During this new Cultual Stay, explore the Basque culture and traditions found in sophisticated resorts and art havens on the Bay of Biscay and gem-like villages nestled amid the Pyrenees. Settle in at the Parador de Hondarribia, a historic upscale Spanish property, which adds to the special spirit of this program. 

Starting at: $4,290 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Dusk in beautiful San Sebastian  Flag-lined street in Hondarribia  Square in Hondarribia  San Sebastian beach  San Sebastian ocean side view   The city of Bilbao, with the Guggenheim Museum, set amid the Basque countryside  The Guggenheim Museum of Contemporary Art, Bilbao  The Pyrenees Mountains  Monument to the running of the bulls in Pamplona  View of Bayonne  Street scene in Bayonne  The harbor in Biarritz  The beach in the resort town of Biarritz  The historic fortress of the Parador de Hondarribia  A comfortable lounge in the Parador de Hondarribia  View from the terrace of the Parador de Hondarribia

France and Spain’s Basque Region

A One-Week Stay at the Parador de Hondarribia

9 days from $4,290

During this new Cultual Stay, explore the Basque culture and traditions found in sophisticated resorts and art havens on the Bay of Biscay and gem-like villages nestled amid the Pyrenees. Settle in at the Parador de Hondarribia, a historic upscale Spanish property, which adds to the special spirit of this program. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

May 16 - 24, 2020 Departure
Nathanael Greene

Nathanael Greene

Nathanael Greene teaches courses on the history of Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, and has written books on aspects of European and French history. He has traveled frequently in France and studied in Paris as a Fulbright Scholar and as a Guggenheim Fellow. Dr. Greene is a graduate of Brown University and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. A faculty member at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut since 1963, he has been a professor of history at Wesleyan since 1974 and served as Vice-President of Academic Affairs for 13 years. Professor Greene has led several Smithsonian tours to France.

Sep 12 - 20, 2020 Departure
Margaret Monnier

Margaret Monnier

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.

Sep 26 - Oct 4, 2020 Departure
Gail Cornell

Gail Cornell

Gail Cornell is an architectural historian, whose research and lectures on the history of architecture have taken her to Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, and North Africa numerous times. A graduate of Harvard University's graduate School of Design, Gail has led many tours to Europe for Smithsonian Journeys over the past 20 years. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of New York University and a lecturer on architecture, design and art at NYC's Museum of Modern Art.  As a resident of New York City, Gail volunteers her time as an architectural historian at New York City's historic City Hall.

Oct 31 - Nov 8, 2020 Departure
David Gies

David Gies

David T. Gies is Commonwealth Professor of Spanish Emeritus at the University of Virginia and former Chair of his Department. He has published seventeen books, including The Cambridge Companion to Modern Spanish Culture (1999), Theatre and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Spain: Juan de Grimaldi as Impresario and Government Agent (Cambridge, 1988), The Theatre in Nineteenth-Century Spain (Cambridge, 1994), The Cambridge History of Spanish Literature (2004), The Cambridge History of Theatre in Spain (co-edited, 2012), Eros y amistad (2016), and The Eighteenth Centuries: Global Networks of Enlightenment (co-edited, 2017). Author of more than 120 scholarly and 140 book reviews, he edits DIECIOCHO, a journal dedicated to the study of the Spanish Enlightenment, now in its 42nd year.

He has received the University of Virginia Outstanding Teaching Award, the Thomas Jefferson Award, and, in 2007, was named Encomienda de Número de la Orden de Isabel la Católica, a knighthood granted by His Majesty Juan Carlos, King of Spain.

In July 2013, he was elected for a three-year term as President of the International Association of Hispanists, the world's largest professional organization of Spanish scholars, and in September 2015, he was elected Honorary President of Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish National Honorary Society.

In 2016, he won the prestigious annual Anderson Imbert Prize from the North American Academy of the Spanish Language and was named Corresponding Member of the Spanish Royal Academy in Madrid. In 2019 he joined the Board of the Fundación Duques de Soria.