Portugal led the world during the Age of Discovery—now it’s time for the world to rediscover Portugal’s stunning beauty, rich traditions, and warm people.

Highlights

  • Travel through Porto’s scenic wine country, also famous for its bountiful olive and almond groves, and visit an estate cellar for a port tasting.
  • Discover the history of Coimbra, the old capital, and visit its colossal university library.
  • Explore the beautiful, historic Spanish city of Salamanca.
  • Tour Lisbon for three days, including the Hieronymites Monastery, the Tower of Belém, and the neighborhoods of Alfama and Graca.
  • In Vila Reál, admire buildings adorned with azulejos, Portugal’s famous blue-and-white tile.
  • Savor delicious Portuguese cuisine and enjoy a performance of fado, a traditional music genre featuring melancholic guitar and vocal arrangements.

Itinerary at a Glance

October 15 Depart gateway city
October 16 Arrive Lisbon
October 17 Lisbon
October 18 Lisbon
October 19 Coimbra | Porto | Embark MS Gil Eanes
October 20 Porto
October 21 Peso da Régua
October 22 Vila Reál | Barca d’Alva
October 23 Salamanca
October 24 São João da Pesqueira | Pinhão
October 25 Lamego | Porto
October 26 Disembark Porto | Return flight

Trip Scholar

Linda Seidel

Linda Seidel, Hanna Holborn Gray Emerita Professor in Art History, received her PhD and then taught at Harvard University before joining the faculty at the University of Chicago in 1977. Her teaching and research interests have long been split between the architectural sculpture of southwestern Europe, mainly France and Spain in the 11th and 12th centuries, and easel painting in Flanders, primarily Bruges, during the 15th century. Her several books grew out of problems and issues she encountered in her many years of teaching. When she suspected that explanations about certain works of art had grown outdated and should no longer be passed on to students, she pursued research that enabled her to suggest new ways of thinking about old objects and led her to propose alternative ways of understanding them. In retirement, she has been living in New York City, completing a book on a Romanesque church in Provence, and offering art seminars to seniors through a volunteer organization in her neighborhood. These conversations are modeled on the talks she has enjoyed giving as a faculty lecturer on numerous alumni trips over the course of more than a decade.