The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today
Discover the unique history of Portugal from a local perspective as you examine its architecture, heritage, universities and traditions of port wine on expert-led walks.
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Program No. 20983LHQ
10 days
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At a Glance

Six centuries ago, ships and sailors departed Portugal’s shores to find new knowledge, vast riches and little conflict during a period known as the Age of Discovery. Experience your own discoveries on this journey to medieval monasteries, fertile vineyards and cities that are equal parts history and modern energy. This program combines field trips led by local experts with some time for independent exploration.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles per day. Cobblestones and uneven terrain; some stairs without railings.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • In Lisbon, examine architectural treasures of the Age of Discovery and enjoy a lively evening of music at a Fado house.
  • Set off on an expert-led field trip to one of the world’s oldest universities, the University of Coimbra, founded in 1290.
  • Taste and learn about port wine at the vineyards of the Alto Douro Wine Region.
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Isabel Burnay
Isabel Burnay is an experienced leader with over 25 years in the educational travel industry, leading groups in Portugal and beyond. In addition to her specialized education in tourism, Isabel is constantly taking culture, history and tourism courses to update her knowledge and stay in touch with the latest trends in the travel world. She has worked for local as well as international travel companies leading groups from the five continents. Isabel is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and Italian.

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

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