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Paradores and Pousadas

Journey 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.

Paradores and Pousadas

Journey 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.

Highlights

  • Enjoy eight nights in the intimate and distinguished lodgings of Spain’s paradores and Portugal’s pousadas: medieval monasteries, historic fortresses, and stately palaces
  • Sightseeing in Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, includes the majestic 16th-century Jerónimos Monastery, the iconic Tower of Belém, and the inspiring Monument to the Discoveries
  • Travel through the agricultural Alentejo province, a region of olive groves and vineyards, stopping to sample the local wine and see the ancient Spanish city of Mérida
  • Take an excursion to Cordoba, once the capital of Moorish Spain, where highlights include the atmospheric Old Quarter and the revered Mezquita mosque
  • Spend time in the Prado, one of the world’s great museums, featuring the Spanish masters as well as superb collections of the Italian and Flemish masters
This is an exclusive U-M departure operated by Odysseys Unlimited.

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Lisbon, Portugal
Day 2: Arrive Lisbon
Day 3: Lisbon | Queluz
Day 4: Lisbon | Evora
Day 5: Evora
Day 6: Evora | Merida, Spain | 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.

Host

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Lester Monts

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus of Music/Former Senior Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs/Former Director, Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments

Fun fact

I suppose the most interesting fact about me is my quite varied career. Early on, I worked as an orchestral trumpet player, performing with major orchestras and serving as principal trumpet at two summer music festivals for fifteen years. I later ventured into the field of ethnomusicology and conducted research in West Africa, rural China, and Michigan. As an administrator, I was dean of the college at the University of California-Santa Barbara and senior vice-provost at Michigan.

U-M Role

For 21 years, I served as the University’s senior vice provost for academic affairs & senior counselor to the president. As a musicologist, I taught courses on world music, field and laboratory methods in ethnomusicology, & African music. My main research areas encompass a broad range of inquiries into the musics of Africa, China, and Michigan’s folk/traditional/immigrant musics.

Trip Experience

As a student of culture, I see the Iberian peninsula as a crossroad of diverse cultures. Considering the depth of its ancient civilization dating back to the 6th Century BC and the incursion of influences from Europe and North Africa, the regions of Portugal and Spain hosts shades of richness in its art, architecture, music, language that portrays its rich history. It will be exciting to experience this richness of culture on this trip.

Available to Book
Sept. 14-28, 2024

Starting price

$5,674

Deposit per person

$500

Countries Visited

Portugal, Spain

Activity Level

High
Sept. 14-28, 2024

Starting price

$5,674
*Single supplement applies

Deposit per person

$500

Countries Visited

Portugal, Spain

Activity Level

High
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