Portugal River Cruise
Begin your journey in seaside Lisbon, a visually striking city with its whitewashed buildings and red roofs. Climb the steep slopes and hear the sound of fado music fill the streets as you sip espresso at a café. Enjoy a quintessential Portuguese lunch in majestic Coimbra, the country’s former capital and home to a preserved medieval town and 12th-century cathedral. In Porto’s ancient Ribeira district, you’ll find cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene amid the medieval streets and alleyways.
Sail from Porto through the breathtaking UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, where vines cling to the hillsides. Spend time in Salamanca, called “The Golden City” for the luminous glow of its distinctive sandstone buildings, and visit the famed university, founded in 1218, before enjoying a flamenco show.
Return to Portugal with a visit to the hilltop village of Castelo Rodrigo and the exceptionally preserved Guimarães. Revel in the captivating cities and striking scenery of the serene Douro River Valley on this perfectly paced cruise and tour.
Day 1 : Arrival
Arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 - 3 : Lisbon
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.
Spend the next day at leisure, relaxing or exploring Lisbon on your own.
Day 4 : Coimbra
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
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 : Castelo Rodrigo
Take an expertly guided tour of the walled village of Castelo Rodrigo, a fascinating site that dates back to the 12th century.
Day 7 : Salamanca
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, you’ll have an opportunity to take in a traditional flamenco show.
Day 8 : Pinhão
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 its 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 - 10 : Porto
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, Livaria Lello. After lunch, visit one of the city’s famed Port cellars for a tasting.
On the next day, enjoy a panoramic city tour of historic Guimarães, Portugal’s first capital, 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.
The next morning, disembark the ship and transfer to Porto Airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Porto.
Portugal River Cruise
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