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Porto and Flavors of Portugal & Spain by River Cruise

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,134

Explore the fascinating city of Porto before embarking on an 8-day Ama Waterway river cruise along the Douro River. Taste your way through the vineyards, visit traditional quintas, and discover the timeless traditions of Portugal before ending your journey in neighbouring Spain.


This 11-day cruise on the beautiful Douro River departs from Porto, inviting passengers to try Portugal’s most famous wine before sailing upriver into Spain.

Begin with three nights in Porto, Portugal’s second city, as gorgeous as it is gritty. Take in the views from the miradouros, sample some port wine on the Gaia side of the Douro’s banks, and bask in the opulence of Sao Francisco Church and the Palacio da Bolsa. No need to rush. You’ll have one day of access to Porto’s vintage tour buses, and another day at leisure to pick up any sights you missed before boarding the luxurious AmaVida. You’ll have a head-start on a guided tour of Porto’s historic quarter, but it might help put some of your discoveries in perspective – capped off with another port tasting of course!

Your Douro experience begins at Entre-Os-Rios, with a home-cooked dinner at the centuries-old Alpenduranda Monastery. Then visit the Palacio de Mateus in the Tras-os-Montes region near Vila Real. The gardens in particular rank among the most beautiful in all of Portugal. The following day takes you to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, famous for its tiles, and its staircase of nearly 700 steps. Embark on a hiking tour, concluding in a well-earned sampling of local hams, wines, and other Portuguese specialties before visiting the Episcopal Palace Museum.

Lunch the following day is at Quinta da Avessada, combining traditional hospitality with entertainment. It’s also a great place to learn about the history of the Alto Douro before enjoying some tastings both here, and at Quinta do Seixo. A shore excursion then takes you to Castelo Rodrigo, the ‘White Village,’ offering views as far as Spain – which just happens to be where you’ll disembark at Vega de Terron. Before you do, enjoy a walking tour through Castelo Rodrigo, rewarded of course with a tasting of local produce!


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,134

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Day 1

Porto to Porto Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Infante Sagres

The hotel enjoys a fantastic location and is the finest traditional 5 star in the city. Situated in the centre of Porto, in an excellent position close to the beautiful city town hall, and only a few yards from the Avenida dos Aliados. This hotel is also conveniently close to the Porto wine cellars and is near the motorway route to Lisbon. The bedrooms are large in size and elegantly decorated with fine antique furniture and soft colours and are fully equipped with all the facilities expected of a hotel of this category.<br/><i>*Images from VFM Leonardo, Inc.</i>

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Infante De Sagres, Ntr 154

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    Infante De Sagres, Ntr 154



    The hotel enjoys a fantastic location and is the finest traditional 5 star in the city. Situated in the centre of Porto, in an excellent position close to the beautiful city town hall, and only a few yards from the Avenida dos Aliados. This hotel ...

    The hotel enjoys a fantastic location and is the finest traditional 5 star in the city. Situated in the centre of Porto, in an excellent position close to the beautiful city town hall, and only a few yards from the Avenida dos Aliados. This hotel is also conveniently close to the Porto wine cellars and is near the motorway route to Lisbon. The bedrooms are large in size and elegantly decorated with fine antique furniture and soft colours and are fully equipped with all the facilities expected of a hotel of this category.

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Day 2

Porto 3 in 1

Enjoy access to the Porto Vintage tour buses and historical public tramcars. Additionally see the stunning view of Porto from Miraduoro da Serra do Pila via the Historical Guindais Funicular.

Duration9 Hours
Day 3

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 4

Porto Hotel to Pier Vila Nova de Gaia (Night Services - Between 8:00 PM to 8:00AM)

Duration0 Hours

Embarkation

Embark your luxurious ship in Porto. This evening, meet your fellow passengers.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

AmaVida

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    AmaVida


    Timeless elegance spills from the decks of the AmaVida, a ship that debuted on Portugal and Spain's Douro River in 2013. Rust and gold color schemes bring together the Douro's breathtaking sunsets and a sepia hue that conjures timeworn snapshots of the world's oldest demarcated ...

    Timeless elegance spills from the decks of the AmaVida, a ship that debuted on Portugal and Spain's Douro River in 2013. Rust and gold color schemes bring together the Douro's breathtaking sunsets and a sepia hue that conjures timeworn snapshots of the world's oldest demarcated wine region. Most staterooms feature balconies from which to enjoy views of terraced vineyards, as well as Entertainment-On-Demand, climate-controlled air conditioning and an in-room safe. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, AmaVida will treat you to exquisite, locally inspired cuisine paired with unlimited local wine--and the region's signature Port--as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner in the Main Restaurant cada noche.

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    • Fitness Rooms
    • Internet
    • Sundeck
    • WiFi

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Day 5

Porto

Join a guided tour of Porto's historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll see the Cathedral, one of the city's oldest monuments; the main square, ringed with shops and cafes; and the Sao Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. You'll also enjoy a tasting of port, Portugal's most renowned contribution to the world of wine. For the more active adventure, join a hike in Porto and explore the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Porto - Entre-os-rios

After free time further exploring the colorful "City of Bridges," the ship will sail to Entre-Os-Rios, where you'll go to dinner at the centuries-old Alpendurada Monastery. Savor a pre-dinner glass of Port and the breathtaking view of the river from the terrace of the monastery before having a traditional "home cooked" meal.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Regua

Enjoy an excursion to the Palacio de Mateus, located in the beautiful region of Tras-os-Montes near the city of Vila Real. The interior of the house features various religious images and exquisite furniture, artwork and hand-wooden ceilings. The exterior is equally stunning, with gardens that are among the most beautiful in all of Portugal.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Regua - Pinhao

Travel to picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, where you'll go to the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). The shrine features a staircase of nearly 700 steps, beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles, which for the more active adventurer will want to hike. Concluding the walking and hiking tours, 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. Afterwards, you'll go to the formal Episcopal Palace Museum. Later in the day, cruise along the scenic Douro to Pinhao.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Pinhao

Enjoy 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 in the day, you'll be treated to a wine tasting at the charming Quinta do Seixo.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Vega de Terron, Spain

Venture to Castelo Rodrigo, known as the "White Village" because of its almond trees. The site offers spectacular views of the surrounding area and as far away as Spain. Join a walking tour through its medieval streets and see the houses and establishments with 16th-century facades and Manueline style windows. Prefer a more active adventure there, you can hike to the town. At the end of both tours, enjoy a tasting of local favorites, such as almonds, cheese, bread and wine.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Vega de Terron Disembarkation

Disembark your cruise in Vega de Terron

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Nov 2

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfers between hotel and pier
  • 3 nights' first class accommodation in Porto
  • Porto 3 in 1 excursion
  • 7 night Ama Waterways River cruise
  • All meals onboard (breakfast, lunch, dinner) including a Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaine des Rotisseurs Dinner and Captain’s Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Food and beverages not mentioned in itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

OTHER INFORMATION:

Cruise ends in Vega de Terron, Spain.  Transfers are not included and available upon request.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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