River Cruises in Spain and Portugal
Douro River Cruises

Madrid to Lisbon 2018

3 nights in Madrid, 7-night cruise on the Douro River from Vega Terron to Porto and 3nights in Lisbon

14days/13nights

CRUISE SPECIALS

Douro-river-cruising


Detailed Itinerary Madrid to Lisbon

Day 1 ARRIVE IN MADRID
Arrive in Madrid and optional transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day and evening is free to explore on your own. (B)
Day 2 MADRID
Today, you will tour Madrid, the capital and largest city in Spain. Known for its many historic districts as well as its modern infrastructure, Madrids landmarks include the elaborate Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park, Plaza Mayor, and renowned art galleries, such as the Prado Museum and Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. (B)

Day 3 MADRID - TOLEDO
Today, an excursion will take you to the walled city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient capital of Spain. Populated since pre-Roman times, its landmarks include the Alcazar, Cathedral of Toledo and the El Greco Museum. (B)

Day 4 MADRID - SALAMANCA - VEGA TERRN - EMBARKATION
This morning, you will depart Madrid for a full-day tour of Salamanca. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Salamanca is located at the center of the "Castilla y León" region of Spain. During your guided city tour, see the University buildings, the 12th-century Romanesque church of San Martin and the House of Shells. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant for some deliciously authentic Spanish cuisine. Then enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own. Perhaps visit the locals living room, otherwise, known as the Plaza Mayor or stop by a cafe for a drink and some tapas. After your visit to Salamanca, transfer to Vega Terron to embark your luxurious ship. This evening, meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 5 VEGA TERRON - BARCA D'ALVA - PINHO
After breakfast, tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop. See 16th-century walls and walk down very narrow and steep medieval streets. Appreciate the Chafariz dos Pretos, a strikingly unique fountain decorated in black faces which stoically sits in the market square. Your shore excursions today also include tasting of local products; almonds, cheese, bread and wine. Rejoin the ship in Barca d'Alva. Enjoy sail away as your ship departs for Pinhao. Arriving this evening, you will enjoy wine-tasting and dinner at Quinta Avessada in Pinhao. The ship moors here overnight. (B,L,D)
 
Day 6 PINHO 
This morning, enjoy an excursion to the Mateus Palace at a large estate near the town of Vila Real. The attrractive interior of the typical Portuguese palace interior has interesting wooden ceiling, rich furniture and religious artwork and the outside of the building feautures a beautiful baroque garden. Continue to Quinta de Roeda wine estate where you will be introdcued to the art of wine growing followed by a local lunched. There is an opportunity to join  a private tour in the Quinta de Seixo's cellars tasting different varietis of local wines. This afternoon, enjoy the distinctive Douro scenery as your ship cruises to Ragua.(B,L,D)

Day 7 RAGUA - CALDAS DE AREGOS
This morning, enjoy an excursion to the charming Lamego, the Medieval town and one of Portugal's most important pilgrimage sites. We will visit the the Sanctuary of our Lady Remedies shrine with its gorgeous tropical italian style staircase of 700 steps adorned by white and blue tiles among lush greenery. For those of you feeling energetic can climb the attractive staircase, the rest of the group will take the bus to the top. You will also have the opportunity to taste typical local specialties like  the Bolas de Lambego, a typical bread filled with local ham accompanied by sparkling wine. In the ofternoon you will have the option of visting the Episcopal Palace museum or a hike among terraced vineyars followed by a relaxing picnic at the hilltop with exclelent views of th Douro river valley below. This afternoon, your ship departs for Caldas de Arregos. (B,L,D)

Day 8 CALDAS DE AREGOS - ENTRE OS RIOS
Sailing through spectacular vistas od the most scenic part of the Douro valley we reach Entre Os Rios where we drive up to the Quinta de Avelada, a historic private estate, one of the most important ones in the Vino Verde region. After toring the mansion and the surrounding gardens enhoy wine and cheese tasting followed by a specialty local dinner. After dinner transfer back to the ship continue sailing towards the wine capital city of Portugal, Porto world famous for its fortified cave wines. 

Day 9 PORTO
This morning, join a sightseeing tour of this colorful city wiht its center a declared World Heritage Site. Your sightseeing tour of Porto reveals 16th-century arcaded buildings, Baroque churches and the magnificent iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. You will then drive through the elegant residential section along the Atlantic coast and explore the Old City. For some modern culture. if you wish, you can visit the Boavista area where you will find the Casa da Musica and the Museum of Modern Art. For those interested in outdoor activities, you can take a hike up to the hills near the caves. In the afternoon we will visit one of the caves where the Port wines are ceated and you will have the opportunity to try different varieties. Later join an excursion to the nearby coastal town of Matosinhos. Your ship overnights in Porto. (B,L,D)


Day 10 PORTO - GUIMARES
Today, enjoy an excursion to Guimaraes, one of the most historic towns in Portugal, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the place where the Kingdom of Portugal was formed in 1128 and the birthplace of Alfonso Henriques, Portugal's first king. There will alos be an other tour option. You can join a guided tour to Porto's Jewisih quarter. (B,L,D)

Day 11 PORTO DISEMBARKATION FATIMA - LISBON
After disembarking your ship in Porto, you will be transfered to the railway station to take the speed train to Lisbon, Portugal's beautiful capital built like Rome, on seven hills. Upon arrival to Lisbon transfer to your hotel for overnight or join one of our land tours of Portugal to the Algarve. (B)


Day 12 LISBON
Lisbon, one of Europes most beautiful cities, lies on several hills along the Tagus River. Your city tour visits Old Town and the spectacular 16th-century Jernimos Monastery. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city. Perhaps see the Castle of São Jorge, Lisbons state of the art Oceanarium, or the famous Santa Justa Elevator that oversees the Castle of So Jorge, the river, and the famous Rossio Square. (B)

Day 13 LISBON  SINTRA
Enjoy an afternoon excursion to Serra de Sintra, which is one of the most delightful mountain villages in Portugal. High up on a rocky peak sits the Castelo da Pena, which is a wonderful example of Portuguese architecture from the Romantic Period. See this fairy-tale castle, followed by a guided tour of this picturesque city and experience firsthand the bewitching beauty that inspired poets such as Lord Byron. (B)

Day 14 LISBON
Optional Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B) or check out the Lisbon extension packages or the Knights of Templar tour.

REVERSE ITINERARY - LISBON TO MADRID

Day 1 ARRIVE IN LISBON
Arrive in Lisbon and optional transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day and evening is free to explore on your own.
Day 2 LISBON
Lisbon, one of Europes most beautiful cities, lies on several hills along the Tagus River. Your city tour visits Old Town and the spectacular 16th-century Jernimos Monastery. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city. Perhaps see the Castle of So Jorge, Lisbons state of the art Oceanarium, or the famous Santa Justa Elevator that oversees the Castle of So Jorge, the river, and the famous Rossio Square. (B)
Day 3 LISBON  SINTRA
Enjoy an afternoon excursion to Serra de Sintra, which is one of the most delightful mountain villages in Portugal. High up on a rocky peak sits the Castelo da Pena, which is a wonderful example of Portuguese architecture from the Romantic Period. See this fairy-tale castle, followed by a guided tour of this picturesque city and experience firsthand the bewitching beauty that inspired poets such as Lord Byron. (B)
Day 4 LISBON FATIMA PORTO EMBARKATION
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside to Porto. Stop along the way and spend several hours in Fatima, renowned for its Basilica shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Explore the town and enjoy lunch on your own before continuing to Porto to embark the ship. Gather on board tonight for your Welcome Dinner. (B, D)
Day 5 PORTO - GUIMARES
This morning, enjoy an excursion to Guimares. The first capital of Portugal in the 12th-century, it was home to Portugal first king, Don Afonso Henriques, and a 2012 European Cultural Capital. Guimares has been referred to as the birthplace of the Portuguese nation. Dominated by Afonso Henriques grand castle, Guimares was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its extremely well-preserved city center. You will be guided through the narrow streets of the medieval quarter, toward the beautiful main square, the Largo da Oliveira, and then on to the splendid Monastery and Church of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, the Ducal Palace, and the 14th century Gothic Padrão do Salado. In the afternoon, return to Porto for a sightseeing tour of the citys 16th-century arcaded buildings, Baroque churches and the magnificent iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. You will then drive through the elegant residential section along the Atlantic coast and explore the Old City. For some modern culture, visit the Boavista area where you will find the Casa da Musica and the museum of Modern Art. This evening, mingle with your fellow passengers at the Gala Captains Dinner. Your ship overnights in Porto. (B,L,D)
Day 6 PORTO - CALDAS DE AREGOS
This morning, enjoy sail away mimosas as you depart Porto for Bitetos. You will enjoy a delightful lunch at the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery in Bitetos. Mid-afternoon, your ship departs for Caldas de Aregos, where you will overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 7 CALDAS DE AREGOS - RAGUA
This morning, an excursion takes you to the historic town of Resende. Located on the slopes of the Serra do Montemuro, Resende provides beautiful views of the Douro. Afterwards, you will cruise through the Douro landscape as your ship continues to Rgua. This evening, a Portuguese Folklore Show awaits you on board. The ship overnights in Rgua. (B,L,D)
Day 8 RGUA - PINHO
This mornings excursion will take you to the Palacio de Mateus. The palace and gardens of Mateus are located in the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes just outside the city of Vila Real. In the afternoon, depart for Pinho. Arriving in the early evening, you will enjoy wine-tasting and dinner at Quinta Avessada. The ship overnights in Pinho. (B,L,D)
Day 9 PINHÃO - BARCA DALVA
This morning, enjoy an excursion to Lamego for a city tour. Ancient and picturesque Lamego houses one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remdios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). Lamegos attractions also include a gothic Cathedral, museum and cafes known for local specialties such as bola de Lamego (bread filled with smoked ham) and Raposeira or sparkling wine. In the afternoon, your ship cruises to Barca d'Alva. This evening, enjoy a Portuguese barbecue on the Sun Deck. (B,L,D)
Day 10 BARCA DALVA - VEGA TERRAN
This morning, depart Barca d'Alva for Vega Terrn. There, you will tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop. See 16th-century walls and walk down very narrow and steep medieval streets. Appreciate the Chafariz dos Pretos, a strikingly unique fountain decorated in black faces which stoically sits in the market square. This evening, bid farewell to your fellow passengers at the Farewell Dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 11 VEGA TERRN - DISEMBARKATION - SALAMANCA - MADRID
Disembark this morning and enjoy a visit to Salamanca on your way to Madrid. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Salamanca is located at the center of the "Castilla y Len" region of Spain. During your guided city tour, see the University buildings, the 12th-century Romanesque church of San Martin and the House of Shells. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant for some deliciously authentic Spanish cuisine. You will have some free time in Salamanca before continuing to Madrid, where you will transfer to your hotel. (B,L)
Day 12 MADRID
Today, you will tour Madrid, the capital and largest city in Spain. Known for its many historic districts as well as its modern infrastructure, Madrid's landmarks include the elaborate Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park, Plaza Mayor, and renowned art galleries, such as the Prado Museum and Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. (B)
Day 13 MADRID - TOLEDO
Today, an excursion will take you to the walled city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient capital of Spain. Populated since pre-Roman times, its landmarks include the Alczar, Cathedral of Toledo and the El Greco Museum. (B)
Day 14 DEPART MADRID
Optional Transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)

 

Itinerary outline:

1 Madrid Hotel check-in
2 Madrid City tour
3 Madrid Toledo excursion
4 Madrid Transfer to Salamanca
  Salamanca Excursion with lunch
    Transfer to Vega Terrón
  Vega Terran EMBARKATION
    Welcome Cocktail & Dinner
5 Vega Terran Castelo Rodrigo tour
  Pinho Dinner at Quinta Avessada
6 Pinho Lamego excursion
  Rgua Portuguese folklore show
7 Rgua Palacio de Mateus tour
  Caldas de Aregos Sun Deck BBQ
8 Caldas de Aregos Resende
  Bitetos Alpendurade Monastery Dinner
9 Porto City Tour
10 Porto Guimares excursion
11 Porto DISEMBARKATION
    Transfer to Fatima
  Fatima Free time
  Lisbon Hotel check-in
12 Lisbon City tour
13 Lisbon Sintra excursion
14 Lisbon Optional Airport transfer

Prices include:

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Madrid, including daily buffet breakfast

  • Transfer from the hotel in Madrid to the ship in Vega Terra

  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms with balconies

  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included

  • Complimentary Internet access in all staterooms

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board

  • Superb dining including complimentary local wine, port wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner on board

  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily

  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner

  • Sail Away Mimosa and Sun Deck BBQ

  • special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music

  • transfer from ship in Porto to hotel in Lisbon

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Lisbon, including daily buffet breakfast

  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music

  • Services of professional Cruise Manager

  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)All local taxes

Package Includes:

2018 Departure Dates and Prices in US$:

Departure
Dates 2018
Start
City
Cruise
Only
Cruise
& Land
Ship
Name
31 Mar 2018 Lisbon $2899 $4549 Amavida
7 Apr 2018 Madrid $2999 $4649
5 May Madrid $3499 $5149
12 May Lisbon $3599 $5249
19 May Madrid $3599 $5249
 2 June  Madrid $3599 $5249
30 June Madrid $3499 $5149
21 July Lisbon $3499 $5149
28 July Madrid $3499 $5149
25 Aug Madrid $3699 $5349
22 Sep Madrid $3799 $5449
13 Oct Lisbon
$3699 $5349
20 Oct Madrid $3599 $5249

 

Port Charges:  $ 168 in 2018

Single Supplement for Cruise:  50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price. NO SINGLE Supplement on category E and D

Single Supplement for Land:  $ 960 for land in 2018


Prices are per person in Category E  in a deluxe outside stateroom with window. To upgrade to a higher Category, add the following amount per person:

Cat.
Deck
STATEROOM
Price 2018
D
Duoro
Window
$ 299
C
Lisbon
Balcony
$ 1199
B
Lisbon
Balcony
$ 1399
A
Porto
 Balcony
$ 1699
S
Porto
 Balcony
$ 3299

NOTE: Children are not accepted.

Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking.

The choices are:
Choice A: Two twin beds
Choice B: One large bed (larger than queen size)
 

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