Douro Delights

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Enjoy 14 days from Lisbon to Madrid with seven nights upon the Douro River on the MS AmaVida. Attractions include a journey through Portugal's rural countryside, a wine and cheese tasting in Régua, and many more cultural excursions. 
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Overview

Trip type
River Cruise
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Highlights

    • Marvel At Pena National Palace:Head for the mountain town of Sintra to visit its whimsical hilltop castle, Pena National Palace Porto's Famous Wine:Visit Casa de Vila Verde estate in the Sousa Valley wine region, famous for its Vinho Verde since the 17th century Pinhão Winery Dinner:Dine on the sweet fruits of the Douro Valley's harvests at a family-owned quinta in the village of Pinhão

What's this trip about?

    Enjoy 14 days from Lisbon to Madrid with seven nights upon the Douro River on the MS AmaVida. Attractions include a journey through Portugal's rural countryside, a wine and cheese tasting in Régua, and many more cultural excursions. 

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Details

Itinerary focusOff the Beaten Path
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range18 years and up
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityLisbon
End CityMadrid

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Local Immersion & Homestays
  • Relaxing Retreats
  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Spain
  • Portugal

Attractions

  • Coimbra
  • Lisbon
  • Madrid
  • Porto
  • Salamanca

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • River cruise
  • Wine Tasting

Trip includes

    • Discover Spain and Portugal with a range of unique experiences in up to 14 destinations
    • Enjoy unique moments and exclusive access to Europe's attractions on our Signature Experiences
    • The convenience of included transfers, port charges and tipping
    • From history lessons to enthralling cultural performances, enjoy a range of entertainment aboard the MS AmaVida
    • Complimentary beverages throughout your cruise*
    • Explore your way with a range of APT Freedom of Choice sightseeing inclusions
    • 29 fine meals during your journey
    • The services of expert APT Cruise and Tour Directors

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Lisbon 

On arrival in Lisbon, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Meet your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director at a Welcome Reception tonight.

Stay: Three Nights: Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz 

Day 2: Lisbon 

On a guided tour of Lisbon, ride on the city’s iconic tramcars, then visit the Old Town and much more. Discover the World Heritage-listed Jerónimos Monastery, an incredible symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. Built in 1502 by King Manual...

Day 3: Lisbon, Sintra 

Today’s excursion takes you into the picturesque mountain range of Serra de Sintra. Visit the World Heritage-listed 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...

Day 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 enjoy a Welcome Dinner in the evening.

Stay: Seven Nights: the MS AmaVida 

Day 5: Porto

On a tour, explore Porto’s Old Town and delight in its 16th-century buildings and Baroque churches. See the iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel then enjoy a tasting at a local port house in Gaia. 

Day 6: Porto, Guimarães, Entre-Os-Rios 

- SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE    Visit Casa de Vila Verde, where you’ll enjoy a tour of the manor, followed by a tasting of their famous Vonho Verde before a traditional dinner.

Take a morning excursion to the World Heritage-listed city of Guimarães, an authen...

Day 7: Caldas De Aregos, Régua 

Dock in Caldas de Aregos and travel to Quinta da Aveleda, a family business that has been producing wine in the Douro region since the 1870s. Explore the beautiful gardens on a tour, followed by a wine and cheese tasting. Delight in the beauty of this sun-drenched region as you cruise to Régua, where you’ll visit the Douro Museum. 

Day 8: Regua, Lamego, Pinhao 

- SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE   Head to a local winery in Pinhão where you’ll enjoy the superb flavours of the region during a delicious dinner and wine tasting. 

Tour the ancient town of Lamego and visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. You’ll then sample bolas de Lamego, a specialty dish of the region. 

Day 9: Pinhão, Vila Real 

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. Embark on a tour of the palace followed by free time to explore the extensive gardens. Enjoy time at leisure in Pinhão followed by the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board. 

Day 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 your stylish river ship. 

Day 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: Westin Palace Madrid 

Day 12: Madrid

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

Day 13: Madrid 

- FREEDOM OF CHOICE   Enjoy a choice of sightseeing activities in Madrid today. 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 Ital...

Day 14: Depart Madrid 

After a delicious breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport. 

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Cancellation policy

For all holiday packages the following APT cancellation fees apply: Days of Notice:            Fee Per Person 100 days or more       Loss of deposit 99-61 days                  50% of holiday package price 60 days or less         100% of holiday package price All cancellations must be received in writing by APT and are not effective until this notification has been received. If your holiday has commenced, 100% of the full holiday package price is charged. There is no refund for unused services or if portions of the holiday package are missed.  Additional cancellation fees may also be charged in respect of accommodation reserved outside the holiday package dates. These cancellation fees are in addition to any fees that may be levied by APT and your travel agent (if any). You acknowledge that the amounts estimated under the Cancellation Policy are reasonable and represent a genuine pre-estimate of APT’s loss. If you request changes after APT has issued your documents, APT may charge you a fee of AUD$70 per person in addition to any applicable cancellation fees.

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