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Portugal/Spain

Tales of Portugal and Spain: A Historic Journey Through Iberia

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.
Rating (4.96)
Program No. 21925RJ
Length
15 days
Starts at
3,899
Flights start at
850
Portugal/Spain

Tales of Portugal and Spain: A Historic Journey Through Iberia

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.
Length
15 days
Starts at
3,899
Length
15 days
Rating (4.96)
Starts at
3,899
Flights start at
850
Program No. 21925RJ

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 3 - Sep 17, 2022
Starting at
4,049
Sep 10 - Sep 24, 2022
Starting at
4,049
Sep 17 - Oct 1, 2022
Starting at
4,049
Sep 24 - Oct 8, 2022
Starting at
4,049
Oct 1 - Oct 15, 2022
Starting at
3,999
Oct 8 - Oct 22, 2022
Starting at
3,999
Oct 15 - Oct 29, 2022
Starting at
3,999
Oct 29 - Nov 12, 2022
Starting at
3,999
Nov 5 - Nov 19, 2022
Starting at
3,899
Nov 12 - Nov 26, 2022
Starting at
3,899
Feb 25 - Mar 11, 2023
Starting at
4,199
Mar 4 - Mar 18, 2023
Starting at
4,199
Mar 11 - Mar 25, 2023
Starting at
4,199
Mar 18 - Apr 1, 2023
Starting at
4,199
Apr 8 - Apr 22, 2023
Starting at
4,399
May 6 - May 20, 2023
Starting at
4,449
May 20 - Jun 3, 2023
Starting at
4,449
Jun 3 - Jun 17, 2023
Starting at
4,399
Sep 9 - Sep 23, 2023
Starting at
4,399
Sep 16 - Sep 30, 2023
Starting at
4,399
Sep 23 - Oct 7, 2023
Starting at
4,449
Oct 7 - Oct 21, 2023
Starting at
4,449
Oct 14 - Oct 28, 2023
Starting at
4,449
Oct 28 - Nov 11, 2023
Starting at
4,299
Nov 4 - Nov 18, 2023
Starting at
4,149
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 3 - Sep 17, 2022
Starting at
4,899
Sep 10 - Sep 24, 2022
Starting at
4,899
Sep 17 - Oct 1, 2022
Starting at
4,899
Sep 24 - Oct 8, 2022
Starting at
4,899
Oct 1 - Oct 15, 2022
Starting at
4,849
Oct 8 - Oct 22, 2022
Starting at
4,849
Oct 15 - Oct 29, 2022
Starting at
4,849
Oct 29 - Nov 12, 2022
Starting at
4,849
Nov 5 - Nov 19, 2022
Starting at
4,649
Nov 12 - Nov 26, 2022
Starting at
4,649
Feb 25 - Mar 11, 2023
Starting at
4,869
Mar 4 - Mar 18, 2023
Starting at
4,869
Mar 11 - Mar 25, 2023
Starting at
4,869
Mar 18 - Apr 1, 2023
Starting at
4,869
Apr 8 - Apr 22, 2023
Starting at
5,179
May 6 - May 20, 2023
Starting at
5,249
May 20 - Jun 3, 2023
Starting at
5,249
Jun 3 - Jun 17, 2023
Starting at
5,179
Sep 9 - Sep 23, 2023
Starting at
5,179
Sep 16 - Sep 30, 2023
Starting at
5,179
Sep 23 - Oct 7, 2023
Starting at
5,249
Oct 7 - Oct 21, 2023
Starting at
5,249
Oct 14 - Oct 28, 2023
Starting at
5,249
Oct 28 - Nov 11, 2023
Starting at
5,019
Nov 4 - Nov 18, 2023
Starting at
4,849

At a Glance

Embark on a unique educational adventure in Portugal and Spain as you go off the beaten path to experience local life and stay in some of the region’s most unique hotels. With experts, explore the countryside as you enjoy field trips to a winery and olive grove, and enjoy lunch with a local Andalusian family. Take in a private fado performance and Spanish guitar concert, and delight in a Portuguese cookery demonstration. Along the way, you’ll stay in hotels that have their own stories to tell — a 15th-century converted convent near Evora, a hotel once the home of poet Rainer Maria Rilke and two former palaces are just a few of the accommodations that will delight and inspire you on this special journey through Iberia.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
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 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Journey into the picturesque countryside of Portugal to learn about raising bulls and Lusitano horses.
  • Experience 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.
Featured Expert
All Experts
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Tony Muldoon
After graduating with a master’s in Hispanic Studies in 1993 from the University of Glasgow, in his native Scotland, Tony Muldoon came to live and work in the mountains of Andalusia — first in the Sierra Nevada and now the Serrania de Ronda. He leads trekking and cultural programs all over Spain, Portugal and Morocco as well as cultivating olives and almonds on his smallholding. His passion for the history, culture and landscapes of his adopted home is heartfelt.

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

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Ulises Diaz-Ropero View biography
Ulises Diaz-Ropero is originally from Toledo and is fluent in Spanish, English, and an intermediate level of French. He is an avid traveler and has visited many countries on four different continents. Ulises completed a Master’s degree in ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental Studies in London before becoming a world music artist in the thriving music scene in London. For the last five years, Ulises has been pursuing a career in education, leading educational travels as well as teaching Spanish to adults.
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Paula Cristina Afonso Fernandes View biography
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.
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Luisa Azevedo View biography
For the past 15 years, Luisa Azevedo has led learning adventures throughout Portugal and Spain. Her vast travel experience and wealth of knowledge about the history and cultures of Iberia contribute tremendously to the content of the programs she leads and provides an excellent perspective on the region. Fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish, Luisa also lived for a few years in Brazil. She holds a degree in international relations from Minho University.
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Tony Muldoon View biography
After graduating with a master’s in Hispanic Studies in 1993 from the University of Glasgow, in his native Scotland, Tony Muldoon came to live and work in the mountains of Andalusia — first in the Sierra Nevada and now the Serrania de Ronda. He leads trekking and cultural programs all over Spain, Portugal and Morocco as well as cultivating olives and almonds on his smallholding. His passion for the history, culture and landscapes of his adopted home is heartfelt.
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Mary-Anne de Freitas View biography
Mary Anne de Freitas is an experienced group leader and international courier with over 18 years in the travel industry, leading groups in Portugal and overseas. In addition to her master's in tourism management and planning as well as other education in tourism, she regularly participates in conferences to update her knowledge on the latest trends in the travel industry. She has worked for both local and international travel companies. Mary Anne is fluent in Portuguese, English, Dutch and French.
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Luisa Azevedo View biography
Luisa Azevedo has led learning adventures throughout Portugal and Spain, as well as through the Iberian Peninsula for the past 15 years. Her vast travel experience and wealth of knowledge about the history and cultures of Iberia have contributed tremendously to the content of the programs she leads and provided an excellent perspective on the region. Fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, Luisa also lived for a few years in Brazil. She holds a degree in international relations from Minho University.
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Mayra Noguerales View biography
Mayra Noguerales was born on the Canary Islands and moved to mainland Spain as a teenager. At 16, she moved to the US, and after four years in several states, headed to the UK to finish her university degree. Returning home, she moved to beautiful, historic El Escorial and became an educational Group Leader. Mayra enjoys time in her workshop creating all types of arts and crafts. Her passion and most rewarding experiences come from meeting people and sharing her knowledge of Spain and Portugal.
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Mariola Alonso View biography
Mariola Alonso has been leading educational programs in Spain and Portugal since 2002. A native of Valladolid, Spain, she currently divides her time between her home and her adopted city of Granada, where she is a licensed exploration leader. She has previously lived and worked in the UK, and holds degrees from the prestigious universities of Salamanca and Valladolid. Mariola is an enthusiastic group leader, who is passionate about sharing her love of art, history, and culture with Road Scholar participants.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Ghosts of Spain
by Giles Tremlett
Tremlett captures the Spanish character, history and modern politics in this masterful portrait, interweaving the story of his love for the country (where he has lived for 20 years) with interviews, anecdotes and observation.
Spain: The Root and the Flower
by John A. Crow
Take this book with you to Spain; it's an absorbing, well-written account of Spanish cultural history from prehistory to the Romans, Jews, Moors, Golden Age, and on to Franco and his legacy in modern Spain.
Platero and I
by Juan Ramon Jimenez, Eloise Roach (Translator)
In this autobiographical tale, the Nobel Prize-winner chronicles the wanderings of a donkey and his meditative master through Andalusia, capturing the rhythms and traditions of village life.
Spain & Portugal Adventure Map
by National Geographic
A double-sided full color map of Spain and Portugal at a scale of 1:1,000,000 with good shaded relief, topographic detail, roads, and waterways.
The First Global Village: How Portugal Changed the World
by Martin Page
A Traveller's History of Portugal
by Ian Robertson
A lively, admirably concise survey from prehistory to the present, great for travelers to Portugal who would like an overview of the country's history and culture.
Journey to Portugal, In Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture
by Jose Saramago
Jose Saramago's richly detailed account of his journey across Portugal in 1979. He combines his vivid impressions of the Portuguese landscape and people with a dose of history, fiction and meditations.
The Painter of Birds
by Lídia Jorge
The Alhambra
by Robert Irwin
Irwin's brief, indispensable guide introduces the stunning Moorish palace and fortress complex, revealing its mysteries, myths and significance with wit and insight.
Small Memories
by Jose Saramago
In this contemplative memoir, the Portuguese Nobel laureate recalls a childhood both dark and magical, split between the growing city of Lisbon and the tiny village of Azinhaga.
Eyewitness Guide Seville and Andalusia
by Eyewitness Guides
This wonderfully organized and visually rich guide features excellent maps and essays on the culture, history and geography of the region. With a pullout city map of Seville.
Driving over Lemons, An Optimist in Andalucia
by Chris Stewart
Stewart's memoir about moving with his wife to a farm in Alpujarras is charming and insightful. Unlike many expatriates, Stewart manages to ground himself far enough into the community to make lasting friends -- as well as a home for his young daughter.
A God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening
by Mário de Carvalho
Originally published in Portuguese in 1994, this historical novel follows its protagonist, Lucius Valerius Quintius, as he navigates civil unrest at the end of the Roman Empire, and the beginning of the Christian era.
The Story of the Moors in Spain
by Stanley Lane-Poole
A wonderfully readable, sweeping tale of splendor and tragedy, first published in 1866.





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