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

Explore little-known treasures along Europe’s Douro River, discovering local wineries, ancient architecture, Gothic cathedrals and UNESCO World Heritage Sites on expert-led excursions.
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Program No. 15893RJ
13 days
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At a Glance

Widely considered Europe’s most beautiful river, the Douro meanders through almond groves and gets you up close to the unspoiled charm of the Portuguese and Spanish cities. From national parks to port wine vineyards and into villages with Roman, Arabic and Christian roots, explore this region’s Baroque and Gothic history, folkloric culture and natural splendor.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
For people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the architectural treasures of Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit a local winery and learn about the secrets of this wine growing region in the renowned Douro Valley.
  • Discover one of the best art collections in Portugal at the Gulbenkian Museum.

General Notes

Please note that all 2020 departures will sail on the Miguel Torga. Ships vary by departure date in 2019: The May 25 and Sep 2 departures sail on the Infante don Henrique. The Jul 22 and Oct 21 departures sail on the Miguel Torga. The Aug 29 and Oct 10 departures sail on the Gil Eanes.
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Paula Cristina Afonso Fernandes
Paula Fernandes graduated in 1990 from the New University of Lisbon with a degree in anthropology. She began working as a group leader in Portugal in 1984 and since then has been an educational travel director all over Europe. Road Scholar participants enjoy Paula's in-depth knowledge of the culture, art and history of the Iberian Peninsula, and her excellent leadership skills. Paula currently divides her time between homes in Spain and Portugal and can speak Portuguese, English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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