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Douro, Basque Country and Bordeaux

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

Trip Highlights

Porto's Famous Wine

Visit Casa de Vila Verde estate in the Sousa Valley wine region, famous for its Vinho Verde since the 17th century

Château de Ferrand

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

The Art Of Winemaking In Medoc

See how wooden wine barrels are constructed during a visit to one of the few remaining family-owned cooperages.

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 24 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice inclusions in six locations
  • Finest dining - a total of 47 meals
  • Complimentary beverages served on board*
  • Expert APT Tour and Cruise Directors
  • Return airport transfers, port charges and tipping

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map EUDBC20 2019

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

On a tour of Lisbon, ride on the city’s iconic tramcars, then visit the charming Old Town. Discover the World Heritage-listed Jerónimos Monastery, a symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. Built in 1502 by King Manuel I, the monastery commemorates Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Venture into the picturesque mountain range of Serra de Sintra. Visit the spectacular Pena National Palace, then take a guided tour of Sintra, the town below the palace. Enjoy lunch at your leisure before returning to Lisbon via the spectacular coastal route. During your final evening in Lisbon, you may wish to try one of the local restaurants.

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Journey through Portugal’s rural countryside to Coimbra, a delightful medieval city that is home to Portugal’s most famous university. After a tour and free time for lunch, continue to Porto. Board your river ship and after settling in, enjoy a Welcome Dinner, followed by a stunning twilight cruise around beautiful Porto.

Stay: Seven Nights, the MS AmaVida

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Explore Porto's Old Town and delight in its 16th-century buildings. Take a cable car ride and enjoy a port tasting. Alternatively, journey to Matosinhos and visit a traditional restaurant for a cooking demonstration of local delicacies, or enjoy an active walking tour through the medieval streets of Porto 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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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

Tour the ancient town of Lamego and visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. You’ll then sample bola de Lamego, a specialty dish of the region. Alternatively, enjoy a visit to Quinta da Pacheca for a picnic with breathtaking views over the Douro River and Régua.


After your chosen activity today, continue cruising through the dramatic gorges of the Douro Valley to Pinhão.

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  • Lunch
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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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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.

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Disembark your ship and 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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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Perhaps tour Château de Cazeneuve, once home of the Kings of Navarre. Or visit Château de la Brède and travel to Sauternes for a wine tasting. Otherwise enjoy an onboard cheese tasting.


Arrive in Cadillac and set out on your chosen activity.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

During a visit to a local cooperage, see how wooden wine barrels are made. Afterwards, visit Château Giscours, a Grand Cru Classé estate.


Disembark your ship and journey through the Médoc wine region. Here, a special experience awaits.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Perhaps travel to Cognac for a tour and a tasting at a French cognac house, sail to the town of Bourg and take a walking tour, or enjoy a bike ride from Blaye to Bourg.


Discover the town of Blaye, then choose your sightseeing activity.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, savour a fine wine tasting followed by a private dinner at the regal Château de Ferrand. The château dates back to the 17th-century, while the current owners, the Bich family, were founders of the famous Bic company. It is now managed by a Bich family member who has since married into the Chandon-Moët family.


In Saint-Émilion, head to the underground Monolithic Church, then enjoy some free time to explore.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Perhaps tour Bergerac, visit a local caviar estate or browse the local market and sample some fresh produce along the way.


From Libourne, set out on your chosen activity. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner as you cruise to Bordeaux this evening.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Take in Bordeaux's unique blend of 18th-century and contemporary architecture and uncover the secrets behind its buildings. Alternatively, embark on a culinary exploration of Bordeaux with a charcuterie and cheese tasting, or play a round of golf at a renowned course.


Get to know Bordeaux on your selected experience today.

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Be transferred to the airport.

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Travel & Accommodation

Cruising the Douro as the sun set behind the hills
Your Floating Hotel

Cruise between Portugal's historic vines for seven nights on a river ship built for the Douro River, the MS AmaVida

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Amazing Onboard Dining

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

Where Luxury Meets History

The Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon boasts glorious views, historic artwork and acclaimed dining at this landmark hotel

As a family-owned company with origins that date back to 1927, we know how to make a great holiday extraordinary