Quite a few civilizations have left their imprint on Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, but perhaps none so permeating as the Moors. Get your feet wet in Moorish culture in the Iberian peninsula, home of Spain and Portugal. Surround yourself in the whitewashed architecture of a traditional ?pousada? with an overnight in ?vora, before exploring Spain?s fiery Andalucian capital of Seville. Cool it all down in Morocco, within the city of Chefchaouen?s striking blue walls. Don?t miss out on a tour that?s as drenched with flavours, colours, and history as the three countries that comprise it.
What's Included: G Adventures for Good: Meknes Community Lunch, Mekn?s. Porto, and Seville orientation walks. Port wine cellar visit and tasting. Bel?m district walk. Fado night with traditional Portuguese meal. Chapel of Bones visit in ?vora. Flamenco show (Seville). Guided tour of Tangier. Free time in Chefchaouen. F?s medina visit with local guide. Volubilis guided visit. Marrakech medina visit with local guide. Transport to/from included activities and between all destinations.
Highlights: Savour the tapas culture of Spain, explore the seven hills of Lisbon, savour the flavours of Morocco, wander the white washed streets of Seville, get lost in ancient medinas, and lay eyes on captivating landscapes.
Group Size Notes: Max 16, avg 12.
Meals Included: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Meals: Eating is a big part of traveling. G Adventures understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. A typical breakfast may include toast, coffee and tea, however this may vary depending on the city. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options.
Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip.
For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
Transport: Train, private vehicle, ferry, walking.
Minimum Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.
Physical Grading:2 - Light
➕ Day 1 Madrid
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. We recommend arriving a day earlier to explore all that this amazing city has to offer.
Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Prado Museum.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
➕ Day 2 Madrid/Porto (1B)
Spend the morning exploring Madrid. Transfer to Porto, stopping in the historic and charming town of Salamanca along the way. Arrive in Porto by the early evening.
➕ Day 3 Porto (1B)
Head down Allies Avenue to see the French-inspired buildings. Bargain at the Bolh?o Market. Wander the city's World Heritage-listed Ribeira district, visit S?o Francisco church, the palatial former 19th-century stock market Pal?cio de Bolsa or head to the Clerigos Tower for a panoramic view of the city.
Port Wine Cellar Visit
➕ Day 4 Porto/Lisbon (1B)
Journey to Portugal's capital city, Lisbon. Take in your surroundings on an orientation walk of the Belem district.
Bel?m District Visit
➕ Day 5 Lisbon (1B, 1D)
Opt to take a day trip into the foothills of the surrounding mountains to Sintra. Get lost in the city's winding streets lined with pastel coloured houses, palaces, majestic gardens and lush forests. It doesn't get more postcard-worthy than this.
Fado Night with Traditional Portuguese Meal
➕ Day 6 Lisbon/?vora (1B)
Travel to Evora in the heart of the Alentejo region. Enjoy an included tour to the haunting, but mesmerizing Chapel of Bones. Opt to visit Diana's Temple, one of the best preserved Roman temples in the Iberian Peninsula.
Chapel of Bones Visit
➕ Day 7 ?vora/Seville (1B)
Journey to the Algarve coast to the small fishing village of Olh?o. Explore it's bustling fish market, active waterfront and white washed laneways. Continue to Seville and enjoy an orientation walk on arrival.
➕ Day 8 Seville (1B)
Take the time to see all this great city has to offer. Opt to explore the interiors and gardens of the Alc?zar, a magnificent palace dating from Moorish times, or the true heart of Seville, the Santa Cruz quarter? a charming area with winding alleys, picturesque lime-washed houses, flowery patios, and small squares.
Seville is home to the world?s largest gothic cathedral ? climb the adjoining tower for great views of the city. Other attractions include the Museo Arqueol?gico, the Casa de Pilates and the Parque de Mar?a Luisa, which has a maze of paths, garden beds, pretty little patios, fountains, and shaded lawns.
Please note that if you wish to visit popular sites and want to avoid waiting in line, it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. We recommend pre-arranging your visit to the Alc?zar of Seville.
➕ Day 9 Seville/Chefchaouen (1B)
Stop in Tangier for a guided tour of the medina before continuing on to Chefchaouen for the evening. The djellaba, the traditional hooded garment worn by the men and women of North Africa, was created here. Chefchaouen is a great place to check out many of Morocco's ancient crafts, or wander around the medina's winding streets lined with blue-washed houses.
Border Crossing (Spain ? Morocco)
Tangier Guided Tour
➕ Day 10 Chefchaouen (1B)
The city, whitewashed in different shades of blue, is spectacular on its own but with the surrounding mountains, it's a sight to behold. At sunset, opt to visit the Spanish Mosque for a stunning panoramic view of the city.
➕ Day 11 Chefchaouen/F?s (1B, 1L)
Continue through the rolling hills to the Roman ruins of Volubilis. Take a guided tour of the best-preserved Roman ruins in this part of Northern Africa, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After, continue to the imperial city of F?s, the heart of arts and culture in Morocco.
Meknes Community Lunch
Volubilis Guided Tour
➕ Day 12 F?s (1B)
Enjoy a half-day medina walking tour, with free time in the afternoon to explore more of the city.
The F?s medina is the world?s largest living medieval medina and a UNESCO site. Explore the artisan quarters, sample treats from the carts, and view F?s' famous leather tannery from above.
In the evening, opt for dinner in a converted riad complete with local specialties, music, and belly dancing, or visit a local hammam and meet some of the locals.
Only certified local guides are allowed to act as guides in the medina, so your CEO cannot go with you to the medina during free time.
F?s Medina Guided Tour
➕ Day 13 F?s/Marrakech (1B)
Travel to Marrakech, stopping en route in seaside Casablanca known for its colonial and art-deco buildings. Opt to visit the spectacular Hassan II mosque and learn more about this masterpiece. Continue to Marrakech in time to start exploring the city.
➕ Day 14 Marrakech (1B)
Enjoy a medina tour with a certified city guide. Opt to visit Djemaa al Fna Square in the evening to see the gathering of musicians and street performers.
Marrakech City Tour
➕ Day 15 Marrakech (1B)
Depart at any time.