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River Cruises in Portugal ~
- Lisbon I
taste of Portugal and Spain:
Historic places, gentle beauty, rich wines and
the historic cities of Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto, then cruise the meandering Douro
River across northern Portugal to the Spanish border on an elegant 118-passenger
river boat (11 days - 10 nights).
a small country tucked into a corner of the Iberian Peninsula, changed the course
of world history, leading to the discovery of many new lands. Before
embarking on your river cruise, enjoy the capital city of Lisbon, a treasure house
of old world architecture set on seven low hills bordering the River Tejo. Stop
in Coimbra, Birthplace of Kings, and Porto, the beautiful City
Douro River starts in Spain and reaches the Atlantic Ocean in Porto. The river
has carved a valley of spectacular beauty, with hills falling steeply down to
the waters edge and stone terraces built over generations to give the grape
vines a sheltered hold on the steep rocks. This is port wine country, the oldest
demarcated wine region in the world, established in 1756. Taste new wines from
old village vineyards Régua, Pinhão and Lamego. Stroll through
Salamanca, Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage city, and all along the way uncover
a land of unspoiled beauty and charm.
luscious port wine on a clear blue river surrounded by vineyards and olive groves...
an ideal setting for total relaxation!
RIVER CRUISE-TOUR ITINERARY
(actual program may vary)
program is also available as cruise-only, starting in Porto on Day 4.
= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
1 - Thursday: Lisbon.
Arrive in Lisbon, where youll be greeted by a company representative and
transferred to your hotel. (Note: departure from the US or Canada on Wednesday.)
2 - Friday: Lisbon (B).
Your guided tour of the city takes you to one of the historical districts of the
city, Belem, to see the Belem Tower, a fortress that kept watch over the great
navigators who left Portugal to seek their fortunes elsewhere. Youll also
visit the 16th-century ornate Jerónimos Monastery.
3 - Saturday: Lisbon (B).
Free day to enjoy sightseeing in this beautiful city, with its old world atmosphere,
museums and numerous outdoor cafes.
4 - Sunday: Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto (B,
L, D). En route to the cruise ship docked in Porto, youll learn about Portugals
third largest city on a tour of Coimbra, the birthplace of six of Portugals
kings and home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. Visit the Biblioteca
Joanina, the jewel of Coimbra University. Enjoy a family-style lunch at a local
restaurant before continuing on to Porto to meet the riverboat. Dinner on board.
5 - Monday: Porto, Bitetos (B,
L, D).Visit historic Guimarães, the first capital of Portugal in the 12th-century,
home to the first king of Portugal, Don Afonso Henriques, and a 2012 European
Cultural Capital. It has been referred to as the birthplace of the Portuguese
nation. Dominated by Afonso Henriques grand castle, Guimarães was
recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its extremely well-preserved
city center. You will be guided through the narrow streets of the Medieval quarter,
toward the beautiful main square, the Largo da Oliveira, and then on to the splendid
Monastery and Church of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, the Ducal Palace, and the 14th
century Gothic Padrão do Salado. Later, sail to Bitetos and visit one of
the prestigious port wine cellars in Cais de Gaia. (2013: Choice of Porto
city tour or Ribeira District walking tour instead of Guimarães)
6 - Tuesday: Bitetos, Régua, Pinhão (B,
L, D). Enjoy
the breathtaking scenery of the Douro Valley as you cruise from Bitetos to Régua
in the morning. After lunch, visit the Mateus Palace and Gardens. The palace is
a perfect example of baroque architecture, with an impressive facade made up of
beautiful pinnacles on the roof and an ornate stairway, all reflected in a pond
in front of the palace. The gardens are among the most beautiful in Europe, with
a tunnel of cypress trees shading the path. Later, enjoy dinner at the family-owned
winery Quinta da Avessada in the heart of the Douro region, built a century ago,
and producing Moscatel, the treasure of the region.
7 - Wednesday: Pinhão, Vega de Terrón
(B, L, Captains Dinner). The small town of Pinhão is the center of
the port winemaking area. Visit a quinta (vineyard) and learn more about the history
of port, which goes back to the 17th century. Find out about the unique climate
conditions of the Douro River Valley and the port wine making process, and of
course, indulge in some of this country's most celebrated beverage. Cruise to
Vega de Terrón in the afternoon. Captain's dinner on board the riverboat.
8 - Thursday: Vega de Terrón, Salamanca, Barca d'Alva
(B, L, D). The riverboat will dock in Vega de Terrón, Spain, in the morning.
From here, youll travel by motor coach to the Spanish city of Salamanca,
a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best preserved medieval cities in
Spain. Visit the historic university founded in 1218 by Alfonso IX of León
and stroll through one of Spains largest and grandest squares - the Plaza
Mayor - with its warm, gold-colored sandstone. After a typical Spanish lunch with
a flamenco show at one of the citys wonderful restaurants, enjoy some free
time before returning to the cruise ship.
9 - Friday: Barca d'Alva, Régua
(B, L, D). Visit the small town of Castelo Rodrigo, a medieval walled town dating
back to the 12th century with a parish church perched high on a hilltop.
10 - Saturday: Régua, Porto
(B, L, D).Cruise back to Porto, the City of Bridges, Portugals
second largest city. Its charm stems from its dramatic position above the river,
with gabled houses closely terraced on the hill. Youll be guided through
the medieval city center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, enjoy
a farewell evening and reception while sailing to the mouth of the Douro River.
(2013: Choice of "Hidden Treasures of Porto" walking tour or
Guimarães city tour)
11 - Sunday: Porto.
(B) Disembark the riverboat and transfer to the Porto airport for your flight
itinerary is subject to change without notice.
Lisbon, capital of Portugal
Joanina in Coimbra
(a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
palace and surrounding gardens
(a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
de Castelo Rodrigo, a small medieval town
"City of Bridges"
cruise in a riverview stateroom
luxury hotel stay in Lisbon with breakfast
meals beginning on Day 4, including Captains Dinner
drinks during lunch on board. Wine, beer, and soft drinks with dinner.
water in staterooms each day
specialty coffee and tea station
excursions fully hosted by English-speaking guides using portable audio headset
entertainment and lecture
of a cruise manager and English-speaking staff
on arrival (flights arriving between 5 am and 5 pm) and departure days (flights
departing between 6 am and 6 pm)
at Additional Cost
air from many US cities
not specified above
not included on regular menus
tours and activities
and travel insurance
gratuities (suggested 16-18 Euros per passenger per day)
items not specifically listed under "Included" above
258 ft x 37.5 ft
of decks: 3 plus sun deck
suites, upper deck, full balcony: 323 sq. ft.
junior suites, upper deck, full balcony: 215 sq. ft.
category 1 staterooms, main deck, French balcony: 161 sq.ft.
category 2 staterooms, lower deck, panoramic fixed window: 161 sq.ft.
category 3 staterooms, lower deck, panoramic fixed window: 161 sq.ft.
staterooms and suites have private bathroom with hairdryer, L'Occitane toiletries
and bathrobes, generous built-in closets, safe, individual climate-control thermostat,
flat-screen TV, radio, alarm clock, iPhone/iPad charger and player and bottled
lounge with a full-service bar
deck with swimming pool
coffee and tea station
internet and Wi-Fi access
Tour-Cruise Dates & Prices (in US$).
Departures from the US on Wednesday. Land portion of cruise-tour starts in Lisbon
on Thursday. River cruise begins in Porto on Sunday evening and ends in Porto
the following Sunday morning.
4, 11, 18
Sep 5, 12
2, 9, 16, 23, 30
4, 11, 18, 25
Aug 1, 8
are per person, double occupancy, in Category 3. To upgrade to a higher category,
add the following amounts per person:
each passenger, add port charges of $140.
cruise only (starting in Porto), subtract $500 per person from above prices.
shipping to countries outside the US and Canada is available for an additional
limited number of singles are available for an additional supplement.
is available from US and Canada only. Contact
us for prices
you book your own air transportation, free transfers are available for flights
arriving between selected hours on the start and end days.
and deposit by May 31, 2013, to save $300 per couple on the following departures:Oct
31, Nov 7
discounts: Contact us for details
Offers are subject to availability at time of reservation and are capacity controlled.
Other restrictions may apply. The cruise company reserves the right to withdraw
this offer at any time.