Stay in historic paradores and pousadas as you make your way from Lisbon to Madrid, exploring cities brimming with history and contemporary culture, ancient Roman sites, and the Moorish strongholds and whitewashed hill towns of Andalusia.

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 A plaza in charming Ronda
 The Plaza de Espana, Seville
 Belem Tower, Lisbon
 Monument to the Discoveries, Lisbon
 The interior of the Jerónimos Monastery, Lisbon
 Roman theater in Mérida
 A courtyard in the Alcazar, or Royal Palace, in Seville
 The immense Gothic cathedral of Seville
 Parador de Carmona courtyard
 The mosque in Cordoba
 The evocative garden area of the Generalife at the Alhambra, Granada
 The Alhambra of Granada
 Intricate architectural design at the Alhambra, Granada
 The Alhambra and its gardens, renowned as the epitome of Moorish design
 The gardens of the Generalife, part of the World Heritage site of the Alhambra in Granada
 The landscape of medieval Toledo
 Madrid's vibrant Plaza Mayor
 <i>Las Meninas</i> by Diego Velázquez, the Prado Museum, Madrid
 Traditional <i>tapas</i> bar in Spain. Credit: Peter Horree/Alamy
 Traditional Spanish culinary delights include seafood paella
 Spanish tapas

Treasures of Southern Spain and Portugal

Featuring Historic Paradores and Pousadas

15 days from $5,874 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Stay in historic paradores and pousadas as you make your way from Lisbon to Madrid, exploring cities brimming with history and contemporary culture, ancient Roman sites, and the Moorish strongholds and whitewashed hill towns of Andalusia.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details


Portugal and Southern Spain are not to be missed by Smithsonian Journey's travelers. This is a bucket list trip that will encourage you to visit these lovely countries. The tour director is fabulous and goes above and beyond to make the trip so special.

- Joyce M.


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Corinthia Hotel Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal

Situated a short distance from the historic city center, the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon overlooks Monsanto National Park.  The 518-room hotel features two restaurants and an indoor/outdoor lounge, indoor swimming pool, gym, spa with massage treatments, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, solarium, jewelry shop, and laundry and dry cleaning services.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone. 

Pousada de Estremoz, Rainha Santa Isabel (Apr. 17 & Oct. 9, 2023 Departures)

Estremoz, Poland

The Castle of Estremoz is the result of the restoration of the magnificent palace that King D. Diniz built for his wife, Queen Santa Isabel. The castle became a luxury hotel in the sixties and was named after the Queen. The Pousada Estremoz has elegant décor including antique furniture, beautiful tapestries and other museum pieces. This 29-room hotel features a restaurant and bar, Wi-Fi, Laundry and Dry-cleaning services and an outdoor pool. Air-conditioned guest rooms have a private bath with hair dryer, safe deposit box, mini-bar, TV and phone.

Pousada dos Loios

Evora, Portugal

A former 15th-century convent lovingly converted into a hotel, this building features fine architectural details including decorative arches, a marble staircase, a cloistered garden, and frescoed walls and ceilings. Small but comfortable guest rooms have been converted from a monastic cell, but you won't need to sacrifice your comfort to enjoy it, because your room is fully equipped with modern amenities, including air conditioning and private bath with hair dryer. The pousada has no elevators.

Parador de Carmona

Carmona, Spain

Converted from a 14th-century Moorish castle and overlooking the scenic plains of Carmona, this hotel features an Andalusian Courtyard with Moorish columns and a fountain, a stone vaulted restaurant, swimming pool, and garden. Your room is equipped with a private bath with hair dryer, air conditioning, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Parador de Ronda

Ronda, Spain

Originally a medieval town hall, this parador boasts a stunning location on a cliff overlooking a dramatic gorge. It features gardens with footpaths and sweeping vistas of the gorge and surrounding mountains. Your room is equipped with air conditioning, private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Parador de Ubeda

Ubeda, Spain

Located in the main square in historic Úbeda, this parador is a former 16th-century Renaissance palace that has been converted to an intimate and lovely lodging. A beautiful inner courtyard highlights the parador's public rooms; other amenities include a restaurant featuring Andalusian specialties and a bar. High-ceilinged guestrooms have air conditioning, private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Wellington Hotel

Madrid, Spain

This old-world style hotel is located in Salamanca neighborhood, near several of Madrid’s most prestigious boutiques. The hotel features a swimming pool with terrace; Internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; wellness center with sauna and massage; hair salon; snack bar; and two restaurants, including a Michelín-rated Japanese restaurant and a grille room. Fully air-conditioned guest rooms feature private bath with hair dryer, safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Activity Level

Expectations: One of our Classic Land Journeys, this is a comprehensive tour that is well paced and finely tuned. Expectations include longer touring days with many full-day motor coach excursions and stays in seven different hotels. Many hotels are historic buildings that have been restored or renovated as hotels; although modern in most amenities, they can sometimes require additional walking to get to guest rooms (and several do not have an elevator).

Expect many full-day excursions lasting from four to six hours, with seven afternoons at leisure; standing and walking for long periods of time during city tours, museum visits, and outdoor activities; daily walks of up to three miles over sometimes difficult terrain that includes cobblestones and city hills, uneven pavement (especially archaeological sites), stairs without handrails, and absence of elevators; longer walks to get to city centers where coaches are prohibited. There are three longer coach rides of approximately four hours duration. 

Please note that dinners are typically served later in the evening in Spain. The majority of the dinners on this tour will take place at approximately 8:30 pm. 

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Tour Extension

Barcelona Post-Program Option  4 Days, 3 Nights

Enjoy this bustling seaport, Spain's cultural and commercial capital, with its medieval Gothic Quarter and popular Ramblas waterfront promenade. This optional excursion allows you the freedom to explore this exciting city on your own. Your tour price includes:

  • Air transportation Madrid/Barcelona inclusive of airline taxes and departure fees
  • 3 nights accommodations at Hotel Avenida Palace (Superior First Class)
  • 3 meals: 3 breakfasts
  • Transfers to/from airport

Hotel Avenida Palace
Built in 1952, Hotel Avenida Palace stands in the heart of Barcelona and offers a good location from which to explore. The 151-room hotel is just minutes from La Ramblas, the Picasso Museum, and the museum housing the works of modern architect Antoni Gaudi. The hotel features a restaurant and bar and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms offer private bath with hair dryer, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone. A Note about Air Conditioning: Hotels in Spain generally adhere to guidelines issued by the government regarding the availability of air conditioning. Many lodgings provide air conditioning in guest rooms only from late April or May until late September/early October.



Portugal and Southern Spain are not to be missed by Smithsonian Journey's travelers. This is a bucket list trip that will encourage you to visit these lovely countries. The tour director is fabulous and goes above and beyond to make the trip so special.

- Joyce M.
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The Portuguese: A Modern History
By: Barry Hatton
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