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Portugal, Spain & The Douro River

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Portugal, Spain & The Douro River Valley

From £2,899 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
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 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 - Porto (Embark)

Arrive in Porto, the port city at the mouth of the Douro.

Day 1 -  Porto (Embark)

Dinner

Day 2 - 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.

Day 2 - Porto, Cruising the Douro River, Porto Antigo

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - 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 3 - Cruising the Douro River, Régua, Pinhão

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - 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 4 - Pinhão, Cruising the Douro River, Vega de Terrón

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - 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 5 -  Vega de Terrón (Salamanca), Barca d’Alva

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - 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 6 - Barca d’Alva (Castelo Rodrigo), Pocinho, Cruising the Douro River, Régua

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - 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 7 - 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

Cat 1 Stateroom

215 ft² – (Upper) Deck

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

Cat 2 & 3 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

Category 4 & 5 Staterooms

161 ft² – (Lower) Deck

  • Stateroom size: 161 sq. ft.
  • Smaller Fixed Window
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Mar 24Queen IsabelPorto£3330SAVE 10%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£3330  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£3915  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£4635  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£6075  
Mar 31Queen IsabelPorto£2880SAVE 10%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£2880  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£3465  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£4185  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£5625  
Apr 7Queen IsabelPorto£3330SAVE 10%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£3330  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£3915  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£4635  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£6075  
Apr 28Queen IsabelPorto£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  
May 5Queen IsabelPorto£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  
May 12Queen IsabelPorto£3999Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£3999  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£4649  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£5449  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£7049  
Jun 9Queen IsabelPorto£3600SAVE 10%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£3600  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£4185  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£4905  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£6345  
Jun 16Queen IsabelPorto£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  
Jul 7Queen IsabelPorto£3150SAVE 10%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£3150  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£3735  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£4455  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£5895  
Jul 14Queen IsabelPorto£3150SAVE 10%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£3150  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£3735  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£4455  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£5895  
Aug 4Queen IsabelPorto£3150SAVE 10%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£3150  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£3735  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£4455  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£5895  
Aug 11Queen IsabelPorto£3150SAVE 10%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£3150  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£3735  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£4455  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£5895  
Aug 18Queen IsabelPorto£3150SAVE 10%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£3150  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£3735  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£4455  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£5895  
Sep 8Queen IsabelPorto£3330SAVE 10%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£3330  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£3915  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£4635  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£6075  
Sep 15Queen IsabelPorto£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 6Queen IsabelPorto£3600SAVE 10%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£3600  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£4185  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£4905  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£6345  
Oct 13Queen IsabelPorto£3600SAVE 10%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£3600  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£4185  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£4905  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£6345  
Oct 20Queen IsabelPorto£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 27Queen IsabelPorto£2880SAVE 10%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£2880  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£3465  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£4185  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£5625  
Nov 3Queen IsabelPorto£2700SAVE 10%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£2700  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£3285  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£4005  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£5445  
Nov 10Queen IsabelPorto£2700SAVE 10%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£2700  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£3285  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£4005  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£5445  
Nov 17Queen IsabelPorto£2700SAVE 10%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic161 ft², Fixed Windows£2700  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony161 ft², French Balcony£3285  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony215 ft², Outside Balcony£4005  
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside Balcony£5445  

Pre cruise extension available in Lisbon

Enjoy a 3 day extension pre cruise in stunning Lisbon.

Dynamic, 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.

Spread across steep hillsides that overlook the Rio Tejo, Lisbon has captivated visitors for centuries. The amazing vistas reveal the city in all its beauty: Roman and Moorish ruins, white-domed cathedrals, grand plazas lined with sun-drenched cafes.

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