The Alhambra
Europe Fall Land
October 12 - October 26, 2023

Waitlist Only: Paradores & Pousadas: Historic Lodgings of Spain and Portugal

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About the Journey

Join this distinctive small group journey through Spain and Portugal, staying in some of the Iberian Peninsula’s most unique paradores and pousadas – medieval monasteries, historic fortresses, and stately palaces, each reflecting the spirit of its region. Feel the spell of Iberia’s rich Roman and Moorish past – and the pull of its vibrant contemporary life.

Begin with an exploration of Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon, including the iconic Belém Tower and the National Palace of Queluz. Next, visit the Alentejo region, staying in one of Portugal’s finest pousadas in charming Evora – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Crossing into Spain, see Mérida, with its outstanding Roman ruins. Enjoy visits to Seville, Córdoba, and Granada’s extraordinary Alhambra and Generalife Gardens. Explore Toledo, Spain’s medieval capital, before the journey ends in sophisticated Madrid.


Corinthia Hotel Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
The five-star Corinthia Hotel Lisbon provides a romantic and luxurious atmosphere with a variety of features that include an on-site spa with an indoor pool and relaxation treatments, as well as a variety of indoor and outdoor restaurants, bars, and lounges.

Pousada dos Loios, Evora, Portugal
A former 15th-century convent converted into a hotel, Pousada dos Loios preserves features of its original architecture including courtyard cloisters, decorative arches, a marble staircase, and frescoed ceilings.

Parador de Carmona, Carmona, Spain
The Parador de Carmona occupies a 14th-century hilltop Moorish fortress. Its tiled courtyards, stone columns, archways, and exposed-brick interiors transport guests to the past, while its modern amenities offer the comfort and convenience of contemporary living.

Parador de Ronda, Ronda, Spain
The Parador de Ronda occupies a former 18th-century town hall and sits directly on the edge of the dramatic El Tajo Canyon. The parador offers stunning views of the canyon, Guadalevin River, and Ronda’s old city often referred to as the most extraordinary villages in Spain.

Parador de Ubeda, Ubeda, Spain
Located in the main square of the World Heritage City of Úbeda, this parador occupies a former 16th-century Renaissance palace.

Wellington Hotel, Madrid, Spain
Located in the heart of Madrid’s storied Salamanca neighborhood, the five-star Wellington Hotel & Spa is one of the most historic properties in the Spanish capital.


This journey is waitlist only. Please email or call 609.258.8686 to be added to the waitlist.

Trip Details

  • Dates
    October 12 - October 26, 2023
  • Activity Level
  • Cost
    from $6,374 double occupancy, including roundtrip economy airfare from Boston or New York (Note: air arrangements from other gateway cities and business class upgrades available for additional cost)
  • Deposit
    $1,000 per person
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