Portugal Spain & the Douro River Valley
An ALL-INCLUSIVE Cruise through Portugal's scenic river. 11 days/10 nights with Lisbon pre-cruise 3 night package or 8 days/7 nights cruise only, Porto to Porto. The Douro River, rising in Spain and reaching the Atlantic Ocean in Porto, has created the spectacular Douro River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rambling vineyards and charming native farms/vineyards called quintas cling to the steep hill sides of the river. creating an incomparable backdrop to one of Europeâs most unspoiled regions and to Port Country, the oldest demarcated wine region in the world.
Begin your journey with 3 nights in cosmopolitan Lisbon and explore the seven hills uncovering a treasure trove of Old World architecture. Visit Coimbra, the âBirthplace of Kingsâ; Porto, the beautiful âCity of Bridges,â with its UNESCO World Heritage-designated Medieval city center and UNESCO Palacio de Bolsa; GuimarÃ£es, which has its own UNESCO-listed Medieval city center and is a 2012 European Cultural Capital; and Salamanca, Spain, another declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Taste a variety of local wines from village vineyards, including Port wine, the regionâs famous fortified wine. Feast on a traditional meal with wine at a quinta overlooking the Douro Valley and enjoy a traditional Spanish-style lunch complete with a flamenco show. Along the way, uncover a land of genuine beauty and breathtaking charm, and meet warm-hearted, friendly people.
PORTUGAL ONLINE SPECIAL OFFER: Add 2 nights hotel in Porto at the end of the cruise, pay for 1 night. $65.00 per person for 2 nights at a 4 star hotel including taxes and buffet breakfast. Subject to availability.
Cruising the Douro River with Lisbon
The Cruise-Tours begin in Lisbon and end in Porto. The cruises only begin and end in the city of Porto.
2014 Douro River Cruise-Tour Itinerary
Day 1 LisbonÂ Â Â Â Â Â ÂArrive at Lisbon's Portela Airport where you'll be transferred to the hotel. The balance of the day and evening are at leisure.
Day 2 LisbonFeatured Excursion: Lisbon city tour
Your guided exploration of Lisbon takes you to the historic district of Belem and the Belem Tower, the traditional starting and ending point of Portuguese voyages of discovery celebrated in the Monument to the Discoveries. You'll then visit Sao Jeronimos Church, built in the early 16th-century. Sample a delicious local pastry, "pasteis de Belem" at a famous pastry shop. (BB)
Day 3 LisbonSpend leisure time enjoying this cosmopolitan city often referred to as the "City of Seven Hills.'' (BB)
Day 4 Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto (embark)Featured Excursion: Coimbra tour with family-style lunch
In the morning, you'll head north to Porto. En route, you'll stop in Portugal's third-largest city, Coimbra, birthplace of six of Portugal's kings and home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. Within the university is the 18th century Biblioteca Joanina, a gem of a library with books from the 12th-century. After your library visit, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to the ship docked in Porto. (BB, L, D)
Day 5 Porto, BitetosFeatured Excursions: Choice of Porto city tour -or- exclusive Porto walking tour. Afternoon tour to a Port wine cellar.
Birthplace of Henry the Navigator, who launched Portugal's voyages of exploration, Porto combines well-preserved historic buildings with cutting edge achitecture. Your tour will take you to the 19th century Palacia da Bolsa, the cathedral and to bustling, shopping street Santa Catarina. Or, you may wish to see Porto by a walking tour, starting with a climb to the top of Clerigos Tower. Visit the world's most opulent bookstore, then the sweeping Avenida dos Aliados. A scenic cable-car ride returns you to the riverfront where you can walk to the spectaular Sao Francisco church. After lunch, a visit to one of the famed Port wine cellars. Enjoy a Gala Dinner oboard this evening. (BB, L, D)
Day 6 Regua, PinhaoFeatured Excursions: Douro Museum, Mateus Palace and Gardens, and dinner at Quinta da Avessada
After a morning lecture at the Douro Museum, visit the impressive Mateus Palace and Gardens, with one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Later, enjoy dinner at the family-owned winery Quinta da Avessada in the heart of the Douro region, built a century ago, and producing premium Moscatel, the treasure of the region. (BB, L, D)
Day 7 Pinhao - Vega de Terron (Spain)Featured Excursion: Wine tasting at a local quinta
PinhÃ£o is the epicenter of the Port winemaking, so it is only fitting you visit a quinta to learn the history of, and sample, the country's most celebrated beverage. In the afternoon, enjoy the breathtaking scenery while sailing the remote Douro Valley. (BB, L, D)
Day 8 Vega de Terron (Salamanca, Spain)Featured Excursion: Full-day Salamanca tour with traditional Spanish lunch and flamenco show
From Vega de TerrÃ³n, on the Spanish border, travel overland to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage city. This charming town is untouched in its architectural purity, and throughout the centuries the sandstone buildings have gained an exquisite golden glow, giving the city the nickname the "Golden City." Visit Salamanca's historic university before having lunch with a flamenco show at a local restaurant. (BB, L, D)
Day 9 Barca d'Alva (Castelo Rodrigo), ReguaFeatured Excursion: Castelo Rodrigo tour
Visit the 12th-century walled village of Castelo Rodrigo, a charming and captivating place with Medieval streets, thick stonewall houses, and a remarkably distinctive fountain, Chafariz dos Pretos. (BB, L, D)
Day 10 RÃ©gua, PortoFeatured Excursions: Guimaraes city tour -or- walking tour of the Ribeira district, the "Soul of Porto".
Visit historic Guimaraes, UNESCO World Heritage, Portugal's first capital in the 12th century and home to its first king, Don Afonso Henriques. Take a panoramic city tour of Guimaraes -or- explore the UNESCO World Heritage Ribeira district of Porto on a walking tour of the heart of the old port city with its Medieval lanes and zigzagging stairways. (BB, L, D)
Day 11 Porto (disembark), transfer to the airportDisembark the ship and transfer to the Porto airport for your flight home. (CB or BB)
- 7 nights cruise in a riverview stateroom on the chic, new Queen Isabel
- 3 nights in Lisbon at the deluxe Tiara Park Atlantic* (or similar) with breakfast
- ALL MEALS: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners including a Gala Dinner and onshore meals per itinerary.
- UNLIMITED BEVERAGES onboard: fine wines, beer, spirits, soft drinks, bottled water and 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar
- 13 EXCURSIONS including choices. Fully hosted by English-speaking local guides
- An experienced Cruise Manager and attentive, all English-speaking staff
- State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
- Captivating onboard local entertainment
- Signature Lecture: "The Magical Douro River Valley"
- All transfers on arrival and departure days
2014 Prices in USD and Dates.- Per Person, double occupancy, based on a Category 3 double cabin. Prices are subject to change.
|Lisbon Begin Date (cruise-tour)||Cruise/Tour Only|
|May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29||$4,199|
|Jun 12, 19||$3,999|
|Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31||$3,849|
|Sep 4, 11||$4,499|
|Sep 18, 25||$4,399|
Note: For Porto to Porto, 7 night cruise-only rate, subtract $500 per person from cruise/tour rate. Airfare is not included. Air departures from North America are booked the day prior to the start of the Cruise-Tour or Cruise only.
Port charges of $140.00 per person are additional.
PORTUGAL ONLINE SPECIAL: 2 nights hotel in Porto for the price of 1 night: $65.00 per person at a 4 star hotel including hotel taxes and buffet breakfast. Subject to availability.
- Prices listed in US dollars.
- Travel document shipping/handling fee of $5 per person applies.
- Airfare is not included in prices listed above. Please inquire at time of booking for best available airfare pricing.
- Prices shown above include cruise in lowest category 3 stateroom.
- A limited number of singles are available for an additional supplement. Please contact us
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- (L) = Lunch
- (D) = Dinner
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