Grand Odyssey: An Atlantic Adventure Along Europe’s Coasts

Europe’s grand history and culture are yours to discover as you follow the coast from Spain to England aboard our favorite ship, the Aegean Odyssey.
Program No. 24009RJ
18 days
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At a Glance

Isn’t learning grand? Watch in wonder as the gems of Europe unfold before you aboard our first-ever floating campus, the Aegean Odyssey. We’ve combined two of our newest odysseys for an in-depth exploration that reveals the gems of Iberia, Morocco, France and England to you on an exploration of some of Europe’s most fascinating destinations — all at an even better value! Immerse yourself in the unrivaled historic and cultural bounty of this storied region as you explore six countries over the course of 16 nights in grand fashion.

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 ...

  • 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.
  • Enjoy overnight stays in many locations, giving you plenty of opportunity for deeper exploration.

General Notes

This voyage is a combination of two shorter Odyssey at Sea voyages “Voyage to Iberia & Morocco” (#23980) and “Discoveries in Portugal, Spain & France” (#23982). 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.
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.
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.
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.
A Traveller's History of Portugal
by Ian Robertson
A lively, admirably concise survey from prehistory to the present, great for travelers to Portugal who would like an overview of the country's history and culture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My Life in France
by Julia Child
This famed autobiography was written during the last 6 months of Julia Child's life and recounts her time living in France and taking classes at the Cordon Bleu. Her immersion into French culture and cooking not only changed her life but also the landscape of cooking forever.
D-Day Through French Eyes: Normandy 1944
by Mary Louise Roberts
Matisse and Picasso, The Story of their Rivalry and Friendship
by Jack Flam
Jack Flam explores the compelling, competitive, parallel lives of these two artists and their very different attitudes toward the idea of artistic greatness, toward the women they loved and ultimately toward their confrontations with death.
Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary
by Cristina Hernandez Montero
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Everything We Have; D-Day 6.6."44
by Gordon H Mueller
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.
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 French Phrasebook
by Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.

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