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Lisbon pre-cruise • Douro river cruise • Madrid post-cruise

14 Days - Tour Dates: July 21 - August 3, 2018
27 Meals Included
Airfare will be quoted at time of booking

Price Per Person:

From $5149.00 per person, double occupancy

Additional Departure Dates:

Two iconic cities, Lisbon and Madrid, provide the perfect start and end to a grand journey through Portugal and Spain. Cosmopolitan Lisbon offers a treasure trove of Old World architecture and a wealth of stories about its famed explorers; and then there is the seaside town of Sintra, one of the loveliest mountain villages in Portugal and a favorite summer residence of the Portuguese royal family for more than 500 years. Set sail in Porto, the beautiful “City of Bridges” and gateway to the Douro River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with rambling vineyards and charming quintas, which cling to the steep sides of the river. Taste wines from these vineyards and discover the timeless traditions of Portuguese winemaking throughout your journey before visiting some of Spain’s glorious cities: the golden-hued city of Salamanca, the ancient walled city of Toledo, and cosmopolitan Madrid, renowned for its world-class museums, stately gardens and lively tapas bars.

AMA Waterways AmaVida - The 106-passenger AmaVida made her debut on Portugal and Spain’s Douro River in 2013. Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms range in size from 161-215 sq. ft., or indulge even more in one of the suites at 323 sq. ft. Most staterooms have balconies. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads. AmaVida offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a stylish and inviting Main Lounge, a spa, fitness room, Sun Deck swimming pool and a gift shop. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you'll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner in Main Restaurant or in the al fresco dining area.

Daily Itinerary:
Day 1
Saturday, 7/21/2018 - ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL
Arrive in Lisbon and check in to your hotel.
Day 2
Sunday, 7/22/2018 - LISBON
One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon sprawls across several hills along the Tagus River. See Belem Tower, a fortified 4-story tower made of limestone, and visit the Late Gothic Jerónimos Monastery, the burial place of many Portuguese kings and heroes. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city’s other top sights, such as the Castle of São Jorge or the Santa Justa Elevator that overlooks the castle, river and Rossio Square.
Breakfast
Day 3
Monday, 7/23/2018 - LISBON
Enjoy a morning excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the most picturesque mountain villages in Portugal. Your escorted tour includes a wine tasting and a tour of the Pena National Palace, a fairytale castle situated high on a rocky peak.
Breakfast
Day 4
Tuesday, 7/24/2018 - LISBON - PORTO - EMBARKATION
Check out of your hotel and transfer via a high-speed train to Porto where you’ll board your ship.
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Day 5
Wednesday, 7/25/2018 - PORTO
The colorful city of Porto blends the best of old and new, which you can discover on a escorted tour of the historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments; 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 at Graham’s Winery. Prefer to get more active, you can hike to Graham’s Winery, offering magnificent views over the Douro River.
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Lunch
Dinner
Day 6
Thursday, 7/26/2018 - PORTO – GUIMARÃES
Visit Guimarães, one of the most historic towns in Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The birthplace of Portugal’s first king, Guimarães claims to be “the cradle of the nation” and boasts a historic center that is one of the most attractive and best preserved in all of Portugal. Later, enjoy a cheese and wine tasting at the Quinta de Avelada.
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Lunch
Dinner
Day 7
Friday, 7/27/2018 - ENTRE-OS-RIOS – RÉGUA
Today, enjoy an excursion to 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-wooden ceilings. The exterior is equally stunning, with gardens that are among the most beautiful in all of Portugal.
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Lunch
Dinner
Day 8
Saturday, 7/28/2018 - RÉGUA – PINHÃO
Travel to picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, where you’ll go to the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). The shrine features a staircase of nearly 700 steps, beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles, which for the more active adventurer will want to hike. Concluding the walking and hiking tours, you will have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties, such as Bôlas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; Presunto, a type of dry-cured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. Afterwards, you’ll go to the formal Episcopal Palace Museum.
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Lunch
Dinner
Day 9
Sunday, 7/29/2018 - PINHÃO
Visit Quinta de Avessada and enjoy lunch here. Later in the day, go on an exclusive private tour of Quinta do Seixo’s wine cellars, learning about the Douro Valley’s centuries-old winemaking methods before sampling some of the wines.
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Lunch
Dinner
Day 10
Monday, 7/30/2018 - VEGA TERRÓN, SPAIN
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 to the town. At the end of both tours, enjoy a tasting of local favorites, such as almonds, cheese, bread and wine.
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Lunch
Dinner
Day 11
Tuesday, 7/31/2018 - VEGA TERRÓN – DISEMBARKATION – SALAMANCA – MADRID
Disembark the ship in Vega Terrón and board a motorcoach to Madrid. En route to Madrid, you’ll first stop in Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the center of Spain’s Castilla y León region. You will have free time to explore on your own, followed by an escorted city tour that includes the New Cathedral and the uniquely adorned House of Shells. You can also enjoy a Flamenco Show.
Breakfast
Day 12
Wednesday, 8/1/2018 - MADRID
Discover the vibrant capital of Spain on your city tour that takes in all the top sights, including the elaborate Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park, Puerto del Sol, Mercado de San Miguel and Plaza Mayor.
Breakfast
Day 13
Thursday, 8/2/2018 - MADRID
Journey 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 with its winding streets and well-preserved medieval architecture. As part of your escorted tour, you will visit the Cathedral of Toledo as well as the Synagogue Santa María La Blanca in the Jewish Quarter.
Breakfast
Day 14
Friday, 8/3/2018 - DEPART MADRID
Check out of your hotel for your flight home.
Breakfast
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