Smithsonian Journeys Experts

Margaret Monnier

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Margaret Monnier is an expert on the Iberian Peninsula and has been living in Spain for the past 25 years.  She has a Masters degree in History from the University of Granada focusing on the coexistence between Jews, Muslims, and Christians during the Medieval period on the Peninsula. For twenty years she has been sharing her knowledge of and passion for Spain and Portugal in the field of educational travel, lecturing for various University programs and at cultural conferences. Her areas of expertise also include the Basque Country, Portuguese history and the Pilgrimage to Santiago.

Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Margaret also studied Modern Standard Arabic.  Her experience and knowledge Spanish and Portuguese History is as rich and varied as that of the contemporary daily life and cultural details on the Iberian Peninsula.

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I very much like the educational aspect of Smithsonian Journeys...the knowledge of their Experts and their ability to relate that knowledge to us.

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Upcoming Tours

France and Spain’s Basque Region

9 days | Starting at: $4,790
Apr 23, 2022 - May 1, 2022

A One-Week Stay at the Parador de Hondarribia
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Portrait of Portugal

12 days | Starting at: $5,290
Sep 12, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022

Featuring a Seven-Night Cruise on the Douro River
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Spain’s Andalusia

9 days | Starting at: $4,290
Oct 20, 2022 - Oct 28, 2022

A One-Week Stay in Antequera
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