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Portugal and the Enticing Douro River Cruise 2019

9 days
Portugal & Spain
Starting from $3748* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join EO and cruise the Enticing Douro River aboard the luxurious AmaDouro visiting cities in Spain and Portugal!  Enhance your journey by adding the Lisbon, Portugal optional pre-tour.  Pricing starts at $3,748*.

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount

 

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Cruise
  • Meals on Ship
  • Select Shore Excursions
  • Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Depart the USA

Board your overnight flight to Porto, Portugal.

Day 2 Arrival in Porto - Embarkation

Embark your cruise in Porto. Gather on board tonight and meet your fellow passengers. (D)

Day 3 Porto - Regua

Travel to picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, where you’ll go to the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). The shrine features a Holy Staircase of nearly 700 steps, beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles, which for the more active adventurer will want to hike. Concluding both tours, you will have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties, such as Bolas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; Presunto, a type of drycured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Regua - Barca D'Alva

Spend time soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Barca d’Alva, where you will visit Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries‐old walls, steep narrow streets and fantastic views. You can also opt to hike up to the village should you wish a more active exploration. While here, taste some delicious locally grown produce. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Barca D'Alva - Salamanca, Spain - Vega Terron

Drive to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built of golden sandstone, Salamanca is known as a “living museum,” and you will have an opportunity to step back in time to the Middle Ages during your escorted tour, which includes the city’s elegant university buildings, the New Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells and Plaza Mayor. While here enjoy lunch as well as a traditional Flamenco show. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Pinhao, Portugal

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 in the day, venture to Quinta do Seixo, producers of some of the most traditionally made wine in the Douro region. An expert from the Sandeman Winery will take you on a tasting and private tour of the wine cellars, teaching you about the centuries‐old winemaking methods. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Rƒegua - Entre-Os-Rios

Cruise to Regua where you can visit the Baroque‐style Palacio de Mateus and its gardens, located in the beautiful Tras‐os‐Montes region. Inside the house you’ll see exhibits of religious images and beautiful furnishings, paintings and a ceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here are considered some of the most beautiful in Portugal. Later, savor a pre‐dinner glass of port wine and the breathtaking view of the river valley from the terrace of the centuries‐old Alpendurada Monastery, followed by a traditional “home cooked” meal. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Porto

The colorful city of Porto blends the best of old and new, which you can discover on an escorted tour of the historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments; and the Sao Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of Port, Portugal’s most renowned contribution to the world of wine. Prefer to get more active, you can hike to the winery. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Porto - Disembarkation

Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

Enhance Your Journey

Lisbon, Portugal Pre-Tour $840

Sept. 3 DEPART USA - Board your overnight flight to Lisbon, Potugal.

Sept. 4 ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL - Arrive in Lisbon and check in to your hotel.

Sept. 5 LISBON - One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon, stretches across several hills along the Tagus River. On your escorted tour, you’ll see Belem Tower, a fortified 4‐story tower made of limestone, and visit the late Gothic Jeronimos Monastery, the burial place of many Portuguese kings and heroes. You will also taste a typical Portuguese pastry, Pasteis de Belem, before going to Discoveries Monument, built in honor of Portugal’s greatest maritime explorers. (B)

Sept. 6 LISBON – 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 fairytale castle dating back to Portugal’s Romantic period. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting or free time on your own. (B)

Sept. 7 LISBON – EMBARKATION – PORTO - Check out of your hotel and board a high‐speed train to Porto to embark on your ship. (B,D)

 

*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.

*B = Breakfast D = Dinner

Departure Dates

  1. September 6, 2019
*Prices reflect a 4% cash discount