Join AmaWaterways for an all-inclusive cruise along Portugal’s Douro River
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- Explore sprawling vineyards and medieval towns
- Join expert guides for traditional lunches and wine tastings
- Enjoy all the luxuries of AmaVida, with wine-paired gourmet dining included throughout
- Relax on the sun deck or in the ship’s own spa
- Explore Madrid with a hotel stay and programme of included tours
- 3 Nights Madrid
- 1 Night Vega de Terron
- 2 Nights Pinhão
- 1 Night Peso da Régua
- 4 Nights Entre-os-Rios
Enjoy all the luxuries of an AmaWaterways cruise as you explore the Douro River in style. Your holiday begins with a five-star stay in Madrid, where a programme of included tours will showcase the architectural delights of the capital, followed by Toledo’s medieval heritage and Salamanca’s grand cathedral icon. And, that’s all before you board your luxury river ship, the AmaVida, with its balconied staterooms, included gourmet dining, sun-trap pool deck and indulgent spa. It all makes for a truly special way to explore Portugal’s Douro Valley, the highlights of which you’ll take in with a full spread of included excursions, from tours of the region’s historic treasures to home-cooked la quinta lunches and those not-to-be-missed wine and port tastings. All in all, it’s a delightful introduction to the delights of the Iberian Peninsula.
Day by day itinerary
Kick-start your holiday in style with included airport lounge access before the short flight out to Madrid. On arrival, an included transfer will see you to your city-centre hotel, located opposite the Spanish Parliament two of the capital’s finest museums – the Prado national art museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. It’s a wonderfully grand location, matched by the hotel’s interiors, all old-world charm and traditional glamour. The next day, an included tour will introduce you to the Madrid’s highlights, from the elaborate royal palace to the urban verdure of Buen Retiro Park.
Stay: The Westin Palace Madrid
Today’s included tour sees you out to the medieval city of Toledo – a former capital and current UNESCO World Heritage site. As the one-time inspiration for Spanish Renaissance master El Greco, Toledo’s narrow winding streets and beautifully preserved buildings are a visual delight. And, your expert guide will introduce you to the best of it, with a tour that charts the city’s history through its most famous landmarks, with highlights including the Cathedral of Toledo – a Gothic icon – and the Synagogue Maria La Blanca in the Jewish Quarter.
Stay: The Westin Palace Madrid
Salamanca/Vega de Terrón
It’s time to board your ship today, but not before a guided excursion to Salamanca – a World Heritage town whose treasures include the Old and New Salamanca Cathedral, a unique blend of Gothic and Baroque architecture built between the 16th and 18th centuries. You’ll also visit the Casa de la Conchas – the House of Shells. This 15th-century curiosity features a façade of 400 decorative scallop shells, the symbol of St James, whose famous pilgrimage route carves through Spain’s northern reaches to the city of Santiago de Compostela. In the evening, transfer to Vega de Terrón to board the AmaVida, checking into your luxury stateroom before embracing the spread of onboard facilities, from the sun-deck swimming pool to the indulgences of the spa.
Meals: B L D
Castelo de Rodrigo/Pinhão
Having crossed the border into Portugal, this morning’s excursion takes you to Castelo de Rodrigo, whose proliferation of almond trees have lent it the name, White Village. Revel in sweeping views across the town’s valley surrounds before taking to its medieval streets on a guided tour, pausing to admire historic houses decked out in terracotta roofs and 16th-century façades complete with ornate, Manueline-style windows. There’s also the option for an energetic hike to the town’s upper reaches. No matter which tour you choose, you’ll end with a tasting of local almonds, cheese, bread and, of course, wine. The day concludes with a leisurely cruise along the Douro to Pinhão, where a traditional dinner awaits.
Meals: B L D
Spend the day exploring Pinhão, beginning with a walk to the town’s railway station on the famed Douro Line – Portugal’s most iconic railway. And, although you’ll not have the chance to ride the rails, the station is a highlight in itself, replete in colourful tile panels depicting scenes inspired by the surrounding Douro Valley. You’ll then enjoy a wine-paired lunch at the family-run Quinta da Avessada, a wholly authentic affair complete with local entertainment. Take the chance to visit the nearby museum, which charts the region’s history and wine-making heritage, and offers the chance for a tasting, before exploring the town further under your own steam.
Meals: B L D
Peso da Régua
Having sailed on to Regua, you’ll be treated to a choice of excursions. There’s a tour of the ancient town of Lamego, home to one of Portugal’s most important pilgrimage sites – the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. Sat atop Mount St. Stephen between the 18th and 20th centuries, it’s a treasure-trove of architectural styles, from its grand Baroque staircase to its Rocaille temple, dedicated almost entirely to Marian iconography. Alternatively, for active types, there’s the chance for a hike up the Lamego Steps, or Holy Staircase. Then, after lunch, you’ll visit Mateus Palace and Gardens, with their manicured topiary and impressive cedar tunnel.
Meals: B L D
Your cruise continues in delightfully scenic style with a full day's sailing to Entre-Os-Rios, where you’ll enjoy an authentic dining experience in a local la quinta. The following morning, you’ll continue on to Porto where a guided tour will showcase the city’s hilly backstreets, landmark bridges and labyrinthine old town – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the main square, with its abundant shops and cafés, hike out to the harbour through winding cobblestone streets, and taste the city’s most celebrated produce – port. Day 10 is left free for you to explore further, while on day 11, you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively, speak to our specialists about extending your trip with a few nights in Lisbon.
Meals: B L D
Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
11-day luxury river cruise on board AmaVida (AmaWaterways Cruises) from £3,520 incl. flights
Fly free for 2019 and save on 2020
Book by: 31 December 2019
Departs yearly from March to November
Includes on board
- 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom
- Computer for internet access
- Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
- Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area with bottled water replenished daily
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Sun deck pool with bar and walking track
- Fitness room
- Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
- Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
- La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Bike tours and hikes
- Knowledgeable guides
- Personal headset for easy exploration
2020 fares from £3,520 pp based on 23 JUNE 2020 sailing. Also operates in reverse.
Optional stay in Lisbon for 3 nights from £667pp
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