As part of its continuing education program Life supports Experiential Trips to various local venues for its members. These trips are managed entirely by Life volunteers and require sign ups utilizing this website. For all events sign-up and payment will be via PayPal.  Tour prices are for contracted special group rates. This may result in minimum and maximum tour group size.  Tours must be paid for when signing up.  Fees are non-refundable unless the member or coordinator can find a replacement and member notifies the coordinator at least 3 days before the event.

As with all our programs LIFE member volunteers are needed to support this effort.  Tour leaders are required for all events.  If you are interested in helping out with this program, contact Marie Ruckstuhl at

Trips will be published on this site when they are confirmed by the Trip committee.  Sign-up forms for these Experiential Trips will activate approximately 3 weeks prior to the each trips.  The names of all participants must be listed on the registration form. 

PLEASE make sure you receive an email confirmation of your registration.  If you do not within 24 hours, notify

Trip attendees must enter as a group in order to get the group rate.  So please arrive 10-15 minutes before the scheduled start time.  


Upcoming Trips

Join fellow LIFE members for a memorable trip to Portugal next Spring.

Road Scholar Presents: “An Exclusive Learning Adventure for Members of LIFE at UCF”;

Program #20983 The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today

May 16 – May 25, 2020

Forms must be submitted by June 1st, 2019

If you are interested, please sign up through the web site under Experiential Trips. For questions, call the LIFE office at 407-823-5433 or contact Marie Ruckstuhl at

All details of the trip (documents, payment, insurance, etc.) will be handled directly with Road Scholar.

Once we have confirmed the trip, Road Scholar Flight department will let us know if we can fly directly from Orlando. This trip has flights planned from Miami and Atlanta, but Orlando may actually be possible.

Special diets may be available when requested in advance: gluten free, low salt, low fat, vegetarian

NOTE: your contact information will only be provided to the tour company once we have reached the minimum number of participants for the trip.


Program Summary:
Six centuries ago, ships and sailors departed Portugal’s shores to find new knowledge, vast riches
and little conflict during a period known as the Age of Discovery. Experience your own discoveries
on this journey to medieval monasteries, fertile vineyards and cities that are equal parts history and
modern energy. This program combines field trips led by local experts with some time for
independent exploration.

Program Highlights:

  • In Lisbon, examine architectural treasures of the Age of Discovery and enjoy a lively evening of music at a Fado house.
  • Set off on an expert-led field trip to one of the world’s oldest universities, the University of Coimbra, founded in 1290.
  • Taste and learn about port wine at the vineyards of the Alto Douro Wine Region.

Program Price:
Double Occupancy: $2,449
Single Occupancy: $2,929

Activity Level: Keep the Pace – Walking up to two miles per day; cobblestones and uneven terrain; some stairs without railings.

Program Price Includes:
• 8 Nights of accommodations
• 17 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners
• 4 Expert-led lectures
• 12 Field trips
• 2 Hands-on experiences
• 1 Performance
• Group travel and transfers throughout the program
• A Group Leader to accompany you throughout the program to handle all logistics
• Modest gratuities, taxes and destination fees
• The Road Scholar Emergency and Travel Assistance Plan, including 24-hour assistance for
medical and other emergencies

Hotel Mundial, Lisbon, 3 nights
• Located in the heart of Lisbon.
Mercure Figueira da Foz Hotel, Figueira da Foz, 2 nights
• Four-star hotel in the center of the city.
Hotel Dom Henrique Downtown, Porto, 3 nights
• Family-owned boutique hotel.

The Sign up period has closed.

Past Trips

Thank you to everyone who has joined us on our LIFE Experiential Trips! It is always such a pleasure to bring LIFE out into the community and to experience Central Florida together. Take a look at some of our previous trips and look forward to what will be coming up next!

UCF Lake Nona College of Medicine

Orlando Wetlands

Camp Boggy Creek

Thank you to all who joined us for the trip to Camp Boggy Creek!

Camp Boggy Creek is a proud member of SeriousFun Children’s Network. Founded by Paul Newman, SeriousFun Children’s Network is a growing global community of independently managed and financed camps and programs creating opportunities for children with serious illnesses and their families to reach beyond illness and discover joy, confidence and a new world of possibilities, always free of charge. This is a special closed tour for LIFE members.  For more information: