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Any total solar eclipse is regarded as unique, however the one on August 12, 2026, may be greater special. The interaction of celestial geometry will create rarely seen results withinside the surroundings that don’t show up whilst totality is excessive overhead. And we will have the opportunity to witness this unique astronomy event paired with the long and interesting history of the three combined counties on our this carefully crafted special tour
From the romantic city of Lisbon of Portugal to the Casbahs of Morocco the crossing of Gilbatrar from Tangier (Morocco) to Tarifa ( Spain) and to Spain through Sevilla,Granada , Madrid and Finally to Alcaniz for eclipse viewing and end our tour in the marvellous city of Barcelna to the south east of Spain. In Alcaniz (Spain) Castillo de los Caltravos sits withinside the coronary heart of the Aragon region. This citadel dating back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and has recently been restored beautifully. Our eclipse viewing spot has been set up right in here, Alcaniz, by the Eclipse Traveler’s expert astronomers who carried out a long and through search.
It is thought in 2026 totality would be short in the whole Spain, and as far as eclipse Alcañiz is concerned it will last 1 minue 25 seconds . The partial eclipse will begin around 7:36 p.m. local time; mideclipse is at 8:30:24 p.m. and sunset follows at 9:04 p.m. followed by partial eclipse. The reason to choose Alcañiz is for its unobstructed view as well as this place has the best meteorological and statistical possibility of giving our guests the best view of the eclipse with clear skies.
Designed with utmost care this tour will give you an opportunity to see & enjoy the three iconic countries that are conveniently combined specially for the unique natural event.
Arrive in Lisbon Airport and arrange your own transfer to Hotel in Lisbon. Overnight in Lisbon.
Travel the beauty and grandeur of Lisbon on a half-day visit to its various emblematic monuments and districts. In Belém, discover the Belém Tower, the Padrão dos Descobrimentos and the Jerónimos Monastery with its church, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue with Continue with a visit to the National Coach Museum, which hosts one of the world’s finest collections of historical carriages. Explore Alfama, with its neighbourhood of paved streets and alleys “à Portuguesa” and finally walk the main squares of the city: Praça do Comércio, Rossio and the panoramic Marquês de Pombal. Overnight in Lisbon
Short international flight from Lisbon to Casablanca. Guided panoramic drive includes the Hassan II Mosque. Scenic drive to Marrakesh followed by dinner at your hotel. Enjoy the city tour of Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco and its largest city. Stop at the famous Hassan II Mosque, the landmark mark of the city with the tallest minaret in the world (210 metres (689 ft)). Stop next at Ain Diab Corniche, which is one of the city’s most fashionable districts.
Lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to Marrakech, “Paris of the Sahara” as Winston Churchill once described it. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Marrakech.
A scenic drive to Marakesh transfer to the and overnight in Marakesh. Arrive in Marakesh and a free afternoon in this beautiful exotic city.
Breakfast in the hotel. Enjoy the guided city tour of Marrakech. Stop first at the Koutoubia Mosque, which is an old monument built under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184 to 1199). This monument inspired other buildings such as the Giralda in Seville in Spain and the Hassan Tower in Rabat. Stop next at the Bahia Palace. This Palace was built in the late 19th century and was intended to capture the essence of the Islamic and Moroccan style. Stop next at the Saadian tombs, which is a site that dates back to the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur (1578-1603). The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were restored by the Beaux-arts service.
Lunch at a local restaurant. Continue the tour with the world famous Jema El Fna Square where you will enjoy amazing performance of traditional activities by storytellers, snake charmers, peddlers of traditional medicines.
Your last stop is the bustling souks in the old medina. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Marrakech.
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Rabat, the capital of Morocco and one of the country’s imperial cities. Enjoy the city tour of Rabat. Visit the Kasbah of the Oudayas. This Kasbah was constructed during the realm of the Almohads dynasty (12th century). Stop next at Mohammed V Mausoleum, which is home to the tombs of the current king’s father and grandfather. Your last stop in Rabat is Hassan Tower, which is a minaret built in 1195.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Continue to Meknes, the “Moroccan Versailles” and one of the oldest cities in the kingdom. Enjoy the city tour of Meknes. The city was the capital of Morocco under the reign of Moulay Ismail (1672–1727), a contemporary of Louis XIV. Stop at the massive Bab El Mansour gate, which is the grandest of all imperial Moroccan gateways. Stop next at Hri Souani, which is a complex of three different buildings built for granaries and stables. This amazing site has been used as a scene for many films, the most famous of which is probably “The Last Temptation of Christ” in 1988 by Martin Scorsese.
Late in the afternoon, transfer to Fes, the spiritual capital of Morocco. Overnight in Fez.
Breakfast in the hotel.
Enjoy the guided city tour of Fes. Begin with the entrance to the largest royal palace in Morocco. Continue with a panoramic view of the ancient medina. Enjoy an authentic experience at the traditional ceramic crafts village of Fes after that. Your next stop is Fes El Bali, the ancient town or Medina, which is a medieval part of Fes that has not changed for centuries.
Optional lunch at a local restaurant.
Visit the famous Al-Karaouine mosque, built by Fatima Al Fihria in 857. Al-Karaouine mosque became home to the University of Al-Karaouine, which is the first university in the world and the world’s foremost center of learning at the beginning of the second millennium. The university was built by Fatima Al Fihria in 859, and, since then, it has become one of the leading spiritual and educational centers of the Muslim world. In the medina, visit also a Merdersa, which is a Coranic school. Complete the city tour of Fes with the leather Souq and the oldest Leather Tannery in the world. The tannery dates back at least nine centuries. Optional dinner. Overnight in Fez.
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Chefchaouen, the “Blue City” and one of the most majestic places to visit in Morocco. Visit the kasbah of Chefchaouen. This kasbah belongs to the early 18th century, and was built by the legendary ruler Moulay Ismail (1645 – 1727). Stop next at Plaza Uta el-Hammam, which is the cobbled main square in town and where the striking 15th century Grand Mosque sits. Lunch at a local restaurant.
Transfer to Tangier the “Pearl of The North” of Morocco and its main gate to Europe. Enjoy the city tour of Tangier, Morocco’s main gate to Europe. Stop first at the old town, locally called “The medina”. Visit the American legation, Dar El Oued Makhazen Kasbah, the Mendoubia Gardens, and the Grand and Petit Socco. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Tangier.
Cross the Gilbatrar from Morocco to Spain on a ferry and drive to Seville. It is also known as the Straits of Gibraltar, the Gut of Gibraltar (although this is mostly archaic), the STROG (Strait Of Gibraltar) in naval use. Another Arabic name is Bāb al-maghrib, meaning “Gate of the West” or “Gate of the sunset”, and furthermore “Gate of the Maghreb” or “Gate of Morocco”.The Strait of Gibraltar crossing is a hypothetical bridge or tunnel spanning the Strait of Gibraltar (about 14 km or 9 miles at its narrowest point) that would connect Europe and Africa. The governments of Spain and Morocco appointed a joint committee to investigate the feasibility of linking the two continents in 1979, which resulted in the much broader Euromed Transport project. In January 2021, it was reported that the United Kingdom and Morocco would discuss building the crossing between Gibraltar and Tangiers. As we disembark, we will make our way to Seville, Spain. Overnight in Seville.
This morning first we will proceed to visit Plaza de España. The overwhelming Plaza de España is the most famous square in Seville. Several buildings were designed for the Ibero-American exhibition of 1929 in and around the Maria-Luisa Park. Aníbal González designed this Spanish square, which is in Spanish Renaissance style with a diameter of 200 metres. Spain’s goal with the exhibition was to make symbolic peace with its former American colonies. The shape of Plaza de España is a semi-circle, surrounded by a row of buildings that today are, for the most part, used as government institutions. There are two tall towers on the flanks of the square. Of note are the 52 benches and mosaics of tiles located at the foot of the building on the Spanish square. These 52 frescos depict all 52 Spanish provinces. The tiles are typical of Andalusia, the so-called azulejos. Spanish tourists visiting Seville are only too happy to pose in their own province. Other fixtures of the square are the large fountain in the middle and the round canal with the many cute bridges. You can even rent a boat and sail through the canals. The Spanish square underwent a huge renovation in October 2010. Next sightseeing will be Casa de Pilatos, and strolling through the Santa Cruz quarter. Return to Hotel and overnight in Seville.
After breakfast we will head to Granada and as we arrive there, we will have guided walking tour of the Alhambra. A beautiful complex of buildings and gardens. Its leafy tree-lined walkways provide pleasant shade and coolness, enhanced by the abundance of water that flows in its streams.
It was the largest political and aristocratic centre of the Moslem West. The Palace premises comprise beautiful rectangular courtyards and numerous fountains, as well as the Nasrid buildings that served as living quarters for the monarchs and their servants. The oldest building is the Alcazaba citadel. One of the most important structures is the La Vela tower, which offers one of the loveliest views of the Alhambra. The courtyard of the Lions with its fountains is one of the most beautiful in the compound. Overnight in Granada
Departure from Granada to Toledo. Toledo arose over the course of 2,500 years, whose legacy we can observe today in its streets, monuments and museums.
Conquering the city in 192 BC, the Romans renamed it Toletum. Today one can still see signs of the Empire’s heritage, in the traces of the Roman road, the circus for chariot races, beams, mosaics and, in Carranque, near Toledo, the villa, it is believed, of Maternus Cinegius, who served under Emperor Theodosius I.
Also renowned as the City of Three Cultures Toledo’s nickname is derived from the archaic term “ inë uences” of the Romans, Visigoths, as well as North African Moors – evident in the city’s perfectly preserved synagogues, mosques, and cathedrals. We will pay a visit to, Santo Tomé Church with one of El Greco’s masterpieces, the Gothic cathedral and Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue as we strollthrough the narrow streets of this beautiful city. Overnight in Madrid.
Today we will have a full day tour of Madrid including Royal Palace, Espana Square, Puerta del Sol, Atocha, Alca Gate, Retiro Park, Cibeles Square, Bullring Las Ventas, Neptuno Sqquare, Gran Via Street. Next proceed to the Prado Museum The Prado Museum, officially known as Museo Nacional del Prado, is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. It is widely considered to house one of the world’s finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and the single best collection of Spanish art. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture in 1819, it also contains important collections of other types of works. The Prado Museum is one of the most visited sites in the world, and is considered one of the greatest art museums in the world. The numerous works by Francisco Goya, the single most extensively represented artist, as well as by Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, and Diego Velázquez, are some of the highlights of the collection. Velázquez and his keen eye and sensibility were also responsible for bringing much of the museum’s fine collection of Italian masters to Spain, now one of the largest outside Italy.
The collection currently comprises around 8,200 drawings, 7,600 paintings, 4,800 prints, and 1,000 sculptures, in addition to many other works of art and historic documents. As of 2012, the museum displayed about 1,300 works in the main buildings, while around 3,100 works were on temporary loan to various museums and official institutions. The remainder were in storage.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 attendance plunged by 76 percent to 852,161. Nonetheless, the Prado was ranked as the 16th most-visited museum in the list of most-visited art museums in the world in 2020. It is one of the largest museums in Spain.
The Prado, with the nearby Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Museo Reina Sofía, forms Madrid’s Golden Triangle of Art, which was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2021. Return to the hotel. Overnight Madrid.
A late departure after breakfast to nearby Zaragoza Town which is also known as Saragossa to us. Zaragoza is the 5th biggest city in Spain and sits in the Northern Aragon Region of the Country and be a wonderful place to take a Spanish City Break to see a real and authentic side of Spain. This city is also the birth place of renowned artists such Pablo Serrano, Goya and Gargallo. Zaragoza is famous for the rich historical heritage left by the Romans and Moors who successively occupied Spain until the 12th century. The Roman ruins include the forum and city wall, the Aljafería Palace and the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, but there are plenty more notable remains from Zaragoza’s long history.
Besides the stunning landmarks, Zaragoza is a very pleasant city to explore. The affable and inviting character of the inhabitants and the lively atmosphere of the city center makes it a very charming place to spend a holiday. Proceed to the hotel and overnight. (B, L, D).
Breakfast at the hotel and drive to the famous monastery; Monasterio de Piedra which built in the 12th century is located in a privileged natural enclave, surrounded by exuberant nature, waterfalls, lakes, streams and caves that will make the hiker want to return. Due to its biological wealth, it is at this point that the first fish farm in Spain was created 150 years ago. The Monasterio de Piedra is in a mountainous region, at around 736 m above sea level in the Iberian System. The traditional access road to the monastery follows the Piedra River, starting from the Nuevalos village. Along the old path are the masonry ruins of a watermill or wheel. This beautiful spot is often used by the Cistercians as inspiration for their work and prayer. The Monasterio de Piedra was founded by Alfonso II in 1194 with monks from Poblet. The work started in 1195 and was completed in 1219. The monastery lies in the confluence of the Ortiz and Piedra Rivers, in a land of thermal springs, such as Alhama and Jaraba. Followers of Islam sought to establish their cities on the rivers banks because their economy was based on agriculture, which was performed through laboring irrigated lands. This is why they chose to live on low lands and did not effectively occupy the higher areas of the Pyrenees, where they merely controlled the traffic of people and goods through fortified steps at the entrance of the valleys. This is also the reason why the noble and Christian clergy, who would be the most likely to suffer because of the arrival of Islam, had to settle on the northern regions of the Iberian Peninsula, where they began to set up churches and monasteries that would sustain those early Christian communities.
Muslims occupied the existing cities from the Roman Empire and Visigothic civilization, restoring them to a new splendor. This was the case of Huesca, Tarazona, Calahorra and, of course, Zaragoza. In other cases, they founded new cities, such as Tudela, Calatayud, Daroca and Barbastro. This is the case of the Calatayud region, which currently belongs Nuevalos and the Monasterio de Piedra. The area had a large Muslim population which successfully resisted the Christian reconquest several times, as well as attempts of cultural assimilation. The monasteries served, among other things, as centers of evangelization and colonization. Walk through the famous Historic Garden Park of 19th century and drive to Alcaniz. Overnight in Alcaniz.
After breakfast we will start touring Alcaniz in the morning. Today sdeparture for the tour might a bit early as hwe need to return back to our hotel and get out to our selected spot to view the Eclipse. Tour of Alcaniz will include the The Castle of the Calatravos is a castle in Alcañiz, Spain, that belonged to the Order of Calatrava. This military order played an important role in the reconquest of the town in 1157; the oldest rooms in the building date back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The Plaza de España This is the largest square in Alcaniz, even though it is quite small compared to other Spanish towns, it is still a lovely place. The town hall stands like a gem with its columns. Its emblem is quite vivid displayed, chiseled in the town hall from here we can also admire the Cathedral Santa Maria la Mayor. Then we will return to the hotel to get ready to view the Eclipse.
Global Event: Total Solar Eclipse
Local Type: Total Solar Eclipse,
Begins: 12 Aug 2026 Wed, 19:38
Maximum: 12 Aug 2026 Wed, 20:31 1,015 Magnitude
Ends: 12 Aug 2026 Wed, 20:49
Duration: 1 hour, 11 minutes
Totality: 1 minute, 36 seconds
Overnight in Alcaniz (B, L, D).
After having breakfast and a lazy morning, meet the group members and our representative in hotel lobby and drive to Barcelona.As we arrive in Barcelona a short orientation tour of Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. It’s often said that Barcelona’s true history began right where the Gothic Quarter stands today because this is where the Romans laid claim to the land and built their first settlement, which was fortified by the addition of a thick wall that rose up to a full 60 feet and boasted 78 towers. Remains of the wall are still present today, and many structures that are dated back to medieval times are still standing as well. A great many of the roads in the Gothic Quarter are closed to most automotive traffic, and this gives visitors a chance to explore the narrow, winding streets and alleyways on foot. You can walk about at your own pace, or you may want to choose to join one of the many walking tours so that you can be sure of missing nothing. Those roaming about on their own often find that the roads open out into squares that are filled with wonderful surprises. In the very center of the Gothic Quarter, you’ll find the La Seu, which is a splendid cathedral and one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture in the entire city. Seeing it during the day is amazing, and seeing it at night is absolutely breathtaking thanks to its full illumination. Many historical buildings surround the cathedral as well. Many people start their exploration of the Gothic Quarter at the cathedral, and then spread out. In addition to the many historical attractions, your walk will also take you among many famous museums, little sweet shops that offer freshly made chocolate delights, curious boutiques with a wonderful selection of one-of-a-kind items, cafes with the best tapas in the world, many restaurants that offer classic Catalonian food and a nightlife that is fun and upbeat. It’s nearly impossible to describe everything that you can expect to experience in the Gothic Quarter, and you’ll definitely want to discover its treasures for yourself. You may not have time to see it all, but these are just a few of the most popular features that you won’t want to miss. We will take you to a traditional Restaurant where you will have an opportunity to sample some of the tastiest tapas of the city. Then drive to the hotel and overnight in Barcelona.
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