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Adventures Online: The Best of Portugal From Lisbon to the Sea

From the comfort of your home, discover the best of Portugal as you learn about its medieval history, its connection to the sea and the fascinating cities of Porto, Coimbra and Lisbon.
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Program No. 24188RJ
Length
5 days
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499
Online Program

Adventures Online: The Best of Portugal From Lisbon to the Sea

From the comfort of your home, discover the best of Portugal as you learn about its medieval history, its connection to the sea and the fascinating cities of Porto, Coimbra and Lisbon.
Length
5 days
Starts at
499
Program No. 24188 RJ
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Online Program
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Learn from the comfort of your own home.

At a Glance

“Bem-vindo” (“welcome”) to Portugal! On this online exploration through Lisbon, Porto and along the Mondego River region, immerse yourself in the culture and history of Portugal during virtual field trips, expert-led lectures and even a performance by local musicians. Under the tutelage of your local expert, learn about Portugal’s connection to the sea as you hear about its early maritime explorations, including those of Vasco de Gama, and gain insight into the local fishing industry and how seafood is incorporated in regional cuisine. Trace history from medieval times to modern day during online field trips through Porto, Coimbra (the former capital city) and Belem, Lisbon’s most notable neighborhood. Along the way, enjoy insightful lectures and group Q&A sessions that allow you to bond with your fellow Road Scholars, all while you enjoy Portuguese music, art and culture.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Through virtual field trips and lectures, explore Porto, Coimbra and Belem, Lisbon’s most important neighborhood and the point where Vasco de Gama set sail for the New World.
  • Learn about Portugal’s connection with the sea during a presentation by your Group Leader and enjoy a virtual field trip to a local market and learn how a “barbecue” of sardines is prepared in a Portuguese home.
  • Enjoy a virtual field trip along the Mondego River to learn why rice production is so important in this region, then enjoy explorations of a local castle and tile collection, both known for their exquisite artworks.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand.
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Isabel Burnay
Isabel Burnay is an experienced leader with more than 25 years in the educational travel industry. In addition to her specialized knowledge leading groups in Portugal and beyond, she is constantly taking culture, history, and other courses to update her knowledge and stay in touch with the latest trends in the educational travel world. She has worked for local as well as international travel companies leading groups from the five continents. Isabel is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, and Italian.

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

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Helena Baltazar has a degree in Art History from the University of Porto where she also completed a post-graduate degree in Museum Studies. She then completed her Master's thesis in the university’s Heritage Department. Helena is passionate about her country and has dedicated the past 20 years to lecturing on Portugal’s art and history, participating in projects of museum evaluation, and leading educational visits for travelers interested in Portuguese culture, art, and architecture. She also develops and operates programs in Portugal for Road Scholar.
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Isabel Burnay View biography
Isabel Burnay is an experienced leader with more than 25 years in the educational travel industry. In addition to her specialized knowledge leading groups in Portugal and beyond, she is constantly taking culture, history, and other courses to update her knowledge and stay in touch with the latest trends in the educational travel world. She has worked for local as well as international travel companies leading groups from the five continents. Isabel is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, and Italian.
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.
The First Global Village: How Portugal Changed the World
by Martin Page
Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire
by Roger Crowley
The Last Crusade: The Epic Voyages of Vasco da Gama
by Nigel Cliff
Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-1945
by Neil Lochery
The Lusiads
by Luis Vaz de Camões
Circumnavigation of the Globe
by Laurence Bergreen
The Portuguese: The Land and Its People
by Marion Kaplan
A History of Portugal and the Portuguese Empire, 2-Volume Set
by A. R. Disney
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by Fernando Pessoa





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