Winter in Portugal: Rich History & Culture from Cascais to Lisbon
From the fishing village of Cascais to the modern city of Lisbon, trace the history of Portugal as you explore castles, walk along farmland and sample local cuisine.
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Program No. 22583RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

Nestled along the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is home to historic fishing villages, idyllic farmland and colorful cities. Discover the very best of this European nation during the quieter winter months, while the weather is still beautiful but mild. Trace the history of Portugal as you explore the quaint countryside and more modern city of Lisbon, and learn how the former fishing village of Cascais transformed into a royal residence and popular port. Local experts will introduce you to the very best of traditional cuisine, artworks, historic palaces and much more!
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to two miles a day. Some standing; cobblestones.
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 ...

  • Savor the traditional cuisine of Portugal during a morning at a local farmer’s market and hands-on cooking class.
  • Delight in the colorful Palace of Pena in Sintra, a former monastery-turned-castle that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Learn the history of the Mafra Royal Palace and Monastery, built by King John V in the 18th century and now a National Monument.

General Notes

Post-Program Option: Continue your journey and explore more with extension program 22856: "Independent Lisbon" featuring 2 nights accommodation Lisbon. On this independent program, explore and discover the Portuguese capital on your own, seeing the sights that interest you most and at your own pace. And, if you purchase airfaire through Road Scholar we'd like to offer this extension to you for free! If you wish to enroll in this optional extension program, please contact Road Scholar Participant Services.
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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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