Roman Engineering in Spain Study Tour

Upcoming Study Tour

October of 2023
Madrid – Seville, Spain

About the Study Tour

Much of today’s “modern” engineering and infrastructure have their roots in the engineering innovations of the Roman Empire. Please join Roman Engineering Professor, Dr. Bill Hunt, for a study tour of Roman infrastructure marvels in Spain.

This 5-day program begins in Madrid and ends in Seville. Our private bus tour will stop in Segovia, Salamanca, Alcantara, Caceres, and Merida, before arriving in Sevilla. Along the way, we will visit Roman aqueducts, bridges, cisterns, reservoirs, theaters, amphitheaters, towns and temples.

Dr. Hunt is an enthusiast of “awesome engineering achievements” and can’t wait to share his love and knowledge of Roman engineering with you.

Note regarding mobility and stamina: The tour is not recommended for individuals who utilize a wheelchair or have mobility issues. Many of the activities on this tour will encounter obstacles. Additionally, guests will be expected to walk and stand for several hours each day and should anticipate hitting at least 12,000 steps each day. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina.

Tentative Agenda

Monday, October 16, 2023

Segovia – Board our tour bus in Madrid & we’re off! Hike to the source of one of the best preserved Aqueducts on Earth & then walk along the Segovia Aqueduct, visiting Roman settling basins. After lunch (provided), participants will have a chance to tour Segovia, one of the most famous tourist destinations in Spain because of it’s castle (Alcazar) and Cathedral. As evening draws near, we will bus to Salamanca, home of Europe’s third oldest university & where we will spend night #1.

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Salamanca, Caparra, Alcantara, & Caceres – We start our day with a walk to Salamanca’s Roman bridge. Then, it’s back on the bus as we head to the ruins of a Roman town in the heart of Extremadura: Caparra, where we focus on Roman town design. Next, we bus to Alcantara, regarded by many as the finest example of a Roman bridge on earth. This 1900+ year old bridge still carries truck traffic! After walking the bridge, we’ll have lunch (provided) in the town of Alcantara. Then we head to Caceres, one of the most atmospheric towns in Spain to check into the hotel, before setting off to see the most beautiful example of cistern (Aljibe) in all of Spain. Night #2 will be spent in Caceres.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Merida – After a morning walk through the medieval streets of Caceres (where some of the Games of Throne was filmed), it’s back on the bus for the short trip to Merida, former Roman capital of Lusitania. En route to the city, we stop at the Roman reservoir at Proserpina, which was Merida’s water supply. We then visit the Milagros Aqueduct – which conveyed the Proserpina water into town, before touring the Spanish National Roman Museum. Lunch is afterwards and on your own. That evening we stroll the longest Roman bridge on earth and visit Merida’s Alcazar. Night #3 is in Merida.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Merida & Sevilla (Seville) – After checking out of the hotel, we take a guided tour of Merida’s roman highlights: the theatre and amphitheatre. We then visit the remnants of the Circus (horse race track) before busing down to Sevilla, the New York City of the 1500’s. You have the afternoon to explore Sevilla before we reconvene at one of Sevilla’s famed flamenco performances. Night #4 will be in Sevilla. (Final night of included Hotels)

Friday, October 20, 2022

Sevilla – The tour’s last day features a visit to Italica, the city where famous emperors Hadrian (of Wall fame) and Trajan (see: Alcantara bridge) were born. The ruins of Italica were featured in Game of Thrones as well. Many beautiful mosaics have been unearthed and are still present. By lunch our visit will end, and after we return to Sevilla, so does the tour.

For people interested in returning to Madrid, the AVE train has very fast connections to the capital city. But it is our hope that tour participants stay in Sevilla a little extra to soak in one of Spain’s finest cities.

Registration Fee Information

Single Occupancy Registration – $1,500 per person
Double Occupancy Registration – $1,200 per person

Upon completing the registration process, you will receive an email stating that your registration is PENDING. Sixteen (16) full registration attendees are required in order for this tour to take place. Once we meet that minimum capacity, you will receive a second email stating that the tour is moving forward and payment will be collected. If by July 14, 2023, we have not met the minimum capacity, we will send an email notifying registrants that the tour is canceled.

Not Included in the Cost of Registration

  • Airfare
  • Hotel Accommodations outside of the Monday, October 16th – Thursday, October 19th timeframe.
  • Meals (except for lunch on October 16th & 17th)

Payment Instructions

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and checks for payment of registration fees. Checks should be made payable to NCSU–BAE and mailed to the address below including a copy of the invoice generated in the registration confirmation email.

Campus Box 7625
Raleigh, NC 27695
Attn: Workshop Coordinators

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation requests should be sent to for processing. The cancellation request must be submitted at least sixty-one (61) days before the date of the tour to receive a full refund. Cancellation requests made between sixty (60) days and thirty-one (31) days before the date of the tour will receive a 50% refund. Any cancellation requests made on or within thirty (30) days of the tour will be ineligible for a refund. Attendee substitutions may be made at any time at no cost. Please send an email to with the name of the current registrant and the name and email address of the new registrant.

Professional Development Hours

The following professional development hours (PDHs) are awarded after successful completion of the tour and a certificate of attendance will be emailed afterward listing these PDHs.

  • 20 PDH for professional engineers and land surveyors (approved by the NC Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors) for the study tour.

Other professionals may appeal to their respective boards to obtain professional education credits.