2020 Romance of the Douro River

Oct. 13 – 24 – Limited availability and double rooms available
Tour Operator: AHI Travel (Read additional tour details here.)
Price: From $3,995 (airfare additional)
Tour Length: 12 days
UNC Lecturer: Peter Coclanis, Director of the Global Research Institute at UNC, Professor of History
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The romantic Douro River meanders its way from Spain through Northern Portugal, delivering a breathtaking landscape of sculpted hills, terraced vineyards and scenic splendor. Explore the historic river and its environs during a seven-night cruise on an exclusively chartered first-class ship. Before embarking, enjoy Lisbon and its highlights, including the Alfama neighborhood, a hillside maze of cobbled lanes and ancient landmarks. See the University of Coimbra, founded in 1290 and embark the ship in lively Porto, a colorful, historic town spread across the banks of the river. In Vila Real, taste local pastries and tour an 18th-century palace. Sip the region’s famous port wine at a traditional quinta on a drive along the Douro Wine Road. Enjoy pretty Lamego with its quintessential blue and white tiled staircase and elegant, sun-kissed Salamanca in Spain! This journey features a choice of included excursions and an extensive meal plan, plus a selection of complimentary beverages. No single supplement!

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Lisbon
  • Day 3 : Lisbon
  • Day 4 : Lisbon
  • Day 5 : Coimbra | Porto | Embark Ship
  • Day 6 : Porto
  • Day 7 : Porto | Peso de Régua
  • Day 8 : Vila Real | Barca d'Alva
  • Day 9 : Barca d'Alva | Salamanca
  • Day 10 : São João de Pesqueira | Pinhão
  • Day 11 : Lamego | Porto
  • Day 12 : Disembark ship | Depart for U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

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All 2020 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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