2021 : Enticing Douro : 7-Night Cruise with 3 Nights Pre-Cruise : Porto to Porto : ms AmaDouro
CRUISE FROM : Porto to Porto
Rambling vineyards and charming native farms cling to the steep sides of the Douro River Valley, creating an incomparable backdrop to one of Europe's most unspoiled regions and to Port country- the world's oldest demarcated wine region. Sail roundtrip from Porto, the beautiful "City of Bridges"; visit Barca d'Alva, the last Portuguese village along the Douro; and marvel at Salamanca, the UNESCO-designated "Golden City." Taste wines from historic wineries and soak up the genuine beauty of one of Europe's most unadulterated landscapes.
COUNTRIES: Portugal, Spain
At A Glance
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
Day 1 : ARRIVE IN 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 Belem Tower, a fortified 4-story tower made of limestone, and visit the late Gothic Jeronimos Monastery, the burial place of many Portuguese kings and heroes. You will also taste a typical Portuguese pastry, Pasteis de Belem, 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 National Palace, a wonderful fairytale castle dating back to Portugal's Romantic period. (B)
Day 4 : LISBON - EMBARKATION - PORTO
Check out of your hotel and board a motorcoach to Porto. On your way, stop at 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. In Porto, embark on your ship. (B,D)
Day 5 : PORTO - ENTRE-OS-RIOS
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 Sao 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. In the evening, indulge in a traditional Portuguese dinner 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 6 : REGUA - PINHAO
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 Remedios (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 bolas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; presunto, a type of dry-cured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. You'll then go to the formal Episcopal Palace Museum. 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 7 : 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 8 : VEGA DE TERRON, 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. You can also enjoy a traditional flamenco show and lunch in Salamanca. (B,L,D)
Day 9 : PINHAO - 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. (B,L,D)
Day 10 : REGUA - PORTO
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. Watch the beautiful scenery go by on your way to Porto and enjoy a free afternoon to explore all its charms on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 11 : PORTO - DISEMBARKATION
Disembark the ship and prepare for your flight home. (B)
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- Cruise Line
- Offer valid through 6/30/2020
- 11 Days
- Cruise Ship
- ms AmaDouro
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|Day 7||Barca d'Alva|
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Important Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges not included in cruise price $196 per person.
Single Supplement for Cruise 50% of twin price; AA+ and Suite 100% of twin price.
Single Supplement for Land A single supplement charge will be applied to pre- and post-cruise hotel extensions. Please call for pricing details.
Bedding Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).
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