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Classic Port Wines & Charming Quintas (Wine Themed)

Spend 3 nights in Lisbon, then enjoy a relaxing 7-night cruise through the Douro River Valley
12 Days - Travel to Lisbon & return from Porto

OVERVIEW

Special Wine Hosts:

April 2 - George Sandeman of the House of Sandeman

November 5 - Brian Heath of Grape Creek Vineyards in Fredericksburg, Texas

Spend three nights in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, before beginning your journey through the wonderfully scenic Douro River Valley. It is one of Europe’s most pure and unspoiled rivers decorated with deep cleft gorges, lush vineyards, and sleepy fishing villages. Begin in the capital of the North, Porto, and continue to the ancient and picturesque city of Lamego. Enter Spain to visit Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of the Castilla y León region. Travel inland and on to the beautiful countryside of the Trás-os-Montes Region to visit the palace and gardens of Mateus. Explore the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery before concluding your vacation in historic Porto.




  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1Overnight flight to Portugal
2LisbonHotel check-in
3LisbonCity tour
4LisbonSintra excursion with wine tasting
5LisbonTransfer to Porto with wine tasting en route
PortoEMBARKATION
Welcome Aboard Wine Toast
6PortoGuimaraes excursion with Vinho Verde tasting
Onboard wine lecture & sampling
7RéguaLamego city tour
PinhãoWine tasting & dinner at Quinta Avessada
8PinhãoAfternoon Palacio de Mateus tour
Vega TerrónOnboard wine tasting
9Vega TerrónSalamanca excursion
10Barca d’AlvaCastelo Rodrigo tour
RéguaDouro Museum visit
Captain’s Gala Dinner
11RéguaOnboard wine lecture & sampling
PortoCity tour with Port tasting
12PortoDISEMBARKATION
Return flight home
DayDestinationActivities
1PortoEMBARKATION
Welcome Aboard Wine Toast
2PortoGuimaraes excursion with Vinho Verde tasting
Onboard wine lecture & sampling
3RéguaLamego city tour
PinhãoWine tasting & dinner at Quinta Avessada
4PinhãoAfternoon Palacio de Mateus tour
Vega TerrónOnboard wine tasting
5Vega TerrónSalamanca excursion
6Barca d’AlvaCastelo Rodrigo tour
RéguaDouro Museum visit
Captain’s Gala Dinner
7RéguaOnboard wine lecture & sampling
PortoCity tour with Port tasting
8PortoDISEMBARKATION
Return flight home

INCLUDED FEATURES

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Lisbon, including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel to Lisbon to the ship in Porto
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms with balconies
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
  • Complimentary internet access in all staterooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Superb dining including complimentary local wine, port wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Sail Away Mimosa and Sun Deck BBQ
  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All transfers with the purchase of cruise, land & air package
  • All local taxes

DETAILED ITINERARY


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Day 1DEPART USA/CANADA
Board your overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal.
Day 2ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL
Arrive in Lisbon and check-in to your hotel. The remainder of the day and evening is free to explore on your own.
Day 3LISBON
One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon sprawls across several hills along the Tagus River. Your city tour visits Belem Tower and the spectacular 16th-century Jerónimos Monastery. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city’s other top sights, such as the Castle of São Jorge or the Santa Justa Elevator that overlooks the castle, river and Rossio Square. (B)
Day 4SINTRA
Enjoy a morning excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the most delightful mountain villages in Portugal, former home of the Portuguese royal family, and an inspiration for Lord Byron and other poets. High up on a rocky peak, you will see the Castelo da Pena, a wonderful fairy tale castle dating from Portugal’s Romantic Period. Afterwards, you may enjoy a wine tasting or time on your own. (B)
Day 5LISBON – FATIMA – PORTO – EMBARKATION
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside to Porto. Stop along the way to spend several hours in Fatima, famous for its shrine to the Virgin Mary and a world-renowned pilgrimage site. Explore the town and enjoy a wine tasting before continuing on to Porto to board your ship. Gather on board tonight for a Welcome Aboard Champagne Toast. (B, D)
Day 6PORTO – BITETOS
Your morning excursion to Guimaraes includes a tasting of vinho verde. Later, soak up the beauty of the dramatic Douro river valley and enjoy an evening wine lecture and tasting on board. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 7RÉGUA – PINHÃO
Your morning begins with 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). After a guided city tour, the remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore the town on your own, perhaps to visit the Gothic Cathedral or the town’s museum. You may also want to visit a local café to sample bola de Lamego (bread filled with smoked ham), delicious regional cakes or a glass of Raposeira (sparkling wine). Cruise to Pinhao late this afternoon, where you will have a wine experience and dinner at Quinta Avessada. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 8PINHÃO – VEGA TERRÓN
You will have a picnic at Quinta Avessada this morning, followed by a tour of Palacio de Mateaus and its gardens, located in the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes just outside the city of Vila Real. Later, we depart for Vega Terrón, arriving this evening. You may take part in an onboard wine tasting tonight. The ship moors overnight in Vega Terrón. (B,L,D)
Day 9VEGA TERRÓN
Drive to Salamanca for a full day tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of the Castilla y León region of Spain. During your guided city tour, you will see the University buildings, the 12th-century Romanesque church of San Martin and the House of Shells. Enjoy a flamenco show as you dine on a lunch of delicious and authentic Spanish cuisine in a local restaurant. Later, you may sample olives and olive oil or spend some time exploring on your own, perhaps visit the locals “living room,” known as the Plaza Mayor. Rejoin the ship in Barca d’Alva, where we moor overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 10BARCA D’ALVA – RÉGUA
After breakfast, tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop. See 16th-century walls and walk down very narrow and steep medieval streets. Among the sights is the Chafariz dos Pretos in the market square, a one-of-a-kind fountain decorated with striking black faces. Enjoy a tasting of honey, nuts and olives, then have lunch on board as the ship sails to Regua. After arriving this evening, you will visit the Douro Museum. Return to the ship for an onboard wine tasting and Captain’s Gala Dinner. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 11REGUA – PORTO
This morning, enjoy an onboard wine lecture and tasting, followed by an afternoon city tour of Porto. Your tour will show you 16th-century arcaded buildings, Baroque churches and the magnificent iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. Later, you will take a drive through the elegant residential section along the Atlantic coast and explore the Old City. For some modern culture, visit the Casa da Musica and the museum of Modern Art in the city’s the Boavista neighborhood. This afternoon, sample the city’s eponymous port wine and enjoy one last night with your new shipboard friends at the Farewell Cocktail. (B,L,D)
Day 12PORTO - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
Day 1PORTO - EMBARKATION
Embark your cruise in Porto. Gather on board tonight for your Welcome Aboard Champagne Toast. (D)
Day 2PORTO – BITETOS
Your morning excursion to Guimaraes includes a tasting of vinho verde. Later, soak up the beauty of the dramatic Douro river valley and enjoy an evening wine lecture and tasting on board. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 3RÉGUA – PINHÃO
Your morning begins with 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). After a guided city tour, the remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore the town on your own, perhaps to visit the Gothic Cathedral or the town’s museum. You may also want to visit a local café to sample bola de Lamego (bread filled with smoked ham), delicious regional cakes or a glass of Raposeira (sparkling wine). Cruise to Pinhao late this afternoon, where you will have a wine experience and dinner at Quinta Avessada. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 4PINHÃO – VEGA TERRÓN
You will have a picnic at Quinta Avessada this morning, followed by a tour of Palacio de Mateaus and its gardens, located in the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes just outside the city of Vila Real. Later, we depart for Vega Terrón, arriving this evening. You may take part in an onboard wine tasting tonight. The ship moors overnight in Vega Terrón. (B,L,D)
Day 5VEGA TERRÓN
Drive to Salamanca for a full day tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of the Castilla y León region of Spain. During your guided city tour, you will see the University buildings, the 12th-century Romanesque church of San Martin and the House of Shells. Enjoy a flamenco show as you dine on a lunch of delicious and authentic Spanish cuisine in a local restaurant. Later, you may sample olives and olive oil or spend some time exploring on your own, perhaps visit the locals “living room,” known as the Plaza Mayor. Rejoin the ship in Barca d’Alva, where we moor overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 6BARCA D’ALVA – RÉGUA
After breakfast, tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop. See 16th-century walls and walk down very narrow and steep medieval streets. Among the sights is the Chafariz dos Pretos in the market square, a one-of-a-kind fountain decorated with striking black faces. Enjoy a tasting of honey, nuts and olives, then have lunch on board as the ship sails to Regua. After arriving this evening, you will visit the Douro Museum. Return to the ship for an onboard wine tasting and Captain’s Gala Dinner. The ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 7REGUA – PORTO
This morning, enjoy an onboard wine lecture and tasting, followed by an afternoon city tour of Porto. Your tour will show you 16th-century arcaded buildings, Baroque churches and the magnificent iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. Later, you will take a drive through the elegant residential section along the Atlantic coast and explore the Old City. For some modern culture, visit the Casa da Musica and the museum of Modern Art in the city’s the Boavista neighborhood. This afternoon, sample the city’s eponymous port wine and enjoy one last night with your new shipboard friends at the Farewell Cocktail. (B,L,D)
Day 8PORTO - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

 

 

DATES & RATES

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Notes:

Important:  Dates, prices & itineraries for 2013 sailings are subject to change.

Port Charges:  $147 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise:  50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price.

Single Supplement for Land:  $390 per person.

Bedding:  Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

SHIP(S)

AmaVida

The AmaVida brings AmaWaterways’ distinctive standard of excellence to the Douro River in Portugal. This grand 106-passenger vessel features balconies in the majority of its spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 323 sq. ft.

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