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Scenes of the Douro

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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, Portugal | Embark
Day 2 : Porto
Day 3 : Guimarães | Entre-os-rios
Day 4 : Quinta de Avelada | Regua
Day 5 : Lamego | Pinhão
Day 6 : Pinhão
Day 7 : Barca D’alva
Day 8 : Vega Terron, Spain | Disembark

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, Portugal | Embark

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. Have a chance to see the elegant residential section along the Atlantic coast. This afternoon, you can explore on your own or take part in a guided hiking tour of Porto where you can explore the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto, and cross the Dom Luis Bridge. The ship moors overnight in Porto.

Day 3 Guimarães | 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 Quinta de Avelada | 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 tour of the winery followed by a delicious wine and cheese tasting. Afterwards you can enjoy some free time to explore the grounds and admire the estate’s famous gardens. When the ship arrives in Régua, visit the Wine Museum.

Day 5 Lamego | 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 | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark your cruise in Vega Terrón.

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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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 in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
- 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
- Sun deck and pool
- Fitness room
- Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala 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
- Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Tapas, 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
- Special Interest Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from the expedition company.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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