Spain, Portugal & Morocco: Tapas, Medinas & Sunsets
When you're visiting Portugal and Spain, Morocco's just a quick trip away. So we've added this captivating North African country on a 16-day tour that spans continents. Get going with Spain's lively culture and incredible architecture (think Gaudi buildings in Barcelona and Moorish design in Seville) before heading to Portugal to see the beautiful Algarve coast and the vibrant capital of Lisbon. If Morocco's picturesque blue city of Chefchaouen doesn't leave you breathless, the bustling medinas of Fès just might.
Explore Barcelona and Madrid at your own pace, Embark on a tapas bar crawl in Granada, Wind through the alleyways and attractions of Seville, Chill out in the beautiful landscapes of Lagos, Snap selfies in the blue city of Chefchaouen, Explore the markets and artisan quarters of Fès
Hostels (9 nts, some multi-share with 4-6 people), Simple hotels (6 nts, twin-share).
CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout.
Group Size Notes
Max 16 (Spain and Portugal), Max 14 (Morocco), Avg 10.
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Barcelona Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Big Night Out Moment: Lisbon. Tapas bar crawl (Granada). Orientation walks in Barcelona, Granada, Lisbon, and Madrid. Enjoy free time in Rabat. Explore the blue city of Chefchaouen. Visit the medina and souks of Fès. Discover the bustling city of Marrakech. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
While visiting mosques and other religious monuments you should dress modestly, cover your shoulders and you shouldn't wear short shorts or skirts. Outside of capital cities and the more touristic centres, local dress is often more conservative and as a matter of respect we ask that both men and women are aware of this and recommend loose-fitting clothes with your shoulders covered. Ask your CEO for more specific advice.
Eating is a big part of traveling. G Adventures understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. A typical breakfast may include toast, coffee and tea, however this may vary depending on the city. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options. Moroccan breakfasts tend to be different from your usual cereal and toast morning fare – most will be very simple - a croissant or sweet roll with jam and instant coffee and some hotels will have buffets where you will have more variety. While you are experiencing what a Moroccan family would eat, some travellers do find the provided breakfasts a bit “bread heavy” and enjoy buying fruit the day before to supplement their breakfast. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. While trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. Moroccan cuisine is world famous and your CEO will be taking the chance to show you the best of it. Staples include cous cous, a type of grain topped with stew, tagine which is actually the name of the pot this tasty dish is cooked in, and brochette, bbq skewers of meat. These meals will generally cost between 45- 70 MAD depending on the type of restaurant and which part of the country you are in. Other tastes not to be missed include pastilla, a sweet pasty with a savoury filling which is traditionally pigeon and harira, a delicious soup based on chick peas and filling enough when teamed with fresh bread to be a whole lunch. If you are heading to the coast the fresh seafood cooked at one of the local markets is a must eat! Morocco's fresh orange juice is highly recommended and you should not leave without trying a glass. The brave can try the tiny snails which are perhaps the local's favourite snack but you might prefer a cone of piping hot bite-size fried cake donuts. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
Barcelona - Las Ramblas Visit - La Barceloneta Visit (Free) - Gothic Quarter Visit (Free) - Parc Güell Visit (10EUR per person) - La Sagrada Família Visit (17-37EUR per person) Madrid - Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (13EUR per person) - Museo Nacional Del Prado Visit (15EUR per person) - Royal Palace (Palacio Real) Visit (17EUR per person) - Gran Vía Visit (Free) - Reina Sofia National Art Museum (10-15EUR per person) - Plaza Mayor Visit (Free) Granada - Albaicín (El Albayzín) Visit (Free) - Granada Cathedral (Cathedral of the Incarnation) Visit (5EUR per person) Seville - Alcázar Palace Visit (13EUR per person) - Flamenco Show (18-30EUR per person) - La Giralda Visit (9EUR per person) - Santa Cruz Quarter Visit (Free) - Casa de Pilatos (10-12EUR per person) - The Golden Tower (Torre del Oro) (3EUR per person) - Ronda Day trip (100-150EUR per person) - Santa Paula Convent (2EUR per person) - Swimming Lagos - Coastal Hike in Algarve (Free) - Swimming Faro - Benagil Sea Caves Lisbon - Belém District Visit (Free-10EUR per person) - Alfama District Visit (Free) - Sao Jorge Castle (10EUR per person) - Rossio Square (Free) - Praça da Figueira Market (Free) - Santa Justa Lift (6EUR per person) - Belém Tower (6EUR per person) - Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos Casablanca - Hassan II Mosque (130MAD per person) Er Rif - Rif Valley Mountains Hike Fès - Ville Nouvelle Exploration (Free) - Belghazi Museum (15MAD per person) - Shop Fès Medina (Free) - Dinner in Converted Fès Riad (400-500MAD per person) - Fès Medina Guided Tour (250MAD per person) Meknès - Meknès City Tour Marrakech - Traditional Moroccan Dinner with Folklore Entertainment (400-500MAD per person) - Djemaa el Fna Market Square Visit (Free) - Hot Air Balloon Marrakech
What to Take
We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. You must be prepared to carry your luggage up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels (max 15-20 mins.)
Group Leader Description
This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders, otherwise known as a CEO (Chief Experience Officer). As the group coordinator and manager, the aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of Morocco, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. They will also offer suggestions for things to do and to see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. We also use certified local city guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds.
About G Adventures
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