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Douro River Wine Cruise

7 night Porto to Porto Cruise
Optional 3 night pre hotel stay in Lisbon

 

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Spend three nights in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, before beginning your journey through the wonderfully scenic Douro River Valley. It is one of Europe’s most pure and unspoiled rivers decorated with deep cleft gorges, lush vineyards, and sleepy fishing villages. Begin in the capital of the North, Porto, and continue to the ancient and picturesque city of Lamego. Enter Spain to visit Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of the Castilla y León region. Travel inland and on to the beautiful countryside of the Trás-os-Montes Region to visit the palace and gardens of Mateus. Explore the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery before concluding your vacation in historic Porto.

 

 

OPTIONAL PRE CRUISE ITINERARY

 

Day 1 ARRIVE LISBON, PORTUGAL

Arrive in Lisbon and check in to your hotel.

Day 2  LISBON

One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon sprawls across several hills along the Tagus River. On your city tour see Belem Tower and visit the spectacular 16th-century Jerónimos Monastery. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city’s other top sights, such as the Castle of São Jorge or the Santa Justa Elevator that overlooks the castle, river and Rossio Square. (B)

Day 3  SINTRA

Enjoy a morning excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the most delightful mountain villages in Portugal, former home of the Portuguese royal family, and an inspiration for Lord Byron and other poets. You will also enjoy a visit to the Castelo da Pena. Perched high up on a rocky peak, it is a wonderful fairy tale castle dating from Portugal’s Romantic Period. Afterwards, you may enjoy a wine tasting or time on your own. (B)

Day 4  LISBON – FATIMA – PORTO – EMBARKATION

After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside to Porto. Stop along the way for wine tasting, then continue on to Fatima, famous for its shrine to the Virgin Mary and a world-renowned pilgrimage site. Explore the town before continuing on to Porto to board your ship. Gather on board tonight for a Welcome Aboard Champagne Toast. (B,D)

CRUISE ITINERARY

 

Day 1  PORTO – EMBARKATION

Board your ship. Gather on board tonight for a Welcome Aboard Champagne Toast. (D)

Day 2  PORTO –ENTRE-OS-RIOS

Your Porto city tour will show you 16th-century arcaded buildings, Baroque churches and the magnificent iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. Later, you will take a drive through the elegant residential section along the Atlantic coast and explore the Old City. Tonight, take in the breathtaking view of the river valley from the terrace of the 14th century Alpendurada Monastery, where you will be served dinner. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 3  RÉGUA – PINHÃO

Cruise to Régua this morning and enjoy a tour of Palacio de Mateus and its gardens, located in the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes just outside the city of Vila Real. Later, visit the Sandeman Company’s impressive visitors’ facility and winery, Quinta do Seixo, which offers a wine tasting and a comprehensive and fascinating look at port wine production. Cruise to Pinhão where the ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 4 BARCA D’ALVA

Spend time soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Barca d’Alva, where you will visit Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries-old walls, steep narrow streets and fantastic views. You can also opt to hike up to the village should you wish a more active exploration. While here, taste some delicious locally grown produce. (B,L,D)

Day 5  VEGA TERRÓN, SPAIN - SALAMANCA

Drive to Salamanca for a full day tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of the Castilla y León region of Spain. During your guided city tour, you will see the University buildings, the Salamanca Cathedral and the House of Shells. Enjoy a flamenco show as you dine on a lunch of delicious and authentic Spanish cuisine in a local restaurant. Later, spend some time exploring on your own, perhaps visit the locals’ “living room,” known as the Plaza Mayor. Rejoin the ship in Barca d’Alva, where we moor overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 6  PINHÃO - REGUA

Be treated to an exclusive lunch at Quinta da Avessada, where you’ll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment. Quinta da Avessada is also a fascinating interactive museum commemorating the history and culture of wine in the Alto Douro region, so you’ll have fun discovering all the various stages of wine production as well as doing plenty of tasting. In the afternoon, admire the beautiful interior of the Baroque-style Mateus Palace as well as its gardens, among some of the most beautiful in Portugal (B,L,D)

Day 7  REGUA – PORTO

Visit Guimarães, the “birthplace of the Portuguese nationality,” on a very special excursion or enjoy a free afternoon in Porto. (B,L,D)

Day 8  PORTO - DISEMBARKATION

Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

 

 

2019 / 2020 Per Person Cruise Fares

Cruise Departure
Ship:
Lower Deck -
Cat E
w/window
Lower Deck -
Cat D w/window
Middle Deck - Cat C
w/French balcony
Middle Deck - Cat B
w/French balcony
Upper Deck - Cat A
w/French balcony
Upper Deck - Suite
w/French balcony
Porto to Porto
09-Nov-19
Amavida
$3,499
$3,798
$4,398
$4,898
$5,198
$6,698
               
07-Nov-20
Amavida
$3,399
$3,698
$4,398
$4,898
$5,198
$6,798
10-Nov-20
Amavida
$3,299
$3,598
$4,298
$4,798
$5,098
$6,698

 

PORT FEES OF $189

3 Night land program in Lisbon - $900 (2019) $900 (2020)per person additional.

Rates include: standard or SLIDING GLASS DOOR CABIN, excursions, free internet, and wine with dinner


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