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Luxury

Spain and Portugal Delights with Douro River Cruise

Barcelona to Madrid
23 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUPDCSP23
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Lisbon's grand history

From Roman ruins and cathedrals to grand plazas lined with sun-drenched cafes and boutiques, discover Lisbon

Royal Palace of Alcazar

Seville's World Heritage-listed palace complex began construction in the 10th century and is a sight to behold.

See a Flamenco show

Enjoy a delicious tapas dinner and fiery flamenco performance in a local gypsy cave in Granada.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 20 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in three locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 43 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert tour and cruise directors
  • 15 nights luxury land accommodation
  • Transfers, porterage, port charges and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Europe map EUPDCSP23 2021
Barcelona to Madrid

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

Whimsical architecture, a quirky cultural scene and punchy Catalan cuisine. What’s not to love about Barcelona? You are transferred to your hotel where a relaxing evening is just the ticket after your journey across hemispheres.

Stay: Two Nights, Barcelona, Hotel El Palace

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Start with a before-hours visit to Casa Vicens, the first house designed by Antoni Gaudí and considered one of the first Art Nouveau buildings.


After your Signature Experience, visit the Sagrada Família, then continue past city sights like the Barrio Gotico and Las Ramblas. This evening, come together to share a welcome dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
View of Barcelona from Park Guell, Spain

Farewell Barcelona as you board your train to Madrid. Upon arrival, art lovers will rejoice with a visit to the Prado Museum. Here, wander among fine works that are based on the former Royal Spanish Collection and feature pieces by Velázquez.

Stay: Two Nights, Madrid, Gran Meliá Fénix

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The icons of Madrid are on show today, with a guided discovery taking you to the Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park and the Plaza Mayor. The evening is free for you to explore.

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  • Breakfast

This morning, head to the narrow streets of Toledo as you take a guided stroll through the city’s rich history. Afterwards, continue the journey south to Córdoba.

Stay: Two Nights, Hotel Hospes Palacio del Bailio Córdoba

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Visit the Great Mosque of Córdoba and the historic Jewish Quarter on a guided tour this morning. Later, enjoy some free time.

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  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

At an olive estate, sample some of Spain’s finest produce.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight in a local gypsy cave, feel the passion of a flamenco show as you graze on tasty tapas for dinner.


Travel from Córdoba to Granada today.

Stay: Two Nights, Granada, AC Hotel Palacio De Santa Paula

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Explore the World Heritage-listed Alhambra on a guided tour. Part fortress, part palace, the Alhambra is a pinnacle of Moorish art that encapsulates Andalusian history. See the restored Lion Fountain and roam the Nasrid Palace complex.

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  • Breakfast

Travel to Ronda and embark on a guided exploration of this mountaintop village set above a deep gorge. Have your camera ready as you capture its vistas. Later, arrive in Seville, the Andalusian capital, for dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Seville, Gran Meliá Colón Sevilla

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

On a Seville exploration, see the royal palace of Alcázar, then admire the Cathedral de Sevilla and Giralda Tower.

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  • Breakfast

Enter Portugal and head to the chic Algarve coast for some rest and relaxation.

Stay: Two Nights, Algarve, Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™- Sightseeing

Perhaps be guided by a local biologist on an easy bike ride along the natural park. Alternatively, enjoy sailing in the lagoon or embark on an off-road kart adventure.


After your morning activity, continue your journey to Lisbon.

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  • Breakfast

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, then later, enjoy a local dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today’s discovery takes you into the mountain range of Serra de Sintra. Visit the World Heritage-listed Park and Palace of Pena, then enjoy free time to explore Sintra, Afterwards, return to Lisbon via the coastal route.

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  • Breakfast
Large city square with grand fountain in the centre, Lisbon

Tour Coimbra then board your river ship, ready to float along the magnificent Douro River.

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. 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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.


After your morning activity, kick back on board and 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. 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 Rosé wine that feature the palace on its label. At the end of it all, you’ll be treated to the captain’s farewell dinner.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Aerial view down towards a river valley with vineyards, Portugal

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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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: Westin Palace Madrid

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  • Lunch

Be transferred to the airport for your flight.

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  • Breakfast

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.

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Stay in the Heart of Barcelona

Steps away from the popular Las Ramblas, stay surrounded by opulence in Hotel El Palace.

Travel With New-Found Friends

Travel with like-minded people on an APT adventure, visiting some of the world's most rewarding destinations.

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.