Spain's Costa del Sol and the Portuguese Riviera
April 2015 (completed)

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* Please see below for information on the companion course we are offering. This course can help prepare you for the trip.

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Related Course

"Spain's Costa del Sol and the Portuguese Riviera" is a non-credit course is being offered at CCBC Hunt Valley to compliment this trip. Topics include the history, culture, arts, architecture, ancient historical sites, picturesque towns and foods of the regions, and much more.
CRN #: 36528
Course #: HIT
Dates: January 24, 2015, January 31, 2015 and February 7, 2015
Instructor: TBD
Cost: $55 (Tuition: $30 Fees:25)
Call to register with a credit card: 443.840.4700

There will be a document meeting on April 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm on the Essex campus in the Admin. Building, room 110. This is for all people going on the trip where we will discuss the the documents needed, money, weather, packing and more to get ready. A good time to get all questions answered. Please RSVP to Ingrid Bortner.

Overview of trip

Join us for a 13-day trip to Spain's Costa del Sol and the Portuguese Riviera!

Highlights include: 

  • Madrid and the Prado Museum, which boasts the world's finest collection of art by masters such as Velazques and Goya
  • AVE High Speed Train to the Moorish city of Cordoba and it's Mezuita, a UNESCO site which was originally a mosque, which was converted to a cathedral
  • Costa del Sol with it's beautiful beaches
  • Granada, the last great capital of the Moors
  • Ronda to explore on your own
  • Seville, where you can see Columbus's tomb
  • Cascais, a famous coastal resort in Portugal
  • Lisbon with it's Moorish quarter and Jeronimo's Monastery, the monument to the Discoveries, honoring the Portugal explorer sand their patrons
  • Mafra Palace and Monastery with it's domed basilica, the Royal apartments and beautiful Baroque library
  • Ericeira, an old fishing town, perched on cliffs and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
  • Sintra, a UNESCO site and a favorite summer residence of Portuguese kings for 6 centuries
  • Portugal's Silver Coast with beautiful villages, vineyards and old castles
  • Obidos with it's medieval city walls
  • Nazare, a coastal fishing village
  • Fatima- the world-famous Marian pilgrimage site


Book before 11/10/14- $3799 p.p. double occupancy; single $4,399; Triple $3,769
*After 11/10/14 $4,049 p.p. double occupancy; single $4,649; triple $4019

Registration fee: $250 per person 
*Registration is made on a first come, first served basis.
Reservations made after the seat reduction date of 11/10/2014 are based upon availability. 

Final payment: Due 2/15/2015 


  • Round trip air fare from BWI, air taxes and fees/surcharges of $370 (subject to change until paid in full)
  • Hotel transfers
  • Professional guide
  • Three and four star hotels
  • 14 meals, 8 Breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach

Not included

  • Cancellation waiver insurance $230 per person
  • Tips
  • Lunches