Romance of the Douro River

Romance of the Douro River

The romantic Douro River meanders its way from Spain through Northern Portugal, delivering a breathtaking landscape of sculpted hills, terraced vineyards and scenic splendor. Explore the historic river and its environs during a seven-night cruise on an exclusively chartered first-class ship. Before embarking, enjoy Lisbon and its highlights, including the Alfama neighborhood, a hillside maze of cobbled lanes and ancient landmarks. See the University of Coimbra, founded in 1290 and embark the ship in lively Porto, a colorful, historic town spread across the banks of the river. In Vila Real, taste local pastries and tour an 18th-century palace. Sip the region’s famous port wine at a traditional quinta on a drive along the Douro Wine Road. Enjoy pretty Lamego with its quintessential blue and white tiled staircase and elegant, sun-kissed Salamanca in Spain! This journey features a choice of included excursions and an extensive meal plan, plus a selection of complimentary beverages. No single supplement!

Trip Itinerary:

June 9 In Transit

Depart your gateway city for Lisbon, Portugal

June 10 Lisbon, Portugal

Upon arrival in Lisbon, transfer and check in to the Dom Pedro Palace Lisbon. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers to kick off your adventure at a Welcome Reception.

June 11 Lisbon

Learn about the Age of Discovery and the explorers who sailed under the Portuguese flag.

June 12 Lisbon

Join today's Elective Activity to explore nearby villages or enjoy a day at leisure.

June 13 Obidos | Coimbra | Porto

Visit Obidos, a romantic medieval village enclosed within ancient walls. Follow narrow alleys bordered with traditional white houses, vivid tiles and potted geraniums.

Built atop an ancient Roman city, Coimbra's timeworn streets offer a variety of interesting monuments and landmarks.

After leisure in Coimbra, continue to Porto and embark your river ship. Later tonight, join an onboard Welcome Reception and DInner.

June 14 Porto

Choose one of these excursions:

- Cultural Porto and Port Wine Tasting
- Porto by Tram and Flavors of Porto

June 15 Porto | Peso da Regua

Choose one of these excursions:

- Guimaraes, Cradle of Portugal
- Douro Walk and Port Wine Tasting

June 16 Vila Real | Barca d'Alva

Encounter the Manor Solar de Mateus, an 18th-century baroque palace, on a guided tour.

June 17 Barca d'Alva | Salamanca, Spain

Choose one of these excursions:

- Salamanca City Tour
- Salamanca by Bike

June 18 Sao Joao da Pesqueira | Pinhao

Travel through the rolling Alto Douro wine region, pausing to revel in a panoramic viewpoint.

June 19 Lamego | Porto

Pretty Lamego is nestled in the heart of port-producing Douro Valley. Visit Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, a splendid baroque church overlooking the city.

June 20 In Transit

Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight to your gateway city.


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