Giving to
Bryn Mawr

Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center

Trade Routes of Iberia

with Rosi Song
May 1 – 9, 2015

We invite you to sail the ancient trade routes of Phoenician, Roman and Moor mariners during this comprehensive itinerary and small ship cruise to the coastal jewels of the Iberian Peninsula, an area not often visited by Americans, during the best time of year.

This unique offering features the five-star m.v. Tere Moana, relaunched in 2013 under new ownership following a complete multimillion-dollar refurbishment. A sophisticated and authentic small ship carrying only 90 passengers allows for port calls otherwise inaccessible to larger vessels, including an exclusive opportunity and highlight to cruise into the heart of Seville along Spain's legendary Guadalquivir River. En route from Lisbon to Barcelona, visit four UNESCO World Heritage sites and Portugal's lesser-traveled Algarve region, and stand on Gibraltar's “Top of the Rock” to see the Pillars of Hercules spanning the scenic Strait of Gibraltar. Visit the regal city of Granada. Call on two of the enchanting Balearic Islands—Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca. See the magnificent Alhambra Palace and the spectacular sights that inspired works by Picasso and Gaudí. Enjoy the melancholy rhythms of fado music and the joyful beat of flamenco. Lectures by onboard study leaders enlighten you with the history, legends and modern life of these dramatic cities and villages.

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Preliminary Itinerary

Day 1 Depart the U.S. or Canada
Day 2 Lisbon, Portugal/Embark m.v. Tere moana
Day 3 Portimão (the Algarve)
Day 4 Cruise the Guadalquivir River to Seville, Spain (Andalusia)
Day 5 Gibraltar, British Crown Colony
Day 6 Motril for Granada, Spain
Day 7 Ibiza, Balearic Islands
Day 8 Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands
Day 9 Barcelona/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S. or Canada

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Cost and program Inclusions

Price . . . . TBD

Program Inclusions
  • Seven-night cruise from Lisbon, Portugal, to Barcelona, Spain, with port calls at Portimão (Algarve), Portugal; Seville (Andalusia) and Motril for Granada, Spain; Gibraltar, British Crown Colony; and Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain.
  • Spacious and elegant ocean-view Stateroom with private bathroom and individual climate control.
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
  • All meals on board, served at single, unassigned seatings—early-riser's coffee, buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages served throughout the cruise.
  • Excursion to the charming, ancient village of Alte in Portugal's magnificent Algarve province. Visit to the former Moorish capital of Silves to see the best-preserved castle in the Algarve.
  • Unique scenic cruise into the heart of extraordinary Seville from the Mediterranean Sea along Spain's legendary Guadalquivir River, "the great river."
  • Tour of Seville, highlighted by the rich historical monuments and UNESCO World Heritage sites of Giralda Tower, the lavishly decorated Cathedral and the Moorish Alcázar.
  • Visit to the British Crown Colony of Gibraltar, featuring the "Top of the Rock" and St. Michael's Cave.
  • Half-day excursion to Granada, featuring a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Alhambra Palace and the magnificent Generalife Gardens, with lunch.
  • Half-day tour of the Renaissance Old Town of Ibiza, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Las Salinas, the famous salt seas.
  • Half-day tour of the historic Spanish and Balearic Island port of Palma de Mallorca, featuring the magnificent Moorish Royal Palace and its medieval Old City.
  • Transfers and luggage handling abroad for participants whose arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
  • Gratuities to shipboard personnel are included. Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
  • Hospitality desk aboard the ship.
  • The services of an experienced team of Gohagan & Company Travel
  • Directors throughout the program. Travel document wallet, name badge and pre departure information.
  • Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by Gohagan & Company

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Faculty Study Leader

Rosi Song

Rosi Song specializes in the literature, intellectual history, and culture of contemporary Spain. Her research also includes an exploration of literary ties between Spain and Latin America through the genre of detective fiction and, more recently, the representation of Latin American immigrants in Spanish society. She is the co-editor of a collection of critical essays entitled Traces of Contamination: Unearthing the Francoist Legacy in Contemporary Spanish Discourse (Bucknell UP, 2004) and is currently working on another volume on the "la movida". Her articles have appeared in Romance Notes, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Revista Iberoamericana, Hispania, and recent collections on contemporary Spain such as Casa encantada: lugares de memoria en la España constitucional (1975-2004) (Vervuert, 2005) and Border Interrogations: Crossing and Questioning Spanish Frontiers from the Middle Ages to the Present (Berghahn Books, 2008). She teaches courses on modern and contemporary Spanish narrative and culture, detective fiction in both Spain in Latin America, and film.

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