Discoveries Along the Douro: Portugal’s Best-Kept Secrets

Sat, Apr 26 2025, 12pm


A Learning Adventure for AROHE Members

Saturday, April 26, 2025 to Tuesday, May 6, 2025

UMRA is a member of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE). AROHE formed a Travel Institute and this year partnered with Road Scholar to offer an opportunity to travel together on educational tours. This is a wonderful opportunity for members to meet other retirees with similar interests and a great way to make new friends.

Sail along the winding Douro River to the fairy-tale landscapes of Portugal. Along the way, you’ll have full access to our top-notch instructors as you explore medieval towns and Baroque architecture during an in- depth historical discovery. While floating from lively cities to tranquil villages, get a taste of the local culture with a bountiful selection of some of the region’s most spectacular wines and port wine. Make the most of your learning adventure by uncovering the best-kept secrets of Portugal from the locals who know it best, revealing a side of this country people seldom see.

Program Highlights:

  • Explore Porto’s historic center during a walking exploration.
  • Learn about regional Port wine during a tasting at a local "Quinta."
  • Enjoy a visit to the UNESCO heritage city of Guimaraes.


Program Only Prices:

  • Middle deck: $4,699 per person
  • Middle deck: $5,699 per person
  • Upper deck: $4,799 per person
  • Upper Deck: $5,799 per person


Activity Level: Keep the Pace—Walking up to 2.5–3 miles at a time during shore excursions. Walking will be on cobbled streets, gravel paths, unpaved lanes, steep slopes, and city streets. Ability to stand for up to 1 hour without sitting and climbing stairs is a must.

See the PDF for more details.

To reserve a spot, please contact Cheri Hamilton at [email protected].

Space is limited to 18 to 24 participants
Deadline to express an interest is Friday, June 7, 2024

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