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Spain/Portugal

Beyond the Vineyards: Sample Northern Portugal & Spain

Venture along the vineyards of northern Portugal and Spain to taste regional delicacies, learn local history and discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this inspiring adventure.
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Program No. 22812RJ
Length
15 days
Starts at
4,599
Flights start at
875
Spain/Portugal

Beyond the Vineyards: Sample Northern Portugal & Spain

Venture along the vineyards of northern Portugal and Spain to taste regional delicacies, learn local history and discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this inspiring adventure.
Length
15 days
Starts at
4,599
Flights start at
875
Program No. 22812 RJ
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DATES & starting prices
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Sep 12 - Sep 26, 2021
Starting at
4,599
Sep 19 - Oct 3, 2021
Starting at
4,599
Sep 26 - Oct 10, 2021
Starting at
4,599
Oct 10 - Oct 24, 2021
Starting at
4,599
Apr 17 - May 1, 2022
Starting at
4,599
May 8 - May 22, 2022
Starting at
4,799
Jun 5 - Jun 19, 2022
Starting at
4,799
Sep 11 - Sep 25, 2022
Starting at
4,799
Oct 2 - Oct 16, 2022
Starting at
4,799
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 12 - Sep 26, 2021
Starting at
5,199
Sep 19 - Oct 3, 2021
Starting at
5,199
Sep 26 - Oct 10, 2021
Starting at
5,199
Oct 10 - Oct 24, 2021
Starting at
5,199
Apr 17 - May 1, 2022
Starting at
5,199
May 8 - May 22, 2022
Starting at
5,499
Jun 5 - Jun 19, 2022
Starting at
5,499
Sep 11 - Sep 25, 2022
Starting at
5,499
Oct 2 - Oct 16, 2022
Starting at
5,449

At a Glance

Rooted in ancient tradition passed down from generation to generation, the unique winemaking process of Spain and Portugal produces some of the best wines in the world. From the sweet, fortified wine of Porto to the rich, bold reds of Ribera del Duero, learn about northern Spain and Portugal on a journey from vineyard to vineyard. Study the specialized process and then uncover how this industry impacted the region’s economy and environment. When you’re not sampling the local vino, explore seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, experience a treasure trove of Roman history and taste a variety of delicious cuisine as you learn how time-honored traditions paved the way to a fruitful future.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles a day.
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 ...

  • Explore lush, family-owned gardens in Quinta da Aveleda before tasting the region's famous “vinho verde.”
  • Savor Portuguese cuisine during a hands-on cooking class with a local chef and gourmet dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
  • Trace Roman history through the towns of Lugo, Las Medulas and Leon, and marvel at the well-preserved Roman aqueduct in Segovia.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
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Ulises Diaz-Ropero
Ulises Diaz-Ropero is originally from Toledo and is fluent in Spanish, English and an intermediate level of French. He is an avid traveler and has visited many countries on four different continents. Ulises completed a master’s degree in ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental Studies in London before he became a world music artist in the thriving music scene in London. For the last five years, Ulises has been pursuing a career in education, leading educational travels as well as teaching Spanish to adults.

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

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Ulises Diaz-Ropero is originally from Toledo and is fluent in Spanish, English and an intermediate level of French. He is an avid traveler and has visited many countries on four different continents. Ulises completed a master’s degree in ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental Studies in London before he became a world music artist in the thriving music scene in London. For the last five years, Ulises has been pursuing a career in education, leading educational travels as well as teaching Spanish to adults.
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