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Paradores and Pousadas: Historic Lodgings of Spain and Portugal 2023

September 16 - 30, 2023
Length: 15 days
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Tour Highlights Enjoy eight nights in the intimate and distinguished lodgings of Spain’s paradores and Portugal’s pousadas: medieval monasteries, historic fortresses, and stately palaces. Sightsee in the Portuguese capital, where highlights include the majestic 16th-century Mosteiro dos Jerónimos monastery, the iconic Tower of Belém, and the inspiring Monument to the Discoveries. Sample wine at a […]

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Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy eight nights in the intimate and distinguished lodgings of Spain’s paradores and Portugal’s pousadas: medieval monasteries, historic fortresses, and stately palaces.
  • Sightsee in the Portuguese capital, where highlights include the majestic 16th-century Mosteiro dos Jerónimos monastery, the iconic Tower of Belém, and the inspiring Monument to the Discoveries.
  • Sample wine at a local winery in the agricultural Alentejo province, a region of olive groves, cork trees, fragrant vineyards, and bountiful wheat fields alive with colorful flowers.
  • In enchanting Evora, a UNESCO site and one of Portugal’s architectural gems, stay at a pousada considered the country’s finest.
  • Stop in the ancient Spanish city of Mérida, which contains more Roman ruins than any other in Spain.
  • Staying in a pousada in Carmona, travel to Seville, a city of beauty and romance that delights the senses, and that inspired Carmen and Don Giovanni.
  • Take an excursion to Cordoba, once the capital of the Moorish kingdom of Al-Andalus, where highlights include the atmospheric Old Quarter and the revered Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral.  
  • In the charming, unspoiled town of Ronda, built at the edge of a dramatic gorge, enjoy views from your parador at the gorge’s edge.
  • Enjoy regional specialties at a special tapas lunch at the parador.
  • Experience perhaps the most extraordinary and best-preserved Moorish monument in existence: Granada’s grand Alhambra palace and its acclaimed Generalife gardens.
  • Travel to Toledo, capital of medieval Spain commanding an incomparable hilltop setting overlooking the Castilian plains and boasting some of Spain’s greatest architecture.
  • Savor a three-night stay in monumental and dignified Madrid, where touring includes the majestic 2,800-room Palacio Real and Plaza Mayor, the city’s grand square.
  • Spend time in the Prado, one of the world’s greatest museums, displaying treasures of the Spanish masters, as well as superb collections of the Italian and Flemish masters.
  • Madrid sightseeing, including the Prado, Plaza Mayor, and Royal Palace.
  • Explore bustling Barcelona, Spain’s cultural and commercial capital, with its medieval Gothic Quarter and popular Ramblas waterfront promenade on a 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.

  • Elimination of Penalty on Tour Deposits (2023) As a final initiative, Odysseys Unlimited has decided to waive the $200 per person penalty associated with tour deposits. Effective immediately, each guest’s $500 per person deposit will be fully refundable up until the final payment due date: 95 days prior to tour departure.
  • For Information about Odysseys Unlimited’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols, please check out our attached document listed under the Additional Resources.

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