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Portugal, Spain & The Douro River

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Portugal, Spain & The Douro River Valley

From £2,499 pp

An extraordinary journey designed for culturally curious travellers. Following the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain, you’ll cruise past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards.

Dine on traditional fare in majestic Coimbra, the birthplace of six Portuguese kings; enjoy private tastings of Port; and explore Porto’s historic Ribeira district, home to iconic rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene.

Wind your way through the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, heading ashore to visit charming quintas and meet the winemakers who operate them. In Salamanca, Spain, you’ll see the city’s famous university and take in a high-spirited flamenco show.

Return to Portugal with a visit to the fortified village of Castelo Rodrigo and historic Guimarães. There’s no better way to discover Europe’s best-kept secret than this scenic and all-inclusive river cruise!

What’s Included:

  • An all-inclusive, boutique 7 night cruise in a riverview stateroom on Queen Isabel
  • 3 nights hotel stay in Lisbon
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • 8 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • 2 countries: Spain and Portugal
  • 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Magical Douro River Valley”
  • Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Onboard entertainment and insightful lectures
  • All gratuities onboard and ashore
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • International flights or rail from the UK
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Day 1 - Lisbon

Arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the hotel.

Dinner

Day 2 - Lisbon

Everything old is new again in the Portuguese capital, which is undergoing a remarkable rebirth of late. Get to know this hilly metropolis with a city tour that shows you all the top sights and treats you to an iconic, locally-made pastry with an intriguing tale all its own. Vibrant, colorful and picturesque, Lisbon will continually surprise you.

Glorious historic architecture reflects the wealth brought in during the “Age of Discovery,” when the Portuguese owned the seas, but it is also a modern center of finance and international trade.

Day 2 - Lisbon

Breakfast

Day 4 - Lisbon, Coimbra, Transfer to Porto (Embark)

You’ll check out of your Lisbon hotel and board a motorcoach, heading north through Portugal’s picturesque countryside toward Porto. En route to Porto, you’ll stop in Coimbra, home to an ancient university and a lavish baroque library considered one of the most beautiful in the world.

Admire the lingering traces of the town’s Moorish and Roman past after sitting down to a traditional Portuguese lunch.

After lunch, continue on to the port city at the mouth of the Douro.

Day 4 -  Lisbon, Coimbra, Transfer to Porto (Embark)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Porto, Cruising the Douro River, Porto Antigo

There’s much more to Portugal’s second city than its eponymous fortified wine—historic architecture, cutting-edge design, fabulous food and wine, and a hip, laid-back vibe. Discover its many charms with your choice of distinctively different tours today.

Portugal’s second city (after Lisbon), Porto gave its name to the nation’s most famous export, Port wine, and to the nation itself. The city is a fascinating combination of historic buildings and cutting-edge architecture, tradition and vivacious modernity. You must choose between two distinctive—and distinctively Portuguese—ways to explore Porto.

Choice of Panoramic city tour or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Porto walking tour with local tastings and vintage tram ride
Your ship sets sail after your tour, cruising up the Douro toward Porto Antigo.

Day 5 -  Porto, Cruising the Douro River, Porto Antigo

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Cruising the Douro River, Régua, Pinhão

As you cruise along the river today, take note of the little chapels you see along the banks. Though the river is slow and calm now that it has been tamed by dams, it was once extremely hazardous. These tiny chapels mark spots where entire rabelo boat crews perished attempting to get their cargo of Port wine to Porto.

Today we learn about wine, which has been cultivated in the Douro River Valley since ancient Roman times. Get a crash course on the history of Port during your visit to the Douro Museum.

Featured Excursion:
Scenic wine route to Pinhão Valley
Choice of Douro Museum and Quinta de Avessada wine estate or Scenic sailing lunch onboard

Day 6 - Cruising the Douro River, Régua, Pinhão

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Pinhão, Cruising the Douro River, Vega de Terrón

Feel the centuries fall away as your ship winds its way through the pristine, dramatic, UNESCO-protected landscapes of the Douro River Valley. Head ashore for a choice of excursions, a tasting at a prestigious port wine estate or a vineyard hike with a wine tasting at a local quinta.   As you cruise along the river today, take note of the little chapels you see along the banks.

Though the river is slow and calm now that it has been tamed by dams, it was once extremely hazardous. These tiny chapels mark spots where entire rabelo boat crews perished attempting to get their cargo of Port wine to Porto.

Featured Excursion:

Quinta do Seixo guided tour with tasting or Vineyard hike and tasting at a local quinta

Day 7 - Pinhão, Cruising the Douro River, Vega de Terrón

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

What adventures await you in Spain today? The ship docks near the Spanish border today, where you may head across the country to the historic university town of Salamanca—the “Golden City”—famous for its sand-colored buildings and abundance of churches.

Featured Excursion:

Salamanca – the Golden City and Spain’s oldest university

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

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

Go medieval today at Castelo Rodrigo, both the name of a hilltop castle as well as the village that surrounds it. The view from the top is incredible and the village is a charming place to ramble, relax and replenish.

If you wish, you can also lace up your hiking boots and unleash your inner Indiana Jones with an up-close gander at some pre-historic carvings.

Enjoy breathtaking scenery this morning as your ship cruises the upper Douro River Valley, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, both because of its beauty and its remarkable history.

Although the river is considered one of the most pristine waterways in all of Europe, people have inhabited this region for 30,000 years. You may opt to visit Portugal’s first archaeological park, Foz Côa, or explore the comparatively “modern” Castelo Rodrigo, a medieval castle standing at the heart of a still-lively village, today.

Featured Excursions:

Castelo Rodrigo
Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley

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

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

Guimarães or Porto? That’s the question of the day today (you really can’t go wrong either way). Guimarães is the town where Portugal was born and its well-preserved architecture and stylish young residents make it a pleasure to visit. Or opt to explore one of Porto’s oldest neighborhoods, picturesque Ribeira, considered the soul of the city.

A tough choice awaits you today: Do you venture off to historic Guimarães, Portugal’s first capital, or do you stay in Porto and explore the Ribeira district on foot?

In the evening, a special Gala Dinner will be prepared for you.

Featured Excursion:

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

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

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - Porto (Disembark)

You’ve experienced the best of Portugal, Spain and the pristine Douro River, but now the journey comes to a close and it’s time to disembark the ship.

You will be transferred to Porto Airport for your flight home. Your Uniworld adventure may be over, but we know you’ll enjoy the memories you’ve made for years to come.

Breakfast

Uniworld Queen Isabel Exterior

Uniworld Queen Isabel provides an up-close and unforgettable view of the Douro River Valley a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Named after Portugal’s beloved queen, this boutique 116-passenger vessel with a design scheme and interiors that are more representative of the region than Uniworld’s other ships, the new ship offers a mix of classic and traditional luxury and is the most unique and stately ship on the Douro, a wonderful place to admire the region’s steeply terraced hillside vineyards and charming wine estates.

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

Uniworld Queen Isabel Side view
  • 43 lavishly decorated outside staterooms and suites, most with French or full outside balconies
  • Sundeck with sun-shades, chairs & loungers
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Stylish restaurant with open seating
  • Main lounge with full service bar
  • Fitness centre & Serenity River Spa
  • Complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day
  • Elevator to accommodation decks
  • Sauna, steam room and solarium
  • Onboard boutique*
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.

World Class Staterooms

With 43 Lavishly decorated staterooms with french balconies or full outside balconies.

All Staterooms Feature

  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with l’Occitaine
    en Provence bath products
  • Hotel style beds with fine cotton bed linen
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen television, radio alarm clock, iPod/iPhone dock
  • Telephone, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Plush towels, waffle bathrobes and slippers

Suite

323 ft² – (Upper) Deck

  • Suite size: 323 sq. ft.
  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors leading to an outside balcony
  • Enhanced sitting area
Uniworld Queen Isabel Suite
Uniworld Queen Isabel Cat 1

Deluxe Balcony Stateroom

215 ft² – (Upper) Deck

  • Suite size: 215 sq. ft.
  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors leading to an outside balcony
  • Enhanced sitting area

French Balcony Stateroom

161 ft² – (Middle) Deck

  • Suite size: 161 sq. ft.
  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors leading to an outside balcony
Uniworld Queen Isabel Cat 2
Uniworld Queen Isable Cat 4

Classic Staterooms

161 ft² – (Lower) Deck

  • Stateroom size: 161 sq. ft.
  • Smaller Fixed Window
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Mar 21Queen IsabelLisbon£3899Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£3899  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£4549  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£5349  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£6949  
Mar 28Queen IsabelLisbon£3509Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£3509 Was £3899  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£4094 Was £4549  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£4814 Was £5349  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£6949  
Apr 4Queen IsabelLisbon£3869Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£3869 Was £4299  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£4454 Was £4949  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£5174 Was £5749  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£7349  
Apr 25Queen IsabelLisbon£4399Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£4399  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£5049  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£5849  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£7449  
May 2Queen IsabelLisbon£4399Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£4399  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£5049  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£5849  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£7449  
May 9Queen IsabelLisbon£4799Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£4799  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£5449  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£6249  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£7849  
Jun 6Queen IsabelLisbon£4499Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£4499  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£5149  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£5949  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£7549  
Jun 13Queen IsabelLisbon£4499Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£4499  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£5149  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£5949  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£7549  
Jul 4Queen IsabelLisbon£4699Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£4699  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£5349  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£6149  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£7749  
Jul 11Queen IsabelLisbon£3999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£3999 Was £4999  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£4519 Was £5649  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£5159 Was £6449  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£8049  
Aug 1Queen IsabelLisbon£2799Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£2799 Was £4499  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£3254 Was £5149  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£3814 Was £5949  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£7549  
Aug 8Queen IsabelLisbon£2799Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£2799 Was £3999  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£3254 Was £4649  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£3814 Was £5449  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£7049  
Aug 15Queen IsabelLisbon£2799Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£2799 Was £3999  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£3254 Was £4649  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£3814 Was £5449  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£7049  
Sep 5Queen IsabelLisbon£4699Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£4699  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£5349  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£6149  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£7749  
Sep 12Queen IsabelLisbon£4699Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£4699  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£5349  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£6149  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£7749  
Oct 3Queen IsabelLisbon£4499Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£4499  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£5149  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£5949  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£7549  
Oct 10Queen IsabelLisbon£4499Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£4499  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£5149  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£5949  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£7549  
Oct 17Queen IsabelLisbon£4199Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£4199  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£4849  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£5649  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£7249  
Oct 24Queen IsabelLisbon£3699Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£3699  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£4349  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£5149  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£6749  
Oct 31Queen IsabelLisbon£2449Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£2449 Was £3499  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£2904 Was £4149  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£3464 Was £4949  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£6549  
Nov 7Queen IsabelLisbon£2449Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£2449 Was £3499  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£2904 Was £4149  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£3464 Was £4949  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£6549  
Nov 14Queen IsabelLisbon£2449Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£2449 Was £3499  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£2904 Was £4149  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£3464 Was £4949  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£6549  


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