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Portugal and Spain

September 8-22, 2018

Hosted by: Professor Sharon Green

Join fellow alumni, families and friends of Davidson College for a journey to discover the best of the Iberian Peninsula in Portugal and Spain.

Lodging: With room for only 24 guests, space will fill quickly.

About this trip: Our special two-week journey offers captivating sights, excellent cuisine, and memorable experiences. Joining us will be Sharon Green, professor of theatre at Davidson, who will share her knowledge and insights throughout the trip.

We begin in Lisbon, where our touring includes iconic Belém Tower, then see the National Palace of Queluz. Next, we visit the Alentejo region, staying in charming Evora – a UNESCO World Heritage site – in one of Portugal's finest pousadas.

Crossing into Spain, we visit Mérida, which boasts outstanding Roman ruins. Then we enjoy Seville, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cordoba, and Granada's extraordinary Alhambra and Generalife Gardens. Our group explores Toledo, Spain's medieval capital, concluding our tour in sophisticated Madrid. For those wishing to visit Spain's bustling cultural and commercial capital, an optional four-day/three-night post-tour Barcelona extension is available.

This departure is exclusive to Davidson alumni, parents, and friends. The complete program of custom-designed excursions are outlined in the brochure (PDF).

About your host: Sharon Green, professor of theatre, has been at Davidson since 1999. Her teaching and research interests include contemporary performance, female playwrights, community engaged performance, and theatre for social justice. She also regularly directs at Davidson, and has a particular interest in plays that engage with current political and social issues. Recently, she directed a play about cyberbullying that toured to area middle and high schools. She lives in Davidson with her husband Garth, who is an anthropologist, and her two sons. Though her Spanish is rudimentary, she and Garth took their very first trip together to Spain, and then returned on their honeymoon. She is looking forward to returning to a place that has a special spot in her heart, and doing so with members of the Davidson family.

Questions? Contact Yolanda Gilliam at or 704-894-2559.