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
 A plaza in charming Ronda  The Plaza de Espana, Seville  Belem Tower, Lisbon  Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon  The interior of the Jerónimos Monastery near 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  Parador de Carmona hotel pool  The mosque in Cordoba  The evocative garden area of the Generalife at the Alhambra, Granada  The <i>parador</i> in Ronda overlooking the famous gorge  The Alhambra of Granada  Intricate architectural design at the Alhambra, Granada  The Court of the Lions at the Alhambra, Granada  The landscape of medieval Toledo  Madrid's vibrant Plaza Mayor  Treasures of the legendary Prado Museum, including <i>Las Meninas</i>, 1656, by Spanish master Diego Velázquez  Traditional <i>tapas</i> bar in Spain. Credit: Peter Horree/Alamy  Traditional Spanish culinary delights include seafood paella

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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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

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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Apr 17 - May 1, 2017 Departure; Oct 13 - 27, 2018 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.

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.

May 25 - Jun 8, 2017 Departure; May 17 - 31, 2018 Departure
Allan Langdale

Allan Langdale

Allan Langdale is an art and architectural historian, filmmaker, photographer, and travel writer who received his Ph.D. in art history from UC Santa Barbara. Allan has taught courses in Italian Renaissance art, Byzantine art, East Indian art, and Islamic art and currently teaches art history at UC Santa Cruz and film studies at UC Santa Barbara.

He has written the definitive guidebook to the little known region of Turkish Cyprus, In a Contested Realm (2012) and also made a documentary film on the architecture and history of the medieval city of Famagusta, The Stones of Famagusta: the Story of a Forgotten City (2008). Allan’s most recent book is Palermo: Travels in the City of Happiness (2015).

A popular Smithsonian Expert, Allan has traveled extensively in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, including Jordan and Egypt, and India. He lectures often in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt and the Middle East.

Sep 16 - 30, 2017 Departure; Mar 22 - Apr 5, 2018 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.

Oct 12 - 26, 2017 Departure; Sep 29 - Oct 13, 2018 Departure
Rafael Chacón

Rafael Chacón

H. Rafael Chacón is Professor of Art History and Criticism at The University of Montana-Missoula where he lectures on a broad range of art historical subjects. He received his doctorate in art history with honors from the University of Chicago, having been awarded numerous research fellowships to study in Europe, including an award from the Spanish Ministry of Culture for his dissertation on Michelangelism in Renaissance sculpture. He has written on a range of topics related to Renaissance and baroque art, both in Europe and in the Americas, most recently focusing on revival style architecture in the U.S. Northwest during the late 19th century. Rafael has been an expert for many Smithsonian Journeys programs in Western, Central, and Eastern Europe.

Apr 19 - May 3, 2018 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.

Sep 15 - 29, 2018 Departure
Lawrence Butler

Lawrence Butler

Dr. Butler received his BA and MA from Oberlin College and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.  Trained as an art historian of Medieval Europe, the Mediterranean and Islamic world, Butler’s teaching and scholarly interests now range across pre-modern Eurasia, including the Silk Road connections between the Mediterranean world and East Asia. He served as the Coordinator of the Art History program at George Mason University from 2002 to 2005. Currently, he is the advisor for the Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology interdisciplinary minor.

Dr. Butler has taught at GMU and Hiram College and has also held research positions at a number of museums. He was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Turkey in 1982-83. He has been an active participant in the Semester at Sea program, taking students on academic study tours around the world.  He was the visiting lecturer in Art History on the Fall 1999, Summer 2004, and Fall 2009 voyages.  On the Summer 2011 voyage, he was the Global Studies lecturer.

In 2004, Dr. Butler was awarded George Mason University’s Teaching Excellence Award and in 2005 he was elected to Phi Beta Delta, the honorary society for international education.  He lectures frequently for the Smithsonian Associates on the arts and cultural history of Spain and Portugal, Turkey, China, and many other places in between.