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Portugal

Discoveries Along the Douro: Portugal’s Best-Kept Secrets

Program No. 23416RJ
Sail the Douro River by river boat, to discover hidden gems in the villages and valleys of Portugal, with full access to our experts.

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DATES & PRICES

Ship Outside
Apr 14 - Apr 24, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 4,299
Apr 26 - May 6, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 4,299
May 15 - May 25, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 4,499
Sep 1 - Sep 11, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 4,699
Itinerary Note

Program particulars: Program limited to 48 participants, but divided into two smaller groups with their own Group Leader.

Oct 2 - Oct 12, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 4,699
Itinerary Note

Program particulars: Program limited to 48 participants, but divided into two smaller groups with their own Group Leader.

DATES & PRICES

Ship Outside
Apr 14 - Apr 24, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 5,499
Apr 26 - May 6, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 5,499
May 15 - May 25, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 5,699
Sep 1 - Sep 11, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 5,899
Itinerary Note

Program particulars: Program limited to 48 participants, but divided into two smaller groups with their own Group Leader.

Oct 2 - Oct 12, 2024
SOLD OUT
Ship Outside 5,899
Itinerary Note

Program particulars: Program limited to 48 participants, but divided into two smaller groups with their own Group Leader.

At a Glance

Sail along the winding Douro River to the fairy-tale landscapes of Portugal. Along the way, you’ll have full access to our top-notch instructors as you explore medieval towns and Baroque architecture during an in-depth historical discovery. While floating from lively cities to tranquil villages, get a taste of the local culture with a bountiful selection of some of the region’s most spectacular wines and port wine. Make the most of your learning adventure by uncovering the best-kept secrets of Portugal from the locals who know it best, revealing a side of this country people seldom see.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 2.5 - 3 miles at a time during shore excursions. Walking will be on cobbled streets, gravel paths, unpaved lanes, steep slopes, and city streets. Ability to stand for up to 1 hour without sitting and climbing stairs is a must.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore Porto’s historic center during a walking exploration.
  • Learn about regional Port wine during a tasting at a local "Quinta."
  • Enjoy a visit to the UNESCO heritage city of Guimaraes.
Featured Expert
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Paula Cristina Afonso Fernandes
Paula Fernandes graduated in 1990 from the New University of Lisbon with a degree in anthropology. She began working as a group leader in Portugal in 1984 and since then has been an educational travel director all over Europe. Road Scholar participants enjoy Paula's in-depth knowledge of the culture, art and history of the Iberian Peninsula, and her excellent leadership skills. Paula currently divides her time between homes in Spain and Portugal and can speak Portuguese, English, French, Italian and Spanish.

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

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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.
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Paula Cristina Afonso Fernandes View biography
Paula Fernandes graduated in 1990 from the New University of Lisbon with a degree in anthropology. She began working as a group leader in Portugal in 1984 and since then has been an educational travel director all over Europe. Road Scholar participants enjoy Paula's in-depth knowledge of the culture, art and history of the Iberian Peninsula, and her excellent leadership skills. Paula currently divides her time between homes in Spain and Portugal and can speak Portuguese, English, French, Italian and Spanish.
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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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Joana Coelho Nascimento View biography
Joana Nascimento is an artist, art educator, and researcher. Her research focuses on the concept of landscape, bridging art, environment, architecture, and education. She graduated in sculpture from the University of Porto in 2007. She was awarded a scholarship at Akademia Sztuk Pieknych w Krakowie in Poland, where she studied scenography and intermedia. Joana holds a master’s degree in art and design for public space. Currently, she's a researcher at the Institute for Research in Art, Design and Society (i2ADS) at the University of Porto.
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Pedro Bandeira View biography
Pedro Bandeira is a professor at the School of Architecture, Art and Design at the University of Minho and a researcher at Lab2PT. The author of several publications on architectural culture, he was awarded the Critics Prize by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) in 2015. His design practice includes the Casa Rotativa (Coimbra, 2018), nominated for the European Mies van der Rohe Prize and winner of the Sustainability and Innovation Prize awarded by the Environmental Fund and the Association of Portuguese Architects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The First Global Village: How Portugal Changed the World
by Martin Page
Grape Harvest
by Miguel Torga
Miguel Torga's first novel is a tribute to the Douro, its people, and its landscapes. A book for all who love this extraordinary region.
Cork Boat, A True Story of the Unlikeliest Boat Ever Built
by John Pollack
This endearing tale of family, loss and friendship revolves around a deliciously absurd childhood quest to build a boat of cork and sail it 133 miles on Portugal's Douro River.
Portugal Map 733
by Michelin Travel Publications
At a scale of 1:400,000, this fully indexed map also includes insets of Madeira and city maps.
The City and the Mountains
by José Maria Eça de Queirós
Eça de Queirós' novel is a tribute to rural Portugal, and a satirical condemnation of the emptiness of city life and modernity.
Prince Henry "the Navigator," A Life
by Peter E. Russell
A complicated, rewarding portrait, and the first biography of this empire-minded Portuguese prince in more than a hundred years.
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.





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