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R Shardell Jul 04, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Looking to go on this trip April, 2016. What is average duration of walks per destination? How is weather...hoping to escape extreme heat a rainy season.
Margaret Wheaton Jul 08, 2015 at 01:19 PM

I went in May, 2015. The weather was quite warm but pleasant. I wore a pedometer, just for fun. We walked from 3000 to 9000 steps per day. I think that is a maximum of about 3.5 miles for the entire day.
R Shardell Jul 09, 2015 at 01:16 PM

Margaret: Would you say it was in the 80's? Would you recommend the trip? ...any packing tips? Did you forget something or super happy that you packed a certain item?
Margaret Wheaton Jul 16, 2015 at 09:56 PM

Yes, I would recommend the trip. The tour leader, Helena Balthazar, is outstanding. The cabins are extremely compact; don't pack too much. Have fun!

Roberta Carney Jun 04, 2015 at 10:23 PM

Bobby Carney
Thinking about going 10/28-11/09/15. Any experience with the weather during this period??
Douglas Bracy Jun 04, 2015 at 10:47 PM

That is almost exaxtly the time of year when I went on the same tour last year. The temperature was just about right,nether too cold nor too warm, and we had some beautiful sunny days. We had a couple of rainy days also, so take an umbrella. I absolutely loved the trip and my first visit to Portugal.

Margaret Wheaton Apr 18, 2015 at 01:33 PM

My friend Ellen and I are going on May 16, 2015. She's from Seattle and I am from central Florida.
Susan Alves Apr 21, 2015 at 09:47 AM

Have a great time. I look forward to hearing about it when you return

Susan Alves Mar 30, 2015 at 06:20 PM

I am going on this in Oct. It is my first trip with Roads scholar. I am looking forward to the trip

Maria Walsh Feb 27, 2015 at 08:26 PM

I am wondering if the double occupancy can be configured as two twin beds on this trip?
David Owens Mar 01, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Last September we took this trip, in "Accommodation 2." The beds were already configured as two (narrow) twin beds.
Maria Walsh Mar 01, 2015 at 12:11 PM

Thank you for your response David, did you enjoy the trip?
David Owens Mar 01, 2015 at 02:29 PM

Maria - Yes! We found the countryside and cities delightful, the cuisine superb, and the coordinator well organized and informative.

Richard Kreisel Jul 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

We are on the trip startin Sept 6, 2014. Just looking to connect with any other people!
Douglas Bracy Jul 26, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Douglas Bracy Jul 26, 2014 at 11:55 AM

I was on the identical trip last fall, and found it was of the great trips I have taken with Road Scholar. Be prepared to have sme great food on the cruise, washed down with as much good Portuguese wine as you can drink, and to have fascinating insights into the history, culture, and economy of Portugal. Helena Balthazar is one of the most delightful nd knowledgable tour guides I have ever had. I envy you, and wish I were doing the trip again!
Julius Seder Aug 19, 2014 at 02:23 PM

We are going on 9/6 also out of Philly. We have done other river boat trips . The best way to travel. See you there
Richard Kreisel Aug 19, 2014 at 05:00 PM

See you there - we fly thru JFK and Madrid to Porto

Kenneth Nelson Sep 25, 2013 at 08:28 PM

Thinking about this trip as we like river boat cruising. Airfare from SFO is quite expensive, so having second thoughts.

Douglas Bracy Jul 29, 2013 at 05:35 PM

Anyone signed up for the Douro River trip leaving Porto on October 19th? I'm traveling by myself and will be spending 4 days in Madrid first. Retired college professor and avid Road Scholar, I enjoy hearing from anyone else on this trip.
Judith Rhoades Oct 09, 2013 at 06:46 PM

Still going? There's three of us singles from Baltimore going. In addition to many intergenerational international trips, I have done, Food and Wine in Spain, Crossing from Chile into Patagonia, and the best....Bhutan!
Douglas Bracy Oct 09, 2013 at 07:01 PM

Hi Judith, Yes! I'm still going! Fly from Miami to Madrid Oct. 15th, then Madrid - Porto Oct 20th. I spent most of my adult life in Washington-Baltimore area, so it will be nice to meet you. I plan to drink mucho vino inboth countries - sounds like you have experience doing the same! Are you flying from BWI? Any pre/post Road Scholar travels?
Richard Hanson Sep 22, 2014 at 04:49 PM

Hi Judith & Douglas - Linda and I are a couple from Tucson who will be joining you on the trip. We've done 4 service projects with RS but never a regular program. Our flight into Porto just got changed so hope we make it for the first gathering! See you in Portugal, Rick
Susan Alves Mar 30, 2015 at 06:59 PM

Douglas, Judith, Richard I am going in October out of Dallas, TX. Looking forward to the trip and meeting others
Susan Alves Apr 02, 2015 at 10:20 AM

oops didn't chech the dates on the prior posts. im going in 2015

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