Descobrir! Exciting Portuguese Discoveries With Your Family

Golden beaches. A fun scavenger hunt. A book store with Harry Potter connections. There’s so much to learn about in colorful Portugal as you sail along the Douro with your family.
Program No. 23651RJ
11 days
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At a Glance

Where France is romantic and England is classic, Portugal is calm and serene, with green valleys rolling into the horizon and colorful homes stacked on the water’s edge. Together with your family ride a riverboat along the Douro where a world of discovery – “descobrimento” – is around every turn. In lively cities along the water, meet laid-back locals during exciting scavenger hunts and photo challenges, and take in all of the awesome artwork from famous “azulejos” (painted tiles) to prehistoric rock paintings. Brighten up your summer with your family and experience the authentic side of Europe on an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime learning adventure.
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Keep the Pace
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 the famous bookstore that is said to have inspired the “Harry Potter” books.
  • Learn about rock paintings that are thousands and thousands of years old in Foz Coa.
  • Are you up for the challenge? Photo challenge, that is! Divide into teams to complete a series of tasks – like taking funny pictures – all for a fun prize.
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Akiles Newiger
Akiles was born in the Basque Country and raised in Germany, and worked as a German teacher in Berlin before moving to Portugal. He loves the mountains as well as the ocean and is passionate about food. He holds a bachelor's degree in language and communication from the University of Marburg, Germany.

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

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