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Start your journey in Portugal's beautiful capital city, Lisbon. Then 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 14-day journey in beautiful Madrid, renowned for its great cultural and artistic heritage.

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 | Pinhão
Day 9 : Pinhão
Day 10 : Barca D’alva
Day 11 : Vega Terron | Disembarkation | Salamanca | Madrid
Day 12 : Madrid
Day 13 : Madrid
Day 14 : Depart Madrid

Highlights

  • Explore Serra de Sintra, former home to the Portugese royal family
  • Scenic cruise through the Douro valley, famous for cultivating grapes
  • Visit one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal, Lamego
  • Tour the historic districts of Spain's capital, Madrid

Ship

MS Amavida

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The Pena National Palace in Portugal Plaza in Lisbon, Portugal The Royal Palace of Madrid Toledo in Spain These unique buildings crowd 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. See Belem 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. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city’s other top sights, such as the Castle of São Jorge or the Santa Justa Elevator that overlooks the castle, river and Rossio Square. 

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. Take 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 Porto to board your luxurious river ship. This evening, meet your fellow travelers 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. This afternoon, more active guests may wish to take part in a guided hiking tour of Porto where they can explore the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto, and cross the Dom Luis Bridge by foot. Alternatively, 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
An excursion to Guimarães brings you to 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, journey to a nearby winery for a delicious Portuguese dinner off ship at Casa de Vila Verde. The ship moors in Entre-os-Rios 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 visit to the Wine Museum before you 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. Arrive later in Régua and visit the city’s Wine Museum to learn about the history of the Douro wine region. The ship moors in Régua overnight. 

Day 8 Regua | Pinhão

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, 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. Alternatively, you may wish to visit Quinta da Pacheca where you can enjoy breathtaking views over the Douro River and picnic in a terraced vineyard. This afternoon, enjoy the wild, rugged scenery as your ship cruises through the dramatic gorges of the Douro river valley on your way to Pinhão. Upon arrival, enjoy a wine tasting at Quinta Avessada.

Day 9 Pinhão

  • 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 enjoy a special lunch and wine tasting at Quinta da Roeda. Afterwards arrive at Quinta do Seixo for an additional port wine tasting, taking time to enjoy the stunning view over the Douro River. 

Day 10 Barca D’alva

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take in the stunning views along the valley as you cruise from Pinhão to Barca D’Alva. In the afternoon, visit Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a fortified 16th-century village nestled 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 Vega Terron | 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 world-renowned art galleries such as the Prado Museum and Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

Day 13 Madrid

Enjoy an unforgettable excursion to the walled city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient capital of Spain. Populated since pre-Roman times, the city’s 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. 

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Douro Deck Panoramic Window, 161 sq. ft.
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Douro Deck Panoramic Window, 161 sq. ft.
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Lisbon Deck Balcony, 215 sq. ft.
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Lisbon Deck Balcony, 215 sq. ft.
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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.

Please note: Cruise fare does not include port taxes and fees.

Included Features:
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Madrid, 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
- Superb dining including complimentary local wine, port wine, beer and soft drinks with 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, 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 local taxes

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  • 13 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
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