From flamenco to fado, experience the rich culture and great beauty of coastal Spain and Portugal aboard Tere Moana, October 24 – November 1, 2014
The Iberian Peninsula, important for trade as early as 1100 BC when the seafaring Phoenicians successfully settled there, has a rich history of conquest and amalgamation. Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians lead the way for the Roman Empire, Germanic tribes and Islamic rule to play a part of history in this valuable area. Join your fellow Princetonians on an exploration of the region by sea — as the early traders would have done — and understand the mixing of culture seen in the architecture, language and rituals of today.
Embarking in Barcelona, cruise for seven nights aboard the Tere Moana, which was relaunched in 2013 after a multi-million dollar refurbishment. Carrying only 90 passengers, this small ship allows for navigating where the larger ships can't, including a waterborne approach to Seville along Spain's legendary Guadalquivir River. Visit four UNESCO World Heritage sites and Portugal's lesser-traveled Algarve region. Pay a call at the Balearic Islands, explore the imposing Alhambra and stand overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar. An optional pre-cruise extension in Barcelona will be available.
Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined on this Journey by those from our sponsoring organizations.
About the Study Leader
Adam Beaver, Assistant Professor of History, will serve as Princeton Study Leader for this Journey.
A historian of late medieval and early modern Spain, Professor Beaver has focused his research primarily on Spaniards' interactions with the Levant, both real and imaginary. His early work examined Spanish scholars' appropriation of the history and imagery of the ancient and modern Near East for the purpose of forging a collective identity for their new Renaissance monarchy. In the broadest sense, his scholarship aims to generate a richer and more imaginative understanding of the common origins of Orientalism and nationalism — that is, how early modern Europe's deepening contact with the wider world influenced the evolution of Western identities. After serving as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies at his alma mater, Harvard University, Professor Beaver joined the Princeton faculty in 2009. He currently offers courses on early modern Iberia and the premodern Mediterranean world.