Tour description

The Iberian Peninsula has long enchanted all who have passed through. On this 22-day tour of Spain and Portugal we will have the opportunity to see firsthand the diverse geography of the peninsula. We will explore the beautiful architecture left by its various inhabitants – from Roman aqueducts and theatres to medieval castles and Moorish palaces. We will learn of the struggles and triumphs of the people of the peninsula as we discuss the history and politics of this glorious land.

 Our tour begins in the capital city, Madrid, and from there we travel north-west, visiting Segovia, Salamanca, and the pilgrimage destination and World Heritage city of Santiago de Compostela. We then venture south into Portugal, where we spend a total of six nights before re-entering Spain. While in Portugal we will enjoy port tasting, a cruise on the Douro River and a performance of fado, a unique form of Portuguese singing.

In southern Spain we will visit the amazing Moorish palace in Granada, La Alhambra, and the beautiful city of Sevilla that shows off her Moorish flavour in the graceful tower of the cathedral, the Giralda, once a minaret. We will also experience the sights and sounds of flamenco by attending a show called a "tablao". We return to Madrid for our flights home.

Tour Activity Level: Moderate. Participants should be in good health and be able to endure some longer touring days. The itinerary includes walking tours, sometimes on uneven terrain and/or cobblestones, and stairs.


Pre-tour sessions

Your six pre-tour classroom sessions will be held on Tuesdays, March 7 to April 18 (no class March 28) from 7 to 9 pm. Please note: should you be unable to attend any or all of the pre-tour sessions, we will do our best to send you information discussed and distributed at these classes in a timely manner. It is not possible to offer a reduction of the tour cost for missed classes.

Travel itinerary

(subject to change and rearrangement)

Meals included: B = breakfast L = lunch D = dinner

Academic resource

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*Early Bird Registration: Pay your deposit by November 25, 2016 and receive a $200 reduction on your balance of payment.

Tour dates April 23 – May 14, 2017
Total tour cost (based on double occupancy)$8,190.00
*Early bird cost$7,990.00
Single supplement$1,540.00

How to register

Registration and Payment Information

To ensure a place on this tour a deposit of $500 is required with the registration form by January 6, 2017 (provided space is still available); there is a $200 withdrawal fee prior to the final payment date. The balance of payment is due on January 27, 2017.

*Early Bird Registration: Pay your deposit by November 25, 2016 and receive a $200 reduction on your balance of payment.

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