Feel the spell of Iberia’s rich Roman and Moorish past – and the pull of its vibrant contemporary life – on this distinctive 15-day journey through the Iberian Peninsula to the intimate lodgings of Spain’s paradores and Portugal’s pousadas.  Your small group begins with Lisbon’s highlights, including iconic Belém Tower, and visits the lovely National Palace of Queluz.  Travel through the picturesque Alentejo region to one of Portugal’s finest pousadas in Evora, a UNESCO site replete with Roman and Moorish relics.  Crossing into Spain, encounter Mérida’s outstanding Roman ruins. During a three-night Carmona sojourn, experience Seville’s romance and tour its renowned Catédral.  Visit Cordoba, a cultural gem and UNESCO site.  After exploration of Granada with its extraordinary Alhambra, discover beautiful hilltop Toledo.  With three final nights in monumental Madrid, touring includes the Royal Palace, the world-renowned Prado, and Plaza Mayor.  Enjoy Spain’s spirited cultural capital, Barcelona, with an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension. 

  • Trip Itinerary

    Day 1. Depart U.S./Canada for Lisbon, Portugal
    Day 2. Arrive Lisbon
    Day 3. Lisbon/Queluz
    Day 4. Lisbon/Evora
    Day 5. Evora
    Day 6. Evora/Mérida, Spain/Carmona
    Day 7. Carmona/Seville
    Day 8Carmona/Cordoba
    Day 9. Carmona/Ronda
    Day 10Ronda
    Day 11. Ronda/Granada/Úbeda 
    Day 12. Úbeda/Toledo/Madrid 
    Day 13. Madrid
    Day 14. Madrid
    Day 15. Depart for U.S./Canada

  • Trip Highlights

    • Accommodations in distinguished historic lodging including fortresses, medieval monasteries, and stately palaces.
    • Visit the National Palace of Queluz, Portugal 
    • Explore Lisbon including Belém Tower
    • Walking tour of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its Roman and Moorish relics and architecture.
    • Discover Seville with a tour that includes the Alcázar palace and the Arab quarter.
    • Tour Cordoba's Old Quarter and magnificent Mezquita mosque. 
    • Visit Granada’s Alhambra fortress and Generalife Gardens 
    • Three night stay in Madrid.