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Douro Delights with Madrid & Lisbon

From £5895 pp

Enjoy the Portuguese culinary delights and regional wines while you take a seven night luxury river cruise from Porto to Barca d’Alva along the historical Douro River and enjoy a one night stay in Madrid.

What’s Included:

  • Return scheduled flights from the UK (fight supplements may apply)
  • Home to airport transfers by private car*
  • Unique cultural experiences in up to 13 towns, villages and cities
  • Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Sightseeing
  • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board*
  • Butler service, room service, complimentary laundry service and champagne on arrival in select suites
  • Luxury Dining – 29 Meals
  • APT Cruise Director and expert local guides

 

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Day 1 - Arrive Lisbon

Fly from the UK to Lisbon. Olá and welcome to Portugal! Once you’ve arrived in Lisbon, you’ll be taken to your hotel to settle in.

Our welcome reception this evening is the perfect chance to meet your fellow travellers.

Stay: Three Nights, Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz

Dinner

Day 2- Lisbon

Set off to see the sites of Lisbon by riding the city’s tramcars, and visiting the Old Town.

Pay a visit to the World Heritage-listed Jerónimos Monastery, a symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery.

Built in 1502 by King Manuel I, the monastery commemorates Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India.

Tonight, join your fellow travellers to share a welcome dinner.

Day 2- Lisbon

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3 - Lisbon, Sintra

As soon as you get your first glimpse of Serra de Sintra, prepare to gasp. Mountains roll from each direction, and every peak is as memorable as the last.

Visit King Ferdinand II’s ingenious Park and Palace of Pena, before having free time to explore Sintra. Take the chance to have lunch at your leisure, then be guided by the sea breeze as you return to Lisbon via the coastal route.

Since it’s your final night here, you might like to try one of the local restaurants for dinner.

Day 3 - Lisbon, Sintra

Breakfast

Day 4 - Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Embark ship

Travel through Portugal’s countryside then discover the medieval city of Coimbra, home to the country’s most famous university.

After a spot of sightseeing and free time for lunch, make your way to Porto. Board your river ship together and settle in with a welcome dinner.

Your river ship has the best vantage point to see the sights as you embark on an illuminations cruise around Porto.

Day 4 - Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Embark ship

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 - Porto

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing Explore Porto’s 16th-century Old Town and take a cable car ride before sampling a few selections of port.

Alternatively, head to Matosinhos and pop in at a traditional restaurant for a cooking demonstration, or set off on foot for a walking tour through the medieval streets and the old harbour quarter of Ribeira.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Tonight you’ll head to the Palácio da Bolsa for a cocktail reception and traditional Fado performance in the Arabian Hall. 

Day 5 - Porto

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Porto, Guimarães, Entre-Os-Rios

This morning we’ve lined up an excursion for you to Guimarães. The evolution of medieval settlement is on show here, and you will learn all about it with a tour.

Back on board, cruise through the Douro Valley on your way to Entre-Os-Rios.

When you arrive, take the chance to visit Quinta da Avelada, a family business that has been producing wine in the Douro region since the 1870s.

Explore their gardens, and tie off the day with a sampling of wine and cheese.

Day 6 - Porto, Guimarães,  Entre-Os-Rios

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Regua

Cruising to Régua this morning, take some time to soak up the sun.

Once you’ve arrived, you’ll visit the Douro Museum which provides an incredible insight into the culture of the Douro Valley wine region.

Day 7 - Regua

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Régua, Pinhão

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing On a tour of Lamego, you’ll visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies and sample a local speciality, bola de Lamego.

Smoked ham, home-baked bread, and gooey cheese – how could you go wrong?

Otherwise, you might visit Quinta da Pacheca for a picnic with views over the Douro River and Régua.

After your morning activity, kick back on board and continue cruising to Pinhão.

Day 8 - Régua, Pinhão

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - Pinhão

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Visit the vineyard, Quinta da Roêda for a traditional lunch and tasting of port. Take a trip to Palacio de Mateus, located near the city of Vila Real.

Portuguese architect, Nicolau Nasoni, played a pivotal role in the palace’s construction in the 18th century.

It is also well-known courtesy of the bottles of Mateus Rosé wine that feature the palace on its label.

At the end of it all, you’ll be treated to the captain’s farewell dinner.

Day 9 - Pinhão

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Barca D'Alva

On a tour of the town of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, you’ll stop for to visit the castle ruins.

Returning on board, dig in to a delicious dinner.

Your thoughts will be fixed on Spain during your final night on board.

Day 10 - Barca D'Alva

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - Barca D'Alva, Disembark Ship, Salamanca, Madrid

In Barca d’Alva you’ll disembark your ship and say goodbye to life on board. Hit the road and travel to the ancient city of Salamanca for a tour.

You’ll see the University of Salamanca and the House of Shells before continuing to your hotel in Madrid.

Tonight is yours to spend as you please.

Stay: Westin Palace Madrid

Day 11 -  Barca D'Alva, Disembark Ship, Salamanca, Madrid

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 - Madrid

You’ll enjoy the chance to tour Spain’s capital before a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 12 - Madrid

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 13 - Madrid

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing Maybe you’d like to learn all about the traditional flavours of delectable Spanish cuisine on a culinary tour.

Or, take a look at the displays of Spanish art at the Prado Museum, including works from Italian and Flemish artists such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch.

Of course, if you’re more of a sports fan, you might prefer a visit to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home to the Real Madrid Football Club.

Day 13 - Madrid

Breakfast

Day 14 - Madrid

Sadly, the time has come to say goodbye and be transferred to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Breakfast

AMAVida Exterior

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.

AMAVida Pool

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Sundeck with lounge chairs
  • Varied dining options including al fresco dining
  • Main Lounge with bar & piano
  • Heated swimming pool
  • 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
  • Fitness Room
  • Lift
  • Massage Spa*
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

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.

Suites

323 ft² – Upper Deck

  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors leading to an outside balcony
  • Enhanced sitting area
  • Private marble bathroom with hair dryer
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • Full-length mirror
  • Ample closet space
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • 42″ flat-screen Televisions with local and satellite channels
  • Complimentary Internet access & wifi
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • In room safe
AmaVida Suite
AmaVida Cat A, B & C Stateroom

Cat. A Staterooms

215 ft² – Upper Deck

  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors leading to an outside balcony
  • Private marble bathroom with hair dryer
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • Full-length mirror
  • Ample closet space
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • 42″ flat-screen Televisions with local and satellite channels
  • Complimentary Internet access & wifi
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • In room safe

Cat. B Staterooms

215 ft² – Middle Deck

  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors leading to an outside balcony
  • Private marble bathroom with hair dryer
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • Full-length mirror
  • Ample closet space
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • 42″ flat-screen Televisions with local and satellite channels
  • Complimentary Internet access & wifi
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • In room safe
AmaVida Cat B Stateroom
AmaVida Cat D & E Stateroom

Cat. D & E Staterooms

161 ft² – Lower Deck

  • Panoramic fixed window which cannot open
  • Private marble bathroom with hair dryer
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • Full-length mirror
  • Ample closet space
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • 42″ flat-screen Televisions with local and satellite channels
  • Complimentary Internet access & wifi
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • In room safe
AmaWaterways AmaVida - Deck Plan
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
May 12AmaVidaPorto£3645SAVE £350Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck161 ft², Fixed Windows£3645  
Cat DLower Deck161 ft², Fixed Windows£3845  
Cat CMiddle Deck215 ft², Outside Balcony£4745  
Cat BMiddle Deck215 ft², Outside Balcony£4845  
Cat AUpper Deck215 ft², Outside Balcony£4945  
SuiteUpper Deck323 ft², Outside Balcony£6145  
Jun 9AmaVidaPorto£3645SAVE £350Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck161 ft², Fixed Windows£3645  
Cat DLower Deck161 ft², Fixed Windows£3845  
Cat CMiddle Deck215 ft², Outside Balcony£4745  
Cat BMiddle Deck215 ft², Outside Balcony£4845  
Cat AUpper Deck215 ft², Outside Balcony£4945  
SuiteUpper Deck323 ft², Outside Balcony£6145  
Jul 7AmaVidaPorto£3395SAVE £350Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck161 ft², Fixed Windows£3395  
Cat DLower Deck161 ft², Fixed Windows£3595  
Cat CMiddle Deck215 ft², Outside Balcony£4495  
Cat BMiddle Deck215 ft², Outside Balcony£4595  
Cat AUpper Deck215 ft², Outside Balcony£4695  
SuiteUpper Deck323 ft², Outside Balcony£5895  
Aug 18AmaVidaPorto£3645SAVE £350Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck161 ft², Fixed Windows£3645  
Cat DLower Deck161 ft², Fixed Windows£3845  
Cat CMiddle Deck215 ft², Outside Balcony£4745  
Cat BMiddle Deck215 ft², Outside Balcony£4845  
Cat AUpper Deck215 ft², Outside Balcony£4945  
SuiteUpper Deck323 ft², Outside Balcony£6145  
Sep 18AmaVidaPorto£3645SAVE £350Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck161 ft², Fixed Windows£3645  
Cat DLower Deck161 ft², Fixed Windows£3845  
Cat CMiddle Deck215 ft², Outside Balcony£4745  
Cat BMiddle Deck215 ft², Outside Balcony£4845  
Cat AUpper Deck215 ft², Outside Balcony£4945  
SuiteUpper Deck323 ft², Outside Balcony£6145  


Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.

Why Choose This Cruise?

APT’s included excursions go beyond the ordinary with small group tours exploring the culture and traditions of the places you visit as well as the main sights.  Real destination enrichment and deeper understanding is already included in  the cost of your cruise. A high standard of cuisine is guaranteed due to their membership of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs – a prestigious international culinary society.  Relaxed private dining on board is also available to book during your cruise.

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