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Portugal: A Heritage of Greatness in the New Europe

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Program #3313RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.

Itinerary for Sep 5 — Sep 20, 2013

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Day One: Thursday, September 05 - U.S. Departures
In Transit: Flights depart the U.S.

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

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: Friday, September 06 - Arrival & Orientation in Lisbon
Morning: Arrive in Lisbon and transfer to the program hotel.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant until 2:00pm. Following lunch, check-in to your room.

Afternoon: Meet your Group Leader in the hotel lobby for a brief orientation walk around the hotel area before attending a welcome and orientation meeting at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel or local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Mundial

Meals Included: Lunch, 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
Room amenities: Equipped with direct dial telephone, air conditioning, heating, individual safe, hairdryer, mini-bar, bathrobe, radio, satellite TV.

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: Saturday, September 07 - Exploration of Lisbon
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Depart for a guided panoramic drive of Lisbon, followed by a guided walking tour of the old quarter of Alfama, the Tower of Belém, the Padrão dos Descobrimentos and the Baixa Pombalina.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Belém.

Afternoon: After lunch we will visit Jerónimos Monastery and the Maritime Museum. We will return to the hotel by Tram.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Mundial

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 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
Room amenities: Equipped with direct dial telephone, air conditioning, heating, individual safe, hairdryer, mini-bar, bathrobe, radio, satellite TV.

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: Sunday, September 08 - Field Lecture: Portugal through its Writers / Fa...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning enjoy a lecture in a our professor's home: Portugal through its Writers- Luís de Camões, Miguel Torga, Fernando Pessoa and Nobel Prize Winner José Saramago.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Afternoon free and at leisure to stroll around Lisbon or visit its many museums.

Dinner: Dinner & Fado Evening in a typical Portuguese Fado House.

Lodging: Hotel Mundial

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 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
Room amenities: Equipped with direct dial telephone, air conditioning, heating, individual safe, hairdryer, mini-bar, bathrobe, radio, satellite TV.

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 Five: Monday, September 09 - Field Lecture: Palace of Fronteira / Sintra / Ca...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning's guided lecture will reveal the architectural beauty and history of the Palace of the Marquis of "Fronteira and Alorna", still in the same family hands since its construction by the First Marquis in 1670. Marvel at the Italian Renaissance architectural influence and the beautiful examples of Portuguese tile and fresco decoration. The large tile panels hanging on its walls depict the battles and glorious moments of the various marquises, and the gardens are exquisitely designed. After the visit we transfer to Sintra for a group exploration of the "Palácio Nacional da Vila".

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch we will have some time to explore the old village of Sintra and its narrow streets. Returning to Lisbon we stop at "Cabo da Roca", the westernmost point of mainland Europe.

Dinner: Dinner on your own. Explore the many restaurants of Lisbon.

Evening: Enjoy the evening at leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Mundial

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

Description: Hotel Dom Fernando belongs to a local Portuguese chain of small but very comfortable hotels. Its location is just outside the ancient walls of Evora, offering a tranquil views of the town and at very short distance from the beautiful plains of Alentejo. The hotel includes on-site restaurant, where meals are served and a swimming pool for the after-class relaxation. Rooms are air-conditioned, most of them with a balcony, and have direct dialling phone facilities and private bath.

Contact info:
Avenida Dr. Barahona, 2
Evora, 7000 Portugal
phone: +351 -266-74-1717
web: www.grupofbarata.com

Room amenities: air conditioned rooms, en-suite bathrooms, channel tv, safe deposit box, hair dryer.

Facility amenities: restaurant and breakfast room, meeting rooms, room service

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


Day Six: Tuesday, September 10 - Lisbon to Évora / Évora Old University
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture at the hotel: This morning's lecture will focus on Portuguese civilization. Learn about the Moorish conquest, the Christian reconquest, and the origins of modern Portugal. Discuss Prince Henry "the Navigator" and the contribution of the New World discoveries to Portuguese colonial expansion and overseas territories. After lecture depart for Évora.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel upon arrival in Évora.

Afternoon: After lunch a guided visit will introduce the Old University buildings, with their "Azulejos" (tile panels), the Roman Temple, the Cathedral, and the Chapel of Bones. After our visit enjoy some free time on your own to explore the city.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Dom Fernando

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

Description: Hotel Dom Fernando belongs to a local Portuguese chain of small but very comfortable hotels. Its location is just outside the ancient walls of Evora, offering a tranquil views of the town and at very short distance from the beautiful plains of Alentejo. The hotel includes on-site restaurant, where meals are served and a swimming pool for the after-class relaxation. Rooms are air-conditioned, most of them with a balcony, and have direct dialling phone facilities and private bath.

Contact info:
Avenida Dr. Barahona, 2
Evora, 7000 Portugal
phone: +351 -266-74-1717
web: www.grupofbarata.com

Room amenities: air conditioned rooms, en-suite bathrooms, channel tv, safe deposit box, hair dryer.

Facility amenities: restaurant and breakfast room, meeting rooms, room service

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


Day Seven: Wednesday, September 11 - Vila Viçosa & its Royal Palace / Wine Cellar Visi...
Breakfast: Early breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Depart Évora for a guided visit of the prehistoric site of Cromeleque des Almendres, then onward to the Royal Palace at Vila Viçosa, where a guided visit will introduce the last residence of the Kings of Portugal.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch visit a local wine cellar for a wine and olive oil tasting.

Dinner: Back in Évora, enjoy time at leisure to explore the local cuisine on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Dom Fernando

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel D. Inês is a modern and comfortable 3 stars, located in the city and the commercial heart of Coimbra, beside the River Mondego and 200 meters from the famous Choupal.

Contact info:
R. Abel Dias Urbano, 1
Coimbra, 3000-001 Portugal
phone: +351 239855800
web: www.hotel-dona-ines.pt

Room amenities: The hotel has 84 rooms, all with private bath, air conditioning, telephone, radio, satellite TV with 9 channels.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, tennis court, business center with computers, wireless internet connection (at an additional charge)

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Thursday, September 12 - Transfer from Évora to Coimbra / Alcobaça Monaste...
Transfer from Évora to Coimbra / Alcobaça Monastery & Óbidos / Batalha Monastery

Breakfast: After an early breakfast in the hotel dining room check-out of your room for the departure to Coimbra.

Morning: Departing early from Évora, we venture into the countryside and drive to Alcobaça to visit the Monastery founded by the first Portuguese King, Afonso Henriques, in 1153, and which maintained a close association with the Kings of Portugal throughout its history. We continue on to the walled Fortress village of Óbidos. Freed from the Moors in 1148, it was presented by King Dom Dinis to his young wife Dona Isabel as her wedding present.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch we continue to Batalha for a guided visit of this magnificent architectural gem. We arrive in Coimbra in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Dona Ines

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

Description: The Hotel D. Inês is a modern and comfortable 3 stars, located in the city and the commercial heart of Coimbra, beside the River Mondego and 200 meters from the famous Choupal.

Contact info:
R. Abel Dias Urbano, 1
Coimbra, 3000-001 Portugal
phone: +351 239855800
web: www.hotel-dona-ines.pt

Room amenities: The hotel has 84 rooms, all with private bath, air conditioning, telephone, radio, satellite TV with 9 channels.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, tennis court, business center with computers, wireless internet connection (at an additional charge)

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Friday, September 13 - Guided tour of Coimbra / Visit to Roman site of C...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning enjoy a guided walk through Coimbra's old city center culminating with a visit to its famous 13th century University buildings, including the gold-lined Library "Biblioteca Joanina", the Graduation Hall "Sala dos Capelos", and the Chapel.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel or a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Departing Coimbra, we take a short drive to the former Roman town of Conímbriga, where a guided visit intoduces the local Museum, the archaeological site with its mosaics, and the important "Casa das Fontes" with its gravitational Roman fountain still in working order.

Dinner: This evening dinner on your own to explore the local restaurants.

Lodging: Hotel Dona Ines

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

Description: Short walk from Historical city center. non-smoking storey • rooms for motor disabled people • restaurant • bar • room service • Health Club • laundry service • meeting rooms • free net centre • Internet Wireless LAN • foreign exchange office

Contact info:
Rua Eduardo Manuel de Almeida
4801-901 Guimarães, Portugal
phone: +351 -253-424-800
web: www.hotel-guimaraes.com/en/menu_new2.htm

Room amenities: • air conditioning • cable TV with 50 channels • direct dial telephone • bathroom with telephone • Internet connection • electronic alarm-clock • mini bar • electronic private safe • hair-dryer • total soundproofing

Facility amenities: non-smoking floors • restaurant & bar • room service • Health Club • laundry service • meeting rooms • Internet Wireless LAN • foreign exchange office

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Saturday, September 14 - Lecture on Contemporary Portugal / Guimarães
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture: An Anthropological & Political Profile of Contemporary Portugal. After the lecture we depart for Guimarães.

Lunch: We stop for lunch at a local restaurant along our route

Afternoon: After lunch we take a drive to a village already in the north of Portugal to attend a performance by a local folklore group. Arriving in Guimarães mid-afternoon, take some time after checking in to the hotel to relax before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel de Guimaraes

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

Description: Short walk from Historical city center. non-smoking storey • rooms for motor disabled people • restaurant • bar • room service • Health Club • laundry service • meeting rooms • free net centre • Internet Wireless LAN • foreign exchange office

Contact info:
Rua Eduardo Manuel de Almeida
4801-901 Guimarães, Portugal
phone: +351 -253-424-800
web: www.hotel-guimaraes.com/en/menu_new2.htm

Room amenities: • air conditioning • cable TV with 50 channels • direct dial telephone • bathroom with telephone • Internet connection • electronic alarm-clock • mini bar • electronic private safe • hair-dryer • total soundproofing

Facility amenities: non-smoking floors • restaurant & bar • room service • Health Club • laundry service • meeting rooms • Internet Wireless LAN • foreign exchange office

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Sunday, September 15 - Guimarães: Birthplace of Portuguese Nation / Folk...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: After breakfast go on a sightseeing tour of Guimaraes. Later, visit the local "Museu Alberto Sampaio."

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Continue with a walking guided visit of Guimarães and its charming medieval streets.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel de Guimaraes

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

Description: The Hotel Mercure Porto Centro is a traditional hotel which has recently been restored, belonging to a French chain of hotels with a long-standing tradition in the hospitality industry, it is well maintained providing for modern and comfortable accommodation. It is located in the centre of the historical city of Oporto, and near the National Theatre 'Sao Joao'.

Contact info:
Praca da Batalha, 116
Porto, 4049-028 Portugal
phone: +351 -22-204-3300
Room amenities: Air-conditioned (or centrally heated) rooms, all with private bathroom, television, direct dialing.

Facility amenities: Breakfast and dining room. Meeting rooms. Bar and Lounges.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Twelve: Monday, September 16 - Braga: Sameiro Mountain, "Bom Jesus do Monte", an...
Braga: Sameiro Mountain, "Bom Jesus do Monte", and the Medieval City / Drive to Porto

Breakfast: After an early breakfast at the hotel, check out and prepare for the departure to Porto.

Morning: This morning you explore Braga, starting at the top of Sameiro Mountain where you visit "Bom Jesus do Monte" church complex affording views of the city below. Descending by coach or by funicular, continue with a guided walk exploring the old Medieval city center and the Romanesque Cathedral.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch we continue to Porto. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic drive of Porto and a guided visit of the "Casa da Musica", the state-of-the-art Music hall and Instrument museum.

Dinner: Enjoy some free time this evening to explore local restaurants on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Mercure Porto Centro

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

Description: The Hotel Mercure Porto Centro is a traditional hotel which has recently been restored, belonging to a French chain of hotels with a long-standing tradition in the hospitality industry, it is well maintained providing for modern and comfortable accommodation. It is located in the centre of the historical city of Oporto, and near the National Theatre 'Sao Joao'.

Contact info:
Praca da Batalha, 116
Porto, 4049-028 Portugal
phone: +351 -22-204-3300
Room amenities: Air-conditioned (or centrally heated) rooms, all with private bathroom, television, direct dialing.

Facility amenities: Breakfast and dining room. Meeting rooms. Bar and Lounges.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Thirteen: Tuesday, September 17 - "Quinta da Aveleda" / Lunch at a local restaurant
Breakfast: Breakfast in the Hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning drive to the countryside around Oporto where a guided visit introduces the Gardens of "Quinta da Aveleda," a Manor House famous for its wine making.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy some time at leisure to explore Porto before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner in a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Mercure Porto Centro

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

Description: The Hotel Mercure Porto Centro is a traditional hotel which has recently been restored, belonging to a French chain of hotels with a long-standing tradition in the hospitality industry, it is well maintained providing for modern and comfortable accommodation. It is located in the centre of the historical city of Oporto, and near the National Theatre 'Sao Joao'.

Contact info:
Praca da Batalha, 116
Porto, 4049-028 Portugal
phone: +351 -22-204-3300
Room amenities: Air-conditioned (or centrally heated) rooms, all with private bathroom, television, direct dialing.

Facility amenities: Breakfast and dining room. Meeting rooms. Bar and Lounges.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fourteen: Wednesday, September 18 - "Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis" / River Douro Cr...
"Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis" / River Douro Cruise / Farewell Dinner

Breakfast: Breakfast in the Hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning enjoy a guided visit of the "Soares dos Reis" Museum, named after this famous Portuguese sculptor and housed in the "Palácio dos Carrancas" with a collection of Portuguese paintings and sculptures spanning from the 17th to the 20th century. Then enjoy a guided visit of a Port wine cellar in Gaia.

Lunch: Transfer to the "Ribeira" (riverside) where we board a traditional "Rabelo" (a boat originally used to transport barrels of "Port" wine) for a light lunch onboard while cruising along the Douro River and enjoying the superb views of the shore.

Afternoon: Return to the hotel to attend a lecture by your study leader " Portugal facing its future in Europe – weaknesses and challenges”. Take the rest of the afternoon to relax.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the Café Guarany.

Lodging: Hotel Mercure Porto Centro

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

Description: The Hotel Mercure Porto Centro is a traditional hotel which has recently been restored, belonging to a French chain of hotels with a long-standing tradition in the hospitality industry, it is well maintained providing for modern and comfortable accommodation. It is located in the centre of the historical city of Oporto, and near the National Theatre 'Sao Joao'.

Contact info:
Praca da Batalha, 116
Porto, 4049-028 Portugal
phone: +351 -22-204-3300
Room amenities: Air-conditioned (or centrally heated) rooms, all with private bathroom, television, direct dialing.

Facility amenities: Breakfast and dining room. Meeting rooms. Bar and Lounges.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fifteen: Thursday, September 19 - São Bento Railway Station / Stock Exchange Buildi...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning during a guided walking visit to São Bento Railway Station we learn about the tile panels decorating its walls. Then a guided visit of the Stock Exchange, the "Palácio da Bolsa" and Porto's main Market.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to sample some of Porto's culinary offerings.

Afternoon: This afternoon take some time to explore the lovely city of Porto at your own pace.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Mercure Porto Centro

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Sixteen: Friday, September 20 - Departures from Porto
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to Porto Airport for return flights to the U.S.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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