Portugal, Spain & Morocco

16 days
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About This Experience

Journey across the Straits of Gibraltar to discover the alluring countries where Europe meets Africa. 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, then travel into the heart of Morocco to hear the haunting call to prayer and explore the mazelike medinas of the imperial cities.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 14 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Seville, Spain
  • Granada, Spain
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Fes, Morocco
  • Casablanca, Morocco
  • Barcelona, Spain
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Take off on an adventure that bridges continents and cultures

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Lisbon aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Lisbon2 nights - hotel info

Day2

Land in Lisbon—Queen of the Sea

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Lisbon! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or begin acquainting yourself with Lisbon. Meet your fellow travelers at an included dinner this evening.

Day3

Ramble around Lisbon from Torre de Belém to Baixa Pombalina

Optional Excursion - Sintra

Optional Excursion - Fado Dinner & Show

Breakfast

Jerónimos Monastery

This morning, a local guide leads an in-depth tour of Lisbon. You’ll see the Monument to the Discoveries and the Belém Tower. It was from here that many navigators set sail during the Age of Discovery—including Bartolomeu Dias, who sailed around the southern tip of Africa. Visit the Jerónimos Monastery, built by King Manuel to honor the country’s great voyagers. Then, take in the Old- World atmosphere of the Moorish Alfama district, where you’ll journey through a labyrinth of streets, passing the Castle of São Jorge. After your tour, you may join our optional excursion to Sintra, once the playground of Portuguese royalty. Tonight, consider joining our optional excursion for a traditional Portuguese dinner and a live fado performance, a beloved musical style that traces its roots to Lisbon’s docks.

Optional Excursions

Sintra $59* pp

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.

Optional Excursions

Fado Dinner & Show $85* pp

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.

Seville2 nights - hotel info

Day4

Wander the Roman ruins and gothic churches of Évora

Breakfast, Dinner

St. Francis Church

Travel through the unspoiled countryside of Portugal en route to Spain. Along the way, stop in Évora, where your Tour Director will introduce you to the town’s Roman temple and the Church of St. Francis. Arrive later in Seville, a city brimming with Spanish charm, and enjoy an included dinner.

Day5

Seville sparkles with architectural extravagances

Optional Excursion - Flamenco Show & Carriage Ride

Breakfast

Seville cathedral

This morning, a local guide introduces you to beautiful Seville, showing off the intricately tiled pavilion of the Plaza de España, the grand Gothic architecture of Seville Cathedral (where Columbus is buried) and the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz. The rest of the day is yours to explore Seville as you please. This evening, considerjoining our optional excursion for a Flamenco Show & Carriage Ride.

Optional Excursions

Flamenco Show & Carriage Ride $75* pp

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.

Granada2 nights - hotel info

Day6

Get a piece of the rock in the British outpost of Gibraltar

Breakfast, Dinner

Pillars of Hercules, St. Michael’s Caves, Apes' Den

En route to Granada, travel to the colony of Gibraltar. Under British rule since the War of the Spanish Succession, Gibraltar is today a pocket of British culture on the Mediterranean, complete with pubs and fish-and-chip stands. On a guided tour, you’ll travel up the Rock of Gibraltar to reach St. Michael’s Cave and the Apes’ Den, home to 160 semi-wild Barbary apes that call Gibraltar home. As you travel up the Rock, take in panoramic views stretching all the way to Morocco. Then, travel through the landscapes of southern Spain to Granada, which was the last bastion of Moorish rule in Spain. Dinner is included tonight.

Day7

Marvel at the Moorish extravagance at Alhambra

Optional Excursion - Moorish Tea House & Spanish Tapas

Breakfast

Alhambra

Explore Granada with a guided tour that highlights the 14th-century Alhambra, the country’s most widely recognized landmark. As the Moorish sultans’ last Spanish stronghold, the Alhambra boasts a unique blend of Western art and traditional Islamic design. Take in its striking architecture as you stroll through the ornamented courtyards. This evening, consider joining our optional excursion to a Moorish tea house and enjoy Spanish tapas.

Optional Excursions

Moorish Tea House & Spanish Tapas $79* pp

Granada’s Albaicín district is a UNESCO World Heritage site, recognized for its medieval Moorish past. Nowadays, the city’s Arab influence still shows through, blending together both Andalusian and Moorish architecture and culture. Tonight’s dinner reflects this unique dual nature, with a traditional Spanish tapas meal served with Moroccan tea in a traditional Moorish tea house.

Madrid3 nights - hotel info

Day8

Examine the intricate mosaics and artistic masterpieces at Córdoba

Breakfast, Dinner

Mezquita

En route to Madrid, stop in the ancient Moorish town of Córdoba. At one time, the city of Córdoba was home to 700 mosques, 900 public baths and 70 libraries. Your guided sightseeing tour features a visit to the Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once the seat of the caliphs, the Mezquita was built in the eighth century as a mosque and then converted into a cathedral during the Christian Reconquista of 1236. Arrive later in Madrid and enjoy an included dinner.

Day9

Ogle the riches of the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum

Breakfast

Prado Museum

A professional local guide leads today’s tour of Madrid, including Plaza de España, Plaza Mayor and a photo stop at the Royal Palace. Your tour ends with entrance into the Prado, a world-class art museum that began as the private collection of the Spanish monarchy. The Prado is home to masterpieces such as Velázquez’s “Las Meninas” and Goya’s “La maja desnuda.” Your afternoon is free to visit more of Madrid’s many museums or stroll past the boutiques lining the fashionable Gran Via.

Day10

Stroll Toledo’s narrow winding streets and grand Gothic cathedral

Optional Excursion - Traditional Spanish Evening

Optional Excursion - Toledo

Breakfast

Today is free to spend as you’d like. Consider joining our optional excursion to Toledo, where you’ll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour through Spain’s first capital and a stop at the city’s Gothic cathedral. This evening, you may wish to join our optional excursion, a Traditional Spanish Evening, where you can indulge in authentic Castilian cuisine.

Optional Excursions

Traditional Spanish Evening $99* pp

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.

Optional Excursions

Toledo $79* pp

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.

Marrakesh2 nights - hotel info

Day11

Exchange Spanish sophistication for Moroccan magic

Breakfast, Dinner

Depart Madrid today on a flight to the ancient kingdom of Morocco. Your first destination in this vibrant country is Marrakesh, situated at the edge of the Sahara Desert. Dinner is included this evening.

Day12

Get lost in the souks and squares of old Marrakesh

Optional Excursion - Marrakesh Tented Dinner & Horsemen Show

Breakfast

Saadian Tombs, Badi Palace

Today’s sightseeing tour of Marrakesh begins at Djemaa el Fna, a festive open-air market where musicians, snake charmers and clowns perform during the evenings. Marvel at the massive Koutoubia Mosque, whose minaret reaches nearly 200 feet high and dominates the city’s skyline. Later, view the Souk Smarine, famous for the sale of precious textiles. In the city’s southern section, visit the awe-inspiring Saadian Tombs, the mausoleum for the 16th-century ruling princes, and the ruins of El Badi Palace, once home to King Ahmed el Mansour. End the night with some traditional entertainment and choose to join our optional excursion, Marrakesh Tented Dinner & Horsemen Show.

Optional Excursions

Marrakesh Tented Dinner & Horsemen Show $75* pp

Start off your evening at Chez Ali with drinks and an authentic four-course dinner served in a traditional caidal tent. Then get ready for the main event. Dancers, acrobats and daring cavaliers take center stage to put on a folklore show, complete with music, fireworks and gravity-defying stunts. The show culminates with an electrifying Fantasia finale, depicting the battles between Berbers and desert knights.

Fes2 nights - hotel info

Day13

Crane your neck to see Morocco’s highest minaret

Breakfast, Dinner

Hassan II Mosque

Say goodbye to Marrakesh this morning and drive toward Casablanca, a city whose modern-day legend was established by Old Hollywood. On a guided tour, view the interior of the spectacular HassanII Mosque, one of the world’s largest mosques. Later, continue to Fes for an included dinner tonight.

Day14

Explore the medersas and medinas of ancient Fes

Breakfast

Spend the day in the enchanting city of Fes, the spiritual and cultural center of Moroccan life. On your sightseeing tour, see the University of al- Karaouine, dating back to the 9th century, and the wonderful Souk el Attarine. Then, learn about the traditional Madrassas, the ancient Islamic schools that serve as the foundation of the city’s intellectual life. Explore the labyrinth of passages of the medina (old town), and finally reach the colorful bazaars to barter with potters, weavers and carpenters for their wares.

Casablanca1 night - hotel info

Day15

Rock the kasbah in Rabat

Breakfast, Dinner

Citadel of Chellah, Mausoleum of Mohammed V

This morning, cross the desert landscapes of central Morocco toward the coast to reach Morocco’s capital city of Rabat. A local expert leads the way as you traverse the winding streets of the Kasbah des Oudaias. Visit the imposing Hassan Tower, part of an unfinished mosque. If completed, it would be the largest mosque in the world—but construction last took place in 1199. Then, make your way to the white-and-green Mausoleum of Mohammed V, which houses the tombs of the 20th-century king and his two sons. Later wander through the impressive Roman ruins at the Citadel of Chellah. Continue on to Casablanca and check into your hotel for the evening. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for an included farewell dinner.

Day16

If you “miss” your plane, you might as well head to Barcelona…

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Travel to Casablanca airport this morning and board your flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add Barcelona $529*

From the twisting Gothic quarter to the whimsical creations of Antoni Gaudí and the Modernist, egalitarian beauty of the Eixample district, Barcelona'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.

Barcelona3 nights - hotel info

Day16

This is Barcelona—cosmopolitan, cultured capital of Catalonia

Breakfast

Fly from Casablanca to Barcelona today. Settle into your hotel before beginning your exploration.

Day17

Gaudi’s creations will daze and delight

Optional Excursion - Park Güell & Pedrera

Breakfast

La Sagrada Familia

A professional local guide leads a sightseeing tour of Barcelona, featuring a visit inside La Sagrada Família (Church of the Holy Family), Gaudí’s famous landmark. Drive along Passeig de Gràcia, with a photo stop at Casa Batlló, also known as the “house of the bones.” Stop at Montjuïc, the hill where much of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games took place, and end in the 14th-century Gothic Quarter. This afternoon, consider joining an optional excursion to two more Gaudí creations, Park Güell, a garden village nestled in the heart of the city, and La Pedrera.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Park Güell & Pedrera $79* pp

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.

Day18

Take a pilgrimage to Montserrat

Optional Excursion - Montserrat

Breakfast

Explore the treasures of Barcelona on your own today or opt for an excursion to the 1,000-year-old monastery of Montserrat to behold the revered 9th-century Black Madonna.

Optional Excursions

Montserrat $65* pp

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.

Day19

Say adios to the City of Counts

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport for your return flight home.

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About This Experience

Journey across the Straits of Gibraltar to discover the alluring countries where Europe meets Africa. 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, then travel into the heart of Morocco to hear the haunting call to prayer and explore the mazelike medinas of the imperial cities.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 14 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Seville, Spain
  • Granada, Spain
  • Tangier, Morocco
  • Fes, Morocco
  • Casablanca, Morocco
  • Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Barcelona, Spain
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Take off on an adventure that bridges continents and cultures

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Lisbon aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Lisbon2 nights - hotel info

Day2

Land in Lisbon—Queen of the Sea

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Lisbon! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or begin acquainting yourself with Lisbon. Meet your fellow travelers at an included dinner this evening.

Day3

Ramble around Lisbon from Torre de Belém to Baixa Pombalina

Optional Excursion - Sintra

Optional Excursion - Fado Dinner & Show

Breakfast

Jerónimos Monastery

This morning, a local guide leads an in-depth tour of Lisbon. You’ll see the Padrão dos Descobrimentos and the Belém Tower. It was from here that many navigators set sail during the Age of Discovery—including Bartolomeu Dias, who sailed around the southern tip of Africa. Then, take in the Old-World atmosphere of the Moorish Alfama district, where you’ll journey through a labyrinth of streets, passing the Castle of São Jorge. Visit the Jerónimos Monastery, built by King Manuel to honor the country’s great voyagers. After your tour, you may join our optional excursion to Sintra, once the playground of Portuguese royalty. Tonight, consider joining our optional excursion for a traditional Portuguese dinner and a live fado performance, a beloved musical style that traces its roots to Lisbon’s docks.

Optional Excursions

Sintra $59* pp

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.

Optional Excursions

Fado Dinner & Show $85* pp

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.

Seville2 nights - hotel info

Day4

Wander the Roman ruins and gothic churches of Évora

Breakfast, Dinner

St. Francis Church

Travel through the unspoiled countryside of Portugal en route to Spain. Along the way, stop in Évora, where your Tour Director will introduce you to the town’s Roman temple and the Church of St. Francis. Arrive later in Seville, a city brimming with Spanish charm, and enjoy an included dinner.

Day5

Seville sparkles with architectural extravagances

Optional Excursion - Flamenco Show & Carriage Ride

Breakfast

Seville cathedral

This morning, a local guide introduces you to beautiful Seville, showing off the intricately tiled pavilion of the Plaza de España, the grand Gothic architecture of Seville Cathedral (where Columbus is buried) and the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz. The rest of the day is yours to explore Seville as you please. This evening, consider joining our optional excursion for a Flamenco Show & Carriage Ride.

Optional Excursions

Flamenco Show & Carriage Ride $75* pp

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.

Granada2 nights - hotel info

Day6

Take in the majesty of the Mezquita in Córdoba

Breakfast, Dinner

Mezquita

En route to Granada, stop in the ancient Moorish city of Córdoba. At one time, the city of Córdoba was home to 700 mosques, 900 public baths and 70 libraries. Your guided sightseeing tour features a visit to the Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once the seat of the caliphs, the Mezquita was built in the eighth century as a mosque and then converted into a cathedral during the Christian Reconquista of 1236. Arrive later in Granada, in time for an included dinner.

Day7

Marvel at the Moorish extravagance at Alhambra

Optional Excursion - Moorish Tea House & Spanish Tapas

Breakfast

Alhambra

Explore Granada with a guided tour that highlights the 14th-century Alhambra, the country’s most widely recognized landmark. As the Moorish sultans’ last Spanish stronghold, the Alhambra boasts a unique blend of Western art and traditional Islamic design. Take in its striking architecture as you stroll through the richly ornamented courtyards and colorful mosaics. This evening, opt to savor authentic Spanish tapas at a Moorish tea house.

Optional Excursions

Moorish Tea House & Spanish Tapas $79* pp

Granada’s Albaicín district is a UNESCO World Heritage site, recognized for its medieval Moorish past. Nowadays, the city’s Arab influence still shows through, blending together both Andalusian and Moorish architecture and culture. Tonight’s dinner reflects this unique dual nature, with a traditional Spanish tapas meal served with Moroccan tea in a traditional Moorish tea house.

Tangier1 night - hotel info

Day8

Get a piece of the rock in the British outpost of Gibraltar

Breakfast, Dinner

Pillars of Hercules, Apes' Den

En route to Morocco, travel to the colony of Gibraltar. Under British rule since the War of the Spanish Succession, today Gibraltar is a pocket of British culture on the Mediterranean, complete with pubs and fish-and-chip stands. On a guided tour, you’ll travel up the Rock of Gibraltar to reach St. Michael’s Cave and the Apes’ Den, home to 160 semi-wild Barbary apes that call Gibraltar home. Marvel at the panoramic views stretching all the way to Morocco. This afternoon, board a ferry from Tarifa to Tangier, where you are treated to dinner at your hotel.

Fes2 nights - hotel info

Day9

Explore inspiring Tangier and a charming coastal town

Breakfast, Dinner

Cave of Hercules

A local guide leads the way around the storied streets of Tangier, celebrated by Western writers like Paul Bowles and William Burroughs. Explore the stately French plaza and boulevard Pasteur, as well as the maze-like passageways through the medina. At Cape Spartel, take in one-of-a-kind views over the Atlantic and explore the legendary Caves of Hercules. En route to Fes, stop in Larache, where you have free time to explore the charming waterfront town. This evening, an included dinner is served at the hotel in Fes.

Day10

Explore the medersas and medinas of ancient Fes

Breakfast

Spend the day in the enchanting city of Fes, the spiritual and cultural center of Moroccan life. On your sightseeing tour, see the University of al-Karaouine, dating back to the 9th century, and the wonderful Souk el Attarine. Then, 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

Day11

Rock the kasbah in Rabat

Dinner

Chella Gardens, Mausoleum of Mohammed V

This morning, cross the desert landscapes of central Morocco toward the coast to reach Morocco’s capital city of Rabat. A local expert leads a tour through the winding streets of the Kasbah des Oudaias. Visit the imposing Hassan Tower, part of an unfinished mosque. If completed, it would be the largest mosque in the world—but construction last took place in 1199. Then, make your way to the white-and-green Mausoleum of Mohammed V, which houses the tombs of the 20th-century king and his two sons. Later wander through the impressive Roman ruins at Chellah Gardens. Continue on to Casablanca.

Marrakesh2 nights - hotel info

Day12

Here's lookin' at you, kid—You're in Casablanca

Breakfast, Dinner

Hassan II Mosque

Wake up in the city whose modern-day legend was established by Old Hollywood. On a guided sightseeing tour, explore the ancient medina and stroll along the fashionable seaside La Corniche. Visit the spectacular Hassan II Mosque and take a tour of the interior if it is open. Transfer to Marrakesh to arrive in time for an included dinner.

Day13

Get lost in the souks and squares of old Marrakesh

Optional Excursion - Marrakesh Tented Dinner & Horsemen Show

Breakfast

Saadian Tombs, Badi Palace

Today’s sightseeing tour of Marrakesh begins at Djemaa el Fna, a festive open-air market where musicians, snake charmers and clowns perform during the evenings. Marvel at the massive Koutoubia Mosque, whose minaret reaches nearly 200 feet high and dominates the city’s skyline. Later, view the Souk Smarine, famous for the sale of precious textiles. In the city’s southern section, visit 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. To end the night with traditional entertainment, choose to join our optional excursion for a Marrakesh tented dinner and horsemen show.

Optional Excursions

Marrakesh Tented Dinner & Horsemen Show $75* pp

Start off your evening at Chez Ali with drinks and an authentic four-course dinner served in a traditional caidal tent. Then get ready for the main event. Dancers, acrobats and daring cavaliers take center stage to put on a folklore show, complete with music, fireworks and gravity-defying stunts. The show culminates with an electrifying Fantasia finale, depicting the battles between Berbers and desert knights.

Madrid2 nights - hotel info

Day14

Exchange Moroccan magic for Spanish sophistication

Optional Excursion - Traditional Spanish Evening

Breakfast

After a leisurely morning, board a flight to the capital of Spain, the grand city of Madrid. This evening, you may wish to join our optional excursion for a traditional Spanish evening of authentic Castilian cuisine.

Optional Excursions

Traditional Spanish Evening $99* pp

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.

Day15

Ogle the riches of the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum

Breakfast, Dinner

Prado Museum

A professional local guide leads today’s tour of Madrid, including Plaza de España and Plaza Mayor, as well as a photo stop at the Royal Palace. Your tour ends at the Prado, a world-class art museum that began as the private collection of the Spanish monarchy. The Prado is home to masterpieces such as Velázquez’s “Las Meninas” and Goya’s “La maja desnuda.” Your afternoon is free to visit more of Madrid’s many museums or stroll past the boutiques lining the fashionable Gran Via. This evening, say “adios” to your group at the included farewell dinner.

Day16

If you “miss” your plane, you might as well stay longer…

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Travel to Madrid airport this morning and board your flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add Madrid & Barcelona $529*

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

Day16

Relax in Madrid or hop over to the country's first capital

Optional Excursion - Toledo

Breakfast

Spend a free day exploring Madrid. Or, consider joining our optional excursion to Toledo, the first capital of Spain. The excursion features a guided sightseeing tour through the medieval city, with a stop at the city’s Gothic cathedral.

Optional Excursions

Toledo $79* pp

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.

Barcelona2 nights - hotel info

Day17

This is Barcelona—the cosmopolitan, cultured capital of Catalonia

Breakfast

La Sagrada Familia

This morning, board a high-speed train to Barcelona. Upon arrival, a professional local guide leads a sightseeing tour, featuring a visit inside La Sagrada Família (Church of the Holy Family), the unmistakable landmark church by Gaudí. Drive along Passeig de Gràcia, with a photo stop at Casa Batlló, also known as the “house of the bones.” Stop at Montjuïc, the hill where much of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games took place, and end in the 14th-century Gothic Quarter.

Day18

Take a pilgrimage to Montserrat or get to know Gaudí

Optional Excursion - Montserrat

Optional Excursion - Park Güell & Pedrera

Breakfast

Explore the treasures of Barcelona on your own today or choose to join an optional excursion. In the morning, you might journey to the 1,000-year-old monastery of Montserrat to behold the revered 9th-century Black Madonna. In the afternoon, opt to join a guided tour that features Park Güell and La Pedrera, two more of Gaudí’s architectural masterpieces.

Optional Excursions

Montserrat $65* pp

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.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Park Güell & Pedrera $79* pp

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.

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Say adios to the City of Counts

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport for your return flight home.

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 Casablanca (or Barcelona on the tour extension). Included transportation on this tour is by plane (from Spain to Morocco) and private motor coach, and there is an additional internal flight 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; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.  Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).  Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

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.

My first trip

It was the most awesome trip ever! I enjoyed how everything went as planned. Our tour guide, Roberta, was wonderful. She handled all situations very well.


5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/12/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Tour, Best Tour Director

Very well planned and organized.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 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

Traveled On: 5/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 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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3 / 5

Traveled On: 5/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: VA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

 

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 Go Ahead Tours on June 02, 2014

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

Traveled On: 3/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

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.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/20/2013

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: OR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 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

Traveled On: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: NY

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.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 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.

2 / 5

Traveled On: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NY

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Best Tour Director

Our tour director, Marcello, was truly organized and very caring. He did an excellent job. However, due to no fault of his, we thought that the tour could have been better. There was too much down time. We would do a morning sightseeing activity and be dropped back at our hotel at 1 or 2 in the afternoon with nothing else planned for the day. Our hotels were often not centrally located, leaving limited possibilities within walking distance. This was not really a problem in Spain and Portugal, since both countries are very safe, but in Morocco it was a definite problem. As two women traveling together, we were afraid to go out at night, and were even advised not to do so by our tour leader. That left us with nothing to do but hang out at the hotel, where we mostly watched movies. We could have done that at home! Also, many of the optional activities were cancelled due to lack of interest! I can honestly say that this was the most provincial group of people I have ever traveled with, which prevented me from doing some of the things I would have liked to do. I was extremely glad that I didn't take the extension to Barcelona, since every single optional (including the city tour) had been canceled due to lack of interest! I might take another GO AHEAD tour, since your company goes to most of the places I would like to go and is not overly expensive. However, I do feel that the Portugal, Spain, Morocco trip could have been better for the reasons stated above.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

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