Stay in historic inns in Spain and Portugal and discover the spirit of Iberia's rich Roman and Moorish past.

Starting at: $4,978 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Belem Tower, Lisbon  The evocative garden area of the Generalife at the Alhambra, Granada  The Plaza de Espana, Seville  Intricate architectural design at the Alhambra, Granada  The immense Gothic cathedral of Seville  The Alhambra of Granada  Treasures of the legendary Prado Museum, including <i>Las Meninas</i>, 1656, by Spanish master Diego Velázquez  The landscape of medieval Toledo  Madrid's vibrant Plaza Mayor  Traditional <i>tapas</i> bar in Spain. Credit: Peter Horree/Alamy  The <i>parador</i> in Ronda overlooking the famous gorge  A courtyard in the Alcazar, or Royal Palace, in Seville  The mosque in Cordoba  Parador de Carmona courtyard  The interior of the Jerónimos Monastery near Lisbon  Parador de Carmona hotel pool  Roman theater in Mérida  Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon  The Court of the Lions at the Alhambra, Granada  Traditional Spanish culinary delights include seafood paella  A plaza in charming Ronda

Treasures of Southern Spain and Portugal

Featuring Historic Paradores and Pousadas

15 days from $4,978 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Stay in historic inns in Spain and Portugal and discover the spirit of Iberia's rich Roman and Moorish past.

or Call 855-330-1542

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This was my first Smithsonian Journeys tour and I loved it. I would recommend it highly to anyone who is interested in history, art, architecture and culture of Spain and Portugal. 

- Joan B.

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Sep 15 - 29, 2016 Departure
Gail Cornell

Gail Cornell

Gail Cornell is an architectural historian and graduate of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. She has been a frequent speaker on international study tours for 17 years. Her research and lectures on the history of architecture have taken her to Italy, Turkey, Greece, France, Spain, Portugal and North Africa numerous times. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of New York University and Hunter College. A resident of New York City, Gail volunteers her time as an architectural historian at Ellis Island and New York City'’s historic City Hall.

Sep 29 - Oct 13, 2016 Departure
Steven Wolf

Steven Wolf

Dr. Steven Wolf is an Islamic architectural and urban historian with a secondary specialization in Italian Renaissance art and architecture. He received a Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture at Harvard University in 2005 under the auspices of the Aga Khan Program. His Syracuse University M.A. is in Italian medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. He taught at Syracuse University in Florence, Italy, where he lived for over a decade. Dr. Wolf was Lecturer in the Art History Department of Fordham University, in New York City, for seven years.

Dr. Wolf teaches, writes, and researches on medieval and early modern Mediterranean architecture and urban culture, and especially on the Ottoman world. His work concentrates on the permeable and flexible cultural borders of the medieval and early modern world, the deep commonality of the Mediterranean monotheist universes that made this possible, and the creative impulses that flowed from encounters between Muslims, Christians, and Jews -- a far greater historical legacy than their wars, but less often remembered.

Oct 17 - 31, 2016 Departure; Apr 17 - May 1, 2017 Departure
Dianne Konz

Dianne Konz

Since 1992, Dianne Konz has led several Smithsonian Journeys groups to Spain and Portugal. She has taught Spanish literature, language, and civilization at the University of Texas at Austin and at The George Washington University. She has also lectured and published studies on Spanish and Latin American literature, and Spanish culture. Dianne'’s enthusiasm for Iberia grew from her experiences living and studying in Madrid. Her particular passion is the integration of the cultural arts in the context of their time. She approaches art and architecture, literature, music, and gastronomy as a reflection of a country'’s history, politics, and geography. Dianne's teachings of Spanish history and civilization include the Moorish and Islamic periods invasion, conquest, and occupation of Iberia, and the rich cultural heritage of the Islamic presence in Iberia.

Mar 23 - Apr 6, 2017 Departure
Allen James Fromherz

Allen James Fromherz

Dr. Allen Fromherz is Associate Professor of Mediterranean and Middle East History at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College in 2002 and received his PhD from St. Andrews University in Scotland in Medieval Islamic History in 2006. His first two books, The Almohads: the Rise of an Islamic Empire (IB Tauris) and Ibn Khaldun, Life and Times (Edinburgh University Press) examine the rise of empire in medieval North Africa and Iberia. Dr. Fromherz's most recently completed work The Near West: North Africa and Europe (Edinburgh – Expected end of 2016), examines the history of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish interactions across the Western Mediterranean, especially in Iberia, Morocco, Tunisia, and Italy.  Dr. Fromherz has held several international fellowships from Fulbright, Gerda Henkel Stiftung, the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, and a senior fellowship from NYU Abu Dhabi. Dr. Fromherz has led and organized four study abroads, including the popular Marvels of Medieval Spain: the Culture and History of Muslims, Jews, and Christians. His regular classes on Medieval Spain and the Mediterranean focus on convivencia, how Muslims, Jews, and Christians, living together, created a common culture that still lives on in Iberia to this day.

May 15 - 29, 2017 Departure
Francisco  García-Serrano

Francisco García-Serrano

Francisco García-Serrano  earned his M.A and Ph.D. in Medieval Iberian History at the University of California, Berkeley and is currently a professor of History in the Department of Humanities at Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus.  In addition, he has been a visiting professor at U.C. Berkeley, New York University in Madrid, and Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.

His research focuses on the influence of the Mendicant Orders in Spain during the late Middle Ages and on religious identity and interfaith relations. Francisco García-Serrano has published Preachers of the City. The Expansion of the Dominican Order in Castile, 1217-1348 (University Press of the South, 1997), and his most recent contributions to collective books include “Del convento al palacio: los frailes y las oligarquías castellanas (siglos XIII-XIV)”, in Isabel Beceiro Pita, dir., Poder, piedad y devoción. Castilla y su entorno (siglos XII-XV) (Silex, Madrid, 2014), and “The Mendicants as a Mediterranean Phenomenon,” in Taryn Chubb and Emily Kelly, ed., Mendicants and Merchants in the Medieval Mediterranean (Brill, 2013). His current book project, The Friars and Their Impact in Medieval Iberia, contains the collaboration of fifteen international specialists.

Professor García-Serrano also serves as the Director of Ibero-American Studies at Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, an academic program that he created. In addition he is the current president of the interdisciplinary association AHLiST (2012-2015) and has organized a number of international conferences.

Sep 16 - 30, 2017 Departure
Ruth MacKay

Ruth MacKay

Ruth MacKay is a historian with special expertise in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain and a former journalist.  She has a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a lecturer.  Dr. MacKay worked as a writer and editor for Stanford University, where she was also a visiting scholar. She has published three books on various aspects of early modern Iberia as well as a wide range of academic articles. Dr. MacKay lived in Spain during the 1980s, the famed “transition to democracy” -- a subject she also has written about -- and she returns often to conduct research and visit her former home.

Sep 30 - Oct 14, 2017 Departure
Franklin Knight

Franklin Knight

Franklin W. Knight is Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor Emeritus of History and University Professor at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. For more than forty years he conducted archival research in Spain and traveled extensively throughout Spain and Portugal. He has taught at the University of Huelva, the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, participated in doctoral defenses at the Universidad de Sevilla and the  Universitat Jaume1 (Valencia) and lectured at several other Spanish Universities. He was academic advisor and participant in the PBS television series, Columbus and the Age of Discovery.