23651
Portugal

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
Length
11 days
Starts at
4,999
Flights start at
1,325
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11 days
10 nights
21 meals
9 B 4 L 8 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Lisbon, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Lisbon
D
Hotel Mundial

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Orientation: 6:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. This is a Road Scholar Adventures Afloat program. In addition to Road Scholar exclusive lectures, field trips, and activities, you are invited to take advantage of activities and events offered by the cruise line that are separate from Road Scholar. Please note that routes and field trips are subject to change as weather and river conditions could require altering the itinerary and/or the progress of the ship, making it run late and possibly miss ports if it cannot dock. The cruise itinerary should therefore be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of field trips without prior notice. The time available in each port is set by the cruise line. The Road Scholar daily schedule will indicate port arrival and departure times when possible (subject to change by the cruise line) and free time in port could be limited. Regardless of the time in port, Road Scholar delivers a robust educational program. We have made special arrangements for activities ashore that are included in the price of your Road Scholar program. These activities will be fully described in the pre-departure information packets sent from Road Scholar as well as by staff aboard ship. During this program, our Group Leader will also serve as our Study Leader. Lectures and field trips will be led by our Group Leader or by local experts unless specified otherwise. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a plated welcome meal accompanied by a glass of wine for the adults, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Amphibious Field Trip, Lisbon’s Old City, Story Center
Lisbon
B,D
Hotel Mundial

Activity note: Getting on/off an amphibious vehicle. Walking up to 3 miles throughout the day on a variety of terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will have a breakfast buffet including breakfast meats, a variety of eggs, pastries and spreads, yogurt, cereal, and fruit, plus coffee, tea, assorted juices, and water.

Morning: We’ll set out on a panoramic field trip exploring Lisbon by land and by water aboard an amphibious vehicle featuring commentary from boat staff. Is it a bus? Is it a boat? It’s both! From the comfort of our seats, we’ll ride through the streets of Portugal’s capital and the water of the Tagus River. We’ll then visit the Lisbon Story Center with our Group Leader and use audio guides to learn the history of Portugal’s capital through interactive exhibits. From its founding to the present day, we will learn about the myths and legends, major city events and their protagonists, and how the city developed to its modern form.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: We’ll continue to Lisbon’s old city for a photo challenge, capturing memories of some of Portugal’s oldest streets and famous buildings with your grandchild. As we explore the city, work together with your grandchild to capture photos on cell phones or other personal cameras. The remainder of the afternoon is on your own to see and do what interests you most.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a three-course plated meal with coffee, tea, water, soft drinks, and wine included.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Portuguese History, Tile Museum, To Porto, Embark Ship
Vila Nova de Gaia
B,D
CroisiEurope’s Miguel Torga

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 190 miles (306 km), approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to Vila Nova de Gaia. Standing for up to one hour at museum; elevator and ramps available. Embarking a ship.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Our day begins with an introduction to Portugal led by a local expert, focusing on its history and its people, in preparation for our sailing up the Douro River. We will then check out of the hotel and board our motorcoach, where our luggage will be kept until we arrive in Porto. We’ll head to the National Tile Museum, where an exciting scavenger hunt awaits us through a land of patterns and color. The museum highlights the Portuguese art of “azulejo” or decorative ceramic tiling that traces its origin to the Alhambra. As Italian artists used fresco to decorate empty spaces on buildings, Portuguese artists embraced the art of azulejo. We’ll then ride to the Park of Nations.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like in Lisbon’s Nations Park, more commonly known as Parque das Nacoes, even by those who do not speak Portuguese. The site of the 1998 World Exposition, the park has grown to become Lisbon’s modern center located on the Targus River estuary.

Afternoon: We’ll board the motorcoach and transfer north to Porto, where we will embark the ship. Upon our arrival, crew members will be waiting to assist with luggage and bring it to your room. Check in at the front desk and settle into your cabin before the presentation of the crew.

Dinner: We’ll enjoy a multi-course plated meal in the restaurant, plus coffee, tea, water, assorted juices – and for the grandparents, wine and beer.

Evening: At leisure. The ship will remain docked in Vila Nova de Gaia, on the south shore of Douro River across from Porto.

DAY
5
Porto’s Old Town, Modern Neighborhoods, Languages
Peso da Regua
B,L,D
CroisiEurope’s Miguel Torga

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles, approximately 2 hours in Porto with stops and explanations.

Breakfast: We’ll enjoy a plentiful buffet in the ship’s restaurant with coffee, tea, juices, water.

Morning: This morning is a time to discover the different sides of Porto, both the old and the new, with a local expert. We’ll begin with a walking discovery of Porto’s historic center — the Ribeira — a UNESCO World Heritage Site where traditional plazas and small storefronts stand atop Roman Ruins. From the Ribeira, we will visit the historic railway station of São Bento. At the end of our field trip, we will return to the ship.

Lunch: Aboard the ship in the restaurant, we will have a multi-course plated meal, plus coffee, tea, water, and wine.

Afternoon: We will set sail this afternoon and make our way into the Douro River Valley towards Peso de Regua. As we make our way into one of the world’s most famous wine regions, our Group Leader will lead a presentation on the languages and cultures of Spain and Portugal.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Visit of Foz Côa
Vega de Terron
B,L,D
CroisiEurope’s Miguel Torga

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 76 miles (122 km), approximately 1¾ hours. Walking and standing under the sun for about 1 hour at rock site.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach and drive to Vila Nova de Foz Côa and visit the Prehistoric Rock Art Site in the Côa Valley, located on the bank of the river Côa, tributary of the river Douro, documenting continuous human occupation from the end of the Paleolithic Age. Multiple panels with animal figures were carved over several millennia, representing the most remarkable open-air ensemble of Paleolithic art on the Iberian Peninsula.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy bag lunches provided by the ship.

Afternoon: We’ll drive back to the riverfront and board the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Salamanca
Senhora da Ribeira
B,D
CroisiEurope’s Miguel Torga

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving approximately 2 hours to Salamanca. Getting on/off a sightseeing vehicle. The extent and duration of elective walking and other free time activities depend on personal choice.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We’ll transfer via motorcoach to Salamanca, where we will enjoy an exploration of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site preserving Roman, Arabic, and Christian treasures. Experience Salamanca by little train to discover its main streets and many squares as a local expert provides commentary of the many sites we will pass. The remainder of the morning is free to see and do what interests you most. Sit in the main square as many Spanish do, visit the local fresh food market (closed on holidays and Sundays), or explore one of the oldest universities in the world at the University of Salamanca.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like or sample the local flavor.

Afternoon: We’ll return to the ship in Barca d’Alva and begin our return journey west to Porto.

Dinner: Aboard ship, we will enjoy the Captain’s Gala.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Winery & Museum in Régua
Leverinho
B,L,D
CroisiEurope’s Miguel Torga

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving approximately 1.5 hours to Régua. Staircase at museum.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We’ll board the motorcoach and drive to Régua, where we’ll visit a wine producer and discover more about the plantation of vines.

Lunch: In a public garden in Régua, we’ll have bag lunches provided by the ship.

Afternoon: Surprising activities will be waiting for us as we explore the interactive museum in Régua and learn about life in the rural world and its landscape. Later, we will board the coach to join the boat at Leverinho or Bitetos.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for disembarkation in the morning.

DAY
9
Museum of Transport, Film Workshop, Lunch at a Private Home
Porto
B,L
Hotel Dom Henrique Downtown

Activity note: Disembarking the ship. Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking about 2 miles, approximately 2 hours in the afternoon on mostly flat terrain with several stops. Walking and standing for up to 45 minutes at museum; one staircase.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: The ship will dock at Porto and we will disembark the ship. We’ll board the motorcoach and drive to the Museum of Transport in Porto where we’ll explore one of the most important collections of cars in the country: those that have been in the service of its presidents since the founding of the Portuguese Republic. Later, we will participate in a film workshop where the grandchildren and grandparents will be able to create a short film that represents the meeting between the two generations.

Lunch: At a private home, we will enjoy lunch with a local family.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will drive to the hotel where we will spend the two last nights before departure. We’ll walk with our Group Leader in the neighborhood of the hotel where suggestions will be given for dinner spots and evening attractions.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Livraria Lello, Free Time, Wrap-up Session
Porto
B,D
Hotel Dom Henrique Downtown

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. The extent and duration of elective walking and other free time activities depend on personal choice.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll board the motorcoach and head to the most beautiful bookshop in the city with our Group Leader explaining its significance and history. Livraria Lello was opened by two esteemed brothers who were actively involved in the affairs of the growing and bustling city. Passionate about literature and culture, the bookshop opened in 1906 and has remained relatively unchanged. Before returning to the hotel, you may be dropped off at the beachfront.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy local fare.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: At the hotel or a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy our farewell dinner.

Evening: We’ll join the Group Leader for a wrap-up session, reflecting on our adventure on the Douro River reaching all the way to Salamanca, Spain.

DAY
11
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Breakfast: At the hotel depending on departure flights. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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