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Enticing Douro Wine Cruise

From $6699 $798 taxes

 

Begin your journey down the Douro River, with its dramatic gorges, lush vineyards, and tranquil fishing villages 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 cruise in Porto.

Travel Bets Bets Package Includes

  • Round trip airfare from Vancouver to Porto
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation on the AmaVida
  • Roundtrip airport to pier transfers
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Limited Edition Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances

Porto to Porto: November 13-21, 2017

Outside Balcony Taxes & Fees
Vancouver sold out $6699 $798
Pre-Pay Gratuities add $163 per person

Please call to inquire for flights from other departure cities.

Itinerary

Day 1
EMBARKATION – PORTO, PORTUGAL
Embark your cruise in Porto. Gather on board tonight for your Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2
PORTO – 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 and charming cafés. You will have the opportunity here to sample local traditional specialties such as Bolas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham, Presunto, a type of dry-cured ham, and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. Or opt for the more active tour, and hike up—and later, down—the 700 Lamego steps to join the group for the Bolas tasting. (B,L,D)
Day 3
RÉGUA – BARCA D’ALVA
Spend some leisurely time soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Barca d’Alva, where you will visit Castelo Rodrigo. Tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small                 fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries-old walls, steep narrow streets and fantastic views. We will stop to admire the Chafariz dos Pretos, a truly unique fountain             decorated with black faces, and taste some delicious locally grown produce. Alternatively, choose to join the escorted hike to Castelo Rodrigo and hike up to the village before joining the rest of the group. (B,L,D)
Day 4
SALAMANCA, 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 escorted tour, you will see the city’s elegant university buildings, the New Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells, as well as Plaza Mayor, considered the most magnificent main square in Spain and free time to explore. You’ll also enjoy a Flamenco show during lunch. (B,L,D)
Day 5
VEGA DE TERRÓN – PINHÃO, PORTUGAL
Today we have something special planned. Be treated to an exclusive lunch at Quinta da Avessada, where you’ll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment. The warm, spirited hospitality of this family-run Quinta is quite special as you will discover. Several family members play in a band, and while dining, they will entertain you. Quinta de Avessada is also a fascinating interactive museum commemorating the history and culture of wine in the Alto Douro region, so you’ll have fun discovering all the various stages of wine production as well as doing plenty of tasting. Later, enjoy a Port wine tasting at Quinta do Seixo. (B,L,D)
Day 6
RÉGUA – ENTRE-OS-RIOS
This morning, cruise to Régua for a morning excursion to the Baroquestyle 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. We will also visit the Quinta de Aveleda gardens and we will sample some of the Quinta’s wine and cheese. Dinner will be onboard the AmaVida. (B,L,D)
Day 7
PORTO
Your ship arrives in Porto, the capital of northern Portugal, early this morning. Your escorted 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. More active guests may wish to instead take part in a escorted hiking tour of Porto where they will explore the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto, and cross the Dom Luis Bridge by foot. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of port wine, which derives its name from this very city. This afternoon, we 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 8
PORTO – DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
   

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