Sep 26, 2023 — Oct 07, 2023

Romance of the Douro River: featuring Lisbon, Porto and the Alto Douro River Region

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With Matthew Hughes

About the Tour

Discover the treasures of Portugal on this handcrafted 10-night program, featuring three nights in Lisbon and a seven-night cruise through the Douro River Valley. Begin in Portugal’s humming capital, enjoying its diverse neighborhoods, nautical monuments, and the Jerónimos Monastery. Travel north to romantic Óbidos and Coimbra, home to Portugal’s revered university. Spend time exploring Porto, an enigmatic harbor town known for its storied Ribeira district and bohemian culture. Then cruise aboard a first-class ship through the fabled Douro River Valley, the world’s oldest demarcated winemaking region. Carve a path through sculpted hills and bucolic lands steeped in winemaking traditions. Daily excursions feature visits to wine estates and charming townships, including Vila Real, Lamego, and Salamanca, Spain. Along the way, impress your tastebuds with regional dishes, local pastries, and authentic port wines. Plus, enjoy an authentic Portuguese folk show and traditional “Tuna” performance! This journey features a choice of included excursions to personalize your journey and an extensive meal plan. No single supplement for solo travelers!

Lowest cabin categories from $5,395 per person plus airfare and taxes- a savings of $250 if booked by 8/12/23!

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Your Council Leader

Matthew is currently the President & CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America.  Previously, Matthew served as executive director at the International Relations Council (IRC) in Kansas City.  Matthew’s professional experience bridges the education and nonprofit sectors.  He has designed and delivered learning opportunities for students and colleagues ranging from age 4 through working professionals, including for six years as a k-12 teacher.  Moving into the nonprofit sector, Matthew supported the development of international and intercultural understanding in schools and communities around the world from People to People International’s world headquarters in Kansas City. He has served as board member and committee chair for a variety of organizations, including the World Affairs Councils of America, the Sister Cities Association of Kansas City, and the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City.  Fluent in Spanish and conversational in Portuguese, Matthew relishes the chance to explore the world – six of seven continents and all 50 U.S. states so far – and has experience living internationally, including in South America and on the U.S.-Mexico border.  Last year Matthew led a cruise from Lisbon to London.