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Highlights of Spain, Portugal & Morocco

Morocco, Portugal, Spain - Trip code SPM Discovery
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Days 15
Deposit From €271
Price from €2714
Flights not included
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Why book this trip?

This sunny trio blends southern Europe and north Africa to serve up a feast for the senses. You'll be munching pastel de nata pastries and exploring the many bairros of Lisbon, sipping the world's finest sherry in Jerez de la Frontera and the famed port wines of Porto, nosing around the covered food halls of Madrid and falling under the spell of Seville - Spain's most beautiful city. A ferry hop to Morocco brings the spice-scented souks of Fes and the street performers of Marrakech's famous Djemma El-Fna Square.

  • Douro Valley - Travel by train through the beautiful landscape of northern Portugal
  • Seville - Charming Moorish architecture and renowned architecture
  • Chefchaouen - Morocco's picturesque blue city
  • Included meals

    Breakfast: 14

  • Trip staff

    Explore Tour Leader

    Driver(s)

    Local Guide(s)

  • Transport

    Bus

    Taxi

    Train

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    Accommodation

    13 nights comfortable hotel

    1 nights premium hotel

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    Trip pace:

    Moderate

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    Group Size:

    10 - 16

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join trip in Lisbon

Our trip begins in Lisbon, founded on seven hills overlooking the estuary of the River Tagus, the city became the capital of Portugal after its conquest from the Moors in 1147. As Portugal built a global empire from the 15th century onwards, Lisbon became the hub of international trade and the heart of this maritime Golden Age of discovery, reflected in the monumental architecture. A devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami almost totally destroyed the capital in 1755 and therefore Lisbon appears as a carefully planned 18th century city.

The tour leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 6pm for the welcome meeting and, slightly later, our first group dinner to get to know your fellow travellers.

If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). If you are booking your own flights, we recommend giving yourself at least one hour to clear the airport. From the airport to the hotel is around a 20 minute drive, so therefore the latest your flight can arrive is 4.30pm.

There are no included excursions today and if you miss the welcome meeting, your tour leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: None

Day 2 - Explore the different Bairros of Lisbon on foot. Optional afternoon Sintra visit

Our morning walking tour takes us through some of the different bairros (neighbourhoods) of Lisbon as an introduction to this great city. Built on seven hills, you can see the typical trams negotiate the undulations of Lisbon's cobbled streets, and the varied and interesting buildings while intricately painted Portuguese tiles throughout the city never fail to impress. We walk up Alfama Hill and enjoy the views across the River Tagus from the Miradouro de Graca viewpoint before continuing our walk, passing under the Arco da Ragusta to the Mercado da Ribeira (Time Out market). Jumping on a local ferry we head across the Tagus to Cacilhas. As a working port Cacilhas has many restaurants serving a fish or seafood lunch, and offers excellent views back across to Lisbon proper.

The afternoon has been left free for further exploration of Lisbon. If you want to head out of the city, you may choose to take a metro to Lisbon's Rossio Station for the short train ride to the hills and palaces of Sintra - inspiration to poets, artists and travellers alike. Originally started as a summer escape from the heat of Lisbon, royalty built palaces and gardens in the lush hills of Sintra and the aristocracy followed. Highlights include King Ferdinand II's Pena Palace or the Quinta Regaleira with its ornate Gothic facade and enchanting gardens.

In the evening there is the option to see a live performance of traditional 'Fado' music for those interested. Stemming from the word 'fate', the music of Fado can be deeply personal in its expression. Said to have been born from the songs of African slaves, the sentiments behind this soulful music are deeply linked to the heritage and hearts of the people, and as such is quintessentially Portuguese. Enjoying this performance after dinner we come a little closer to feeling a sense of 'saudade', a sentiment of nostalgia which, it is said, only the Portuguese truly understand.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 3 - Follow the coastline to Porto, visiting Obidos and Nazare

Toady we head north along the Atlantic coast to Porto, making several stops along the way.

Obidos is considered to be one of the most picturesque and well preserved medieval towns in Portugal. The town prospered after becoming part of the royal estate from the 13th century and within the walls you can visit the castle and lose yourself in the maze of narrow streets and little squares with fine examples of religious and civil architecture from the town's golden days. In the course of the morning we will try Ginjinha, a local liqueur made from sour cherries, which is an acquired taste.

Heading to the coast, the seaside town of Nazare has become famous among surfers for its monster waves, some of the biggest in Europe. Created by a trench close to shore, that can reach over 20 metres in height in the winter months when conditions are right. There will be time to have lunch here and walk to the Fort of Sao Miguel Arcanjo to watch the waves roll in.

We reach Porto later this afternoon. Portugal's second largest city after Lisbon, Porto offers visitors a range of architectural and cultural attractions. This evening you might like to visit the nearby city of Matosinhos where you can sample a barbequed fish dinner on the seafront.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 4 - Walking tour of Porto. Train ride in the Douro Valley

This morning our tour leader will take us on a two hour walking tour of colourful Porto. We'll stroll down the cobbled streets to Cais da Ribeira - undoubtedly the most picturesque spot. This characterful quayside is dominated by the tall outline of the two tiered Dom Luis I Bridge, built in 1886 by an assistant of Gustave Eiffel. Here, ancient houses with laundry-draped balconies stand high above the waterfront looking out over the river, where several old boats lie moored at the water's edge. Despite the decline in the use of this harbour, with its fish market and restaurants, it continues to have character and bustle reminiscent of its lively past. Following our tour we include a visit to a port lodge. The history and processes involved in making these white, ruby and tawny delicacies are most interesting, and we'll get to enjoy a port tasting.

After lunch we board the local train for the scenic two hour journey snaking along the Douro Valley to Peso da Regua where we spend the night. The Douro Valley is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, a UNESCO protected site. Later this afternoon there will also be the opportunity to join a boat trip from Regua or nearby Pinhao for around one hour along the Douro River to take in the views along the valley with its vineyards set on terraced hillsides.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 5 - Discover the UNESCO World Heritage city of Salamanca

Today we drive for around three hours across the border into Spain and the beautiful, ancient university town of Salamanca.

After checking in to the hotel our tour leader will take us on a two hour walking tour of the old town to take in this remarkable collection of honey-hued sandstone buildings including the beautiful main square, Plaza Mayor, the Casa de las Conchas (House of Shells) and the Old and New Cathedrals, showcasing a mixture of architectural styles from Romanesque to Gothic and Baroque.

The rest of the day is left free for further exploration at your own pace, to enjoy a stroll through the narrow streets of the old town perhaps, or to relax outside one of the cafes in the main square. Tonight's 4-star hotel is situated on the banks of the Tormes river, next to the Roman Bridge and within easy walking distance of Salamanca's historical centre, restaurants and bars. The beautiful building offers a comfortable base with well equipped and sized rooms and breakfast can be taken in the courtyard (weather allowing).

Accommodation:

Grade: Premium Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 6 - See Segovia's Disney-like Alcazar Fortress. Drive to Madrid

Today we drive to Madrid, along the way we stop at Avila to view the spectacular, intact, medieval city walls and visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage historic city of Segovia, with its huge 1st century Roman Aqueduct and Disney-like Alcazar Fortress.

We'll have an orientation walk with our tour leader followed by free time for lunch. The upper old town stands on a hill protected by ancient walls, all centred around the Plaza Mayor and 16th century Gothic cathedral. The magnificent and perfectly intact Roman aqueduct is the defining feature of the city, spanning 17 kilometres, made up of 166 arches and reaching a height of 28 metres as it meets the old citadel. The Alcazar stands proudly at far end of the old town and its fairy-tale like design apparently inspired Disney.

Later this afternoon we drive on to Madrid and our hotel where we spend the next two nights.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 7 - Walking tour of Madrid. Free afternoon

This morning we head out for a walking tour (approx. 5 kilometres) of Spain's busy capital city and the third largest city in the European Union after London and Berlin. Located on the tiny Manzanares River, Madrid has its share of historic sights, great architecture, nightlife, fine dining, culture and shopping.

We begin walking to Plaza Espana, the heart of the city featuring a monument to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, continuing to the striking Templo Debod, an ancient Egyptian temple which was dismantled and rebuilt block by block here. We walk through Madrid's most historic neighbourhood, Barrio de los Austrias, making a stop for coffee near the impressive Palacio Real and find out about the art of churro making. These fried dough sticks are deliciously crispy yet soft on the inside, they are normally eaten for breakfast dipped in hot chocolate or coffee.

Our next stop is the Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid's gourmet market bursting with stalls. After sampling some regional specialities we head just next door to the beautiful Plaza Mayor, a large square framed by slate roofed red-brick buildings. The morning finishes with one of the best views over Madrid from the terrace at the Circulo de Bellas Artes.

The afternoon is left free, with the option to extend the walking tour with the tour leader to discover Madrid's art neighbourhoods and visit the vast 19th century El Retiro Park.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 8 - Train to Cordoba, visit the Mezquita Mosque. Continue by bus to Seville via the white village of Carmona

Today we travel to Cordoba by train. Standing on the banks of the Guadalquivir river, Cordoba was one of the most sophisticated Moorish cities and is for many, the most beautiful city in Spain. The Moors established themselves in Cordoba as early as 719 AD, and before that the Romans had left their own mark here. Cordoba has a wealth of treasures locked away in its back streets with secluded patios tucked behind delicate iron grills. The medieval synagogues in Cordoba and Toledo are the only two which remain in Spain today and Cordoba synagogue dates back to the 14th century.

This afternoon we visit the renowned Mosque (Mezquita), an extraordinary and unique building where history has superimposed two faiths and erected two oratories on the one site (local guide optional). The early massive structure dates back to the 8th century, its roof supported by a forest of 850 coloured columns. Its jewel is the gleaming and superbly decorated Mihrab, which has survived in its original state. After reconquista the Catholic king was so impressed, instead of ordering its destruction he ordered a church to be built inside instead.

Continuing our journey by bus we make a stop at the pretty white-washed town of Carmona. We will take a short orientation walk, admiring the Moorish buildings and the Alcázar del Rey Don Pedro, it is possible to go up the tower for views over the town. Drive onto Seville to arrive in the late afternoon. The capital of Andalucia is one of Spain's finest and most beautiful cities, built on the wealth of New World trade and plunder. This evening we take a stroll across the Guadalquivir River to Triana, the centre of Seville's ceramic production and home to some of the best tapas bars, our tour leader will guide us to small eateries for delicious dinner options.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 9 - Discover Seville on foot, visit the Alcazar. Optional afternoon bike tour

The capital of Andalucia is one of Spain's finest and most beautiful cities, built on the wealth of New World trade and plunder.

We'll spend the morning walking through the city, exploring the former Jewish Quarter, and following winding narrow backstreets leading to Mudejar palaces (a blend of Christian and Moorish styles) and baroque churches.

The afternoon is left free to explore Seville at your own pace. You might like to visit the stunning Alcázar Palace and the city's Gothic Cathedral, one of the largest in the world. Its bell tower was once the minaret of the Almohad great mosque, so impressive that the Christians incorporated it into their building. Other attractions include the General Archive of the Indias, Plaza de San Francisco, Casa Pilatos or Maria Luisa park. In the evening we suggest you take in some traditional flamenco music and dancing (optional).

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 10 - Sherry tasting in Jerez de la Frontera. Relax on the beach in Tarifa

This morning we drive to Jerez de la Frontera, home to some of the world's finest sherry producers. Our tour leader will guide us to a traditional bodega to sample some of the famous fortified wine. The popular local way to drink sherry is in a cocktail called 'rebujito' mixing dry Fino sherry with lemonade.

Our final stop in Spain is Tarifa on the southernmost point, a laid-back historic seafront town and the kitesurfing capital of Europe. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches of Playa de Los and Playa de Lances and wander the pretty streets of the old town.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 11 - Ferry to Tangier. Drive to Chefchouen, Morocco’s blue city in the Rif Mountains

This morning we transfer to the ferry port where we will say goodbye to our Spanish local leader and catch the morning ferry across the Straits of Gibraltar to Tangier in Morocco.

On arrival in Tangier, we will head out with our leader to immerse ourselves in the vibrancy and heady atmosphere of a Moroccan medina. We'll be guided through the network of narrow streets that make up the medina on foot before driving up into the Rif Mountains, arriving in Chefchaouen.

Chefchaouen is one of the most charming towns in Morocco; an engaging mix of blue painted houses, bazaars and red tiled rooftops. We will take a short orientation walk from the hotel through the car-free lanes of the medina to Outa Lahmam square where there are local restaurants. This afternoon we will take a walk, passing locals and their livestock, up to the ruined Spanish mosque set on a hill overlooking Chefchaouen. The four kilometre walk is expected to take around one-and-a-half hours.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 12 - Bus to Fes, the oldest of Morocco's imperial cities

Today we take the public bus, a four-and-a-half hour journey, crossing the Rif Mountains to Fes. Fes is the cultural capital and the oldest of Morocco's imperial cities, home to the world's oldest university and certainly boasts the most well-preserved medieval quarter in the Arab world.

As with many Moroccan cities, Fes is divided into old and new. This evening we take a short food tour in Fes el Bali (Old Fes). We'll wander through the market lanes to Bab Boujloud, the ornate city gate. The smells of freshly cooked baghrir, or Berber pancakes will tempt and there will be a chance to try Harira soup, a tasty broth made from chickpeas, tomatoes and Moroccan spices.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 13 - Morning tour of Fes El Bali and Fes el Jadid. Train to Marrakech

This morning we explore the bustling souks and tanneries of Old Fes and see the Royal Palace and Merenid Tombs of New Fes by bus and on foot. Entrance inside the Royal Palace is not allowed, however, the seven grand golden gates make the visit worthwhile. Beautifully intricate and framed by traditional Zellige tiles, the gates give a hint to how ornate the inside of the palace must be and are a great place to take a photo that captures the essence of Fes. The Merenid Tombs are perched on a hill above Fes and although there is little known history about the tombs themselves it's believed they date back to the 14th century. While the ruins are a point of interest, the elevated viewpoint is the highlight, offering sweeping views to the city below, and with help of our tour leader we should be able to make out the different parts of the city.

After lunch we board the train to Marrakech, a seven-and-a-half hour journey through the heart of Morocco. Arriving around 8pm there will be the opportunity this evening to visit Jamaa El Fna Square. By night Marrakech comes alive and no trip to the city is complete without a visit to the celebrated Djemma El-Fna Square, a spectacle not to be missed with many street performers it's reminiscent of a scene straight out of the pages of Arabian Nights.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 14 - Explore the colourful souks and iconic Djemaa el-Fnaa Square on foot

Marrakech is a feast for the senses. Like many North African towns, Marrakech is divided into two distinct parts; Gueliz, the more modern French-influenced area and the Medina, the old city. It has always been a meeting place for the mountain Berbers and the desert peoples of the South and the colourful souks perfectly illustrate this fact.

This morning a local guide will take us for a walking tour of the old city. Taking a closer look at the maze of narrow streets filled with the sounds, colours and smells of the exotic and an opportunity to visit the iconic Koutoubia Tower.

After a morning of sightseeing, we'll stop in time for lunch and the rest of the day will be free. This afternoon you could visit the Majorelle Gardens including the Museum of Islamic Art a short taxi ride away.

Tonight we enjoy dinner in a rooftop Moroccan restaurant to celebrate the end of our journey.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 15 - Trip ends in Marrakech

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Marrakech.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Marrakech at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK).

Depending on the schedule of your flights, you may have some additional time to wander in the souks of Marrakech or buy your last souvenirs before departure.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Trip information

Climate and country information

Morocco

Climate

The climate is both Mediterranean and Atlantic. The dry, hot season is from May to October when summer temperatures can reach 38°C and above (if sight seeing is included we will do our best to avoid the heat of the day during this period). Temperatures may drop significantly at times during the night as the day's heat rapidly diminishes. From December to January snow can be expected on mountain passes and it can be wet. In winter, day temperatures will probably be around 18-25°C, dropping to perhaps 0-5°C.

Time difference to GMT

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Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Islam

Language

Arabic, Berber, French.

Portugal

Climate

Overall, spring, early summer and autumn are ideal times for a trip to Portugal - though the weather varies enormously from region to region. The northern high plains has both extremes, stiflingly hot in summer, bitterly cold and swept by freezing winds in winter. The Atlantic coast, in contrast, has a tendency to damp and mist, and a relatively brief, humid summer. The Mediterranean south is warm virtually all year round. The islands have very different weather patterns due to their positioning and can have sudden rain falls throughout the year so waterproofs are recommended even in the summer.

Time difference to GMT

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Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Roman Catholic

Language

Portuguese

Spain

Climate

Overall, spring, early summer and autumn are ideal times for a Spanish trip - though the weather varies enormously from region to region. The high central plains suffer from fierce extremes, stiflingly hot in summer, bitterly cold and swept by freezing winds in winter. The Atlantic coast, in contrast, has a tendency to damp and mist, and a relatively brief, humid summer. The Mediterranean south is warm virtually all year round. Spain's Islands the Canaries and Balaerics experience very mild winters and warm summers making them ideal year round destinations.

Time difference to GMT

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Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Roman Catholic

Language

Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


Lisbon - Fado concert €10-20 (depending on venue, combined with dinner or not)

Sintra - Return train €10
Sintra - Pena Palace entrance €14.50 or gardens only €7.50.
Sintra - Quinta Regaleira entrance €7.50.

Porto - Dinner in Matasinhos approximately €20.00 plus transport by metro approximately €1.20 per way

Douro River boat trip - (approximately 50 minutes duration) €10.00 per person. Transport €70.00 per group.

Seville - Flamenco show €20
Seville - Bike tour €30

Carmona - Alcazar €3

Marrakech - Hammam £20

Clothing

Bring light and comfortable clothing that can be layered according to the temperature.

July and August are the hottest months, but early and late in the season go prepared with clothing to suit drops in temperature and rain showers. Light rainwear may be needed at any time of year, and a warm fleece/jacket is recommended for cooler evenings and nights.

Morocco is a Muslim country and it is important to dress with respect for local customs. People may be offended by shorts or revealing dresses, which can attract unwelcome attention. We advise that in general both men and women should cover shoulders, upper arms and knees. Transparent, plunging necklines and tightfitting clothes should be avoided. Women should also cover their heads when entering a sanctuary, though in general, mosques are forbidden to non-Muslims.

Footwear

Comfortable trainers or lightweight walking shoes for travelling and walking around the cities, plus sandals for relaxing.

Luggage

20Kg

Luggage: On tour

One main piece of baggage and daypack. As you'll be taking care of your own luggage, including stowing it on the trains, don't overload yourself. We advise you pack light as porters can't always be guaranteed at train station or hotels and you will need to lift your luggage up to storage racks on the train. Luggage with wheels or a rucksack is most suitable for train travel.

Equipment

Sunscreen, sunglasses and a sun hat are advised. A power bank may be useful if you'd like to use or charge your phone whilst travelling.

We advise you bring a water bottle for day to day use. We have a partnership with Water-to-Go, who have developed a filtration system that eliminates over 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants. This allows you to drink from any tap, including on trains, or even streams and lakes. You can purchase your own Explore branded bottle with the discount code EXPLORE15.

Tipping

Explore leader
Tipping isn't compulsory, and we work hard to ensure that our leaders all receive a fair wage. You may however, want to recognise a leader that has done a great job or really added to your trip by giving them a tip. We're often asked about the recommended amount. It is a tricky one, and down to personal preference, but we would recommend £15 to £20 per person per week as a guideline.
Local crew
Although voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Accordingly, you should allow approximately £20 of local currency for tipping. In order to make things easier for you, the Explore Leader may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the trip.

Morocco

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£6.00 - 8.00
Dinner price
£8.00 - 12.00
Beer price
£2.5
Water price
£0.6
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Moroccan Dirham (MAD).
Recommended Currency For Exchange
US Dollars, Sterling and Euros are readily exchangeable. We recommend you take a mixture of cash and credit cards. Scottish bank notes and Australian dollar travellers cheques and cash are NOT normally accepted in Morocco.
Where To Exchange
Most major towns - your Tour Leader will advise you.
ATM Availability
ATMs are available in main towns/cities, though can be unreliable.
Credit Card Acceptance
Not all places.
Travellers Cheques
Travellers cheques are difficult to exchange and are not recommended.

Portugal

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Dinner price
£18
Beer price
£2.00 - 3.00 depending on your location, well touristed areas are usually slightly more expensive.
Water price
£1.4
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Euro.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
Take the majority of your spending money in Euros cash.
Where To Exchange
We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
ATM Availability
Cash-point machines are available in all major towns. Bankcards with the Cirrus logo are accepted.
Credit Card Acceptance
Visa and Mastercard are generally accepted in larger restaurants and some shops.
Travellers Cheques
Travellers cheques can be exchanged in all major towns but are not recommended due to the high rate of commission.

Spain

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£8.00 - 12.00
Dinner price
£16.00 - 20.00
Beer price
£1.50 - 3.50 (depending on the region/area in Spain)
Water price
£1.4
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Euros
Recommended Currency For Exchange
We recommend you take the majority of your spending money in Euros cash.
Where To Exchange
We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
ATM Availability
In cities and most major towns.
Credit Card Acceptance
Visa and Mastercard are generally accepted in larger restaurants and some shops.
Travellers Cheques
Not recommended.
Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, Taxi, Train

Accommodation notes

Throughout this trip we use a range of comfortable accommodation, well located for for exploration of these diverse cities.

Morocco is a developing country and as such, the accommodation standards are not equivalent to those in Europe and can be more basic. We generally choose our properties because of their location, cleanliness, traditional style or for their welcoming atmosphere, as we endeavour to provide an authentic Moroccan experience. However, some of the properties might have some outdated or simple furniture and the level of service may vary depending on the location.

Essential Information

Government Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice.

Please refer to our COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry. Whilst we strive to update this on a regular basis we recommend you also check the FCDO website for the latest advice on entry requirements in this fast-evolving situation. Information can change at any time.
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information

Spain: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens.

Morocco: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens.

Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
 

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.
 

Minimum age restrictions

For our group tours, the minimum age is 16. The minimum age on Family trips varies between 7 and 11 - please check the 'Family information' section of the trip page for more information. 

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  

For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Morocco

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against tetanus, typhoid, infectious hepatitis and polio. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Portugal

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory but Tetanus is usually recommended as a precaution. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Spain

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory but Tetanus is usually recommended as a precaution. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Additional Information

Dates, prices and booking

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  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Sat 4 Mar 2023 - Sat 18 Mar 2023
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  • ATOL protected
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  • ATOL protected
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Sat 20 May 2023 - Sat 3 Jun 2023
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  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
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  • ATOL protected
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  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
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  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
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  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 

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