Dive into the storied past of one of Europe’s most intriguing regions as you explore the people, places, and events that helped shaped Spain and Portugal. From famous cities like Madrid and Salamanca to the exquisite scenery of the Douro Valley, you’ll discover what makes this region a top destination.
An enchanting combination of cobbled alleyways, ancient ruins, and modern marvels, the city of Lisbon is full of historic gems. We’ll embark on a panoramic tour of this storied city, including the Monastery of Jerónimos and Belém Tower, which together are a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Situated on a hill overlooking the city, the University of Coimbra is the oldest university in Portugal and a proud representation of Portuguese cultural tradition. You’ll have a chance to explore some of the notable buildings of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, from the campus gardens to the rich Baroque décor of the university library
Wander through the maze-like streets, colorful squares, and abundance of historic churches of medieval Óbidos. This well-preserved walled town was nicknamed the “Wedding Present Town” after King Dinis gifted it to his bride, Queen Isabel, in 1282.
Experience the rare urban beauty of Salamanca, an ancient Spanish city with a history dating back to the Celtic era. We’ll explore the cathedral, university, main square, and other remarkable monuments that earned the historic center of this city UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Explore the bustling historic center of this lavish city, a 2,000 year-old area so rich in history, architecture, and culture it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One can’t visit Oporto without enjoying its signature wine, of course, so you’ll also stop by a Port wine cellar for a sampling of this world-famous drink.
The proud birthplace of Afonso Henriques, the first independent king of Portugal, Guimaraes is full of beautifully preserved historic treasures. We’ll tour the city’s medieval center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of picturesque plazas, atmospheric streets, and remarkable architecture.
Fall in love with the energy of vibrant Madrid, a sprawling city renowned for its artistic pedigree and architectural history and truly one of the world’s great capitals. Your included tour will take you on a panoramic drive through the city, including the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Cibele’s fountain, and more.
Plus, get an insider’s look at the viniculture of this vibrant region as you attend two illuminating onboard lectures:
- “Portuguese Society and Economy”
- “The Importance of the Cork Industry in Portugal”