2022 Romance of the Douro River

Sept. 12 – 23, 2022
Tour Operator: AHI Travel (Reserve and read additional details here)
Price: From $4,545 (airfare additional)
Tour Length: 12 days
UNC Lecturer: Peter Coclanis, Albert R. Newsome Distinguished Professor, Director of the Global Research Institute
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Delight your senses on this handcrafted 10-night program, featuring a three-night stay in world-class Lisbon and a seven-night cruise through the Douro River Valley, the world’s oldest demarcated winemaking region. Begin in Portugal’s humming capital, enjoying its diverse neighborhoods, the Jerónimos Monastery and monuments –  nautical. Travel north to visit romantic Óbidos and Coimbra, home to Portugal’s revered university.

After boarding your first-class ship in Porto, spend time exploring this enigmatic harbor town known for its storied Ribeira district and bohemian culture. Then cruise the fabled Douro River, carving a path through sculpted hills and bucolic lands steeped in winemaking traditions. Daily excursions feature visits to wine estates and charming townships with wonderfully preserved architecture, 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! This journey features a choice of included excursions to personalize your journey and an extensive meal plan. No single supplement for solo travelers!

Schedule of Events

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

Please review all tour documents carefully, especially visa, vaccine and health and safety information. Dietary accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the tour operator directly if you have any concerns participating in the tour.

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All 2022 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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