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Douro Delights - Lisbon to Madrid

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Take an in-depth journey of Spain and Portugal.

Explore the second largest city in Portugal.

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Connect the capitals of Portugal and Spain with a seven night luxury river cruise from Porto to Barca d'Alva along the historical Douro River. View complete itinerary

Trip code: EUPDCLM14
Duration: 14 days
Accommodation: Luxury River Ship and Hotels
Journey: Lisbon to Madrid
Meals included: 29


Day 1. Arrive Lisbon

On arrival in Lisbon, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Meet fellow travellers and your APT Tour Director at a Welcome Reception tonight.
Stay: Three Night Grand City Stay: Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz

    Day 2. Lisbon

    On a guided tour of Lisbon, ride on the city’s iconic tramcars, then visit the Old Town, the World Heritage-listed Jerónimos Monastery and much more. During a special Welcome Dinner, soak up the soulful melodies of Portugal’s famous Fado music.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Dinner

    Day 3. Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais

    Today’s excursion takes you into the mountain range of Serra de Sintra. Visit the World Heritage-listed Pena National Palace and take a guided tour of Sintra, the town below. Continue to the fishing village of Cascais and enjoy a walking tour, then return to Lisbon for an evening at your leisure.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast

    Day 4. Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Embark Ship

    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 stylish MS AmaVida
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Dinner

    Day 5. Porto

    On a tour, explore Porto’s Old Town and delight in its 16th-century buildings and Baroque churches. Then see the iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 6. Porto, Guimarães, Entre-Os-Rios

    Take a morning excursion to the World Heritage-listed city of Guimarães, often referred to as the ‘birthplace of the Portuguese nationality’. Back on board, enjoy some scenic cruising through the Douro Valley en route to Entre-Os-Rios. Tonight, head to the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery. Enjoy a glass of local wine and take in views over the river valley before a delicious dinner.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 7. Caldos de Arego, Resende, Régua

    Dock in Caldas de Aregos and travel to Resende. Then delight in the beauty of the Douro Valley as you cruise to Régua. Enjoy an afternoon visit to the renowned Quinta do Seixo wine centre. Learn about port production, taste several of the wines and savour views over the terraced vineyards.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 8. Regua, Lamego, Pinhao

    Tour the ancient town of Lamego, visiting Lamego Castle and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. You’ll then sample Bolas de Lamego, a specialty dish of the region. After, 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.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 9. Pinhão, Vila Real

    Enjoy 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. On a tour, explore the gardens and discover the palace’s association with Mateus Rosé wine. Enjoy time at leisure in Pinhão followed by the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 10. Barca d’Alva

    Travel to the tiny fortified village of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo today. On a tour here, see the castle ruins, and take in spectacular views of the Douro Valley and surrounding towns.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 11. Barca d’Alva, Disembark Ship, Salamanca, Madrid

    Disembark in Barca d’Alva today and travel to the ancient city of Salamanca. During free time, perhaps visit the University of Salamanca or the House of Shells. Afterwards, continue to Madrid.
    Stay: Three Night Grand City Stay: Madrid, The Westin Palace Madrid
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch

    Day 12. Madrid

    Enjoy a tour of Madrid followed by a Farewell Dinner featuring a range of tapas.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Dinner

    Day 13. Madrid, Freedom of Choice

    Enjoy a choice of activities in Madrid today. Perhaps learn all about the traditional flavours of Spanish cuisine on a culinary tour. Immerse yourself in Spanish art at the Prado Museum. Or explore Bernabeu soccer stadium, home to the Real Madrid Football Club.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast

    Day 14. Depart Madrid

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast

    Trip Highlights

    • Savour a traditional Portuguese dinner and a glass of local wine at the Alpendurada Monastery, a beautiful 14th-century convent commanding panoramic views over the Douro River
    • At the renowned Quinta do Seixo wine centre, learn about port production then sample a selection of the wines


    Included Experiences

    • Unique cultural experiences in up to 14 towns, villages and cities, all accompanied by expert local guides
    • A total of 19 included experiences on offer
    • Transfers, port charges and tipping included
    • Excursions and entertainment included

    Suite Floor and Ship Plan

    MS AmaVida

    Launched: 2013, Length: 79.2m, Width: 11.3m, Staterooms/Suites: 54, Max. Passengers: 108, Crew: 30, Registry: Portugal. See MS AmaVida Deck Plan here.

    Every stateroom aboard the MS AmaVida presents a range of contemporary appointments including complimentary wireless internet, a fully-equipped ensuite bathroom, climate control and a 42-inch flat-screen television with internet access.

    Panoramic Window

    Categories: E and D. 161 square feet / 15 square metres.

    Relax in a Category A Outside Balcony Stateroom with APT.

    Outside Balcony Stateroom

    Categories: C, B and A. 215 square feet / 20 square metres.

    See Outside Balcony Stateroom floor plans for Cat. C, B and A here.

    Outside Balcony Suite

    Category: Suite. 323 square feet / 30 square metres.

    * Please note that suite floor plans are indicative only and may vary from ship to ship.

    Freedom to Choose

    APT’s Freedom of Choice Inclusions allow you to tailor your holiday to suit your interests and tastes.

    Freedom of Choice Sightseeing Inclusions are available in Madrid.

    See your Freedom of Choice Sightseeing  Inclusions here. Check the specific itinerary details for the Freedom of Choice Touring activities on your European holiday.


    • Three nights at the sumptuous Four Seasons Hotel Ritz during a Lisbon Grand City Stay
    • Seven nights cruising aboard APT’s stylish MS AmaVida
    • Three nights at the elegant Westin Palace Madrid during a Madrid Grand City Stay


    • Includes 29 meals - Enjoy 13 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 9 Dinners 
    • All meals included on board your cruise, starting with a lavish breakfast each morning
    • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board*
    • Gala Welcome Dinner and the Captain’s Farewell Dinner

    Additional Information

    The APT Royal Collection

    • APT EXCLUSIVE! Choose from a range of accommodation options on board, including Outside Balcony Staterooms
    • APT EXCLUSIVE! Select from APT’s Freedom of Choice Inclusions in Madrid
    • APT EXCLUSIVE! Participate in two unique APT Signature Invitations
    • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion throughout your cruise*
    • Expert services of an APT Cruise Director
    • Champagne on arrival for guests in Suites

    Trip Notes

    • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
    • Prices include port charges, gratuities and sundries
    • *Complimentary beverages do not include French Champagne, premium spirits and selected wines - these are available at an additional cost
    • Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur
    • Prices are for land / cruise only. Flights not included

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