Event Price 
Cabins range from $4,395 to $12,495 (per person, double occupancy; before March 30, add $1,000 after March 30)
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This unique and exclusive nine-day itinerary and small ship voyage showcases the coastal jewels of the Iberian Peninsula between Barcelona, Spain, and Lisbon, Portugal, during the best time of year. Cruise up Spain's legendary Guadalquivir River, "the great river," into the heart of beautiful Seville, an exclusive opportunity only available on this itinerary and by small ship. Visit Portugal's lesser-traveled Algarve region and the regal city of Granada, Spain. Stand on the "Top of the Rock" to see the Pillars of Hercules spanning the scenic Strait of Gibraltar and call on the enchanting Balearic Island of Mallorca. During daily port calls and included excursions, enjoy stunning scenery and see four UNESCO World Heritage sites. Cruise ancient trade routes from the Mediterranean Sea into the Atlantic Ocean aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star M.S. LE LYRIAL. This state-of-the-art small ship, launched in 2015, features 110 ocean-view Suites and Staterooms and complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and Wi-Fi throughout the ship.

Event Itinerary 

Day 1: Depart US for Barcelona, Spain
Day 2: Barcelona, Spain / Embark MS Le Lyrial
Day 3: Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands
Day 4: Valencia
Day 5: Almeria for Granada, Andalusia / Motril
Day 6: Gibraltar, British Crown Colony
Day 7: Cruise the Guadalquivir River to Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Day 8: Portimao, the Algarve, Portugal
Day 9: Lisbon / Disembark / Return to US

Optional pre-cruise: Barcelona, Spain
Optional post-cruise: Lisbon, Portugal

**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**

Number enrolled 
Type of activity 
Activity Level 

Moderately Active


David Lagomarsino

Since joining the History Department in 1974, David Lagomarsino has introduced generations of Dartmouth students to the dynamic history of Spain's Golden Age. Professor Lagomarsino is a three-time recipient of the Jerome Goldstein Award for Distinguished Teaching, which is bestowed annually by vote of the graduating class to recognize "undergraduate teaching of the highest order." He was the inaugural holder of the Charles Hansen Professorship, and his career-long contributions to undergraduate education were recognized at the time of his retirement earlier this year with the award of the Robert A. Fish 1918 Memorial Prize.

After earning degrees at Harvard (A.B. in History & Literature) and Cambridge (Ph.D. in History), Professor Lagomarsino dedicated his research to the reign of Philip II--the Spanish king who ruled a vast global empire on which the sun literally never set. Coastal Iberia's itinerary provides a fascinating backdrop for Lagomarsino to talk about how this imperial behemoth arose out of the territorial, religious, and cultural fragments of medieval Iberia, emerging as a state unlike any in Europe. He will also explore how Spain's unique strengths masked weaknesses that brought about its eventual decline. In the past, Professor Lagomarsino has joined alumni and friends of Dartmouth on trips to the Iberian Peninsula, France, Italy, and along Adriatic and Aegean waters.

Shared Program 
Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard, National Trust, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn, Smithsonian, Williams College
Operator Name 
Thomas P. Gohagan & Company