Portugal led the world during the Age of Discovery. Now it is time for the world to rediscover Portugal's stunning beauty, rich tradition and warm people. Spend three nights in Lisbon and walk in the footsteps of the world's greatest explorers before launching a seven-night cruise of the Douro River aboard the exclusively chartered MS Gil Eanes. Visit Lisbon's Hieronymite Monastery and the Tower of Belem. Discover pretty Coimbra and the esteemed university in Obidos. Explore Douro Valley wine country, which produces rich port wine. On several days, enjoy a choice of excursions that allow you to sample port, explore historic cities and delve into the local culture. Expert lecturers enhance your experience with scholarly and cultural insight. This well-crafted journey includes first-class accommodations in Lisbon and aboard the ship. All meals are included during the cruise and include beer and wine with lunch and dinner. For solo travelers, there is no single supplement.
Day 1: Depart gateway city for Lisbon, Portugal
Day 2: Arrive Lisbon
Day 3: Lisbon
Day 4: Lisbon
Day 5: Obidos / Coimbra / Porto / Embark MS Gil Eanes
Day 6: Porto
Day 7: Porto / Peso de Regua
Day 8: Peso de Regua / Barca d'Alva
Day 9: Barca d'Alva / Salamanca, Spain
Day 10: Barca d'Alva / San Salvador do Mundo / Sao Joao da Pesqueira
Day 11: Lamego / Porto
Day 12: Disembark ship / Depart for gateway city
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
David Lagomarsino came to Dartmouth after earning degrees at Harvard (A.B. in History & Literature) and Cambridge (Ph.D. in History). For nearly four and a half decades, he has introduced generations of Dartmouth students to the rich and tumultuous history of early modern Europe in general, and of Spain's "Golden Age" in particular. Lagomarsino's passion for Iberian history and culture grows out of his extensive study of the reign of Philip II--the complex and controversial 16th-century king who not only united Spain and Portugal, but also ruled a global empire so vast that the sun literally never set on it.
Lagomarsino is a three-time recipient of the Jerome Goldstein Award for Distinguished Teaching, which is bestowed annually by vote of the graduating class to recognize "undergraduate teaching of the highest order." He was the inaugural holder of the Charles Hansen Professorship, and his career-long contributions to undergraduate education were recognized at the time of his retirement earlier this year by the award of the Robert A. Fish 1918 Memorial Prize.