2021 Paradores & Pousadas

Oct. 7 – 21, 2021
Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Price: From $4,774 (airfare included)
Tour Length: 15 days
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Set out on a distinctive small group journey, limited to 24 travelers, through the Iberian Peninsula to the intimate lodgings of Spain’s paradores and Portugal’s 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.  The 15-day odyssey begins in Lisbon with the Portuguese capital’s highlights, including the majestic Jerónimos Monastery and iconic Belém Tower.  Visit the lovely National Palace of Queluz.  Travel on through the picturesque Alentejo region to Evora, a treasure trove of Roman and Moorish heritage and UNESCO site, for a two-night stay in one of Portugal’s finest pousadas.  Sample a local winery’s offerings.  Crossing into Spain next, see Mérida’s outstanding Roman ruins en route to Carmona for a three-night sojourn.  Discover the beauty and romance of Seville that inspired Carmen and Don Giovanni, and visit its renowned Catédral.

In Cordoba, cultural gem and UNESCO site, tour its Old Quarter and magnificent Mezquita mosque.  After two nights in charming Ronda, set dramatically atop El Tajo Gorge, journey on to Granada, the former Moorish stronghold in the snowcapped Sierra Nevada.  Tour its extraordinary fortress, the Alhambra, and the acclaimed Generalife gardens.  A highlight awaits next with a visit to beautiful hilltop Toledo.  With three final nights in Spain’s monumental capital, Madrid, touring includes the Royal Palace, the world-renowned Prado, and vast Plaza Mayor.  Enjoy Barcelona, Spain’s spirited cultural capital, with an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Lisbon
  • Day 3 : Lisbon | Queluz
  • Day 4 : Lisbon | Evora
  • Day 5 : Evora
  • Day 6 : Evora | Merida | Carmona
  • Day 7 : Carmona | Seville
  • Day 8 : Carmona | Cordoba
  • Day 9 : Carmona | Ronda
  • Day 10 : Ronda
  • Day 11 : Ronda | Granada | Ubeda
  • Day 12 : Ubeda | Toledo | Madrid
  • Day 13 : Madrid
  • Day 14 : Madrid
  • Day 15 : Depart for U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

Please review all tour documents carefully, especially visa, vaccine and health and safety information. Dietary accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the tour operator directly if you have any concerns participating in the tour.

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All 2021 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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