Trip Region: Europe
Partners Trek? No
Trip Cost: $2815
Airfare Estimate: $1400
Nightlife: 8 • Activity: 5
Hello PortuGals and PortuGuys. Are you Lisbon-ing? This group of active degenerates, who undeservingly earned the title of leaders, will be leading the cream of the crop (you) to the tram-endous cities of Porto, Lisbon, and the Azores. Screeeetch. Never heard of the Azores? It’s only the soon to be number one insta hotspot two hours left of Portugal. We plan to eat, drink, port-y, and hike our way through these instagramable cities that are sure to get you the most *likes*. (Un)forgettable experiences include, but are not limited to, port winery tours and tastings, scenic tours, hiking, sunbathing, traditional Portuguese food sampling, pretending you live in a palace, and boozing and cruising on the water.
Travel Day — Friday, Aug 17
Congrats! You finished the (ever so) Impact(ful) Challenge and are ready to rock and roll. Say goodbye to all your new section besties and get ready to get close to your fellow trekkers for the next 10 days. You will take an ever so enjoyable redeye to Porto - so take your sleep meds and/or free in-flight booze and get your rest. You are free to depart Ann Arbor after 5pm when orientation activities are over.
Day 1 — Saturday, Aug 18
Welcome to Porto, Portugal’s most romantic city filled with beautiful bridges, cobblestone streets, and Port (that small glass of wine your grandfather always drinks post-dinner). Head to the hotel for a shower and a short nap, then join the squad for our first meal together. Welcome Meeting at hotel starts at 6pm local time. After dinner, we’ll fight through our jetlag and hit the town.
Day 2 — Sunday, Aug 19
Today is all about indulgence, and maybe a little over indulgence as we eat and drink our way through a walking tour of Porto, learning about its history through local fare. We start the day with coffee and Pastel de Nata (so quiche!), move on to Codfish and finish with a Francesinha (a food porn spectacle). Towards the end, we’ll sip port wine and stop at a local purveyor of a potent liquor called Ginjinha (think Jaegerbombs). If you don’t finish satisfied, we can make our way to the Balhao Market and continue gorging and imbibing. If you feel like you’re basically Portuguese by the end of the tour, test your newfound assimilation skills and head to the Lello Library, Serralves Foundation, or attempt to climb the Ponte da Arrábida bridge.
Day 3 — Monday, Aug 20
This lovely Monday will be spent being about as basic as we can get as we live the lush life of a unemployed student wine tasting in the Duoro Valley. We’ll visit two wineries and by the end of the day be either experts or sloshed, or both. Throughout the day we will see the villages of Sabrosa and Pinhão, where stepped terraces are about as common as selfie sticks. We’ll take a break midday from the strenuous work and enjoy a lunch at a traditional restaurant and then head back to Porto. Now is your chance to scratch that tourist itch one more time this afternoon because this is our last day in Porto.
Day 4 — Tuesday, Aug 21
Today we fly to the Azores - say it with us: AHHHH-ZORESSSSS. The Azores are a series of 9 volcanic islands a few hours flight from Portugal. Prepare to enjoy the natural beauty created by geothermal activity and untouched natural beauty.
Day 5 — Wednesday, Aug 22
Let loose the portuguese water dog we all have locked in ourselves. Get ready for some insta-perfect moments today as we tour the twin lakes of the Sete Cidades Volcanic Crater. While we relax in the naturally heated thermal pools, Mother Nature will be making our lunch. Today we’ll be feasting on traditional Cozida das Furnas, which is a meaty stew cooked underground with the natural heat of the volcano. If you can think of anything more badass than volcanic stew, we’re all ears!
Day 6 — Thursday, Aug 23
There are no planned activities today so you can spend our last day in paradise in whatever way you’ll most enjoy! While nothing is officially on the itinerary, we’ll present a few options like hiking, canoeing and maybe even whale watching for anyone who wants to join, but no pressure if you’d rather relax with a drink by the pool! This is your day, so you do you!
Day 7 — Friday, Aug 24
Lisbon, here we come! Today we’ll fly back to mainland Portugal and experience this hilly capital city. We’ll meander through the famous neighborhoods of Lisbon. By the end of the day, you will have wandered Alfama’s cobblestone streets, popped in and out of the cafes and markets, and after freshening up, experienced the city’s famed nightlife.
Day 8 — Saturday, Aug 25
ALL ABOARD!! Shiver me timbers, it’s time to hit the open water drinking anything but water. It’s booze cruise day and you’re the captain now (not really, we have a captain of said ship). We’ll cruise along the coast of Lisbon and hopefully by now Mike has finished using all his Sun-In. After the ship heads to PORT, we’ll enjoy a traditional Portuguese Fado performance alongside some delicious Tapas and once again hit the town.
Day 9 — Sunday, Aug 26
Today we follow in the footsteps of royalty as we leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and head to Pena Palace in the fairytale town of Sintra. After soaking up some stunning views from the Serra de Sintra Mountain range, we’ll continue on to Cascais. This former fishing village became the place to see and be seen for Portuguese elite (think late-night Ricks) after King Luis I chose this town for his summer retreat. Now a glamourous cosmopolitan center and holiday destination where many go (re)treat themselves each year.
Departure Day — Monday, Aug 27
As Aristotle once said, “you ain’t gotta go home, but you gotta get the heck outta here…”. We’re sad that this amazing journey has come to an end, but can’t wait to see all of our new best friends (that’s you) back home in Ann Arbor! Tack on a few extra days on your own in Europe, or head back home to get started on your scrapbook of what was undoubtedly your best trip ever!
After a long run in the Big Apple, Spencer “Mr. Congeniality” Hughes, has finally made it back home to Michigan. This summer Spencer is continuing his career in private equity at Rockbridge Growth Equity in Detroit. Now enough of the serious talk. Just like the spokes of a wheel that organize the Motor City, Spencer has found himself to be a critical component of the Ross community. Holding self-appointed positions like the greeting committee of the Bus, Skeeps, and Necto, Spencer is hard to miss as his energy rarely wanes even after a long night of “studying”. Being a licensed officiant, Spencer will happily seal the knot if anyone finds true love on the trek, but be warned, the ring bearer might not be holding the kind of ice you would expect. A well-known Smirnoff icer, Spencer will rarely be found without an Ice on his person and capturing on Snapchat.
With a thirst for exploring, Spencer will likely be found keeping the group Trek-ing in high spirits to the summit of a mountain to shotgun a beer and long into the night for a taste of the local spirits Portugal offers.
Originally from the Windy City, Charlotte is a true Great Lakes bicoastal. A double-wolverine, she has enough spirit to be her own spirit animal – and all of ours – and will be sure to keep the energy up throughout the trip. She’s really into ice breakers, so start thinking of your two truths and a lie now! In addition to Consultant, Charlotte has Girl Scout, Lifeguard and Rock Star on her resume, so she’ll keep us prepared, safe and entertained, but she’ll never leak the Risky Business set list…unless maybe you bribe her with a cookie. Charlotte will be heading to Seattle this summer to work for a small store called Amazon.
On this trek, you will likely find Charlotte color-coding the itinerary with a fresh pack of highlighters before getting down on the dance floor.
Jenny hails from Corning, NY and is fiercely proud of her hometown. Protip: avoid mentioning Pyrex or Wegmans unless you have some time on your hands. She spent nine years in NYC where she could reframe her poor dietary choices as a trendy hobby and pursue her passion for food-related holidays. She realized she was #old when her former club promoter got married and around the same time she came back to business school. Correlation? Causation? We’ll never know because we all failed the stats exam.
On this Trek, Jenny will be found hovering around the nearest charcuterie board and trying to remember what she learned in wine-tasting class.
Originally from NYC (ever heard of it?!), Jon graces the Ross community with his rotating collection of Barbour jackets and well formatted PowerPoint slides. Before b-school, Jon was living in D.C., where he worked as a cash-poor but points-rich strategy consultant. It should also be noted that Jon’s girlfriend, Alley, is President of the Partner’s Club at Ross (so clearly more successful than he is) but more importantly is a proud (black)card carrying member of Rick’s. When Jon isn’t trying to convince others that he knows the first thing about anything, he can be found in extremely short shorts doing deep squats and curls while reading the WSJ at the Ross gym. As a recovering consultant, Jon decided life would be easier as an investment banker, so he’ll be joining Guggenheim Partners in NYC this summer.
On this trek, Jon will be found in head-to-toe athleisure attire with a camel pack full of wine.
Adrian “El Presidente” Juarez hails from Mexico and has embarked on a rigorous Duolingo Portuguese edition. Despite his dancing abilities at Latin Vibes, his only physical activity will be kicking and screaming up the hike in the Azores. Adrian likens himself to Tito’s vodka, trying way too hard to distinguish himself as a premium brand, but failing miserably. Adrian will be working at Barclay’s (emphasis on BAR) this summer, and you can bank on him to lead us in “arriba, abajo, al centro, y para adentro”. He likes long walks on the beach but shorter walks to the bar.
On this Trek, Adrian will be found trying to recreate the above photo while also captaining the forthcoming booze cruise.
This metro-Detroit native is typically found raging at an EDM concert somewhere in the world, golfing on his Dad’s country club tab (since he can’t afford anything himself), or shredding it on the ice with the Ross Hockey Team. Despite these redeeming qualities, Mike’s most prominent stunt was the Sun-In colored hair he sported during interview season 2018. We are all still wondering how that maize-colored hair secured a switch from Pepsico to Bain.
As the only former Portuguese speaker, you will most likely find Mike using Google Translate to order us drinks. The one sure bet is he’ll respond anywhere to the sound of a #BassDrop.