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Cruise Portugal's Port WIne Country aboard a Premier River Vessel

Overview

Portugal’s Douro River elegantly meanders its way through beautiful Port wine countryside, a pristine setting of dramatic gorges, steeply terraced vineyards, and traditional wine farms called quintas. Your journey on this unspoiled river features explorations of the historic cities of Porto, Lamego, and Spain’s “golden city” of Salamanca, plenty of wine tastings and regional culinary treats, an unforgettable meal at a centuries-old monastery, and much more.

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.

Itinerary

CRUISE PROGRAM
Porto to Porto Itinerary

Day 1
Porto / Embarkation

Embark your cruise in Porto. Gather on board tonight for your Welcome Dinner.

Day 2
Porto / Régua

Cruise to Régua where you can visit the Baroque-style Palacio de Mateus and its gardens, located in the lovely Trás-os-Montes region. Inside the house, you’ll see interesting furnishings, paintings and a ceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here are considered some of the most beautiful in Portugal.

Day 3
Régua / Barca D’alva

Spend some leisurely time soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Barca d’Alva, where you will visit Castelo Rodrigo. Tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries-old walls, steep narrow streets, and fantastic views. You will stop to admire the Chafariz dos Pretos, a truly unique fountain decorated with black faces, and taste some delicious locally grown produce.

Day 4
Salamanca, Spain / Vega de Terrón, Portugal

Drive to Salamanca today for a tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of Spain’s Castilla y León region. Built of golden sandstone, Salamanca is known as a “living museum,” an opportunity to step back in time to the Middle Ages. During your guided tour, you will see the city’s elegant university buildings, the twin-towered Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells, as well as Plaza Mayor, considered the most magnificent main square in Spain. While here enjoy lunch as well as a traditional Flamenco show.

Day 5
Pinhão

Be treated to an exclusive lunch at Quinta da Avessada, where you’ll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment. The warm, spirited hospitality of this family-run Quinta is quite special as you will discover. Several family members play in a band, and while dining, they will entertain you. Quinta de Avessada is also a fascinating interactive museum commemorating the history and culture of wine in the Alto Douro region, so you’ll have fun discovering all the various stages of wine production as well as doing plenty of tasting. Later in the day, venture to Quinta do Seixo, producers of some of the most traditionally made wine in the Douro region. An expert from the Sandeman Winery will take you on a tasting and private tour of the wine cellars, teaching you about the centuries-old winemaking methods.

Day 6
Régua / Entre-os-Rios

Travel to picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, where you’ll go to the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). The shrine features a staircase of nearly 700 steps, beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles, which the more active adventurer will want to hike. Concluding both tours, you will have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties, such as bôlas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; presunto, a type of drycured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. You’ll then go to the formal Episcopal Palace Museum. Later, savor a pre-dinner glass of Vinho Verde from the terrace of the centuries-old Alpendurada Monastery, followed by a traditional “home-cooked” meal.

Day 7
Porto

The colorful city of Porto blends the best of old and new, which you can discover on an escorted tour of the historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments; and the São Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of Port, Portugal’s most renowned contribution to the world of wine. If you prefer to get more active, you can go on a guided hike and then enjoy a Port wine tasting.

Day 8
Porto / Disembark

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

ADD ON A PRE-CRUISE LISBON LAND PROGRAM

Additional 3 nights in Lisbon pre-cruise from $840

Day 1
Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal

Arrive in Lisbon and check into 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. You will also see the Discoveries Monument, the city’s most famous monument, built in honor of Portugal’s greatest maritime explorers. 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 loveliest mountain villages in Portugal, a favorite summer residence of the Portuguese royal family for more than 500 years. Long an inspiration for artists and poets, Lord Byron once called it “perhaps the most delightful [village] in Europe.” High up on a rocky peak, you will tour the Castelo da Pena, a wonderful fairytale castle dating from Portugal’s Romantic period. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting or time on your own

Day 4
Lisbon / Porto / Embarkation

After breakfast, board a high-speed train to Porto to embark your ship. Gather on board tonight for a Welcome Dinner.

Highlights

Highlights

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

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $3099  
Arrive: Porto, Portugal
Depart: Porto, Portugal
Lodging: 7 nights aboard a premier river vessel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking, River Cruising
Trip Level:

Cultural exploration and walking tours
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