Odyssey at Sea: Discoveries in Portugal, Spain & France

Join us for an unforgettable voyage along the coasts of Portugal, Spain, France and England aboard our floating campus, the Aegean Odyssey.
Program No. 23982RJ
12 days
Starts at
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At a Glance

Cast off on a discovery-filled voyage along the coasts of Western Europe sure to enchant and inspire. Lose yourself in the artistry, architecture and charm this region is renowned for as you follow the coastline from Portugal to England alongside our experts. Unlike most cruise ships that are briefly in port, you’ll have overnight stays in many locations, as well as a hotel night in Lisbon — the perfect opportunity for deeper exploration. Gain a deeper understanding of each country individually and its place in Europe aboard our floating campus.

Extend Your Adventure

This program offers an optional program extension.

Extension: London Through the Eyes Of a Local

Experience the iconic city of London at your own pace before or after your Odyssey at Sea adventure, complete with a stay at a centrally-located hotel.
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 ...

  • Enjoy a guided exploration of Lisbon’s Belém neighborhood, from where the Portuguese navigators left on their “discovery” of India, followed by a visit to the Belém Tower.
  • Venture to St. Malo and join a local expert for a field trip to Mont Saint-Michel. Afterwards, explore a typical fishing port across the bay to learn about oyster farming in the region.
  • Learn about the history of Bordeaux wines and their economic impact on the region, followed by a wine tasting at a Médoc château.
  • Sail exclusively with shipmates who are all Road Scholar participants, as dedicated to learning as you are.

General Notes

We’ll have up to 350 Road Scholar participants on the ship, divided into groups of 35 for shore excursions. Please note roommate matching is available in categories F, H and L. Looking to extend your stay? In addition to “Extension: London Through the Eyes of a Local” (#23710), if your departure begins in Lisbon you may enroll in “Lodging in Lisbon” (#24028).
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.
Lisbon, A Cultural and Literary Companion
by Paul Buck
One in the excellent series, both a walking guide and history of the city.
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.
Tasting French Terroir: The History of an Idea
by Thomas Parker
This book explores the origins and significance of the French concept of terroir (the specific taste of a particular place), demonstrating that the way the French eat their food and drink their wine today derives from a cultural mythology that developed between the Renaissance and the Revolution.
Bletchley Park and D-Day: The Untold Story of How the Battle for Normandy Was Won
by David Kenyon
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.
Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary
by Cristina Hernandez Montero
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
by Joanne Harris
This charming novel set in the Loire Valley pits provincial morals against pleasure. Adapted into a popular movie.
For Whom the Bell Tolls
by Ernest Hemingway
Following an American volunteer assigned to a guerilla unit in the 1930s Spanish Civil War, Hemingway's novel is one of the greats of the era.
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.
D-Day Through French Eyes: Normandy 1944
by Mary Louise Roberts
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.
Lonely Planet French Phrasebook
by Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
The Basque History of the World
by Mark Kurlansky
Kurlansky's engaging portrait of the seven provinces of Basque lands takes in everything from language to culinary heritage, role in the Spanish Civil War and seafaring traditions.
Death in the Afternoon
by Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway's ode to the sport of bullfighting, considered one of the best on the sport.
Everything We Have; D-Day 6.6."44
by Gordon H Mueller

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