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A captivating journey that pays tribute to the “Age of Exploration.”
Experience the “sunny side” of Europe, starting in radiant seaside Lisbon and following the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain. Feel the warm sun on your skin as you cruise past terraced hills, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards.
Breathe the sea air in Lisbon, the city that launched a host of renowned navigators, including Vasco da Gama. Climb the steep hills and hear the sound of fado music fill the streets as you sip a bica (espresso) at a café. Enjoy a quintessential Portuguese lunch in majestic Coimbra (birthplace of six of Portugal’s kings). And in Porto’s ancient Ribeira district, find picturesque rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene.
Sail from Porto through the breathtaking, UNESCO designated Douro Valley, where vines cling to precipitous hillsides. Visit charming quintas and meet the winemakers who operate them. See Salamanca, “The Golden City,” and visit its famed university (where Columbus planned his pivotal journey) before enjoying a flamenco show. Then return to Portugal with a visit to the walled village of Castelo Rodrigo and historic Guimarães. Revel in the captivating cities and striking scenery of the serene Douro River Valley on this perfectly paced cruise/tour.
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Day 1 – Lisbon
Arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 – Lisbon
FEATURED EXCURSION: Lisbon city tour
Today’s adventure begins with a guided tour of Belém Tower and a monument dedicated to Portugal’s greatest explorers. You’ll also see the spectacular Manueline Jerónimos Monastery, sample a traditional delicacy—pastéis de Belém—at a famous pastry shop and see the hills of the Alfama district and Rossio plaza.
Day 3 – Lisbon
Spend the day at leisure, relaxing or exploring Lisbon on your own.
Day 4 – Lisbon, Coimbra, transfer to Porto (embark)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Coimbra city tour with Joanina Library visit and family-style lunch
Travel through the beautiful countryside to Porto, stopping en route to explore Coimbra, the birthplace of six Portuguese kings. The city is also home to the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest in Europe, and its splendid 18th-century library. From there, head to a local restaurant for a traditional Portuguese lunch.
Day 5 – Entre-os-Rios, Régua, Pinhão
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Douro Museum, Mateus Palace and Gardens and dinner at Quinta da Avessada
The Douro Museum provides a fine introduction to the region and its unique wines. You’ll also see Mateus Palace and its beautiful gardens. This evening, tour the family-owned Quinta da Avessada, where you'll meet the owner, learn about winemaking, and enjoy a rustic dinner featuring local wines and live music.
Day 6 – Vega de Terrón (Castelo Rodrigo)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Castelo Rodrigo tour with wine tasting
Take an expertly guided tour of the walled village of Castelo Rodrigo, a fascinating site that dates back to the 12th century.
Day 7 – Vega de Terrón (Salamanca), Barca d'Alva
FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day Salamanca tour with flamenco show
Travel overland from Vega de Terrón on the Spanish border to Salamanca. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has golden sandstone buildings, monumental churches, a historic university and a broad public square ideally suited for people watching. After exploring the city’s beautiful university, you’ll have an opportunity to take in a traditional flamenco show.
Day 8 – Pinhão
FEATURED EXCURSION: Wine tasting at a local quinta
Make your way to Quinta do Seixo—a prestigious Port wine estate—for an enlightening tour of its state-of-the-art facility. Sample some of their famous Sandeman Port, learn more about the production of this famous fortified wine and admire breathtaking views from the estate’s tasting room.
Day 9 – Porto
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Porto city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Porto walking tour, and wine cellars of Cais de Gaia
The epicenter of the Port wine industry, Porto is experiencing a booming cultural revival. See its well-preserved historic buildings and cutting-edge architecture on a guided city tour, or opt to see the sites from a local’s perspective, with stops at a pastry shop and an opulent bookstore. After lunch, visit one of the city’s famed Port cellars for a tasting.
Day 10 – Porto (Guimarães)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Guimarães city tour OR “Soul of Porto” Ribeira district walking discovery tour
Enjoy a panoramic city tour of historic Guimarães, Portugal’s first capital and the home to its first king, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternately, you can explore Porto’s UNESCO-designated Ribeira district on foot. In the evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner onboard your ship.
Day 11 – Porto (disembark),
transfer to the airportDisembark the ship and transfer to Porto Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Porto.