Begin your journey down the Douro River, with its dramatic gorges, lush vineyards, and tranquil fishing villages in Porto and continue on to the ancient and picturesque city of Lamego. Enter Spain to visit Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the beautiful inland countryside and the palace and gardens of Mateus. Explore the 24th-century Alpendurada Monastery before concluding your cruise in Porto.
Embark your cruise in Porto. Gather on board tonight for your Welcome Dinner.
Day 2 - Porto – Entre-os-Rios
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.
In the evening, indulge in a traditional Portuguese dinner with your fellow travelers in Entre-Os-Rios at a local quinta – a country estate – for a truly authentic culinary experience.
Day 3 - Régua – Pinhao
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 climb on a guided 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 dry-cured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine.
You’ll then go to the formal Episcopal Palace Museum.
Later in the day, savor the flavors of Portugal’s renowned fortified wine, vinho do porto, made exclusively in the Douro Valley.
Head to a local quinta for your authentic Port-wine tasting experience and enjoy the sweet nectar of this fascinating region
Day 4 - Barca D'Alva
Spend time soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Barca d’Alva, where you will visit Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries-old walls, steep narrow streets and fantastic views.
You can also opt to hike up to the village should you wish a more active exploration.
While here, taste some delicious locally grown produce
Day 5 - Vega De Terrón. – Salamanca (Spain)
Drive to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Built of golden sandstone, Salamanca is known as a “living museum,” and you will have an opportunity to step back in time to the Middle Ages during your escorted tour, which includes the city’s elegant university buildings, the New Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells and Plaza Mayor.
You can also enjoy a traditional flamenco show and lunch in Salamanca.
Day 6 - Pinaho - Regua
Be treated to an exclusive lunch at Quinta da Avessada, where you’ll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment.
Quinta da 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.
Day 7 - Regua - Porto
Visit the Baroque-style Palacio de Mateus and its gardens. 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.
Watch the beautiful scenery go by on your way to Porto and enjoy a free afternoon to explore all its charms on your own.
Day 8 - Porto (DisembarK)
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight.
One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon, stretches across several hills along the Tagus River. On your escorted tour, you’ll see Bel em Tower and visit the late Gothic Jeronimos Monastery, the burial place of many Portuguese kings and heroes. Taste a typical Portuguese pastry, Pasteis de Belem, before visiting Discoveries Monument, built in honour of Portugal’s greatest Maritime exploreres. Enjoy a morning excursion to Sierra de Sintra, one of the loveliest mountain villages in Portugal and a favourite summer residence of the Portuguese Royal Family for more than 500 years. High up a rocky peak, you will tour Pena National Palace, a wonderful fairytale castle dating back to Portugal’s Romantic period.
Prices from £667 per person
The 106-passenger AmaVida made her debut on Portugal and Spain’s Douro River in 2013. Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms range in size from 161-215 sq. ft., or indulge even more in one of the suites at 323 sq. ft. Most staterooms have balconies. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads. AmaVida offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a stylish and inviting Main Lounge, a spa, fitness room, Sun Deck swimming pool and a gift shop. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner in Main Restaurant or in the al fresco dining area. 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; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access on a 42″ flat-screen and ship-wide Wi-Fi.
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54 comfortable outside staterooms, most with full Outside Balconies
Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads.
|Jun 19||AmaDouro||Porto||Save From £200 pp||Cabin Upgrades|
|Cat E||Lower Deck||161 ft², Fixed Windows||£3155||Was £3315|
|Cat D||Lower Deck||161 ft², Fixed Windows||£3345||Was £3545|
|Cat C||Middle Deck||161 ft², French Balcony||£3959||Was £4160|
|Cat B||Middle Deck||215 ft², Outside Balcony||£4398||Was £4622|
|Cat A||Upper Deck||215 ft², Outside Balcony||£4617||Was £4853|
|Suite||Upper Deck||323 ft², Outside Balcony||£5859||Was £6160|
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AMAWaterways are rated as having the 10 best ships on the rivers by Berlitz river cruise guide. Included excursions go beyond the ordinary with small groups tours exploring the culture and traditions of the places you visit as well as the main sights. Real destination enrichment and deeper understanding is in the cost of your cruise.
This 8-day roundtrip sailing from Porto introduces some of the region’s most inspiring destinations, including Régua, Pocinho and Vega de Terrón, and includes a visit to the exquisite Spanish city of Salamanca.
Rustic treasures await on the passage of the Douro River. Travelling from Porto on an 8-day roundtrip, discover fine wine, delicious home-grown fare, and historic locales, and grow accustomed to the leisurely pace of life on the banks of this timeless waterway.
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