Dine on the sweet fruits of the Douro Valley's harvests at a family-owned quinta in the village of Pinhão
Enjoy a tour of the manor, followed by a glass of their famous Vinho Verde and private dinner
Head for the mountain town of Sintra to visit its whimsical hilltop castle, Pena National Palace
These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises
Give your holiday a personal touch with a choice of included sightseeing or dining options
On arrival in Lisbon, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Meet your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director at a Welcome Reception tonight.
Stay: Three Nights: Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz
On a tour of Lisbon, ride on the city’s iconic tramcars, then visit the Old Town. Discover the World Heritage-listed Jeronimos Monastery, a symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. Built in 1502 by King Manual I, the monument commemorates Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India. This evening, get to know your fellow guests during a special Welcome Dinner.
Today’s excursion takes you into the mountain range of Serra de Sintra. Visit the World Heritage-listed Pena National Palace and take a tour of Sintra, the town below. Enjoy lunch at leisure before returning to Lisbon via the coastal route. During your final evening in Lisbon, you may wish to try one of the many incredible local restaurants.
Journey through Portugal’s rural countryside to Coimbra, a delightful medieval city home to Portugal’s most famous university. After a tour and free time for lunch, continue to Porto. Board your river ship and enjoy a Welcome Dinner in the evening.
Stay: Seven Nights: the MS AmaVida
On a tour, explore Porto’s Old Town and delight in its 16th-century buildings and baroque churches. See the iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel then enjoy a tasting at a local port house in Gaia.
Visit Casa de Vila Verde estate in the Sousa Valley wine region, famous for producing Vinho Verde since the 17th century. Enjoy a tour of the manor, followed by a tasting of their famous wine before dinner.
Take a morning excursion to the World Heritage-listed city of Guimarães, an authentic and well-preserved showcase of the evolution of medieval settlement. Back on board, enjoy some scenic cruising through the Douro Valley en route to Entre-Os-Rios.
Dock in Caldas de Aregos and travel to Quinta da Aveleda, a family business that has been producing wine in the Douro region since the 1870s. Explore the beautiful gardens on a tour, followed by a wine and cheese tasting. Delight in the beauty of this sun-drenched region as you cruise to Régua, where you’ll visit the Douro Museum.
After Lamego, continue cruising through the dramatic gorges of the Douro Valley to Pinhão, where you’ll disembark for a wine tasting and dinner at a local Portuguese winery.
Tour the ancient town of Lamego and visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. You’ll then sample bôla de Lamego, a specialty dish of the region.
Take a trip to Palacio de Mateus, located near the city of Vila Real. Built in 1745, the palace offers a wonderful insight into the lives of Portuguese aristocracy. Embark on a tour of the palace followed by free time to explore the extensive gardens. Enjoy time at leisure in Pinhão followed by the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Travel to the tiny fortified village of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo today. On a tour here, see the castle ruins, and take in spectacular panoramic views of the Douro Valley and surrounding towns. Back on board, enjoy a delicious dinner this evening as you make the most of your last night on board.
Disembark in Barca d’Alva today and travel to the ancient city of Salamanca. During a tour, see the University of Salamanca and the House of Shells. Afterwards, continue to your hotel in Madrid, where you will be able to enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Stay: Three Nights: Madrid, Westin Palace Madrid
Enjoy a tour of Madrid followed by a Farewell Dinner featuring a range of tantalising tapas later in the evening.
Perhaps learn all about the traditional flavours of delectable Spanish cuisine on a culinary tour. Otherwise, immerse yourself in Spanish art at the Prado Museum, including works from Italian and Flemish artists such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch. Alternatively, you may wish to explore Bernabeu soccer stadium, home to the world-famous Real Madrid Football Club.
Enjoy a choice of sightseeing activities in Madrid today.
After a delicious breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.
Every onboard meal gives you the chance to taste the region's famous flavours, from tapas to fresh seafood
Your journey begins and ends with two stunning cities. Explore the sundrenched city of Lisbon and conclude in Madrid
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