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Take a journey of discovery with the In-depth Cultural tour Highlights of Spain, Portugal & Morocco! Over 15 days, you will be taken through 16 different destinations, beginning and ending in Lisbon and Marrakesh respectively. Your package includes accommodation at a hotel plus meals, transport and an experienced guide to show you around. This is your chance for an unforgettable holiday that covers both Spain and Morocco!



Tour highlights

The sunny splendour of southern Europe and north Africa comes together in a feast for all five senses. Lisbon’s bairros offer sweet pastel de nata pastries, Jerez de la Frontera is renowned for its fine sherry, and Porto prizes its unique port wines. Madrid’s covered food halls don’t disappoint either, and Seville lures you in with its beautiful charm. Hop on a ferry to Morocco for the captivating spice-scented souks in Fes and be seduced by the street performers at Marrakech’s Djemma El-Fna Square.

Douro Valley – Travel by train through the beautiful landscape of northern Portugal

Seville – Charming Moorish architecture and renowned architecture

Chefchaouen – Morocco’s picturesque blue city


Tour itinerary

Day 1 Join trip in Lisbon
Beginning in Lisbon, we’ll explore a city with an influential past. Built atop seven hills and situated along the estuary of the River Tagus, Portugal’s capital was conquered from the Moors back in 1147. As the country carved out a global empire in the 15th century, Lisbon was its main hub for international commerce; Accordingly, its 18th century architecture bears testament to this “maritime Golden Age of discovery.” Tragically, much of it was laid to waste following an earthquake and tsunami that hit the city in 1755. Nevertheless, what remains is a carefully planned metropolis from this period. At 6pm, our tour leader will be waiting for you in your hotel reception to welcome you and help introduce you to other travellers during a group dinner. To ensure that you are on time for this gathering, plan your flights so that you arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) no later than 4:30 pm. A transfer from airport to hotel is roughly 20 minutes long, so leave yourself an hour of buffer in case of unexpected delays. No excursions have been arranged for today and should you miss out on any essential information given during this meeting, your guide will make sure to provide it as soon as possible after your arrival. Tomorrow we’ll begin exploring Lisbon’s Bairros by foot!

Day 2 Explore the different Bairros of Lisbon on foot.
On the beginning of your Lisbon experience, join us for a three hour tour through certain neighbourhoods. Climb the seven hills and observe the trams as they meander along cobblestone streets. Amazement will fill you when you gaze upon all of the exquisite Portuguese tiles throughout this city. As we ascend Alfama Hill, take in panoramic views of River Tagus from Miradouro de Graca viewpoint. In conclusion, pass under Arco da Ragusta to reach Time Out Market with a selection of traditional eats, sweets and drinks on offer inside. For those who want to experience more of Lisbon, Belem area can provide an afternoon full of exploration. Go there and get a taste of Pasteis de Belem (Portuguese custard tart) or explore MAAT museum. In case you are interested, spend your evening with traditional ‘Fado’ music. This distinctively Portuguese genre comes from a word that means ‘fate’. Legend has it fado developed from songs of African slaves that left their mark on people’s hearts through its soulful melodies. After dinner, allow Fado performance to take you closer to feeling a sentiment known as ‘saudade’, which only Portuguese culture can truly comprehend.

Day 3 Follow the coastline to Porto, visiting Obidos and Nazare
This morning, our journey begins as we head up the Atlantic coast to Porto, with several stops along the way. One of which is Obidos, an enchanting walled town renowned for its medieval castle and narrow streets filled with religious and civil architecture from its prosperous days. Here, one can try Ginjinha – a regional liqueur made from sour cherries – giving us an opportunity to sample the local culture. Finally, Nazare will capture our attention with its enormous waves that surfers around Europe flock here for. A towering wall of water, reaching over 20 metres high in the winter months – this is what awaits us when we reach the shore near Porto. After spending some time to enjoy a lunch and explore nearby Fort of Sao Miguel Arcanjo with its spectacular waves, we will arrive at Portugal’s second largest city. With an abundance of cultural attractions, Porto offers travellers plenty to see and do. Finish your day by heading to the city of Matosinhos for a barbequed fish dinner on the seafront.

Day 4 Walking tour of Porto. Train ride in the Douro Valley
Bright and early today, our tour guide will take us on a two hour walking tour of the vibrant city of Porto. We’ll amble along the cobblestones to reach Cais da Ribeira – without doubt the most picturesque sight in town. It is dominated by the grand Dom Luis I Bridge, created in 1886 by one of Gustave Eiffel’s associates. The waterfront reveals old-fashioned homes with laundry adorning their terraces, overlooking the river below where several boats are tied up along its edge. Even though there may have been a decline in using Porto’s harbour for activities such as fishing or dining out, it still retains an atmosphere that captures its exciting past. Once our tour is complete, we will make a visit to a port lodge that offers an intriguing glimpse into the history and production of white, ruby, and tawny ports. Afterward, we can enjoy some delicious tastings of these unique wines! Then it’s time to board the train heading for Peso da Regua where we’ll spend the night. The journey offers spectacular sights of the Douro Valley; this fabled wine region is recognized as the world’s oldest demarcated area and has been granted UNESCO protection. Those wishing to take in further views can join us on a boat ride down the Douro River from either Regua or Pinhao – you won’t want to miss out on this one-hour sightseeing opportunity as you take in the vineyards situated along terraced hillside slopes!

Day 5 Discover the UNESCO World Heritage city of Salamanca
Making our way across the border, we arrived in enchanting Salamanca – an ancient university town renowned for its striking honey-hued sandstone buildings. After settling into our accommodation, we were taken on a tour by the leader of our group which included a two hour trek through the charming old city. We managed to catch glimpses of some splendid structures such as Plaza Mayor, Casa de las Conchas (House of Shells) and both Old and New Cathedrals – all boasting different types of architecture from Romanesque to Gothic and Baroque. Spend your afternoon however you like; take a leisurely tour around town, rest at one of its many cafes or simply soak up some sun in its cobbled streets. Later on, settle in to your luxurious 4-star hotel near Tormes river and Roman Bridge. Not only are you close to Salamanca’s historical centre, but there is also an abundance of restaurants and bars nearby. Your well-appointed room is equipped with everything you need for a pleasant stay and breakfast can be had in their lovely courtyard on a sunny day.

Day 6 See Segovia’s Disney-like Alcazar Fortress. Drive to Madrid
Today our journey takes us to the majestic city of Madrid, with a stop first at Avila to marvel at the incredible medieval city walls. Next is Segovia, boasting a UNESCO World Heritage historic centre and captivating Aqueduct from the 1st century Roman era. Our tour leader will conduct an orientation walk through the cobbled streets of old town before giving us free time for lunch. The Plaza Mayor and 16th century Gothic cathedral make this spot especially impressive. Not to be outdone, there is also the stunning Roman aqueduct stretching 17 kilometres with 166 arches reaching up to 28 meters tall as it meets the old citadel. As night falls we drive on towards Madrid and our hotel where we will stay for two nights – passing by the fairytale-like Alcazar Fortress that reportedly inspired Disney design!

Day 7 Walking tour of Madrid. Free afternoon
Bright and early, we set off on a four-hour walking tour of Madrid – the third largest city in the European Union. The Manzanares River meanders through the bustling capital, showcasing its many historic sights, modern architecture, gourmet cafés, art galleries and rich cultural heritage. To begin our exploration, we take a gracious stroll through Barrio de los Austrias and pause for coffee near the grand Palacio Real. We then make our way to Mercado de San Miguel for some regional specialities before admiring Plaza Mayor’s red-brick buildings from under a slate roof. Our morning ends with an incredible view of Madrid from atop Circulo de Bellas Artes. The afternoon is open to further discovering Madrid’s art neighbourhoods or strolling around El Retiro Park.

Day 8 Train to Cordoba, visit the Mezquita Mosque. Continue by bus to Seville via the white village of Carmona
The cities of Cordoba, Seville, and Carmona are packed with historical and cultural wonders. Today we make our way to the banks of the Guadalquivir river via train to explore Cordoba. It has been a hot spot since AD 719 when the Moors settled here and later was even occupied by the Romans prior to that. Lurking through its narrow streets we discover hidden patios embellished with intricate iron grilles. Furthermore, two medieval synagogues remain intact today, one of which dates back all the way to the 14th century. To finish off our day we visit Mezquita Mosque – a remarkable site with two oratories on top of each other representing two different faiths (optional local guide can be provided). Travel back to 8th century with a visit to an incredible structure, its roof supported by a forest of 850 colourful columns. At its heart lies an extraordinary piece crafted and preserved from ancient times known as Mihrab. After reconquista, instead of destruction, Catholic king ordered a church to be built within this special place. From there we board our bus and make our way towards Carmona for an orientation walk amongst Moorish buildings and Alcázar del Rey Don Pedro. Climb up to its tower for wonderful views across town before driving onto Seville which is one of Spain’s finest cities founded on wealth from New World trade and plunder. As the sun sets, let us take a meandering walk across the Guadalquivir River to Triana – a hub of Seville’s ceramic trade and home to some of its best tapas bars. Our expert guide will show us the way to various eateries offering delicious culinary choices for dinner.

Day 9 Discover Seville on foot. Optional afternoon visit to the Alcazar
Seville, capital of Andalucia and renowned for its stunning beauty, is one of Spain’s most beloved cities. Our morning tour sets off with a visit to its former Jewish Quarter before making our way down narrow alleys leading to Mudejar palaces and baroque churches. You are then given your own free time in which to explore Seville at leisure – visiting places like Alcázar Palace or Maria Luisa Park may be desirable options! Later on in evening, why not indulge in some traditional flamenco music and dancing (perhaps optional)? Other attractions include exploring Gothic Cathedral – an architectural wonder as it was originally part of a great minaret mosque constructed by Almohads and later taken over by Christians. Visitors can also take pleasure in viewing General Archive of Indias, Plaza de San Francisco or Casa Pilatos.

Day 10 Sherry tasting in Jerez de la Frontera. Relax on the beach in Tarifa

This morning, we will embark on a journey to Jerez de la Frontera, which is renowned for its world-class sherry producers. Our knowledgeable tour leader will accompany us to a traditional winery, where we will have the opportunity to taste the renowned fortified wine. One popular local way of enjoying sherry is through a delightful cocktail known as ‘rebujito,’ which combines dry Fino sherry with lemonade. Our final destination in Spain is Tarifa, located at the southernmost point. This laid-back, historic seaside town holds the distinction of being the kitesurfing capital of Europe. The afternoon will be at your leisure to bask in the beauty of the sandy beaches of Playa de Los and Playa de Lances, as well as to wander through the charming streets of the old town. Tonight, we will be accommodated in a cozy hostel. While it may offer a rustic ambiance and private facilities, it should be noted that it may appear more modest compared to the other hotels we have stayed at.

Day 11 Ferry to Tangier. Drive to Chefchouen, Morocco’s blue city in the Rif Mountains

Today, we will start our day by heading to the ferry port, bidding farewell to our Spanish guide, and embarking on a morning ferry ride across the Strait of Gibraltar to Tangier in Morocco. Upon reaching Tangier, we will join our new guide to fully immerse ourselves in the vibrant and exhilarating atmosphere of a Moroccan medina. We will explore the intricate labyrinth of narrow streets on foot, before continuing our journey by car up into the breathtaking Rif Mountains, eventually arriving in the captivating town of Chefchaouen. Chefchaouen, known for its picturesque blue-painted houses, bustling bazaars, and charming red-tiled rooftops, is one of the most enchanting destinations in Morocco. After settling into our hotel, we will embark on a brief orientation walk through the car-free alleys of the medina, leading us to Outa Lahmam square, where we can find local restaurants to satisfy our hunger. In the afternoon, we will venture on a scenic walk, passing by locals going about their daily lives alongside their livestock, until we reach the Spanish mosque in ruins, perched atop a hill overlooking Chefchaouen. This approximately four-kilometer trek is expected to take around one-and-a-half hours, allowing us to appreciate the beauty of the surroundings and enjoy panoramic views.

Day 12 Bus to Fes, the oldest of Morocco’s imperial cities

Today, we will embark on a four-and-a-half hour journey by public bus, crossing the scenic Rif Mountains, until we reach our destination, Fes. Fes holds the esteemed title of being the cultural capital and the oldest among Morocco’s imperial cities. It proudly houses the world’s oldest university and boasts the best-preserved medieval quarter in the Arab world. Like many Moroccan cities, Fes is divided into an old section and a newer area. In the evening, we will indulge in a delightful food tour within the charming streets of Fes el Bali, the old part of Fes. We will meander through the bustling market lanes, eventually arriving at Bab Boujloud, an intricately adorned city gate. The alluring aromas of freshly cooked baghrir, also known as Berber pancakes, will tantalize our senses. Additionally, we will have the opportunity to sample Harira soup, a flavorful broth crafted from chickpeas, tomatoes, and traditional Moroccan spices. It will be an enticing culinary experience amidst the historical ambiance of Old Fes.

Day 13 Morning tour of Fes El Bali and Fes el Jadid. Train to Marrakech

This morning, we will delve into the lively souks and vibrant tanneries of Old Fes, exploring them on foot. Additionally, we will embark on a bus tour to witness the grandeur of the Royal Palace and visit the Merenid Tombs located in New Fes. Although entry into the Royal Palace is not permitted, the sight of its seven majestic golden gates, adorned with intricate Zellige tiles, is truly captivating. These gates provide a glimpse into the opulence that lies within the palace and serve as an excellent backdrop for capturing the essence of Fes in a memorable photograph. Perched atop a hill overlooking Fes, the Merenid Tombs, believed to date back to the 14th century, offer a fascinating historical site. While there may be limited historical information available about the tombs themselves, their ruins are still of interest. However, the true highlight is the elevated viewpoint they provide, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city below. With the assistance of our tour leader, we will be able to identify and appreciate the different parts of the city from this vantage point. After enjoying lunch, we will embark on a seven-and-a-half-hour train journey through the heart of Morocco, making our way to Marrakech. We are expected to arrive around 8 pm, allowing us the opportunity to experience the lively atmosphere of Jamaa El Fna Square in the evening. As night falls, Marrakech truly comes alive, and no visit to the city is complete without immersing oneself in the bustling energy of this renowned square. With its multitude of street performers and captivating ambiance, it resembles a scene straight out of the enchanting tales of Arabian Nights.

Day 14 Explore the colourful souks and iconic Djemaa el Fna Square on foot

Marrakech is a sensory delight, captivating visitors with its vibrant ambiance. As with many towns in North Africa, Marrakech is divided into two distinct areas: Gueliz, a modern section influenced by French culture, and the Medina, the historic old city. Throughout its history, Marrakech has served as a gathering place for Berber mountain dwellers and desert communities from the south, and the bustling souks vividly showcase this cultural fusion. This morning, we will be accompanied by a local guide who will lead us on a captivating walking tour of the old city. We will venture into the maze-like network of narrow streets, immersing ourselves in the enchanting sounds, vibrant colors, and enticing aromas of the exotic. During the tour, we will also have the opportunity to visit the iconic Koutoubia Tower, an architectural marvel. After a morning of sightseeing, we will pause for a well-deserved lunch break, and the remainder of the day will be free for you to explore at your leisure. One option for the afternoon is to visit the Majorelle Gardens, a beautiful oasis of tranquility featuring the Museum of Islamic Art, which can be reached via a short taxi ride. Tonight, we have the option to celebrate the culmination of our journey by enjoying a delightful dinner together at a rooftop Moroccan restaurant. It will be a fitting way to savor the flavors of Moroccan cuisine and cherish the memories we have created throughout our adventure.

Day 15 Trip ends in Marrakech

The journey concludes after breakfast at our hotel in Marrakech. Today, there are no scheduled activities, allowing you the freedom to depart from Marrakech at your preferred time. If your flight departs later in the day, our hotel offers luggage storage facilities for your convenience. Should you require an airport transfer, please note that Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) is the designated departure point. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have additional time to explore the bustling souks of Marrakech or purchase some final souvenirs before bidding farewell to this captivating city.



What’s included

13 nights comfortable hotel
1 nights premium hotel
Explore Tour Leader
Local Guide(s)

COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures
At Explore, we do everything we can to ensure responsible and hassle-free travel.
You do not need to be vaccinated or provide a negative test unless it is a condition of entry of the destination country you are visiting.
For many countries, at least one of these requirements remains a condition of entry, so please ensure you check the specific entry requirements well in advance of travel.

A key facet of our responsible approach to tourism is that we encourage our groups to eat in local restaurants that prepare locally grown food. We give customers choice as to their meals and do not use rather bland and impersonal hotel restaurants or all- inclusive options
14 Breakfasts

Additional Services
Douro Valley – Travel by train through the beautiful landscape of northern Portugal
Seville – Charming Moorish architecture and renowned architecture
Chefchaouen – Morocco’s picturesque blue city


What’s not included

International flights are not included

Travel insurance is not included

Other activities and services are not included

Additional Services
Other activities and services are not included


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