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Take an in-depth journey of Spain and Portugal.

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

Itinerary

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 Nights: 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, Fatima, Porto

    Journey through Portugal to the city of Fatima, renowned for its Basilica shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary. After a guided tour, continue to Porto. Board your river ship and enjoy the Captain’s Gala Welcome Dinner.
    Stay: Seven Nights: the stylish MS AmaVida
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Dinner

    Day 5. Porto, Guimaraes

    This morning, take an excursion to the World Heritage-listed town of Guimarães, often referred to as the ‘birthplace of the Portuguese nationality’. Return to Porto and enjoy a sightseeing 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, Caldas de Arego

    This morning, head to the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery. Enjoy a glass of Port wine and take in the stunning views of the river valley before indulging in a delicious lunch. Later, your ship departs for Caldas de Aregos, where it is moored overnight.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 7. Caldos de Arego, Resende, Régua

    This morning, visit the historic town of Resende. Later, delight in the beauty of the Douro River Valley as you cruise towards Régua. Tonight, perhaps visit the Douro Museum in Régua and learn about the heritage of the region.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 8. Regua, Lamego, Pinhao

    Tour the ancient town of Lamego today, visiting Lamego Castle and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. Afterwards, cruise through the dramatic gorges of the Douro River Valley to Pinhão, where you’ll disembark for a wine-tasting and dinner at a local Portuguese restaurant.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 9. Pinhao, Vila Real, Barca d’Alva

    Enjoy a trip to the Palacio de Mateus, just outside the city of Vila Real. Take a tour of the palace, and discover the story of Mateus Rosé wine, with which the palace has long been associated. Explore the palace gardens, then cruise to Barca d’Alva, the last Portuguese village before the Spanish border and enjoy time at leisure to explore.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 10. Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo

    Travel to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo today, a small village perched high on a hilltop. On a tour here, you’ll visit the Chafariz dos Pretos, a unique fountain in the market square.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch
    • • Dinner

    Day 11. Barca d’Alva, Salamanca, Madrid

    Disembark in Barca d’Alva and travel to the ancient city of Salamanca and on a walking tour, visit the University of Salamanca, the House of Shells and more. Enjoy lunch followed, by free time, then continue to Madrid.
    Stay: Three Nights Grand City Stay, Madrid, InterContinental Madrid
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Lunch

    Day 12. Madrid

    Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Madrid’s landmarks today, including the Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park and Plaza Mayor.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast

    Day 13. Madrid, Freedom of Choice

    This morning, perhaps learn about 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. Enjoy a special Tapas Farewell Dinner tonight.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Dinner

    Day 14. Depart Madrid

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

    Trip Highlights

    • A terrace experience with a glass of port and delicious lunch at the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery
    • Three-night Grand City Stay in Lisbon
    • Spend seven days aboard a luxury river ship
    • Three-night Grand City Stay in Madrid
    • An excursion to the mountain town of Sintra and a tour of World Heritage-listed Pena National Palace
    • A visit to the 12th-century Lamego Castle
    • A trip to the World Heritage-listed Spanish city of Salamanca

    Map

    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
    • APT EXCLUSIVE! Choose from the widest range of suite options, most of which include an Outside Balcony
    • APT EXCLUSIVE! Select from APT’s Freedom of Choice Inclusions in Madrid
    • APT EXCLUSIVE! Participate in an APT Signature Experience in Caldas de Aregos
    • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion throughout your cruise
    • Expert services of an APT Cruise Director

    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 the MS AmaVida deck & suite plan here.

    Outside Balcony

    Relax in an APT Stateroom.

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

    See suite floor plans for Cat C, B & A 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.

    * Please note deck and stateroom/suite plans and renderings are indicative only and may vary from artist's impressions.

    Freedom to Choose

    APT’s Freedom Concept allows you to tailor your holiday to suit your interests and tastes.

    In Madrid - See your Land Journey Freedom of Choice selections here. Check the specific itinerary details for the Freedom of Choice Touring activities on your European holiday.

    Accommodation

    • Three nights at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz
    • Seven nights cruising on the stylish MS AmaVida
    • Three nights at InterContinental Madrid

    Dining

    • Includes 29 Meals - Enjoy 13 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 9 Dinners 
    • All meals included on board, starting with a champagne breakfast each morning
    • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board your cruise
    • Captain’s Gala Welcome Dinner
    • Fado music accompanying your Welcome Dinner in Lisbon
    • Enjoy a unique Tapas Farewell Dinner in Madrid

    Trip Notes

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

    Take an in-depth journey of Spain and Portugal.

    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

    Itinerary

    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 Nights: 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 in the afternoon and enjoy a Welcome Dinner this 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, Caldas de Aregos

      Take a morning excursion to the World Heritage-listed city of Guimarães, often referred to as the ‘birthplace of the Portuguese nationality’. Tonight, head to the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery. Enjoy a glass of local wine and take in views over the river valley before indulging in a delicious dinner. Later, your ship departs for Caldas de Aregos, where it is moored overnight.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 7. Caldos de Arego, Resende, Régua

      This morning, visit the historic town of Resende in Caldas de Aregos. Later, delight in the beauty of the Douro River Valley as you cruise to Régua. This evening, disembark in Régua and enjoy a visit to the fascinating Douro Museum.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 8. Regua, Lamego, Pinhao

      Tour the ancient town of Lamego today, visiting Lamego Castle and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. Afterwards, cruise through the dramatic gorges of the Douro River Valley to Pinhão, where you’ll disembark for a wine-tasting and dinner at a local Portuguese restaurant.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 9. Pinhao, Vila Real, Barca d’Alva

      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. Take a guided tour and discover the story of Mateus Rosé wine, with which the palace has long been associated. Explore the palace gardens, then cruise to Barca d’Alva, the last Portuguese village before the Spanish border and enjoy time at leisure.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch
      • • Dinner

      Day 10. Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo

      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 Nights: Madrid, The Westin Palace Madrid
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Lunch

      Day 12. Madrid

      Embark on a tour of Madrid, including a visit to the Royal Palace. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner featuring a selection of tapas this evening.
      • 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 dinner of Portuguese delicacies and a glass of local wine at the Alpendurada Monastery, a beautiful 14th-century convent commanding panoramic views over the Douro River

      Map

      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.

      Accommodation

      • 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 stylish Westin Palace Madrid on a Grand City Stay

      Dining

      • 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
      • Fado music accompanying your Welcome Dinner in Lisbon
      • Savour delicious local fare in Pinhão during dinner in a Portuguese restaurant
      • Enjoy a unique tapas Farewell Dinner in Madrid

      Additional Information

      MS AmaVida

      • Thread your way through the Portugal’s ethereal landscapes aboard your luxurious floating hotel. The boutique-sized MS AmaVida has been custom-designed and built specifically with the Douro River in mind. Which is precisely why there’s a large swimming pool atop the expansive Sun Deck. And why 70% of the MS AmaVida’s 54 staterooms feature private Outside Balconies - allowing you to soak in the sunshine and bask in the glorious riverside landscapes. You’ll enjoy complimentary beverages served at your discretion throughout your cruise*, as well as the expert services of an APT Cruise Director 

      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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      View a brochure online or request it be posted to you.

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