Stay in historic paradores and pousadas as you explore lively cosmopolitan cities, striking Roman sites, medieval white hill towns, and rich Moorish strongholds that speak of the many cultures that graced southern Spain and Portugal.

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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 near Lisbon  Roman theater in Mérida  The <i>parador</i> in Ronda overlooking the famous gorge  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 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 explore lively cosmopolitan cities, striking Roman sites, medieval white hill towns, and rich Moorish strongholds that speak of the many cultures that graced southern Spain and Portugal.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

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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Sep 10 - 24, 2022 Departure
George Greenia

George Greenia

George Greenia holds his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. A specialist in the languages, works of literature, and linguistics of medieval Spain, he teaches seminars on Spanish Language, Epic and Nationalism, Hispanic Folktales, and Love and Prostitution in Medieval Spain. He is the co-founder of the William & Mary Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and founder of the William & Mary Institute for Pilgrimage Studies.

His interest in world pilgrimage spans many times, territories and traditions and he is an authority on the legendary Camino de Santiago in northern Spain where he has trekked over 4,000 miles, half on a bicycle, half on foot. Most summers he takes William & Mary undergraduates backpacking on the pilgrimage trails to conduct interdisciplinary field research. For his promotion of Spanish culture in the United States, in 2007 Greenia was knighted by order of King Juan Carlos I of Spain and granted the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica.

Sir George Greenia is a co-founding member of the International Fraternity of the Camino de Santiago, headquartered in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and a member of the Archconfraternity of the Apostle St. James. In 2010 the Concejo de la Enxebre Orden de la Vieira, a confraternity of Galicians in the diaspora who support the Camino de Santiago, named him an “Ángel del Camino”. In 2016 Greenia was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from American Pilgrims on the Camino for playing a “significant role … in building the pilgrim community within the United States”.  His is the winner of the 2019 Compostela Prize for his “prolific academic trajectory, connection with Galicia and contribution to the dissemination of the Jacobean phenomenon”.

Oct 8 - 22, 2022 Departure
Stephen Clancy

Stephen Clancy

Stephen Clancy is an art historian with special expertise in ancient, medieval, and Renaissance art and architecture. A popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert, he has led more than 15 tours and cruises through the Mediterranean region and northern Europe.

Stephen Clancy recently retired as Professor of Art History at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he taught for twenty-seven years.  After receiving his Ph.D from Cornell University, Stephen taught the history of Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance art and architecture, as well as courses on visual persuasion and the rhetoric of art.  His research career began with a focus on fifteenth-century French and Flemish illuminated manuscripts, specifically with works connected to the artists Jean Fouquet (about whom he has written a book, a book chapter, and several articles) and Simon Marmion (for which he received a 1995-96 Fulbright Scholarship in Brussels, Belgium).  Stephen is a recipient of grants from the Hewlett and Keck foundations. 

Stephen worked with a team of students and faculty from the University of Melbourne in Australia to investigate how technology can open up new avenues for understanding the art and architecture of the distant past, in a project entitled “Virtual Chartres Cathedral.” More recently he was a Visiting Fellow at the Australia National University in Canberra, investigating the roles that images play in shaping cultural identity, in a project entitled “Visualizing the Self and Others: Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Medieval Iberia.”

Stephen’s latest research project has seen him develop a course entitled “Jewish Imagery and Images of Jews,” and has taken him to a number of medieval Jewish cultural sites in Spain, Germany, and France, where the past is being revived and reinvented in interesting and sometimes controversial ways. The academic pursuit he has enjoyed above all others is teaching and sharing his knowledge of art and architecture. He has served as a lecturer on numerous tours over the past twenty-two years in the Mediterranean and in northern Europe, from Scandinavia to Russia.

Mar 23 - Apr 6, 2023 Departure; Sep 28 - Oct 12, 2023 Departure
Janet Duncan Jones

Janet Duncan Jones

Janet Duncan Jones is Professor of Classics at Bucknell University. She received her B.A. in Latin from the College of William and Mary and her M.A. and Ph.D. in classical archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Janet is an active field archaeologist specializing in Greek and Roman art and architecture, ancient urbanization, ancient technology with a focus on ancient glass production, and environmental history. Her publications focus on ancient technology and the impact of those technologies on ancient landscapes. Her current research focuses on the impact of the Moors in southern Spain on urbanism, architecture, technology, and intellectual history. Janet is full of stories from her extensive travels in the Mediterranean and Middle East and from over 20 years of archaeological field work in Greece at Athens and Corinth, in Turkey at Gordion and Gritille Hoyuk, in Tunisia at Carthage, and in Jordan at el-Lejjun, Humayma, and Aqaba.

Apr 17 - May 1, 2023 Departure
Linda Ehrlich

Linda Ehrlich

Dr. Ehrlich has introduced Spanish and Catalan films at the Guggenheim Museum (N.Y.), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), University of Miami, the Cleveland Cinematheque, and the Cinematheque Ontario (Toronto).  She writes and lectures on art history as well.

She been an invited speaker at the symposium on Catalan Cinema held at the Stanford Humanities Center. In Spain she has spoken at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), the University of Girona, and the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid). 

Her book on a noted Spanish director--The Cinema of Víctor Erice: An Open Window--appeared in the Scarecrow Press Filmmakers series. Her taped commentary on The Spirit of the Beehive (El espíritu de la colmena, dir. Víctor Erice, 1973) appears on the Criterion DVD. In addition, she has edited the memoirs of sculptor/filmmaker Juan Luis Buñuel, eldest son of Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel. She is fascinated by cultural ties between Portugal and Japan (her other specialty).

Dr. Ehrlich has been a Visiting Faculty member of Duke University, Associate Professor Emerita at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio), and Visiting Faculty on two Semester-at-Sea voyages. 

You can learn more about Dr. Ehrlich at http://braidednarrative.com/bio

May 1 - 15, 2023 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.

Oct 9 - 23, 2023 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. While at George Mason University he served as director of the Art History program, and as Coordinator of the Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology 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.