14 Day Douro Delights
From: Lisbon to Madrid
Countries Visited: Portugal, Spain
( Brochure Price:
$ 10,795 pp )
Our Price: $10,255 pp
1. Arrive Lisbon
On arrival in Lisbon, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception.
On a tour of Lisbon, ride on the city’s iconic tramcars, then visit the charming Old Town. Discover the World Heritage-listed Jerónimos Monastery, a symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. Built in 1502 by King Manuel I, the monastery commemorates Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
3. Lisbon, Sintra
Venture into the picturesque mountain range of Serra de Sintra. Visit the spectacular Pena National Palace, then take a guided tour of Sintra, the town below the palace. Enjoy lunch at your leisure before returning to Lisbon via the spectacular coastal route. During your final evening in Lisbon, you may wish to try one of the local restaurants.
4. Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Embark Ship
Journey through Portugal’s rural countryside to Coimbra, a delightful medieval city that is home to Portugal’s most famous university. After a tour and free time for lunch, continue to Porto. Board your river ship and after settling in, enjoy a Welcome Dinner, followed by a stunning twilight cruise around beautiful Porto.
Today you will be able to explore Porto your way with a choice of sightseeing.
6. Porto, Guimarães, Entre-Os-Rios
Take a morning excursion to Guimarães, an authentic and well-preserved showcase of the evolution of medieval settlement. Back on board, enjoy some scenic cruising through the Douro Valley en route to Entre-Os-Rios. Here, visit Quinta da Avelada, a family business that has been producing wine in the Douro region since the 1870s. Explore the gardens on a tour, followed by a wine and cheese tasting.
This morning, delight in the beauty of this sun-drenched region as you cruise to Régua. On arrival, visit the Douro Museum, which provides an incredible insight into culture of the Douro Valley wine region.
8. Regua, Pinhão
After your chosen activity today, continue cruising through the dramatic gorges of the Douro Valley to Pinhão.
Take a trip to Palacio de Mateus, located near the city of Vila Real. Built in 1745, the palace offers a wonderful insight into the lives of Portuguese aristocracy. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
10. Barca d’Alva
Travel to the tiny fortified village of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo today. On a tour here, see the castle ruins, and take in spectacular panoramic views of the Douro Valley and surrounding towns. Back on board, enjoy a delicious dinner this evening as you make the most of your last night on board.
11. Barca d’Alva, Disembark Ship, Salamanca, Madrid
Disembark in Barca d’Alva today and travel to the ancient city of Salamanca. During a tour, see the University of Salamanca and the House of Shells. Afterwards, continue to your hotel in Madrid, where you will be able to enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Enjoy a tour of Madrid followed by a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant later in the evening.
Enjoy a choice of sightseeing activities in Madrid today. The afternoon is then free for you to explore at your own pace.
14. Depart Madrid
Be transferred to the airport.