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Iberian Peninsula and Morocco

(Winter - From Oct 2021)

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The one that goes in-depth in the cultures of Spain, Portugal and Morocco

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  • Duration

    20 days

  • Countries

    4 Countries

  • Meals

    19 Breakfasts, 8 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 38 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager & Driver Team and Local Guides

Madrid, Bilbao, Pamplona, Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Fez, Marrakech, Assilah, Seville, Lisbon, Tangier, Segovia, San Sebastian, Zaragoza, Gibraltar, Casablanca, Rabat

Top Experiences

17 included & 14 free time add-ons available to add later

  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex

    Included

    Barcelona

  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas

    Included

    Barcelona

  • Visit Lisbon Belem District, famous for some of the city's major monuments

    Included

    Lisbon

Iberian Peninsula and Morocco (Winter - From Oct 2021)

17 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See the Gran Via, Royal Palace the Puerta del Sol & Plaza de Espana
  • Take a locally guided tour of the gilded Royal Palace in Madrid
  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex
  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas
  • See the medieval cathedral & bell tower in Valencia
  • 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
  • See the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
  • See the Hassan Tower and Kings Palace in Rabat
  • 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

14 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Visit to Valley of the Fallen EUR 19.00
  • Explore the baroque beauty of Barcelona with a bike tour EUR 24.00
  • Flamenco Show with Dinner EUR 64.00
  • Explore the baroque beauty of Barcelona with a bike tour EUR 24.00
  • Cooking Class & Dinner EUR 35.00
  • Guided Tour of Albaicin & Capilla Real EUR 19.00
  • Have a traditional moroccan dinner in the Fes Medina EUR 38.00
  • Desert Dinner
  • Get a tour of the iconic rock of Gibraltar EUR 30.00
  • Guided walking Tour EUR 20.00
  • Eat with the locals on the rooftops of Seville and be serenaded with Spanish guitar EUR 36.00
  • Guided Tour to Sintra & Cascais EUR 18.50
  • Portuguese Dinner EUR 38.00
  • Eat a traditional Madrilenos feast including jamon and tortilla, Madrid EUR 37.50

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About this trip

Get ready for the tantalising trio of Spain, Portugal & Morocco! From strolling Barcelona's Gothic Quarter to uncovering intricately tiled mosques in Casablanca and unfathomably fresh seafood in Lisbon. This tour is a maze of culture, cuteness & colourful experiences.

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Map & Itinerary

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Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    Madrid

  2. via via

    Segovia

  3. 1 1 night

    Bilbao

  4. via via

    San Sebastian

  5. 1 1 night

    Pamplona

  6. via via

    Zaragoza

  7. 2 2 nights

    Barcelona

  8. 1 1 night

    Valencia

  9. 2 2 nights

    Granada

  10. via via

    Gibraltar

  11. via via

    Tangier

  12. 2 2 nights

    Fez

  13. 2 2 nights

    Marrakech

  14. via via

    Casablanca

  15. via via

    Rabat

  16. 1 1 night

    Tangier

  17. via via

    Gibraltar

  18. 2 2 nights

    Seville

  19. 2 2 nights

    Lisbon

  20. 1 1 night

    Madrid

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DAY 1 - Arrive Madrid

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. 

Stay

Tryp Madrid Airport Suites (or similar)

DAY 2 - Madrid

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, Plaza de Espana, Royal Palace (included entry) & Puerta del Sol (the city's main square) will not go to waste as you explore the heart of the city with our 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. 

Stay

Tryp Madrid Airport Suites (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Gran Via, Royal Palace the Puerta del Sol & Plaza de Espana

  • Take a locally guided tour of the gilded Royal Palace in Madrid

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit to Valley of the Fallen

    EUR 19.00

DAY 3 - Madrid to Bilbao via Segovia

Madrid

The first leg of our Iberian roadtrip kicks off this morning as we travel north in search of Segovia and Bilbao.

Segovia

We couldn't race to our night's stop without letting you in on the pretty hillside town of Segovia. We'll marvel at the ancient bridge of Roman Aqueduct, made up of 166 granite arches, and feel the pang of jealousy at this town's suite of mansions.

Bilbao

Bilbao might get bragging rights to being an up-and-coming cultural hub of Spain, but that hasn't diminished its uber laid back spirit. Home of one of the world’s most famous museums, the Museo Guggenheim, use your afternoon to play art critique and absorb Bilbao's pretty surrounds and architecture. Tonight, you can choose to feast on regional delicacies until you are full to the brim, making sure that going home hungry is not an option. Nom. 

Stay

Puerta de Bilbao Hotel (or similar)

DAY 4 - Bilbao to Pamplona via San Sebastian

Bilbao

Adiós Bilbao! Thanks for a delicious evening in your super cozy, culture buzzing nest. Next stop, ocean hangs.

San Sebastian

What a way to start your day - dipping in the Bay of Biscay. San Sebastian is a postcard town where cobbled lanes slope towards pristine beaches. Take a dip, do some shopping, or sit in a bar eating endless plates of pinxtos (the basque word for tapas).

Pamplona

Although Pamplona may be known for its Running of the Bulls mayhem, that doesn't interfere with its popularity right through the year. Opt to venture through the well-preserved old town and its incredible gothic cathedral on our walking tour, maybe ending the historical fix with a spot of fresh trout and red peppers - a regional specialty.

Stay

Augustinas Hotel Pamplona (or similar)

DAY 5 - Pamplona to Barcelona via Zaragoza

Pamplona

This morning we spread our wings and take metaphorical flight once again, this time in the direction of Zaragoza with an end goal of none other than bustling Barcelona.

Zaragoza

A colourful cathedral & traditional Spanish churros will set our hearts aflutter in Zaragoza, as we roam the casco (old town) soaking up historic architecture and good vibes aplenty. Even the pit stops are amazing on Contiki. 

Barcelona

With 2-nights in Barcelona, you'll be pronouncing Barcelona's C with a "tthh" like a true local by the time we make tracks. We'll kick things off with a walk through the Gothic Quarter & La Rambla district - two of the city's must-do's for an instant look at this pretty spot, and a sure way to feel like a local in no time.

Stay

Park Puxtet (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Gaudi's Sagrada Familia & the 1992 Olympic Games complex

  • Explore Barcelona's Gothic beauty on a walking tour including Las Ramblas

DAY 6 - Barcelona

Barcelona

Sample some paella, and take an unmissable wander through the colourful gardens of Parc Güell for a look at the architecture that has helped put this city on the map. Beach lovers could head to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea - the day is yours to do with as you please. And chances are the optional Barcelona Bike Tour should be very high on your Barcelona bucket-list. 

Stay

Park Puxtet (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore the baroque beauty of Barcelona with a bike tour

    EUR 24.00

  • Flamenco Show with Dinner

    EUR 64.00

DAY 7 - Barcelona to Valencia

Barcelona

A new day, a new glorious spot to explore. An optional Barcelona Bike Tour should be very high on your Barcelona bucket-list. Then we’ll wave goodbye to the beach vibes, buzzing La Ramblas and delicious tapas line streets and make track to Valencia.

Valencia

Spain's third largest city, and up and coming traveller favourite, Valencia has been putting itself on the map for all the right reasons. The city is situated on the banks of the Turia, this sits on the Mediterranean Sea, and offers year-round sunshine, for those perfect winter rays. On arrival, we'll get your bearings sorted out stat, as we discover the city sights and learn about the home of the Holy Grail. We love the Old Town as a place to head for where the action is at when the sun goes down, so hit your Trip Manager up for some recommendations in Barrio del Carmen, or for a more chilled scene there are endless bars around Plaza Cánovas, just waiting for you sweet traveller! 

Stay

Hotel Mas Camarena (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the medieval cathedral & bell tower in Valencia

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore the baroque beauty of Barcelona with a bike tour

    EUR 24.00

  • Paella Cooking Class & Dinner

    EUR 35.00

DAY 8 - Valencia to Granada

Valencia

You were short, you were sweet, but damn Valencia you made an impact. They say that West is Best, and with that in mind we head to Granada for some Moorish vibes, a gorgeous palace and more delicious Spanish foods you can indulge in from sun up to sun down. 

Granada

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.   

Stay

Los Angeles Hotel Granada (or similar)

DAY 9 - Granada

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. 

Stay

Los Angeles Hotel Granada (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally Guided Tour of the Alhambra

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Guided Tour of Albaicin & Capilla Real

    EUR 19.00

DAY 10 - Granada to Fez

Granada

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. 

Gibraltar

Tangier

Fez

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. 

Stay

Mounia Hotel Fez (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic drive past Marbella & Malaga

DAY 11 - Fez

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 exotic 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.

Stay

Mounia Hotel Fez (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Have a traditional moroccan dinner in the Fes Medina

    EUR 38.00

DAY 12 - Fez to Marrakech

Fez

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.

Marrakech

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.

Stay

Riad Africa (or similar)

DAY 13 - Marrakech

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!

Stay

Riad Africa (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Guided local tour of Marrakech

  • See bustling Jamaa el Fna Square

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a 4x4 adventure into the sweeping Agafay Desert and enjoy a tagine dinner & star gazing

DAY 14 - Marrakech to Tangier via Casablanca and Rabat

Marrakech

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 Tangier, exploring the West Coast along the way.  

Casablanca

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. 

Rabat

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. 
 

Tangier

Just 20-minutes to the Spanish port of Gibraltar, Tangier is so close yet so culturally far from neighboring Europe. Absorb your last night of North African exoticism, enjoying every minute of this other-worldly city.
 

Stay

Hotel Chellah (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca

  • See the Hassan Tower and Kings Palace in Rabat

DAY 15 - Tangier to Seville via Gibraltar

Assilah

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! 

Gibraltar

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. 

Seville

Stay

YIT Via Sevilla Mairena (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Get a tour of the iconic rock of Gibraltar

    EUR 30.00

DAY 16 - Seville

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, 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.

Stay

YIT Via Sevilla Mairena (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Seville's famous Plaza de España

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Guided walking Tour

    EUR 20.00

  • Eat with the locals on the rooftops of Seville and be serenaded with Spanish guitar

    EUR 36.00

DAY 17 - Seville to Lisbon

Seville

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. 

Lisbon

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. 

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • 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

DAY 18 - Lisbon

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. 

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Guided Tour to Sintra & Cascais

    EUR 18.50

  • Lisbon like a local

    EUR 38.00

DAY 19 - Lisbon to Madrid

Lisbon

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. 

Madrid

Here we are, back where the party started 20 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! 

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Eat a traditional Madrilenos feast including jamon and tortilla, Madrid

    EUR 37.50

DAY 20 - Depart Madrid

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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