Europe & Baltic
(Douro River Cruise)
Embark on a 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.
Available Cruise Departure Dates
2014: Mar 25, Apr 1,22,29, May 20,27, Jun 17,24, Jul 15,22, Aug 12,19, Sep 9,16, Oct 7,14, Nov 4
*Please note cruise itinerary and activities may be subject to slight modifications based on seasonality.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Lisbon. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
Tivoli (5*) located on Avenida da Liberdade, right in the heart of Lisbon. This 1933 hotel is a block from a subway station, five blocks from Edward VII Park, and about two km (one mile) from majestic Saint George’s Castle. The 329 guestrooms blend traditional and modern decor and feature electronic Venetian blinds, marble baths, minibars, bathrobes, large desks, and high-speed Internet access. The 12th-floor grill provides sweeping views, the lush garden harbors a swimming pool and bar, and the elegant Beatriz Costa restaurant hosts a breakfast buffet.
With a private driver, discover the wonderful city of Lisbon. Visit the heart of the city, Rossio Square, then spend some time in Alfama, the Old Quarter. See the Lisbon Cathedral, and then walk up to St. George’s Castle, where you will pass by the Roman Theatre Ruins. You will then depart to Belém, the city's most monumental and historical area where you will visit the Patrimony of Mankind Jerónimos Monastery, and Belém Tower. Enjoy a short stop at the Monument to the Discoveries before a transfer back to your hotel. No entrance fees included.
Enjoy a train ride from Lisbon to Porto. The regular trains take around 4 hours, while the highspeed trains take around 3 hours.
Private train station transfer with vehicle and driver.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your cabin and explore the length of the ship. The welcome dinner tonight will provide an ideal opportunity to meet some of your fellow cruisemates.
Port charges are included in your multi-day itinerary.
The AmaVida brings distinctive standard of excellence to the Douro River in Portugal. This grand 108-passenger vessel features balconies in the majority of its spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 323 sq. ft. Guests on the AmaVida enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, plus al fresco dining for up to 32 guests. The AmaVida also features a Sun Deck swimming pool; fitness center and spa; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access on a 42” flat-screen and ship-wide Wi-Fi.
Spend a leisurely morning soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you sail to Régua. Then, board a coach for a drive to Lamego for a group city tour. Ancient and picturesque Lamego houses one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore the town on your own to visit the gothic Cathedral or the town’s museum.
Relax as the ship sails to the picturesque village of Barca d’Alva. Arrive this evening and enjoy free time to explore this quaint town on your own.
Tonight, enjoy a Flamenco show by four traditional female dancers performing to an array of popular Spanish songs. The ship moors overnight.
Join the group's excursion to Salamanca for a full day tour. Salamanca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of the "Castilla y León" region of Spain. During your guided city tour, see the University buildings, the 12th-century Romanesque church of San Martin and the House of Shells. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant for some deliciously authentic Spanish cuisine. Then enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own before returning to the ship. Perhaps visit the locals “living room,” otherwise, known as the Plaza Mayor or stop by a café for a drink and some tapas. The ship moors overnight in Vega de Terrón.
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. Appreciate the Chafariz dos Pretos, a strikingly unique fountain decorated in black faces which stoically sits in the market square. Return to the ship for lunch as you sail to Pinhão. This evening, enjoy wine-tasting and dinner at a local “quinta.” The ship moors overnight in Pinhão.
This morning, sail to Régua for a morning excursion to the Palacio de Mateus. The palace and gardens of Mateus are located in the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes just outside the city of Vila Real. Return to the ship for lunch and sail to Bitetos. Tonight, appreciate a traditional “home cooked” meal at the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery. Before dinner, savor a glass of Port wine and a breathtaking view of the river valley from the Monastery’s terrace. The ship moors overnight in Bitetos.
After arriving back in Porto, your sightseeing tour today shows you 16th-century arcaded buildings, Baroque churches and the magnificent iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. Then drive through the elegant residential section along the Atlantic coast and explore the Old City. For some modern culture, visit the Boavista area where you will find the Casa da Musica and the museum of Modern Art. Say farewell to your friends at the Farewell Cocktail.
Your cruise journey comes to an end as you disembark from your ship and bid farewell to your cruisemates.
Your private driver will pick you up from your hotel and chauffeur you to various stops on your full-day tour of some of the main religious sites in Portugal. In Coimbra, you will visit two late 13th century accomplishments: the gothic Convent of Santa Clara, as well as the historic University of Coimbra. Spend some time in Fatima, a pilgrimage centre, where you can visit the grand Basilica, commemorating the reported 1917 appearance of The Virgin of the Rosary. Your day will finish with a return transfer to your hotel. No entrance fees included.
Pestana Porto Hotel (4*) located in the heart of historic Porto, in Praca da Ribeira. This Porto hotel is built in a magnificent building that belongs to the UNESCO as part of the world heritage site. Its privileged location allows beautiful views of the Douro River. There are 48 guestrooms including double, single, superior double and Suite. Rooms are fully fitted and nicely decorated, all of them featuring views overlooking the river or the city. Guests can dine at the Vintage Restaurant, serving Potuguese and International cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere. Bar Heritage is the ideal place where guests can have a drink and relax after a long day visiting the beautiful city of Porto.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
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