Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley
LISBON TO PORTO 11 DAYS
Arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel.
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.
Spend the day at leisure, relaxing or exploring Lisbon on your own.
Lisbon, Coimbra, transfer to Porto
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 universities in Europe, with a splendid 18th-century library—the Joanina Library. From there, head to a local restaurant for a traditional Portuguese lunch.
Entre-os-Rios, Régua, Pinhão
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Douro Museum, Mateus Palace and Gardens and dinner at Quinta da Avessada
The Douro Museum provides a wonderful introduction to the Douro River and the distinctive wines produced by the region’s steeply terraced hillside vineyards. You’ll also see Mateus Palace, which has one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. This evening, tour the family-owned Quinta da Avessada, a wine estate that produces premium Moscatel. Stroll the vineyard and enjoy its views before meeting the owner and learning about the winemaking process. Then partake in a rustic dinner inside the winery’s old stone walls, featuring fine local wines and traditional live music.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Disembark the ship and transfer to Porto Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Porto.