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Portugal, Spain & Morocco

with Madrid & Barcelona extension
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  • Duration: 16 or 19 days
  • Group size: 15-35
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Discover the alluring countries at the crossroads of Europe and Africa.

Relive the Age of Discovery, when explorers brought treasures from around the world—now on glorious display in Portuguese palaces and Spanish cathedrals. See the Moorish influences in exotic Andalusia, travel into the heart of Morocco, and explore the maze-like medinas of the imperial cities.

Your tour package includes
  • 14 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 14 breakfasts
  • 8 dinners
  • 12 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Jerónimos Church
  • Chapel of Bones
  • Seville Cathedral
  • the Alhambra
  • Chaouen
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Lisbon today.

Lisbon2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Lisbon
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Portugal! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner tonight.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Lisbon
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know the Portuguese capital on a tour with a local guide.

• Admire views of the city from Eduardo VII Park, then pass the Plaza del Marqués de Pombal and the Mouraria District

• Discover the city’s maritime heritage at the Monument to the Discoveries and Tower of Belém

• Enter Jerónimos Church, which was built to honor voyagers

• Walk through Chiado square to the Baixa district in the heart of the city

Enjoy a free afternoon in Lisbon or add an excursion.

Sintra
Excursion (additional cost)
Seville2 nights
Day 4: Seville via Évora
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the unspoiled countryside of Portugal, stopping in the UNESCO-listed city of Évora for a sightseeing tour with a local guide.

• View the Roman temple

• Visit the Church of St. Francis, known as "the Chapel of Bones”

Continue on to Seville, Spain and sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Seville
Included meal: Breakfast

Uncover the beauty of Seville, the historic Andalusian capital, on a guided sightseeing tour.

• View the tiled pavilion of the Plaza de España

• Pass the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz

• Step inside the Gothic Seville Cathedral, the third largest church in the world

Enjoy a free afternoon in Seville or add an excursion.

Traditional Seville Flamenco Show
Excursion (additional cost)
Granada2 nights
Day 6: Granada via Córdoba
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On the way to Granada, stop in the town of Córdoba. There, explore the Mezquita, a UNESCO World Heritage site that was built in the eighth century as a mosque and then transformed into a cathedral during the Christian Reconquista of 1236.

Continue on to Granada and sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of the Alhambra
Included meal: Breakfast

Discover Granada on a guided tour that includes the 14th-century Alhambra, the Moorish sultans’ last stronghold.

• Admire the blend of Western art and Islamic design

• Stroll through ornamented courtyards

Tangier1 night
Day 8: Ferry to Tangier
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Tarifa where you'll board a ferry to Tangier, Morocco.

Please note: Travelers may need to handle their own luggage on the ferry.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Fes2 nights
Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Tangier & transfer to Fes
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Begin your day with a guided tour of Tangier, a city celebrated by Western writers like Paul Bowles and William Burroughs.

• Explore the stately French plaza and Boulevard Pasteur

• Traverse the maze-like passageways through the medina

On the road to Fes, stop in Chaouen, a hilltop town famous for its blue-painted buildings. Admire panoramic views of the city, then stroll through the streets to soak in Chaouen’s unique character.

Then, continue on to Fes and sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Fes
Included meal: Breakfast

A local guide leads a tour of Fes, the spiritual and cultural center of Moroccan life.

• See the ornate brass doors of the Royal Palace and visit the Mellah Jewish Quarter

• View the Bab Bou Jeloud, a blue-tiled gate that exemplifies the Moorish architectural style

• Attend a ceramics demonstration, where you’ll learn how the intricate and colorful art pieces are created

• Explore the UNESCO-listed old Medina on a walking tour through the colorful souks and tanneries

• Visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss and a madrassa, a type of local school focused on both secular and religious studies

Later, enjoy a free evening in Fes or add an excursion.

Evening in Fes: Dinner & Music
Excursion (additional cost)
Casablanca1 night
Day 11: Casablanca via Rabat
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Rabat and tour Morocco’s capital city with a local guide.

• Explore the Roman ruins at Chellah Gardens

• Tour the white and green Mausoleum of Mohammed V, which houses the tombs of the 20th-century king and his two sons

• View Hassan Tower, intended to be the world’s largest mosque until construction halted in 1199

• Make a photo stop at the Royal Palace

• Walk through the Kasbah des Oudaias to see the Andalusian gardens

Then, continue on to Casablanca and head to a local restaurant for an included dinner.

Marrakech2 nights
Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Casablanca & transfer to Marrakech
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Discover the highlights of seaside Casablanca, a city with a modern-day legend that was established by Old Hollywood, with a local guide.

• Pass by Casablanca’s ancient medina, the bustling heart of the city

• Enter the Hassan II Mosque, the largest in Morocco

• Pass through the fashionable La Corniche waterfront area

Then, continue on to Marrakech and sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Marrakech
Included meal: Breakfast

Get a feel for Marrakech, located to the north of the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, on a guided tour.

• Pass through the sophisticated Gueliz district

• Marvel at the massive Koutoubia Mosque, which features a minaret that reaches nearly 200 feet high and dominates the city’s skyline

• Enter the UNESCO-listed Medina of Marrakech to see the Bahia Palace

• Step inside the evocative Saadian Tombs, the mausoleum for the 16th-century ruling princes

• Walk through on of the city’s vibrant souk's to see the many products being sold by the local vendors

• Visit the Djemaa el-Fna, a festive open-air market where musicians, snake charmers, and clowns perform during the evenings

Enjoy a free evening in Marrakech or add an excursion.

Moroccan Evening & Sunset Camel Ride
Excursion (additional cost)
Madrid2 nights
Day 14: Flight to Madrid
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Madrid this afternoon and enjoy free time to explore the city.

Day 15: Sightseeing tour of Madrid
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore the Spanish capital’s beautiful architecture, lively squares, and grand boulevards on today’s guided sightseeing tour.

• Make a photo stop at the Royal Palace and pass by the Temple of Debod

• Pass the city’s many squares, including Plaza de España and Plaza Mayor

• Explore the Prado Museum, home to the works of Goya, Velásquez, and more

Celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner tonight.

Flight Home
Day 16: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home or continue on in Barcelona.

Extension to Madrid & Barcelona

Linger in the Spanish capital then discover Barcelona's twisting Gothic quarter, the whimsical creations of Antoni Gaudí, and the Modernist, egalitarian beauty of the Eixample district—this city's architectural eye candy has no equal. Its music, theater, art, gastronomy, fashion, and architecture set the pace for European chic, and its nightlife will have you dancing 'til dawn.

Madrid1 night
Day 16: Free day in Madrid
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Madrid or add an excursion.

Toledo
Excursion (additional cost)
Barcelona2 nights
Day 17: Train to Barcelona
Included meal: Breakfast

Take the high-speed train to Barcelona and spend free time in the city or add an excursion.

Park Güell & La Pedrera
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 18: Sightseeing tour of Barcelona
Included meal: Breakfast

Discover why the Catalan capital is touted for its unparalleled architectural landmarks, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

• Step inside La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s famous masterwork-in-progress

• Drive along Passeig de Gràcia, past Gaudí’s “House of Bones”

• Stop at Montjuïc, where the 1992 Olympic Games took place, and stroll through Mirador de l’Alcalde Park

• Pass Plaça d’Espanya and the soaring monument to Christopher Columbus

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Flight Home
Day 19: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

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Portugal, Spain and Morocco
by 2nd time traveler 

Go Ahead Tours put together a dynamic and exciting itinerary with this tour. We enjoyed both big cities and smaller villages as well as some hidden gems of which the average traveler probably would not be aware. Our tour director made each location memorable and special and went the extra mile tim...

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Amazing trip!
by 2nd time traveler 

What an amazing trip! We saw so much in a relatively short amount of time. The tour director and all local guides provided information I never would have known to look for or even ask about on my own. This is a very active tour and we moved around nearly every other day so it's not a relaxing vacati...

by 5th time traveler 

As usual, Go Ahead has put together an excellent tour. The only downside was a heat wave we experienced in Morocco with unseasonal temps up to 105 (normal for this time of year is in the 80’s). The optional excursions were all worthwhile and we were glad we added them. Our tour director was the be...

by 6th time traveler 

Loved it! Especially our tour director, Blanca and Karim. Can’t wait for our next Go Ahead adventure!

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by 4th time traveler 

Time in Portugal too short, same with Spain. Time in Morocco too long. Too many mosques, not feeling very safe.

Go Ahead Tours replied on 05/31/2019

Dear Goergann, Thank you for your feedback. While ...

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

H10 Tribeca

This industrial-inspired hotel is located close to Paseo de la Castellana in the business district of Madrid. Guests enjoy a restaurant, lobby bar, an...

Le Meridien N'Fis

This luxurious hotel is located in the Hivernage district of Marrakech. Guests enjoy a restaurant and bar, spa, fitness center, and outdoor pool. Near...

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FAQ
Passport & visa requirements
  • In order to enter Portugal, Spain, Morocco, and Gibraltar (a British colony), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 3.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of trains and ferries.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Lisbon and depart from Madrid (or Barcelona on the tour extension).A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • A ferry from Algeciras, Spain to Tangier, Morocco and a flight from Marrakech, Morocco to Madrid, Spain are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a train ride from Madrid to Barcelona.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • Please note that summer temperatures in Morocco are often very high, and it is advisable to wear breathable clothing.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis). Furthermore, in Morocco, modest dress is preferred for women in general; female travelers often feel more comfortable with shoulders and bare knees covered at all times.
  • A small bottle of hand sanitizer may be helpful when other facilities are not readily available while on the road.
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • While in Morocco, we recommend drinking bottled water and refraining from consuming tap water, even when brushing teeth. Also, avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they are cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • Please note that certain medication, both over the counter and prescription, are banned in some foreign countries. The importation of these drugs can carry severe consequences. Please consult your physician 4 weeks prior to departure to ensure that any drugs you may want to bring with you are legal in the countries you visit.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • Portuguese food is fresh, hearty, and delicious. Try seafood stew cooked in a cataplana, a shell-shaped copper pan, or the national dish, bacalhau (salted cod). A couvert, or simple plate of bread, butter, and olives, is often served when you sit down to a meal—while it is free in many restaurants, some will add a charge to your bill for it.
  • Cuisine in Spain's southern Andalusia region is heavily influenced by surrounding countries, and has many Arabic elements. Kebabs are popular, and desserts are often prepared with almonds, honey, and cinnamon. Be sure to try Serrano ham, which is considered a regional delicacy, as well as the famous chilled soup known as gazpacho.
  • Moroccan cuisine consists of a unique blend of spices, such as saffron, turmeric, cinnamon, and cumin. Popular dishes include delicately spiced stews of meat, most often cooked with vegetables or fruit in a conical clay pot known as a tagine. These dishes are often added to couscous.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Portugal and Spain operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • Morocco operates on 220 volts and use Types C or E plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Portugal and Morocco are on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and five hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • Spain is one hour ahead of GMT and six hours ahead of ET.
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm in Portugal and Morocco and 6pm in Spain.
Currency
  • You will use the euro in Portugal and Spain; the Pound sterling, UK-issued notes, or Gibraltar notes in Gibraltar; and the Moroccan dirham in Morocco.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • The Moroccan dirham is a closed currency. This means North American banks cannot exchange for it and you can only obtain it once you arrive in Morocco.
  • You can exchange your dollars for dirhams at a Bureau de Change in the airport, at a bank, and in most hotels.
  • Keep your receipt after exchanging your money as you may need it to exchange your dirhams back to dollars upon departure. You can do this at the airport for a good rate.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Your guide will partner with a local aide to further assist the group during certain guided sightseeings in Morocco. We recommend tipping the equivalent of $1USD per aide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
Tour Director
  • In addition to your Tour Director, you will be accompanied by a Morocco National Guide for the duration of your trip in Morocco. Your Morocco National Guide is there to assist with any and all matters, including emergencies, providing a local’s perspective, and any issues that may arise.
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Tour prices are per person, before flights from your departure city, and based on two travelers per hotel room. Tour prices include on-tour flights where applicable.
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