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.
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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.
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 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Journey into the picturesque countryside of Portugal to learn about raising 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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Rui Lima
Rui Lima is a dynamic group leader with several years of experience in the educational travel industry. He has led gourmet travel programs in Spain, coordinated groups in Portugal and works as a leader in France and Italy. Rui has a degree in law as well as a postgraduate degree in group leading. In his free time, he enjoys jogging, hiking, volleyball and chess.

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

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Small Memories
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The First Global Village: How Portugal Changed the World
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