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Portugal, Spain & Morocco

16 days
Relive the Age of Discovery, when explorers brought treasures from around the world—now on glorious display in Portuguese palaces and Spanish cathedrals. See the Moorish influences in exotic Andalusia, travel into the heart of Morocco to hear the haunting call to prayer and explore the maze-like medinas of the imperial cities.

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Handpicked hotels

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Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 14 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 7 three-course dinners with beer or wine in Portugal and Spain

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Portugal today.

Lisbon2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Lisbon

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Portugal! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner tonight.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Lisbon

Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know the Portuguese capital on tour with a local guide.

• Discover the city’s heritage at the Maritime Monument and Belém Tower

• Visit the Jerónimos Monastery, built to honor voyagers

• Drive by the Moorish Alfama district and the Plaza del Maques 

Enjoy a free afternoon in Lisbon or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Sintra $59*pp Details

The poet Lord Byron called Sintra the most beautiful town in the world. Decide for yourself on an excursion to this small city at the base of the Sintra Mountains. Today, Sintra is a popular weekend escape for Lisboetas, but it was once the playground of Portuguese royalty. Get a glimpse into the life of Portugal's kings and queens during a tour of Sintra National Palace. As the only surviving royal palace from the Middle Ages, Sintra National Palace has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. On your way back to Lisbon, you'll stop in the beautiful town of Cascais, which boasts charming streets and picturesque seascapes.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $69)

Optional Excursion - Fado Dinner & Show $85*pp Details

Spend your evening at Lisbon tavern listening to fado. Derived from the Latin word fatum—meaning "prophecy" or "fate"—fado is Portugal’s national musical treasure. Fado's traditional theme is “saudade,” a word that doesn't quite translate to English but conveys an overwhelming sense of longing for something lost. Dinner is included during this memorable musical evening.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Seville2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Seville via Évora

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the unspoiled countryside of Portugal en route to Spain. Before crossing the border, stop in Évora to view the Roman temple and visit the Church of St. Francis, known as the “Chapel of Bones.”

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Seville

Included meals: Breakfast

Take in the highlights of Seville on a guided tour.

• View the tiled pavilion of the Plaza de España and step inside the Gothic Seville Cathedral, the third largest church in the world 

• Pass the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz

Enjoy a free afternoon in Seville or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Flamenco Show & Carriage Ride $75*pp Details

Savor a taste of old Seville tonight with a horse-drawn carriage ride and a flamenco show. Flamenco is a unique and colorful Andalusian art form, combining guitar playing, singing, clapping and dancing, and this excursion is sure to be one of the highlights of your Spanish journey. Please note: The carriage ride will run as weather permits.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Granada2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Granada via Córdoba

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On the way to Granada, stop in the town of Córdoba. There, explore the Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage site that was built in the eighth century as a mosque and then into a cathedral during the Christian Reconquista of 1236.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of the Alhambra

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover Granada on a guided tour that includes the 14th-century Alhambra, the Moorish sultans’ last stronghold and home to a unique blend of Western and Islamic art.

Tangier1 night Hotel info

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Gibraltar

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

En route to Morocco, travel to the colony of Gibraltar, a pocket of British culture on the Mediterranean.

• Travel up the Rock of Gibraltar to reach St. Michael’s Cave and the Apes’ Den, home to 160 semi-wild Barbary apes

• Marvel at panoramic views stretching all the way to Morocco

• Board a ferry from Tarifa to Tangier

Fes2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Tangier

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Before transferring to Fes, follow a guide on a tour of Tangier, a city celebrated by Western writers like Paul Bowles and William Burroughs.

• Explore the stately French plaza and Boulevard Pasteur

• Traverse the maze-like passageways through the medina 

• At Cape Spartel, take in one-of-a-kind views of the Atlantic

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Fes

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide leads a tour of Fes, the spiritual and cultural center of Moroccan life.

• See the University of al-Karaouine, dating back to the 9th century, and the wonderful Souk el Attarine

• Learn about the traditional Madrassas, the ancient Islamic schools that serve as the foundation of the city’s intellectual life 

• Explore the labyrinthine medina, before reaching the colorful bazaars to barter with potters, weavers and carpenters for their wares

Casablanca1 night Hotel info

Day 11: Casablanca via Rabat

Included meals: Breakfast

Tour Morocco’s capital city of Rabat with a local guide before continuing on to the city of Casablanca.

• Explore the Roman ruins at Chellah Gardens

• View Hassan Tower, intended to be the world’s largest mosque until construction halted in 1199

• Tour the white and green Mausoleum of Mohammed V, which houses the tombs of the 20th-century king and his two sons

Marrakesh2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Casablanca

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Discover the highlights of seaside Casablanca, a city with a modern-day legend that was established by Old Hollywood, with a local guide.

• Step inside Casablanca’s ancient medina, the bustling heart of the city 

• Stroll the fashionable Corniche waterfront area

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Marrakesh

Included meals: Breakfast

Get a feel for Marrakesh, located to the north of the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, on a guided tour.

• Visit the Djemaa el Fna, a festive open-air market where musicians, snake charmers and clowns perform during the evenings

• Marvel at the massive Koutoubia Mosque, which features a minaret that reaches nearly 200 feet high and dominates the city’s skyline

• Enter the evocative Saadian Tombs, the mausoleum for the 16th-century ruling princes, and the ruins of El Badi Palace, once home to King Ahmed el Mansour 

• View the Souk Smarine, famous for its textiles

Enjoy a free evening in Marrakesh or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Marrakesh: Dinner & Music $55*pp Details

Visit a local Marrakesh restaurant for dinner, where you’ll be served an authentic Moroccan meal. As you enjoy an array of delicious courses, take in a showcase of traditional music and dance.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $65)

Madrid2 nights Hotel info

Day 14: Flight to Madrid

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Madrid this afternoon and settle into your hotel. Enjoy a free evening in Madrid or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Spanish Evening $99*pp Details

On your way to dinner, walk through the illuminated streets of Madrid, taking in the local neighborhood ambiance in the evening light. After your walk, enjoy conversation, camaraderie and live music at one of the oldest restaurants in the city. Between traditional Castilian courses, you'll be entertained by tuna music, an artistic tradition with its roots in Spain's universities.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Day 15: Sightseeing tour of Madrid

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore the Spanish capital’s beautiful architecture, lively squares and grand boulevards on today’s guided sightseeing tour. 

• Make a photo stop at the Royal Palace and pass by the Temple of Debod

• Pass the city’s many squares, including Plaza de España and Plaza Mayor 

• Explore the Prado museum,  home to the works of Goya, Velásquez and more

Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner tonight.

Day 16: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home or continue on in Barcelona.

Add Madrid & Barcelona $529 pp

Linger in the Spanish capital then discover Barcelona's twisting Gothic quarter, the whimsical creations of Antoni Gaudí and the Modernist, egalitarian beauty of the Eixample district—this city's architectural eye candy has no equal. Its music, theater, art, gastronomy, fashion, and architecture set the pace for European chic, and its nightlife will have you dancing 'til dawn.

Madrid1 night Hotel info

Day 16: Free day in Madrid

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Madrid or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Toledo $79*pp Details

Discover Toledo, the clifftop city often referred to as La Ciudad Imperial (Imperial City). Upon arrival, you'll have some free time to explore. Later in the afternoon, your guided tour begins at the city's massive Gothic cathedral, which houses 750 medieval stained glass windows and a treasure trove of golden artifacts. Gaze upon the cathedral's sacristy, containing masterpieces by the likes of van Dyck, El Greco, Rubens and Titian. After exploring the labyrinth of medieval alleyways at the heart of the city, you'll visit the Santo Tome Church and one of Europe’s oldest synagogues, Santa Maria la Blanca. Please note: This tour involves some moderate walking over uneven terrain. Also, depending on the day of the week, the sites visited are subject to change. If the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca is closed, you'll visit the Synagogue of El Tránsito instead.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Barcelona2 nights Hotel info

Day 17: Sightseeing tour of Barcelona

Included meals: Breakfast

Take the high-speed train to Barcelona and discover why the Catalan capital is touted for its unparalleled architectural landmarks, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. 

• Step inside La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s famous masterwork-in-progress

• Drive along Passeig de Gràcia, past Gaudí’s “house of bones”

• Stop at Montjuïc, where the 1992 Olympic Games took place, and stroll Mirador del Alcalde Park

• Pass Plaza de Espanya and the soaring monument to Christopher Columbus

Day 18: Free day in Barcelona

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Barcelona or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Montserrat $69*pp Details

Journey to the ninth-century monastery of Montserrat, which inspired the composer Richard Wagner as he wrote Parsifal. Ride a high-flying cable car up the mountain and enjoy magnificent views of the Llobregat River Valley and – if skies are clear – the Pyrenees. A local guide leads the way to the secluded monastery, where you will see the iconic Black Virgin of Montserrat, Catalonia’s beloved and miraculous Madonna statue. Take some time to explore the monastery before driving back to Barcelona.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Optional Excursion - Park Güell & Pedrera $85*pp Details

On today’s excursion, discover the magnificent works of Antoni Gaudí, the famed Spanish architect known for his bold, distinct designs. Casa Milà is the first stop. Take a guided tour of this building, popularly known as La Pedrera, built by Gaudí between 1905 and 1910. Everything about the building is visually unique, from the wave-like stone structure and grandly designed roof to the apartment that reflects the style of the 20th century bourgeois. Next, you’ll head to Park Güell, also designed by Gaudí. Your guide will lead you through the park, which contains stunning buildings, intricate stonework and colorful mosaics. At the top of the park, marvel at the brilliant views of Barcelona.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 19: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

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  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Seville, Spain
  • Granada, Spain
  • Tangier, Morocco
  • Fes, Morocco
  • Casablanca, Morocco
  • Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Barcelona, Spain
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Passport & Visa

In order to enter Portugal, Spain, Morocco and Gibraltar (a British colony), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to Portugal, Spain and Morocco. In fact, Morocco is one of the healthiest African countries, although some traces of malaria exist in rural northern regions. During the summer months, travelers should take extra care for sun exposure. It is advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and requirements at least eight weeks before you travel. 

Cuisine

One of the pleasures of traveling is experiencing the delightful variety of local cuisine. Portuguese cooking relies heavily on seafood. Dishes made with shrimp, octopus, lobster and cod are especially delicious. Portugal is also well-known for its breads and other baked goods as well as savory sausages. You might wish to sample local vintages of port wine, one of the nation’s most popular exports. Spain boasts a wide array of local specialties. The traditional dish is known as paella and is made from chicken, meat, vegetables, seafood and saffron rice. Dinner is less hearty than lunch and is served quite late—from 9pm until midnight. North African cuisine consists of a unique blend of tastes, often including delicately spiced meat cooked with fruit. These dishes are often added to couscous.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in Lisbon and depart from Madrid (or Barcelona on the tour extension).  Included transportation on this tour is by plane (from Morocco to Spain), ferry, and private motor coach. There is an additional train ride included on the extension. In your free time, you may wish to explore the major cities by public transportation. Many destinations are easy to explore on foot, including the city centers of Seville, Granada and Córdoba. Take local buses and taxis to reach outlying areas. Madrid’s center is compact and walkable, but you’ll want to use the fast and efficient metro system for most attractions. Buses and taxis (which are inexpensive compared to most European cities) are also readily available and well-regulated. Lisbon is also a very walkable city (although sometimes hilly), but you may want to break up your walking with rides on trams, metro and buses. All-inclusive travel passes are available. In Marrakesh and Rabat, local buses serve most areas. “Petit taxis”—small taxi cabs fitting a maximum of three passengers—can be found throughout town.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage. 

Clothing and Packing Tips

We recommend packing light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are also recommended. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any event—a lightweight jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable with something more formal to wear. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Currency

The euro (in Spain and Portugal) and the Moroccan dirham are the currencies you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. Dirhams are usually only available in Morocco, however, so it is advisable to wait until arrival to exchange for them and to re-exchange them when leaving the country. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A True Cultural Whirlwind!

This trip was incredible. The cities, the culture, the history, the food... but the real treat was our Tour Director, Dina! The trip would not have been the same without her constant support and experience (especially during some difficult times in Morocco). I would recommend this trip, but it is extremely fast-paced and not for the weak of heart (or stomach). If you are ready for a fast-paced cultural whirlwind, this is the trip for you!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

"Jose, The Best Tour Director!"

Jose was the best tour director one could ever have! The trip was great but he brought it to another level......Fantastic! Jose was always a step ahead of our expectations with his personal and caring approach to all matters. The pace of the trip was as expected with each day full of informative and exciting sightseeing. Traveling with a small group was an added bonus. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in Portugal, Spain, Morocco, and the extension to Barcelona. A very nice contrast in cultures and experiences.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Tour, Best Tour Director

Very well planned and organized.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 5/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

spain, morocco,portugal tour

The Barcelona extension was very worthwhile, the city is excellent and easy to navigate. Our tour director Luis was excellent, went out of his way to answer all questions, fulfill our requests and advise us in arranging restaurant and special other events. Spain is an interesting country, the day at Toledo is very worthwile

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 5/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: VA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Disappointing Itinerary

If this tour had been our first (it was our 4th) with Go Ahead, it would have been our last. The pace was way too fast throughout - very little time to truly enjoy the sites, way too little time to enjoy a meal and to browse & shop if that was one's desire. Tour Director would walk at such a pace that it was impossible to keep 35 people together without getting lost into the crowds. The constant habit of not using the whispers by the Tour Directors (separate guy in Morocco) and the local guides was uncalled for. The tour members missed so much of the details presented because we could not hear. Overall, the experience in Portugal and Spain was good to excellent. Gibraltar was excellent and the highlight of the tour. It was the first Go Ahead tour where we were expected on many occasions to lug our own suitcases in and out of airports and hotels - even one location required us crossing a busy bicycle path to reach the sidewalk. Most of the optional excursions were worth the extra expense, except for the Moorish Tea House Dinner. The Montserrat trip was a disaster from the beginning due to transportation issues that left us with little time to enjoy the site & the local guide provided nothing of any significance; again, no whispers were used! Morocco should be offered as the Post-Tour Extension, with Barcelona included in the main tour, thus allowing more time to enjoy Madrid & Barcelona. Morocco could be condensed to Casablanca's mosque and Rabat. For most tour members, spending an entire day waiting for others to shop at the rug factory and the fabric store was unbearable. Experiencing one "medina" should suffice. Our Tour Director was knowledgeable and went out of his way to accommodate each of us. Comparing him to the three previous tour directors is why we ranked him in the middle. His personal appearance was lacking most of the time. He is the first director not to arrange a time for a group photograph and arrange an exchange of e-mail or addresses among the tour members.

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Thank you for your thoughtful feedback about your tour of Spain, Portugal & Morocco! It is very helpful for us to receive your comments and suggestions for the itinerary as we continually strive to improve and offer the best to our customers. We assure you that our attention to quality is of utmost importance so we apologize if this tour did not quite live up to what you were expecting from us. We will be further investigating the use of Whisperers on tour, as we know how important they are to the guided aspects of the itinerary. You raised a great suggestion with moving around aspects of the itinerary to allow for more time in certain areas, and we look forward to reviewing this information as well. We hope to welcome you on another Go Ahead Tour in the future.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 02, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Exceptional Tour Director

Paz G. provided remarkable knowledge, insight and service to the tour participants. She is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French, English and competent in Arabic. She was invaluable to making the tour a success. She consistently gave expert advise and appropriate suggestions. She was always ready to help no matter what the problem. She has a warm personality and relates easily to others. The tour was extraordinary in the places visited and she ensured that everyone felt comfortable and safe during the whirlwind tour! Go Ahead is fortunate to have her as a director.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/20/2013

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: OR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Experience!

We recently returned from our trip to Portugal, Spain & Morocco and it was a wonderful experience. If you are looking for a vacation, this probably isn't your trip. When they suggest that this trip is "challenging" (8 different cities in 16 days) with some long driving days, that's a pretty accurate description. At the same time, we found plenty of free time to do our own exploring in places like Lisbon, Seville, and Madrid. In most of the cities, our hotel was located so that we were within walking distance of major sights and restaurants or public transportation was close by. In Lisbon, our guide recommended a small museum (collection of Calouste Gulbenkian) within walking distance from our hotel and it was absolutely delightful. Probably our favorite walking city was Granada. We stopped at a café for a great tapas lunch and then visited the cathedral in the old city center. Food was generally good. Breakfasts were whatever the hotel provided. In some hotels, the breakfast buffet with "egg station" was outstanding. In other hotels, it was what it was. In Madrid we opted for the Traditional Spanish Evening with tapas and a great Tuna band; it was a fun evening. My interest is in history and culture. I remember one afternoon in Cordoba we were standing on a bridge that was built in the first century by the Romans. Just up the street was a Mosque that was built in the 8th century for the Caliphs and is so large that when the Christians regained control over southern Spain in the in the 16th century that they built a cathedral in the heart of the Mosque. I was looking at 2000 years of history in that one place. After Portugal and Spain, the week in Morocco was culture shock. We have done most of our traveling over the last 10 years in developing countries and for us it was like going home. The people in Morocco are some of the friendliest in the world. They have a culture that puts a high value on welcoming strangers. We wandered through open-air markets, sampled restaurants, listened to musicians and watched snake charmers. The Hassan II Mosque is one of the most amazing sights in the world and the medina in Fes (Fes el Bali) is an experience that should not be missed. Finally, a good trip can be undermined by a poor guide and a good trip can be made great by great guide. In the last ten years, we have come in contact with nearly 100 tour directors and local guides. Tour directors from goahead tours have been some of the best and Paz is outstanding. She managed to keep the group organized and on time, in spite traffic jams and border crossing showdowns to make sure that none of the important sights were missed. She arranged for cathedral and museum tickets so that we did not have to wait in line. Best of all, she had great advice on local restaurants, sights to see and local transportation. I have no problem recommending this trip to anyone who wants to see history and culture in two different areas. Southern Europe and North Africa are culturally very different and have interconnected histories. That makes this a unique tour and one that should not be missed.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Good hotels, Marcelo is the best tour Director

Too much time spent on the bus inMorocco, I had a lot of plans to shop in Morocco but 20 minutes for shopping is not enough.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Marcelo, our Tour Director, is the best!

Wonderful tour director and itinerary but cultural evenings should be part of the tour. We missed too many of them because not enough people signed up for them. If they had been included in the tour, everyone would have enjoyed them. Since they were so pricey as extras, many people passed on them, which made it less fun for everyone when they were cancelled. So they need to be cheaper or included as part of the tour.

2 / 5

2 / 5

Traveled On: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NY

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Very disappointing

I was most looking forward to the Morocco, Sevilla, and Granada parts of this itinerary, because I'd been to Lisbon, Madrid, and Barcelona before. None -- as in not even one -- of the included dinners featured or included local specialties. A key feature of experiencing a culture is to eat the foods. We had to seek out such dishes on our own when a dinner wasn't included. This was not at all easy in Morocco, because the hotels were European style in the newer parts of Marrakesh and Fez. For one non-included lunch we were taken to a spot with no choices of restaurants. I've come home feeling I still haven't been to Morocco, due to the food and the places we stayed. Why weren't we in riads? And why did our guides so furiously discourage us from trying any foods in the medinas? We had run-through walks through the medinas! with no time to really explore. I don't like being taken shopping. For those interested in shopping, you could just give a list of recommended vendors. For the extension in Barcelona, a basic city tour should never be an optional with extra cost. There was way too much bus time on this tour. A variety of types of transportation would make this trip more interesting. How about some train travel? How about getting to Morocco by boat/ferry? We had 2 days with included flights (Madrid to Marrakesh, and Casablanca to Barcelona) that were completely wasted in airport time. Here are some tips culled from the best tours I've ever been with: 1 - When arriving somewhere late in the day, an overview bus ride to see "the illuminations" e.g. the city lit at night, is a lovely intro to the city layout. 2 - A tour guide who interacts with the locals during a walk, and draws the group into the interaction, makes for wonderful authentic experiences. 3 - A tour or tour guide that recommends local cultural performances (not tourist shows) and special local exhibits is a feature I especially appreciate. For example there was a show in Barcelona at the Palau de la Musica Catalan one night we were there, but not having had a heads up on it, we missed the performance. Where do the locals go for entertainment? And here are some don'ts: 1 - Local guides should not assume our group feels any particular way, unanimously, on American political issues, which our Morocco guide did. 2 - Local guides should not mention Jewish areas (mellahs in Morocco) as being the wealthy areas. This perpetuates the stereotype that all Jews are wealthy, which is untrue and very offensive. This was my fourth trip with goahead, but possibly my last.

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