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Luxury

Best of Portugal and France

Lisbon to Chalon-sur-Saone
20 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUDRC20
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 20 destinations
  • 14 nights on a luxury river ship and five nights’ luxury land accommodation
  • Luxury dining – a total of 48 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert tour and cruise directors
  • Visit Palácio da Bolsa for a cocktail reception and Fado performance
  • Tuck in to lunch at the vineyard Quinta da Roêda, before a port wine tasting
  • Dine at L’Abbaye de Collonges, founded by acclaimed French chef Paul Bocuse

Map & Itinerary

Europe Portugal Spain France map EUDRC20 2021
Lisbon to Chalon-sur-Saone

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™

Give your holiday a personal touch with a choice of included sightseeing or dining options

Olá and welcome to Portugal! Once you’ve arrived in Lisbon, you’ll be taken to your hotel to settle in. Our welcome reception this evening is the perfect chance to meet your fellow travellers.

Stay: Three Nights, Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz

Set off to see the sights of Lisbon by riding the city’s tramcars, and visiting the Old Town. Pay a visit to the World Heritage-listed Jeronimos 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, join your fellow travellers to share a welcome dinner.

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Narrow street in Lisbon with tram travelling down it

As soon as you get your first glimpse of Serra de Sintra, prepare to gasp. Mountains roll from every direction, and every peak is as memorable as the last. Visit King Ferdinand II’s ingenious Park and Palace of Pena, before having free time to explore Sintra. Take the chance to have lunch at leisure, then be guided by the sea breeze as you return to Lisbon via the coastal route. Since it’s your final night here, perhaps try one of the local restaurants for dinner.

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Discover the medieval city of Coimbra, home to the country’s most famous university. After a spot of sightseeing and free time for lunch, make your way to Porto. Board your river ship, then later embark on an illuminations cruise around Porto.

Stay: Seven Nights, the MS AmaVida

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Signature Experience

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

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Explore Porto’s 16th-century Old Town and take a cable car ride before sampling a few selections of port. Alternatively, 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 gives you the chance to do what strikes your fancy the most.

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Porto at sunset

Visit Guimaraes to gain an insight into the evolution of medieval settlement here. Back on board, cruise through the Douro Valley on your way to Entre-Os-Rios. When you arrive, take the chance to visit Quinta da Avelada for a wine and cheese tasting.

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Cruising to Regua this morning, take some time to soak up the sun. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll visit the Douro Museum which provides an incredible insight into the culture of the Douro Valley wine region.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

On a tour of Lamego, you’ll visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies and sample a local speciality, bola de Lamego. Smoked ham, home-baked bread, and gooey cheese – how could you go wrong? Otherwise, you might visit Quinta da Pacheca for a picnic with views over the Douro River and Regua.


The choice is yours when it comes to the sightseeing on offer today. Afterwards, kick back on board and continue cruising to Pinhao.

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Signature Experience

Tuck in to lunch at the vineyard Quinta da Roeda, before a port wine tasting.


Take a trip to Palacio de Mateus, located near the city of Vila Real. Portuguese architect Nicolau Nasoni played a pivotal role in the palace’s construction in the 18th century. It is also well known courtesy of the bottles of Mateus rose wine that feature the palace on its label.

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On a tour of the town of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, you’ll stop to visit the castle ruins. Back on board, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Dinner. Your thoughts will be fixed on Spain during your final night on board.

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In Barca d’Alva you’ll disembark your ship and say goodbye to life on board. Hit the road and travel to the ancient city of Salamanca for a tour. You’ll see the University of Salamanca and the House of Shells before continuing to your hotel in Madrid. Tonight is yours to spend as you please.

Stay: Two Nights, Madrid, Gran Melia Fenix

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Enjoy the chance to tour Spain’s capital before dinner at a local restaurant.

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Bid farewell to Spain as you board a flight to France’s Marseille, where you will then be transferred to Arles for the start of your cruise along the Rhone, Saone and Seine rivers.

Stay: 14 Nights, an Aria River Ship

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Set out on a guided exploration of Arles this morning and admire the charming sun-baked buildings that inspired many of Van Gogh’s paintings. As you continue to Avignon, you can’t help but be drawn to its imposing château, the Palace of the Popes, which is also on today’s agenda. This incredible structure is one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in all of Europe.

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Popes Palace overlooking the Rhone River in Avignon, France

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Take a ride on the Ardèche Steam Train, winding through the Doux gorge. For wine lovers, visit the historic Maison M. Chapoutier winery for a tasting. Otherwise, enjoy a guided bike ride with a stop at the Valrhona Chocolate Factory for a little indulgence.


Choose how you’d like to spend your day.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

A morning walking tour of Vienne reveals its spectacular Roman ruins, including a theatre and temple. Alternatively, hike to Mount Pipet for panoramic views of the town below.


After your morning activity, it’s time to head back on board as your ship sets sail for Lyon. On arrival, become acquainted with this picturesque city during an orientation tour.

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Signature Experience

This evening, dine at L’Abbaye de Collonges, founded by renowned chef, the late Paul Bocuse.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

See what makes the food in Lyon so famous on a discovery of the city’s fresh food market. Otherwise, explore the sights with a local guide or embark on a bike tour. You also have the option to visit the Beaujolais wine region.


Spend the morning on your preferred activity and this evening on a Signature Experience.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Set out on a guided exploration of Tournus, including a visit to the Abbey of Saint Philibert. Alternatively, travel to Château Cormatin for a guided tour.


The day unfolds just the way you’d like it, thanks to a choice of activities on offer.

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Explore Beaune, an ancient town encircled by medieval ramparts. With its surrounding landscapes blanketed in grapevines, it comes as no surprise that Beaune is renowned for its production of fine Burgundy wines.

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After breakfast, the time has come to say farewell and transfer to Lyon airport.

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