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Enticing Douro Cruise Land Forward

From Lisbon, Portugal to Porto, Portugal
Length: 11 Days - Departs: Wed, Dec 04, 2024
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Departure
Dec 04, 2024
Arrival
Dec 14, 2024

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River Cruise Itinerary

Spend 3 nights in Lisbon, followed by a 7-night roundtrip Porto cruise through the dramatic Douro River Valley

  1. Day 1
    Wed, Dec 04, 2024
    ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL. Arrive in Lisbon and check in to your hotel.
  2. Day 2
    Thu, Dec 05, 2024
    LISBON. One of Europe'''s most beautiful cities, Lisbon, stretches across several hills along the Tagus River. On your escorted tour, you'''ll see Bel''m Tower, a fortified 4-story tower made of limestone, and visit the late Gothic Jer''nimos Monastery, the burial place of many Portuguese kings and heroes. You will also taste a typical Portuguese pastry, Past''is de Bel''m, before going to Discoveries Monument, built in honor of Portugal'''s greatest maritime explorers. (B)
  3. Day 3
    Fri, Dec 06, 2024
    LISBON ''' SINTRA. Enjoy a morning excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the loveliest mountain villages in Portugal and a favorite summer residence of the Portuguese royal family for more than 500 years. Long an inspiration for artists and poets, Lord Byron once called it '''perhaps the most delightful village in Europe.''' High up on a rocky peak, you will tour Pena Palace, a wonderful fairytale castle dating back to Portugal'''s Romantic period. (B)
  4. Day 4
    Sat, Dec 07, 2024
    EMBARKATION ''' PORTO. Ride a motorcoach to Tomar and take in the Castle and Covent of the Order of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is a brilliant work of 12th- to 16th-century architecture. Continue on to Porto and board the ship for your Enticing Douro cruise. (B,D)
  5. Day 5
    Sun, Dec 08, 2024
    R''GUA. This tranquil village offers an authentic slice of Douro River life. Visit the Baroque-style Palacio de Mateus and its gardens. Inside the house, you'''ll see interesting furnishings, paintings and a ceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here are considered some of the most beautiful in Portugal. (B,L,D)
  6. Day 6
    Mon, Dec 09, 2024
    POCINHO. Pocinho, located on the left bank of river, Pocinho rests on the Douro'''s terra quente, or '''hot land.''' Soak up the majestic landscapes on your visit to Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries-old walls, steep narrow streets and fantastic views. You can also opt to hike up to the village should you wish a more active exploration. (B,L,D)
  7. Day 7
    Tue, Dec 10, 2024
    VEGA DE TERR''N, SPAIN ''' SALAMANCA. Drive to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built of golden sandstone, Salamanca is known as a '''living museum,''' and you will have an opportunity to step back in time to the Middle Ages during your escorted tour, which includes the city'''s elegant university buildings, the New Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells and Plaza Mayor. (B,L,D)
  8. Day 8
    Wed, Dec 11, 2024
    PINH''O. Spend time soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Pinh''o. Be treated to an exclusive lunch at Quinta da Avessada, where you'''ll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment. Quinta da 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. Savor the flavors of Portugal'''s renowned fortified wine, vinho do porto, made exclusively in the Douro Valley. Head to a local quinta for your authentic Port-wine tasting experience and enjoy the sweet nectar of this fascinating region. (B,L,D)
  9. Day 9
    Thu, Dec 12, 2024
    R''GUA. 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 Rem''dios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). The shrine features a staircase of nearly 700 steps, beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles, which the more active adventurer will want to climb on a guided hike. Concluding both tours, you will have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties, such as b''las de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; presunto, a type of dry-cured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. In the afternoon, Indulge in a traditional Portuguese lunch with your fellow travelers in Regua at a local quinta for a truly authentic culinary experience. (B,L,D)
  10. Day 10
    Fri, Dec 13, 2024
    PORTO. The colorful city of Porto blends the best of old and new, which you can discover on an escorted tour of the historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Cathedral, one of the city'''s oldest monuments; and the S''o Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. If you prefer to get more active, you can go on a guided hike. In the afternoon, you'''ll also enjoy a tasting of Port, Portugal'''s most renowned contribution to the world of wine. In the evening, relax on board during scenic cruise to Afurada, a magical fishing village, where you can explore during your free time. (B,L,D)
  11. Day 11
    Sat, Dec 14, 2024
    PORTO ''' DISEMBARKATION. Disembark the ship and prepare for your flight home. (B)

Countries Visited

Portugal, Spain

Rivers Visited

Douro

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Inclusions

  • SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with outside balconies)
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
  • Desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land packages
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun Deck with pool
  • Fitness room
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
  • AWARD-WINNING DINING
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Guided hikes
  • Special interest tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
  • Land Program
  • 3 nights hotel in Lisbon at the IntercontinentalLisbon (or similar), including city tour, RoyalSintra excursion with Pena National Palace visitand breakfast
  • Transfer from the hotel to Porto via motorcoach

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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.

AmaWaterways Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4.4
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
4.2

Ratings based off 305 reviews about AmaWaterways Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

Our AMAWaterways cruise manager, was informative, extremely engaging, and very welcoming and helpful. The boat was beautiful and service was impeccable.

This was our seventh river cruise with AmaWaterways, so we are definitely pleased with every aspect of the experience they provide.

The excursions and local guides were excellent and AMA staff was professional and accomodative. We were disappointed by the quality of the food based on our past pre-COVID experiences with AMA. Not sure we would book another trip on AMA.

Ama did an amazing job with the cruise. The ship crew and tour director were exceptional. It was the best value cruise we have taken. We were disappointed with two of the excursions. The Paris city tour, included in the extension, was two hours of walking around and looking at buildings with no real significance. It ended with a light show in a warehouse, which gave me vertigo and I lasted five minutes. People want to see the real sights. We would have rather spent two hours riding past historical structures. We signed up for the American invasion beaches tour. We only saw Omaha Beach, at high tide, and did not see Utah Beach. Instead we were taken to a little tourist village, in the British section.

This was our sixth trip with AmaWaterways and we've already booked our seventh, so they must be doing something right!

The Cruise was very enjoyable.The itinerary, service and the staff was excellent. I would take an Amawaterways cruise again.

Fantastic trip. AMA Waterways staff was excellent! I would highly recommend this trip and this company

Cruise manager very professional and responsible. Cruise team very accommodating. Cabin, while compact on a cruise ship, had all we needed.

This company's standards are great as well as their products. There were extra entertainment in 3 of the 7 nights and each one was different and a big hit. The captains dinner was quite delightful because we saw a fun side of our captain and truly understand his job.

We are returning passengers on AmaWaterways river cruises having just completed our 9th cruise. We have thoroughly enjoyed each cruise with AmaWaterways and we will certainly cruise with them again. They are wonderful hosts and their treatment of guests is excellent from ship Captain to cabin attendants. Their performance has always exceeded our expectations. Our last cruise was marred with unfortunate strikes in France but AmaWaterways and the Cruise Manager scrambled to provide a pleasant cruise experience. The mark of a true customer-oriented high quality organization is how they perform in adversity and AmaWaterways performed brilliantly to provide a very positive and enjoyable experience!

I totally enjoyed the experience with AMA Waterways. Everyone was courteous and took care of the passengers. Even laundry was not a rip-off, and the clothes came back quickly. The room was cleaned thoroughly every day, it was amazingly clean. Food was excellent as well - sometimes I felt the portion sizes were not sufficient, and the waitstaff accommodated my request for more food, i.e. give me another main course. A minor complaint is that the wines included with lunch/dinner were average to good.

We continue to be highly satisfied with both AmaWaterways and Affordable Tours.

Every single worker was friendly, kind and helpful on the AmaStella. Highly recommend this company.

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