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

On a beautiful riverboat chartered exclusively for Road Scholar, sail the Douro River to discover hidden gems in the villages and valleys of Portugal with full access to our experts.
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Program No. 23416RJ
11 days
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At a Glance

Sail along the winding Douro River to the fairy-tale landscapes of Portugal. Aboard an exclusively chartered riverboat just for Road Scholar, you’ll have full access to our top-notch instructors as you explore medieval towns and Baroque architecture for 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. With the ship all to yourselves, soak up 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 - 2.5 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 with outstanding instructors.
  • Learn about regional port wine during an educational wine tasting with local viticulturists.
  • Discover the National Art Museum, which houses one of the finest collection of Flemish tapestries in Europe.

General Notes

Program limited to 100 participants, but divided into smaller groups with their own Group Leader.
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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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Leonor Sousa
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Paula Cristina Afonso Fernandes
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Paula Bizarro Moreira
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