Style : River cruise
Town view of Porto, Portugal

Enticing Douro

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3.7 . Great
69%
Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
11 days
From: $ 3,879 $ 353 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Have an amazing Lamego city tour
  • Explore Porto, and enjoy port wine tasting
  • Opportunity to visit Salamanca this is an UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Castelo Rodrig
  • Discover Portugal

Short Description

Spend three nights in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, before beginning your journey down the Douro River, with its dramatic gorges, lush vineyards and tranquil fishing villages. Begin 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 – before concluding your cruise in Porto.

Style River cruise
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Lisbon
End City Porto

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive In Lisbon, Portugal

Arrive in Lisbon and check in to your hotel. The remainder of the day and evening is free to explore this historic city on your own.

Day 2: Lisbon

Meals: Breakfast

One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon sprawls across several hills along the Tagus River. See Belem Tower, a fortified 4-story tower made of limestone, and visit the Late Gothic Jerónimos Monastery, the burial place of many Portuguese kings and heroes. You will also see the Discoveries Monument, the city’s most famous monument, built in honor of Portugal’s greatest maritime explorers. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city’s other top sights, such as the Castle of São Jorge or the Santa Justa Elevator that overlooks the castle, river and Rossio Square.

Day 3: Lisbon – Sintra

Meals: Breakfast

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 fairy tale castle dating from Portugal’s Romantic period. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting or free time on your own.

Day 4: Lisbon – Embarkation – Porto

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

After breakfast, board a high-speed train to Porto to embark your ship. Gather on board tonight for a Welcome Dinner.

Day 5: Porto – Régua

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

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, a museum, and charming cafés. Alternatively, you will have the opportunity 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. Late this afternoon, you will visit a Wine Museum in Régua, where the ship will overnight. (B,D)

Day 6: Régua – Barca D’alva

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

Day 7: Salamanca, Spain – Vega Terrón, Spain

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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 guided tour, you will see the city’s elegant university buildings, the twin-towered Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells, as well as Plaza Mayor, considered the most magnificent main square in Spain. Later, enjoy a Flamenco show in Vega Terrón.

Day 8: Vega De Terrón – Pinhão, Portugal

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today we have something special planned. You will indulge in an exclusive wine tasting and lunch at Quinta da Roeda, a famous estate that is home to one of the Douro Valley’s finest vineyards.

Day 9: Régua – Entre-Os-Rios

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning, cruise to Régua for a morning excursion to the Baroque-style 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. Alternatively, you may either wish to visit Quinta da Pacheca where you will enjoy breathtaking views over the Douro River and picnic in a terraced vineyard, or enjoy a port wine tasting at Quinta do Seixo. Return to the ship for lunch while the ship cruises to Entre-os-Rios, arriving this evening. Tonight, you will enjoy a traditional home-cooked Portuguese meal off ship at Casa de Vila Verde.

Day 10: Porto

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Your ship arrives in Porto, the capital of northern Portugal, early this morning. Your guided 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 guided 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. A third option is a walk along the Atlantic coast and Porto’s seaside promenade, with a stop at a local café for Portuguese coffee. 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.

Day 11: Porto – Disembarkation

Meals: Breakfast

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

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Price Per Day: $ 353 per day
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  • Deposit Price: $ 400
  • Single Supplement: $ 450

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I’ve sailed with AmaWaterways 4 times. They are the best! You become family. I can’t wait to sail with them again!

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AMA’s “Cancel for any reason” insurance is bogus. It should be called rebook for any reason.

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Refund my deposit for the Danube River Cruise. You canceled through 11/17 and our trip was the following week. You know darn well that trip will not happen. You’re trying to recoup lost revenue by keeping our deposit. Shame on you. I will never recommend this company.
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Er is geen betere maatschappij!!!!!

highly recommend this company

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We have done two trips with AmaWaterways so far, and had booked third trip for this July, but now rescheduled to Sept. 2021. Our experience so far has been above and beyond our expectations. We would highly recommend this company.
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Everything! This must be on your bucket list!

Details

Ship Name

AmaVida

Ship Stats

Built: 2013

Built in: Portugal

Length: 260 feet

Width: 37 feet

Crew: 30

Staterooms: 51

Suites: 2

Registry: Portugal

Ship Description

The AmaVida brings AmaWaterways’ distinctive standard of excellence to the Douro River in Portugal. This grand 106-passenger vessel features balconies in the majority of its spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 323 sq. ft. Guests on the AmaVida will enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, plus al fresco dining for up to 32 guests. The AmaVida also features a Sun Deck swimming pool; fitness center and spa; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access on a 42” flat-screen and ship-wide Wi-Fi.

Deck & Cabin Plans

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Stateroom Floor Plan

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Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Standard Group - 25 + people

Cancellation policy

In the unfortunate event a participant must cancel travel, notice to AmaWaterways must be via email to Res@AmaWaterways.com, which must include a return receipt and read notation, or other writing stating clearly and correctly each guest’s name, ship name, start and end date of the cruise and a brief statement of the reason for cancellation. Other forms of notice are not sufficient. The effective date of the cancellation is the date we receive the written cancellation notice. Name changes, a substitution of a participant or a reduction in the number of guests in a stateroom are treated as a cancellation in that all applicable cancellation charges apply. Cancellation charges for bookings within charter and part-charter agreements are as per the charter contract. All other cancellation charges are per-person, based on the cancellation date, as follows:

More than 121 days prior to departure

  • Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: $200 (Europe & Asia) $1,200 (Africa)
  • Airfare Cancellation Charge (Economy Contract fares): $350 penalty
  • Airfare Cancellation Charge (Business/First Class Contract fares): $600 penalty

120-90 days prior to departure

  • Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: $400 (Europe & Asia) $2,400 (Africa)
  • Airfare Cancellation Charge (Economy Contract fares): $350 penalty
  • Airfare Cancellation Charge (Business/First Class Contract fares): $600 penalty

89-60 days prior to departure

  • Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: 35% of cruise and land price
  • Airfare Cancellation Charge (Economy Contract fares): $350 penalty
  • Airfare Cancellation Charge (Business/First Class Contract fares): $600 penalty
  • Other Charges (except insurance): 35% of all charges

59-30 days prior to departure

  • Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: 50% of cruise and land price
  • Airfare Cancellation Charge (Economy Contract fares): $350 penalty
  • Airfare Cancellation Charge (Business/First Class Contract fares): $600 penalty
  • Other Charges (except insurance): 50% of all charges

29-7 days prior to departure

  • Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: 80% of cruise and land price
  • Airfare Cancellation Charge (Economy Contract fares): $350 penalty
  • Airfare Cancellation Charge (Business/First Class Contract fares): $600 penalty
  • Other Charges (except insurance): 80% of all charges

6-0 days prior to departure

  • Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: 100% of cruise and land price
  • Airfare Cancellation Charge (Economy Contract fares): $350 penalty
  • Airfare Cancellation Charge (Business/First Class Contract fares): $600 penalty
  • Other Charges (except insurance): 100% of all charges

Trip ID#:

EntDouAma

What's excluded

  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses

Meals Included

10 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners

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