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Luxury

Douro, Basque Country & Bordeaux Delights with Loire Valley

Lisbon to Paris
23 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUDBC23
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

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.

Pinhão Winery Dinner

Dine on the sweet fruits of the Douro Valley's harvests at a family-owned quinta in the village of Pinhão.

Château de Ferrand

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

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 24 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in six locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 52 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert tour and cruise directors
  • Transfers, port charges and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Douro, Basque Country and Bordeaux with Loire Valley EUDBC23 Map 2020
Lisbon to Paris

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

Once you’ve arrived in Lisbon, you’ll be taken to your hotel to settle in. Enjoy a welcome reception this evening.

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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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Aerial view of Rossio Square, Lisbon

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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  • Breakfast

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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  • Breakfast
  • 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 is the chance to do what strikes your fancy the most.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Take a morning excursion to Guimarães. Back on board, enjoy some scenic cruising through the Douro Valley en route to Entre-Os-Rios. Visit Quinta da Aveleda, which has been producing wine since the 1870s. Explore the gardens, followed by a wine and cheese tasting.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 the culture of the Douro Valley wine region.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.


After your morning activity, continue cruising to Pinhão.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Visit the vineyard, Quinta da Roêda for a traditional lunch and tasting of port.


Take a trip to Palacio de Mateus, located near the city of Vila Real. It is well known courtesy of the bottles of Mateus Rosé wine that feature the palace on its label.

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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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  • Lunch
  • 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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City set along a river, Bilbao, Spain

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

Stay: Seven Nights, an Aria River Ship

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
View of village in distance with tall tower, France

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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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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  • Lunch
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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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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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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Transfer to the railway station to continue the fun. Board a high-speed train to Tours, and on arrival, enjoy free time for lunch before exploring medieval Tours with a local expert. Afterwards, head to Vouvray for another fabulous tasting at a local winery, before arriving at your Loire Valley château for a two-night stay.

Stay: Two Nights, Tours, Château de Beauvois

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

You will be treated to a special visit to Château de Champchevrier. Be met by the owners and enjoy an aperitif on the private terrace of the castle before embarking on a guided tour. You will then enjoy a private farewell dinner before returning to your hotel.


Today’s exploration takes you to some of the finest châteaux the Loire Valley has to offer. Call into Château de Chenonceau, where a tour takes you through its rooms adorned with a rich art collection. Next, it’s time to marvel at the finest French Renaissance architecture with a visit to Château de Chambord, the largest in the Loire Valley. Imagined by King Francis I of France, discover half a millennium of French history in one building. Later, enjoy your Signature Experience.

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  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Indulge in a sumptuous lunch within the Pavillon Dufour at Ore Restaurant in Versailles, owned by renowned chef Alain Ducasse.


Today travel to Versailles. Here, you’ll discover the magnificent splendour behind Louis XIV’s stunning transformation of the Palace of Versailles. The palace dates back to the 17th century, and from the 19th century, transformed into a museum. Then it’s time for your Signature Experience.

Stay: Hôtel Le Louis Versailles Château

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View of fountain with hedges in background, France

Be transferred to Paris airport.

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