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Luxury

Best of Portugal and France

Lisbon to Paris
27 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUDRSC27
  • 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.

A Regal Portugal

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

Decadent French Fare

Savour glorious French cuisine at Michelin-starred chef Paul Bocuse's L'Abbaye de Collonges restaurant in Lyon.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 27 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 13 locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 69 meals.
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert tour and cruise directors
  • Transfers, porterage, port charges and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map EUDRSC27 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

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 sites of Lisbon by riding the city’s tramcars, and visiting the Old Town. Pay a visit to 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, join your fellow travellers to share a welcome dinner.

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As soon as you get your first glimpse of Serra de Sintra, prepare to gasp. Mountains roll from each 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 your leisure, then be guided by the sea breeze as you return to Lisbon via the coastal route. Since it’s your final night here, you might like to try one of the local restaurants for dinner.

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Travel through Portugal’s countryside then 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 together and settle in with a welcome dinner. Your river ship has the best vantage point to see the sights as you 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 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. 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 is the chance to do what strikes your fancy the most.

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This morning we’ve lined up an excursion for you to Guimarães. The evolution of medieval settlement is on show here, and you will learn all about it with a tour. 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, a family business that has been producing wine in the Douro region since the 1870s. Explore their gardens, and tie off the day with a sampling of wine and cheese.

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Cruising to Régua 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™ - Sightseeing

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 Régua. Afterwards, kick back on board and continue cruising to Pinhão.


After your chosen activity today, continue cruising through the dramatic gorges of the Douro Valley 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 the town of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, you’ll stop for to visit the castle ruins. Returning on board, dig in to a delicious 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, Westin Palace Madrid

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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 Rhône and Seine rivers.

Stay: 14 Nights, an Aria River Ship

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Choose to see the ruins in Les Baux-de-Provence then visit an olive mill, where there’s a chance to sample olive oil straight from the press. Those feeling like getting close to nature might like to visit Camargue National Reserve.


Your ship remained in Arles overnight so you have time to explore. Later, perhaps tour Arles and its Roman ruins.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

You can’t help but be drawn to its imposing château, the Palace of the Popes, which is on today’s agenda. Though some of you may prefer a round of golf. Alternatively, journey to the Pont du Gard and admire this ancient Roman aqueduct.


Entering Avignon, choose your sightseeing. You will then have the afternoon at leisure to do as you please.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Join a farmer and his dogs to sniff out prized truffles, then visit Grignan Castle. Or spend the day in the Drôme region and visit an artisan nougat factory where you’ll of course sample this tasty treat. Or have a leisurely day on board and take in a French lesson.


Choose your sightseeing today.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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, if you’d like to get active, enjoy a guided bike ride with a stop at the Valrhona Chocolate Factory for a little indulgence.


Choose your sightseeing, then later, cruise to Vienne.

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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™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps visit a snail farm for a tasting, then discover the village of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne. Or explore the village of Oingt, then sample Beaujolais wines.


Select your sightseeing today, then enjoy your Signature Experience tonight.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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 guided bike tour.


Choose your preferred sightseeing.

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Leave your ship and jump on a train bound for Paris, where you’ll waste no time hitting those must-see sights. On arrival, settle in for lunch aboard a glass-top boat while you take in Paris at a relaxed pace. Later, your second vessel is waiting your arrival on the Seine.

Stay: Seven Nights, an Aria River Ship

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Get your fill of French food on a walking tour, soak up Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur, or the Palace of Versailles may prove to be just too tempting.


Select the sightseeing that suits you best.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Arrive in Vernon and see one of Monet’s greatest inspirations, the water lilies at his house and gardens in Giverny. Or take the scenic route, pedalling from the river all the way to Monet’s house.


Enjoy the day to enjoy your preferred sightseeing inclusion.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

After the Palais Bénédictine closes its doors to the public, slip inside for a private wander through the museum and distillery, before dinner in the Abbots Hall.


Arrive in Le Havre and step ashore to experience Honfleur, a lovely little port town. Later, savour your Signature Experience.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Stay in Caudebec-en-Caux and explore, or head out on a World War II excursion to the beaches of Normandy. You might like to taste the fruits of the Pays de Caux region with a visit to a unique cider farm, or linger on board for a calvados and cheese tasting.


The old fishing village of Caudebec-en-Caux greets you with colourful buildings dotted along its harbour as well as a choice of sightseeing.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

From Rouen, look back on World War I at the Somme Battlefields. Otherwise stay in the city and see the Notre Dame Cathedral and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred, or play a round of golf.


Choose your sightseeing. Tonight, gather for a gala farewell dinner.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

See the ruins of Chateau-Gaillard, offering stunning views from below, then walk back down to your ship. Otherwise, visit Château de la Roche-Guyon, or take an onboard impressionist painting class.


From Les Andelys, choose your sightseeing.

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After breakfast, the time has come to farewell your crew and disembark your ship, and then be transferred to the airport.

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Travel & Accommodation

Full length aerial view of AmaVidaRiver Ship cruising down the river

Custom-built for the Douro

MS AmaVida was built specifically for the Douro, boasting a sundeck, large pool & outside balconies on 75% of suites.

Virtual Tour
Dessert glass of berries and cream with a side dish of Icecream

Amazing Onboard Dining

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

Virtual Tour

Your Spanish Palace

Situated within the 'triangle of art', the Westin Palace Madrid is located near the city's most prestigious museums.

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