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. 20983RJ
10 days
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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
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.

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.
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