At the westernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal has developed a diverse and unique culture. From the neighborhoods of ancient Lisbon and medieval Porto to the volcanic archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores, each region is bursting with personality and has its own distinct story. Within this small country, Road Scholar’s expert faculty will introduce you to the flourishing heritage and culture waiting to be explored.
Portugal’s botanical wonders, sun-warmed coasts, renowned vineyards, and exquisite Mediterranean cuisine make it a European paradise for exploration and adventure. From the amazing hikes and adventures through the Portuguese islands of Madeira and Azores to a journey down the Douro River, each region has its own distinct story. Road Scholar will introduce you to the flourishing heritage and culture waiting to be explored in Portugal.
Madeira is one of four tropical islands off the coast of Portugal with beautiful waterfalls, palm trees, ocean surf crashing on breezy beaches, and great hiking. With its reputation as the “Isle of Flowers,” Madeira offers pristine walkways along the coast, weaving through gardens and offering impressive vistas.
In this 11-day hiking tour in Madeira, join local experts for a walking exploration of Madeira’s capital city of Funchal, wedged between the sea and mountains. Hike in a pristine laurel forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and visit the local colorful markets.
Join a naturalist to learn about Azores island’s natural beauty on hikes to the woodlands, thermal spring pools, caves, and volcanic landscapes of Europe’s best-kept secret.
Nicknamed “Hawaii of the Mid-Atlantic” for its verdant landscapes, explore Portugal’s Azores on foot in this Portugal tour to uncover the precious secrets of this natural paradise.
Madeira is an island of Portugal considered the floating garden of the Atlantic because of its renowned Botanical Gardens and lush subtropical forest. Uncover the history behind its vital artisan industries, from wine cellars and embroidery factories to sugar mills.
On the Winter in Portugal tour of Madeira that lasts eight days, you will go on exhilarating adventures including a tour to the tops of Funchal’s hills by cable car for breathtaking views before taking an exhilarating toboggan ride back down. Madeira is called the “island of eternal springtime,” for its perfect mild temperatures even during the winter months.
Discover hidden gems in the villages and valleys of Portugal on a riverboat down the Douro River. Discoveries Along the Douro is Road Scholar’s 11-day river cruise where you will marvel at the fairy-tale landscapes of Portugal and learn from top-notch instructors about the Baroque architecture of medieval towns. Taste the spectacular wines of Portugal and learn about regional Port wine during an educational wine tasting at a local "Quinta”.
Portugal's sightseeing is popular because of its architecture, heritage, universities and traditions of port wine. Discover adventures in Portugal on this journey to medieval monasteries, fertile vineyards, and cities filled with rich history and modern energy. The 10-day education, Best of Portugal tour, combines field trips led by local experts as well as independent time for discovery.
At Road Scholar, we offer a wide range of trips through the great country of Portugal. Through any of our Portugal tours, you’ll be placed in a cohort of like-minded adventurers. Together, you’ll enjoy spirited conversations while learning more about the world’s cultures, history, and traditions from local experts. Book your travel and learn more with Road Scholar today.