Enticing Douro route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $3449  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Lisbon, Portugal
Depart: Porto, Portugal
Lodging: 3 nights hotels, 7 nights aboard a premier river vessel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking, River Cruising
Trip Level: Cultural exploration and walking tours
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Highlights

  • Cultural and architectural heritage of Lisbon and Porto
  • Stunning medieval villages including Serra de Sintra, Barca d'Alva, and Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
  • Glorious Salamanca, a World Heritage Site
  • Delightful on-board cuisine and wine, optional guided bike tours

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

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Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Early Sign-up Discount!

$250 discount per person
All 2016 departures

Expires July 31, 2015

Portugal’s Douro River is Port wine country, and winds its way through a pristine setting of dramatic gorges, lush vineyards, and traditional wine farms called quintas. Our journey on this unspoiled river features explorations of the historic cities of Lisbon and Salamanca, plenty of wine tastings, an unforgettable meal at a centuries-old monastery, and much more.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive 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 2
Lisbon

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.

Day 3
Lisbon / Sintra

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 wine tasting or time on your own.

Day 4
Lisbon / 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 lunch on your own before continuing on to Porto to board your ship. Gather on board tonight for a Welcome Dinner.

Day 5
Porto / Régua

Spend a leisurely morning soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Régua. After arriving early this afternoon, enjoy a wine tasting at Quinto de Sexio.

Day 6
Régua / Barca D’alva

This morning, you will take a drive to 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 tour, the remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore on your own, perhaps to visit the Gothic cathedral or the town’s museum, or drop in to a café to sample bola de Lamego (bread filled with smoked ham). Later, enjoy a scenic cruise en route to the village of Barca d’Alva. After arriving early this evening, you will have some free time to explore this quaint locale on your own.

Day 7
Salamanca, Spain / Vega de Terrón, Portugal

Drive to Salamanca for a full day tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of Spain’s Castilla y León region. During your guided city tour, see the university buildings, the 12th-century Romanesque church of San Martin and the House of Shells. Enjoy a deliciously authentic Spanish lunch at a local restaurant, where you will be entertained by a lively Flamenco show. You will rejoin the ship in Vega de Terrón, where the ship moors overnight.

Day 8
Vega de Terrón / Pinhão

After breakfast, tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with 16th-century walls and steep, narrow streets. Stop to admire the Chafariz dos Pretos, a striking and very unique fountain decorated with black faces. Return to the ship for lunch and cruise onward to Pinhão. This evening, you will be treated to a wine-tasting and dinner at a local “quinta.” We moor overnight in Pinhão.

Day 9
Régua / Bitetos

This morning, cruise to Régua for a morning excursion to the Palacio de Mateus and its gardens, located in the beautiful Trás-os-Montes region near the city of Vila Real. Return to the ship for lunch while the ship cruises to Bitetos, arriving this evening. Tonight, you will dine on a traditional home-cooked meal at the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery. Be sure to savor a glass of Port as you take in the breathtaking view from the monastery’s terrace. The ship moors in Bitetos.

Day 10
Porto

Your ship departs early and arrives in Porto in the early morning. Your sightseeing tour today includes 16th-century arcaded buildings, Baroque churches, and the magnificent iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. You will also 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 Museum of Modern Art in the Boavista neighborhood. This afternoon, enjoy a port wine tasting before saying goodbye to your new onboard friends at the evening Farewell Cocktail party. The ship moors overnight in Porto.

Day 11
Porto / Disembark

Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 1, Easiest, and is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active. Cruising days provide ample opportunities to relax on board, while shore excursions require a moderate amount of walking, often along uneven cobblestone streets and up and down stairs. To better accommodate our guests and their individual fitness levels, three levels of walking tours are offered whenever possible: "Regular Walkers" go at an average pace, "Gentle Walkers" proceed in a more relaxed manner, and "Active Walkers" move at a faster pace, which allows them some extra free time. Whenever possible, a "Late Starters" group is offered for guests who prefer to sleep in a bit.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures and Trip Cost

Price is per person in Category E, a deluxe stateroom with a window. Cabin upgrades are available at additional cost per person (listed below this chart).

START
CITY
DATES SHIP
NAME
EMBARK
CITY
EMBARK
DATE
CRUISE
ONLY
CRUISE &
LAND
LisbonMay 23-Jun 2, 2015AmaVidaPortoMay 26$3,599$4,349
LisbonJun 20-30, 2015AmaVidaPortoJun 23$3,499$4,249
LisbonJul 11-21, 2015AmaVidaPortoJul 14$3,499$4,249
LisbonJul 18-28, 2015AmaVidaPortoJul 21$3,499$4,249
LisbonAug 8-18, 2015AmaVidaPortoAug 11$3,499$4,249
LisbonAug 15-25, 2015AmaVidaPortoAug 18$3,599$4,349
LisbonSep 5-15, 2015AmaVidaPortoSep 8$3,799$4,549
LisbonSep 12-22, 2015AmaVidaPortoSep 15$3,799$4,549
LisbonOct 3-13, 2015AmaVidaPortoOct 6$3,699$4,449
LisbonOct 10-20, 2015AmaVidaPortoOct 13$3,599$4,349
LisbonOct 31-Nov 10, 2015AmaVidaPortoNov 3$3,099$3,849
Lisbon Apr 16-26, 2016 ‡AmaVidaPortoApr 19$3,099$3,849
Lisbon Apr 23-May 3, 2016AmaVidaPortoApr 26$3,199$3,949
Lisbon May 14-24, 2016AmaVidaPortoMay 17$3,599$4,349
Lisbon May 21-31, 2016AmaVidaPortoMay 24$3,599$4,349
Lisbon Jun 11-21, 2016AmaVidaPortoJun 14$3,599$4,349
Lisbon Jun 18-28, 2016AmaVidaPortoJun 21$3,599$4,349
Lisbon Jul 9-19, 2016AmaVidaPortoJul 12$3,499$4,249
Lisbon Jul 16-26, 2016AmaVidaPortoJul 19$3,499$4,249
Lisbon Aug 6-16, 2016 ‡AmaVidaPortoAug 9$3,499$4,249
Lisbon Aug 13-23, 2016AmaVidaPortoAug 16$3,499$4,249
Lisbon Sep 3-23, 2016AmaVidaPortoSep 6$3,799$4,549
Lisbon Sep 10-20, 2016AmaVidaPortoSep 13$3,799$4,549
Lisbon Oct 1-10, 2016AmaVidaPortoOct 4$3,799$4,549
Lisbon Oct 8-18, 2016AmaVidaPortoOct 11$3,699$4,449
Lisbon Oct 29-Nov 8, 2016AmaVidaPortoNov 1$3,399$4,149
Lisbon Nov 5-15, 2016AmaVidaPortoNov 8$3,299$4,049
Lisbon Nov 12-22, 2016 ‡AmaVidaPortoNov 15$3,099$3,849

‡ “In Celebration of Wine” cruise.

Price above is per person in Category E, a deluxe stateroom with a window. Cabin upgrades are available at additional cost per person (see below).

AmaVida Cabin Upgrade Pricing Per Person

Category Deck Stateroom 2015 2016
D Piano Window add $299 add $299
C Violin/Cello French Balcony add $1,099 add $1,199
B Violin/Cello French Balcony add $1,299 add $1,399
A Violin French Balcony add $1,599 add $1,699
S Violin French Balcony add $2,999 add $3,199

Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price.
Single Supplement for Land: $420 per person.

Port Charges: $168 per person

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

Round trip airfare packages are available. Call for details.

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

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: $400
100 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: $200 per person
120-90 days prior to departure: $400 per person
89-60 days prior to departure: 35% of trip cost
59-30 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
29-7 days prior to departure: 80% of trip cost
6 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Deck Plan

Trip Cost Includes:

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Lisbon, including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel in Lisbon to the ship in Porto
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
  • Complimentary Internet access in all staterooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • All meals included aboard ship
  • 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

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

Airfare; arrival/departure transfers; taxes or government fees; passports or visa fees baggage fees; travel, health, accident or other insurance vaccinations; laundry; any meals or beverages not specified in itinerary; optional excursions; gratuities or other items of services of a personal nature.

Expedition Details

PASSPORT
A valid passport is required for traveling on this trip.  Be sure to check the expiration date.  Your passport must be valid for six months after the conclusion of your trip.  It is a good idea to carry photocopies of your passport photo page in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.

VISA
No visa is required for US Citizens traveling to Portugal.

MEDICAL
We recommend checking the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov should you have any international health concerns.

INOCULATIONS
No inoculations are currently required for Europe.

AmaVida

This grand 108-passenger vessel features balconies in the majority of its spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 323 square feet. 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. Thanks to the computer provided in your stateroom and high-speed Internet access plus Wi-Fi, you can stay connected with friends and family back home. It’s all available on your flat-panel TV, and it’s completely complimentary.