Two intriguing countries and one dramatic UNESCO River equal a grand adventure.
|01/07/18||Vega Terron, Spain||Embark|
|02/07/18||Barca Dalva, Portugal|
|06/07/18||Oporto (Porto), Portugal|
|07/07/18||Oporto (Porto), Portugal|
|08/07/18||Oporto (Porto), Portugal||Disembark|
- 2 night hotel stay in Lisbon
- 7 night cruise Lisbon to Madrid aboard Queen Isabel
- 3 night hotel stay in Madrid
- All main meals & unlimited beverages onboard
- Shore excursions
- Ship-wide internet
- Airport transfers
- All government & port charges
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7 Night Cruise sailing from Vega de Terron to Porto aboard Queen Isabel. Hotel stays pre-cruise in Madrid and post-cruise in Lisbon.
Day 1 – Madrid
“Madrid at Your Doorstep” vicinity walk
Make your way to your hotel. Join a guided walk to begin getting acquainted with the city.
Day 2 – Madrid
Choice of Madrid city tour with Prado Museum OR exclusive guided “Go Active” walking tour with Prado Museum visit, and dinner with flamenco show
Choose one of two ways to explore Madrid—both giving you a sense of Madrid’s layout and architectural highlights. Join the panoramic tour of this metropolis, showcasing Madrid’s top sights, or take in some of the key sites on a guided active walk through the historic city. Both tours are followed by an excursion to the massive Prado Museum and its acclaimed collection of European art. In the evening, enjoy dinner and a flamenco show at one of the city’s finest venues.
Day 3 – Madrid (Toledo)
Toledo city tour
Known as the “City of Three Cultures,” Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been heavily influenced by Judaism, Christianity and Islam, all of which have peacefully co-existed here for centuries.
Day 4 – Madrid, Salamanca, transfer to Vega de Terron
Full day Salamanca tour
Travel from Madrid to Salamanca, where you’ll be guided through this UNESCO-designated city known as the “Golden City” for the distinctive patina of its centuries-old sandstone buildings. You’ll have a chance to visit Salamanca’s food hall as well as sample many of the city’s delights. You’ll then journey to the Spanish border town of Vega de Terrón to embark your ship.
Day 5 – Barca d’Alva (Castelo Rodrigo), Pinhão
Choice of Castelo Rodrigo OR half day scenic cruise at the Douro International Natural Park
Travel through wonderfully scenic countryside to Castelo Rodrigo. Take a guided tour of the walled village of Castelo Rodrigo, and while here, sample delicious local treats, such as honey and olive oil. If you prefer a different type of experience to better understand the flora and fauna of the land, you’ll want to go on a half-day scenic cruise at the Douro International Natural Park.
Day 6 – Pinhão, Régua
Choice of Quinta do Seixo guided tour and tasting OR famous Pinhão wine estate and visit to family-owned quinta, and Douro Museum
Journey to Quinta do Seixo—a prestigious Port wine estate—for a tour of its state-of-the-art facility, and sample some of their famous Port. Others may prefer to enjoy a scenic drive through Pinhão before visiting a famous wine estate and family-owned quinta. Afterwards, learn about the region’s winemaking history during a special lecture at the Douro Museum.
Day 7 – Régua (Lamego), Caldas de Aregos
Lamego walking tour with wine tasting at a local quinta
Stroll through this pilgrimage town of Lamego to the monumental baroque Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. Later, enjoy a wine tasting at a lovely local quinta.
Day 8 – Entre-os-Rios (Amarante)
Choice of Quinta Aveleda visit and gardens OR Amarante walking tour
Wander through the Quinta Aveleda’s gardens, where you’ll find a thatched house for geese, peacocks flaunting their colours and graceful swans. If you prefer, stroll through Amarante and discover the unique heritage bequeathed by the town’s patron saint, ranging from a beautiful Dominican monastery to delicious sweets.
Day 9 – Porto (Guimarães)
Choice of Guimarães city tour OR “Soul of Porto” Ribeira district walking tour
Enjoy a panoramic tour of UNESCO-designated Guimarães, with a wonderfully well-preserved Old Town. Alternatively, you can explore Porto’s UNESCO-designated Ribeira district on foot, including the Rua dos Flores, the newly restored pedestrian zone. In the evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner onboard your ship.
Day 10 – Porto
Choice of Porto city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Porto walking tour
Get a feel for vibrant Porto on a panoramic tour showcasing the UNESCO-designated 19th-century Stock Exchange Palace. For those wanting a more active exploration, climb 249 steps to the top of Clérigos Tower for the best view in Porto.
Day 11 – Porto, Óbidos, transfer to Lisbon
Guided stroll through Óbidos and family-style lunch
As you head south to Lisbon, you’ll stop in Óbidos, a hill town that has entranced visitors since the 13th century. It’s so charming that the kings of Portugal traditionally gave it to their queens as a wedding present. From Óbidos, head to a local restaurant for a traditional Portuguese lunch before arriving in Lisbon.
Day 12 – Lisbon
Choice of Lisbon city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Lisbon walking tour
You’ll have a choice as to how you wish to explore Lisbon—via a guided tour or doing as the locals do. Your guided tour takes you to the Belém Tower, the Manueline Jerónimos Monastery, the Alfama district and Rossio Plaza. You’ll even get to sample a traditional delicacy—pastéis de Belém—at a famous pastry shop. For a taste of local life, hop on one of the traditional yellow trams that toil up and down the steep streets. Visit the ancient castle of St. George, and take a fun spin through historic neighborhoods in a tuk tuk.
Day 13 – Lisbon
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