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14 Day Flavours of Portugal & Spain with The New Classical 96.3FM

May 4 to 17, 2024

Clarkson Travel & The New Classical 96.3FM's Exclusive Hosted Group Tour, Join Us!

Book this amazing river cruise tour with Clarkson Travel and enjoy 

Fado Dinner & Show in Lisbon and Tango Dinner & Show in Madrid!

Plus classical music events in Lisbon, Porto & Madrid!*

And Pre-paid Gratuities for cruise crew & staff!

Limited Space in our Hosted Group, Call Today To Book!

$150CAD** pp savings, complimentary private limo ride to Pearson Airport***

Fares start at C$9,250 pp in double occupancy, Category E

Space is limited … Book Now!

*Subject to performance scheduling

**Fares reflect all savings

***$70 credit in lieu of airport ride

All of this is included:

  • 3 n. at Sofitel Liberdade Hotel Lisbon*****
  • Guided tours conducted by local professional guides
  • Fado Dinner & Show
  • Classical music concert or opera, subject to scheduling
  • Coach transfer from Lisbon to Porto
  • 7 nights aboard the luxurious AmaVida, full board
  • Classical music concert in Porto, subject to scheduling
  • Enriching entertainment onboard and in local venues
  • 3 n. at NH Collection Colon Hotel Madrid *****
  • Tango Dinner & Show
  • Classical music concert or opera, subject to scheduling
  • Gratuities for cruise crew and staff
  • Accompanied by Mark Wigmore, host of The Oasis on The New Classical 96.3FM
  • Hosted by Joe and Zaneta Rochemont, owners of CH Clarkson

Why We Think You Will Love It!

Two iconic cities, Lisbon and Madrid, provide the 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 explorers; and then there is the seaside town of Sintra, one of the loveliest mountain villages in Portugal and a favorite summer residence of the Portuguese royal family for more than 500 years. 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 before visiting some of Spain’s 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.

“The Cruise Holidays of Clarkson team has been amazing to work with. Cathy and I were among their first customers when they first opened and having met them, we never felt the need to book our vacations with anyone else. They all work as a team and we knew we were in the best care with them. Thank You Team Clarkson!”  TOM AND CATHY S, MISSISSAUGA

Mark Wigmore: Host, “The Oasis”, The New Classical 96.3 FM

Join me for the trip of a lifetime as we enjoy incredible scenery, delicious food & wine, explore European history, and discover the beauty of the region.
We will visit colourful Lisbon, stretched across the hills along the Tagus River, and home to the world’s greatest explorers. We will witness breathtaking beauty as we make our way through the Douro River Valley. And we will see Madrid, Spain’s vibrant capital city renowned for its magnificent architecture and world-class museums.
This luxurious river cruise tour is sure to engage, inspire & create lasting memories. I can’t wait to meet you!
It’s time to travel again… join me in 2024!

“…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

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Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city is a gorgeous blend of colourful old quarters, lively squares and cafes, and historic sites. Check in the luxurious Sofitel Liberdade Hotel and enjoy Welcome Fado Dinner & Show at a local venue. (D)


Join your guide for a city tour to include Belem Tower and the gothic Jeronimo’s Monastery in the Belem quarter, followed by a tasting of Pasteis de Belem – a typical Portuguese pastry… visit Discovery Monument built in honour of Portugal’s greatest maritime explorers and enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure .We meet again in the evening, and we will proceed to a local venue for a classical music concert, subject to scheduling. (B)


Enjoy a morning excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the most picturesque mountain villages in Portugal. Your guided tour includes a wine tasting and a tour of the Pena National Palace, a fairytale castle situated high on a rocky peak. (B)

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Day 4, PORTO

Check out of your hotel and take a motor coach ride through the Portuguese countryside. Stop in Tomar and visit the castle of the Knights Templar, and continue to Porto where you’ll board your ship. (B,D)

Day 5, PORTO

The colorful city of Porto blends the best of old and new, which you can discover on a guided tour of the historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments; and the So 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 on to the world of wine. Prefer to get more active, you can hike in Porto offering magnificent views over the Douro River. Classical music event, subject to scheduling.



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 “home-cooked” meal at a local quinta. (B,L,D)


The breathtaking Douro River Valley is on full display as you sail along beautiful stretches of the river. Once arriving in Entre-os-Rios, you’ll be taken to Quinta da Avelada, a historic, family owned wine estate known as one of the best wine producing estates in the Vinho Verde region. Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy a tour followed by a delicious wine and cheese tasting and then a special dinner. While here, wander through the Quinta Aveleda’s gardens, where you’ll find a thatched house for geese, peacocks and graceful swans. (B,L,D)


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


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)


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)


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 Castillay 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. In the evening, join your group  for Flamenco Dinner & Show at local venue. (B,D)

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. In the evening, join the group again for an evening classical music concert or opera performance, subject to scheduling. (B)

Day 14, DEPART Madrid

This morning our journey ends and we transfer to the airport for our return to Toronto. (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.


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.

Call today to book this amazing Flavours of Portugal & Spain with The New Classical 96.3FM river cruise tour, space is limited!

Book this amazing river cruise tour vacation with Clarkson Travel and enjoy $150CAD* 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$9,250 pp in double occupancy, Category E

*All fares reflect $150CAD pp savings.

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Fares are subject to change and space cannot be guaranteed. Book early for best availability and fares!