Tales of Portugal and Spain Staying at Historic Hotels
Enjoy the opulence and history of grand hotels as you discover UNESCO Heritage Sites, Gothic Cathedrals, Moorish palaces and picturesque villages in this unique educational adventure.
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Program No. 21925RJ
15 days
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At a Glance

Convents, palaces and pousadas. Portugal and Spain offer the opportunity to gain a glimpse into history through unique hotels restored from centuries past. Stay in these breathtaking properties while experiencing the culture of today. Go off the beaten path to experience horse farms, olive groves and whitewashed villages glimmering in the sun.
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Extensive walking, up to 3 miles per day, on winding, hilly roads and cobblestone streets. Stairs without railings. Comfortable footwear is essential.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Journey into the picturesque countryside of Portugal to learn about the raising of bulls and Lusitano horses.
  • Experience the unique culture of Andalusia and learn about Moorish rule at the Alhambra and the Mosque of Córdoba.
  • Stay at hotels in grand historic buildings including a palace and a convent.
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Paula Cristina Alonso Fernandes
Paula Fernandes graduated in 1990 from the New University of Lisbon with a degree in anthropology. She began working as a group leader in Portugal in 1984 and since then has been an educational travel director all over Europe. Road Scholar participants enjoy Paula's in-depth knowledge of the culture, art and history of the Iberian Peninsula, and her excellent leadership skills. Paula currently divides her time between homes in Spain and Portugal and can speak Portuguese, English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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