Spain and Portugal 2017

Paradores and Pousadas

Historic Lodgings of Spain and Portugal

Nov. 6-20

Journey with Brandeis Travelers on a 15-day tour of the Iberian Peninsula to experience the intimate lodgings of Spain’s paradores and Portugal’s pousadas, and explore medieval monasteries, historic fortresses and stately palaces, each reflecting the spirit of the region.

Our exclusive tour will be led by Charles McClendon, the Sidney and Ellen Wien Professor in the History of Art at Brandeis. His insights and expertise in medieval art and architecture will enrich and inform the journey.

About the trip

Fall under the spell of Iberia’s rich Roman and Moorish past — and the pull of its vibrant, contemporary life. Begin your 15-day journey in Lisbon touring the capital’s highlights, including the Belem Tower, and take an excursion to the National Palace of Queluz. Travel through picturesque Alentejo, a region of olive groves and vineyards, to one of Portugal’s finest pousadas. The town of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a treasure trove of Portuguese, Roman and Moorish heritage. Travel to Merida on the Spanish border to see its outstanding Roman ruins.

In Spain’s Andalucia region, discover the beauty and romance of Seville, the inspiration for "Carmen" and "Don Giovanni." Visit the renowned Catédral, the world’s largest Gothic building. Tour the Old Quarter, built around the magnificent Mezquita mosque, and other highlights in Cordoba. Spend two nights in charming Ronda and then travel to Granada, the former Moorish stronghold set dramatically in the Sierra Nevada. Tour its renowned fortress, the Alhambra and Generalife gardens. A visit to medieval Toledo is a tour highlight en route to Madrid. End your journey in Spain’s urbane capital and visit the imposing 18th-century Royal Palace, the world-renowned Prado and vast Plaza Mayor.

View the brochure to learn more.

About Professor Charles McClendon

Charles McClendon

Charles McClendon is the Sidney and Ellen Wien Professor in the History of Art at Brandeis and a world-renowned expert on the architecture and related arts of Western Europe in the Middle Ages. He has published widely and his book “The Origins of Medieval Architecture” (Yale University Press, 2005) received two of the most prestigious awards in the discipline: the Haskins Medal from the Medieval Academy of America and the Otto Gündler Prize from the International Congress of Medieval Studies. He has taught an array of courses in the Department of Fine Arts for more than 25 years, including The Age of Cathedrals and The Formation of Jewish, Christian and Islamic Art.


Corinthia Lisbon Pousada Evora Pousada Evora


Guests will enjoy eight nights of accommodations in distinguished historic lodgings throughout Spain and Portugal.

Package: $3,595 per person (based on double occupancy), with air inclusive from Boston or New York. Taxes and fees are an additional $683, for a total of $4,278 from Boston or New York. Single accommodations are an additional $995 (limited availablity).

Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

Activity Level: Moderately active. This trip involves considerable walking up hills or stairs, and on uneven or cobblestone streets. In addition, one small hotel does not have elevators. Contact Odysseys Unlimited for additional information regarding activity level and physical requirements for the tour.

Tour highlights

  • Eight nights’ accommodations in distinguished historic lodgings
  • National Palace of Queluz, Portugal
  • Lisbon sightseeing, including Belem
  • Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Roman ruins at Merida
  • Moorish Toledo
  • Tour of Cordoba, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Seville and its renowned Catédral
  • Granada’s Alhambra and Generalife Gardens
  • Three-night stay in sophisticated Madrid
  • Madrid sightseeing including Prado, Plaza Mayor, and Royal Palace

Travel insurance

Brandeis Travelers works exclusively with Meyer and Associates to offer trip insurance for Brandeis alumni and friends. Travel insurance products are available to all travelers on a Brandeis trip. Please inquire about trip insurance options once you've made your reservation to meet any time-sensitive requirements. For more information, call Meyer and Associates at 800-635-7801 or enroll online.  

Puerta De Alcala Madrid


To reserve your space or learn more about package options, flights or travel inquiries, contact Odysseys Unlimited at 888-370-6765, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Eastern.

For more information, contact Alyson Saykin, director of special programs, at or 781-736-2988.




Odysseys Unlimited


Mon.-Friday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Eastern Time

Tour Operator 
Odysseys Unlimited, Inc.
One Newton Place
275 Washington Street, Suite 300, Newton, MA 02458
888-370-6765 (Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-7:00 PM, Eastern Time)

Branadeis Travelers

Brandeis Travelers 
Alyson Saykin
Director of Special Programs