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Portugal

The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Exploration to Today

Program No. 20983RJ
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.
Length
10 days
Rating (4.97)
Activity Level
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2,599
Flights start at
850

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DATES & starting prices
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Mar 11 - Mar 20, 2023
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2,599
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Mar 18 - Mar 27, 2023
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Mar 25 - Apr 3, 2023
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Apr 22 - May 1, 2023
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Apr 29 - May 8, 2023
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May 6 - May 15, 2023
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May 13 - May 22, 2023
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May 20 - May 29, 2023
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May 27 - Jun 5, 2023
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Jun 3 - Jun 12, 2023
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Jun 24 - Jul 3, 2023
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Aug 26 - Sep 4, 2023
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Sep 2 - Sep 11, 2023
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Sep 9 - Sep 18, 2023
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Sep 16 - Sep 25, 2023
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Sep 23 - Oct 2, 2023
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Oct 14 - Oct 23, 2023
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Oct 21 - Oct 30, 2023
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Nov 4 - Nov 13, 2023
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Nov 11 - Nov 20, 2023
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Feb 24 - Mar 4, 2024
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Mar 2 - Mar 11, 2024
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Mar 9 - Mar 18, 2024
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Apr 6 - Apr 15, 2024
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Apr 13 - Apr 22, 2024
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Apr 20 - Apr 29, 2024
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May 4 - May 13, 2024
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May 11 - May 20, 2024
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May 18 - May 27, 2024
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Jun 1 - Jun 10, 2024
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Jun 8 - Jun 17, 2024
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2,749
Jun 15 - Jun 24, 2024
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2,749
Aug 31 - Sep 9, 2024
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Sep 7 - Sep 16, 2024
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2,749
Sep 14 - Sep 23, 2024
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2,749
Sep 21 - Sep 30, 2024
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2,749
Oct 12 - Oct 21, 2024
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Oct 19 - Oct 28, 2024
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Nov 2 - Nov 11, 2024
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2,599
Nov 9 - Nov 18, 2024
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DATES & starting prices
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Mar 11 - Mar 20, 2023
Starting at
3,059
Special Offer

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Mar 18 - Mar 27, 2023
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3,059
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Mar 25 - Apr 3, 2023
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Apr 22 - May 1, 2023
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Apr 29 - May 8, 2023
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May 6 - May 15, 2023
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May 13 - May 22, 2023
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3,269
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May 20 - May 29, 2023
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3,269
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Enroll in this date preceded by the corresponding May 12, 2023 departure of “The Best of Spain: Barcelona and Madrid” (#21336) and receive free air from one program to the next!

May 27 - Jun 5, 2023
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3,269
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Jun 3 - Jun 12, 2023
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3,269
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Jun 24 - Jul 3, 2023
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3,269
Aug 26 - Sep 4, 2023
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3,269
Sep 2 - Sep 11, 2023
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Sep 9 - Sep 18, 2023
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3,269
Sep 16 - Sep 25, 2023
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3,269
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Enroll in this date preceded by the corresponding Sept. 08, 2023 departure of “The Best of Spain: Barcelona and Madrid” (#21336) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Sep 23 - Oct 2, 2023
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3,269
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Enroll in this date preceded by the corresponding Sept. 15, 2023 departure of “The Best of Spain: Barcelona and Madrid” (#21336) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Oct 14 - Oct 23, 2023
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3,269
Oct 21 - Oct 30, 2023
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3,269
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Enroll in this date preceded by the corresponding Oct. 13, 2023 departure of “The Best of Spain: Barcelona and Madrid” (#21336) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Nov 4 - Nov 13, 2023
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3,059
Nov 11 - Nov 20, 2023
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3,059
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Enroll in this date preceded by the corresponding Nov. 03, 2023 departure of “The Best of Spain: Barcelona and Madrid” (#21336) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Feb 24 - Mar 4, 2024
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3,059
Mar 2 - Mar 11, 2024
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3,059
Mar 9 - Mar 18, 2024
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3,059
Apr 6 - Apr 15, 2024
Starting at
3,269
Apr 13 - Apr 22, 2024
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3,269
Apr 20 - Apr 29, 2024
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3,269
May 4 - May 13, 2024
Starting at
3,269
May 11 - May 20, 2024
Starting at
3,269
May 18 - May 27, 2024
Starting at
3,269
Jun 1 - Jun 10, 2024
Starting at
3,269
Jun 8 - Jun 17, 2024
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3,269
Jun 15 - Jun 24, 2024
Starting at
3,269
Aug 31 - Sep 9, 2024
Starting at
3,269
Sep 7 - Sep 16, 2024
Starting at
3,269
Sep 14 - Sep 23, 2024
Starting at
3,269
Sep 21 - Sep 30, 2024
Starting at
3,269
Oct 12 - Oct 21, 2024
Starting at
3,269
Oct 19 - Oct 28, 2024
Starting at
3,269
Nov 2 - Nov 11, 2024
Starting at
3,059
Nov 9 - Nov 18, 2024
Starting at
3,059

At a Glance

In a land known for its explorers, make your own discoveries in Portugal 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 2-3 miles per day, many cobblestones, steep slopes and uneven terrain, 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 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Examine architectural treasures of the Age of Discovery in Lisbon and enjoy a lively evening of music at a Fado house.
  • Set off on a 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.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
Featured Expert
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Isabel Burnay
Isabel Burnay is an experienced group leader with more than 25 years in educational travel. In addition to her specialized knowledge leading groups in Portugal and beyond, she is constantly taking culture, history, and other courses to update her knowledge and stay in touch with the latest trends in the educational travel world. Isabel has worked for local as well as international travel companies leading groups from the five continents. She 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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Leonor Sousa View biography
Leonor Sousa has been working as a Certified Guide and Tour Manager for national and international clients for a number of years. She lives in Lisbon and speaks several languages fluently, has an interest and has taken courses in medieval art, history and architecture, and is experienced in product planning and coordinating events and conferences.
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Adriana Alves View biography
Adriana Alves earned her master's degree in strategic management of travel destinations. Adriana is an energetic and knowledgeable group leader who delights in sharing her experiences as well as cultural, historical information on Portugal with Road Scholar participants. She is fluent in English and her native Portuguese.
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Isabel Burnay View biography
Isabel Burnay is an experienced group leader with more than 25 years in educational travel. In addition to her specialized knowledge leading groups in Portugal and beyond, she is constantly taking culture, history, and other courses to update her knowledge and stay in touch with the latest trends in the educational travel world. Isabel has worked for local as well as international travel companies leading groups from the five continents. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, and Italian.
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Ana Maria Mayordomo Cunha View biography
Ana Maria was born in Porto to a Spanish mother and a Portuguese father. She has lived most of her life in Lisbon. Ana Maria has been a yoga teacher since 2003, and was for a time the head of the travel department of the Portuguese Yoga Confederation, organizing group travel to Spain, Italy, Peru, the UK, India and Egypt. She has been involved with Road Scholar as a Group Leader and as a speaker. Her interests include trekking and sustainability/environmental protection initiatives.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Night Train to Lisbon
by Pascal Mercier
Obsessed with a book, Raimund Gegorius abandons his old life and travels to Lisbon in search of the truth about writer Amadeu de Prado.
Lonely Planet Portuguese Phrasebook
by Clara De MacEdo Vitorino
A handy pocket phrasebook for Portuguese basics, covering pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Baltasar and Blimunda
by Jose Saramago
This tale of two unlikely lovers in Inquisition-era Portugal is arguably Saramago's masterwork: a philosophically charged, intellectually rigorous historical drama which is also a captivating read.
The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon
by Richard Zimler
A Traveller's History of Portugal
by Ian Robertson
A lively, admirably concise survey from prehistory to the present, great for travelers to Portugal who would like an overview of the country's history and culture.
Journey to Portugal, In Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture
by Jose Saramago
Jose Saramago's richly detailed account of his journey across Portugal in 1979. He combines his vivid impressions of the Portuguese landscape and people with a dose of history, fiction and meditations.
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
by Laurence Bergreen
A chronicle of Ferdinand Magellan's sixteenth-century voyage around the world draws on candid first-person accounts and describes his crew's experiences with mutiny, navigation, death, unusual sexual practices, and Magellan's ruthless leadership tactics.
A Small Death in Lisbon
by Robert Wilson
Set in Lisbon in 1941 and 1999, this award-winning mystery intertwines a present day murder, some unsavory arms production, and smuggling in Nazi Germany. Please note, there are some graphic passages dealing with the horrors of war and concentration camps.
Prince Henry "the Navigator," A Life
by Peter E. Russell
A complicated, rewarding portrait, and the first biography of this empire-minded Portuguese prince in more than a hundred years.
28 Portuguese Poets
by Richard Zenith
A House in Darkness
by José Luis Peixoto
Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire
by Roger Crowley
An epic narrative history, this book chronicles the rise of Portugal in the 16th-century as the small nation fought for a dominant share in the global spice trade.
The Maias
by Eça de Queirós
Grape Harvest
by Miguel Torga
Miguel Torga's first novel is a tribute to the Douro, its people, and its landscapes. A book for all who love this extraordinary region.
Jesus Christ Drank Beer
by Afonso Cruz
The Painter of Birds
by Lídia Jorge





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