Sep 9, 2019 - Sep 19, 2018
$4998 per person for the Douro River Cruise *
- 1 night accommodation in the hotel Teatro
- 2 nights accommodations in the hotel Lisboa
- 21 meals including daily breakfast 6 lunches and 6 dinners
- Private transfer from/to the hotels
- Full Day Tour in Lisbon
- Private English speaking guide.
Enjoy the beautiful architecture and history of Porto at your own pace. Discover Porto’s neighborhoods with an optional yellow bus tour of the city, or visit one of Porto’s most famous coffee houses, Café Majestic… This Oporto landmark is an essential stop in the city. It is known throughout Portugal, and is also listed among Europe's top historical coffeehouses (as well as one of the world's top 10 most beautiful cafés). It was born with the name "Elite," which was soon changed to "Majestic." Its beautiful decoration justifies the second name: mirrors, cherubs, chandeliers, marble, and wood. It was once the meeting place for artists and politicians, and is still today often visited by illustrious figures.
This pricing is based in a cabin category E - Douro DeckPanoramic Window, 161 sq. ft; In-room temperature control; Deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian linen, down pillows and duvet; Spacious bathrooms with multi-jet showerhead; Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, safe and direct-dial telephone; Flat-screen TV that also works as a computer; Entertainment on Demand system providing complimentary TV, movies and music library; Complimentary internet and Wi-Fi; Complimentary bottled water replenished daily; Desk and chair
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today you will have a private transfer from Porto to Lisbon. After a convenient pickup from Cruise Port, journey to Aveiro, where you’ll see how it earned the name “Venice of Portugal.” Admire the colorful tiled facades on the local Costa Nova buildings and learn about how this postcard-perfect village came to be from your guide. Then you will visit Batalha, where you can find one of the most important symbols of our history, Batalha Monastery. On our way to the Atlantic West Coast, you will see the biggest pine tree field in Portugal, right before we arrive at Nazaré, a fisherman’s village and a famous surf spot, where you can find the biggest waves in the world. Here the fish is king and it’s time to lunch. You got the opportunity to eat a nice grilled fish that was captured in the morning. Our journey continues south to Óbidos, a medieval village from XII century, inside the castle walls, where you can find a lot of handcraft stores mixed with churches and charming guest houses. This village is also known by the chocolate and cherry liquor that you are going to taste. It’s time to arrive in Lisbon.
Pickup at the Hotel in direction to S. Jorge Castle where you will begin your walking tour, visiting the Cathedral, S. Francis Church and “Baixa” area of Lisbon, where you will enjoy the local shops, restaurants and cafes. Lunch is served in a traditional restaurant, with breathtaking views of Lisbon. After a traditional lunch, we visit the Belem area of Lisbon, where you will find Lisbon’s iconic monuments and enjoy the typical “bolo de belem” A pastry that is now world famous and considered one of Lisbon’s calling card.
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