today is free for you to head out and explore the city.
Overnight: Barcelona

Day 2

Barcelona sightseeing

We enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour in Barcelona this morning. Driving down the city's main streets, we will admire some of Gaudi's impressive modernist works, such as Le Pedrera and Casa Mila. We stroll through Montjuic Park to admire the surrounding views of the city and we end our tour with a visit to La Sagrada Familia. This is the crown jewel of Gaudi's work and is due to be completed in 2026, exactly 100 years since the great architect died. Entrance to the cathedral is included. After our tour, the rest of today is free for you to continue exploring Barcelona. Perhaps head for a walk along the beach, find some dinner along La Rambla, or head to Parc Guell to see even more of Gaudi's work!
Overnight: Barcelona  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Barca to Madrid

Barcelona - Madrid. After breakfast this morning there is an included transfer to the train station, from where you will take the high speed train to Madrid - you will travel unescorted but will be met by your guide when disembarking in Madrid. There's an included transfer to the hotel, and the rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Madrid  |  Breakfast

Day 4

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 dinner at a local Tapas restaurant. Get to know your fellow travellers and enjoy some authentic Spanish cuisine.
Overnight: Madrid  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

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 6

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 7

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 8

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 9

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 10

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 11

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 12

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 13

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 14

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 15

Ferry to Tangier & Fes, Morocco

Costa del Sol - Tarifa - Tangier (Morocco) - Meknes - Fes. 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 to to the imperial city of Meknes, before continuing on to Fes. Your first evening in Morocco is at leisure, and dinner is included.
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

Day 17

Rabat, Casablanca & Marrakech

Fes - Rabat - Casablanca - Marrakech. Today is a big day of sightseeing for us in Morocco! We start with a guided tour of Rabat, taking 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.

After our tour we leave the city and travel to Casablanca. On our included sightseeing tour we will see United Nations Square, the Boulevard de la Corniche and the exterior of the iconic Hassan II mosque. The magical city of Marrakech is our final destination for today.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 18

Exploring Marrakech

Marrakech - Casablanca. Our sightseeing of Marrakech today begins in the tranquil Menara Gardens. On our included sightseeing tour we also see the Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace, 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.

After time for lunch at the hotel, we head back to Casablanca.
Overnight: Casablanca  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 19-20

Return to Spain

Casablanca - Tangier - Tarifa (Spain) - Costa del Sol. After breakfast on day 19 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 20 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 21

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 22

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 23

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 1 person. 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.

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Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
09 Aug - 31 Aug 20% off G
R159,845
R127,876
R218,715
R174,972
30 Aug - 21 Sep 20% off
R172,735
R138,188
R226,475
R181,180
06 Sep - 28 Sep 20% off
R172,735
R138,188
R226,475
R181,180
20 Sep - 12 Oct 20% off G
R166,205
R132,964
R219,955
R175,964
27 Sep - 19 Oct 20% off
R166,205
R132,964
R219,955
R175,964
04 Oct - 26 Oct 20% off
R166,205
R132,964
R219,955
R175,964
11 Oct - 02 Nov 20% off G
R166,205
R132,964
R219,955
R175,964
18 Oct - 09 Nov 20% off
R166,205
R132,964
R219,955
R175,964

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.

Hesperia President, Barcelona

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located on one of Barcelona's most famous streets, Diagonal Avenue, the Hesperia President hotel is ideally located for those looking to immerse themselves in Barcelona. Ranked as a Biosphere sustainable hotel with measures taken to save water, use renewable energy and take climate action, it's a hotel that's good for the planet too! Modern rooms are bright and spacious, with ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, flat screen TV and complimentary Wi-Fi access. There is an onsite gym and sun terrace, and a buffet breakfast is served in the hotel restaurant.

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.

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
Barcelona
Ends
Madrid
Departs
Fridays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
4 star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader with local guides for sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 22, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 6
Countries
Minimum Age
No minimum age
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
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