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Journey through three spectacular countries in one fell swoop on this intercontinental trip of a lifetime. From enchanting medieval castles to exotic Arabian deserts, world renowned pilgrimage sites, and the storied streets of one of Europe's liveliest cities. Prepare to be invigorated and inspired.
Home . BarcelonaDestination Home . Barcelona Meals included Hotel N/A Today begins the adventure of a lifetime as you depart for Spain, Portugal and Morocco!
BarcelonaDestination Barcelona Meals included Hotel 4 . Sercotel Hotel Ciutat De Montcada, or similar Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. After check-in enjoy some free time to relax and meet your fellow travellers.
BarcelonaDestination Barcelona Meals included Breakfast Hotel 4. Sercotel Hotel Ciutat De Montcada, or similar This impressive city is ours to explore today! Barcelona is a stunning metropolis right on the Mediterranean Sea. This morning we will begin an informative walking tour with a local expert. We’ll visit the city’s historic central area with its Gothic neighbourhood dating back to the Middle Ages. After our guided tour, enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own or take part in one of today's optional activities. OPTIONAL TOUR -LA SAGRADA FAMILIA OF ANTONIO GAUDI The Holy Family building proposes one of the most exciting experiences possible today, integrating us in the vision of a genius, Antoni Gaudí, capable of imagining at the beginning of the 20th century a building that incorporated the viewer in the process of Divine Creation, and made for almost 150 years, successive generations were involved in his dream. Something different, impossible to find anywhere else, a living element that evolves as it is concluded, together with the feelings of those who visit it and know it in depth. A monumental complex impossible to compare: a complex architectural project, a world heritage site, on whose exterior stand out its 18 towers with more than 100 meters high; its three thematic facades where Life, Death and Glory are represented by innumerable statues and symbologies based on nature and the Gospels; an interior space that allows the spiritual communion of those who enter, transferred by Gaudí to a Mediterranean forest in which the light filters with different tonalities through its stained glass windows, bathing the inclined columns branched like trees. OPTIONAL TOUR -BARCELONA TAPAS TOUR Spend the night like a local discovering Barcelona's favourite tapas. During this tour you will visit a number of establishments who pride themselves on this casual cuisine.
Barcelona . Peñiscola . ValenciaDestination Barcelona . Peñiscola . Valencia Meals included Breakfast Hotel 4 Sercotel Sorolla Palace, or similar Today we say farewell to Barcelona as we travel south along the spectacular Mediterranean coast. This drive would not be the same without a special stop at Peñiscola, a beautiful walled town situated on the shores of the sparkling sea. Accompanied by our guide, we discovering the fishing port, the seaside castle and the lovely beach. Afterwards, you may wish to savour some lunch at one of the local restaurants. Following this we will continue our drive towards Valencia, the third largest Spanish city. Known for being the Spanish gateway to the Mediterranean, with a big port, beautiful beaches, restaurants and a beach promenade along the waterfront. The old town is set back from the seafront through, and in the centre you will find the beautiful monuments and historical buildings. Busy markets, clean beaches, spectacular mountains and a fascinating mix of old town and new town makes up the best of Valencia.
Valencia . Alicante . Caravaca de la Cruz . GranadaDestination Valencia . Alicante . Caravaca de la Cruz . Granada Meals included Breakfast Hotel 4 . Sercotel Gran Hotel Luna De Granada, or similar After breakfast we leave the city of Valencia and continue south down the Mediterranean coast. We will be stopping for a tour in the active port city of Alicante, whose history goes back over 7000 years. Here we enjoy a panoramic tour of Alicante during which you will see the Central Market, the bull ring, Luceros square and the area of the port, followed by a guided walking tour in the old town to see the Cathedral, Town Hall, Carbonell building and Spain esplanade. We will continue on our way to the coastal Murcia Region in southeastern Spain. Here we will visit Caravaca de la Cruz, a major pilgrimage site and considered by the Catholic Church to be one of the 5 holy cities. Its castle and basilica, located at the top of the old town, holds a relic of Christ’s Cross. After an enlightening visit here we carry on along an attractive scenic road to the region of Andalusia where we will end our journey at the city of Granada.
GranadaDestination Granada Meals included Breakfast Hotel 4 . Sercotel Gran Hotel Luna De Granada, or similar Today we enjoy a full day in Granada, a gorgeous city at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains known for its grand examples of medieval architecture. The highlight for today will be a guided tour of the immense Alhambra Palace and its beautiful Generalife Gardens built in Arab times. Alhambra is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and the inspiration for many songs and stories. The colour of its buildings set against the surrounding woods has been described by poets as “a pearl set in emeralds”. Enjoy a local lunch (own expense) before taking off on your own to explore the magnificent Granada Cathedral and its Royal Chapel containing the sepulchre of the Catholic Kings. In your free time, continue exploring the city. Perhaps check out the historic Renaissance Cathedral and Capilla Real, or watch the world go by as you indulge in some tapas at a bar. Note: in the Alhambra complex, the Nazari palaces allow a limited number of people in at a time. Sometimes your visit may be in the afternoon, depending on the timetables in which we are allowed in.
Granada . Tangier . Asilah . RabatDestination Granada . Tangier . Asilah . Rabat Meals included Breakfast Hotel 4 Dawliz Resort & Spa, or similar Today we depart Granada and cross the delightful Costa del Sol region, literally “Coast of the Sun”. Upon arrival in the port city of Tarifa we board a modern ferry to cross the Straits of Gibraltar. Enjoy a pleasurable journey sailing towards Africa as Spain disappears upon the horizon. Witness breathtaking landscapes as we approach Morocco and it’s dazzling coastline. We begin our tour of this incredible North African country in Asilah, a small picturesque walled city on the shores of the Atlantic. This ancient port was once a known base for pirates. Today the settlement is full of life. Perhaps enjoy a delicious local lunch here before we continue on to the capital of Morocco, Rabat. Upon arrival in Rabat we will enjoy a welcome meeting with our Moroccan tour guide.
Rabat . Casablanca . MarrakechDestination Rabat . Casablanca . Marrakech Meals included Breakfast Hotel 5 Ryad Mogador Menara Hotel & Spa, or similar This morning we will embark on a scenic tour of Rabat. Resting along the shores of the Bouregreg River and the Atlantic Ocean, this phenomenal city is known for beautiful landmarks speaking to its Islamic and French-colonial heritage. Our guided tour will bring us to the immense Royal Palace, the official residence of the king of Morocco. From here we will visit the Mohammed V Mausoleum, considered a masterpiece of modern Alaouite dynasty architecture. We end our tour at the mighty Kasbah of the Udayas, built in the 12th century. At midday, we depart for the romantic coastal city of Casablanca where we’ll enjoy another brief guided tour including the great Hassan II Mosque, considered one of the most important mosques in the Arab world. We then continue from here towards Marrakech, a major economic centre and home to a stunning array of mosques, palaces and gardens.
MarrakechDestination Marrakech Meals included Breakfast Hotel 5 . Ryad Mogador Menara Hotel & Spa, or similar Our day will begin with an informative guided tour of the city responsible for giving the country its name. Located to the north of the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and founded in 1062, Marrakech has become one of the busiest cities in Africa and has grown dramatically in the 21st century. The red walls surrounding the city, built in 1122-1123 and the red sandstone used in the construction of the city’s various buildings have given the city the nickname “Red City”. After our guided tour you will have some free time to relax at the pool or to discover one of the famous Marrakech Souks (local markets). You may also wish to take part in an optional activity this afternoon. OPTIONAL INSPIRING SIGHT -MOROCCAN HAMMAM EXPERIENCE The art of hammam, a traditional steam bath/bathhouse, is an ancient and integral part of Moroccan life. At the heart of Marrakech medina, enjoy a rejuvenating moment at a traditional Moroccan Riad dedicated to relaxation. Enjoy a private Beldi Hammam including a Moroccan black soap exfoliation.
Marrakech . Ait Benhaddou . Ouarzazate . BoumalneMarrakech . Ait Benhaddou . Ouarzazate . Boumalne Destination Dades Meals included Breakfast, Dinner Hotel 4 . Hôtel Xaluca Dades, or similar Today we journey across the frequently snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains, which separate the Atlantic and Mediterranean coastline from the Sahara Desert. Along the way we will pass small Berber villages artfully perched on the side of chasms. We pause at the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, a place where several well-known movies have been filmed. Ait Benhaddou is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its remarkable mud-brick architecture makes it look like its been magically raised from the ground itself. After our visit here we continue along our route, passing through striking so-called biblical landscapes. We pause again in the city of Ouarzazate, known as the gateway to the Sahara desert and home to the Taourirt Kasbah, considered one of the country’s most impressive monuments. With over 300 rooms and a maze of passageways, steps and key-lock doors, this Kasbah is a true historical legacy of wealth and power. Following this we continue on toward the Valley of Roses, one of the most fertile locations in the Moroccan south and the biggest producer of rose oil and rose water in Morocco. Our journey today comes to an end at Boumalne Dades, a town located at the edge of the desert plateau. Here we will enjoy a delicious dinner buffet before retiring for the evening. Note: On very rare occasions (during winter), the roads may be closed due to snowdrifts. If necessary, days 5 to 7 will be rescheduled according to our alternative itinerary. (Whether we can visit the Sahara or not will depend on road access).
Boulmane Dades . Todgha . Khorbat . ErfoudDestination Boulmane Dades . Todgha . Khorbat . Erfoud Meals included Breakfast, Dinner Hotel 4 . Kasbah Hotel Chergui, or similar Prepare for a day full of excitement in the Sahara Desert and the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs, the ancient caravan route used by sultans and traders. We’ll pass through river valleys containing thousands of palm trees and stoney plains dotted with oases and adobe villages. We’ll witness powerful fortresses defending the thoroughfares and the bewitching landscape around them. A natural highlight of today’s adventure will be a visit to the stunningly magnificent Todgha Gorge. Here we will explore the series of steep limestone canyons carved out by the Todgha and Dades Rivers. We continue from here toward the oasis town of Erfoud, located on the edge of the vast Sahara Desert. Enjoy a dinner in our hotel before retiring for the evening.
Erfoud . FesDestination Erfoud . Fes Meals included Breakfast Hotel 5 . Hotel Les Merinides, or similar Early morning, we say farewell to the Sahara and travel through the mountains, crossing breathtaking nomadic areas situated in high, chilly landscapes. We stop in the market town of Midelt, originally built as a base for mining in the area and a perfect spot to break up the journey from the Sahara. In the afternoon, the medieval city of Fes awaits us, often referred to as the country’s cultural capital and the second largest city in Morocco. Upon arrival in Fes spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.
Fes . TangierDestination Fes . Tangier Meals included Breakfast Hotel 4 . Hilton Garden Inn Tanger City Center, or similar This morning we will discover the highlights of Fes during an informative scenic tour. Fes was founded during the 8th9th century and offers an enchanting array of historical and cultural spectacles. Fes is also home to the world’s largest car-free urban area, where mules, donkeys and pedestrians flow through the well-preserved medieval labyrinth. We conclude our visit in Fes with a lovely lunch within an ancient palace in the Medina district. Following lunch in the early afternoon we depart towards the north of Morocco. Upon arrival at the port city of Tangier, check into your hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure before appreciating your final night in Africa.
Tangier . SevilleDestination Tangier . Seville Meals included Breakfast Hotel 4 AC Hotel by Marriott Sevilla Forum, or similar This morning enjoy free time in Tangier for some last minute shopping and exploring. Tangier sits on the Strait of Gibraltar and has functioned as the gateway between Africa and Europe since Phoenician times. We embark here and sail towards Spain, making landfall in the port city of Tarifa, continuing via coach to Seville. Upon an early evening arrival in Seville, we will enjoy an evening at leisure. Seville is famous for it's flamenco, so perhaps enjoy a night on the town experiencing this joyous dance.
SevilleDestination Seville Meals included Breakfast Hotel 4 . AC Hotel by Marriott Sevilla Forum, or similar After breakfast, enjoy a guided orientation tour in the irresistible city of Seville. Seville is home to the country’s best Fiestas and the site of some well-known scenes in big films. Afterwards, perhaps visit the city’s colossal Gothic cathedral and its famous Giralda, or bell tower. The Seville Cathedral is the third largest church in the world as well as the largest Gothic church and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also the final burial place of Christopher Columbus. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure further discovering this enchanting city.
Seville . Palos de la Frontera . Mertola . LisbonDestination Seville . Palos de la Frontera . Mertola . Lisbon Meals included Breakfast Hotel 4 . SANA Metropolitan Hotel, or similar We leave Seville this morning and head towards the province of Huelva. The first stop along our journey today is the small agricultural village of Palos de la Frontera, popular for its vast trade of local strawberries and raspberries. After our visit of Palos de la Frontera we travel across the border to Portugal. Shortly after entering Portugal we will stop in the ancient Muslim city of Mertola. Our journey continues from here to Lisbon, Portugal's hilly, coastal capital city, where we’ll stay for the next two nights. Lisbon combines the best elements of Portuguese life, offering fantastic architecture, a multicultural population, delicious seafood and non-stop nightlife. As the sun goes down, you will find some of Lisbon's best nightlife in the neighbourhood of Bairro Alto, where you will also find several places that offer Fado performances.
LisbonDestination Lisbon Meals included Breakfast Hotel 4 . SANA Metropolitan Hotel, or similar This morning we will set out on a morning orientation tour of charismatic Lisbon. We’ll visit traditional neighborhoods and take in the Belem district, a relaxed area on the Tagus River known for its fresh seafood restaurants and colourful houses. We invite all our travellers to try a “Belem cake”, an exquisite local delicacy. This area is the birthplace of the great Portuguese navigators who sailed the oceans in the Fifteenth Century. Along our tour we will see Belem Tower and the beautiful Jeronimos Monastery, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The afternoon following our guided tour is free for you to relax or explore this great city independently. OPTIONAL TOUR -SUNSET FADO AND TAPAS TOUR Get ready for a night of tasty Portuguese food, tipples, and tunes on this Lisbon tour. You’ll discover the city as dusk falls, heading out alongside locals for dinner and drinks, and taking in a dramatic Fado performance that will leave you mesmerised all night long.
Lisbon . Fatima . MadridDestination Lisbon . Fatima . Madrid Meals included Breakfast Hotel 4 Weare Chamartín Hotel, or similar Say farewell to Lisbon today as we travel to the north of Portugal and visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima, now the fourth biggest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world. This shrine receives around five million visitors per year. After our visit here we will travel towards the border to Spain, passing through picturesque landscapes and magnificent greenlands. Once we arrive in Spain we will continue on to the north of the Extremadura region, a remote area of brilliant mountains, forests, lakes and reserves. At the end of the day we reach our final destination, Spain’s elegant central capital, Madrid.
MadridDestination Madrid Meals included Breakfast Hotel 4 . Weare Chamartín Hotel, or similar Spend a day discovering Madrid in your own time. Perhaps while away the hours along the Paseo del Arte, or Art Walk, for an expansive history of art in Museo del Prado, Museo Reina Sofia and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Perhaps join an Urban Adventure to get a deeper insight into the city through its food and its markets or go for a stroll to see Plaza Mayor and visit the baroque Royal Palace. OPTIONAL TOUR -MADRID TAPAS ADVENTURE If you want to experience the real Madrid, take a tip from us: do as the locals do and nibble and chomp your way through the city. From Madrid’s oldest taverns to its modern hip hangouts, this is your chance to indulge in the most delectable cuisine – tapas. And hey, we’ll even teach you some pro tapas tips along the way, the ultimate souvenir to take home with you! OPTIONAL TOUR -MARKETS OF MADRID Discover Madrid’s lesser known, historic neighbourhoods and learn about the city’s history and how these areas have changed over time. We’ll explore the hidden gems of these residential areas and together we’ll experience how the locals live — and eat!
Madrid . HomeDestination Madrid . Home Meals included Breakfast Hotel N/A Unfortunately today marks the end of your phenomenal tour through three extraordinary countries. After breakfast, spend a few free moments at the hotel before transferring to the airport for your flight home.
HomeDestination Home Meals included Hotel N/A Arrive home today. Please note, some flights will arrive home early the following morning.
- Return international airfares with Emirates
- Return airport transfers
- 18 nights in 4 to 5 star hotels
- Cross the Straight of Gibraltar by ferry from Europe to Africa and back
- Daily breakfast and 2 dinners
- Fully escorted English speaking guide throughout all 3 countries
- In-depth sightseeing & all entry fees as per the itinerary
- Dedicated private transportation throughout
- 24/7 customer service and your own Dedicated Support Agent
- Barcelona -Walk through the city’s historic centre
- Mediterranian Coast -stop at Peñiscola, a beautiful walled town situated on the sparkling sea
- Valencia-Spend the afternoon in the City of Arts and Sciences
- Alicante-Discover the active port city of Alicante on a guided tour, whose history goes back over 7000 years
- Granada-Visit the breathtaking UNESCO Alhambra Palace and the Generalife gardens
- Straight of Gibraltar -Enjoy a pleasurable sail towards Africa as Spain disappears upon the horizon
- Rabat-Explore historic monuments dating from the 10th to 15th century Almohad and Merenid dynasties
- Casablanca-Admire the great Hassan II Mosque, one of the most important mosques in the Arab world
- Marrakech-Step back in time during a guided tour of the old medina
- Ait Benhaddou -Pause at this fortified village, a place where several known movies have been filmed
- Ouarzazate-Pause again at the gateway to the Sahara desert and home to the Taourirt Kasbah
- Erfoud-Visit this oasis town, and experience dusk amoung the sand dunes
- Fes-Soak up this car-free medieval labyrinth
- Seville-Marvel at the city’s colossal Gothic Cathedral and the famous Giralda, or bell tower
- Palos de la Frontera -Taste local strawberries and raspberries in this small small agricultural village
- Evora -Walk the Renaissance streets of this World Heritage site
- Lisbon -View the Monument of discoveries, where ships departed to explore and trade
- Lisbon-View the beautiful Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower which is surrounded by water
- Fatima -Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima, the 4th biggest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world
- Madrid -Sit by the lake at Retiro Park and admire the magnificent Glass Palace
- Travel insurance (compulsory) Tipping
- Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
- Optional activities
- Personal expenses
IMPORTANT INFORMATION Fitness Requirements While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.
As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.
This particular tour is categorised as a “3”:
Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.
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(Day 3): Barcelona Tapas Tour -AUD $129
(Day 3): Sagrada Familia de Antonio Gaudi -AUD $99
(Day 9): Hammam & Massage in a luxury spa -AUD $129
(Day 9): Cooking class at La Maison arabe -AUD $109
(Day 17): Sunset Fado and Tapas tour -AUD $129
(Day 19): Markets of Madrid -AUD $89
(Day 19): Madrid Tapas Adventure -AUD $149
Note: These optional tours apply only to April 2020 departures onwards. You may only select one option per day. Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online or speaking with your Dedicated Support Agent for assistance.
Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 65 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. Your guide may also offer additional optional tours in addition to those listed above. We appreciate your understanding.
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.
Recommended tipping for tour guide/tour leader/bus driver will be 4-6 EUROS (AUD$7-10) per person per day and tour leader will discuss this with the group at the conclusions of the tour in each country. There is no tipping kitty required at the commencement of the tour for this particular package.
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences however any changes are beyond our control.
Single supplement is $1,399 per person in addition to the twin share price.
Available. If you wish to purchase triple share please phone 1300 886 688. The third person will also be charged the Twin share price.
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Visa & Passport information
It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return to Australia.
A visa is not required for Spain, Portugal and Morocco, for travel less than 90 days.
Final documentation, including e-tickets and hotel details, will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.
Children must be 5 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.
The total length of the tour in days includes time spent inflight and is subject to change, depending on the flight schedule. Please refer to the day-by-day itinerary for the time spent in your destination(s).