Gran Tour Marru, Peninsula Iberica Fin Bcn

Duration

20 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Madrid

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Madrid; Granada; Tanger; Asilah; Rabat; Casablanca; Marrakesh; Ait Benhaddou; ; Erfoud; Fez; Sevilla; Monsaraz; Evora; Lisbon; Fatima; Porto; Bom Jesus Do Monte, Braga; Cambados, Pontevedra, Galicia; Santiago De Compostela; Lugo; Leon; Oviedo; Covadonga; Santillana; Santander; Bilbao, Vizcaya Province; Logrono; Zaragoza; Monasterio De Poblet, Tarragona Province; Barcelona

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Detailed day by day description

Introduction

Dear Traveler: thank you for choosing us to perform this Tour! We hope you enjoy your trip.

Here we give you a guidance on their tour with the information that we believe may be of your interest. The information is indicative, may exist variations on designated hours.

TRANSFER from the airport, if you have it included or purchasing. Our transfer will be waiting for you with a poster on behalf of Europamundo or its name to the output of the custom (after collecting your luggage)..

Remember to inform us by phone if you lost your connection flight or expected delay of their arrival, in your VOUCHER figure the phone of the transfer.

IMPORTANT: If you had additional nights upon arrival the hotel will have your reservation, but his travel guide normally will not be until the night before the start of the tour.

Day

Distancia total realizada : 450 Km
Paisajes:  Las llanuras manchegas con la sombra de algún molino y las grandes extensiones de olivares en la provincia de Jaén.

07.45 hrs  - Madrid -salida. (la hora puede variar ligeramente según los hoteles de recogida). Realizamos una parada en PUERTO LAPICE, un hermoso pueblo manchego con recuerdos de Don Quijote de la Mancha.
13:30 hrs - Granada  - Llegada al hotel. Almuerzo incluido . Por la tarde (o a la mañana siguiente en caso de dificultad  en la obtención de entradas)   visitaremos, con guía local, el inmenso Palacio de la Alhambra y sus bellos jardines del Generalife,  construidos en época árabe. 
Tras la visita, tiempo libre.  Recomendamos un paseo por el barrio del Albaicín.

NOTA MUY IMPORTANTE:  El número de personas autorizados a visitar la Alhambra se encuentra limitado por ley. El número de plazas asignadas a los operadores turísticos es reducido y solamente conocemos el cupo otorgado un mes antes de la fecha de llegada del grupo. Aunque usted adquiera el viaje con la entrada incluida a la Alhambra, no podemos garantizar la visita en cuyo caso se realizará una visita con guía local de la ciudad de Granada y se visitará el Real Alcázar de Sevilla de características similares. Si la visita de la Alhambra es muy importante para usted sugerimos adquiera el viaje “sin entrada” (precio más económico) y reserve por internet sus entradas en el cupo que existe para individuales en la página web del patrimonio   https:// tickets.alhambra-patronato.es/

Distance travelled: 530 km.
 
Landscapes: We follow the Costa del Sol with views over the Mediterranean Sea and cross the Straits of Gibraltar. Our journey continues along areas adjoining the Moroccan coast. INSTRUCTIONS: Do not forget your passport, you will need it at the border. Depending on the time of year, the time in Morocco is 1 or 2 hours behind Spain. Your guide will tell you when to change the time, and will confirm the time difference. 
Please note: During the crossing between Spain and Morocco, you must carry your own luggage. 07:30 hrs Granada. Departure. Stunning views over the Mediterranean. 
11:45 hrs Algeciras-Tarifa -Arrival-. We board a ferry and cross the Straits of Gibraltar, crossing into Africa on a modern boat. The crossing takes approximately 1.5 hours (we suggest that you have lunch on board). Arrival in the port of Tangiers. Customs and border procedures (there are sometimes delays). We continue to Asilah, a small walled city facing the sea. Time for lunch and a stroll through its beautiful walled medina. 
16:30 hrs -Departure- Asilah. Continue via the motorway to Rabat, the diplomatic capital of the city, with its special charm. 
 19:30 hrs - Rabat- Arrival, dinner and accommodation.

08:15 hrs We start with a sightseeing tour of the city . Located among hundreds of palm trees and surrounded by ochre walls, this exotic city brims with activity and life. We return to the Jemaa El Fna square, Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian tombs, the Jewish Quarter and the Bahia Palace. Lunch at the hotel and free afternoon. At night, we recommend attending the Fantasia dinner show where you can experience the rich and varied folklore of Morocco.

Total distance travelled: 300 km.
 
Landscapes: Incredibly beautiful. We cross the Atlas mountains and pass by beautiful villages perched on the mountainsides. 
Please note: Do not forget to keep your camera handy. We also recommend warm clothes for the mountains. 
08:00 hrs - Marrakech - Departure. We begin a beautiful part of the journey, crossing the high mountains of the Atlas, a natural barrier of the Sahara desert. En route, we stop at a high mountain village. 
13:30 hrs - Ait Benhaddou - Arrival in this fortified adobe-built town, which is a World Heritage Site, where many films have been shot due to its incredible landscape backdrop. Time for lunch and a stroll among its mud houses. 
15:00 hrs - Ait Benhadou -Departure- 
15:30 hrs - Ouarzazate A desert city with an imposing fortress, whose oldest part is also a World Heritage Site. 
16:30 hrs - Ouarzazate- Departure. We continue through desert plains and valley oases. 
18:00 hrs - Boulmane Dades . You can enjoy the facilities at our hotel. Dinner and accommodation. 
Please note: In very exceptional cases, it may happen that, due to bad weather, the road through the Atlas is cut off (with snow or flash floods). In this is the case, Europamundo will arrange the following alternative route: FRIDAY: Marrakech-Essaouira / SATURDAY: Essaouira-Safi-El Jadida-Meknes / SUNDAY: Meknes-Fez.

Distance traveled: 280 km.
 
Landscapes: Extremely beautiful, following the so-called "Valley of the Kasbahs"; and an area with ??biblical landscapes. 
Tip: Wear comfortable footwear. Are you carrying a book you have finished reading? Maybe you would consider donating it to the library that we are creating in Tinejad? 
07.15 hrs - Boulmane Dades - Departure. We follow the Valley of the Kasbahs; adobe fortresses that protected the crops and villages from attacks from other nomadic tribes. Breathtaking oases and palm groves, where we glimpse delightful adobe-built villages. 
09.00 hrs - Todra Gorge. A deep canyon cuts through the Atlas Mountains amidst one of the most beautiful areas of Morocco. We include free time to enjoy this beautiful landscape (sometimes, following intense rain, we cannot access the gorges due to flooding of the rivers). 
09.45 hrs Todra Gorge -Departure-. The predominance of the desert becomes ever more marked as we progress along this part of our journey. 
10.45 hrs - Ksar el Khorbat -If time does not prevent it (access road), we stop at this adobe/oasis town with which the Europamundo Foundation has collaborated. You will be able to learn about the lives of the desert peoples in these impressive fortified villages. 
11.45 hrs Ksar el Khorbat -Departure-. 
14.00 hrs - Erfoud -Arrival-. Lunch at the hotel. Relax in the gardens and pool at this desert hotel. Our tour guide will propose an optional excursion in all-terrain vehicles across the Merzouga sand dunes, with dinner included on the dunes: an unforgettable landscape and experience.

Total distance covered: 425 km.
 
Landscapes: Very beautiful scenery of the Atlas, passing into more verdant areas covered by forests. 
08:00 hrs - Erfoud - Departure. We recommence crossing the Atlas, and follow the extremely beautiful Ziz Valley (with gazelles), which is the world´s largest oasis and includes 1.5 million date palms. We continue upstream until we reach the cool highlands where it often snows in wintertime. Stop en route for lunch. Arrival in Fez at about 16:00 hrs.
 Then we have a visit that includes the Jewish quarter, the bronze doors of the Royal Palace, and a panoramic view to take wonderful photographs of the old city. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.    

214 Total distance covered: 315 km.
 
Landscape: Attractive green and hilly landscapes. 
08:00 hrs -Leave the hotel to begin the tour of the medina in Fez with a local guide. After the visit, we enjoy a lunch of Moroccan food in the beautiful old Medina Palace. 
14:00 hrs -Depart Fez through olive groves and wheat fields in the Rif Valley. Fertile areas of sugar cane and fruit. 
19:15 hrs - Tangier - Arrival. Free time. Dinner and accommodation.

Distance covered by road: 280 km.
 
Landscapes: Amazing views over the cliffs and Straits. Pleasant scenery of white villages in Andalusia. WARNING: Remember to keep your passport handy. 
PLEASE NOTE: The ferry departure time varies depending on the season. Border formalities may involve delays. Returning to Spain, you will have to put your clocks forward by 1 or 2 hours (depending on time of year). Your guide will advise you about the change. 
At about 11:00 hrs (variable), we shall depart from the port of Tangier. Boarding formalities. Each traveller must carry their bags and hand luggage, as required by the Spanish national security authorities. Crossing of approximately one hour. We suggest having lunch on the ferry. Arrival in Algeciras/Tarifa. Our journey continues through beautiful white villages.  
 20.30 hrs Seville . -Arrival-.     

Highlights:    Guided visit with local expert in Seville. Evening transfer.


After breakfast, a local expert guides you through a  scenic visit of Sevilla  (if the English-speaking group has fewer than fifteen people, the tour can be conducted in both English and Spanish). Lasting one hour and a half featuring the Cathedral and the Giralda, Plaza de España, the beautiful banks of the river Guadalquivir, the Golden Tower, the districts of Santa Cruz and Triana, the Maestranza Bullring, and Cartuja Island. Free time to explore and have lunch. 

19.30 hrs-  At the end of the afternoon, we will go to the  historic city centre area ( calle Alfonso XII) where many different restaurants can be found. You can choose your favourite cuisine: Indian, Halal, Chinese, Spanish, International and so on.  Return to the hotel about 22.30 hrs.

Distancia recorrida: 465 km.
 
Paisajes: Atractivos paisajes de pueblos blancos, sierras, castillos en la ruta.
Nota: Al pasar a Portugal cambiaremos nuestros relojes; si en España son las doce, en Portugal marcará las once. 


08.15 hrs.- Sevilla –salida-. Viajamos hacia el oeste de Andalucía y Extremadura. Agradables paisajes en ruta entre colinas, olivos y dehesas.
11.00 hrs.- Jerez de los Caballeros- parada en esta ciudad que perteneció a los templarios y donde nació Vasco Núñez de Balboa. 


13.00 hrs.- Jerez de los Caballeros- Salida.- Seguimos a Portugal.
13.30 hrs.- (14.30 hrs en España)- Monsaraz- Llegada a este pueblo, uno de los más pintorescos de Portugal, con sus murallas, castillo, calles blancas llenas de flores y grandes vistas.


15.00 hrs.- Monsaraz- Salida.  Viajamos por la región del Alentejo. 
16.00 hrs. - Évora. -Llegada. La capital del Alentejo, una de las ciudades más antiguas de Portugal, ha sido declarada por la Unesco patrimonio de la humanidad. Incluimos entrada a la Capilla de los Huesos construida con 5000 esqueletos.


18.30 hrs. - Évora. -salida. 
20.00 hrs. - Lisboa – Llegada.

Highlights-  Comprehensive tour of Lisbon, taste the “pastel de Belem” (Belem cake) and evening transfer.

09:00h. - Start of our  tour with a local guide  (explanations may be given by our guide if the group has fewer than 12 people). We visit traditional neighbourhoods, which take in the Belem district, which is the birthplace of the great Portuguese navigators who sailed the oceans in the fifteen century.  We shall look round the Monument to the Discoveries, Belem Tower and to the beautiful Jeronimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the Belem neighbourhood, we invite all our travelers to try a “ Belem cake”,  an exquisite local delicacy.
The afternoon is free so that you can explore this great city independently.

18:00h.-  We include night transportation to Restauradores Square  , full of atmosphere with its bars, cafes and restaurants from where we suggest you to take the "Elevador da Gloria"  that brings you to the Upper district and its viewpoint. 


Return to hotel about 22.00 hrs.

Total distance: 270 km.

Scenery: Beautiful green landscapes and views over the Rías Bajas .
Note: We will take a boat trip by the sea. Should you wear a warm coat to enjoy it?

08:00 hrs .-Porto-Departure.
09:00 hrs.- Braga we will get on the  world’s oldest cable car moved only with water to go up to the  Santuário do BOM JESÚS , where we will enjoy its gorgeous vistas. We recommend trekking back down in order to admire its beautiful stairway and gardens.

10:15 hrs Departure-. We enter to Galicia, views over the Galician Rías. We will know the Ría de Arosa.

13:00 hrs (12.00 hrs in Portugal) - Cambados - Arrival. Historic city and seafaring. We  include a glass bottom boat trip  where we will learn about the production of mussels and oysters.  Wine and mussel tasting included . Time later to walk in Cambados and to have lunch.

16:00 hrs -Cambados.- Departure.
16:45 hrs -Santiago de Compostela. - Arrival to this town that was a famous pilgrimage destination in the Middle Ages. We include a panoramic city tour with local guide where we will talk about how Santiago attracted pilgrims throughout the centuries, stroll through the medieval streets of the center and admire its cathedral.

Note: On some dates (like the day of the Patron day of the city) our groups can be hosted in a city near Santiago.

Total distance: 475 km .
Scenery: Attractive green landscapes, villages. Spectacular mountain landscapes crossing the Cantabrian Mountains.

08:00 hrs. - Santiago. Departure. Following the ancient road of Santiago between picturesque landscapes we travel to Lugo.
09:30 hrs. Lugo - Free time,to visit its historic centre and Roman walls, built more than 2000 years ago which were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

11:00 hrs. Lugo -Departure. We travel to Castile. We will make a stop on route in  O ??CEBREIRO, a small stone Galician village that shows us the traditional way of life of this region. 
14:15hrs. -Leon .- Time to have lunch and stroll through the historic capital of León, located on the Camino de Santiago; Stands out its gothic cathedral with magnificent stained glass windows.

16:45 hrs. -Leon.- Departure. We will cross the mountains of the Cantabrian Range on our way to Asturias. 
18:30 hrs. -Oviedo - Arrival.   We include  (occasionally on Tuesday mornings)  an hour-and-a-half visit  of the city with a local guide. We will visit its 9th century cathedral, Calatrava Congressional Palace, Campoamor Theatre, Calle de la Rua...

Night in the capital of Asturias. City with lots of atmosphere. Optionally you can enjoy the atmosphere in a typical Asturian cider house.

Total distance: 260 km.

Scenery: Very beautiful landscapes: mountains, views of the sea, small villages line the road.

08:30 hrs Oviedo-Departure of the Asturian capital.
09:45 hrs Covadonga. - We will visit Basílica which is surrounded by beautiful scenery.

10:45 hrs Covadonga -Departure. The green mountains blend with the sea. Beautiful scenery on the way.
12:30 hrs Santillana. -Arrival to one of Spain’s most beautiful towns. We will visit its well-preserved medieval quarter with its embalzoned houses, the Collegiate church, its cobbled streets. Time to walk and have lunch.. We visit the  National Museum and Research Centre of ALTAMIRA   (ticket included) located in the vicinity of this town where we can find reproduction of the fantastic rupestrian paintings of the cave.

16:00 hrs Santillana / Altamira-Departure. 
16:30 hrs Santander - Arrival to  the region’s capital city, a coastal city with amazing vistas and beaches. We will foloow the coast of the port to arrive to the beaches of Sardinero.  We include a tourist train tour of the Magdalena Palace gardens , where we will enjoy their magnificent vistas.
Free time in Santander.

NOTE: On some high difficulty dates (especially in summer from July to mid September), some groups can be accommodated in Bilbao.

Total distance: 445 km .
Scenery: Great views of the sea, mountains, green landscapes.

09:00 hrs Santander -Departure. Magnificent landscapes. We enter to the Basque country.
10:30 hrs Bilbao . arrival in the largest city of the Basque Country. The bus will leave us at the entrance of  Guggenheim Museum  which has a spectacular structure. Free time to visit the museum or stroll along the Estuary of Bilbao. Time for lunch.

14:15 hrs - Bilbao - Departure. We go to the Rioja, an outstanding wine region. 
15:45 hrs - Bodegas Museum of Wine Culture. - In the small town of Briones we visit this fantastic museum / wineries, we will learn about the importance of wine making from time immemorial. We will discover the universe of wine, from the cultivation of the vine to the wine making as well as its delicious Historical legacy. We include visit and wine tasting.

17:00 hrs - Wine Museum - Departure -
17:30 hrs - Santo Domingo de la Calzada . A picturesque historic town in Camino de Santiago. In its cathedral lives a rooster that reminds us of an ancient legend.

18:30 hrs - Santo Domingo de la Calzada- Departure- 
21:00 hrs - Zaragoza - Arrival - Accommodation. Dinner included.

Total distance: 360 km.

Scenery:  : Semi-desert land in Aragon. Nice landscapes in Catalonia .

We include a  morning sightseeing tour of ZARAGOZA with a local guide . We will visit the Cathedal-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. We will learn about Goya, the famous painter, and see some of his works. We will also visit a Roman theatre, a Renaissance palace, and walk by the Aljafería Palace. 

14:00hrs -Zaragoza.- Departure.
16:30hrs. - Monastery of Poblet .-a walled monastery surrounded by beautiful scenery. It is one of the best preserved medieval monasteries in the world ( ticket included with guided tour ). 

17.30- Departure. We cross rich agricultural regions of central Catalonia. We go to the beautiful scenery where the Benedictine abbey is located. We include a ride to the summit on the rack railway to enjoy the fantastic landscapes.

18:45hrs -Monasterio de Montserrat. - Arrival.- Time to admire the views and visit the sanctuary where the Virgin of Montserrat, patroness of Catalonia is located. 

19:45hrs -Montserrat.- Departure (by road).
20:45hrs. - Barcelona. - Arrival.

Note : In the winter months, from November to March (both included), as days are shorter, the Poblet Monastery will not be visited (in order to arrive in Montserrat during the daylight hours)

Highlights: Barcelona, panoramic tour and night transfer.


09:00 hrs.- We include a morning  tour of the city.  This visit includes monument to Columbus, Plaza de Catalunya, Paseo de Gracia, Diagonal, Gaudi´s masterchief Sagrada Familia Montjuich with Olympic facilities, Plaza de España. The visit finish in the area of Ramblas so that you can enjoy in the historical center-Gothic quarter.
Free afternoon.

In the evening we include a transfer to attend the show of  THE MAGIC FOUNTAIN  of  Montjuïch , with its combination of lights, colors, water and music. You will have time to dine in this area.

NOTE: On some dates, especially during the winter, there is no magic fountain show. On these occasions, a transfer to Puerto Olimpico will be offered instead, an area with many restaurants, life and nightlife.

After breakfast, end of our services.


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