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France/Spain/Portugal/Morocco/England

Odyssey at Sea: Iberia, France & Morocco

In just 16 days, experience five captivating countries — France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and England — in this epic adventure aboard the Aegean Odyssey.
Program No. 23521RJ
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16 days
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France/Spain/Portugal/Morocco/England

Odyssey at Sea: Iberia, France & Morocco

In just 16 days, experience five captivating countries — France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and England — in this epic adventure aboard the Aegean Odyssey.
Length
16 days
Starts at
5,499
Length
16 days
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Starts at
5,499
Program No. 23521RJ

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At a Glance

Five captivating countries in 16 days, a gem of discovery at every turn. Step aboard the Aegean Odyssey for our monumental journey to France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and England. Delve into the remarkable history and modern local life of each as you journey from Barcelona to Tangier, Porto to Normandy, ending with a day in Tilbury. Unlike most cruise ships that are briefly in port, you’ll have overnight stays in many locations, giving you plenty of opportunities for deeper exploration. If you’ve wanted to see the world in a bold, new way, you’ll find it on the Aegean Odyssey!

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Pay your respects during a visit to one of the D-Day invasion sites on the beaches of Normandy.
  • Explore Porto’s highlights by motorcoach with a local expert, followed by a tasting of port.
  • Visit the bustling Medina (Kasbah) while in Tangier, followed by tea.

General Notes

We’ll have up to 350 Road Scholar participants on the ship, divided into groups of 35 for shore excursions.
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Christopher Witcombe
Christopher Witcombe studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. He earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s in art history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in art history at Bryn Mawr College. He taught art history for 37 years and was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University, England, and the American Academy, Rome. He is Emeritus Professor of Art History at Sweet Briar College, Virginia. He has published nine books and is working two new books on art.

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Christopher Witcombe studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. He earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s in art history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in art history at Bryn Mawr College. He taught art history for 37 years and was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University, England, and the American Academy, Rome. He is Emeritus Professor of Art History at Sweet Briar College, Virginia. He has published nine books and is working two new books on art.
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John Haywood studied history at the universities of Lancaster and Cambridge (UK), and Copenhagen (Denmark), earning a PhD in early medieval maritime history. After teaching medieval history at Lancaster University, he is now a historical writer with more than 20 books on a wide range of topics. John’s special interest is in the Vikings, currently writing a history of the Atlantic Ocean before Columbus. He lives in Lancaster with his Danish partner, Charlotte, a clinical researcher, and enjoys hiking, travel, cooking, folk music, and pubs.
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Anthony Muldoon graduated with an MA in Hispanic Studies in 1993 from the University of Glasgow in his native Scotland. He then came to live and work in the mountains of Andalucia, first in the Sierra Nevada and now the Serrania de Ronda. Tony leads trekking and cultural groups 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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Ileana Alves was born in Angola, a former Portuguese colony in Africa. She now lives in Portugal, and for the last 25 years has worked in the business of helping create amazing travel memories. Ileana is grateful every day to have the world as her office. As a Group Leader, she finds herself in her element and just loves it. Family girl, voyager soul, seafarer at heart: that´s Ileana.
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Elena Lombán was born on the Atlantic coast of Galicia, Spain. After living in the U.S. for several years, she began leading educational programs in 2006. She is an English teacher and licensed Galicia expert, passionate about education and travel while sharing her knowledge of linguistics, literature, history, and art. Fluent in Spanish, Galician, English, Italian, and French, Elena has traveled throughout Europe and North America. She loves the thrill of meeting Road Scholars for each new learning adventure and living life to the fullest.
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Isabel Burnay is an experienced group leader with more than 25 years in educational travel. In addition to her specialized knowledge leading groups in Portugal and beyond, she is constantly taking culture, history, and other courses to update her knowledge and stay in touch with the latest trends in the educational travel world. Isabel has worked for local as well as international travel companies leading groups from the five continents. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, and Italian.
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Sandra Velazquez was born in Valladolid, a Spanish city full of history. At the age of 17, she moved to Madrid where she studied history and performing arts. She has always been passionate about history and culture and became a guide, spending many years traveling to many countries. Being a Group Leader for Road Scholar allows her to share her passions and also integrates her love of acting, using them to create fascinating and entertaining educational experiences.
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.
Culture Smart! Morocco
by Jillian York
History, religion, daily life, food, health and safety are all covered in this accessible pocket guide to Moroccan customs, etiquette and culture, by an author who lives and teaches there.
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.
Culture Smart! Portugal
by Sandy Guedes de Queiroz
A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
Homage to Catalonia
by George Orwell
Orwell's portrait of the Barcelona uprising and the spirit of a city at war is a classic, an observant and heartfelt report from the streets.
Lonely Planet French Phrasebook
by Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary
by Cristina Hernandez Montero
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
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.
Lonely Planet Portuguese Phrasebook
by Clara De MacEdo Vitorino
A handy pocket phrasebook for Portuguese basics, covering pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
A Traveler's Guide to D-Day and the Battle for Normandy
by Carl Shilleto, Mike Tolhurst
A compact guide to Normandy's WWII battlefields, memorials, sites and cemeteries.
Antonio Gaudi, Master Architect
by Juan Bassegoda Nonell
This lavish little collection of Gaudi's work captures the evolution, imagination and exuberance of one of the most influential architects of the 20th century.
Horse of Pride, Life in a Breton Village
by Pierre-Jakez Helias, June Guicharnaud (Translator)
A richly detailed novel of Breton lives, culture and folklore in the wake of World War I.
Barcelona
by Robert Hughes
A Longitude favorite, this big, thoroughly enjoyable cultural history of the city touches on architecture, art, religion and literature from Roman outpost to the present.





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