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Program #20983RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.

Itinerary for Apr 5 — Apr 14, 2014

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Day One: Saturday, April 05 - Departure from the US and Overnight flight
Depart From: Depart from the US for Lisbon, Portugal (overnight flight)

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Mundial hotel is located right in the heart of Lisbon, in the Baixa Pombalina district, with the São Jorge castle as backdrop and a stone's throw away from Praça do Rossio square, an area with easy and quick access to the main sights of the city.

Contact info:
Largo Martim Moniz, 1100-341
Lisbon, Portugal
phone: +351 21 884 20 00
web: http://www.hotel-mundial.pt/

Room amenities: Equipped with direct dial telephone, air conditioning, heating, individual safe, hairdryer, mini-bar, bathrobe, radio, satellite TV, WI-Fi available.

Facility amenities: Laundry Service, 24 Hours Room Service, Handicapped Rooms Available

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact program provider for special rates and reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, April 06 - Arrival Lisbon, Orientation and Welcome Dinner
Afternoon: Arrival transfers from Lisbon Airport to the hotel. Times for all participants will be announced in the final mailing. Orientation is at the hotel and starts at 6 PM. Please arrive at the hotel no later than 5 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel

Lodging: Hotel Mundial

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Mundial hotel is located right in the heart of Lisbon, in the Baixa Pombalina district, with the São Jorge castle as backdrop and a stone's throw away from Praça do Rossio square, an area with easy and quick access to the main sights of the city.

Contact info:
Largo Martim Moniz, 1100-341
Lisbon, Portugal
phone: +351 21 884 20 00
web: http://www.hotel-mundial.pt/

Room amenities: Equipped with direct dial telephone, air conditioning, heating, individual safe, hairdryer, mini-bar, bathrobe, radio, satellite TV, WI-Fi available.

Facility amenities: Laundry Service, 24 Hours Room Service, Handicapped Rooms Available

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact program provider for special rates and reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Monday, April 07 - The Atlantic Coast, Cabo da Roca and Sintra
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet

Morning: This morning we travel to Sintra to explore the "Palacio Nacional da ViIla." The main building dates from the 14th century, and the wings were added in the 16th century. The interior contains remarkable decorations with 16th and 17th century tiles. Later we drive to the most Western point of Continental Europe "Cabo da Roca" before driving to Cascais where you will have some time to discover this beautiful fisherman town, and time for lunch on your own. Our Local expert guide will give you a briefing of the town and together with the Group Leader will be available to assist you with options in town. Cascais features beautiful narrow streets filled with shops, cafes and artist studios.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Cascais

Afternoon: Return to Lisbon and enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own or walk around the hotel to see the many small side streets filled with cafes and shops, sit and soak up the Lisbon atmosphere.

Dinner: Fado experience. We will go for dinner in a traditional Fado House, where you can discover this traditional Portuguese song and music.

Evening: After our Fado dinner and show enjoy a drive of Lisbon by night. We will drive along the most beautiful illuminated avenues and monuments in the city.

Lodging: Hotel Mundial

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Mundial hotel is located right in the heart of Lisbon, in the Baixa Pombalina district, with the São Jorge castle as backdrop and a stone's throw away from Praça do Rossio square, an area with easy and quick access to the main sights of the city.

Contact info:
Largo Martim Moniz, 1100-341
Lisbon, Portugal
phone: +351 21 884 20 00
web: http://www.hotel-mundial.pt/

Room amenities: Equipped with direct dial telephone, air conditioning, heating, individual safe, hairdryer, mini-bar, bathrobe, radio, satellite TV, WI-Fi available.

Facility amenities: Laundry Service, 24 Hours Room Service, Handicapped Rooms Available

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact program provider for special rates and reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Tuesday, April 08 - Introduction to Portugal, Old Lisbon and Meeting ...
Introduction to Portugal, Old Lisbon and Meeting with Young Professionals

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet

Morning: Enjoy a panoramic tour of Lisbon by bus with a stop in Belem to taste the local pastry. Visit Jeronimo's monastery and stop at the Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. End the morning with a presentation at the home of a local university Professor and join him for lunch.

Lunch: Lunch in the home of a Professor

Afternoon: Join your Group Leader for a discovery of Bairro Alto or catch the tram and enjoy the ride, going throught narrows street and feeling the soul of the capital. Later before dinner on your own; meet your GL and fellow participants at the Hotel Lounge, for a drink. An opportunity to relax, while sharing your day experiences and to meet some Young Professionals from Lisbon. Time for a Q&A session about life in Portugal, before going going off to dinner.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Evening: Evening at leisure

Lodging: Hotel Mundial

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The 4-star Mercure Figueira da Foz hotel is located in Figueira da Foz city center. With a magnificent view over the famous Claridade beach, this hotel is ideal for exploring the city and making the most of the beaches or the Serra da Boa Viagem nature reserve. Relax in one of our 102 comfortable rooms, enjoy yourself and watch the sun set from the hotel's terrace, looking out to the Atlantic. The hotel has 2 meeting rooms to accommodate your large events.

Contact info:
Avenida 25 de Abril, 22
FIGUEIRA DA FOZ, 3080-086 Portugal
phone: +351 )233/403900
web: http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-1921-mercure-figueira-da-foz-hotel/index.shtml

Room amenities: Contemporary style room with a double bed, functional bathroom and desk. Equipped with air conditioning, cable and satellite TV, telephone, minibar, safe and hairdryer. WIFI Internet access is available free of charge.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Wednesday, April 09 - Obidos, Alcobaca Monastery, Nazare and Figueira d...
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet

Morning: This morning we leave Lisbon and drive north along the coast. Our first stop is the historic walled fortress city of Obidos. Later we make our way to the Alcobaca Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, after exploring the Monastery, we make our way along the rocky cliffs to the town of Nazare. Here you enjoy some time on your own to explore and enjoy lunch.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Nazare

Afternoon: After some time on your own in Nazare, we continue our drive north to Figueira da Foz to check into our hotel located along the beach.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Mercure Figueira da Foz Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The 4-star Mercure Figueira da Foz hotel is located in Figueira da Foz city center. With a magnificent view over the famous Claridade beach, this hotel is ideal for exploring the city and making the most of the beaches or the Serra da Boa Viagem nature reserve. Relax in one of our 102 comfortable rooms, enjoy yourself and watch the sun set from the hotel's terrace, looking out to the Atlantic. The hotel has 2 meeting rooms to accommodate your large events.

Contact info:
Avenida 25 de Abril, 22
FIGUEIRA DA FOZ, 3080-086 Portugal
phone: +351 )233/403900
web: http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-1921-mercure-figueira-da-foz-hotel/index.shtml

Room amenities: Contemporary style room with a double bed, functional bathroom and desk. Equipped with air conditioning, cable and satellite TV, telephone, minibar, safe and hairdryer. WIFI Internet access is available free of charge.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, April 10 - Coimbra, its University and its People
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet

Morning: This morning we take the local train to Coimbra. Here we discover the oldest University in Portugal and have a private tour of the campus. We learn about and visit the University of Coimbra and its famous Library.

Lunch: Lunch on own in Coimbra

Afternoon: After lunch join your local expert and learn about the city of Coimbra and explore some of the most inetresting sites.

Dinner: This evening features a home hosted dinner.

Lodging: Mercure Figueira da Foz Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This 4 star hotel is located in the city centre, in the historical heart of Oporto. Just 17 km away from the international airport, the hotel is within easy reach of several means of transportation (train, bus, metro, taxi).

Contact info:
Praca da Batalha 116
Porto, 4049-028 Portugal
phone: +351222043300
Room amenities: Rooms are equipped with minibar, television, pay TV, air conditioning, wireless Internet and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: At your disposal in the hotel are meeting rooms, a bar, restaurant, laundry service and porter service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: see below
Please contact the program provider for special rates and reservations

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Seven: Friday, April 11 - Montemor o Velho and Oporto
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet

Morning: This morning before we depart to continue north, learn about Contemporary Portugal from your Study Leader. Later we leave for the small town of Montemor o Velho, where you enjoy an exclusive visit.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: This afternoon we arrive in Oporto, the spectacular capital of Northern Portugal and a city famed for its nearby vineyards. Enjoy a highlight presentation before exploring the Casa da Musica This twelve-storey, irregular-shaped building was designed by world-renowned architect Rem Koolhaas exclusively for musical performances.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: Evening at leisure to stroll in Old Oporto near the hotel

Lodging: Mercure Porto Centro

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This 4 star hotel is located in the city centre, in the historical heart of Oporto. Just 17 km away from the international airport, the hotel is within easy reach of several means of transportation (train, bus, metro, taxi).

Contact info:
Praca da Batalha 116
Porto, 4049-028 Portugal
phone: +351222043300
Room amenities: Rooms are equipped with minibar, television, pay TV, air conditioning, wireless Internet and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: At your disposal in the hotel are meeting rooms, a bar, restaurant, laundry service and porter service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: see below
Please contact the program provider for special rates and reservations

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eight: Saturday, April 12 - Discovering Old Oporto
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet

Morning: This morning explore Old Oporto. The city is one of the most beautiful in Europe and it still to retains its charm and beauty. We visit its Cathedral, the tiles at Sao Bento station and its markets.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Old Oporto

Afternoon: This afternoon is free for you to pursue your own interesting discoveries.

Dinner: dinner on your own

Lodging: Mercure Porto Centro

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This 4 star hotel is located in the city centre, in the historical heart of Oporto. Just 17 km away from the international airport, the hotel is within easy reach of several means of transportation (train, bus, metro, taxi).

Contact info:
Praca da Batalha 116
Porto, 4049-028 Portugal
phone: +351222043300
Room amenities: Rooms are equipped with minibar, television, pay TV, air conditioning, wireless Internet and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: At your disposal in the hotel are meeting rooms, a bar, restaurant, laundry service and porter service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: see below
Please contact the program provider for special rates and reservations

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Nine: Sunday, April 13 - The Douro Valley: Regua and Pinhao
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet

Morning: Today we explore the Douro Valley. Multiple stops are planned in the region for sight seeing and to visit a vineyard known for having best Porto wine.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Regua

Afternoon: We follow with an afternoon walking discovery of Amarante, one of the most picturesque villages of the Douro valley, before driving back to Oporto. During our return we stop to enjoy a visit of Sanderman Porto wine celler, which ends with some Porto wine tasting.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a restaurant in the old town.

Lodging: Mercure Porto Centro

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Ten: Monday, April 14 - Return to the US
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet

Morning: Transfer from the hotel in Oporto to the airport. Transfer times will be in the morning. Check out is at 11:30 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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8 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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