The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today

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The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today

Join fellow members for a memorable trip to Portugal next Spring! This is an exclusive learning adventure for members of LIFE at UCF from May 16- May 25, 2020.


Program Summary:

Six centuries ago, ships and sailors departed Portugal’s shores to find new knowledge, vast riches and little conflict during a period known as the Age of Discovery. Experience your own discoveries on this journey to medieval monasteries, fertile vineyards and cities that are equal parts history and modern energy. This program combines field trips led by local experts with some time for independent exploration

Program Highlights:

  • In Lisbon, examine architectural treasures of the Age of Discovery and enjoy a lively evening of music at a Fado house.
  • Set off on an expert-led field trip to one of the world’s oldest universities, the University of Coimbra, founded in 1290.
  • Taste and learn about port wine at the vineyards of the Alto Douro Wine Region.

Program Price:

Double Occupancy: $2,449

Single Occupancy: $2,929

Activity Level: Keep the Pace – Walking up to two miles per day; cobblestones and uneven terrain; some stairs without railings.

Program Price Includes:

  • 8 Nights of accommodations
  • 17 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners
  • 4 Expert-led lectures
  • 12 Field trips
  • 2 Hands-on experiences
  • 1 Performance
  • Group travel and transfers throughout the program
  • A Group Leader to accompany you throughout the program to handle all logistics
  • Modest gratuities, taxes and destination fees
  • The Road Scholar Emergency and Travel Assistance Plan, including 24-hour assistance for medical and other emergencies


Hotel Mundial– in the heart of Lisbon, 3 nights

Mercure Figueira da Foz Hotel– Figueira da Foz, four-star hotel in the center of the city, 2 nights

Hotel Dom Henrique Downtown- Porto, family-owned boutique hotel, 3 nights

For questions, call the LIFE office at 407-823-5433 or contact Marie Ruckstuhl at