The best of Southern Spain and Portugal, mixed in with the highlights of Morocco - fabulous! Discover the beauty of Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon and Marrakesh. An extraordinary journey through time, this trip promises to delight and amaze.
Forever vying for "Number 1" - Barcelona and Madrid never disappoints. Two cities neck and neck when it comes to visitor offerings, you will find a unique mix of old and new world charm. Start your tour in Barcelona. Strategically located on the Mediterranean, Barcelona enjoys a temperate climate, a magnificent historical Gothic center, is the epicenter of all things gastronomic, and is somewhat of an architect's dream with the many art deco buildings scattered throughout the city. Continue on to Madrid, home of the Royal Palace, the enormous city center public garden known as El Retiro, the Prado gallery and the Plaza Major (one of the finest squares in Spain) has something for everyone. Your final European destination on this tour is the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, known as the city set on seven hills, with its cobble-stoned pavements and narrow streets full of Art Nouveau cafes. The charm of Lisbon exists in its strong links to the past which includes some of the best known voyages of discovery (including Columbus' maiden voyage to discover the Americas). Its renovated palaces, magnificent churches and impressive castle mirror the city's rich cultural heritage and make for a great city break. With a thriving port and an extensive historical center it is a pleasure to wander around town. Rounding off the trip, make your way to the ever spectacular Marrakesh. Enjoy a private guided tour of Marrakech and visit the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, the El-Bahia Palace, and the famous Saadian Tombs. And, just when you think you can’t be dazzled anymore, head for the high Atlas Mountains through a series of hairpin turns, arriving at a traditional Berber village. As you stroll along a quiet lane overlooking the majestic snow-capped peaks, you’ll wish your time in Morocco never had to end.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance. Includes a mix of shared and private tours. Internal flights not included.
Meet your driver and assistant for a private airport transfer.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), a SIM card with 1Gb of data, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy a 5 hours shared guided tour on a deluxe coach to admire the city's landmarks and places of interest, including a general sightseeing tour to give you an overall impression of Barcelona. Discover all the best sites in Barcelona: Gaudí’s famous buildings – Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera – the waterfront with the Columbus monument and old port, and Montjuic Hill with its panoramic views over the city and finishing with a visit of the Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village) where you will have free time for lunch. Entrance fees to Sagrada Familia and Poble Espanyol are included.
Visit the art galleries and/or museums with this Articket that allows you to visit the 6 leading museums in Barcelona, among which you can find art galleries, Gaudi's work, and painting and contemporaneous museums in Barcelona. Ticket provides admission to: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) - Centre for exhibitions and art-related activities, including music, film, dance and performance. Fundació Antoni Tàpies - foundation set up by the artist Antoni Tàpies. A museum in a modernist building that hosts a wide range of temporary exhibitions, lectures and film seasons, among other events. Fundació Joan Miró - houses the finest collection of Joan Miró's artwork, including paintings, sculpture and prints. Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) - a museum in Barcelona that takes you to a journey through 1,000 years of Catalan art. Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) - it shows an important collection of the artistic creation of the last fifty years held in a modern museum, designed by Richard Meier. Picasso Museum one of the city's foremost museums where you can discover Picasso's artwork and find out about the formative years of contemporary artists and their relationship with Barcelona. Ticket includes admission to all the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions at the mentioned art centers and museums in Barcelona.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Enjoy your train ride from Barcelona to Madrid. The train ride takes approximately 3 hours.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you through the narrow and steep streets of the oldest part of Madrid, discovering the history and emblematic locations such as Plaza Mayor, Puerta de Sol and Plaza de la Villa. (No entrance fees included).
Enjoy a three course typical Spanish dinner with wine and mineral water before watching a breathtaking perfomance of Flamenco. Located in the Old Quarter of Madrid, Corral de La Moreria Flamenco is an authentic tablao (place where flamenco is performed) where singers, guitarists and dancers share their talent to make you feel the art of 'Flamenco'.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Madrid. Please note drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer. For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you outside the customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
The city of Lisbon is still recalled by its glorious past linked with the Discoveries. Centre of the spice trade and meeting point for people from all over the world, in 1500 AD Lisbon was a cosmopolitan and dynamic city. In this private guided 2.5 hour walking tour, you'll have the opportunity to revive this period in the monumental area of Belém, where the Monastery and the Tower remain two symbols of that golden age, where the testimonies of the new worlds have inspired the dominant decorations of the “manuelin” style. On the tour you will discover: D. Manuel- king of the seas, Vasco da Gama, Monastery of Belém along with its history and symbolism, Palace of Belém, 16th century buildings, Pastéis de Belém Royal Factory, as well as Lisbon’s shoreline. Cost includes a one-way private transfer from your hotel to the meeting point of your private walking tour. No entrance fees included.
Enjoy a full day shared tour with coach and guide. Depart towards the majestic and romantic Pena Palace, an astonishing fairy-tale castle, located in one of the highest peaks of Sintra mountain range. Continue to wander around the charming Sintra Village, a Cultural Landscape by UNESCO that enchanted Kings and inspired poets to appreciate the several handicraft shops and tea-rooms to taste the delicious local sweets like the "queijadas" or the travesseiros. Take your time to enjoy lunch here in Sintra. Visit Sintra National Palace a former hunting residence of the Portuguese royal family of the 15th century. Continue towards Cabo da Roca, the most western point in continental Europe (from 31st October until 1st March replaced by a stop at the Boca do Inferno). Pass the beach of Guincho until Boca do Inferno, all the time viewing the sea enjoying the landscape until Cascais, where you take a glimpse of the fishing port. Return to Lisbon by Estoril Coast where you can have a panoramic view of the Casino and its gardens. Return to Lisbon.
Spend an unforgettable evening in Lisbon on a shared group evening tour. Have dinner and enjoy the show of Fado, the traditional Portuguese song, in a festive atmosphere. Afterwards, take a panoramic visit of Lisbon, starting at Alcântara - Belém to admire its beautiful monuments (Belém Tower, Monument of the discoveries, Jerónimos Monastery). See the Bridge 25th April, Cais do Sodré, Square Comércio, Baixa, Rossio, Av. Liberdade, and Marquês de Pombal Square before being returned to your hotel.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Lisbon. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
Take an airport transfer in Marrakech with a private vehicle and driver.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will be at your disposal for the day.
Your tour usually starts at the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque. This mosque's beautiful minaret dominates the skyline of Marrakech and can be seen from almost every approach to the city thanks to a long-standing planning ordinance that forbids any other building in the old city to rise above the height of a palm tree. You will also visit the El-Bahia Palace. This 19th century palace is elaborate in its decoration and was built over a period of seven years for Ba Ahmed, the son of the Grand Vizier Si Moussa. There are row after row of apartments—that once housed Ahmed's harem—a trapezoidal garden, a huge tiled courtyard, and many hidden treasures, both in the form of antique objects d'art and the palace's convergence of Andalusian and Moorish architecture. One of most visited sites in Morocco is the Saadian Tombs, which were only accessible via the mosque next door. However, in 1917 they were opened to the public and can now be accessed via a narrow passage that leads to an enclosed garden watched over by two mausoleums that include more than one hundred mosaic-decorated tombs. The Koranic School Medersa Ben Youssef is a Theological college founded by the Merenid Sultan Abu Hassan in the 14th century. It was restored in 1564 by the Saadians who made it the largest theological college in the Maghreb and a rival to the important Medersa Bou Inania in Fés.
A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer between Marrakech and the High Atlas Mountain region. The approximate travel time is 1 hour.
Enjoy a morning excursion to the High Atlas Mountains and Kasbah du Toubkal. Heading south from Marrakech along the hairpin bends, you will eventually reach one of only two passes through the High Atlas Mountains. Perhaps make a brief stop at the Berber villages of Tahanoute or Asni and continue to the village of Imlil, where you will take a ten-minute walk up to Kasbah du Toubkal. Mules will be available if you prefer to ride! Situated on a hilltop with commanding views of the surrounding valley, the Kasbah du Toubkal was built as a summer palace for the Pasha El Glaoui. It is now a wonderful place to experience Berber hospitality and a great base from which to explore the High Atlas. Enjoy a traditional Berber lunch on the terrace overlooking the snow-capped peaks or a picnic lunch on the trail. You may wish to take a stroll to a nearby Berber village, where an invitation to share mint tea with the locals can be arranged. Kasbah du Toubkal has been heavily involved in sharing its prosperity with the local mountain villages, sponsoring much-needed health and educational projects. Head back to Marrakech at your leisure and the remainder of the day is free for more exploration of Marrakech.
The Balmes is a modern three-star hotel just step away from Barcelona’s Avinguda Diagonal in the city’s Eixample neighborhood. Minutes from Passeig de Gràcia, the hotel combines its central location with the tranquility of its pool and interior garden. An oasis in the heart of Barcelona’s shopping district with a sauna, spa and exclusive services. With comfortable rooms, one-of-a-kind dining, the hotel also features a collection of African art that showcases three-dimensional wooden African masks and sculptures from different sub-Saharan African countries.
The Hotel Regente (3*) is located in the heart of the Gran Vía in Madrid, close to the Puerta del Sol, the famous Km. 0 of the city and emblematic monuments of the city such as the Royal Palace or Almudena Cathedral. The hotel is surrounded by theaters, cinemas, restaurants and boutiques and public transport, either by metro or city bus is close and convenient. All rooms have been recently renovated and cozy decorated with a traditional Hispanic charm.
With its modern and tasteful interior design that brings together comfort and functional features without overlooking the gracious art of hospitality, the Dom Carlos Liberty is special because of the constant care it takes over the quality of its services as well as its extremely competitive prices. Located in the financial and shopping area of Lisbon, next to Avenida da Liberdade and the Marquês de Pombal metro station, the Dom Carlos Liberty is pleased to present the Dom Carlos Lounge, an innovate concept that provides an integrated space where a sophisticated buffet is served at breakfast, while later at midday the room changes into an attractive lounge with library, complimentary newspapers, plasma TV, quality background music, internet Wi-Fi access free of charge, drinks and snacks self-service facilities.
Riad Amina invites you to discover the welcoming atmosphere of an authentic aristocratic household. A veritable haven of peace and tranquility deep inside the vibrant old city of Marrakech, this luxury guesthouse keeps alive all the traditional style, warmth, and comfort for which the great houses of Marrakech were once so famous. True to its centuries of history, and in keeping with the way of life of the rich and noble families who used to inhabit it, Riad Amina continues to marry modern luxury with a traditional atmosphere.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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