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Itinerary for Oct 8 — Oct 17, 2015

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Day One: Thursday, October 08 - In Transit to Program
Depart From: International flight to Lisbon.

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: 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
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 to check for rates and availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, October 09 - Arrival Lisbon, Orientation & Welcome Dinner
Afternoon: Arrival transfers from Lisbon Airport to the hotel. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and take some time to unpack and to relax before orientation. We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Welcome 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: 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
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 to check for rates and availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, October 10 - Talk Portuguese History, Visit Sintra Cascais, Ca...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will begin with a lecture on the history of Portugal given by a university professor. Afterwards, we will transfer to Sintra to explore the "Palacio Nacional da ViIla." The main building dates from the 14th century, while the wings were added in the 16th century. The interior contains remarkable decorations, including 16th and 17th century tiles.

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: We will continue on with a stop at 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. Our local expert guide will give you an introduction to the town. Cascais features beautiful narrow streets filled with shops, cafes, and artist studios. Following the visit, we will return to Lisbon to spend the rest of the afternoon at lesiure. 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: At a traditional Fado House, where you can discover this traditional Portuguese song and music.

Evening: 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: 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
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 to check for rates and availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, October 11 - Explore Lisbon City
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a panoramic tour of Lisbon by bus with a visit to Jeronimo's monastery, the Belem Tower, and the Monument to the Discoveries. Afterwards, we will stop to taste the local pastry before proceeding to the Maritime Museum for a visit with your study leader.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Join your Group Leader for a discovery of Bairro Alto or catch the tram and enjoy the ride, going through narrow streets and feeling the soul of the capital. Before dinner, join your group leader and fellow participants for a drink and meet young professionals from Lisbon. There will also be time for a Question and Answer session about life in Portugal.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

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: 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: Monday, October 12 - Alcobaca Monastery / Figueira da Foz
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a lecture at the hotel on contemporary Portugal. Afterwards, we will check out of the hotel and drive north along the coast. Our first stop is the historic walled fortress city of Obidos. Later on, we will make our way to the Alcobaca Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: We will continue our drive north to Figueira da Foz to check in at the hotel. Upon arrival, take some time to unpack and to relax before dinner.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner with locals.

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: 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: Tuesday, October 13 - Coimbra, Its University & Its People
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will transfer to Coimbra where we will have a visit and a private presentation of the Unversity of Coimbra. Afterwards, enjoy a guided walking discovery of Coimbra's old town.

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: We will return to Figueira da Foz with a stop at a local school to learn about education in Portugal.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Mercure Figueira da Foz Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Grande Hotel do Porto is a charming hotel which maintains a dramatic, nineteenth-century charm which has been recently modernised. The hotel is within walking distance of shops, services, theatres and monuments.

Contact info:
Rua de Santa Catarina 197
Porto, 4000-450 Portugal
phone: +351 22 207 6690
Room amenities: All 94 guestrooms are non-smoking. The rooms decor follows contemporary design trends with simple, timeless lines.

Facility amenities: Amenities included: restaurant, bar, banquet halls and meeting rooms, garage, fitness and wellness room and a terrace overlooking the city.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Wednesday, October 14 - Montemor o Velho & Oporto
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will begin with a visit to the salt pans of Figueira da Foz, where you will learn about the history of salt and the evolution of the production of salt in Portugal. Afterwards, we will continue to Montemor o Velho, where you will enjoy a guided visit.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will depart for Porto, the spectacular capital of northern Portugal and a city famed for its nearby vineyards. Enjoy a highlight presentation before taking a river cruise in Porto.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Lodging: Grande Hotel do Porto

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Grande Hotel do Porto is a charming hotel which maintains a dramatic, nineteenth-century charm which has been recently modernised. The hotel is within walking distance of shops, services, theatres and monuments.

Contact info:
Rua de Santa Catarina 197
Porto, 4000-450 Portugal
phone: +351 22 207 6690
Room amenities: All 94 guestrooms are non-smoking. The rooms decor follows contemporary design trends with simple, timeless lines.

Facility amenities: Amenities included: restaurant, bar, banquet halls and meeting rooms, garage, fitness and wellness room and a terrace overlooking the city.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Thursday, October 15 - The Douro Valley, Regua & Pinhao
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart on an exploration of the Douro Valley. Our first stop will be in Amarante before visiting a vineyard.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a guided visit of Quinta da Aveleda. Later on, you will have a wine tasting at a vineyard in the Vinho Verde region.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At lesiure.

Lodging: Grande Hotel do Porto

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Grande Hotel do Porto is a charming hotel which maintains a dramatic, nineteenth-century charm which has been recently modernised. The hotel is within walking distance of shops, services, theatres and monuments.

Contact info:
Rua de Santa Catarina 197
Porto, 4000-450 Portugal
phone: +351 22 207 6690
Room amenities: All 94 guestrooms are non-smoking. The rooms decor follows contemporary design trends with simple, timeless lines.

Facility amenities: Amenities included: restaurant, bar, banquet halls and meeting rooms, garage, fitness and wellness room and a terrace overlooking the city.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Friday, October 16 - Discovering Oporto
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a guided tour of Old Porto. The city is one of the most beautiful in Europe and it still retains its charm and beauty. We will explore the tiles at São Bento station and its markets. Afterwards, we will visit the home of a Portuguese family and have a chat about family life in Portugal and taste their family estate-produced wine.

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: Take the afternoon to pack or to discover more of the city on your own. Later in the afternoon, you will meet with your group leader for a program wrap up session.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Grande Hotel do Porto

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Ten: Saturday, October 17 - Program Concludes
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transfer from the hotel in Porto to the airport. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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

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