Portugal, Spain, & France: October 5–16, 2019
A Tour Through the Visigoth Territories
Experience a glimpse into the long-forgotten past of Portugal, Spain, and France with the help of Stone & Compass, a small local non-profit travel company. Visit six different cities in 12 days and explore rich ancient castles, breathtaking sites, and striking views of medieval kingdoms. With fellow alumni at your side, dive into the culture and experience the lifestyle of the people who call these countries home.
See itinerary details below. To reserve your spot contact Tory Pilbin in the alumni office at 978-232-2109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detailed Trip Itinerary
Saturday, October 5
Start your adventure with an overnight flight to Lisbon.
Sunday, October 6
After you arrive in Portugal in the afternoon, you will be picked up by your Stone & Compass guides, check into your hotel, and enjoy a warm welcome. Explore the hilly Alfama neighborhood where Portuguese cuisine and wine is served with a generous helping of music by local Fado artists.
Monday, October 7
Today we will dive into Lisbon, starting with its cultural heart, Belem. Here you will find the Tower of Belem, the Maritime Museum, the Monastery of Jeronimo and many other national treasures. For lunch, we will go to the Time Out food market, where you have your choice of the finest cuisine throughout the city. We’ll spend the afternoon exploring the Castle of St. George. Then end the day strolling the many shop and restaurant lined promenades of the center of Old Lisbon.
Tuesday, October 8
Prepare for some hiking, for today we are off to the mountainous terrain of Sintra. Forty minutes outside of Lisbon, this area is home to several beautiful and amazing castles, including two National Palaces. The National Palace of Sintra reflects the mix of Moorish and Hispanic architecture and art indicative of the region’s tumultuous history. On the peak above, sits the majestic Park and Palace of Pena. Between the two, once again reflecting the mixed history, is the Moorish Castle. Many other beautiful structures and sites abound throughout the area, including some of the most thrilling hiking and rock climbing.
Wednesday, October 9
We will travel to Seville in the morning, where we will explore the city that inspired many of our classical composers and authors. We’ll be greeted by the “Tower of Gold” as we approach the center of old Seville. Spend the afternoon strolling the Parque de Maria Luisa, where Spain hosted an expo of the Spanish dominion in 1929. A plaza was built for each of the Spanish territories, the largest, of course being the Plaza de Espana where a scene from "Star Wars" was filmed.
Thursday, October 10
We will begin today at the magnificent Seville Cathedral, a monumental structure completed in the 16th century. Today it maintains its title of the world’s largest Gothic church. Its largest tower, the Giralda Tower, is a Moorish structure initially built in the 12th century. Around the corner, we will explore the Royal Alcazar of Seville—the ancient and beautiful royal palace initially constructed for Christian monarch, Peter of Castile. After enjoying authentic Spanish tapas, we will travel on to our next destination, Granada.
Friday, October 11
In the morning, we will enjoy breakfast at our hotel in Granada, then embark on an exploration of Alhambra, a palace and fortress originally built in 889. This site is home to many historically significant events and buildings, not least of which was the Royal Court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in the 14th century. Over the years, the palace and its fortress were altered in the Renaissance and Italian styles, but today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its cultural significance to Spain. Lunch will be down the hill near Plaza Nueva where there are many authentic Spanish tapas restaurants and cafes. After lunch, we will tour the Granada Cathedral, then give you the rest of the evening to stroll the many charming shop-lined promenades of the area near the cathedral.
Saturday, October 12
Today we travel to the Spanish capital of Madrid where our first stop will be Plaza Mayor, the city’s main square. We’ll enjoy a late lunch in the nearby San Miguel Market, where many of the best restaurants of Madrid maintain a stall. Enjoy a relaxed evening strolling the pedestrianized streets around Puerta del Sol, the very center of Spain. Rest up, for this concludes the Iberian portion of the trip. Tomorrow, we move on to France!
Sunday, October 13
After a hearty breakfast in our hotel among the bustling streets of Madrid, we will travel to France where we will stay along the French Riviera. We’ll spend the afternoon and evening dining along the cafe-lined waterway and strolling about the beautiful open-air streets and squares. Here you will discover why Nice is nicknamed “Nice la Belle” (Nice the beautiful)!
Monday, October 14
On our first day in Paris, we will explore Le Marais, Notre Dame and the Art District. In Le Marais, you will gain a glimpse into the past, as the buildings lining the cobbled, narrow streets are some of the last pre-revolutionary ones left intact in Paris. We’ll end our stroll across the bridge to Notre Dame, where we will stop for lunch at one of the numerous cafés. In the late afternoon we will head over to Montmartre, the art district made famous by French artists, poets, and films. A center for nightlife and metropolitan attractions, Montmartre is a bustling district with shopping, cafés, and restaurants.
Tuesday, October 15
Live the typical Parisian tourist experience on our second day in this romantic city! First, we will tour the renowned Louvre Museum, viewing European pastels of the Enlightenment, contemporary art from Japan, Egyptian antiquities, and thousands of famous paintings—including the Mona Lisa. From the Louvre we will walk around the corner to Les Halles for a bite to eat and some shopping inside this modern mall built on the site of Paris' former fresh food market. The Latin Quarter offers a glimpse into the lives of French students, housing many universities and higher education establishments. The atmosphere here is lively, intellectual, and infectious. Here you can stop into shops and cafés, visit parks and gardens like the Medieval Garden of the Cluny Museum, or the City Park. And no trip to Paris is complete without a trip to the Eiffel Tower; we will enjoy a picnic dinner outside the monumental structure and take a tour to the top!
Wednesday, October 16
Today we travel home, deeply changed from having experienced so much culture and history across three countries and six cities!
Days 2-4Hotel Convento do Salvador
Alfama, Lisbon Portugal
Day 5Melia Seville Hotel
Day 6-7Ohtels San Antôn
Day 8Petit Palace Posada del Peine
Day 9Hôtel Vendôme
Please note: Itinerary is subject to change. When a change is necessary, similar hotels will be substituted.
- round trip airfare from Logan Int. Airport*
- air taxes and fees/surcharges
- all meals
- museum/site admission fees
- tour guides
- local health insurance
*Airfare from other U.S. airports is available for an added fee of $100 per traveler
- spending money
- alcoholic beverages
Total trip cost is $3,975 per traveler.
- $100 deposit required to reserve your spot on the trip (deposits are due by 05/01/19)
- First payment of $1,000 is due 07/01/19
- Final payment of $2,875 is due 09/07/19
To book, please contact Tory Pilbin, director of alumni relations at Endicott College, at 978-232-2109.
Learn More About Stone & Compass
Stone & Compass is a company founded to connect people and cultures by fostering friendship, ideas, and inspiration. Stone & Compass reinvests profits from its tourism company into philanthropic projects that make a difference globally. Its mission is to preserve the past while building a vibrant future full of peace, hope, financial security, and happiness.
Learn more about Stone & Compass and their founders – Rob Goodwin and Julie Kiernan – as well about their global initiatives at stoneandcompass.com.
Previous Alumni Tour Participant Testimonials“I thoroughly enjoyed the company and the tour guides made sure we didn’t miss one thing. We took in many sites and our tour guides quickly became a part of our Endicott family enjoying everything along with us. I cannot wait for the next adventure.” –Jennifer Adams ’95
“We travel for adventure and to experience new places and cultures. Traveling with the Endicott Alumni Travel group makes the trip all that more special because you are with your Endicott family. We had the pleasure of traveling with a compatible and fun group with a terrific group leader. Can’t wait to see what comes next!" –Candace Copp Fredette ’68
“I had the adventure of a lifetime in Europe with a group of Endicott alumni. Everything was well planned both with the group and with free time. We all became friends and are looking forward to the next trip!” –Patricia Burke ’66