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Luxury

Douro, Basque Country and Bordeaux

Lisbon to Bordeaux
20 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUDBC20
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

A Regal Portugal

Cruise to Barca d’Alva, where you will visit Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo and visit its castle ruins.

Château de Ferrand

Sample world-class wines and enjoy a private dinner at World Heritage-listed Château de Ferrand in Saint-Émilion.

Private Fado Concert in Porto

Bask in the splendour of Porto's Palácio da Bolsa as you witness a private Fado performance with a cocktail in hand.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 23 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in six locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 47 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert tour and cruise directors
  • Transfers, porterage, port charges and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map EUDBC20 2020
Lisbon to Bordeaux

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

On arrival in Lisbon, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception.

Stay: Three Nights, Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz

Set off to see the sites of Lisbon by riding the city’s tramcars, and visiting the Old Town. Pay a visit to the World Heritage-listed Jerónimos Monastery, which commemorates Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.

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  • Dinner

Visit King Ferdinand II’s ingenious Park and Palace of Pena, before enjoying free time to explore Sintra. Afterwards, return to Lisbon via the coastal route.

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Journey to Coimbra, then to Porto. Board your river ship and after settling in, enjoy a welcome dinner and twilight cruise.

Stay: Seven Nights, the MS AmaVida

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  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight you’ll head to the Palácio da Bolsa for a cocktail reception, followed by a traditional Fado performance in the Arabian Hall.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Explore Porto’s 16th-century Old Town and take a cable car ride before sampling a few selections of port. Otherwise, head to Matosinhos and pop in at a traditional restaurant for a cooking demonstration, or set off on foot for a walking tour through the medieval streets and the old harbour quarter of Ribeira.


Today you will be able to explore Porto your way with a choice of sightseeing.

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Coloured buildings climbing up a hill, Portugal

Take a morning excursion to 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. Here, visit Quinta da Avelada, a family business that has been producing wine in the Douro region since the 1870s. Explore the gardens on a tour, followed by a wine and cheese tasting.

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This morning, delight in the beauty of this sun-drenched region as you cruise to Régua. On arrival, visit the Douro Museum, which provides an incredible insight into culture of the Douro Valley wine region.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

On a tour of Lamego, visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies and sample a local speciality, bola de Lamego. Otherwise, visit Quinta da Pacheca for a picnic with views over the Douro River and Régua. Afterwards


After your morning activity, continue cruising to Pinhão.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit Quinta da Roêda, an authentic vineyard where you will savour a traditional lunch, followed by a port tasting.


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. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

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On a tour of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, you’ll stop to visit the castle ruins. Later, dig in to a delicious dinner during your final night on board your ship.

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  • Dinner

Travel to Burgos via Salamanca. Continue to Bilbao, located on the Bay of Biscay in the beautiful region known as Basque Country.

Stay: Two Nights, Bilbao, Gran Hotel Domine

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  • Dinner

Join a local guide for a tour of Bilbao, followed by a walk through the Old Town, with a visit to the Guggenheim Museum.

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Follow the coast and stop in San Sebastián, then continue to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, set in French Basque Country. After a walking tour, continue to Bordeaux and board your ship.

Stay: Seven Nights, an Aria River Ship

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View across the vineyards towards an old village, France

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, we have arranged a fine wine tasting followed by a private dinner at the regal Château de Ferrand.


Enjoy a morning cruise. In Saint-Émilion, head to the underground Monolithic Church.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Visit a local caviar estate or browse the local market and sample some fresh produce along the way.


Choose your activity in Libourne. This afternoon, cruise to Blaye.

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  • Lunch
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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Sail to the town of Bourg for a walking discovery, or get active and enjoy a bike ride from Blaye to Bourg


Discover Blaye and take a stroll around the 17th-century citadel, as well as its underground passages.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

During a visit to a local cooperage, see how wooden wine barrels are made. Afterwards, visit Château Giscours for a tour and tasting at this Grand Cru Classé estate.


The vineyards of Aquitaine are on display as you cruise into Pauillac. Disembark your ship and journey through the Médoc wine region.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Visit Château de Cazeneuve, or discover Château de la Brède, then travel to Sauternes to try the region’s famous dessert wine. You can also choose to remain on board and delight in a scrumptious cheese tasting.


It’s up to you how your day unfolds thanks to our selection of experiences.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Embark on a city exploration of Bordeaux as you indulge in a charcuterie and cheese tasting, or for the golf enthusiasts, you can play a round at a renowned course. Or maybe hop in an authentic open-roofed Citroën 2CV vintage car and enjoy a guided discovery through Bordeaux.


Bordeaux is yours to discover with a choice of activities. Enjoy the captain’s farewell dinner tonight.

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Large fountain and ornate building in the background, France

Be transferred to the airport.

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Travel & Accommodation

External view of Aria river ship cruising.

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Enjoy a luxurious and carefree discovery of Europe with 7 nights aboard an all-inclusive Aria river ship.

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Amazing Onboard Dining

Highlighting the exquisite local produce, there’s always something new to savour in amazing onboard dining venues.

Cruise in Luxury

No matter which suite you choose, each offers a balance of luxury and intimacy. Plus, you'll always enjoy river views.

It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.