Portugal Spain & the Douro River Valley
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 called quintas cling to the steep sides of the Douro River Valley,
creating an incomparable backdrop to one of Europeâs most unspoiled regions and to Port countryâthe oldest demarcated wine region in the world.
Explore the seven hills of cosmopolitan Lisbon, 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 sweet fortified wine. Feast on a traditional meal with wine 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 with welcoming open arms.
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.
2013 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.
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. You'll then visit San Jeronimos Church, built in the early 16th-century. (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 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 (GuimarÃ£es), BitetosFeatured Excursion: GuimarÃ£es city tour
Visit historic GuimarÃ£es, the first capital of Portugal in the 12th-century, home to the first king of Portugal, Don Afonso Henriques, and a 2012 European Cultural Capital. It has been referred to as the birthplace of the Portuguese nation. Dominated by Afonso Henriques' grand castle, GuimarÃ£es was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its extremely well-preserved city center. You will be guided through the narrow streets of the Medieval quarter, toward the beautiful main square, the Largo da Oliveira, and then on to the splendid Monastery and Church of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, the Ducal Palace, and the 14th century Gothic PadrÃ£o do Salado. Later, sail to Bitetos and visit one of the prestigious port wine cellars in Cais de Gaia. (BB, L, D)
Day 6 Regua, PinhaoFeatured Excursion: 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 Moscatel, the treasure of the region. (BB, L, D)
Day 7 Pinhao - Bega 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, Captain's Dinner)
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), PinhÃ£oFeatured 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 (Lamego), PortoFeatured Excursion: Porto city tour
Sail along the Douro back to Porto, and then venture through the UNESCO World Heritage designated Medieval city center of charming Porto. Visit the 19th-century UNESCO Palacio de Bolsa with its famous Arab Room. Later, enjoy a farewell evening and reception while sailing to the mouth of the Douro River. (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-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the chic Douro Spirit
- 3 nights in Lisbon at the deluxe Tiara Park Atlantic* (or similar) with breakfast
- All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
- 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
- 1 dinner and 2 lunches onshore featuring traditional cuisine in unique settings
- Captain's Farewell Dinner
- Complimentary soft drinks during lunch onboard; complimentary fine wines, choice of beer, and soft drinks during dinner onboard; bottled water in your stateroom; and 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar
- 9 excursions, 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
2013 Prices and Dates- Per Person, double occupancy, based on a Category 3 double cabin
|Lisbon Begin Date (cruise-tour)||Cruise/Tour Only|
|May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30||$3,699|
|Jun 13, 20||$3,499|
|Jul 4, 11, 18, 25||$3,349|
|Aug 1, 8||$3,349|
|Sep 5, 12||$3,999|
|Sep 19, 26||$3,899|
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.
Prices exclude additional port charges of $140 and are per person, cruise/tour only based on double occupancy. Other restrictions may apply.
- 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 stateroom.
- A limited number of singles are available for an additional supplement.
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