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Ana Maria Afzali

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Ana Afzali is a medievalist who specializes in the history and literature of both Spain and Portugal. She is a tenured Professor at Citrus College in Southern California teaching Spanish culture, literature and language courses.

Ana is a scholar of the Iberian Renaissance and she has published extensively on the political and cultural history and literature of Spain and Portugal. She is also the author of the book “Modern Spain” (2009).  Ana has earned both her Masters and Doctorate in Spanish literature and languages from University of California, Los Angeles where she taught for four years.

A native of Madrid, she has traveled and lectured extensively through Spain and Portugal and she is the recipient of numerous academic awards.

What Our Travelers Say

She was very knowledgeable and very interesting.  She was always available to answer any and all questions.  

- Kristine R., Portrait of Portugal

A very professional, pleasant and knowledgeable individual

- Hannah C., Barcelona: a One-Week Stay in Spain

Upcoming Tours

Treasures of Southern Spain and Portugal

15 days | Starting at: $5,774
Mar 24, 2022 - Apr 7, 2022

Featuring Historic Paradores and Pousadas
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Across Northern Spain and Portugal

17 days | Starting at: $6,674
Apr 15, 2022 - May 1, 2022

Featuring Historic Paradores and Pousadas
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Barcelona

9 days | Starting at: $4,590
Oct 8, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022

A One-Week Stay in Spain
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