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Roberta Carney Jan 06, 2016 at 10:33 PM

Hoping to go 9/3-9/15/16. Any comments on the # of stops, and the length of coach trips? Can't figure out from program details how many coach trips. I was looking forward to a # of stops on the river, but can identify only 1 at Vila Real.

Douglas Bracy Jan 06, 2016 at 10:06 PM

As I remember, there was entertainment almost every night. There was DJ for dancing several nights, and a very good fold dance troupe boarded one evening. Even without music, it was fun to get to know the other passengers, both Road Scholars and those from other groups.
Cheryl Jacoby Jan 06, 2016 at 10:08 PM

thanks Doug for your comment.

Cheryl Jacoby Jan 06, 2016 at 09:21 PM

What is there to do in the evenings on board the ship?

Heather Houston Nov 28, 2015 at 05:06 PM

i have just booked for the sept. 24th trip and looking forward to seeing and learning about Portugal. i've been on several rs trips and every one has surpased my exoectations. i hear our guide is excellent.
Martha Schooley Dec 14, 2015 at 06:06 PM

Do we have the name of the guide already? Anyone else leaving from Chicago?

Douglas Bracy Aug 15, 2015 at 12:56 PM

Marilee, I was on the same trip about 2 years ago, and I think we had about 25 or 30. Yes, it was a bilingual dining room with 2 or 3 (I forget which) other groups from European countries, but that added to the fun - we danced together and generally enjoyed each other's company. Of course we had separate bus trips in port.

I must say that if Helena Balthazar is leading, run, don't walk to sign up. There is nothing about Portuguese history, culture, politics, wine! that she doesn't know, and her personality and leadership skills were unsurpassed. It was one of the most fabulous trips of my 20 or so with Road Scholar.
Marilee Henneberger Aug 16, 2015 at 12:02 AM

Thanks, Douglas. It sounds like a great trip

Marilee Henneberger Aug 13, 2015 at 05:26 PM

The boat has 70 cabins… about how many of the passengers will be Road Scholars?

I have been on almost 30 RS programs over the years and definitely prefer the small groups, for many reasons, especially overseas. I don't mind a somewhat larger group if it's manageable size so you can hear guides and avoid crowding around sites and so forth.
Margaret Wheaton Aug 13, 2015 at 05:56 PM

The Road Scholar group was a pleasant size. We had our own bus and tour guides. We occupied one corner of the dining room. Everything was multilingual, repeated in English, German, Portuguese(?), sometimes French.
Marilee Henneberger Aug 13, 2015 at 11:59 PM

Thanks for the reply Margaret, but are we talking 20 people, 40? Somewhere in-between?

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.

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