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Scenes of the Douro

Port Wine & Flamenco - Cruise Only

8 Day Sample Cruise aboard MS Amavida
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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 8-day journey in beautiful Madrid, renowned for its great cultural and artistic heritage.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Porto, Portugal / Embark
Day 2 : Porto, Portugal
Day 3 : Porto / Entre-os-Rios, Portugal
Day 4 : Caldal de Aregos / Regua, Portugal
Day 5 : Regua / Pinhao, Portugal
Day 6 : Pinhao, Portugal
Day 7 : Barca D'Alva, Portugal
Day 8 : Salamanca / Madrid, Spain - Disembark

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, Portugal / Embark

Arrive in Porto. Embark your luxurious ship and settle in to your cabin. This evening, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. The ship moors overnight in Porto.

Day 2 Porto, Portugal

  • 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 3 Porto / Entre-os-Rios, Portugal

  • 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 4 Caldal de Aregos / Regua, Portugal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning enjoy an excursion to the historic town of Resende. Early this afternoon, your ship departs for Régua, arriving around dinner time.

Day 5 Regua / Pinhao, Portugal

  • 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 6 Pinhao, Portugal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to the palace and gardens known as the Palacio de Mateus, located in the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes near the city of Vila Real. Later, enjoy some free time to explore at your leisure in Pinhao. Your ship moors in Pinhao overnight.

Day 7 Barca D'Alva, Portugal

  • 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 8 Salamanca / Madrid, Spain - Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark your ship in Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Transfer to the airport to continue your travels.

MS Amavida

Per person starting at
$3,599
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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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Suite
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:
- 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms have 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
- 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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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