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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, stretches across several hills along the Tagus River. On your escorted tour, you'll see Belém Tower, a fortified 4-story tower made of limestone, and visit the late Gothic Jerónimos Monastery, the burial place of many Portuguese kings and heroes. You will also taste a typical Portuguese pastry, Pastéis de Belém, before going to Discoveries Monument, built in honor of Portugal's greatest maritime explorers. (B)

Day 3  LISBON - SINTRA

Enjoy a morning excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the loveliest mountain villages in Portugal and a favorite summer residence of the Portuguese royal family for more than 500 years. Long an inspiration for artists and poets, Lord Byron once called it “perhaps the most delightful village in Europe.” High up on a rocky peak, you will tour Pena Palace, a wonderful fairytale castle dating back to Portugal’s Romantic period. (B)

Day 4  LISBON –– TOMAR - PORTO – EMBARKATION

Ride a motorcoach to Tomar and take in the Castle and Covent of the Order of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is a brilliant work of 12th- to 16th-century architecture. Continue on to Porto and board the ship for your Enticing Douro cruise. (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

Entre-os-Rios translates to “between the rivers,” and this small village is, quite appropriately, located at the confluence of the Tâmega and Douro rivers. This tranquil village offers an authentic slice of Douro River life. In the afternoon, indulge in a traditional Portuguese lunch with your fellow travelers in Entre-os-Rios at a local quinta - a country estate - for a truly authentic culinary experience. (B,L,D)

Day 3  RÉGUA – PINHÃO

Visit the Baroque-style Palacio de Mateus and its gardens. Inside the house, you'll see interesting furnishings, paintings and a ceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here are considered some of the most beautiful in Portugal. Later in the day, savor the flavors of Portugal's renowned fortified wine, vinho do porto, made exclusively in the Douro Valley. Head to a local quinta for your authentic Port-wine tasting experience and enjoy the sweet nectar of this fascinating region. (B,L,D)

Day 4 VEGA TERRÓN, SPAIN - SALAMANCA

Drive to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built of golden sandstone, Salamanca is known as a “living museum,” and you will have an opportunity to step back in time to the Middle Ages during your escorted tour, which includes the city’s elegant university buildings, the New Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells and Plaza Mayor. (B,L,D)

Day 5 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. Be treated to an exclusive dinner 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. (B,L,D)

Day 6  REGUA

Travel to picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, where you'll go to the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). The shrine features a staircase of nearly 700 steps, beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles, which the more active adventurer will want to climb on a guided hike. Concluding both tours, you will have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties, such as bôlas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; presunto, a type of dry-cured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. (B,L,D)

Day 7  REGUA – PORTO

The colorful city of Porto blends the best of old and new, which you can discover on an escorted tour of the historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments; and the São Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of Port, Portugal’s most renowned contribution to the world of wine. If you prefer to get more active, you can go on a guided hike and then enjoy a Port wine tasting. Later in the day, visit the charming town of Guimarães, known as the “birthplace of the Portuguese nationality,” as well as the official residence of the President of Portugal. You will visit the Quinta de Sezim and enjoy a visit to the baron’s winery for a wine tasting on the terrace. (B,L,D)

Day 8  PORTO - DISEMBARKATION

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

 

 

2024 / 2025 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
23-Mar-24
AmaDouro
$3,599
$3,898
$4,898
$5,498
$5,798
$7,498
30-Mar-24
AmaDouro
$3,699
$3,998
$4,898
$5,598
$5,898
$7,598
06-Jul-24
AmaDouro
$4,299
$4,598
$5,598
$6,198
$6,498
$8,198
20-Jul-24
AmaDouro
$4,299
$4,598
$5,598
$6,198
$6,498
$8,198
03-Aug-24
AmaDouro
$4,299
$4,598
$5,598
$6,198
$6,498
$8,198
05-Nov-24
AmaDouro
$3,799
$4,098
$4,998
$5,698
$5,998
$7,698
               
25-Mar-25
AmaDouro
$3,699
$3,998
$5,098
$5,698
$5,998
$7,698
01-Jul-25
AmaDouro
$4,399
$4,698
$5,798
$6,398
$6,698
$8,398
19-Aug-25
AmaDouro
$4,499
$4,798
$5,898
$6,498
$6,798
$8,498
11-Nov-25
AmaDouro
$3,899
$4,198
$5,298
$5,898
$6,198
$7,898
02-Dec-25
AmaDouro
$3,899
$4,198
$5,298
$5,898
$6,198
$7,898

 

PORT FEES OF $224 (2024) / $231 (2025)

3 Night land program in Lisbon - $900 (2024) / $990 (2025) per person additional.

Rates include: standard or SLIDING GLASS DOOR CABIN, excursions, free internet, 1 hour happy hour each evening and wine with dinner