Walking up to 2.5 miles in about 1 hour on coastal and city roads. In the afternoon, climbing approximately 240 steps to the Clerigos Tower belfry.
At the hotel, we’ll have a buffet, plus coffee, tea, juice, water.
We will begin our day with a lecture in our meeting room, that will introduce us to Portugal, its history, and its people. We will then check out of the hotel and set out to discover the different sides of Porto, both the old and the new, with your Group Leader. Boarding a motorcoach, we will ride to the seafront for a walk along the rocky beaches of the city towards the mouth of the Douro River. Returning to the motorcoach, we will discover the six bridges of Porto. Each bridge has its own distinctive style as they were used to carry Porto’s wine cargoes.
On your own to enjoy what you like or sample the local flavor.
We will walk to Livraria Lello, one of the most beautiful bookshops in the city, with our Group Leader. We will first be greeted by its storefront facade, featuring ornate Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau elements. The shop was opened by two esteemed brothers who were actively involved in the affairs of the growing and bustling city. Passionate about literature and culture, the bookshop opened in 1906 and has remained relatively unchanged. We will then continue on foot to the Clerigos Tower for an opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of northern Portugal’s largest city from the belfry. Completed in 1763, the 250-foot church tower was the tallest building in Portugal at the time of its construction and remains one of Porto’s most important symbols. It counts about 240 steps that we can choose to climb to admire the view of Porto from the belfry. Back on the bus, our field trip will end at Vila Nova de Gaia on the Douro’s south bank, where we will embark the ship. Upon our arrival, crewmembers will be waiting to assist with luggage and bring it to our rooms. We’ll check in at the front desk and settle into our cabins before the presentation of the crew. Each afternoon and evening, join your fellow participants in the ship’s restaurant for a plated, multi-course meal featuring fresh and local cuisine, plus coffee, tea, assorted juices, beer, wine, and water. The menu will be displayed ahead of time in the ship’s lobby, offering participant’s time to request an alternative course with your server. Breakfast features a plentiful buffet including breakfast meats, a variety of eggs, pastries and spreads, yogurt, cereal, and fruit, plus coffee, tea, assorted juices, and water. In Portugal, dinners are generally much later than in North America and there is therefore little or no leisure time in the evenings.
At leisure. The ship will remain docked in Via Nova de Gaia overnight.