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The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today

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Program #20983RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
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.
Jo Ann from Richmond, VA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/25/14 - 11/03/14
Jo Ann from Richmond, VA Number of programs attended:4 Date attended: 10/25/14-11/03/14 My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this trip especially with the guidance of our leader Helena. I have taken a variety of trips with Road Scholar both on my own and with my husband, and I have been impressed with their quality regardless of the activity level, whether they are domestic or international, etc. They do a great job!

Carlos from Indianapolis, IN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/11/14 - 10/20/14
I thoroughly enjoyed the Portugal Tour (Oct. 11-20). I'm hooked on Road Scholar - it's the best deal in town. Isabel was outstanding; make sure you hold on to her. She only told us significant information that was of interest to me, and I assume it was the same with the other members of the group. I've had tour guides before who tell you every detail including the kitchen sink. We covered a lot of ground in seven days, but some days were a bit hurried and we hardly had time for lunch. I think the same tour should be extended to two weeks, and thus be more leisurely. We met people who were, in general, upper middle-class. At the last meeting I mentioned to Isabel that I would have liked to meet a working-class family. Isabel argued that the latter don't speak English and would be suspicious of her translation. I trust that Road Scholar could find a working-class family who doesn't have this concern.

Peter from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 10/25/14 - 11/03/14
Linda and I have been on more than a dozen Road Scholar trips. this was unquestionably one of the very best. Our leader Helena was outstanding and was a major reason the trip was so very very good. We learned a great deal about Portugal. My only suggestion to make the trip better would be a map of Portugal so we could follow on the map all the places we visited.

Edmund from Strafford, VT Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/25/14 - 11/03/14
Portugal is a gem to visit for its relatively unknown history, the beauty of the towns of Lisbon and Oporto with their narrow streets, gorgeous and artistic tile decorated pastel covered walls, etc. etc. Wine country an additional huge plus and Roads Scholar covered everything well due to program and our exceptionally well-qualified leader Elena Balthazar. My only criticism is that the program suffered from being reduced in length from prior year(s) and I think many felt exhausted by pace. I would strongly recommend addition a couple of days.

Melissa from Newton Center, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/25/14 - 11/03/14
Amazing program!! everyone must visit Portugal and learn about its rich history and culture. Plus Helena is an amazing educator!

Richard from Galloway, NJ Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/11/14 - 10/20/14
Trip was jam packed with wonderful experiences. Most of us felt we needed more time. I suggest before you go, make a list of what you feel is most importsnt and then cross out those that the program will visit. Then try to plan what free time you have with what is left. The art museum, the castle, the tram, most of the major churches, the tile museum are NOT included. So it is important that you be prepared.

Lois from Chicago, IL Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/20/14 - 09/29/14
This Portuguese adventure was a busy, rich, enthralling joy. The Group Leader was a passionate native and so proud of her country and wanted to show us every inch. She came close to succeeding! We ate, drank, breathed in all this beautiful country has to offer and soaked in the history, heritage, sun and sky. We are SO glad to have gone and hope to head south of Lisbon on a second adventure to the Atlantic's western coast!

Sharon from Chico, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/11/14 - 10/20/14
Wow! What a trip! All the mundane details were taken care of so we could concentrate on the sights, sounds, smells and tastes. Road Scholar really goes that extra mile and delivers; accommodations in the heart of the city; fine dining experiences with wine and desserts; comfortable, clean coaches to transport us from location to location, top notch educational opportunities and Isabel, our wonderful tour guide! Thank you so much!

Margaret from Merritt, BC Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/11/14 - 10/20/14
I truly feel we saw the "Very Best of Portugal" thanks to the comprehensive and competent program provided by Isabel Burnay. It was a perfect mix of organized activities and flex time to fully enjoy the warm hospitality of the Portuguese people, food/wine, natural beauty and cultural sights of the country. Highly recommend the program and Isabel to anyone planning a trip to Portugal.

Cathy from Sacramento, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/11/14 - 10/20/14
This is a great program. Informative, fun, beautiful and active. Great food and wine. Our tour guide, Isabel Burnay, was the best. Portugal is a beautiful country, with welcoming people and a very interesting history.

Susan from Salt Lake City, UT Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/11/14 - 10/20/14
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and only wish it could have been a couple of days longer. Some days felt very full, but looking back, I am amazed at how many places we visited in just 8 days. Learned to absolutely adore the Portuguese people and discovered the excellent pastries and wine! Thanks to Isabel Burnay for introducing us to her land and people in such a remarkable way.

Marian from Flat Rock, NC Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 10/04/14 - 10/13/14
Portugal in a nutshell. History to the present day explained in all different ways. Interact with Portuguese families and understand how they think, work and play. Fall in love with the Douro wine region and see the beauty of the countryside. Visit LIsbon, Porto and also enjoy a lovely seaside hotel. Great trip with a leader who has such a love for her country.

Patricia from Lancaster, PA Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 10/11/14 - 10/20/14
Our trip to Portugal was a wonderful learning experience, it could not be done as well with any other travel group!

Toni from Glenside, PA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 09/20/14 - 09/29/14
This program had one of the very best RS leaders we have ever encountered! Helena is a gem! The program offers some free time, and we liked that. We learned a great deal, from locals, from our guides, from excursions and on our own. The program was very well designed. Bravo Road Scholar!

Pamela from Chicago, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/20/14 - 09/29/14
The Portuguese people I met were uniformly friendly, polite, soft-spoken and warm. The Douro River Valley vineyards richly deserve their UNESCO World Heritage status, but our wonderful guide, Helena, made the entire trip an extraordinary experience. I did not want to go home.

Margaret from Latham, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/20/14 - 09/29/14
This was my second Road Scholar trip and it was even better than the last one to Venice, Italy. Helena Baltazar was an outstanding leader. I highly recommend this adventure in Portugal

Robert from Schuylkill Haven, PA Number of programs attended: 22
Date attended: 09/20/14 - 09/29/14
This was my 22nd program and the most outstanding to date. Helena Baltazar is a gifted leader who provides a multi-dimensional look into her country and its culture. The icing on the cake is the warm temperament of the Portuguese people combined with the lovely landscape.

Ann from Oak Park, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/10/14 - 05/19/14
The Best of Portugal was my first Road Scholar trip, and my first trip oversees. Traveling is one of my retirement goals and this trip had made me hungry for more. Our tour guide was most enthusiastic and displayed a true love for her country, Portugal. The participants were most friendly, and very easy to converse with. I loved every moment!

Richard from Tomball, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/24/14 - 06/02/14
We had a great time with the land package. Meals & lodging were quite good, adding to the overall enjoyment of our first experience with R/S. Helena, our guide, made it all the more interesting as we learned & saw Portugal first hand. I highly recommend the land package!!

Patricia from Sarasota, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/02/13 - 11/11/13
We had a wonderful time on our Portugal trip. I highly recommend this program for anyone thinking about visiting Portugal.

Jennifer from Lake Quivira, KS Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 11/02/13 - 11/11/13
This was a marvelous program because our guide Helena was allowed to plan a lot of it including the lectures(we then went for cocktails to the professors house), the menus and the restaurants ( excellent) and special events like Fado concerts The country has a great history and is beautiful.Distances are not too great .Every participant had a good time

Heidi from New Canaan, CT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/02/13 - 11/11/13
Something for every serious traveler: a chance to meet Portuguese citizens, to learn about their history, to admire their culture and to their seafood. The only thing missing is accommodation in one of those famous pousadas! A four-star hotel in Portugal is not what you'd expect in another European country.

Daniel from Marstons Mills, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/02/13 - 11/11/13
This was my first experience with Road Scholar, and I was very impressed with how well the program is designed. Count me in for future trips!!!!

Karen from Tulsa, OK Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/28/13 - 10/07/13
This trip was wonderful in every way - the guide was fantastic, the experiences amazing, the other participants delightful, and the country SO interesting and beautiful. It was a PERFECT Roads Scholar opportunity!

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