FGCU Renaissance Academy Travel Abroad Program - Portucal & Spain 2013

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ortugal and Spain have a wealth of historic monuments: Roman ruins, medieval castles, Moorish fortresses and Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque cathedrals. Portugal – and particularly Spain – are treasure troves of art and were once home to some of the world’s most revered artists like Velázquez, Goya, Gaudí, Miró, Dalí and Picasso. In addition, both Lisbon and Madrid have been adding new museums and expanding their other cultural institutions. 15 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS SEPTEMBER 16—30, 2013 WITH OPTIONAL POSTTOUR EXTENSION: BARCELONA (4 Days/3 Nights) $5,134 Land, Air, Taxes & All Fees FROM NEW YORK $4,834 Land, Air, Taxes & All Fees ASK ABOUT OTHER DEPARTURE CITIES! The Renaissance Academy of FGCU 1010 5th Avenue South Naples, FL 34102 239.434.4838 (tel) [email protected] email www.fgcu.edu/racademy LAND ONLY $3,895 Portugal & Spain: Paradores & Pousadas P FROM FORT MYERS/CHICAGO

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Portugal and Spain have a wealth of historic monuments: Roman ruins, medieval castles, Moorish fortresses and Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque cathedrals. Portugal – and particularly Spain – are treasure troves of art and were once home to some of the world’s most revered artists like Velázquez, Goya, Gaudí, Miró, Dalí and Picasso. In addition, both Lisbon and Madrid have been adding new museums and expanding their other cultural institutions.

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    cathedrals. Portugal and particularly Spain are treasure troves of art and were once home to some of the worlds most revered artists like Velzquez, Goya, Gaud, Mir, Dal and Picasso. In addition, both Lisbon and Madrid have been adding new museums and expanding their other cultural institutions.







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    Portugal & Spain: Paradores & Pousadas


  • SPAIN & PORTUGAL: Paradores & Pousadas - September 1630, 2013

    DAY 1 - Monday, Sept. 16: Depart the U.S. for Lisbon This evening youll depart for Europe, with a connecting flight to Lisbon. DAY 2 - Tuesday, Sept. 17: Arrive Lisbon You arrive in Lisbon today and transfer directly to your hotel to rest and relax, or perhaps to begin exploring the city on your own. Tonight meet your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director and fellow travelers for a short briefing on the journey ahead and dinner together at your hotel. Accommodations: Hotel Tivoli Lisboa; Meals: Dinner DAY 3 - Wednesday, Sept. 18: Lisbon/Queluz This mornings city tour includes a visit to the majestic Mosterio des Jeronimos, a monastery built to house some of Portugals treasures from the discoveries of Vasco de Gama and other explorers. And we see the nearby Tower of Belem, a symbol of Lisbon and the most photographed monument in Portugal. We also stop by the inspiring Monument to the Discoveries, commemorating Portugals seafaring and literary heritage. Then we head outside the city to tour the lovely National Palace at Queluz, the former summer home constructed between 1658 and 1758 that ultimately became the residence of Portuguese royalty. Dinner tonight is on your own; later you might wish to venture out to a local club to hear Portugals traditional, haunting Fado music. Accommodations: Hotel Tivoli

    Lisboa; Meals: Breakfast DAY 4 - Thursday, Sept. 19: Lisbon/Evora We leave Lisbon for Portugals Alentejo, a region of olive groves, vineyards, and wheat fields alive with colorful flowers. We stop for lunch along the way at a local restaurant in Monsaraz, a fortified hilltop town with just 150 residents. Con-tinuing on our journey, we reach Evora late this afternoon. Here we stay at the lovely Pousada dos Loios, a restored convent considered the finest pousada in Portugal (despite its small guest rooms), where we dine together tonight. Ac-commodations: Pousada dos Loios; Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner DAY 5 - Friday, Sept. 20 : Evora This mornings walking tour introduces us to enchanting Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the architectural gems of Portu-gal. The tour includes a Ro-man ruin; the Cathedral of Evora, built in the late 12th century; Giraldo Square, one of Evoras primary town cen-ters; and the Church of St. Francis, home of the Chapel

    of Bones. An ancient walled town, Evora evokes living memories of both the Ro-man and Moorish periods of Portuguese history, with many streets so narrow they must be navigated on foot. This afternoon youre free to visit the tiny shops and cafs that line the streets of Evora, and bask in the splendid scenery that sur-rounds you. Dinner this evening is at our pousada. Accommodations: Pousada dos Loios; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • DAY 6 - Saturday, Sept. 21: Evora/Merida/Carmona We have a full day of travel ahead as we leave Evora for Spain. Along the way, we stop in the ancient city of Merida, once the capital of Lusitania (Latin for the kingdoms of Spain and Portugal), and a town that contains more Roman ruins than any other in Spain. Youll have time here to explore the ruins of the old Roman Thea-ter, soak in the atmosphere, and enjoy lunch on your own before we continue on to Carmona and our parador, a former 14th-century Arab fortress. We dine there together this evening. Accommo-dations: Parador de Carmona; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner DAY 7 - Sunday, Sept. 22: Carmona/Seville Today we travel to Seville, perhaps the greatest city of the Spanish south and home of Carmen, Don Juan, and Figaro. One of the earliest Moor-ish conquests in 712, Seville has a number of excellent examples of Moorish art and architec-ture. Our morning tour here passes by the 16th-century Cathedral, the 3rd largest Gothic church in the world; and visits the Alcazar, the palace noted for its signature mudejar (Moorish) architecture. Then we enjoy free time on our own for lunch and independent exploration before we head back to Carmona and our parador late this afternoon. Dinner tonight is at the parador. Accommodations: Parador de Carmona; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Day 8 - Monday, Sept. 23: Carmona/Cordoba Todays excursion is to Cordoba, capital of both Roman and Moorish Spain, and home to some of the countrys most important monu-ments. Our walking tour here takes in many of the highlights, including the atmospheric Old Quarter with its narrow winding streets, whitewashed houses, and revered Mezquita mosque. With more than 500 columns and graceful arches, the Mezquita incorporates Byzantine, Oriental, Hispano-Romanic, and Visigothic elements into its architecture. A center of culture and learning in the Middle Ages, Cordoba later became known as a city of both ancient and modern traditions. Following our tour we have free time for lunch and to explore on our own. We return to our parador late this afternoon and dine there tonight. Accommodations: Parador de Car-mona; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 9 - Tuesday, Sept. 24: Carmona/Ronda We travel south today to the charming, un-spoiled town of Ronda, located in a dramatic natural setting. Ronda is built atop the isolated perimeter of a high sierra at the edge of a dra-matic gorge, with tall white-washed houses forming a majestic skyline. But perhaps the most wonderful sight of all is the view from our parador, Rondas restored medieval city hall, at the edge of El Tajo Gorge, more than 500 feet deep and 300 feet wide. This afternoon is at leisure to rest and relax or explore as you wish; tonight we enjoy dinner together at our parador. Accommodations: Parador de Ronda; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner DAY 10 - Wednesday, Sept. 25: Ronda This morning we set out to explore on a walking tour of Ronda, taking in the graceful cathedral of Santa Maria Mayor in the towns Old Quarter;

    two 17th-century bridges; and the Casa de Mondragon, once home to Moorish kings. This afternoon is at leisure to relax and enjoy this delightful town on your own. Dinner tonight is at our parador. Accommodations: Parador de Ronda; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    SPAIN & PORTUGAL: Paradores & Pousadas - September 1630, 2013

  • DAY 11 - Thursday, Sept. 26: Ronda/Granada/Ubeda Leaving Ronda, we travel to Granada to experience per-haps the most extraordinary and best-preserved Moorish monument in existence: the Alhambra, the grand palace-fortress of Spains last Moorish rulers. In addition to its exquisite architecture, the Alhambra enjoys a unique set-ting high on a hill with magnificent vistas at every turn. Upon arrival in Granada theres time for lunch on your own before we begin our tour of the Alhambra. We arrive early this evening at our parador in Ubeda and dine there tonight. Please note: In addition to your one piece of checked luggage, you also will need to bring along a smaller, soft-sided carry-on or duffel bag for your over-night stay at Parador de Ubeda. Accommodations: Par-ador de Ubeda; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner DAY 12 - Friday, Sept. 27: Ubeda/Toledo/Madrid

    We leave Ubeda this morning for Toledo, capital of medieval Spain. Home of the renowned artist El Greco (The Greek) who immor-talized the city in many of his medieval paintings, Toledo has changed little in looks since the Middle Ages. Declared a Spanish Na-tional Landmark, the city is filled with testaments to its Roman and Moorish heritage, and boasts some of the greatest architecture in Spain. After lunch on your own here, we visit Toledos most impressive monument: the Gothic Cathedral, which was constructed over a period of more than 250 years, from 1226 to 1493. We also call on the Sinagoga del Trnsito which was erected in 1357 with imported cedars from Lebanon, just as Solomon requested when constructing the First Temple in Jerusalem. Our tour of Toledo con-cludes with a stop at Santo Tom, home of El Grecos most famous painting The Burial of Count Orgaz. Leaving Toledo, we contin-ue on to Madrid, arriving late afternoon. After checking in at our hotel, youre free for dinner on your own. And remember, Spaniards dine quite late, especially in Madrid. Accommodations: Hotel Wellington; Meals: Breakfast DAY 13 - Saturday, Sept. 28: Madrid Both historic and cosmopolitan, Madrid boasts an eclectic architecture to match. This mornings pano-ramic city tour includes Plaza Mayor, the grand square in the heart of the city; and majestic Palacio Real (Royal Palace), a 2,800-room rococo residence that was home to the Bourbon kings from Charles III in 1759 to Alfonso XIII, whose abdication in 1931 pre-ceded the rise of Francisco Franco. Today the palace is used only for state occasions. Among the attrac-tions here: the oddly decorated private apartments, two-ton crystal chandelier, 140-seat banquet hall, and grand throne room. Our tour concludes at the Prado, one of the worlds greatest museums of fine art, where youre free to explore on your own. Besides housing the most important collection of Spanish masters anywhere, the Prado also boasts a superb collection of works by Italian and Flemish masters. The remainder of the after-noon and evening is at leisure. Accommodations: Wellington Hotel; Meals: Breakfast DAY 14 - Sunday, Sept. 29: Madrid Today is free to enjoy Madrid as you wish. Stroll along the citys broad boulevards; see Picasso's famed painting Guernica at the Reina Sofia Museum; poke around the weekly El Rastro Market; visit the renowned Thyssen-Borneisza museum; or enjoy traditional Spanish tapas (appetizers) at a local restaurant. Tonight we gather for a festive farewell dinner. Accommodations: Wellington Hotel; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner DAY 15 - Monday, Sept. 30: Madrid/Return to U.S. This morning, youll depart Madrid for your connecting flight to the United States. Meals: Breakfast

    SPAIN & PORTUGAL: Paradores & Pousadas - September 1630, 2013

  • SPAIN & PORTUGAL: Paradores & Pousadas - September 1630, 2013


    Your Tour Price Includes

    Round-trip air transportation from listed cities 13 nights accommodations in Deluxe and First Class hotels 24 meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 10 dinners (including regional wines) Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip Luggage handling for one bag per person Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

    "BARCELONA ON YOUR OWN" OPTIONAL POST-TOUR EXTENSION (4 days/3 nights) includes air transportation between Madrid and Barcelona;

    3 nights accommodations at Hotel Avenida Palace (Superior First Class) and 3 meals (3 breakfasts)

    DAY 15 - Monday, Sept. 30: Madrid/Barcelona Youll take an included transfer to the Madrid airport this morning for the flight to Barcelona. Upon arrival in Barcelona, youll be transferred to your hotel. After checking in, you're free to explore as you wish, at your own pace, for the remainder of your stay. Ac-commodations: Hotel Avenida Palace; Meals: Breakfast DAYS 16 & 17 - Tuesday, Oct. 1 & Wednesday, Oct. 2: Barcelona Enjoy two days experiencing the energy of this trendy, vibrant city on your own. Seemingly everywhere, you'll find unusual buildings with the distinctive stamp of the architect Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona's favorite son. Another Gaudi masterpiece is La Pedrera, whose stone faade that ripples and waves around a street corner. The city's focal point is Las Ramblas, a pedestrian boulevard packed with entertainers and merchants. Spend some time meandering there and through Bari Gtic, the nucleus of old Barcelona. Within its cluster of Gothic buildings, mazelike streets, and public squares you'll find the Catedral, one of Spain's greatest Gothic buildings. Art lovers and even nonaficionados wont want to miss the city's most-visited museum, the Museu Picasso, housed in three beau-tiful mansions. If time remains, visit Montjuc, a hill overlooking Barcelona's center that's dotted with fine art galleries, parks, and the main 1992 Olympic sites. Accommodations: Hotel Avenida Palace; Meals: Breakfast DAY 18 - Thursday, Oct. 3: Return to the U.S. Early this morning, youll be transferred to the Barcelona airport for your connecting flight to the United States. Meals: Breakfast

    Price per Person: $845 Single Supplement: $295


    Hotel Tivoli Lisboa Av. Da Liberdade, 185 1269-050 Lisbon, Portugal Phone: 011-351-21-319-89-00 Fax: 011-351-21-319-89-50 www.tivolilisboa.com Well located in the heart of Lisbon on the citys main avenue, Hotel Tivoli Lisboa blends traditional Portuguese hospitality with contemporary amenities. The hotel features two restaurants and a bar, including a rooftop grill; Internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; outdoor swimming pool; and fitness room. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone. Pousada dos Loios 7000-804 Evora, Portugal Phone: 011-351-266-73-00-70 Fax: 011-351-266-70-72-48 www.pousadas.pt A former 15th-century convent lovingly converted into a hotel, this building features fine architectural details including decorative arches, a marble staircase, a cloistered garden, and frescoed walls and ceilings. The Pousada dos Loios does feature a restau-rant and laundry service. Small but comfortable guest rooms have been converted from a monastic cell, but you wont need to sacrifice your comfort to enjoy it, because your room is fully equipped with modern amenities, including air conditioning and pri-vate bath with hair dryer, Internet access, safe, TV, and phone. The pousada has no elevators. SPAIN

    Parador de Carmona Alcazar S/N 41410 Carmona Sevilla, Spain Phone: 011-34-95-414-1010 Fax: 011-34-95-414-1712 www.parador.es Converted from a 14th-century Moorish castle and overlooking the scenic plains of Carmona, this hotel features Internet access, an Andalusian Courtyard with Moorish columns and a fountain, a stone vaulted restaurant, laundry service, swimming pool, and garden. Your room is equipped with a private bath with hair dryer, air conditioning, safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone. Parador de Ronda Plaza de Espana, S/N 294000 Ronda, Malaga, Spain Phone: 011-34-95-287-75-00 Fax: 011-34-95-287-81-88 www.parador.es Originally a medieval town hall, this parador boasts a stunning location on a cliff overlooking a dramatic gorge. It features a res-taurant, Internet access, laundry service, and gardens with footpaths and sweeping vistas of the gorge and surrounding moun-tains. Your room is equipped with air conditioning, private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.


  • SPAIN Parador de beda Plaza de V quez Molina, S/N 23400 beda, Jan, Spain Phone: 011-34-953-75-03-45 Fax: 011-34-953-75-12-59 www.parador.es Located in the main square in historic beda, this parador is a former 16th-century Renaissance palace that has been converted to an intimate and lovely lodging. A beautiful inner courtyard highlights the paradors public rooms; other amenities include a restaurant featuring Andalusian specialties, a bar, laundry service, and Internet access. High-ceilinged guestrooms have air con-ditioning, private bath with hair dryer, safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone. Wellington Hotel Velazquez 8 28001 Madrid, Spain Phone: 011-34-91-575-44-00 Fax: 011-34-91-576-41-64 www.hotel-wellington.com This old-world style hotel is located in Salamanca neighborhood, near several of Madrids most prestigious boutiques. The hotel features a swimming pool with terrace; Internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; wellness center with sauna and mas-sage; hair salon; snack bar; and two restaurants, including a Micheln-rated Japanese restaurant and a grille room. Fully air-conditioned guest rooms feature private bath with hair dryer, safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.


    Hotel Avenida Palace Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 605 08007 Barcelona, Spain Phone: 011-34-933-019-600 Fax: 011-34-933-181-234 www.avenidapalace.com Built in 1952, Hotel Avenida Palace stands in the heart of Barcelona and offers a good location from which to explore. The 151-room hotel is just minutes from La Ramblas, the Picasso Museum, and the museum housing the works of modern architect Antoni Gaudi. The hotel features restaurant and bar, wellness center, fitness room, laundry and dry cleaning services, and Internet access. Air-conditioned guest rooms are fully equipped with private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.


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  • TheRenaissanceAcademyofFGCUPortugal&Spain:Paradores&PousadasSeptember16(DepartUSA)September30,2013GENERALTERMSANDCONDITIONS


    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