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Luxury

Spain and Portugal Delights with Douro River Cruise

Barcelona to Madrid
24 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EUPDCSP24
  • 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 22 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in three locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 45 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert tour and cruise directors
  • 16 nights luxury accommodation
  • Transfers, porterage, port charges and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map EUPDCSP24 2020
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: Three Nights, Barcelona, El Palace Hotel

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

Travel to Montserrat, where you will board a cogwheel train to the peak of Montserrat. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Back in the city, the evening is free for you to explore as you please. Maybe try the local dining scene.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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, Westin Palace Madrid

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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

In Córdoba, visit an olive estate and sample some of Spain's finest olives.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, in Granada, enjoy a tapas dinner and a fiery flamenco show in a local gypsy cave.


Continue your journey to Granada today.

Stay: Two Night Stay, 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 immerse yourself in this wonderful mountaintop village that is dramatically set above a deep gorge. Later, arrive in Seville, the Andalusian capital, where you will enjoy dinner this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Seville, Gran Meliá Colón Sevilla

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

On a tour of Seville, be delighted by the royal palace of Alcázar, considered one of the most beautiful palaces in Spain, then admire the magnificent Cathedral de Sevilla and Giralda Tower.

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  • Breakfast

Enter Portugal and head to the chic Algarve coast in the country's most southernmost region. Here, enjoy the evening at your fabulous resort.

Stay: 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 guide on an easy bike ride along the natural park. Alternatively, enjoy sailing in the lagoon or embark on an off-road kart adventure.


In Algarve, choose one of two exceptional experiences. Later, arrive in Lisbon.

Stay: Three Nights, Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz

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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.

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  • Dinner

Today’s excursion takes you into the picturesque mountain range of Serra de Sintra. Visit the World Heritage-listed Pena National Palace set within a picturesque backdrop and take a guided tour of Sintra, Return to Lisbon via the coastal route.

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  • Breakfast

Tour Coimbra then board your river ship, ready to cruise the spectacular 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 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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  • 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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  • 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

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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. 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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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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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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark your ship and travel to Madrid via the ancient city of Salamanca.

Stay: Westin Palace Madrid

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  • Lunch

Transfer to the airport for your flight.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Custom-built for the Douro

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

Stay in the Heart of Barcelona

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

Your Spanish Palace

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

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.