Includes return flights from the UK. 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.
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Douro Delights Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Porto, Embark Ship
Fly from the UK to Porto. On arrival, be met and transferred to your river ship for a Captain’s Welcome Reception. Accommodation: Seven Nights, the MS AmaVida
Day 2: Porto
Today is the chance to do what strikes your fancy the most.
Day 3: 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 4: Régua
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 5: Régua, Pinhão
After your morning activity, kick back on board and continue cruising to Pinhão.
Day 6: Pinhão
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 7: 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 8: 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. Accommodation: Westin Palace Madrid
Day 9: Madrid
This morning, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
- Bask in the splendour of Porto's Palácio da Bolsa as you witness a private Fado performance with a cocktail in hand.
- Cruise to Barca d’Alva, where you will visit Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo and visit its castle ruins.
- Take a guided tour of beautiful Salamanca, boasting sandstone buildings, a majestic city square and ancient university.
- All accommodation with selected meals
- Return flights from the UK
- Overseas transfers
- Special Signature Experiences and guided excursions
- Freedom of Choice excursions and dining in selected locations
- APT Tour Director
- Port charges and tipping where applicable