FLAVORS OF PORTUGAL & SPAIN

Two iconic cities, Lisbon and Madrid, provide the perfect start and end to a grand journey through Portugal and Spain. Cosmopolitan Lisbon offers a treasure trove of Old World architecture and a wealth of stories about its famed explorers; and then there is the seaside town of Sintra, one of the loveliest mountain villages in Portugal and a favorite summer residence of the Portuguese royal family for more than 500 years. Set sail in Porto, the beautiful “City of Bridges” and gateway to the Douro River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with rambling vineyards and charming quintas, which cling to the steep sides of the river. Taste wines from these vineyards and discover the timeless traditions of Portuguese winemaking throughout your journey before visiting some of Spain’s glorious cities: the golden-hued city of Salamanca, the ancient walled city of Toledo, and cosmopolitan Madrid, renowned for its world-class museums, stately gardens and lively tapas bars.


COUNTRIES: VEGA DE TERRÓN TO PORTO
RIVERS: DOURO

 

ITINERARY 
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DAY 1
VEGA de TERRÓN – EMBARKATION

EMBARKATION
Board your river ship for your Flavors of Portugal & Spain cruise. (D)

DAY 2
VEGA de TERRÓN – PINHÃO, PORTUGAL

Venture to Castelo Rodrigo, known as the “White Village” because of its almond trees. The site offers spectacular views of the surrounding area. Join a walking tour through its medieval streets and see the houses and establishments with 16th-century façade and Manueline-style windows. If you prefer a more active adventure there, you can hike up to the town. At the end of both tours, enjoy a tasting of local favorites, such as almonds, cheese, bread and wine. Later in the day, cruise along the scenic Douro to Pinhão, where a traditional dinner will be waiting for you in a local quinta. (B,L,D)

DAY 3
PINHÃO
Embark on a leisurely walk to the charming Pinhão Railway Station, a stunning train station along the Douro Line, one of the most iconic rail journeys in Portugal. The station’s main building is revered for its 25 tile panels, all in shades of blue, that depict scenes from the Douro region. Afterward, 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, indulge in some free time to explore the town on your own. (B,L,D)


DAY 4
RÉGUA

You have a choice of two excursions. Your first option is an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). For active adventurers, you can hike up the famed Lamego Steps, also known as the Holy Staircase. Later in the day, visit Mateus Palace and Gardens, where you can admire the elegant 16th- to 18th- century furnishings and spend some time exploring the palace’s magnificent gardens, which feature perfectly manicured topiary work and an impressive cedar tunnel. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
RÉGUA – ENTRE-OS-RIOS
Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Douro from Régua to Entre-Os-Rios. This will be followed by a traditional “home-cooked” meal at a local quinta. (B,L,D)


DAY 6
ENTRE-OS-RIOS - PORTO

Enjoy a morning of scenic cruising on your way to Porto, then 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 cafés; and the São 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 a more active adventure, join a hike in Porto and explore the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto; afterwards, indulge in a Port wine tasting. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
PORTO

Enjoy a day at leisure. (B,L,D)


DAY 8
PORTO – DISEMBARKATION

Your journey comes to an end in Porto as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

 

WHATS INCLUDED

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with outside balconies)
Computer for internet access
Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
Desk and sitting area
Bottled water replenished daily

AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
Internet and Wi-Fi access
Sun deck and pool
Fitness room
Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
Daily entertainment including cultural performances

AWARD-WINNING DINING
All onboard dining in a variety of venues
Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
Immersive tours in every destination
Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
Guided hikes
Special Interest Tours
Knowledgeable guides
Personal headset for easy exploration
Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

Terms & Conditions: Prices quoted are per person, reflect the 2 for 1 savings, are cruise only & based on double occupancy. Airfare extra. Limited time offer - Book by June 30, 2019. Private Sales are deep discounts and are not combinable with any other promotions. Other restrictions apply. Offers are based on double occupancy and are valid on select sailings only for new FIT bookings. Not applicable to Suites. Offers are not combinable with any other consortia programs, are limited to availability, are capacity controlled and are subject to change or termination without notice. Land programs, visas, roundtrip airfare and gratuities are additional. 


Porto
Porto
Porto
Porto
“City of Bridges” tour and Port wine tasting
 
OR Porto hike and Port wine tasting
Pinhão
Pinhão
Local quinta wine tasting
Local quinta wine tasting
Local quinta wine tasting
Pinhão train station hike
 
Quinta de Avessada lunch
 
Free evening
Pinhão train station hike
 
Quinta de Avessada lunch
 
Free evening
Pinhão train station hike
 
Quinta de Avessada lunch
 
Free evening
Pinhão train station hike
 
Quinta de Avessada lunch
 
Free evening