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The Story of The Duero

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Course: The Story of The Duero
Tutor: Chris Pollard
Start Date: 5th April 2019
Start Time: Dinner
End Date: 7th April 2019
End Time: Lunch
Res Fee (from): £333.00
Non Res Fee: £225.00 What's included?

Join us for a weekend exploring the countless aspects of one of Europe's great rivers. Starting in the hills of the Province of Soria‚ it flows across the Iberian Peninsula and enters Portugal as the Douro‚ eventually meeting the sea at the great city of Oporto.

Our virtual journey takes us across the majestic Meseta of Old Castile‚ through the cities of Soria‚ Valladolid and Zamora (ancient cities inextricably involved with the History and Culture of Spain) and on to Oporto. The Duero is the river of great wines (especially Port and Ribera del Duero‚ among Spain's finest)‚ it is the river of El Cid‚ of the medieval battles between Moors and Christians. It is the river immortalized by great poets‚ in particular Antonio Machado‚ Spain's most distinguished landscape poet.
As the Story of the Duero unfolds‚ we shall focus on every aspect of the river - its spectacular landscapes‚ the architecture of its noble cities‚ the winelands‚ its contribution to the history of Spain and Portugal. Following on from this course Chris Pollard and Wayne Bennett will be leading a 4 night Study Tour to The Duero. Weekend Plus available (subject to availability).  

Tutor Information

Chris Pollard

Chris Pollard

Chris Pollard is a West Country man. He was educated in Devon and Durham, taught English in Spain and Spanish in Somerset. He has translated and directed for the stage and was a professional actor for three months. He lectures primarily on Hispanic matters and leads historical and cultural tours of Spain as well as leading language classes. In 1990 he set up Pollard Tours which has operated successfully for over 20 years and received plaudits from every quarter.  

Further details about Chris Pollard http://www.christopherpollardtours.com/

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Just wanted to say a big thank you to you and all the staff at Dillington House for making our day such an enjoyable one. As usual the food was great and the setting and sunshine superb, by the way thanks for organising the sun as well. Charlton Croquet Club