Paradores and Pousadas: Historic Lodgings of Spain and Portugal

Sep. 18 – Oct. 2, 2021

Tour Details

Number of days: 
$5,174 [including air from SFO]
Activity Level: 
Level 3
Max Passengers: 
Tour Operator: 
Odysseys Unlimited
Tour Brochure 
Tour Description 

  • 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 that 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 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.
  • Odysseys Unlimited Terms and Conditions.

  • Elimination of Penalty on Tour Deposits (2021) 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.
  • COVID-19 Protocol Update


Day 1: Depart U.S. for Lisbon

Day 2: Lisbon

Day 3: Lisbon

Day 4: Evora 

Day 5: Evora 

Day 6: Carmona 

Day 7: Carmona

Day 8: Carmona 

Day 9: Ronda 

Day 10: Ronda

Day 11: Úbeda 

Day 12: Madrid

Day 13: Madrid

Day 14: Madrid

Day 15: Depart Madrid for U.S.

NOTE: Itinerary may change.