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Start this unforgettable journey with 3 exceptional nights in the charming city of Lisbon, and admire the history and beauty of Portugal's capital city. Then sail down the Douro River, with its dramatic gorges, lush vineyards, and tranquil fishing villages 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 cruise in Porto.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal
Day 2 : Lisbon
Day 3 : Lisbon | Sintra
Day 4 : Lisbon | Embark | Porto
Day 5 : Porto | Régua
Day 6 : Régua | Barca D’alva
Day 7 : Salamanca | Vega Terron, Spain
Day 8 : Vega De Terron | Pinhao, Portugal
Day 9 : Régua | Entre-os-Rios
Day 10 : Porto
Day 11 : Porto, Portugal | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the Jerónimos Monastery, the burial place of many Portuguese kings
  • Admire the incredible cathedral of the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios
  • Discover Chafariz dos Pretos, and taste some delicious locally grown products
  • Explore Quinta da Roeda, home to one of the Douro Valley’s finest vineyards

Ship

MS Amavida

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Historical transportation in Porto, Portugal Scenes of the Douro Wine tasting Douro River Vineyards, Portugal Plaza Mayor by night, Salamanca

Day 1 Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal

Arrive in Lisbon and check in to your hotel. The remainder of the day and evening is free to explore this historic city 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. Observe the Discoveries Monument, the city’s most famous monument, built in honor of Portugal’s greatest maritime explorers. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city’s other top sites, such as the Castle of São Jorge or the Santa Justa Elevator that overlooks the castle, river, and Rossio Square. 

Day 3 Lisbon | Sintra

Enjoy a morning excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the loveliest mountain villages in Portugal and a favorite summer residence of the Portuguese royal family for more than 500 years. Long an inspiration for artists and poets, Lord Byron once called it “perhaps the most delightful village in Europe.” High up on a rocky peak, tour the Castelo da Pena, a wonderful fairy tale castle dating from Portugal’s Romantic period. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting or free time on your own. 

Day 4 Lisbon | Embark | Porto

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, board a high-speed train to Porto to embark your ship. Gather on board tonight for a Welcome Dinner. 

Day 5 Porto | Régua

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This afternoon, have an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). The shrine features a staircase of nearly 700 steps, beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles. Other attractions include a Gothic cathedral, a museum, and charming cafés. Alternatively, have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties such as Bolas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham, Presunto, a type of dry-cured ham, and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. Late this afternoon, visit a Wine Museum in Régua, where the ship overnights. 

Day 6 Régua | Barca D’alva

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend some leisurely time soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Barca d’Alva, and there visit Castelo Rodrigo. Tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries-old walls, steep narrow streets, and fantastic views. Stop to admire the Chafariz dos Pretos, a truly unique fountain decorated with black faces, and taste some delicious locally grown produce. Later, enjoy a Flamenco show onboard. 

Day 7 Salamanca | Vega Terron, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Drive to Salamanca today for a tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of Spain’s Castilla y León region. Built of golden sandstone, Salamanca is known as a “living museum,” an opportunity to step back in time to the Middle Ages. During your guided tour, see the city’s elegant university buildings, the twin-towered Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells, as well as Plaza Mayor, considered the most magnificent main square in Spain. 

Day 8 Vega De Terron | Pinhao, Portugal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today the expedition team has something special planned. You can indulge in an exclusive wine tasting and lunch at Quinta da Roeda, a famous estate that is home to one of the Douro Valley’s finest vineyards. 

Day 9 Régua | Entre-os-Rios

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, cruise to Régua for a morning excursion to the Baroque-style Palacio de Mateus and its gardens, located in the beautiful Trás-os-Montes region near the city of Vila Real. Inside the house see exhibits of religious images and beautiful furnishings, paintings and a ceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here are considered some of the most beautiful in Portugal. Alternatively, you may either wish to visit Quinta da Pacheca where you can enjoy breathtaking views over the Douro River and picnic in a terraced vineyard, or enjoy a port wine tasting at Quinta do Seixo. Return to the ship for lunch while the ship cruises to Entre-os-Rios, arriving this evening. Tonight, enjoy a traditional home-cooked Portuguese meal off ship at Casa de Vila Verde. 

Day 10 Porto

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your ship arrives in Porto, the capital of Northern Portugal, early this morning. Your guided tour of the historical quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes a number of iconic sites: the Porto Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest and most impressive monuments, the bustling main square, and the Sao Bento Railway Station, renowned for its magnificent blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. More active guests may wish to instead take part in a guided hiking tour of Porto where they explore the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto, and cross the Dom Luis Bridge by foot. Also enjoy a tasting of port wine, which derives its name from this very city. A third option is a walk along the Atlantic coast and Porto’s seaside promenade, with a stop at a local café for Portuguese coffee. This afternoon, take a short journey to the nearby coastal town of Matosinhos, visit a traditional restaurant for a cooking demonstration of Pataniscas, a traditional Portuguese cod fish cake, and other typical regional snacks. The ship moors overnight in Porto. 

Day 11 Porto, Portugal | Disembark

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

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Lisbon Deck Balcony, 215 sq. ft.
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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
- Mini-fridge, 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 Lisbon (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
- Transfer from the hotel to Porto via high-speed train
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