River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 PORTO - EMBARKATION
Embark your cruise in Porto. Gather on board tonight for your Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2 PORTO - RÉGUA
Spend a leisurely morning soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Régua. After arriving early this afternoon, enjoy a wine tasting at Quinto de Sexio. The ship moors in Barca d’Alva overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 3 RÉGUA - BARCA D’ALVA
This morning, you will take a drive to Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). After a guided tour, the remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore on your own, perhaps to visit the Gothic cathedral or the town’s museum, or drop in to a café to sample bola de Lamego (bread filled with smoked ham). Later, enjoy a scenic cruise en route to the village of Barca d’Alva. After arriving early this evening, you will have some free time to explore this quaint locale on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 4 SALAMANCA, SPAIN – VEGA DE TERRÓN, PORTUGAL
Drive to Salamanca for a full day tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of Spain’s Castilla y León region. During your guided city tour, see the university buildings, the 12th-century Romanesque church of San Martin and the House of Shells. Enjoy a deliciously authentic Spanish lunch at a local restaurant, where you will be entertained by a lively Flamenco show. You will rejoin the ship in Vega de Terrón, where the ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 5 VEGA DE TERRÓN – PINHÃO
After breakfast, tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with 16th-century walls and steep, narrow streets. Stop to admire the Chafariz dos Pretos, a striking and very unique fountain decorated with black faces. Return to the ship for lunch and cruise onward to Pinhão. This evening, you will be treated to a wine-tasting and dinner at a local “quinta.” We moor overnight in Pinhão. (B,L,D)
Day 6 RÉGUA – BITETOS
This morning, cruise to Régua for a morning excursion to the Palacio de Mateus and its gardens, located in the beautiful Trás-os-Montes region near the city of Vila Real. Return to the ship for lunch while the ship cruises to Bitetos, arriving this evening. Tonight, you will dine on a traditional home-cooked meal at the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery. Be sure to savor a glass of Port as you take in the breathtaking view from the monastery’s terrace. The ship moors in Bitetos. (B,L,D)
Day 7 PORTO
Your ship departs early and arrives in Porto early morning. You sightseeing tour today includes 16th-century arcaded buildings, Baroque churches and the magnificent iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. You will also take a drive through the elegant residential section along the Atlantic coast and explore the Old City. For some modern culture, visit the Casa da Musica and Museum of Modern Art in the Boavista neighborhood. This afternoon, enjoy a port wine tasting before saying goodbye to your new onboard friends at the evening Farewell Cocktail party. The ship moors overnight in Porto. (B,L,D)
Day 8 PORTO - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
All This Included
Enjoy your journey down the Douro River, with its dramatic gorges, lush vineyards, and tranquil fishing villages. Begin in Porto and continue on to the ancient and picturesque city of Lamego. Enter Spain to visit Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the beautiful inland countryside and the palace and gardens of Mateus. Explore the 24th-century Alpendurada Monastery before concluding your cruise in Porto.
7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms with balconies
Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
Complimentary Internet access in all staterooms
Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
Superb dining including complimentary local wine, port wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner on board
Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
Sail Away Mimosa and Sun Deck BBQ
Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
Services of professional Cruise Manager
All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
All transfers with the purchase of cruise, land & air package
All local taxes
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS AmaVida
Cabin upgrades are available.
Port Charges: $161 per person.
Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.