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Scenes of the Douro

Port Wine & Flamenco - Cruise Only

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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 8-day journey in Vega Terrón.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Porto | Embarkation
Day 2 : Porto
Day 3 : Porto | Entre-os-rios
Day 4 : Entre-os-rios | Regua
Day 5 : Regua | Pinhão
Day 6 : Pinhão
Day 7 : Barca D’alva
Day 8 : Vega Terron, Spain | Disembarkation

Highlights

  • Enjoy Portuguese food and wine in one of Europe's best-known wine regions
  • Visit Quinta de Avelada, a historic family-owned wine estate
  • Take an excursion to Lamego, home to an ancient pilgrimage site
  • Explore Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a fortified 16th-century village

Ship

MS Amavida

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Scenes of the Douro Mateus Palace in Portugal. Walk through the vineyards of Europe Portugal city on the river These unique buildings crowd the river

Day 1 Porto | Embarkation

Embark your ship in Porto today. This evening, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. The ship moors overnight in Porto.

Day 2 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 3 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 4 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 enjoying a tour of the winery followed by a delicious wine and cheese tasting. Afterwards you may take 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 Vega Terron, Spain | Disembarkation

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark your cruise in Vega Terrón. 

MS Amavida

Per person starting at
$3,599
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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.

Included Features:
- 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
- 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

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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