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Adventures Afloat: Belo Portugal: Wine, History and Landscapes Along the Douro River

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While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
George from Trenton, NJ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/12/15 - 09/24/15
If you have never seen (or maybe have seen in the past) Portugal you will love taking a tour with Helena and road Scholar. You will learn so much about this country and its importance in wold history (as well as having a wonderful time).

Christine from Olympia, WA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/11/15 - 04/23/15
I've been traveling with RS to iconic European cities to catch up with my dreams. This riverboat trip in Portugal, as I imagined, would be a different journey. I had no preconceived images of the country. That provided a unique learning experience, led by an expert. And I like different landscapes. You also get to stay in two important Portugese cities. Slower pace, as you'd expect boat travel to be.

Joan from Denver, CO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/11/15 - 04/23/15
Great program Helena is wonderful leader,country beautiful and interesting, river experience great, boat comfortable with very responsive staff, good food, Beautiful river through wine country narrow so see a lot of countryside

Ann from Bend, OR Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 10/11/14 - 10/23/14
This was an excellent program. The service and food on the cruise portion was exceptional. Portugal is an amazing place to visit and the guide Helena is very well versed on attractions and the history of her country. I highly recommend this program.

Barbara from Berkeley, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/11/14 - 10/23/14
This was an excellent trip with a fantastic guide, Helena. The food aboard ship was superb. Everything was well-organized, interesting, and fun.

Fran from Berkeley, CA Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 10/11/14 - 10/23/14
An EXTRAORDINARY trip! I couldn't have been more pleased with everything, even tho it was unexpectedly hot in Lisbon. :-) There are not enough superlatives to describe our tour leader. Fran in Berkeley, CA

Gary from Lexington, VA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/18/14
The Portuguese phrase 'Gold over Blue' means 'The Greatest'. Everyone on this tour was superb. Our group leader Helena was unbeatable. Our driver excellent. The boat and staff were attentive to everything needed to make the cruise memorable. In short, the whole tour was Gold over Blue!!

Judith from Mint Hill, NC Number of programs attended: 62
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/18/14
This program was very well run. Helena did a great job, with the lectures, program and field trips. The food was very good. A nice selection of Portugal food and drink. Our bus driver was excellent. I enjoyed the boat. It was interesting to talk to a few of the other passengers from other countries. Our group was excellent. Everyone got along so well. I highly recommend this program.

Richard from Raleigh, NC Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/18/14
Time in Lisbon was tops. Helena one of the best guides we have met with Road Scholar. River Duoro portion lacking abit. Ship and crew disappointing as our group was overwhelmed by predominantly French parties. Duoro área interesting but lacks any major point of interest.

David from Mint Hill, NC Number of programs attended: 62
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/18/14
Super program, one of the best we've attended. The combination of a great river cruise and then 3 nights in Lisbon was delightful. Food and acomodations were top notch. Much credit goes to the coordinator (Helena), an energetic soul who was an endless source of information on history, culture, and life in Portugal.

Jeanne from Leesburg, FL Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/18/14
This program is full of diverse experiences,(city and countryside; history and present day; wine and food) multiple modes of travel and led by one of the best! Be prepared for a lot of walking on cobblestone streets and many stairs/steps! An "invisible" country has become alive and much more appreciated!

Nettie from Voorhees, NJ Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/18/14
Not the best one I have attended. It was disappointing in some areas.

Patricia from Ottawa, ON Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 04/29/14 - 05/11/14
An excellent program. Informative lectures,well organized field trips into interesting sites. Leader Helena Balthazar was exceptional. Definitely recommend this program and better yet if you can get Helena.

Andrea from Kingston, TN Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 04/29/14 - 05/11/14
Great mix of lectures, field trips, and relaxing. Helena is a gem.

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11 nights of accommodations
30 meals: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
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