Enticing Douro Cruise (Lisbon to Porto) 2020
Enticing Douro Cruise (Lisbon to Porto) 2020
Starts: Lisbon, Portugal on Wed, Oct 28, 2020
Ends: Porto, Portugal on Sat, Nov 07, 2020
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River Cruise Itinerary
Spend 3 nights in Lisbon, followed by a 7-night roundtrip Porto cruise through the dramatic Douro River Valley
Day 1 (Wed, Oct 28, 2020):ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL. Arrive in Lisbon and check in to your hotel.
Day 2 (Thu, Oct 29, 2020):LISBON. One of Europe'''s most beautiful cities, Lisbon, stretches across several hills along the Tagus River. On your escorted tour, you'''ll see Belem Tower, a fortified 4-story tower made of limestone, and visit the late Gothic Jer''nimos Monastery, the burial place of many Portuguese kings and heroes. You will also taste a typical Portuguese pastry, Past''is de Bel''m, before going to Discoveries Monument, built in honor of Portugal'''s greatest maritime explorers. (B)
Day 3 (Fri, Oct 30, 2020):LISBON ''' SINTRA. Enjoy a morning excursion toSerra de Sintra, one of the loveliest mountain villagesin Portugal and a favorite summer residence of thePortuguese royal family for more than 500 years. Long aninspiration for artists and poets, Lord Byron once calledit '''perhaps the most delightful village in Europe.''' Highup on a rocky peak, you will tour Pena National Palace,a wonderful fairytale castle dating back to Portugal'''sRomantic period. (B)
Day 4 (Sat, Oct 31, 2020):LISBON ''' EMBARKATION ''' PORTO. Check out of your hotel and take a motorcoach ride through the Portuguese countryside. Stop in Tomar en route to Lisbon and visit its Templar knight castle, the walls of which envelop the elaborate Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating from the 12th century and boasting spectacular frescoes and azulejos (iconic blue painted tiles). Afterward, continue to Porto where you will board the ship for your Enticing Douro cruise. (B,D)
Day 5 (Sun, Nov 01, 2020):PORTO ''' R''GUA. Cruise to R''gua where you canvisit the Baroque-style Palacio de Mateus and its gardens,located in the lovely Tr''s-os-Montes region. Inside thehouse, you'''ll see interesting furnishings, paintings and aceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here areconsidered some of the most beautiful in Portugal. (B,L,D)
Day 6 (Mon, Nov 02, 2020):R''GUA ''' 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. (B,L,D)
Day 7 (Tue, Nov 03, 2020):VEGA de TERR''N. 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 in Salamanca. (B,D)
Day 8 (Wed, Nov 04, 2020):PINH''O, PORTUGAL. 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. Later in the day, enjoy a tasting of the region'''s famed Port wine. (B,L,D)
Day 9 (Thu, Nov 05, 2020):R''GUA ''' ENTRE-OS-RIOS. 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 Rem''dios (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 hike. Concluding both tours, you will have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties, such as b''las 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, enjoy a special Portuguese dinner at a local quinta. (B,L,D)
Day 10 (Fri, Nov 06, 2020):PORTO. The colorful city of Porto blends the bestof old and new, which you can discover on an escortedtour of the historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,including the Cathedral, one of the city'''s oldest monuments;and the S''o Bento Railway Station, known for its blueand white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguesehistory. You'''ll also enjoy a tasting of Port, Portugal'''s mostrenowned contribution to the world of wine. If you preferto get more active, you can go on a guided hike and thenenjoy a Port wine tasting. (B,L,D)
Day 11 (Sat, Nov 07, 2020):PORTO ''' DISEMBARKATION. Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
- SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
- 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with outside balconies)
- Computer for internet access
- Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
- Desk and sitting area
- Bottled water replenished daily
- AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
- Internet and Wi-Fi access
- Sun deck with pool
- Fitness room
- Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- Daily entertainment including cultural performances
- AWARD-WINNING DINING
- All onboard dining in a variety of venues
- Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
- Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
- Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
- A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
- Immersive tours in every destination
- Guided hikes
- Special Interest Tours
- Knowledgeable guides
- Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
- Personal headset for easy exploration
- Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
- Land Program
- 3 nights hotel in Lisbon at the IntercontinentalLisbon (or similar), including city tour, Royal Sintraexcursion with Pena National Palace visit, TomarCastle visit and daily breakfast
- Transfer from the hotel to Porto via motorcoach
Life on Board
Questions & Answers
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Very nice experience. All handled in a professional and courteous manner.
we traveled with another river cruise line several years ago and much prefer ama waterways.
This was my first river cruise, and my only regret is that I've waited as long as I have to do this. The entire AmaWaterways crew -- from the ship captain all the way to the housekeeper -- were outstanding. The ship itself was beautifully decorated for Christmas, and the cabin was well organized and extremely comfortable. I appreciated the variety of available shore excursions, and the local guides were excellent. I'm looking forward to cruising again many times with AmaWaterways.
This was my second trip with Amawaterways and it was just as wonderful as the first. I have actually booked two more with them through Karen at Affordable Tours.
Trip was everything that was expected and more.
We booked the cruise and extensions which was 24 days. Evidentially, this trip could have been booked in segments which we were not aware of as the coming and going of various groups was very strange throughout. We started in Prague, always a great adventure. We were to go to Nuremberg, but due to low water were bused to the ship departure, Vilshofen, with options to hit the first two ports we missed by bus as excursions. Other folks joined from Vienna, a large group came onboard, and we were nearly at max going down the river. All but 18 people left at Budapest, including the Cruise Director. At that point we found out the second portion was a Wine Cruise with a different name, new director, and new passengers came aboard bringing us to capacity once again. So this became two cruises, actually, with totally different passengers on each except the original 18. As we continued for the extension, there were 40 of us until the end in Bucharest. One can see how this was rather disfunctional and more like a train ride with customers joining and departing continuously. Never knew who would be at dinner the next night. This may work from a business point, but very confusing to those that just purchased a single cruise with extensions and enjoyed meeting folks as we sailed down the river. Had I known there would be such a revolving door would have researched better and re-evaluated my choice. AMA, as always did a superb job, but the logistics of this whole adventure must have been a nightmare and stressful for the staff. Vacations need continuity.
We are very pleased with our trip.Morgan gave many options to pick from but, after discussion of the places we wanted to see she help us to narrow our choices.I would recommend Morgan to any of our friends how are planning to travel.
Could not improve on this fabulous tour
The AmaWaterway trip along the Douro - with extensions in Madrid and Lisbon -- provides a wonderful autumn interlude in Iberia. The program is especially strong for the one week spent on the Douro. The programs in Madrid and Lisbon leave a great deal of free time -- good if you can arrange your own meals and excursions, not so good if you like more arranged, especially after long flight to Europe.
I appreciated the tips for preparation before we travelled. The trip exceeded our expectations and was just wonderful! The onboard per person credit was useful for small purchases aboard ship and helped pay gratuities at the end of our cruise.
Everything was first class with lots of attention to detail and the pleasure of the passengers.
This was a vacation of a lifetime! Staff members were courteous, friendly and very helpful with every aspect of the trip. The sites were fabulous! Made many wonderful friends along the way! Would recommend this trip to anyone! Many beautiful memories were made!
Our cruise was excellent. A perfect choice for us.
Vince is my agent that tends to my wife and myself's travel desires. He is the most accommodating person with the company providing an extremely competitive competitive rate.
All the arrangements were made through Affordable Tours and everything went as planned.