The Moors left their mark on history through the architectural and cultural influences left on the Mediterranean that connect the splendors of the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa. Discover radiant palaces and labyrinthine antique cities, vibrant markets and beautiful gardens during your time spent in Portugal, Spain, and Morocco as you follow in the footsteps of the Moors. From the powerful walls of the Kasbahs to the shimmering tiles of traditional madrasas, trickling courtyard fountains to...
Lisbon – Arrive in Lisbon, the Charming and Elegant Capital of Portugal
Lisbon is a city of eclectic culture, elegant palaces and preserved whitewashed homes that overlook the beginning of the River Tagus. A series of hills roll from east to west and lead to the sapphire waters of the Atlantic Ocean as monuments pay homage to the seafaring culture that is embodied in the Padrao dos Descobrimentos, a statue erected to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator. The towering edifice represents a ship as it sails the Tagus River to reach the open and unexplored waters of the world and is adorned with the prominent figures of Vasco de Gama and Ferdinand Magellan.
Your flight will land at Lisbon Portela Airport, and your private transfer will greet you upon your arrival. A hint of the nearby seaside will drift through the air amidst the aromas of fresh coffee that emanate from the bustling cafes. The orange-tiled rooftops of the Alfama stand out beneath the golden hues of the crenulated walls along Saint George’s Castle as you begin to appreciate the views. You will settle into the comforts of your hotel before dinner, and then find the soothing, national music of Fado the perfect match for the aromas of sautéing garlic, onions, and lemon-zested prawns over your meal.
Lisbon – Relish a Full Day Private Tour of Lisbon’s Lavish and Unique Past
Seville – Visit the Captivating City of Évora en route to Seville, Spain
Seville – Enjoy a Full Day Tour of Enchanting Seville and a Flamenco Show
Granada – Traverse the Marvelous City of Cordoba before reaching Granada
Granada – Delight in the Splendor of the Alhambra and the Flavors of Tapas
Chefchaouen – Explore Gibraltar and Continue by Ferry to Morocco
Fes – Enjoy a Half-Day Tour of the Blue City before Transferring to Fes
Fes – Discover the Imperial Charm and Preserved History of Fes
Marrakech – Explore Regal Rabat and Cosmopolitan Casablanca
Marrakech – Enjoy the Lively Culture and the Exciting History on a Half-Day Tour
Marrakech – Depart for Home
- See the staggering size and detail of the Padrao dos Descobrimentos statue in Lisbon, which is dedicated to Portuguese explorers
- Wander along the opulent grounds of the Alcazar in Seville for insight into the architectural splendor of the Moorish kings
- Embrace the beauty and power of the Alhambra in Granada on a private tour that will focus on the artistic detail that makes the preserved palace unique
- Bask in the relaxed ambiance of Chefchaouen while strolling the streets along the ridges of the Rif Mountains
- Relish the aromas of spices as they fill the air of the souk in the Fes Medina and stroll through the vibrant historical gardens
- Travel the boulevards of Rabat and visit the Kasbah to view the whitewashed homes and narrow cobbled lanes that lead to incredible views
- Watch the passionate movements of a professional tango performance with thrilling music and captivating dance
- Discover the ancient history of Évora, Portugal through preserved Roman ruins and public plazas that are embellished with Moorish design
- Stroll along the Moorish ramparts and towers that decorate Gibraltar and enjoy the panoramic views of North Africa from the summit of the Rock of Gibraltar
- Listen to the sounds of Fado, Portugal’s national music, during a dinner performance in Lisbon
Portuguese Explorers brought Golden Age of Discovery as Spanish monarchs returned Christianity to their sovereign nation. Moorish dynasties created a haven of knowledge and culture across Morocco that spanned the Iberian Peninsula as seen in the preserved architecture and traditions on display during your 12-day tour to Portugal, Spain, and Morocco. Your journey will begin with your arrival in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, where your private transfer will greet you at Lisbon Portela Airport and escort you into the heart of the historical city. Enjoy a half-day introductory tour of the oldest neighborhoods and the vibrant monuments of Lisbon before enjoying a dinner accompanied by a live Fado performance.
The next morning, your guide will whisk you away on an encompassing tour of Lisbon to view the remnants of a Moorish past and the impressive grounds of the Jeronimos Monastery, home to the tomb of Vasco de Gama. Travel next to the city of Évora, which maintains more than two millennia of history that dates back to the Romans. Explore the cobbled lanes and the Moorish embellishments before crossing the border into Spain to reach Seville. Enjoy a full day tour of Seville the following day, bringing you from the grand Cathedral to the breathtaking Alcazar. In the evening, you can bask in the movement of a live flamenco show accompanied by dinner.
Reach Granada the following day to discover the grandeur of the Alhambra. Delight in the flavors of the city with a private tapas tour in restaurants hidden in the maze-like streets. Venture next to Gibraltar to wander along the caves, the Moorish battlements, and the summit of the eponymous rock. Ferry on to Tangier to meet your private transfer who will escort you to the enchanting city of Chefchaouen. The next day, enjoy a half-day tour of the Blue City and explore at a relaxed pace in fitting with the ambiance, and then continue to Fes by way of private transfer.
The next morning, your guide will meet you at your hotel and escort you on a fabulous full day tour of the Imperial city, with preserved architecture that will date back to the 9th-century. Make your way to Marrakech the following day with a stop en route to traverse the Kasbah at Rabat and the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. The next day, your guide will lead you through the fabled lanes of the Marrakech Medina to view the Saadian Tombs and Bahia Palace. Enjoy lively evenings spent at the Jamaa el Fna Square and watch the bustling crowds from a rooftop café that overlooks the historical plaza. Conclude as your private transfer will greet you at your hotel after breakfast and escort you to Menara Marrakech Airport for your flight home.
$3,451 per person (excluding international flights)
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