- Portugal and Spain
Learn about Portugal’s history on this tour; visit Fronteira Palace in Lisbon; explore stunning Sintra Gardens including Parque de Pena; visit Guimaraes, the World Heritage-listed town, cruise along the scenic Douro River; enjoy gastronomic experiences and local wine tastings and tour the magnificent Palacio de Mateus.
Day 1. Arrive Lisbon
Be transferred to the hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner at 6.30 pm.
Three Nights: 4-star hotel in Lisbon, Heritage Lisbon Plaza (D)
Day 2. Gardens of Lisbon
Enjoy a tour of Lisbon and visit the Old Town as well as gardens of the summer Palace at Palacio de Queluz and Marques de Pombal Gardens, richly decorated with rustic columns and pebble paving. (B)
Day 3. Gardens of Sintra
Travel to the beautiful town of Sintra. Visit Parque de Pena, built by King Consort Fernando II in a Gothic style. In the park are follies such as a Gothic monk’s grotto and duck house. We will then visit the house and garden at Quinta de Regaleira – a garden which exudes extravagance and Quinta de Monserrate. (B)
Day 4. Frontiera Palace, Embark Ship, Porto.
Visit the palace and gardens of the Fronteira Palace, with its formal box parterre and great tank with its ceramic blue and white tile wall. Travel North to the coastal city of Porto. After boarding your ship and settling in to your suite, enjoy a Welcome Reception followed by dinner.
Seven Nights: aboard the luxurious river ship, MS AmaVida (BD)
Day 5. Guimarães
Enjoy a morning excursion to the World Heritage-listed Guimarães, one of the most historic towns in Portugal often referred to as the ‘Birthplace of the Portuguese nationality’. Later this afternoon, enjoy a tour of Porto. (BLD)
Day 6. Porto and Caldos de Arego
Cruise to the remote village of Bitetos. On arrival, head to the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery. Here, savour a glass of port and take in the magnificent view of the river valley. Later, cruise to Caldos de Arego, arriving in the evening. (BLD)
Day 7. Resende and Regua
Explore the historic town of Resende in Caldas de Arregos. Spend the afternoon amid the beautiful Douro River Valley as you cruise to Regua. This evening, perhaps visit the Douro Museum. (BLD)
Day 8. Regua and Pinhao
Visit Lamego, a picturesque town that is rich in history. On a tour, visit the castle and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, one of the most significant places of pilgrimage in Portugal. (BLD)
Day 9. Pinhao and Barca D’Alva
Soak up the beauty of the rugged scenery as you cruise through the dramatic gorges of the Douro River. Enjoy a trip to the Palacio de Mateus, just outside the city of Vila Real. Discover the fascinating story behind Mateus Rose wine, which the palace has long been associated. Explore the gardens with their lovely topiary work and impressive cedar tunnel before returning to your ship. (BLD)
Day 10. Barca D’Alva
Travel to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified 16th-century village that offers lovely 360-degree views. Wander down very narrow medieval streets and visit the Chafariz dos Pretos, a strikingly unique fountain. (BLD)
Day 11. Salamanca and Depart Madrid
Disembark the ship and make our way to Madrid, travelling through the Spanish countryside, passing olive groves, spring wildflowers and the cork oak trees from which the wine cork are made. Tour Salamanca, a World Heritage-listed site. Enjoy a flamenco show and a lunch featuring authentic Spanish cuisine. Be transferred to Madrid for a drop off at the airport and hotel at around 6.00 pm. (BL)
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Trip Code: BTPS11
Departure: 4 April 2015
Twin Share: $6,595 per person
Solo Traveller: $9,045
Prices shown are based on a Category E (Douro Deck). See deck plans for more information.
To upgrade, add per person:
Category Deck Twin Share Solo Trav.
D Douro $345 $520
C Lisbon $1,195 $1,795
B Lisbon $1,445 $2,175
A Porto $1,775 $2,675
Owners Porto $3,295 $6,590
2014 departure dates available - enquire for more details. Disruptions to itinerary may occur due to high and low water. This cruise is a part charter and APT passengers will be on board.
• Services of a Cruise Director and Botanical Guide
• Transfers on first and last day, tipping, port taxes and porterage
• Seven nights on the MS AmaVida
• Beer, wine and soft drink included with lunch and dinner on the cruise
• Stay in 4-star hotels in Lisbon
• 25 Meals – 10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 8 Dinners