Portugal, Spain and the Douro River Valley

An 11-Day Uniworld River Cruises tour starting from $4,049

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Tour Length: 11 Days
Countries Visited: Belgium, Netherlands
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Tour Operator: Uniworld River Cruises
Tour Code: UNI-25-2017
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Indulge your passion for food, history, and music as you discover the warmth of Portugal and Spain. 

Experience the “sunny side” of Europe, starting in radiant seaside Lisbon, then follow the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain. Feel the warm sun on your skin as you cruise past terraced hills, quaint villages, and acres of ripe vineyards.

Breathe the sea air in Lisbon, the city that launched a host of renowned navigators, including Vasco da Gama. Climb the steep hills and hear the sound of fado music fill the streets as you sip a bica (espresso) at a café. Enjoy a quintessential Portuguese lunch in majestic Coimbra (birthplace of six of Portugal’s kings). And in Porto’s ancient Ribeira district, find picturesque rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine, and a thriving art scene.

Sail from Porto through the breathtaking, UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, where vines cling to precipitous hillsides. Visit charming quintas and meet the winemakers who run them. See Salamanca, “The Golden City,” and visit its famed university (where Columbus planned his pivotal journey) before enjoying a flamenco show. Then return to Portugal with a visit to the walled village of Castelo Rodrigo and historic Guimarães. Revel in the captivating cities and striking scenery of the serene Douro River Valley on this perfectly paced cruise/tour.

Who will enjoy this cruise
Wine connoisseurs hoping to indulge in this region’s most celebrated beverage, Port, and those wanting to discover Europe’s best-kept secret, the Douro River, with its spellbinding natural beauty and cultural heritage.

 

YOUR CRUISE/TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:

TRAVEL
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the chic Queen Isabel
3 nights in Lisbon at the InterContinental Lisbon Hotel (or similar) with breakfast
All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Gala Dinner
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water

EXPLORE
2 countries
8 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided “Do as the Locals Do” and “Gentle Walking” programs
6 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio–headset system on all excursions

EXPERIENCE
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Magical Douro River Valley”

Note: Cruising in Spain and Portugal is a wonderful experience, but while the Queen Isabel is a lovely and comfortable ship, her amenities may differ from those of a Uniworld company-owned ship.

Information is subject to change.

 

Day 1 - Lisbon
Day 1: Lisbon

Arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 - Lisbon
Day 2: Lisbon

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Lisbon city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Lisbon walking tour


You’ll have a choice as to how you wish to explore vibrant and colorful Lisbon—via a guided tour or doing as the locals do. Your guided tour takes you to the Belém Tower, the spectacular Manueline Jerónimos Monastery, Alfama district and Rossio Plaza. You’ll even get to sample a traditional delicacy—pastéis de Belém—at a famous pastry shop. For a taste of local life, hop on one of the traditional yellow trams that toil up and down the steep streets, and take in the views as the tram wends its way through the Old Town. Visit the ancient castle of St. George, and take a fun spin through historic neighborhoods in a tuk tuk, the perfect vehicle for navigating the narrow streets.

Day 3 - Lisbon
Day 3: Lisbon

Spend the day at leisure, relaxing or exploring Lisbon on your own.


Day 4 - Lisbon, Coimbra, transfer to Porto (embark)
Day 4: Lisbon, Coimbra, transfer to Porto (embark)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

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 Biblioteca Joanina. From there, head to a local restaurant for a traditional Portuguese lunch.

Day 5 - Porto, cruising the Douro River, Entre-os-Rios
Day 5: Porto, cruising the Douro River, Entre-os-Rios

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Porto city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Porto walking tour


The epicenter of the Port wine industry, Porto is experiencing a booming cultural revival. Choose how you wish to experience the city, either with a panoramic tour or an intimate tour of the city on foot. Get a feel for this vibrant town, which is simultaneously profoundly urban and moodily romantic, on your panoramic tour. Take in the UNESCO-designated 19th-century Stock Exchange Palace, seeing its famous Moorish Revival–style Arab Room, before visiting Porto’s austere hilltop cathedral and the bustling pedestrian shopping street, Santa Catarina. Other views of another kind, no less spectacular, await you at the magnificent interior of the São Bento railway station.

Day 6 - Cruising the Douro River, Régua, Pinhão
Day 6: Cruising the Douro River, Régua, Pinhão

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Douro Museum or Mateus Palace and Gardens, and lunch at a quinta


Should you wish to learn more about the region’s unique winemaking history, be treated to a special lecture at the Douro Museum. If you prefer, you can visit the legendary Mateus Palace, which has one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. Enjoy a special lunch at a local quinta.

Day 7 - Pinhão, cruising the Douro River, Vega de Terrón
Day 7: Pinhão, cruising the Douro River, Vega de Terrón

FEATURED EXCURSION:

Wine tasting at a local quinta


Journey 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 and admire breathtaking views from the estate’s tasting room. 

Day 8 - Vega de Terrón (Salamanca), Barca d’Alva
Day 8: Vega de Terrón (Salamanca), Barca d’Alva

FEATURED EXCURSION:

Full day Salamanca tour


Join a full-day excursion to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Called the “Golden City” for its tawny sandstone buildings, Salamanca boasts a dozen beautiful and historic churches, including two cathedrals.

Day 9 - Barca d’Alva (Castelo Rodrigo), Pocinho, cruising the Douro River, Régua
Day 9: Barca d’Alva (Castelo Rodrigo), Pocinho, cruising the Douro River, Régua

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Castelo Rodrigo OR Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley


Travel through wonderfully scenic countryside to the walled village of Castelo Rodrigo. Take a tour of this fascinating site that dates back to the 12th century, and while here sample delicious local treats, such as honey, olive oil and cheeses. Venture to the UNESCO-designated Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley, considered the world’s most important Paleolithic open-air rock art site.

Day 10 - Cruising the Douro River, Porto (Guimarães)
Day 10: Cruising the Douro River, Porto (Guimarães)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Guimarães city tour OR “Soul of Porto” Ribeira district walking tour


Enjoy a panoramic city tour of historic Guimarães, Portugal’s first capital and the home to its first king. The wonderfully well-preserved Old Town, with its unique architecture and charming little plazas, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you can explore Porto’s UNESCO-designated Ribeira district on foot. In the evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner onboard your ship.

Day 11 - Porto (disembark), transfer to the airport
Day 11: Porto (disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship and transfer to Porto Airport for your flight home.

 
         
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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

YOUR CRUISE/TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:

TRAVEL
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the chic Queen Isabel
3 nights in Lisbon at the InterContinental Lisbon Hotel (or similar) with breakfast
All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Gala Dinner
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water

EXPLORE
2 countries
8 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided “Do as the Locals Do” and “Gentle Walking” programs
6 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio–headset system on all excursions

EXPERIENCE
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Magical Douro River Valley”

Note: Cruising in Spain and Portugal is a wonderful experience, but while the Queen Isabel is a lovely and comfortable ship, her amenities may differ from those of a Uniworld company-owned ship.

Information is subject to change.

 

Port Charges: $0.00

Base category: Category 3

 
 

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