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Morocco

Gibraltar, Spain, Portugal

This tour travels to four contrasting Mediterranean countries – Morocco, Gibraltar, Spain and Portugal.
The imperial cities of Marrakech, Fes, Meknes and Rabat, the High Atlas Mountains and desert dunes highlight Moroccan society and its way of life – this tour covers it all.
Gibraltar, a little niche of England guarding the Mediterranean always interests travellers and our past tour groups confirm this as a must-stop destination.

Sevilla, Andalucía’s capital in Spain with three UNESCO World Heritage sites including the Royal Alcāzar castle, (Islamic Africa’s gift to Spain) is a special stopover.
The Algarve Coast, Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto are Portugal highlights before relaxing for seven nights on our river boat exploring the Duoro River.
Visit Medieval Salamanca and sample the local port and wine – experiences to remember.
A tour of numerous highlights.

  • Atlas Mountains- Erfoud
  • Ait Benhaddou- Morocco
  • Camel riding experience in Erfoud to watch the sunrise
  • Lisbon
  • Rock of Gibraltar
  • Gibraltar
  • Seville

Your travel itinerary

Thursday 25 April

Auckland – Dubai

Evening departure on Emirates.

Friday 26 April

Dubai

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Arrive in Dubai early morning. Transfer to hotel for a two-night stay. A relaxing morning to refresh before an afternoon sightseeing tour and later an evening dinner at the Souk.

Saturday 27 April

Dubai - Casablanca (Morocco)

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Morning departure for flight to Casablanca. Transfer to your hotel with the afternoon free before meeting for a Welcome Dinner.

Sunday 28 April

Casablanca – Marrakech

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Visit the new Mohamed V mosque – the only modern mosque on tour; the central market, the Habbous Quarter and residential Anfa.
Continue by coach to Marrakech and enjoy an eye-popping walking tour of the Medina, Souks and Djemaa El Fina Place – timed for sunset

Monday 29 April

Marrakech

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Today an authentic Moroccan cooking lesson is included. Cook and enjoy your food for lunch – a great insight into Moroccan food and culture. An afternoon tour includes further highlights of the city.

Tuesday 30 April

Marrakech – Ouarzazate

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Today travel across the Tizi n Tichka Pass (2660m) in the Atlas Mountains through rural Morocco to Ouarzazate, stopping at Ait Ben Haddou, a former stop on the caravan route from Sahara. It is known for its Kasbahs and has been the location for more than 17 movies and TV shows!
Arrive in Ouarzazate (known as the ‘Door of the Desert’) late afternoon for a two night stay.

Wednesday 01 May

Ouarzazate

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Travel along the desolate Daraa River Valley with its unusual rock formations to Zagora (perfect for the production of dates and figs). Some of the towns along the valley are built inside fortified walls.  A day to remember. Dinner at the hotel in Ouarzazate.

Thursday 02 May

Ouarzazate – Boumalne

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Morning, tour the city of Ouarzazate including the partly-ruined Kasbahs of Tifoulout and Taourit.
Travel along the Dades Valley - centre for distilling rose essence. Skoura is an oasis village with date palms, figs and birch trees – all watered by underground Kheltaras (pipes). Later arrive in Boumalne. 

Friday 03 May

Boumalne – Tinghir – Erfoud

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A full travel day. First visit Tinghir, a town in the High Atlas Mountains in the heart of the Todra Valley and a former French Garrison town. Travel on to the Todra Valley palmerie, a checkerboard of cereal fields, vegetable gardens, palm and olive groves. Continue on to Erfoud.

Saturday 04 May

Erfoud

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Early wake up and depart by 4x4 to the dunes to ride camels and climb the dunes to see the sunrise. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later continue by 4x4s to visit the Ksar Abbar ruins and the town of Rissani before lunch in the dunes. Rest of afternoon free before dinner. 

Sunday 05 May

Erfoud – Fes

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Travel to Midlet (1508m) on the high plains between the High and Middle Atlas Mountains where development is credited to the mining of lead and gypsum. Continue on to Ifrane, a surprising ski resort in European style. Arrive in Fes late afternoon for a two night stay.

Monday 06 May

Fes

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A day to savour with a tour of the oldest cultural and spiritual city in Morocco. Visit the medieval medina with its ancient leather works, spice stalls, craftsmen and narrow streets with only room for foot and mule traffic.

Tuesday 07 May

Fes – Meknes – Volubilis – Rabat

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Visit the partially-excavated Roman ruins at Volubilis and the holy city of Moulay Driss before arriving in Meknes - known as the ‘Moroccan Versailles’. Continue on to Rabat known as the ‘White Imperial City.’

Wednesday 08 May

Rabat – Tangier – Gibraltar

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Rabat is the administrative capital of Morocco. Enjoy a short city tour before travelling through rich farming and cropping land to the port city of Tangier at the entrance to the Straits of Gibraltar. Cross by fast ferry to Algeciras in Southern Spain. Transfer to Gibraltar for a three night stay. See British policemen, spend pounds sterling and enjoy duty free shopping.

GIBRALTAR
‘The Rock’ of Gibraltar is a monolithic headland at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. Most of the ‘rocks’ upper area is natural reserve, home to colonies of rock apes which along with the large network of tunnels attract thousands of tourists each year.
Gibraltar was transferred from the Spanish to Great Britain in 1713 where it has remained ever since. When WWII broke out in 1939, the civilian population was evacuated and by 1942 there were more than 30,000 armed forces stationed at Gibraltar.
Its invincibility inspires the saying ‘Solid as the rock of Gibraltar.’

Thursday 09 May

Gibraltar

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Sightseeing tour of ‘The Rock’ – the former Military fortification and gateway to the Mediterranean Sea. Highlights include the natural reserve area as well as the tunnel system and the views across the strait to Africa.

Friday 10 May

Gibraltar

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Today is free to explore Gibraltar and relax.

Saturday 11 May

Gibraltar – Seville (Spain)

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A coach will meet you at the hotel and after crossing the border into Spain, travel through the Andalusian countryside to Seville.

Sunday 12 May

Seville

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This morning’s city tour includes the tomb of Christopher Columbus, views of the city from La Giralda and a walk in the Quarter of Santa Cruz - a maze of small streets, square and gardens.
Visit the magnificent Alcāzar, a royal palace from the Islamic period with changes made under Christian rule.
This afternoon time to explore on your own and dinner is included tonight with a Flamenco show.

Monday 13 May

Seville – Vilamoura (Portugal)

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After a leisurely breakfast, we travel from Spain through orange groves and whitewashed villages to the border. Change coaches and continue to arrive in Vilamoura on the Algarve coast for a two-night stay. Rest of the day at leisure.

Tuesday 14 May

Vilamoura

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Drive along the coast to the fishing and sailing port of Lagos where we see the highlights including magnificent panoramic view from Ponta da Piedade.
Continue on to the historic seaport of Sagres, situated on the peninsular before returning to Vilamoura for the night.

Wednesday 15 May

Vilamoura - Lisbon

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We journey north through the Portuguese countryside, renowned for its cork trees and farming, before crossing the famous Vasco da Gama Bridge to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.  
Our city tour of Lisbon highlights its historic past and its tribute to the famous Portuguese navigators.  See the famous Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery built in the 16th century. (Both UNESCO World Heritage sites). Enjoy a ‘pastel de Belém’ pastry before continuing to the oldest part of the city surrounding St George’s Castle and the Alfama District. 

Thursday 16 May

Lisbon

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This morning visit Sintra to visit the Palácio National da Pena. Enjoy leisure time before returning to Lisbon with afternoon free before a dinner and show at a Fado House.

The hilltop town of Sintra has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its historic and cultural attractions. It was just a small quaint fishing village until the Portugese King Luis II decided to turn the citadel into his summer residence. Since that time the town has been a beacon to jet setters, the exiled royal families of Europe and tourists looking for a beautiful harbour town, with cobble stoned streets and historic city centre.

Friday 17 May

Lisbon – Coimbra

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Travel north to the medieval hilltop town of Ôbidos with its fortified walls, imposing castle, narrow cobble stoned streets and terracotta roofs. A highlight! Later visit Nazaré – a typical fishing village with a clifftop suburb overlooking the bay. Continue to Coimbra, preceded by a brief visit to Fatima, a place of pilgrimage made famous in 1917 by the virgin’s apparition appearing to three shepherd children.    

Saturday 18 May

Coimbra – Porto (Embarkation)

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Before departing this charming town, visit the main university buildings in Coimbra before travelling to Porto. Visit Clérigos Tower and the Central Station before we embark M/S Gil Eames  - your home for the next seven nights. Enjoy a welcome drink and presentation of the Captain and crew before dinner. Later set out on an optional tour to explore Porto by night.

Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe has long-been a destination for the rich and famous! Its historic centre is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Porto is known as the cultural home of the Portugal’s famous Port Wine.

Sunday 19 May

Porto

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Enjoy a morning city tour of Porto with the remainder of the day at leisure. Return to the ship and an evening of Fado music.

Monday 20 May

Porto - Régua

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After breakfast, an excursion by coach to the UNESCO-listed city of Guimarâes with its historic town centre. Arrive in Régua early evening. Enjoy dinner on board with time to stroll through Régua.

Tuesday 21 May

Régua – Vega De Teron

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This morning an excursion to Vila Real to walk through the beautiful gardens of the Solar de Mateus. After lunch back onboard sail past hills covered with vine trellises, planted in terraces up to 700m (2300ft) high and plunging majestically down towards the river . Arrive in Vega De Teron. Tonight is Flamenco night on board.

Wednesday 22 May

Barca D’Alva (Salamanca)

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Today is a full day excursion to Salamanca (awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO) and to see rural Spain. This town of dazzling beauty houses some extraordinary Roman, Arabic and Christian architectural treasures.

After our tour, enjoy lunch and return to the boat late afternoon.

Thursday 23 May

Barca D’Alva- Ferrandosa – Pihnao

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This morning cruise through the locks in Pocinho and Valeira and continue cruising until after lunch and arrive in Ferradosa. Join a tour through the vineyards to a ‘quinta’ where we sample the wines of Porto. Evening entertainment is a festival gala evening. 

Friday 24 May

Pihnao – Porto

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This morning an excursion to the charming old town of Lamego, with quaint quiet charm and a square surrounded by 17th century Baroque buildings overlooked by a cathedral and its 700-step staircase. Back onboard for lunch before cruising downstream passing through several large locks to arrive in Porto in the evening.

Tonight enjoy a traditional folk-lore themed evening and our Farewell Dinner.

Saturday 25 May

Porto – Madrid – Dubai

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Morning at leisure before disembarking and transferring to the Airport for the flight to Madrid. 

Sunday 26 May

Dubai – Auckland

Arrive Dubai early morning and change planes. Depart on Emirates flight for home.

Monday 27 May

Arrive in Auckland

Arrive Auckland Mid-Morning.

Inclusions

  • Economy Class flights Auckland – Dubai – Casablanca // Porto -Madrid – Dubai – Auckland
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Seven nights onboard m/s Gil Eames
  • All shore excursions onboard m/S Gil Eames
  • Local wine, beer, fruit juice served with lunch and dinner with meals onboard m/s Eames
  • Open bar onboard m/s Gil Eames including a variety of French and regional wines and spirts (excludes champagne & premium drinks)
  • Transportation by air conditioned coaches
  • Breakfast daily
  • Lunches and dinners as specified
  • All transfers
  • Fast ferry from Morocco to Spain
  • 4 x 4 desert / dune excursion
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Cooking class in Marrakesh
  • Most entrance fees
  • English speaking guides throughout
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Two nights Dubai
  • A Dubai sightseeing tour
  • Port taxes
  • Pukekohe Travel escort – subject to 15 persons travelling

Cost

Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle
 Main Deck      $15,657  $20,997
 Mid Deck  $15,897             $21,580
 Upper Deck    $15,995            $21,721
Business Class Upgrade $7145
Early Booking Discount ( 31/08/2018 ) $150
Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount $100

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment

Exclusions

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance (please ask us for a quote)
  • Airline and government taxes (approx NZD560 pp)
  • Gratuities

Booking Conditions

  • A non–refundable deposit of $2000 per person will secure a place on this tour.
  • Full payment is due by 09 Jan 2019

Cancellations and Refunds

  • From date of booking until 09 Jan 2019 – loss of deposit
  • After 09 Jan 2019 – no refund

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.

General Information

Climate / Temperatures (May) Max Min                                                                                
Casablanca              22˚c     11˚c
Seville              26˚c     13˚c     
Marrakech                  22˚c     16˚c 
Lisbon              20˚c     13˚c
Ouarzazate                 29˚c     15˚c   
Porto                19˚c     11˚c
Fes                              19˚c     12˚c
Dubai               33˚c     22˚c
April / May is a perfect time to visit Morocco with clear skies, moderate temperatures and little rain.
It is springtime in Spain and Portugal so there may be some rain.

 

Clothing
A scarf for visiting mosques is a must and shoes that are easily to slip on and off at religious sights are recommended.
Comfortable easy-wash and wear clothes for touring are best along with TEVA-type sandals.
Smart casual for evenings will be fine throughout the tour

Currency / Money  
Morocco  Moroccan Dirham                                                                                    
Portugal           Euro
Gibraltar               British Pounds
Spain               Euro
Dubai               Emirates Dirham                     

Food

Moroccan food is fresh, light and delicious (tomatoes, cucumber and yoghurt, olives, falafels). Flat bread and grilled meat and fish are often served. Breakfasts are westernised in most places.
Tea is always available in Morocco – beware the coffee is very strong. If you like an early morning cup of tea – take your own tea making equipment as not all hotels have tea making facilities in the rooms.
Care will need to be taken to prevent stomach upsets. Included meals are at restaurants with a good reputation.

Health and Fitness

No mandatory inoculations are required.
Walking tours are an important part of the tour and a good standard of fitness is required. The ground at historical sites is often uneven and there are usually stairs and cobble-stoned streets.

Ship Information

MS Gil Eanes

 

Built 2015
Cabins 66
Length  80m
Passengers 132
All cabins include:
  • air conditioning
  • satellite tv
  • radio
  • hairdryer
  • saftey box
  • shower
  • wc and large picture window. 
Public areas include:
  • large partially covered sundeck with chaise lounges
  • gift shop
  • lift
  • air confitionion
  • free wifi 


Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change

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