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Begin your journey in beautiful Lisbon for a 3-night stay. Travel to Porto to embark your ship and begin to traverse through one of Europe’s wildest and unexplored regions, filled with vineyards, dramatic gorges and steeply terraced hillsides. Visit the small town of Pinhão, a Mecca for wine lovers, the beautiful region of Tras-os-Montes and the village of Entre-Os-Rios. Conclude your cruise in Vega Terrón, then travel to Madrid, Spain for 3 nights.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive In Lisbon, Portugal
Day 2 : Lisbon
Day 3 : Lisbon
Day 4 : Lisbon | Fatima | Porto | Embarkation
Day 5 : Porto
Day 6 : Porto | Entre-os-rios
Day 7 : Entre-os-rios | Regua
Day 8 : Regua | Pinhao
Day 9 : Pinhao
Day 10 : Barca D’alva
Day 11 : Barca D’alva | Vega Terron, Spain | Disembarkation | Salamanca | Madrid
Day 12 : Madrid
Day 13 : Madrid
Day 14 : Depart Madrid

Highlights

  • Take a city tour of Lisbon, including Belem Tower and Jerónimos Monastery
  • Enjoy winery visits and savor port wine from the Douro Valley
  • Visit Quinta de Avelada, a historic family-owned wine estate
  • Tour Lamego, home to the pilgrimage site Nossa Senhora dos Remédios
  • Sightsee in Madrid, the capital and largest city in Spain

Ship

MS Amavida

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Toledo in Spain Scenes of the Douro These unique buildings crowd the river The Royal Palace of Madrid Portugal city on the river

Day 1 Arrive In Lisbon, Portugal

Arrive in Lisbon and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day and evening is free to explore on your own.

Day 2 Lisbon

One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon sprawls across several hills along the Tagus River. Your city tour includes a stop at Belem Tower and a visit to the spectacular 16th-century Jerónimos Monastery. 

Day 3 Lisbon

Enjoy an excursion to Serra de Sintra, former home of the Portuguese royal family, one of the most picturesque mountain villages in Portugal and a source of inspiration for generations of poets. You have a guided tour of the Pena National Palace, a fairy tale castle from Portugal’s Romantic period, situated high up on a rocky peak. 

Day 4 Lisbon | Fatima | Porto | Embarkation

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Today leave Lisbon behind and transfer to Fatima, a town renowned for its Basilica shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Explore the town and enjoy lunch on your own before continuing on to Porto to board your ship. This evening, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. The ship moors overnight in Porto. 

Day 5 Porto

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your sightseeing tour of Porto reveals 16th century arcaded buildings, Baroque churches and the magnificent iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. You also have a chance to see the elegant residential section along the Atlantic coast. Enjoy some free time to explore the Old City on your own. For some modern culture, you may want to head to the Boavista area, where you can find the Casa da Musica and the museum of Modern Art. The ship moors overnight in Porto.

Day 6 Porto | Entre-os-rios

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning take an excursion to Guimarães, one of the most historic towns in Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy some scenic cruising through the Douro valley on your way to Entre-Os-Rios. This evening savor a glass of Port wine and take in the breathtaking view of the river valley from the terrace of the 14th century Alpendurada Monastery, where you are served dinner. The ship moors here overnight. 

Day 7 Entre-os-rios | Regua

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning take an excursion to Quinta de Avelada, a historic family-owned wine estate near the city of Penafiel. Upon arrival, enjoy a tour of the winery followed by a delicious wine and cheese tasting. Afterwards you have some free time to explore the grounds and admire the estate’s famous gardens before returning back to your ship. This afternoon, cruise to Régua where you have some free time to explore at your leisure.

Day 8 Regua | Pinhao

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, take an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). Other attractions include a Gothic cathedral, a museum, and charming cafés. This afternoon, enjoy the wild, rugged scenery as your ship cruises through the dramatic gorges of the Douro river valley. Tonight, enjoy dinner at Quinta Avessada.

Day 9 Pinhao

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, take an excursion to the Baroque palace and gardens known as the Palacio de Mateus, located in the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes near the city of Vila Real. This afternoon experience a unique port wine tasting at Quinta do Seixo, a lovely 108-acre country estate that offers an interactive wine museum and breathtaking views of steeply terraced hillside vineyards, the Douro River and the nearby village of Pinhão. All port made here is destined for Sandeman, a company known around the world for its quality wines. 

Day 10 Barca D’alva

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, take in the sites along the valley as you cruise from Pinhao to Barca D’Alva. In the afternoon, visit Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a fortified 16th century village perched high on a hilltop with many steep, narrow streets. Be sure to stop in the market square to admire the Chafariz dos Pretos, a striking fountain decorated with black faces. The ship arrives in Vega Terrón later this evening, where it moors overnight. 

Day 11 Barca D’alva | Vega Terron, Spain | Disembarkation | Salamanca | Madrid

Disembark your ship and head off for a full-day tour of Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the center of Spain’s Castilla y León region. Your guided city tour includes the university buildings, the 12th century Romanesque church of San Martin, the House of Shells, and also some free time to explore the city on your own. Later, transfer to Madrid and check in to your hotel.

Day 12 Madrid

Today you have a guided tour of Madrid, the capital and largest city in Spain. Known for its many historic districts as well as its modern infrastructure, the city’s top landmarks include the elaborate Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park, Plaza Mayor, and renowned art galleries such as the Prado Museum and Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. 

Day 13 Madrid

Today, take an excursion to the walled city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient capital of Spain. Populated since pre-Roman times, its landmarks include the Alcázar, Cathedral of Toledo and the El Greco Museum. 

Day 14 Depart Madrid

  • 1 Breakfast
Your river cruise vacation comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight.

MS Amavida

Lisbon

Madrid

Per person starting at
$4,549
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Category E
Douro Deck Panoramic Window, 161 sq. ft.
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Category D
Douro Deck Panoramic Window, 161 sq. ft.
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Category C
Lisbon Deck Balcony, 215 sq. ft.
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Category B
Lisbon Deck Balcony, 215 sq. ft.
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Category A
Porto Deck Balcony, 215 sq. ft.
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Porto Deck Balcony, 323 sq. ft.

Notes

Single Supplement for Cruises: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price.

Included Features:
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Madrid at the Westin Palace (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- Transfer from the hotel in Madrid to the ship in Vega Terrón
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms with balconies
- Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
- Complimentary Internet access in all staterooms
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
- Fine dining including complimentary local wine, port wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
- Sail Away Mimosa and Sun Deck BBQ
- Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
- Transfer from ship in Porto to hotel in Lisbon
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Lisbon at the InterContinental (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
- Services of professional Cruise Manager
- All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- All transfers with the purchase of cruise, land & air package
- All local taxes

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  • 13 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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