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Jewels of Spain, Portugal and the Douro River
2 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Lisbon, then enjoy a 7-night cruise through the Douro River Valley, 3 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Madrid

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2017 & 2018 Departure Dates & Pricing

Lisbon to Madrid - 13 days

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Detailed Itinerary: Lisbon to Madrid

Skip to Madrid to Lisbon itinerary

Day 1: Lisbon 

Arrive at Lisbon’s Portela Airport where you’ll be transferred to the hotel.

Day 2: Lisbon

Featured Excursion: Lisbon city tour

Stand on the banks of the Tejo River and take a deep breath. Now turn around and look at the city climbing the hills above you. This is where your adventure begins. Start with a guided tour to iconic Belém Tower and Padrão dos Descobrimentos, a monument to Portugal’s great explorers. Step inside the spectacular Manueline Jerónimos Monastery. Sample a traditional sweet, the pastéis de Belém, at a famous pastelería (pastry shop), then see the hills of the Alfama district and Rossio plaza, with its wavy black-and-white paving and lively street life. (BB)

Day 3: Lisbon, Óbidos, Coimbra, transfer to Porto (Embarkation Day)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Guided stroll through Óbidos, Coimbra University visit, and family–style lunch

Travel through the beautiful countryside to Porto. En route, you’ll stop in medieval Óbidos for a guided stroll through its maze of cobbled streets and high-walled gardens. Then, the adventure continues in Coimbra, the birthplace of six of Portugal’s kings and home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, Universidade de Coimbra. There you’ll see the university’s 18th-century library, the Biblioteca Joanina. It’s a magnificent place boasting frescoed ceilings, gilded archways, and elaborate carvings. From this hilltop center of learning you’ll head off to enjoy a typical Portuguese lunch at a local restaurant. (BB, L,D)

Day 4: Porto

FEATURED EXCURSION: Porto city tour and wine cellars of Cais de Gaia

Birthplace of Henry the Navigator (who launched Portugal’s voyages of exploration) and longtime hub of the Port wine trade, Porto combines well- preserved historic buildings with cutting-edge architecture and a booming cultural revival. Your tour will take you to the 19th-century Palácio da Bolsa and then on to the cathedral and the bustling shopping street, Santa Catarina. After lunch, you’ll visit one of the city’s famed Port cellars. (BB, L,D)

Day 5: Porto (Guimarães), Entre-os-Rios

FEATURED EXCURSION: Guimarães city tour and Ribeira district walking tour

Visit historic Guimarães. As Portugal’s first capital (back in the 12th century) and home to its first king, Don Afonso Henriques, Guimarães has been called the birthplace of the Portuguese nation. Dominated by Afonso Henriques’s grand castle, Guimarães is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s also a great place to shop for high-quality Portuguese handicrafts and other souvenirs. Later, explore the UNESCO-designated Ribeira district on foot; here, the colorful heart of the old port city will enchant you with medieval lanes and zigzagging stairways. (BB,L,D)

Day 6: Entre-os-Rios (Amarante)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Amarante walking tour

Today you’ll venture to the charming, old-world town of Amarante, which is situated between the bends in the Tâmega River and the cliffs of the surrounding mountains. Many of its remaining historic structures are Romanesque in style, several of which you’ll see on your guided walking tour through this lovely riverside town. (BB,L,D)

Day 7: Porto Antigo (Lamego)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Lamego city tour with wine tasting at a local quinta

Lamego, a small, picturesque town that is rich in history, invites you to explore its streets today. Lamego houses one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal: the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. Sitting atop a hill, the sanctuary overlooks the town and can be reached by climbing its 686 steps. You’ll get to see it up close on today’s tour and have a chance to admire its gorgeous panels of blue and white tiles before enjoying another treat - a delicious wine tasting. In the evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner onboard your ship.

Day 8: Régua, Pinhão

FEATURED EXCURSION: Douro Museum, Mateus Palace and Gardens, and exclusive dinner at Quinta da Avessada

The Douro River winds through one hundred miles of granite mountains, carving out a valley whose steep slopes hold terraces that were cut by hand into the rocky soil and planted with grapes centuries ago. Visit the Douro Museum to learn about the river and its wines. See, too, Mateus Palace, which has one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. In the evening, you’ll tour the family-owned Quinta da Avessada, which produces premium Moscatel. After strolling the grounds and meeting the owner, you’ll partake in a rustic dinner featuring fine local wines and traditional live music. (BB,L,D)

Day 9: Pinhão (Castelo Rodrigo)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Castelo Rodrigo tour

Visit the 12th-century walled village of Castelo Rodrigo (one of the twelve historic villages of Portugal), with its medieval streets and stone- walled houses.

Day 10: Vega de Terrón (Disembarkation Day), (Salamanca) transfer to Madrid

FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day Salamanca tour

From Vega de Terrón on the Spanish border you’ll travel overland to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage city. The architectural purity of this charming town has endured through the centuries, during which time its sandstone buildings have acquired the exquisite glow that gives Salamanca its nickname, “The Golden City.” Walk under plateresque arches and past ornately decorated masonry walls as you explore the university. Then visit Salamanca’s extraordinary Old and New Cathedrals. (BB, L)

Day 11: Madrid

FEATURED EXCURSION: Madrid city tour, Prado Museum, and dinner with flamenco show

Welcome to Madrid, Spain’s capital and largest city. Your panoramic tour of this lively metropolis will take you to some of Madrid’s most famous sights. Then explore the massive Prado Museum, which features one of the world’s finest collections of European art. With nearly 7,600 paintings among its holdings, the Prado’s assemblage is truly stunning in both its depth and breadth. In the evening you’re in for another treat - a spectacular dinner and flamenco show at one of the finest venues in Madrid. (BB, D)

Day 12: Madrid (Toledo)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Toledo city tour with Santo Tomé Church visit

Toledo is known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” as it has been heavily influenced by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In fact, the historical co-existence of these cultures led to Toledo’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today you’ll get to explore this vibrant city and discover its extensive cultural heritage for yourself, visiting synagogues and churches alike. Among the many fantastic sites awaiting you today is St. Tomé Church, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings, Burial of the Count of Orgaz. (BB)

Day 13: Madrid, transfer to the airport

Transfer to Madrid - Barajas Airport for your flight home. (CB/BB)

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Madrid to Lisbon

Skip to Lisbon to Madrid itinerary

Day 1: Madrid

Arrive at Madrid-Barajas Airport, where you will be transferred to the hotel.

Day 2: Madrid

FEATURED EXCURSION: Madrid city tour, Prado Museum, and dinner with flamenco show

Welcome to Madrid, Spain’s capital and largest city. Your panoramic tour of this lively metropolis will take you to some of Madrid’s most famous sights. Then explore the massive Prado Museum, which features one of the world’s finest collections of European art. With nearly 7,600 paintings among its holdings, the Prado’s assemblage is truly stunning in both its depth and breadth. In the evening you’re in for another treat - a spectacular dinner and flamenco show at one of the finest venues in Madrid. (BB, D)

Day 3: Madrid (Toledo)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Toledo city tour with Santo Tomé Church visit

Toledo is known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” as it has been heavily influenced by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In fact, the historical co-existence of these cultures led to Toledo’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today you’ll get to explore this vibrant city and discover its extensive cultural heritage for yourself, visiting synagogues and churches alike. Among the many fantastic sites awaiting you today is St. Tomé Church, home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings, Burial of the Count of Orgaz. (BB)

Day 4: Madrid, (Salamanca), transfer to Vega de Terrón (Embarkation Day)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day Salamanca tour

Travel overland to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage city. The architectural purity of this charming town has endured through the centuries, during which time its sandstone buildings have acquired the exquisite glow that gives Salamanca its nickname, “The Golden City.” Walk under plateresque arches and past ornately decorated masonry walls as you explore the university. Then visit Salamanca’s extraordinary Old and New Cathedrals. (BB, L, D)

Day 5: Barca d'Alva (Castelo Rodrigo), Pinhão

FEATURED EXCURSION: Castelo Rodrigo tour and exclusive dinner at Quinta da Avessada

Visit the 12th-century walled village of Castelo Rodrigo (one of the twelve historic villages of Portugal), with its medieval streets and stone- walled houses. In the evening, you’ll tour the family-owned Quinta da Avessada, which produces premium Moscatel. After strolling the grounds and meeting the owner, you’ll partake in a rustic dinner featuring fine local wines and traditional live music. (BB, L, D)

Day 6: Pinhão (Lamego), Régua

FEATURED EXCURSION: Lamego city tour with wine tasting at a local quinta

Lamego, a small, picturesque town that is rich in history, invites you to explore its streets today. Lamego houses one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal: the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. Sitting atop a hill, the sanctuary overlooks the town and can be reached by climbing its 686 steps. You’ll get to see it up close on today’s tour and have a chance to admire its gorgeous panels of blue and white tiles before enjoying another treat—a delicious wine tasting. (BB, L, D)

Day 7: Régua

FEATURED EXCURSION: Douro Museum, Mateus Palace and Gardens

The Douro River winds through one hundred miles of granite mountains, carving out a valley whose steep slopes hold terraces that were cut by hand into the rocky soil and planted with grapes centuries ago. Visit the Douro Museum to learn about the river and its wines. See, too, Mateus Palace, which has one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. (BB, L, D)

Day 8: Régua (Amarante), Porto Antiguo

FEATURED EXCURSION: Amarante walking tour 

Today you’ll venture to the charming, old-world town of Amarante, which is situated between the bends in the Tâmega River and the cliffs of the surrounding mountains. Many of its remaining historic structures are Romanesque in style, several of which you’ll see on your guided walking tour through this lovely riverside town. (BB, L, D)

Day 9: Porto

FEATURED EXCURSION: Porto city tour with wine cellars of Cais de Gaia and Ribeira district walking tour

Birthplace of Henry the Navigator (who launched Portugal’s voyages of exploration) and longtime hub of the Port wine trade, Porto combines well- preserved historic buildings with cutting-edge architecture and a booming cultural revival. Your tour will take you to the 19th-century Palácio da Bolsa and then on to the cathedral and the bustling shopping street, Santa Catarina. You will also visit one of the city’s famed Port cellars. Later, explore the UNESCO-designated Ribeira district on foot; here, the colorful heart of the old port city will enchant you with medieval lanes and zigzagging stairways. In the evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner onboard your ship. (BB, L, GD)

Day 10: Porto (Guimarães)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Guimarães city tour 

Visit historic Guimarães. As Portugal’s first capital (back in the 12th century) and home to its first king, Don Afonso Henriques, Guimarães has been called the birthplace of the Portuguese nation. Dominated by Afonso Henriques’s grand castle, Guimarães is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s also a great place to shop for high-quality Portuguese handicrafts and other souvenirs. (BB, L,D)

Day 11: Porto (Disembarkation Day), Coimbra, Óbidos, transfer to Lisbon

FEATURED EXCURSION: Guided stroll through Coimbra University visit, family–style lunch and Óbidos

Travel through the beautiful countryside to Lisbon. En route, you’ll stop in Coimbra, the birthplace of six of Portugal’s kings and home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, Universidade de Coimbra. There you’ll see the university’s 18th-century library, the Biblioteca Joanina. It’s a magnificent place boasting frescoed ceilings, gilded archways, and elaborate carvings. From this hilltop center of learning you’ll head off to enjoy a typical Portuguese lunch at a local restaurant. Then, the adventure continues in  medieval Óbidos for a guided stroll through its maze of cobbled streets and high-walled gardens. (BB, L)

Day 12: Lisbon

FEATURED EXCURSION: Lisbon city tour

Stand on the banks of the Tejo River and take a deep breath. Now turn around and look at the city climbing the hills above you. This is where your adventure begins. Start with a guided tour to iconic Belém Tower and Padrão dos Descobrimentos, a monument to Portugal’s great explorers. Step inside the spectacular Manueline Jerónimos Monastery. Sample a traditional sweet, the pastéis de Belém, at a famous pastelería (pastry shop), then see the hills of the Alfama district and Rossio plaza, with its wavy black-and-white paving and lively street life. (B)

Day 13: Lisbon, transfer to the airport

Transfer to Lisbon Portela Airport for your flight home. (CB/ BB)

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  •  For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

2017 and 2018 Departures

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin.
From Lisbon
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Day (in Porto)
Cat. 5 - Lower Deck fed & aft w/ high fixed window
Cat. 4 - Lower Deck w/ high fixed window
Cat. 3 - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed window
Cat. 2 - Lower Deck w/ fixed window
Cat. 1- Middle Deck w/ french balcony
Suite - Upper Deck aft w/ full balcony
Apr 14, 2017
Apr 16, 2017
$5,549
$5,899
$6,399
$6,699
$7,399
$9,099
Apr 20, 2017
Apr 22, 2017
$5,549
$5,899
$6,399
$6,699
$7,399
$9,099
May 26, 2017
May 28, 2017
$5,749
$6,099
$6,599
$6,899
$7,599
$9,299
Jun 1,2017
Jun 3,2017
$5,749
$6,099
$6,599
$6,899
$7,599
$9,299
Jun 23, 2017
Jun 25, 2017
$5,649
$5,999
$6,499
$6,799
$7,499
$9,199
Jun 29, 2017
Jul 1, 2017
$5,549
$5,899
$6,399
$6,699
$7,399
$9,099
Jul 21, 2017
Jul 23, 2017
$5,549
$5,899
$6,399
$6,699
$7,399
$9,099
Jul 27, 2017
Jul 29, 2017
$5,549
$5,899
$6,399
$6,699
$7,399
$9,099
Aug 25, 2017
Aug 27, 2017
$5,649
$5,999
$6,499
$6,799
$7,499
$9,199
Sep 22, 2017
Sep 24, 2017
$5,949
$6,299
$6,799
$7,099
$7,799
$9,499
Sep 28, 2017
Sep 30 , 2017
$5,949
$6,299
$6,799
$7,099
$7,799
$9,499
Oct 6, 2017
Oct 8, 2017
$5,949
$6,299
$6,799
$7,099
$7,799
$9,499
Oct 12, 2017
Oct 14, 2017
$5,949
$6,299
$6,799
$7,099
$7,799
$9,499
2018 Departures
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Day (in Porto)
Cat. 5 - Lower Deck fed & aft w/ high fixed window
Cat. 4 - Lower Deck w/ high fixed window
Cat. 3 - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed window
Cat. 2 - Lower Deck w/ fixed window
Cat. 1- Middle Deck w/ french balcony
Suite - Upper Deck aft w/ full balcony
Apr 13, 2018
Apr 15, 2018
$5,899
$6,099
$6,799
$6,999
$7,599
$9,499
May 25, 2018
May 27, 2018
$6,099
$6,299
$6,999
$7,199
$7,799
$9,699
Jun 22, 2018
Jun 24, 2018
$6,099
$6,299
$6,999
$7,199
$7,799
$9,699
Jul 20, 2018
Jul 22, 2018
$5,799
$5,999
$6,699
$6,899
$7,499
$9,399
Aug 24, 2018
Aug 26, 2018
$5,999
$6,199
$6,899
$7,099
$7,699
$9.599
Sep 21, 2018
Sep 23, 2018
$6,299
$6,499
$7,199
$7,399
$7,999
$9,899
 
Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin.
From Madrid
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Day (in Porto)
Cat. 5 - Lower Deck fed & aft w/ high fixed window
Cat. 4 - Lower Deck w/ high fixed window
Cat. 3 - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed window
Cat. 2 - Lower Deck w/ fixed window
Cat. 1- Middle Deck w/ french balcony
Suite - Upper Deck aft w/ full balcony
Apr 20, 2017
Apr 23, 2017
$5,849
$6,199
$6,699
$6,999
$7,699
$9,399
Jun 1, 2017
Jun 4, 2017
$6,049
$6,399
$6,899
$7,199
$7,899
$9,599
Jun 29, 2017
Jul 2, 2017
$5,849
$6,199
$6,699
$6,999
$7,699
$9,399
Jul 27, 2017
Jul 30, 2017
$5,849
$6,199
$6,699
$6,999
$7,699
$9,399
Aug 31, 2017
Sep 3 , 2017
$6,249
$6,599
$7,099
$7,399
$8,099
$9,799
Sep 28, 2017
Oct 1, 2017
$6,249
$6,599
$7,099
$7,399
$8,099
$9,799
Oct 12, 2017
Oct 15, 2017
$6,249
$6,599
$7,099
$7,399
$8,099
$9,799
2018 Departures
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Day (in Porto)
Cat. 5 - Lower Deck fed & aft w/ high fixed window
Cat. 4 - Lower Deck w/ high fixed window
Cat. 3 - Lower Deck aft w/ fixed window
Cat. 2 - Lower Deck w/ fixed window
Cat. 1- Middle Deck w/ french balcony
Suite - Upper Deck aft w/ full balcony
Apr 19, 2018
Apr 22, 2018
$5,899
$6,099
$6,799
$6,999
$7,599
$9,499
May 31, 2018
Jun 3, 2018
$6,099
$6,299
$6,999
$7,199
$7,799
$9,699
Jun 28, 2018
Jul 1, 2018
$5,799
$5,999
$6,699
$6,899
$7,499
$9,399
Jul 26, 2018
Jul 29, 2018
$5,799
$5,999
$6,699
$6,899
$7,499
$9,399
Aug 30, 2018
Sep 2, 2018
$6,299
$6,499
$7,199
$7,399
$7,999
$9,899
Sep 27, 2018
Sep 30, 2018
$6,299
$6,499
$7,199
$7,399
$7,999
$9,899
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
2018 Departures: Port charges are additional $140 per person.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please Inquire.

Prices Include:

▪ 7 nights Cruise in selected riverview stateroom 

2 nights hotel accommodations at the deluxe Tiara Park Atlantic Lisboa Hotel (or similar) with breakfast daily

▪ 3 nights hotel accommodations in Madrid at the Westin Palace (or similar) with breakfast daily
▪ All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
▪ 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
▪ Gala Dinner
▪ Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and bottled water
▪ Shore excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
▪ Guided “Gentle Walking” programs
▪ 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites
▪ State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
▪ Captivating onboard local entertainment
▪ Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: "Portuguese Seafarers and Spanish Explorers"
▪ Services of an experienced Cruise Manager and attentive, all English-speaking staff
▪ All gratuities for all onboard and onshore services
▪ Free Internet and Wi-Fi access onboard
▪ Transfers on Embarkation and Disembarkation Days.Transfers are subject to transfer guidelines. Please ask for details.
▪ Taxes
 
Prices Do Not Include:
▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare)
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Port charges (For 2017 Departures: Port charges are included in the cruise prices.)
▪ Personal expenses

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