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Journey down the Douro River, with its dramatic gorges, lush vineyards, and tranquil fishing villages on a small ship river cruise. Begin in Porto and continue on to the ancient and picturesque city of Lamego. Enter Spain to visit Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the beautiful inland countryside and the palace and gardens of Mateus. Explore the 24th-century Alpendurada Monastery before concluding your European river cruise in Porto.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Porto, Portugal | Embark
Day 2 : Porto | Entre-os-Rios
Day 3 : Régua | Pinhão
Day 4 : Pinhão | Vega Terrón, Spain
Day 5 : Vega Terrón
Day 6 : Barca d’Alva | Regua, Portugal
Day 7 : Regua | Porto
Day 8 : Porto | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore Porto on a guided tour and enjoy dinner at a beautiful monastery
  • Visit the impressive visitor's facility and winery, Quinta do Seixo
  • Take an excursion to ancient Lamego, home to Nossa Senhora dos Remédios
  • Enjoy traditional Portuguese food and wine at the Quinta Avessada estate

Ship

MS Amavida

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Porto Cityscape, Portugal Scenes of the Douro Walk through the vineyards of Europe The Pena National Palace in Portugal Portugal city on the river

Day 1 Porto, Portugal | Embark

Embark your cruise in Porto. Gather on board tonight for your Welcome Aboard Champagne Toast. 

Day 2 Porto | Entre-os-Rios

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your Porto city tour shows you 16th-century arcaded buildings, Baroque churches, and the magnificent iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. Later, take a drive through the elegant residential section along the Atlantic coast and explore the Old City. Tonight, 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 overnight. 

Day 3 Régua | Pinhão

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise to Régua this morning and enjoy a tour of Palacio de Mateus and its gardens, located in the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes just outside the city of Vila Real. Later, visit the Sandeman Company’s impressive visitor's facility and winery, Quinta do Seixo, which offers a wine tasting and a comprehensive and fascinating look at port wine production. Cruise to Pinhão where the ship moors overnight. 

Day 4 Pinhão | Vega Terrón, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your morning begins with 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). After a guided city tour, enjoy some free time to explore the town on your own, perhaps to visit the Gothic Cathedral or the town’s museum. You may also want to visit a local café to sample delicious regional cakes or a glass of Raposeira (sparkling wine). Later, depart for Vega Terrón, arriving this evening. You may take part in an onboard wine tasting tonight. The ship moors overnight in Vega Terrón. 

Day 5 Vega Terrón

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Drive to Salamanca for a full-day tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of the Castilla y León region of Spain. During your guided city tour, see the University buildings, the Salamanca Cathedral, and the House of Shells. Later, spend some time exploring on your own, perhaps visiting the locals’ “living room,” known as the Plaza Mayor. Rejoin the ship in Barca d’Alva, where the ship moors overnight. 

Day 6 Barca d’Alva | Regua, Portugal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop. See 16th-century walls and walk down very narrow and steep medieval streets. Among the sites is the Chafariz dos Pretos in the market square, a one-of-a-kind fountain decorated with striking black faces. Enjoy a tasting of honey, nuts and olives, then have lunch on board followed by a wine tasting as the ship sails to Regua. After arriving this evening, enjoy some Moscatel de Favaios (a sweet fortified wine) and traditional Portuguese foods at a wine estate, Quinta Avessada. Your dinner with the quinta’s owner and his delightful family is an unforgettable highlight of your trip. The ship moors overnight. 

Day 7 Regua | Porto

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today enjoy an onboard wine lecture and tasting as you cruise back into Porto. Your excursion to Guimarães departs from Lixa Pier and includes a tasting of Vinho Verde. Later enjoy one last night with your new shipboard friends at the Farewell Cocktail. 

Day 8 Porto | Disembark

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

MS Amavida

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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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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:
- 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with outside balconies)
- Computer for internet access
- Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
- Desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Guided hikes
- Limited Edition Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from the expedition company
- Land Program
- 3 nights hotel in Lisbon at the Intercontinental (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- Transfer from the hotel to Porto via high-speed train.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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