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Enticing Douro

Spend 3 nights in Lisbon, then enjoy a relaxing 7-night cruise through the Douro River Valley
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11 Days - Travel to Lisbon and return from Porto

OVERVIEW

Spend three nights in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, before beginning your journey 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 = before concluding your cruise in Porto.


  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1PortoEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
2RéguaLamego city tour
OR Bolas de Lamego tasting
3RéguaScenic cruising
Barca d’AlvaCastelo Rodrigo tour
4Barca d’AlvaSalamanca excursion
Vega TerrónFlamenco show
5PinhãoWine tasting and lunch at Quinta de Roeda
6RéguaPalacio de Mateus
Entre-os-RiosOR Quinta da Pacheca picnic
OR Port wine tasting at Quinta do Seixo
Entre-os-RiosDinner at Casa de Vila Verde
7PortoCity tour and port wine tasting
OR Porto hike
OR Seaside walk
Taste of Matosinhos tour
8PortoDISEMBARKATION
DayDestinationActivities
1LisbonHotel check-in
2LisbonCity tour
3LisbonSintra excursion
4LisbonFree time in Fatima
Transfer to Porto
PortoEMBARKATION
Welcome Dinner
5RéguaLamego city tour
OR Bolas de Lamego tasting
6RéguaScenic cruising
Barca d’AlvaCastelo Rodrigo tour
7Barca d’AlvaSalamanca excursion
Vega TerrónFlamenco show
8PinhãoWine tasting and lunch at Quinta de Roeda
9RéguaPalacio de Mateus
Entre-os-RiosOR Quinta da Pacheca picnic
OR Port wine tasting at Quinta do Seixo
Entre-os-RiosDinner at Casa de Vila Verde
10PortoCity tour and port wine tasting
OR Porto hike
OR Seaside walk
Taste of Matosinhos tour
11PortoDISEMBARKATION

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Lisbon at the InterContinental Lisbon (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel to Lisbon to the ship in Porto
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms with balconies
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
  • Complimentary Internet access in all staterooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Fine dining including complimentary local wine, port wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and 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
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
  • All local taxes

DETAILED ITINERARY


Select Direction:       or  

Day 1ARRIVE 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 2LISBON
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. You will also see 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 sights, such as the Castle of São Jorge or the Santa Justa Elevator that overlooks the castle, river and Rossio Square. (B)
Day 3LISBON – 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, you will 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. (B)
Day 4LISBON – FATIMA – PORTO – EMBARKATION
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive through the Portuguese countryside to Porto. Stop along the way to spend several hours in Fatima, famous for its shrine to the Virgin Mary (who is said to have appeared before three children here in 1917) and now a world-renowned pilgrimage site. Explore the town and enjoy lunch on your own before continuing on to Porto to board your ship. Gather on board tonight for a Welcome Dinner. (B,D)
Day 5PORTO - RÉGUA
This afternoon, you will 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. Finish your tour with a visit to the Wine Musuem. Alternatively, you will have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties such as Bolas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham, Presunto, a local smoked ham and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. The ship moors in Régua overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 6RÉGUA - BARCA D’ALVA
Spend a leisurely morning soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Barca d’Alva. Upon arrival join a tour to Catelo 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. (B,L,D)
Day 7SALAMANCA, SPAIN – VEGA TERRÓN, SPAIN
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, you will 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. Later, enjoy a Flamenco show in Vega Terrón. (B,L,D)
Day 8VEGA TERRÓN – PINHÃO
Enjoy a leisurely morning as you cruise to Pinhão. This afternoon, you will have a special lunch and wine tasting at Quinta de Roeda. (B,L,D)
Day 9RÉGUA – ENTRE-OS-RIOS
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 you’ll see exhibits of religious images and beautiful furnishings, paintings and ceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here are considered some of the most beautiful in Portugal. Alternatively, you may wish to visit Quinta da Pacheca where you will enjoy breathtaking views over the Douro River and picnic in a terraced vineyard. You may opt instead to sample the region’s famed port wine at Quinta do Seixo. Return to the ship for lunch while the ship cruises to Entre-os-Rios, arriving this evening. Tonight, you will journey to a nearby winery for a delicious Portuguese dinner off ship at Quinta de Vila Verde. (B,L,D)
Day 10PORTO
Your ship arrives in Porto, the capital of northern Portugal, early this morning. You will have your choice of one of three excursions. Your first option is to join a guided tour of the historical quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes a number of iconic sights: 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. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of port wine, which derives its name from this very city. Your second option is to take part in a guided hiking tour of Porto , exploring the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto, and cross the Dom Luis Bridge by foot. Lastly, you may choose to take part in a seaside walk along the Atlantic coast and seaside promenade of Porto, stopping in a local café Portuguese coffee. Later, take a short journey to the nearby coastal town of Matosinhos, where we will 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. (B,L,D)
Day 11PORTO - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1PORTO - EMBARKATION
Embark your cruise in Porto. Gather on board tonight for your Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2PORTO - RÉGUA
This afternoon, you will 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. Finish your tour with a visit to the Wine Musuem. Alternatively, you will have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties such as Bolas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham, Presunto, a local smoked ham and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. The ship moors in Régua overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 3RÉGUA - BARCA D’ALVA
Spend a leisurely morning soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Barca d’Alva. Upon arrival join a tour to Catelo 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. (B,L,D)
Day 4SALAMANCA, SPAIN – VEGA TERRÓN, SPAIN
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, you will 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. Later, enjoy a Flamenco show in Vega Terrón. (B,L,D)
Day 5VEGA TERRÓN – PINHÃO
Enjoy a leisurely morning as you cruise to Pinhão. This afternoon, you will have a special lunch and wine tasting at Quinta de Roeda. (B,L,D)
Day 6RÉGUA – ENTRE-OS-RIOS
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 you’ll see exhibits of religious images and beautiful furnishings, paintings and ceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here are considered some of the most beautiful in Portugal. Alternatively, you may wish to visit Quinta da Pacheca where you will enjoy breathtaking views over the Douro River and picnic in a terraced vineyard. You may opt instead to sample the region’s famed port wine at Quinta do Seixo. Return to the ship for lunch while the ship cruises to Entre-os-Rios, arriving this evening. Tonight, you will journey to a nearby winery for a delicious Portuguese dinner off ship at Quinta de Vila Verde. (B,L,D)
Day 7PORTO
Your ship arrives in Porto, the capital of northern Portugal, early this morning. You will have your choice of one of three excursions. Your first option is to join a guided tour of the historical quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes a number of iconic sights: 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. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of port wine, which derives its name from this very city. Your second option is to take part in a guided hiking tour of Porto , exploring the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto, and cross the Dom Luis Bridge by foot. Lastly, you may choose to take part in a seaside walk along the Atlantic coast and seaside promenade of Porto, stopping in a local café Portuguese coffee. Later, take a short journey to the nearby coastal town of Matosinhos, where we will 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. (B,L,D)
Day 8PORTO - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

 

 

DATES & RATES

Prices are per person in a Cat. E. Clickto view individual sailing stateroom category pricing.

START
CITY
ITIN.
STARTS
SHIP
NAME
EMBARK
CITY
EMBARK
DATE
CRUISE
ONLY
CRUISE
& Stay
 REQUEST
A QUOTE
Lisbon 6 AugAmaVidaPorto9 Aug£2,333£2,833Has Sailed
Lisbon13 AugAmaVidaPorto16 Aug£2,333£2,833Has Sailed
Lisbon3 SepAmaVidaPorto6 Sep£2,533£3,033Has Sailed
Lisbon10 SepAmaVidaPorto13 Sep£2,533£3,033Has Sailed
Lisbon1 OctAmaVidaPorto4 Oct£2,533£3,033Has Sailed
Lisbon8 OctAmaVidaPorto11 Oct£2,466£2,966Click to view upgrades
Lisbon29 OctAmaVidaPorto1 Nov£2,266£2,766Click to view upgrades
Lisbon 12 NovAmaVidaPorto15 Nov£2,066£2,566Click to view upgrades

Wine Cruise.

Notes:

Important:  Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Port Charges:  £112 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise:  50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.

Single Supplement for Land:  £300 per person.

Bedding:  Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).


SHIP(S)

AmaVida

The AmaVida brings AmaWaterways’ distinctive standard of excellence to the Douro River in Portugal. This grand 106-passenger vessel features balconies in the majority of its spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 323 sq. ft.

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