European river cruise

APT - Douro Delights - Lisbon to Madrid

14 Day Douro Delights - Lisbon to Madrid

Douro Delights - Lisbon to Madrid

Days: 14

From: Lisbon to Madrid

Countries Visited: Portugal, Spain

Code: eupdclm14

Our Price (from): $9,950 pp

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Itinerary


1. Arrive Lisbon
On arrival in Lisbon, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director as you enjoy a Welcome Reception. Stay Three Nights: Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz

2. Lisbon
On a tour of , ride on the city's iconic tramcars, then visit the charming Old Town. Discover the World Heritage-listed Jeronimos 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. Later this evening, get to know your fellow guests during a delicious Welcome Dinner.

3. Lisbon, Sintra
Venture into the picturesque mountain range of Serra de Sintra. Visit Pena National Palace, set within a picturesque backdrop and take a guided tour of Sintra, the town below. 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 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. Stay Seven Nights: the MS AmaVida

5. Porto
Choose your sightseeing. Back on board, enjoy a delicious dinner.

Freedom of Choice: Explore 's Old Town and delight in its 16th-century buildings, followed by a port wine tasting. Alternatively, journey to Matosinhos and visit a traditional restaurant for a cooking demonstration of local delicacies, or enjoy an active walking tour through the medieval streets of and the old harbour quarter of Ribeira.

6. Porto, Guimarães, Entre-Os-Rios
Take a morning excursion to Guimaraes, 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.

Signature Experiences: 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 and private dinner.

7. Entre-Os-Rios, Regua
This morning, delight in the beauty of this sun-drenched region as you cruise to Regua. On arrival, visit the Douro Museum, which provides an incredible insight into culture of the Douro Valley wine region.

8. Regua, Pinhao
After you preferred sightseeing, continue cruising through the dramatic gorges of the Douro Valley to Pinhao, where you'll enjoy dinner later this evening.

Signature Experiences: Tour the ancient town of Lamego and visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. You'll then sample bola de Lamego, a specialty dish of the region. Alternatively, enjoy a visit to Quinta da Pacheca for a picnic with breathtaking views over the Douro River and Regua.

9. 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 time at leisure in Pinhao followed by the Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Signature Experiences: Visit Quinta da Roeda for a wine tasting, followed by a traditional family-style lunch.

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. Stay Three Nights: Madrid, Westin Palace Madrid

12. Madrid
Enjoy a tour of followed by a Farewell Dinner featuring a range of tantalising tapas later in the evening.

13. Madrid
Enjoy a choice of sightseeing activities in today.

Freedom of Choice: Perhaps learn all about the traditional flavours of delectable Spanish cuisine on a culinary tour. Otherwise, immerse yourself in Spanish art at the Prado Museum, including works from Italian and Flemish artists such as Velazquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch. Alternatively you may wish to explore the Bernabeu soccer stadium, home to the world-famous Real Football Club.

14. Depart Madrid
Be transferred to the airport.

Dates & Prices


Cruise Starts
Cruise Ends
Ship
Brochure Price
Our Price
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25 May 2019
07 Jun 2019
MS AmaVida
$10,745
$10,238

22 Jun 2019
05 Jul 2019
MS AmaVida
$10,745
$10,238

17 Aug 2019
30 Aug 2019
MS AmaVida
$10,845
$10,334

14 Sep 2019
27 Sep 2019
MS AmaVida
$10,845
$10,334