15893
Spain/Portugal
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
Length
13 days
Starts at
3,195
Flights start at
875
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13 days
12 nights
30 meals
11 B 9 L 10 D
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival, Orientation, Welcome
Porto
D
NH Collection Porto Batalha

Afternoon: Check in at your hotel in Porto and have time to freshen up and relax before meeting for a welcome orientation and program briefing. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel or local restaurant.

Evening: Evening at leisure to rest and relax.

DAY
3
Porto, Portugal, Embarkation
Porto
B,L,D
MS Infante don Henrique

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: "Introduction to the History of Portugal and the Douro Valley" led by a local historian. Afterwards, you will leave the hotel (with luggage) for a lecture/field trip discovering the city of Porto.

Lunch: Lunch in Porto.

Afternoon: Continue the expert-led discovery of the old quarter and exploration of the historic city center of Porto by foot. Late this afternoon, arrive at the ship (by coach), check into cabins, and have an orientation before dinner. We will discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Guimaraes, Free time and lecture
Porto
B,L,D
MS Infante don Henrique

Activity note: Today's activities will involve a lot of walking. Participants with limited mobility might want to consider to sit out an activity at a local café.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: The local expert guide will lead an exploration on the historic evolution of Guimaraes from a Medieval settlement into a modern town. Its rich building typology exemplifies the development of Portuguese architecture from the 15th to the 19th century through the consistent use of traditional building materials and techniques.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: This afternoon, discover the city of Porto at your own pace. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Late in the afternoon enjoy a lecture about "Contemporary History of Portugal."

Dinner: On board.

Evening: Fado evening.

DAY
5
Porto, Cruise Upstream, Wines of the Douro
Do-Peso de Regua
B,L,D
MS Infante don Henrique

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning discover the dramatic baroque style architecture of Porto, expressive of triumphant power and control. The word baroque probably derives from the ancient Portuguese noun "barroco" which is a pearl that is not round but of unpredictable and elaborate shape.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: This afternoon your guide will present a lecture on board the ship: "History of the Vineyards of the Douro: The Great Porto Wines."

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Vila Real, Cruise Upstream, Lecture
Do-Vega de Teron
B,L,D
MS Infante don Henrique

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning explore the town of Vila Real, famed for its religious architectural styles.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Attend a lecture on board the ship by your Study Leader: "Social Development in Portugal."

Dinner: On board.

Evening: Evening at leisure as the ship passes the border into Spain.

DAY
7
Salamanca, Spain
Do-Barca D'Alva
B,L,D
MS Infante don Henrique

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Upon arrival to Salamanca enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Your guide may assist in suggesting sites of interest or find your own way to discovering the city.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Salamanca.

Afternoon: Led by your expert guide, discover the city of Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the Roman, Arabic and Christian architectural treasures found in this historic city.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Cruise Down Stream, Wine Discovery
Do-Pinhoa
B,L,D
MS Infante don Henrique

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning, enjoy cruising downstream and take the time to rest and relax.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Visit to a local winery for a behind-the-scenes look at the production of regional wines.

Dinner: On board (gala evening).

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Lamego, Cruise Down Stream
Porto
B,L,D
MS Infante don Henrique

Activity note: The morning activity will involve a lot of walking. Participants with limited mobility might want to consider sitting out of an activity at a local café.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: On-Site Lecture / Field Trip: "Discovering Lamego, the Shrine of Nossa Senhora and its National Art Museum."

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Enjoy this time to pack, and admire the passage of the two last locks of the Douro River.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Transfer to Lisbon, Coimbra, Lisbon
Lisbon
B,L,D
Hotel Mundial

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Upon disembarking the ship (with luggage), and en route for Lisbon, take a detour to Coimbra, known as the City of Students. Your expert guide will give you a tour of the university and will explain the higher education system in Portugal. The library houses over 250,000 books influencing the study of Law, Philosophy and Theology.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Coimbra.

Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy a walking discovery focusing on the history and folklore of Coimbra. Once the capital of Portugal, the city is filled with archaeological sites dating from the Roman occupation through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. After your field trip, coach to Lisbon and check in to your hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel in Lisbon.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Lisbon, Portugal, Free Time
Lisbon
B,D
Hotel Mundial

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Visit the National Maritime Museum with your study leader who will explain the history of Portugal's glorious past as a superpower of the sea. Afterwards visit the Royal Coach museum and learn about the wealth and the riches of the royal family. This is the largest and best collection of royal coaches in the world.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: This afternoon, led by our local guide, we visit three monuments that bear witness to Portugal's past glories. The Monument to the Discoveries, Belem Tower, and Jeronimos Monastery are all sites worth exploring.

Dinner: Traditional Fado Dinner at Casa de Linhares.

Evening: After dinner, enjoy a night coach tour of Lisbon, driving past the beautiful, illuminated monuments.

DAY
12
Sintra and Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon
B,L
Hotel Mundial

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We take a field trip to discover Sintra Vila Velha, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its 19th century Romantic architecture. You will have some free time to explore Sintra and wander the streets. Then explore one of the National Palaces where kings and Queens of Portugal used to spend their holidays.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Lisbon.

Afternoon: Free Time: This is your chance to explore Lisbon at your own pace and pursue your own interests. Before dinner, enjoy a meeting with locals followed by a program wrap up.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Program Concludes
Lisbon
B

Breakfast: At the hotel if your departure flight time allows. This concludes our program.

Morning: Departure for the Lisbon airport for flights returning to the U.S. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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