Spain, Morocco & Portugal
The one that does 2 continents in 2 weeks under the iberian sun
• 14 night accommodation
o 14 Nights - Hotel
• 21 Meals included
o 14 Breakfast
o 7 Dinner
• Boat from Gibraltar to Tangier
• See the Gran Via, Royal Palace the Puerta del Sol & Plaza de Espana
• See the Alcazar fortress and Gothic cathedral in Toledo
• Locally Guided Tour of the Alhambra
• Scenic drive past Marbella, Malaga
• Guided local tour of the Medina of Fez
• See the Royal Palace, the Medina and the local markets
• Visit the cooperative of handmade carpets, Fez
• Guided local tour of Marrakech
• See bustling Jamaa el Fna Square
• Plaza de Espana in Seville
• See the Castelo deSao Jorge, the Praca do Comercio and Rossio & Praça da Figueira
• Visit Lisbon Belem District, famous for some of the city's major monuments
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Valid for travel between:
13 Feb 2021 – 13 Mar 2021
Other departures available between 24 May 2020 – 20 Mar 2021, seasonal surcharges may apply.
17 Feb 20,
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Day 1 - Arrive Madrid
Join forces with your new wolf-pack tonight over dinner in the metro magic of Madrid. Tomorrow will be a whole world of discovery, so you'll be thankful for your luxe hotel sleep.
Day 2 – Madrid
An epic collision of new-age vibes & tradition, Madrid is going to leave you love-struck. Artistic, vibrant and filled with culinary hotspots, your spare time between seeing the Gran Via, the Royal Palace, Plaza de Espana & Puerta del Sol (the city's main square) will not go to waste as you explore the heart of the city with your Trip Manager giving you the fast track on everything Madrid. Madrid's nightlife is pumping, so grab some tapas, sangria and your dancing shoes, for a night out on the town.
Day 3 - Madrid to Granada via Toledo
Head south taking in the beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains on the way. Arrive in the historic and cultural hub of Granada.Mosques, churches and medieval buildings sit atop the hill town of Toledo. We'll uncover the city's gothic cathedral, the famous Renaissance sculptor, painter and architect El Greco’s house and the site of sieges, revolutions and treason. Just another pit-stop in our life in the glorious Spain. Granada is brimming with romance and offering an eclectic mix of North African and Spanish feels, this is one place you may never want to leave. Feel the Spanish rhythm and style by opting for a traditional flamenco and tapas night with your contiki family. Que bueno!
Day 4 – Granada
Visiting the Muslim Quarter of the Albaicin and the Capilla Real and the incredible Alhambra are just some of the ways your day can be filled. Granada is also known for its incredible food - not least of all its Arab pastries - so you could also fill your whole day pleasuring your sense of taste.
Day 5 - Granada to Fez
Bouncing out of bed should be no problem this morning, given the day of exploration we have laying ahead. Fez is sitting patiently on our to-do list. Yes, we are crossing into another country today, exotic Morocco, where tagines and treats await.With an English rock (aptly named the Rock of Gibraltar), this English colony can be explored on an optional tour of the rock with our guide, where you'll see the far reaching landscapes, as well as get up close to the cheekier residents, monkeys or Barbary Apes if you're wanting to keep it official! Just try and make sure they don't steal your hat. Visit St. Michael's Caves, and the 'Den' but the views are the jewel in the crown. Utter bliss.After we've caught the wind in our hair we'll disembark the boat and drive through dusty roads and palm trees to Fez, the medieval capital of Morocco & a time capsule of the ancient Arab world, it will tantalize you to your very core, and tomorrow is a full day to go deep.
Day 6 – Fez
Today will see us stepping back - just casually - to the remnants of 9th century North Africa. Today is going to be busy, because that's the best way to see it all. Amongst histoical sights, we'll see the Royal Palace or Wooden Galerie (Foundouk Nijarrine), marvel our way through the UNESCO-listed Medina with a Local Guide, looking for exostic mementos, and begin to uncover the layers of Moroccan mysteries hidden within the city. We'll even find time for a spot of carpet-shopping at the drool-worthy Cooperative of Handmade Carpets. Tonight, you can opt to go local or put on your party pants for an optional Moroccan feast & show.
Day 7 - Fez to Marrakech
We say farewell to Fez and her many traditions and head to perhaps the most famous city in the country – Marrakech. This evening, see exactly why they call Marrakech the Red City.We've made it to Marrakech, a place of pretty architecture, a bustling medina and shopping opportunities galore. This place is fast, fun and exciting, in every possible way. On arrival you could head to Jamaa el Fna Square to rub shoulders with the locals and grab some eats on the run. One place to get 'the shot' is from a restaurant overlooking the Medina, the smoky atmosphere, local music and people bustling under the twinkling lights, is something you'll never forget. And you won’t forget tonight’s accommodation in a hurry, either. Our Special Stay in Marrakech is Riad Africa, a retreat formed from 3 historical merchant houses. Here we’ll enjoy two swimming pools, a traditional spa, a rooftop restaurant and Morroccan cooking school, not to mention the gorgeous architecture and decor. Tomorrow, exploring galore awaits.
Day 8 – Marrakech
We'll guide you around the city's hotspots with our local Morroccan guide leading the charge. On our hitlist this morning is a berber pharmacy to pick up some argan oil and other exotic potions and lotions, then free time is yours. Taking on the markets of the Medina like a boss is a must while you're here, and an unforgettable experience. It's here you'll pick up treats and treasures, stopping for tagines to re-fuel but of course. Looking for a little bit of culture? The Marjorelle Gardens, owned by Yves St Laurent are a slice of paradise in amongst the madness, with the electric blues and yellow colours and lush green plants making for A+ Instagram opportunities. Tonight, getting your eat on is a must, and our optional feast and show is the best way to do just that as you indluge in tagines, cous cous and lip smacking desserts that guarantee you'll be rolling out of there but travellers, the night is young!
Day 9 - Marrakech to Assilah via Casablanca and Rabat
The intoxicating beauty and mayhem of Marrakech should have us well and truly hooked on all things Morocco. With this new found love we'll head north to Assilah, exploring the West Coast along the way. Located on the Atlantic East coast of Morocco, we make our final Moroccan stop in this well-preserved 15th Century town built bythe Colonial Portuguese. Absorb your last night of North African exoticism, enjoying every minute of this other-wordly city.
Day 10 - Tangier to Seville via Tangier and Tarifa
Our African odyssey has come to an end. But with the south of Spain and Portugal in our not to distant future, we don't see too many distressed faces in the crowd. Let's do this! Our next stop is calling, and it's going to be a winner. 13th Century architecture and one of the world's biggest cathedrals wait for us in the passionate arms of south Spain's Seville. Stroll the city's lake and preserve some energy for an evening exploring local haunts and enjoying the balmy weather of the south, and we'll start out the night with a feast of Andalusian treats including salty olives, marinated fish and fresh local specialities. Salud!
Day 11 – Seville
Now that we're settled into the smooth sailing slow paced vibes of Seville, let's not go ruining things by rushing around. A full free day to explore is just what you need, and a full free day is what you shall have. To make the most of it, you could sign up for our optional guided walking tour of Seville, including entry into the Bullring, passing by the Plaza Espana & through Santa Cruz (the Old Jewish Quarter) and gawping at the intricate exteriors of the Cathedral and Alcazar (while also mentally ticking off a Game of Thrones filming location), before cutting yourself loose to explore at your own pace. This evening you can opt in for our Eat With Seville experience, tasting traditional specialties cooked by locals in their own homes. Nothing like a bit of authenticity to round off our last night in Spain.
Day 12 - Seville to Lisbon
So long for now, Spain! We'll be kicking it in Portugal for a couple of days before we drift back your way for our grand finale in Madrid. Tough life innit?! Crossing the border, spirits are high as we cruise along the Algarve, where Portuguese tarts await us, and more about that tomorrow.Welcome to yet another example of incredible Europe...how these countries can sit so geographically close yet be so distinctly different is beyond our comprehension. Vintage looking trams roll down pretty streets, and tiny intricate tiles make everything gloriously cute. Today we'll get guided around the city and check out all the hotspots, like Portugal's Christo Rei (Christ the Redeemer), Rossio Square where people watching is premium, the Belem District, home to the famous tower of the same name, and feel some Moorish vibes at a monastery where Vasco de Gama's tomb is held. Afterwards we'll take to the streets for some food and a night out with the squad, no doubt feeling pumped for exploring tomorrow.
Day 13 – Lisbon
This morning you can choose to visit Sintra and Cascais, two local towns where packing your swimmers for a dip is essential. If you haven't already fallen in love then here's more of a picture about what's in store for you global roamers. Ruins with a throwback to Moorish and Roman times, cute domed cathedrals, plazas lined with sunny cafes and grand squares where stopping for drinks and peri peri chicken along the way is essential. Those looking for local vibes will fall head over heels for bohemian bars and riverside clubs, and plenty of cute boutiques for those feeling an itch for spending. Wrap things up by tasting the city over a traditional Portuguese dinner packed with seafood.
Day 14 - Lisbon to Madrid
Our last full day on tour, last chance for some final Pastel de nata (those Portuguese egg tart pastry's we have no doubt come to know and love). Save the sadness for tomorrow, today we take the scenic journey back to Madrid for one final evening of mischief.Here we are, back where the party started 14 life-changing days ago. A traditional Madridlenos dinner is up for grabs this evening, a final salute to the culture filled extravaganza that has been our epic journey. We're talking fried squid, chorizo, Spanish tortillas...and that's just the start. All washed down with some wine, all in the name of culture of course!
Day 15 - Depart Madrid
Tears and tissues and pinky swears for a reunion trip will mark the blur of sadness that is our morning departure. These are the memories that will stay with you a life time; make sure your next Contiki adventure is just around the corner.
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