The Travel Committee organizes travel tours for UMRA members that will be educational, provide an opportunity to meet new members and have a chance to socialize. We will try to plan 2 tours a year, based on the results of the 2019 member trip survey and new requests.
The Committee has chosen to work with Road Scholar, a not-for-profit travel company, which will offer us private group tours that include in the cost: informative lectures; special “behind the scenes” experiences; all excursions; enrichment activities; cultural events and performances; all meals, except a few to allow exploration of local restaurants; a group leader through the program and handling of all logistics; 24 hour assistance for medical and other emergencies and all gratuities and taxes. Due to the pandemic, all travel plans have been canceled for 2020.
We are currently working with Road Scholar to move our customized land and river tour to Portugal from October of 2020 to October of 2021. The trip will include a 7-day cruise on the Douro River touring famous wineries, learning how Port is made, and visiting famous historic sites and quaint villages along the river. During the river tour we will go over land to Salamanca, Spain to spend a day at the famous university. Upon returning to the city of Porto, we will travel to Lisbon for 5 days and stay in a hotel in the center of Lisbon. The group will take daily tours visiting quaint Portuguese cities and learning how Portugal became a country and how the various invasions of the Iberian Peninsula, beginning in 24BC, influenced the customs, cuisine and the culture of what is Portugal today. As soon as the trip is confirmed, information will be sent to members.
We look forward to exploring the world together!
UMRA TRAVEL COMMITTEE