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Spend three nights in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, before beginning your European river cruise down the Douro River, with its dramatic gorges, lush vineyards, and tranquil fishing villages. Begin in Porto 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 small ship river cruise in Porto.
Pinhao Vineyards, PortugalMateus Palace, PortugalScenes of the DouroPlaza in Lisbon, PortugalPorto Cityscape, PortugalCastelo Rodrigo, PortugalLamego, PortugalPortuguese city on the river
  • Visit Belem Tower, Discoveries Monument, and a Gothic Monastery
  • Enjoy a wine tasting & museum tour at Quinto de Sexio
  • Tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village
  • Explore Porto, Portugal's northern capital and a World Heritage Site
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

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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 on your own.

Day 2: Lisbon, Portugal

  • 1 Breakfast
One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon, stretches across several hills along the Tagus River. On your guided tour see Belem Tower, a fortified four-story tower made of limestone, and visit the late Gothic Jerónimos Monastery, the burial place of many Portuguese kings and heroes. Taste a typical Portuguese pastry, Pastéis de Belém, before going to Discoveries Monument, built in honor of Portugal’s greatest maritime explorers.

Day 3: Serra de Sintra, Portugal

  • 1 Breakfast
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 and tour the Castelo da Pena, a wonderful fairytale castle dating back to Portugal’s Romantic period. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting or free time on your own.

Day 4: Porto, Portugal | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Check out of your hotel and board a high-speed train to Porto to embark on your ship. Later in the evening, enjoy a welcome aboard wine toast.

Day 5: Porto | Entre-os-Rios, Portugal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The colorful city of Porto blends the best of old and new, which you can discover on a guided tour of the historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments; and the São Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. You can also enjoy a tasting of Port, Portugal’s most renowned contribution to the world of wine at Graham’s Winery. If you prefer to get more active hike to Graham’s Winery, offering magnificent views over the Douro River. Later in the day, set sail to Entre-os-Rios and enjoy a lovely wine and cheese tasting at Quinta da Avelada, one of the best wine producing estates in the Vinho Verde region. While here, wander through the Quinta Aveleda’s gardens, where you can find a thatched house for geese, peacocks and graceful swans. Afterwards, enjoy a lovely dinner.

Day 6: Régua | Lamego, Portugal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the morning, visit the Douro Museum in Régua, showcasing the history, culture and identity of the Douro Wine Region. Afterwards, travel to picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, to see 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, which the more active adventurer may want to hike. Concluding both tours, you have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties, such as Bôlas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; Presunto, a type of dry-cured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. Then go to the formal Episcopal Palace Museum. Alternatively, venture to Quinta do Seixo, producers of some of the most traditionally made wine in the Douro region. An expert from the Sandeman Winery takes you on a tasting and private tour of the wine cellars, teaching you about the centuries-old winemaking methods. 

Day 7: Barca D’alva, Portugal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend time soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Barca d’Alva, where you can visit Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries-old walls, steep narrow streets and fantastic views. You can also opt to hike up to the village should you wish a more active exploration. While here, taste some delicious locally grown produce.

Day 8: Salamanca, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Drive to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built of golden sandstone, Salamanca is known as a “living museum,” and you have an opportunity to step back in time to the Middle Ages during your guided tour, which includes the city’s elegant university buildings, the twin-towered Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells and Plaza Mayor. 

Day 9: PinhÃo, Portugal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Savor an exclusive lunch at Quinta da Roêda, Croft’s flagship vineyard estate. Discover the secrets of the vineyards as you take a guided walking tour through the property, stopping at points of interest along the way and taking in the magnificent landscape and the stunning views across the Douro River. Afterwards, go on an exclusive private tour of Quinta do Seixo’s wine cellars, learning about the Douro Valley’s centuries-old winemaking methods before sampling some of the wines. Later in the day, visit the Baroque-style Palacio de Mateus and its gardens, located in the beautiful Trás-os-Montes region. Inside the house you can 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.

Day 10: Guimarães, Portugal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Guimarães, one of the most historic towns in Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The birthplace of Portugal’s first king, Guimarães claims to be “the cradle of the nation” and boasts a historic center that is one of the most attractive and best preserved in all of Portugal. You also have the choice to take a short journey to a nearby coastal town for the “Tastes of Matosinhos” tour where you can visit a traditional restaurant serving Pataniscas, a traditional Portuguese cod fish cake, and other typical regional snacks. You also have the option to go on the Jewish heritage tour through the Jewish Quarter of the city discovering the fascinating Jewish heritage. 

Day 11: Porto, Portugal | Disembark

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


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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 pool with pool
- Fitness room
- Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- 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, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
- 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
- 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
- Land Program
- 3 nights hotel in Lisbon at the InterContinental Lisbon (or similar), including city tour, Royal Sintra excursion and daily breakfast
- Transfer from the hotel to Porto via high-speed train.



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