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Enjoy a relaxing 8-day cruise through the Douro River Valley. With its dramatic gorges, lush vineyards, and tranquil fishing villages this region is one of the most charming areas in Europe. The MS Amavida takes you on a spectacular expedition that introduces you to the history of this location. Visit the Jerónimos Monastery, the burial place of many Portuguese kings and heroes. Admire the incredible town of 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). 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-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Porto, Portugal | Embark
Day 2 : Porto | Régua, Portugal
Day 3 : Régua | Barca D’alva, Portugal
Day 4 : Salamanca | Vega Terron, Spain
Day 5 : Vega De Terron | Pinhao, Portugal
Day 6 : Régua | Entre-os-rios, Portugal
Day 7 : Porto, Portugal
Day 8 : Porto | Disembark

Highlights

  • Sample Porto's traditional specialties such as Presunto and Espumante
  • Visit Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover the Baroque-style Palacio de Mateus and its gorgeous gardens
  • Enjoy a unique picnic on a terraced vineyard at Quinta da Pacheca

Ship

MS Amavida

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Walk through the vineyards of Europe Douro River Vineyards, Portugal Porto, Portugal Old Town Scenes of the Douro Portuguese city on the river Lamego, Portugal Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal Salamanca, Spain

Day 1 Porto, Portugal | Embark

Embark your cruise in Porto. Gather on board tonight for your Welcome Dinner. 

Day 2 Porto | Régua, Portugal

  • 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 3 Régua | Barca D’alva, Portugal

  • 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 4 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 5 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 6 Régua | Entre-os-rios, Portugal

  • 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 7 Porto, Portugal

  • 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 8 Porto | Disembark

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

MS Amavida

Per person starting at
$3,299
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Category E
Douro Deck Panoramic Window, 161 sq. ft.
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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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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
- 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 comapny
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