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Odyssey at Sea: Iberia, France & Morocco

Program No. 23521RJ
In just 16 days, experience five captivating countries — France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and England — in this epic adventure aboard the Aegean Odyssey.
16 days
Rating (4.6)
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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
  • 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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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary
by Cristina Hernandez Montero
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
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 Portuguese Phrasebook
by Clara De MacEdo Vitorino
A handy pocket phrasebook for Portuguese basics, covering 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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4.6 Average
(5) Review left 9/16/2022

Want to travel to 5 countries for 15 days and never handle your suitcase or pack/unpack? The Aegean Odyssey is your answer. We traveled to amazing sights and got to relax each day in our own cabin. The guides were so knowledgeable and kind! The ports were unforgettable! The food was outstanding! The best part was the friendly people we met from across the globe!

(5) Review left 9/01/2022

Our first Road Scholar trip. Loved every minute of it. The small boat size made it easy to meet lots of wonderful guests from all over. Loved the pace, the food, the lectures and the tours. You won't be disappointed with this vacation.

This reviewer did not give a star rating. Review left 8/06/2022

FREEDOM! After a couple of years of cancellations and anxieties, I pushed on and fought against what i thought was unbeatable. Thank you Road Scholar, for helping me out and people like me jumpstart our lifves again.

(4) Review left 7/14/2022

If you are looking for an educational experience only, this program is for you. We did not know what to expect, since it was or first experience. We loved it and had an experience of a lifetime. If we were younger, we would put this on our agenda every year.

(5) Review left 7/10/2022

A wonderful way to sample some of the gems along the Atlantic coast of Europe and Africa. A great balance between days at sea and ports of call. Highly recommended.

(4) Review left 7/09/2022

A delightful opportunity to check off three items on my Bucket List. Normally, I prefer visiting third world countries as more of a chalenge to my view of the world, but this provided some knowledge about cities and regions I might otherwise have avoided.

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