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Portugal

Winter in Portugal: Rich History & Culture from Cascais to Lisbon

Program No. 22583RJ
From the beautiful coastal Cascais to the modern city of Lisbon, trace the history of Portugal as you explore castles, walk along farmland and sample local cuisine.
Length
8 days
Rating (4.91)
Activity Level
Starts at
2,149
Flights start at
850

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Mar 11 - Mar 18, 2023
Starting at
2,149
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding March 17, 2023 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Mar 18 - Mar 25, 2023
Starting at
2,149
Nov 4 - Nov 11, 2023
Starting at
2,149
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Nov. 10, 2023 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Nov 11 - Nov 18, 2023
Starting at
2,149
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Nov. 17, 2023 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Jan 27 - Feb 3, 2024
Starting at
2,149
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Feb. 02, 2024 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Feb 3 - Feb 10, 2024
Starting at
2,149
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Feb. 09, 2024 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Feb 10 - Feb 17, 2024
Starting at
2,149
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Feb. 16, 2024 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Mar 2 - Mar 9, 2024
Starting at
2,149
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding March 08, 2024 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Mar 9 - Mar 16, 2024
Starting at
2,149
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding March 15, 2024 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Mar 16 - Mar 23, 2024
Starting at
2,149
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding March 22, 2024 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Nov 2 - Nov 9, 2024
Starting at
2,149
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Nov. 10, 2024 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Mar 11 - Mar 18, 2023
Starting at
2,349
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding March 17, 2023 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Mar 18 - Mar 25, 2023
Starting at
2,349
Nov 4 - Nov 11, 2023
Starting at
2,349
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Nov. 10, 2023 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Nov 11 - Nov 18, 2023
Starting at
2,349
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Nov. 17, 2023 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Jan 27 - Feb 3, 2024
Starting at
2,349
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Feb. 02, 2024 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Feb 3 - Feb 10, 2024
Starting at
2,349
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Feb. 09, 2024 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Feb 10 - Feb 17, 2024
Starting at
2,349
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Feb. 16, 2024 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Mar 2 - Mar 9, 2024
Starting at
2,349
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding March 08, 2024 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Mar 9 - Mar 16, 2024
Starting at
2,349
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding March 15, 2024 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Mar 16 - Mar 23, 2024
Starting at
2,349
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding March 22, 2024 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

Nov 2 - Nov 9, 2024
Starting at
2,349
Special Offer

Enroll in this date followed by the corresponding Nov. 10, 2024 departure of “Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira” (#23492) and receive free air from one program to the next!

At a Glance

Nestled along the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is home to historic colorful cities. Discover the coastal area of Lisbon during the quieter winter months, where the weather is mild. Trace the history of Portugal as you explore 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 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore Lisbon's Gulbenkian Foundation – one of the most exclusive private art collections in Europe. .
  • Discover the chic coastal resort of Cascais, favorite destination of European royalty.
  • 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

Give us a call to combine this learning adventure with select dates of "Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira" (#23492) for even more learning in Southern Europe! We’ll even transfer you for free between locations. This program can only be combined in the following order "Winter in Portugal: Rich History & Culture from Cascais to Lisbon" followed by "Winter in Portugal: The Colorful Island Culture of Madeira" (#23492).
Featured Expert
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Adriana Alves
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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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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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Paula Bizarro Moreira View biography
Paula Moreira was born in Portugal and currently lives in Lisbon. She enjoys art, learning about different cultures and cinema. She has taken a variety of different courses ranging from art and image to Judaism and Jewish heritage in Portugal. Paula also speaks four languages. Since 1980, she has been leading groups throughout Europe and has worked as a consultant in tourism product planning, designing and development. Paula studied psychology, tourism and cinema at University in Lisbon, receiving a master’s degree in psychology.
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Isabel Neves View biography
Isabel Neves is a certified travel professional and group leader with over 30 years of experience in the educational travel industry. She received her degree in tourism management in 1980 and has since then worked for both national and international companies in the creation and management of land and cruise programs. She has an academic background in medieval art and history, as well as an avid interest in the influence of Judaism in European culture. Isabel is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.
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.
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.
DK Eyewitness Top Ten Lisbon
by Tomas Tranaeus
A compact illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions.
Portugal Map
by Michelin
At a scale of 1:400,000, this fully indexed map also includes insets of Madeira and city maps.
The Book of Disquiet
by Fernando Pessoa
When the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa died in 1935, he left behind a trunk full of unpublished writings. Culled from those unclassifiable papers, this book is a unique collection of short, aphoristic paragraphs comprising the "autobiography" of Bernardo Soares, one of Pessoa's many alternate selves (he called them "heteronyms"). Part intimate diary, part prose poetry, part descriptive narrative, this melancholic masterpiece is captivatingly translated by Richard Zenith.
Small Memories
by Jose Saramago
In this contemplative memoir, the Portuguese Nobel laureate recalls a childhood both dark and magical, split between the growing city of Lisbon and the tiny village of Azinhaga.
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.
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.
Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empirer
by Roger Crowley
This epic narrative history by bestselling author Roger Crowley (City of Fortune, MED185) chronicles the rise of Portugal as the small nation forged a dominant share in the global spice trade. His cast of characters (the ambitious King Manuel I, marauding governors and intrepid seamen) built a trade monopoly with the ferocity of a holy crusade, forever shifting Europe's center of power from the Mediterranean to Western Europe.
Eyewitness Guide Portugal
by Eyewitness Guides
A compact, visual travel guide to the country featuring hundreds of photographs and drawings, an excellent overview of the culture and history of Portugal and good information about where to go and what to do. With many excellent regional, local and neighborhood maps.
Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-1945
by Neill Lochery
Despite Portugal's neutrality during WWII, the city of Lisbon endured untold amounts of pressure, propaganda and espionage from both the Allies and the Axis powers. Lochery's well-researched chronicle is sheathed in a cloak-and-dagger atmosphere as he uncovers sordid and fascinating accounts of the backstage role the Portuguese capital played in the conflict that raged on all sides.
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
by Jose Saramago
This nuanced novel, written in Saramago's smooth style, follows Ricardo Reis, one of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa's invented characters, around the rainy streets of Lisbon. Pessoa has just died, and Saramago builds his plot around the premise that characters live on nine months after their author's demise
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.





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