20983
Portugal
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.
Rating (4.97)
Program No. 20983RLR
Length
10 days
Starts at
2,169
Flights start at
825
Getting There
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At a Glance

Six centuries ago, ships and sailors departed Portugal’s shores to find fresh knowledge, vast riches and not a 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 plenty of time for independent exploration.
Activity Level
Active
Walking up to two miles per day. Cobblestones and uneven terrain; some stairs without railings.
Flex
Our Flex learning adventures offer more flexible schedules than our traditional programs, with ample independent time and several meals on your own. Enjoy the camaraderie of the group while also getting time to explore on your own.

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.

General Notes

The June 24 and Nov 4 dates stay at the Sheraton Porto instead of the Dom Henrique.
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Luisa Azevedo
For the past 15 years, Luisa has been organizing and leading international educational groups and familiarization trips. She graduated from Minho University with a degree in International Relations. Luisa has traveled extensively throughout Portugal and Spain and has lived in Brazil, organizing congresses and events. She is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish and has led cultural groups throughout the Iberian Peninsula. Her vast travel experience and wealth of knowledge about the history and cultures of Iberia contribute tremendously to the programs she leads.
Luisa Azevedo
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