Great Global Get-Together in Lisbon

Explore Portuguese art, architecture and agriculture with visits to a palace, a private art collection, a winery, a farmstead and more in Lisbon and nearby towns and villages.
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Program No. 22984RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

With a grand group of fellow Road Scholars and instructors, immerse yourself in Lisbon life during this gala event. Walk along the city’s cobbled streets and learn about the azulejos on display through the city’s colorful architecture. Journey along the coast, through the surrounding countryside and into the Arrabida Mountain Range to see how olive trees, cork trees and Portuguese vines are cultivated and delve deep into the history of Fado during a private performance. This culturally rich city and its surrounding towns, villages and farmsteads are home to endless historical, artistic and culinary discoveries, offering something for everyone on a great global get-together.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking two miles throughout the day, boarding transportation and standing at sites.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Uncover the history of Fado during a dinner at an authentic Fado House and during a concert and a private discussion.
  • Learn about Portugal’s history during a series of lectures with a post-doctorate research fellow from the Portuguese ministry of education, and explore the streets of this beautiful city to put your history lessons in perspective.
  • Visit the coastal town of Cascais to learn about the iconic and colorful Portuguese “azulejos” at a tile factory, and discover a UNESCO church in nearby Belém.

General Notes

This program has a maximum of 120 participants. The large group will be split into smaller groups with a max of 24. To maintain a small group feel amid a large group program, the order of the daily schedule will vary per group. Smaller groups will each do different activities during the day, joining back together as a large group for some programming.
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Leonor Sousa
Leonor Sousa has been working as a Certified Guide and Tour Manager for national and international clients for a number of years. She lives in Lisbon and speaks several languages fluently, has an interest and has taken courses in medieval art, history and architecture, and is experienced in product planning and coordinating events and conferences.

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

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Isabel Neves
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Luisa Maria Gonçalves Gomes
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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.
Conquerors, How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire
by Roger Crowley
This epic narrative history by bestselling author Crowley chronicles the rise of Portugal in the 16th century as the small nation fought for a dominant share in the global spice trade.
The Maias
by Jose Eca de Queiros
This sprawling family epic is worthy of comparison to the greatest accomplishments of Proust and Tolstoy. It's the atmospheric story of the decline of an affluent 19th-century Lisbon family.
Eyewitness Guide Lisbon
by Eyewitness Guides
A compact illustrated guide to the city featuring excellent neighborhood maps and hundreds of color photographs. It also includes chapters on the surrounding areas and Lisbon's coast.
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.
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.
Prince Henry "The Navigator," A Life
by Peter E. Russell
A complicated yet rewarding portrait and the first biography of this empire-minded Portuguese prince in more than a hundred years.
Lisbon, A Cultural and Literary Companion
by Paul Buck
One in the excellent series, both a walking guide and history of the city.
Night Train to Lisbon
by Pascal Mercier
Obsessed with a book, Raimund Gegorius abandons his old life and travels to Lisbon in search of the truth about writer Amadeu de Prado.
Culture Smart! Portugal
by Sandy Guedes de Queiroz
A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
My Portugal, Recipes and Stories
by George Mendes
A showcase of 125 Portuguese recipes interwoven with tales and anecdotes by the author, a Michelin-starred chef. His 125 mouthwatering recipes include his signature Duck Rice and Garlic Seared Shrimp, Mozambique Shrimp and Okra with Piri Piri.
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.
Eyewitness Guide Portugal
by Eyewitness Guides
Featuring hundreds of photographs and drawings, an excellent overview of the culture and history, and good information about where to go and what to do.
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
by Jose Saramago
Expertly evoking the melancholy (known as "saudade" by the Portuguese) of Lisbon's ports and hotels, Saramago builds his plot around the premise that characters -- like the poet Fernando Pessoa's Ricardo Reis -- live on nine months after their author's death.
The Stone Raft
by Jose Saramago
A geological fantasy from the Nobel Prize-winning author, in which the Iberian Peninsula becomes unmoored from France.
Lisbon, War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-1945
by Neill Lochery
This well-researched chronicle of intrigue and espionage uncovers the backstage role Lisbon played in WWII as the conflict raged around neutral Portugal.
Lisbon Street Map
by Michelin Travel Publications
A superb resource for exploring Lisbon, this laminated map (1:17,000) is clear, fully indexed and features travel recommendations from Michelin's Green Guide.

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