Spend seven nights exploring Portugal’s stunning Douro Valley aboard a luxury river vessel, with stops in Porto, Regua, Barca D’Alva and more. Experience art, architecture, food and wine like nowhere else. Best known as the birthplace of port wine, this charming area boasts verdant landscapes as well as cultural treasures. Step ashore to explore timeless villages, admire Baroque architecture and Flemish tapestries, and cross the border to Salamanca, Spain, a city of golden sandstone and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy exclusive meals and wine tastings throughout the trip while coming to understand why Douro means “river of gold.”

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Trip Highlights

  • Sample Vinho Verde, port and other local vintages at specially arranged tastings
  • Dine at a family-owned wine estate with cellars designed by a Pritzker Prize-winning Portuguese architect
  • Pass through the Carrapatelo Lock, the country’s first hydroelectric dam and the highest lock in Europe
  • Experience a performance at Casa da Música, which, according to the London Observer, “explodes every preconception of what a concert hall should be”
  • Enjoy a private dinner overlooking the vineyard of a family-owned wine estate


Malcom McNee, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese; Nadine Orenstein of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and K. David Jackson, professor of Portuguese at Yale University
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Trip Details

  • Duration: 7 days
  • Activity Level: Moderately active
  • Cost: From $6,999 per person, based on double occupancy; *Reserve by August 31, 2017 to receive an early booking discount of $1,000 per person
  • Single Supplement: From $3,500 per person
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person, payable to Academic Arrangements Abroad
  • Co-Sponsors: Harvard, Yale, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Optional Extensions: A three-day pre-tour extension to Lisbon is available, as well as a three-night post-tour in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

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