With 11 amazing cities on the cards this epic new adventure will give you the inside track on Spain, Portugal & Morocco. Starting in Madrid you'll spend 21 days soaking up the sights, sounds & smells of the Iberian. Think historical architecture in Marrakech, ocean waves in Barcelona & delicious tapas with sun downer cocktails in Ibiza! Delve a little deeper with 2 night stopovers in most destinations to really get your teeth into local living.
Check-in to the hotel and head straight out into Madrid to get a feel for the city’s high energy life style. Moving to a whole lot of different beats, Madrid is packed with diverse barrios (neighbourhoods), lively plazas and a healthy nightlife. Later, meet up with the other Contiki travellers and your Trip Manager over dinner.
It's easy to get hooked on this city that blends traditional culture with new vitality in everything from shopping & food to arts & culture. Madrid is the culinary capital, the artistic centre and the night life hotspot of Spain so start your adventure here!
Head North to Bilbao, the Basque country’s busiest city. Stop by the pretty hillside town of Segovia, with its grand mansions and many squares. See the jaw-droppingly beautiful Roman Aqueduct, made up of 166 granite arches. This bridge is an impressive feat of ancient engineering. Onwards to Bilbao. An up-and-coming cultural hub, Bilbao is the down-to-earth home of one of the world’s most famous and iconic museums, the Museo Guggenheim. Use your free time to check out its amazing collection of 20th century art and keep a camera handy for the extraordinary architecture of the museum itself.
Start the day off with free time in San Sebastian - beach resort and surf hot spot. With one of the world’s most stunning urban beaches, a gorgeous Art Nouveau shopping district, loads of restaurants and the best pinxtos (bite-sized snacks on toothpicks) in Spain, you’ve got many ways to spend your time here. Later, pull into Pamplona, home to the extreme Running of the Bulls. Your Trip Manager will walk you along the route taken for the Running of the Bulls and show you the bullring, as well as the well-preserved old town and its incredible Gothic cathedral. Then take some time to explore Basque culture at the table by tasting regional specialties like barbecued lamb, fresh trout and red peppers.
Today there’s free time to discover more of Barcelona’s creative core. Pick up some quirky buys in the side streets or hit the big label shops on Gran Via or the Gothic Quarter. Take in all of Barcelona’s buzzing street life on the tree-lined La Rambla – a boulevard packed with street performers, artists, shops and stalls. Give an optional bike tour a go and get off the beaten track and onto Barcelona's side streets with our Local Guide. Other ideas for your afternoon off include hanging out in the colourful gardens of Parc Güell or kicking back with the locals on the beach and taking a swim in the Mediterranean sea. For lunch, there’s plenty of delicious local seafood to try as well as Spain’s signature dish, paella. Tonight get the low down on Barcelona’s hottest spots and maybe hit the pumping clubs of Port Olympico by the water.
Chill out on the coach, plug in your headphones and watch the world go by. Heading to the coast, our next stop is the Baroque city of Zaragoza, set on the banks of the Rio Ebro. Check out the town’s fantastic cathedral, with its colourfully tiled cupolas and towers. Grab a table in the casco (old town), order a traditional Spanish churros for a snack and take in the unique, historic architecture and atmosphere. Next up is Barcelona. A sizzling, festive city any night of the week, Barcelona is all about action. First up: admire Montjuic. The hilltop has full-blown vistas of the city and it’s where we stop to check out the 1992 Olympic Games complex.
Jump on a plane to Ibiza, Spain’s party paradise. Dishing up a bit of everything, Ibiza is popular with sun worshipers, backpackers and those that want to party! Honour the birthplace of the rave by checking out Ibiza’s world famous clubs, which keep going until the sun comes up.
Although this seems to be an island that never sleeps, you're going to need to drag that head out of bed so you can see the incredible beauty of the place when drenched in daylight. Go snorkelling, explore Ibiza's cute old town and it's little souvenir shops, and watch the sun set on another perfect day with you Contiki fam.
Ferry back to the main land and wind down on the coach as we head to Granada. Granada is crammed with romance and is filled with reminders of its North African heritage. With the famous palace fortress of Alhambra dominating the hills, the town is soaked in age-old atmosphere. Tonight, learn why Granada’s got such a reputation for amazing food. Try their fresh seafood, eat some more tapas (perfect for trying a bit of everything) and for dessert, the speciality Arab pastries are just right!
Start the day at the palace fortress of Alhambra, this Moorish Palace is beautiful, with it's intricate patterns and stunning architechture leaving you wondering why you haven't been here sooner. To top it all off, it offers the best views in the city. The Muslim quarter of Albaicin and the Capilla Real are just some of the other ways your day today 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.
Across the Strait of Gibraltar to the continent of Africa, past the Rif Mountains to the medieval capital of Morocco, Fez. Prepare to be amazed by the best preserved old city in the Arab world, the Medina. Soak it all up, as you discover this colourful city and take in all the vibrant sights, sounds and smells it has to offer.
Today is all about exploring. Go local with an action packed day of sightseeing; visit the Royal Palace, soak in the spectacular views of one of the oldest cities in Morocco dating back to the 9th Century, tour the walls of the Medina of Fez, do a bit of shopping at the Cooperative of Handmade Carpets or check out the Wooden Galerie (Foundouk Nijarrine) for some beautiful 18th century architecture.
See more of the fascinating country of Morocco as we head southwards to Marrakech. On the way you'll pass through the green oasis of Ifrane, a cool gem within the heat of Africa, and experience the breath-taking sight of the famous Atlas Mountains.
Throw yourself head first into the vibrant city of Marrakech. Soak up the history and tradition of the Koutoubia Mosque, the Bahia Palace and un-missable Jamaa el Fna Square. With a free afternoon, you could wander through the historic city, hit the world famous souks to stock up on some bargains or in the evening join the optional dinner complete with horse and carriage ride, through town and a belly dancing extravaganza.
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. In the few hours drive from Marrakech to Casablanca, we suggest you fire up the iPad and watch the 1942 black and white classic that helped the world fall in love with this city. The seaside masterpiece of the Hassan II Mosque & tree shaded cafes with very legitimate tea will help you craft your own Casablanca love story. The political and administrative capital of Morocco, Rabat is a manicured city of palm trees and desert like architecture. We'll stop off, take it all in, then carry on to our next exotic stop - the thoroughfare between Europe and Africa. Assilah. 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.
Say goodbye to Africa, stop off at the island of Gibraltar enroute to the Andalucian capital, Seville. Explore this passionate city known for its heritage of art and culture, visit the famous attractions, enjoy the 13th Century architecture and the world's biggest cathedral. Home of flamenco, enjoy a night of dance with the fun loving, laid back locals. Surely a night to remember!
Enjoy your time in laid back sunny Seville, a place that's quintessentially Andalucian. Enjoy a day of discovery before our adventure continues in Portugal tomorrow.
Next up is Portugal's contemporary capital Lisbon. Tour the pictureque city and embrace all it has to offer; gothic cathedrals, charming side streets and the beautiful river views.
Once home to the world's greatest explorers, Lisbon is now a modern traveller's dream. Tour the pictureque capital and embrace all it has to offer; charming side streets, romantic scenic vistas and the beautiful ocean views. Discover the cultural treasures and historical sites, or opt to take a half day trip to the much loved coastal town of Cascais & the cultural centre of Sintra. Later, it's back to Lisbon for a night of partying or enjoying the sunset over the Atlantic ocean.
Cross back in to Spain for the final leg of your trip, returning to Madrid & final night on the town!
Your trip ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.
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Trip Name: Iberian Peninsula and Morocco
Duration: 21 Days
From Price: $3,102
Supplier Tour ID: IBPMO/160385
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