Odyssey at Sea: Voyage to Iberia & Morocco

Step aboard our floating campus, the Aegean Odyssey, and discover the stories of Spain, Portugal and Morocco, three countries close in location but diverse in culture.
Program No. 23980RJ
11 days
Starts at
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At a Glance

Delve into the remarkable history and modern local life of three countries close in proximity but varied in culture. Learn about Spain’s diversity of cultures and remarkable architecture as you explore multiple cities alongside experts. Get a unique perspective of Morocco during a day in Tangier, a bustling gateway city colored with European influences. Discover Portugal’s strong cultural ties to the sea as you explore sandy coves and hilly cities. Unlike most cruise ships that are briefly in port, you’ll have overnight stays in many locations, as well as two hotel nights in Lisbon — the perfect opportunity for deeper exploration. Step aboard our floating campus for a discovery-filled voyage you won’t want to miss!
Activity Level
Choose Your Pace
This program offers two activity levels to choose from on every departure date: one that has less walking and fewer stairs and another at a more active pace.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover the personality of Barcelona as you explore the city’s historic Gothic Quarter and take a walk down Las Ramblas with a local instructor.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive along the coast of Lisbon, followed by a guided exploration of the Palace of Queluz and a visit to the Belem Tower.
  • Explore the bustling Medina (Kasbah) while in Tangier, followed by tea.
  • Sail exclusively with shipmates who are all Road Scholar participants, as dedicated to learning as you are.
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.
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.
by Robert Hughes
This big, thoroughly enjoyable cultural history of the city touches on architecture, art, religion and literature from Roman outpost to the present.
Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary
by Cristina Hernandez Montero
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
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.
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.
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.
The Land of an African Sultan, Travels in Morocco
by Walter Harris
This classic by the intrepid Walter Harris, the Times correspondent in Tangiers from the 1890s to 1933, takes in the artists and eccentrics of Tangier, the darkness and decadence of the sultan's court In Marrakech, celebrated Fez, marvels of the High Atlas -- and his remarkable ride, in disguise, to Sheshouan -- the second of only three Christians ever to enter the Berber town.
Baltasar and Blimunda
by Jose Saramago
This tale of two unlikely lovers in Inquisition-era Portugal is arguably Saramago's masterwork: a philosophically charged, intellectually rigorous historical drama which is also a captivating read.
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.
The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Set in the brooding atmosphere of post-WW II Barcelona, this gripping story-within-a-story has it all: murder, doomed love and a mysterious book which draws the young hero, Daniel Sempere, into the city’s dangerous underworld.
The Spider's House
by Paul Bowles
Set in Fez during a 1954 nationalist uprising, this richly descriptive novel may be the most evocative of Bowles' many works set in Morocco. Originally published in 1955.
Islam, A Short History
by Karen Armstrong
Armstrong brings authority and experience to this vivid, clear-headed survey of the history and impact of Islam from the birth of Muhammad to present-day challenges. The best short introduction to the subject.
The Spanish Inquisition
by Cecil Roth
This documents the events leading up to the Inquisition, the torment that spread from Spain to Portugal and the New World -- a fascinating exploration of the roots of the Inquisition and its effects on the country.

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