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SUN-KISSED SPAIN, PORTUGUESE PARADISE AND MESMERISING MOROCCO ALL AWAIT ON THIS VOYAGE OF EUROPE AND AFRICA’S MOST EXOTIC WONDERS.

The scents of spice and the warm embrace of the sun-kissed Mediterranean are never far when you embark on this uplifting voyage through Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Explore the bustling cities of Madrid and Marrakesh, cross the Straits of Gibraltar and feast your eyes on the colourful façades of Seville. From there, Portugal and her hilly capital of Lisbon await. They say great things happen in threes and this certainly rings true with this dynamic trio.

Inclusions
  • 15 nights guided vacation CostSaver coach tour
  • 21 dining: 15 Breakfasts, 6 Three-course dinners
  • Return ferry crossing between Spain and Morocco
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries, reclining seats and an on-board restroom
  • Hotel accommodations featuring twin rooms and private facilities. Hand-picked 3 and 4 star accommodation
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • The services of an expert Travel Director and separate driver throughout your trip
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Casablanca – View the Corniche and see the Hassan II Mosque
  • Fatima – Visit the celebrated shrine
  • Fez – Sightseeing includes a walking tour of the Medina and views of the Royal Palace
  • Granada – Enjoy a scenic drive to this Moorish city
  • Lisbon – View Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist
  • Madrid – Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes Puerta del Sol, The Cervantes Memorial and the Cibeles Fountain
  • Marrakesh – Visit Bahia Palace and Djemaa el-Fna Square during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist
  • Rabat – View the Mausoleum and Royal Palace during your orientation
  • Salamanca – Orientation of this university city includes views of the Plaza Mayor
  • Seville – Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the Cathedral and Giralda Tower
  • Toledo – Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes views of the synagogue and cathedral. Visit a steel workshop

 

Cancel up to 30 days prior. Deposit $229 per person! (Terms apply*)

Sep 4-Oct 16, 2021 or Apr 9-Oct 24, 2022 from $3099
Based on Double or Single Share
Single Room Supplement add from $820
Pre-Pay Gratuities (Tour Director & Driver) TBA

Roundtrip airfare to Madrid additional but can be included once available

*Terms: Cancel for any reason within 30 days of deposit and the tour deposit is refundable less $30 processing fee. After 30 days of deposit, normal penalty amount applies and becomes a future travel credit. To give you peace of mind and more time to make decisions about your future travel plans, you’re free to change your travel plans until 30 days before your trip. If for any reason you change your mind, you can choose new dates and/or a new destination without penalty on the land portion of your trip. May be withdrawn at any time.

Single Share Program: When traveling alone, we understand that some clients do not want to incur the expense of an additional single room supplement. That’s why we give you the opportunity to purchase selected vacations on a room sharing basis on the majority of our itineraries. We will accommodate you with a fellow guest of the same gender on a ‘two-bedded’ basis (non-smoking rooms only). Please note that we cannot guarantee roommates will be of a similar age group. If we fail to match you, we will provide a single room at no extra cost.

Map showing route taken, modes of transport and stays during your holiday

2021 Itinerary
The finalized itinerary and dates will be confirmed upon the release of Costsaver’s 2021 Europe & Britain brochure in September 2020. Pre-Sale itineraries and trip content are based on the itineraries featured in Costsaver’s 2020 Europe brochure (unless specified otherwise) however items such as hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations are all subject to change.

Day 1 – Arrive Madrid (2 Nights)

Elegant Madrid kick-starts your exciting journey across Spain, Morocco and Portugal. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and relax. If you’d prefer to skip the siesta, take to the city’s golden streets for a glimpse of what this football-crazed metropolis has in store. The real fun begins this evening when you meet your Travel Director and fellow travel compañeros, followed by some time to curb your craving for tapas and get to grips with why the Madrileños adore their nightlife.
Hotel – Meliá Avenida América (or similar)

Day 2 – Madrid Sightseeing and Free Time

There is plenty to see in the lively Spanish capital, so we get right to it this morning, joining a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour to view the Cibeles Fountain, the Gran Vía and Paseo de la Castellana. Admire the Royal Palace then spend your afternoon exploring the city further or consider an Optional Experience to the UNESCO-listed city of Segovia. Marvel at the impressive towering arches of the ancient Roman aqueduct and trace the ornate esgrafiado façades that are characteristic of the city’s most important buildings before returning to Madrid.
Included Meals – Breakfast

Day 3 – Madrid – Toledo – Granada (1 Night)

Set your sights firmly on Toledo today, embarking on a scenic journey south through the windswept plateau of La Mancha where the fictional Don Quixote and his trusty companion Sancho Panza once roamed. View the enchanting skyline of the ancient hilltop city known as the “City of Three Cultures” – the influences of Christians, Muslims and Jews are reflected in the city’s history, culture and religion. Then, join your Local Specialist who will lead you on a captivating walking tour past the impressive cathedral and into an ancient white and golden synagogue. Visit a steel workshop to see first-hand how Toledo’s famous steel-craft has evolved over centuries, then continue to the former Moor stronghold of Granada. What better way to end the day than by choosing to watch an optional fiery Gypsy performance in Old Granada?
Hotel – Macia Condor (or similar)
Included Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 – Granada – Costa Del Sol (1 Night)

Lace up your walking shoes and take to Granada’s narrow cobbled streets for an independent exploration of a city whose Arab influences remain in its Moorish architecture, tetería tea houses and even hammams. Delve into its Arab history and culture during an Optional Experience visit to the Albaicín Quarter, the city’s oldest neighbourhood and its characteristic cármenes (Moorish houses). On the hilltop overlooking the city is the fortified citadel of the Alhambra – its opulent palaces and gardens the former seat of Granada’s Nasrid emirs. Later, continue south to the sun-kissed Andalusian holiday retreat of Malaga, the gateway to Spain’s popular Costa del Sol and the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. This evening an Optional Experience could see you visit the hill-top village of Mijas for spectacular coastal views followed by a Mediterranean dinner.
Hotel – Sol Guadalmar/Tryp Alameda (or similar)
Included Meals – Breakfast

Day 5 – Costa Del Sol – Fes (2 Nights)

Follow the coast to the edge of the Strait of Gibraltar, which you’ll cross this morning bound for Moroccan shores. A short ferry ride brings us to Tangier – the shimmering haze of the Atlas Mountains looms ahead as we begin our journey south towards the imperial city of Fes. There’s more to Morocco than mint tea and medinas, and you’ll have an opportunity to explore the country’s rich and diverse experiences over the coming days. Your Moroccan guide will reveal insights into Morocco’s proud culture, heritage and cuisine as you wind your way south. The dramatic Rif Mountains, labyrinthine markets and ornate palaces are just some of the highlights to look forward to during your stay here.
Hotel – Menzeh Zalagh (or similar)
Included Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 – Fes Sightseeing and Free Time

There’s no out-haggling the enterprising vendors of the Fes Medina as you’ll experience for yourself during a guided visit through the hidden alleyways and main squares of this ancient marketplace. Visit a carpet weaving cooperative and admire the delicate craftsmanship and stories behind every deliberate knot, images immortalised in silk and wool, and the colours symbolising special occasions. With your afternoon free, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy Fes on your own terms or visit Meknes Imperial City on an Optional Experience. This evening, consider joining an Optional Experience in a traditional Riad, including a traditional Arabian feast and joyful belly dancing.
Included Meals – Breakfast

Day 7 – Fes – Marrakesh (2 Nights)

The Red City beckons and we leave Fes behind, following in the footsteps of traders who would journey to Marrakesh to sell their ceramics, glassware, spices and handmade carpets. Today Marrakesh remains home to some of Morocco’s most vibrant souks, enveloped in the city’s characteristic red sandstone façades, which you will have an opportunity to explore during your stay. The endless streets of Marrakesh have long enticed curious travellers like you, seeking to uncover its bewitching blend of Arab and Berber influences, so prepare for sensory overload and some hearty haggling.
Hotel – Atlas Asni (or similar)
Included Meals – Breakfast

Day 8 – Marrakesh Sightseeing and Free Time

There’s only one way to tackle Marrakesh and that’s to embrace its heady, hectic pace, so dive straight in and join your Local Specialist for a guided sightseeing tour to gain your bearings. Visit the ornate Bahia Palace, then head to Djemaa el-Fna Square where snake charmers, food vendors and twirling Gwana dancers vie for your attention. You’ll have plenty of time for some bargain hunting amidst the souks and bazaars this afternoon, or join an Optional Experience to a Berber village in the Ourika Valley to gain insights into their way of life. Returning to Marrakesh, you may wish to head back to Djemaa el-Fna Square for an exhilarating encounter with the city’s nightlife once the square comes alive after a sizzling day. Why not end the evening with an optional dinner at a local Moroccan restaurant with music?
Included Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 – Marrakesh – Casablanca – Rabat – Tangier (1 Night)

Our first stop today is in the city that inspired a Hollywood classic. Our scenic drive through the sophisticated city of Casablanca reveals both Arabic and French influences as we embark on a panoramic drive of the Corniche and enjoy views of the impressive Hassan II Mosque, featuring the world’s tallest minaret. We continue to Morocco’s modern capital, Rabat, where we’ll have an opportunity to view the Royal Palace and Mohammed V Mausoleum, the final resting place of the former Moroccan king and his two sons. Our final night in Morocco is spent in Tangier, where you’ll have a free evening to stroll along its beach promenade or get lost in the Kasbah – the choice is yours.
Hotel – Chellah/Farah (or similar)
Included Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 – Tangier – Seville (2 Nights)

We return to Spain this morning, crossing the Straits of Gibraltar and heading north to Seville, home of the flamenco, the Seville orange and scorching Spanish summers. But it is the 12th-century Cathedral of Seville, the Plaza de España (hidden behind deceptively understated walls) and one of Spain’s most beautiful Alcázars that make Seville a true feast for the senses. Spend the evening relaxing in preparation for a day of sightseeing tomorrow which will reveal why the city has been the favourite winter retreat of Spanish royalty for centuries.
Hotel – MA Congresos (or similar)
Included Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 – Seville Sightseeing and Free Time

Admire the great monuments, handsome pavilions and lush gardens of Seville when you join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of the Plaza de España, Maria Luisa Park and Seville’s Old Quarter. View the spectacular Cathedral of Seville, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb. Its Giralda bell tower was originally built as a minaret for the Great Mosque of Seville and you’ll get to see it in all its glory, before enjoying the rest of the day on your own. When the sun sets over this golden city, with the aroma of jasmine and orange blossom lingering around every turn, consider a foot-tapping Optional Experience at a flamenco show.
Included Meals – Breakfast

Day 12 – Seville – Lisbon (2 Nights)

Our visit to Spain is short-lived, but it’s not farewell forever, as we head west across the Iberian Peninsula to Portugal. Our journey takes us through the rolling golden and green plains of the Alentejo, Portugal’s bread-basket. Continuing north, we arrive in the seafaring capital of Lisbon to enjoy an evening on your own to unwind after the day’s journey. If you’re tempted to take to its cobblestone streets, join your Travel Director for a poignant Optional Experience in the city’s Bairro Alto district for a traditional meal accompanied with the melancholic sounds of fado.
Hotel – VIP Executive Santa Iria (or similar)
Included Meals – Breakfast

Day 13 – Lisbon Sightseeing and Free Time

Explore the Age of the Discoveries and Portugal’s role as a global maritime power many centuries ago when you join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour to Belém on the edge of the Tagus River. See the alabaster-white Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries and the iconic Hieronymite before taking the rest of the day to explore on your own. Hop on one of Lisbon’s signature trams rolling along the city’s cinematic hillsides and you’ll quickly discover leafy squares and countless corner tascas (taverns) for a quick coffee and pasteis de nata (custard tartlet) fix. Perhaps choose an Optional Experience where you will visit Portugal’s Golden Triangle of Cascais, Estoril and Sintra and see some of the country’s most extravagant palaces during your free afternoon. This evening, consider an optional seafood dinner and views of the mighty Tagus for the perfect end to your Lisbon visit.
Included Meals – Breakfast

Day 14 – Lisbon – Fátima – Salamanca (1 Night)

We travel to Fátima where three young shepherds are said to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1917. You’ll rub shoulders with visiting pilgrims who have come to pray and seek divine guidance as you explore the Basilica Chapel and Sanctuary on your own. Leaving this site of celebrated religious miracles behind, you’ll continue your journey across the border to Spain and arrive in Salamanca later. Join your Travel Director for a brief orientation of the city, past golden façades and ancient university buildings followed by an evening on your own. Sit back in the city’s 18th-century Plaza Mayor and wait for sunset when the square lights up and its Baroque buildings provide a gleaming backdrop for a drink or two.
Hotel – Vincci Ciudad (or similar)
Included Meals – Breakfast

Day 15 – Salamanca – Madrid (1 Night)

Your return journey to Madrid includes a scenic drive through the Sierra de Guadarrama Mountains. There’s time for an optional visit to El Escorial Palace and the Valley of the Fallen. Then you’ll have the rest of the day to get your final fix of Madrid, whatever form that may take – retail therapy, artistic flair in the Prado Museum or decompressing in the leafy midst of El Retiro Park. What better way to end your epic adventure through Spain, Morocco and Portugal then with a final dinner with your new friends to toast to shared memories and your next holiday? Salud!
Hotel – Meliá Avenida América (or similar)
Included Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16 – Depart Madrid

Fill your heart with memories of your epic journey filled with colour, culture and the generous spirit of the locals, as the curtain closes on a mesmerising journey through Spain, Morocco and Portugal. Bid your Travel Director and newfound friends a fond farewell before taking your transfer to Madrid Airport. Conditions apply.
Included Meals – Breakfast

Book with your travel director when you travel

AVAILABLE ON DAY 2
Old Madrid with a Taste of Tapas

Join us for a walking tour through Old Madrid, taking in its monumental Plaza Mayor, atmospheric alleyways and emblematic squares. Your Local Specialist will accompany you for a drink and snack in one of its famous downtown ‘tapas’ bars. Then enjoy free time to further discover Old Madrid’s charms.

Adult Price: €29.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 2
Segovia World Heritage Site – Its Ancient Aqueduct & Fairy-tale Castle

Enjoy a visit to Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which sits on a rocky outcrop between two rivers. With your Local Specialist, you’ll visit the 13th-century castle, reputed to have inspired Walt Disney, as well as seeing the best-preserved Roman aqueduct which has remained intact for 2,000 years.

Adult Price: €45.00

AVAILABLE ON DAY 3
Gypsy Night Out in Old Granada

Enjoy an evening in Granada’s Sacromonte quarter, which offers the finest views over the illuminated Alhambra Palace. We’ve organised tickets for you to see the Zambra dances by members of Granada’s most famous gypsy clan – a fiery, emotive performance unique to these people. And we’ve also included a drink, too.

Adult Price: €35.00

AVAILABLE ON DAY 4
Mijas Andalusian Hilltown & Mediterranean Dinner

Visit this charming hilltop village, perched up high with splendid views of the coastline. Experience its narrow streets with white-washed houses, see oval bullring, or hunt for hidden gems in the shops. Your evening will finish with a Mediterranean dinner at a coastal restaurant.

Adult Price: €62.00

AVAILABLE ON DAY 4
Albaicín And The Royal Chapel

Enjoy a leisurely walking tour through the Albaicín, UNESCO World Heritage Site, a maze of narrow streets and Moorish splendour. You’ll get to explore the Catholic Monarchs’ tombs and some of their treasures at the Royal Chapel, and wander through the picturesque Alcaicería quarter.

Adult Price: €37.00

AVAILABLE ON DAY 6
Arabian Dinner and Entertainment in a Riad

Enjoy an Arabian feast of fine food, a live band and traditional entertainment including belly dancing, in a spectacular Moroccan setting.

Adult Price: €51.00

AVAILABLE ON DAY 6
Meknes Imperial City Visit & Exploration

We´ll drive to Morocco’s third Imperial city – World Heritage Meknes with its endless walls & ramparts, impressive Sultan Moulay Ismail’s 17th century granaries and stables that once housed over 12,000 horses. We’ll see the magnificent Bab el-Mansour Gate and visit a medieval school or “madrasa”. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Adult Price: €42.00

AVAILABLE ON DAY 7
The Square at Night and Traditional Dinner

You will visit the magical Jemaa el Fna Square and enjoy the exotic sights and sounds of Marrakesh by night. Then we’ll have dinner in a typical Moroccan restaurant, with music and entertainment.

Adult Price: €64.00

AVAILABLE ON DAY 8
Ourika Valley And Berber Village Home Visit

We’ll enjoy a scenic drive into the high Atlas Mountains valley of Ourika to enjoy legendary Berber hospitality. We’ll visit a local family at home in an adobe village and enjoy spectacular views.

Adult Price: €30.00

AVAILABLE ON DAY 11
Flamenco: Experience the Best Show in Town

Discover the passion, rhythm and magic of an Andalusian flamenco show with us this evening. We’ve organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment with an included drink.

Adult Price: €40.00

AVAILABLE ON DAY 11
The Moorish Alcazar And Plaza América

We’ll begin with a visit to the elegant 14th-century Moorish Alcazar, set in its own beautiful gardens. The gardens were recently used as the setting for the Water Gardens of Dorne in the Game Of Thrones series. Then, we’ll journey to the famous exhibition site of Plaza América – a must for any visitor to Seville. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Adult Price: €41.00

AVAILABLE ON DAY 11
Flamenco, the Best Show in Town With a Three-Course Dinner

After a three-course dinner of Andalusian specialties with drinks included, you’ll discover the passion, rhythm and magic of flamenco this evening. We’ve organised tickets to the best show in town, where you’ll experience 90 minutes of memorable entertainment.

Adult Price: €69.00

AVAILABLE ON DAY 12
Portuguese Fado Evening Of Music & Song With Dinner

An evening’s entertainment Portuguese style. You’ll savour a typical meal with local aperitifs and wines and hear beautiful, traditional Fado music and singing. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Adult Price: €66.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 13
Gourmet Dinner, Parliament, Exclusive Estrela and Evening Orientation

Your opportunity to view the exclusive district of Estrela, its park, basilica and the Portuguese Parliament, on the way to a delicious gourmet dinner. You’ll finish the evening with a drive along the banks of the mighty River Tagus.

Adult Price: €53.00

AVAILABLE ON DAY 13
Seafood Dinner By The Tagus River

Take a ferry across the mighty Tagus River and enjoy typical Portuguese seafood and fish specialities at a local restaurant. After dinner, we’ll cross the impressive Suspension Bridge for a sweeping view over the Portuguese capital.

Adult Price: €55.00

AVAILABLE ON DAY 13
The Golden Triangle: Sintra, Cascais & The Estoril Coast

After passing through the fashionable resort of Estoril, we’ll explore the picturesque fishing village of Cascais, with its beautiful array of mansions and exclusive residences. To complete the Golden Triangle, we’ll visit one of the impressive Royal Palaces of Sintra.

Adult Price: €46.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

AVAILABLE ON DAY 15
Discover “El Escorial” Palace/Monastery & The ‘Valley Of The Fallen’

Come with us, along with a Local Specialist, to the royal city of El Escorial, where the great monastery palace was built in the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains. We’ll also visit the incredible Spanish Civil War memorial, which is cut into the rock face. Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Adult Price: €52.00

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Call upon the expertise of your Travel Director and you can enjoy everything the region has to offer, in comfort, without having to plan your itinerary yourself.

And there’s always free time for you to enjoy Optional Experiences, night time entertainment, or simply explore on your own. And if you’re looking for inspiration at any point, your Travel Director will always be happy to point you in the right direction.

  • Insider Experiences on every trip
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5-star accommodation, whether it’s centrally located, in the midst of stunning countryside, or close to a major site.
  • VIP entry to many sights
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • Luxury coaches with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • Breakfast every day and up to half other meals provided
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With CostSaver you get a great value vacation, without compromising on quality and still benefiting from award-winning service from a name you can trust.What’s includedYour accommodations will be 3 or 4-star, featuring twin rooms. You’ll also enjoy buffet breakfasts, and while up to half your dinners will be included in the price of your trip, you’ll be free to dine out the rest of the time.As such you’ll have more time and freedom to explore on your own, or choose from one of our Optional Experiences. Though don’t worry, if you’re ever stuck for ideas on where to go, your Travel Director will be more than happy to point out their favorite trattoria, restaurant or café.

  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • VIP entry at most sights
  • Hand-picked 3 or 4-star accommodations. To make sure we’re always delivering the best value for money, we carefully select hotels in exactly the right location. Sometimes it makes sense to stay centrally, so we do. But at other times we’ll opt for a better hotel slightly further out over a less desirable property in town. It will always be in a good neighborhood, with transport links an easy walk away.
  • Luxury coaches with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • Breakfast every day and up to half other meals provided

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All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.  Errors or omissions may occur on the above information with no guarantee of being honoured. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes non-refundable $30 per adult Booking Management Fee. $50 per adult cancellation fee. Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Due to an increasing volume of disputed bookings, we will only accept payment for air only travel to India, the Philippines and the continent of Africa through the following means: book and pay cash in person or by direct deposit into our business account – once the transaction is verified and a copy of the receipt emailed or faxed to our office, we will confirm the booking. Please contact us for details on how to book using this method.Please note there maybe a tax increase when FREE connectors are added with Air Canada Vacations. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287