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14 day flavours of Portugal and Spain river cruise tour

May 20 to June 2, 2023

Other dates throughout the year also available

Book this amazing river cruise tour vacation with Clarkson Travel and enjoy $300CAD pp savings PLUS pre-paid gratuities!

Let us treat you to a private limo ride to Pearson Airport on departure, or enjoy $70 credit

Fares start at C$7,736 pp in double occupancy, Category E

All of this is included:

  • 3 nights hotel in Lisbon at the Intercontinental Lisbon (or similar), including city tour, royal Sintra excursion with Pena National Palace visit and daily breakfast
  • Transfer from Lisbon to Porto via motorcoach
  • 7 nights aboard AmaVida in luxurious accommodations of your choice
  • Wine and beer with lunch and dinner, plus sip-and-sail cocktail hour before dinner
  • Guided shore excursions in every port of call
  • Transfer from the ship in Vega Terrón to Salamanca with city tour, flamenco show and lunch, and then on to Madrid
  • 3 nights hotel in Madrid at the Westin Palace (or similar), including city tour, Toledo excursion and daily breakfast

 

Why we think you will like it!

  • You will visit two iconic cities, Lisbon and Madrid, a perfect start and end to a grand journey through Portugal and Spain
  • Cosmopolitan Lisbon offers a treasure trove of Old World architecture and a wealth of stories about its famed explorer
  • Be awed with the seaside town of Sintra, one of the loveliest mountain villages in Portugal and a favourite summer residence of the Portuguese royal family for more than 500 year
  • Set sail in Porto, the beautiful “City of Bridges” and gateway to the Douro River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with rambling vineyards and charming quintas, which cling to the steep sides of the river
  • Taste wines from these vineyards and discover the timeless traditions of Portuguese winemaking throughout your journey
  • Visit some of Spain’s most glorious cities: the golden-hued city of Salamanca, the ancient walled city of Toledo, and cosmopolitan Madrid, renowned for its world-class museums, stately gardens and lively tapas bars.
  • Enjoy exquisite dining onboard and ashore many times accompanied by traditional folk music and dance, such as the Portuguese Fado songs and Spanish Flamenco dance

“…years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So, sail away from the safe harbour. Explore. Dream.”

Mark Twain

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1, LISBON, Arrive in Lisbon and check in to your hotel

Day 2, 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 four story tower made of limestone, and visit the Late Gothic Jerónimos Monastery, the burial place of many Portuguese kings and heroes. You will also taste a typical Portuguese pastry, Pastéis de Belém, before going to Discoveries Monument, built in honor of Portugal’s greatest maritime explorers. (B)

Day 3, LISBON. Enjoy a morning excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the most picturesque mountain villages in Portugal, a former summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and a source of inspiration for Lord Byron and generations of other artists and poets. Your guided tour includes a visit to the Pena National Palace, a fairy tale castle situated high on a rocky peak, followed by free time to explore on your own. (B)

Day 4, LISBON PORTO, EMBARKATION.

Check out of your hotel and take a motorcoach ride through the Portuguese countryside. Stop in Tomar and visit the castle of the Knights Templar, the walls of which envelop the elaborate Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site from the 12th century boasting spectacular frescoes and azulejos (iconic blue painted tiles). Afterward, continue to Porto where you’ll board your ship. (B,D)

Day 5, PORTO. Join a guided tour of Porto’s historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll see the Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments; the main square, ringed with shops and cafes; and the São Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of port, Portugal’s most renowned contribution to the world of wine. For the more active adventure, join a hike in Porto and explore the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto. (B,L,D)

Day 6, ENTRE OS RIOS

Entre os Rios translates to “between the rivers,” and this small village is, quite appropriately, located at the confluence of the Tâmega and Douro rivers. For an authentic slice of Douro River life, enjoy a traditional “homecooked” meal at a local quinta. (B,L,D)

Day 7, RÉGUA. Begin your day with a tour of the 18th century Palacio Anadia, or Palace of the Counts, known for its beautiful interior and Baroque style. Inside the house, you’ll see intricate panels of blue and white tiles throughout the rooms and a striking vaulted ceiling that retell the history behind the palace. (B,L,D)

Day 8, RÉGUA PINHÃO.

Venture to the town of Lamego, where you’ll see the “Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies” on a city tour or climb the 686step

“Holy  Staircase,” beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles, to the top on a guided hike. Whichever excursion you choose will conclude with a tasting of local specialties such as Bôlas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; Presunto, a type of drycured

ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. Later in the day, cruise along the scenic Douro to Pinhão, where a wine tasting will be waiting for you in a local quinta. (B,L,D)

Day 9, PINHÃO. Embark on a leisurely walk to the charming Pinhão Railway Station, a stunning train station along the Douro Line, one of the most iconic rail journeys in Portugal. The station’s main building is revered for its 25 tile panels, all in shades of blue, that depict scenes from the Douro region. Afterward, enjoy an exclusive lunch at Quinta da Avessada, where you’ll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment. The warm, spirited hospitality of this family run quinta is quite special as you will discover. Several family members play in a band, and while dining, they will entertain you. Quinta de 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, indulge in some free time to explore the town on your own. (B,L,D)

Day 10, BARCA D’ALVA VEGA DE TERRÓN.

Venture to Castelo Rodrigo, known as the “White Village” because of its almond trees. The site offers spectacular views of the surrounding area and as far away as Spain. Join a walking tour through its medieval streets and see the houses and establishments with 16th century facades and Manueline style windows. Prefer a more active adventure there, you can hike to the town. At the end of both tours, enjoy a tasting of local favorites, such as almonds, cheese, bread and wine. (B,L,D)

Day 11, VEGA DE TERRÓN SALAMANCA,  DISEMBARKATION, MADRID

Disembark the ship in Vega de Terrón and board a motorcoach to Madrid. En route to Madrid, you’ll first stop in Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the center of Spain’s Castilla y León region. You will have free time to explore on your own, followed by an escorted city tour that includes the New Cathedral and the uniquely adorned House of Shells. Later in the day, you’ll check into your hotel in Madrid. (B, L)

Day 12, MADRID.

Discover the vibrant capital of Spain on your city tour that takes in all the top sights, including the elaborate Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park, Puerto del Sol, Mercado de San Miguel and Plaza Mayor. (B)

Day 13, MADRID.

Journey to the walled city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the ancient capital of Spain. The city is a treasure trove of artistic riches with its winding streets and well preserved medieval architecture. As part of your escorted tour, you will visit the Cathedral of Toledo as well as the Synagogue Santa María La Blanca in the Jewish Quarter. (B)

Day 14, DEPART MADRID.

Check out of your hotel for your flight home. (B)

Why We Love AmaWaterways!

We were very pleased with everything on the cruise and the extension. It was all first class. All of the guides for the excursions were excellent. The food and wine was excellent. It was a terrific cruise and extension in Prague and we would definitely recommend it to others“.  – Ruth R.

THE EXPERIENCE

With eighteen years of experience on the world’s rivers, AmaWaterways family-owned and operated company has remained focused on what they do best: providing our guests with innovative and unforgettable travel experiences.

We have the passion and knowledge to help you travel better!

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