Enticing Douro (Wine Themed) : 2017 - Porto to Porto : ms AmaVida (Cruise Only)
Spend three nights in Portugal's capital, Lisbon, before beginning your journey through the wonderfully scenic Douro River Valley. It is one of Europe's most pure and unspoiled rivers decorated with deep cleft gorges, lush vineyards, and sleepy fishing villages. Begin in the capital of the North, Porto, and continue to the ancient and picturesque city of Lamego. Enter Spain to visit Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of the Castilla y Leon region. Travel inland and on to the beautiful countryside of the Tras-os-Montes Region to visit the palace and gardens of Mateus. Explore the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery before concluding your vacation in historic Porto.
Day 1 : PORTO - EMBARKATION
Embark your cruise in Porto. Gather on board tonight for your Welcome Aboard Champagne Toast. (D)
Day 2 : PORTO -ENTRE-OS-RIOS
Your Porto city tour will show you 16th-century arcaded buildings, Baroque churches and the magnificent iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. Later, you will take a drive through the elegant residential section along the Atlantic coast and explore the Old City. Tonight, take in the breathtaking view of the river valley from the terrace of the 14th century Alpendurada Monastery, where you will be served dinner. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 3 : REGUA - PINHAO
Cruise to Regua this morning and enjoy a tour of Palacio de Mateus and its gardens, located in the beautiful region of Tras-os-Montes just outside the city of Vila Real. Later, visit the Sandeman Company's impressive visitors' facility and winery, Quinta do Seixo, which offers a wine tasting and a comprehensive and fascinating look at port wine production. Cruise to Pinhao where the ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : PINHAO - VEGA TERRON
Your morning begins with an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). After a guided city tour, enjoy some free time to explore the town on your own, perhaps to visit the Gothic Cathedral or the town's museum. You may also want to visit a local cafe to sample delicious regional cakes or a glass of Raposeira (sparkling wine). Later, we depart for Vega Terron, arriving this evening. You may take part in an onboard wine tasting tonight. The ship moors overnight in Vega Terron. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : VEGA TERRON
Drive to Salamanca for a full day tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of the Castilla y Leon region of Spain. During your guided city tour, you will see the University buildings, the Salamanca Cathedral and the House of Shells. Later, spend some time exploring on your own, perhaps visit the locals' "living room," known as the Plaza Mayor. Rejoin the ship in Barca d'Alva, where we moor overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : BARCA D'ALVA - PINHAO
After breakfast, tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop. See 16th-century walls and walk down very narrow and steep medieval streets. Among the sights is the Chafariz dos Pretos in the market square, a one-of-a-kind fountain decorated with striking black faces. Enjoy a tasting of honey, nuts and olives, then have lunch on board followed by a wine tasting as the ship sails to Regua. After arriving this evening, you will be treated to Moscatel de Favaios (a sweet fortified wine) and traditional Portuguese foods at a wine estate, Quinta Avessada. Your dinner with the quinta's owner and his delightful family will be an unforgettable highlight of your trip. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : REGUA - PORTO
Today enjoy an onboard wine lecture and tasting as you cruise back into Porto. Your excursion to Guimaraes departs from Lixa Pier and includes a tasting of Vinho Verde. Later Enjoy one last night with your new shipboard friends at the Farewell Cocktail. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : PORTO - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
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- Cruise Line
- 8 Days
- Cruise Ship
- ms AmaVida
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|Day 5||Vega Terron|
|Day 6||Barca d'Alva|
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges: $168 per person.
Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price.
Single Supplement for Land: $480 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).
*Early booking discount is per stateroom based on double occupancy. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Early booking discount is not combinable with group discounts. Early booking discount is applicable to 2017 departures only. Early booking discounts are not combinable.