May 09, 2022 — May 23, 2022

Paradores & Pousadas: Historic Lodgings of Spain & Portugal

With Matthew Hughes

About this Trip

Feel the spell of Iberia’s rich Roman and Moorish past – and the pull of its vibrant contemporary life – on this distinctive 15-day journey through the Iberian Peninsula to the intimate lodgings of Spain’s paradores and Portugal’s pousadas.  Your small group begins with Lisbon’s highlights, including the iconic Belém Tower, and visits the lovely National Palace of Queluz.  Travel through the picturesque Alentejo region to one of Portugal’s finest pousadas in Evora, a UNESCO site replete with Roman and Moorish relics.  Crossing into Spain, encounter Mérida’s outstanding Roman ruins. During a three-night Carmona sojourn, experience Seville’s romance and tour its renowned Catédral.  Visit Cordoba, a cultural gem and UNESCO site.  After exploration of Granada with its extraordinary Alhambra, discover beautiful hilltop Toledo.  With three final nights in monumental Madrid, touring includes the Royal Palace, the world-renowned Prado, and Plaza Mayor.  Enjoy Spain’s spirited cultural capital, Barcelona, with an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour extension. 

$5,524 including air from Boston or JFK

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Your Council Leader

Matthew Hughes joined the International Relations Council in Kansas City as executive director in July 2016.  A K-12 teacher for six years and fluent in Spanish, he has worked with students ranging from age 4 through adult learners. Matthew worked for three years with People to People International, supporting the development of international understanding in schools and communities around the world. He has served as board member and committee chair for a variety of organizations, including the World Affairs Councils of America, the Sister Cities Association of Kansas City, and the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City.  Matthew relishes the chance to travel – six of seven continents and 49 of 50 U.S. states so far – and has experience living internationally, including in South America and on the U.S.-Mexico border.  Matthew holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Arts degree in Global & International Studies from the University of Kansas.