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Flavors of Portugal & Spain 2019
(Wine Cruise, Madrid to Lisbon)

14 days with AmaWaterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN MADRID, SPAIN
Arrive in Madrid and check in to your hotel.

Day 2 MADRID
Enjoy a guided tour of Madrid, Spain’s capital since the Spanish Golden Age and now its largest city, a place with broad avenues, grand museums, stately gardens and lively tapas bars. Known for its historic districts, art, music and epicurean delights, Madrid is a cosmopolitan metropolis with a vibrant nightlife scene. The city’s top landmarks include the elaborate Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park, Puerto del Sol, Mercado de San Miguel, Plaza Mayor and such renowned art galleries as the Prado Museum and Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. (B)

Day 3 MADRID - TOLEDO
You’ll have an excursion today to the walled city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the ancient capital of Spain. The city is a treasure trove of artistic riches that once inspired Spanish Renaissance artist, El Greco, with its winding streets and well-preserved medieval architecture. As part of your guided tour, you will visit the Cathedral of Toledo (one of the world’s greatest Gothic structures) as well as the Synagogue Santa Maria La Blanca in the Jewish Quarter. (B)

Day 4 MADRID – SALAMANCA – VEGA TERRÓN – EMBARKATION
This morning, you will depart Madrid for an excursion to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the center of Spain’s Castilla y León region. Your guided city tour includes the university buildings, Salamanca Cathedral and the uniquely adorned House of Shells. Afterwards, have lunch and be treated to a flamingo show. Later, you will be transferred to Vega Terrón to board your river ship. (B,L,D)

Day 5 VEGA TERRÓN – BARCA D’ALVA – PINHÃO, PORTUGAL
Venture to Castelo Rodrigo, known as the “White Village” because of its almond trees. The site offers spectacular views of the surrounding area and as far away as Spain. Join a walking tour through its medieval streets and see the houses and establishments with 16th-century facades and Manueline style windows. Prefer a more active adventure there, you can hike up to the town. At the end of both tours, enjoy a tasting of local favorites, such as almonds, cheese, bread and wine. (B,L,D)

Day 6 PINHÃO
Enjoy an excursion to the palace and gardens known as the Palacio de Mateus, located in the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes near the city of Vila Real. The interior of the house features various religious images and exquisite furniture, artwork and hand-carved wooden ceilings. The exterior is equally stunning, with gardens that are among the most beautiful in all of Portugal. Later be treated to an exclusive lunch at Quinta da Avessada, where you’ll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment. The warm, spirited hospitality of this family-run Quinta is quite special as you will discover. Several family members play in a band, and while dining, they will entertain you. Quinta de Avessada is also a fascinating interactive museum commemorating the history and culture of wine in the Alto Douro region, so you’ll have fun discovering all the various stages of wine production as well as doing plenty of tasting. Later in the day, you’ll be treated to a wine tasting at the charming Quinta do Seixo. (B,L,D)

Day 7 RÉGUA – CALDAS DE AREGOS
You have a choice of two excursions, depending on your interests. Your first option is an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). Other attractions include a Gothic cathedral, a museum, and charming cafés. Active adventurers can also choose to hike up the famed Lamego Steps, also known as the Holy Staircase. (B,L,D)

Day 8 CALDAS DE AREGOS – ENTRE-OS-RIOS
Enjoy a morning of scenic cruising along a lovely stretch of the Douro. Later in the day, savor a pre-dinner glass of port wine and the breathtaking view of the river valley from the terrace of the centuries-old Alpendurada Monastery. This will be followed by a traditional “home cooked” meal. (B,L,D)

Day 9 PORTO
Join a guided tour of Porto’s historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll see the Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments; the main square, ringed with shops and cafes; and the São Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of port, Portugal’s most renowned contribution to the world of wine. For the more active adventure, join a hike in Porto and explore the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto. (B,L,D)

Day 10 PORTO
Enjoy a day at leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 11 PORTO – DISEMBARKATION – LISBON
After disembarking your ship in Porto, take the train through the Portuguese countryside to Lisbon for your post cruise stay. (B)

Day 12 LISBON
One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon sprawls across several hills along the Tagus River. Your city tour includes two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You’ll see the fortified Belem Tower and visit the spectacular Jerónimos Monastery, a Late Gothic-style structure. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city at your leisure, perhaps to visit the Castle of São Jorge or the Santa Justa Elevator that overlooks the castle, the river and Rossio Square. (B)

Day 13 LISBON – SINTRA
Enjoy a morning excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the most picturesque mountain villages in Portugal, a former summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and a source of inspiration for Lord Byron and generations of other artists and poets. Your guided tour includes a wine tasting and a view of the Pena National Palace, a fairy tale castle situated high on a rocky peak, followed by free time to explore on your own. (B)

Day 14 DEPART LISBON
Check out of your hotel for your flight home. (B)

All This Included
Start your journey in Portugal's beautiful capital city, Lisbon. Then travel to Porto, where you will embark your ship and begin to traverse through one of Europe’s wildest and unexplored regions, filled with vineyards, dramatic gorges and steeply terraced hillsides. Visit the small town of Pinhão, a Mecca for wine lovers, the beautiful region of Tras-os-Montes and the village of Entre-Os-Rios. Conclude your journey in beautiful Madrid, renowned for its great cultural and artistic heritage.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Madrid at the Westin Palace (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel in Madrid to Salamanca and on to the ship in Vega Terrón
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms with balconies
  • Fine dining, including unlimited complimentary hand-selected wines, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board
  • “Sip & Sail” Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Cocktail Reception and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Sail Away Mimosa and Sun Deck BBQ
  • Guided shore excursions in every port including Limited Edition Tours
  • Live entertainment, cooking demonstration and more
  • Services of a professionally trained Cruise Manager throughout your cruise and land stay
  • An all English-speaking staff on board
  • Transfer from the ship in Porto and on to Lisbon
  • 3 nights hotel in Lisbon at the Intercontinental Lisbon (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast

Accommodations on this Tour
Madrid: Westin Palace (or similar)
Cruising: Cabin onboard ms AmaVida
Lisbon: InterContinental (or similar)
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
  • Port Charges: $182 per person.
  • Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price. Single Supplement for Land:  A single supplement charge will be applied to pre- and post-cruise hotel extensions.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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