Mateus Palace and GardeN
Douro River Vineyards
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies
Cruise Tour includes:
8-day cruise with river-view stateroom
8 guided tours with audio headset
All onboard meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners, featuring regional specialties
Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard lunch and dinner service
Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
All port charges
Portugal's River of Gold
Join Gayle on this 10-Day Cruisetour
Lisbon to Porto
November 7 - 16, 2017
Lisbon to Porto
Discover one of Europe's most pristine destinations - Portugal.
Begin by exploring the capital city of Lisbon, the proceed to Porto at the mouth of the Douro River. The river takes you on a winding easterly course between steeply terraced vineyards, stopping at ports of call with charming town squares, colorful castles, baroque mansions, historic monasteries and the medieval city of Salamanca, Spain. See unspoiled vistas and sample Portuguese specialties like salt cod, hearty soups and stews and of course the area's sensational port and tawny wines.
DAY 1 - LISBON - We meet you at the Lisbon airport and take you to your hotel.
DAY 2 - LISBON - Today we will take a Panoramic city tour featuring the Tower of Belem, the Jeronimos Monastery, a UNESCO site. Relax and enjoy the evening on your own. B
DAY 3 - PORTO - After checking-out of the hotel we will board our motor coach for a scenic ride to Porto. We will for stop for lunch in Coimbra, which is the birthplace of six Portuguese kings and home to one of Europe's oldest universities. Upon arrival in Porto, we will board our ship and get settled in our staterooms before a welcome cocktail and dinner is served. B,L,D
DAY 4 - PORTO & BITETOS - This morning we will take a city tour of Porto, a charming riverside community whose historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit a typical port wine-making facility and then return to your ship for lunch. Spend the afternoon on your own before our visit to the 11th-century Alpendurada Monastery for a leisurely dinner and fado (traditional folk music) concert. B,L,D
DAY 5 - REGUA & PINHAO - Today we will sail along the Douro, arriving late morning in Regua. After lunch, disembark for a tour to Vila Real, site of the extraordinary Meteus Palace. This stunning baroque palace was the home of the last count of Vila Real. Visit Quinta do Seixo, one of the area's iconic port wine-making institutions. See the vineyard and tour the facility to learn how these unique Portuguese products are crafted, then sample the libation in their tasting room. Rejoin your ship in Pinhao for dinner. B,L,D
DAY 6 - BARCA D'ALVA - This morning, we sail east along the Douro. You will see dramatic, sheer rock formations, picturesque terraces vineyards and graceful bridges and trestles along the way; you will also pass through two of the river's locks at the Valeira and Pocinho Dams. We'll arrive in Barca d'Alva during lunchtime. This afternoon, enjoy a tour to Castelo Rodrigo, one of Portugal's 12 historic parishes.B,L,D
DAY 7 - SALAMANCA & VEGA DE TERRON, SPAIN - Today you will have a full-day excursion to Salamanca, Spain. This ancient city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a living museum that takes visitors back to the Middle Ages. Lunch is served at a local restaurant featuring traditional Spanish music. Your afternoon guided tour takes you to the Gothic House of Shells, the 13th-entury Salamanca Unniversity and the New Cathedral, built from 1513 through 1733. Rejoin your ship in Vega de Terron. B,L,D
DAY 8 - PINHAO, PORTUGAL - This morning, we sail west along the Douro pasing some of the area's quintas (vineyards), where we may catch glimpses of the vinters tending their vines. After breakfast, disembark for a scenic drive up to the little village of Favaios, and make your way to one of the last traditional bakeries in the Douro River Valley.Visit the local museum for a wine-and-bread repast, and explore a typical Portuguese village not yet discovered by the masses. Then continue for lunch at Quinta da Avessada, a rustic centuries-old winery in the heart of the Douro Wine Distric (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and sample some local varieties of port, such as moscatel. Rejoin your ship in Pinhao where you remain docked overnight. B,L,D
DAY 9 - REGUA, PORTUGAL - Arrive in Reguna after breakfast then disembark for a visit to Lamego, a small town known for its baroque Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, dating back to the 14th century and still used by pilgrams today. You also see the town's Gothic cathedral and the ruins of 12th-century Lamego Castle with its unusual vaulted cistern. Return to your ship for lunch and scenic afternoon sailing along the Douro, back toward Porto. Arrive in port during a festive farewell dinner; we are docked overnight so feel free to take an evening stroll or enjoy the activities in the Lounge. B,L,D
Pre Package 3 Nights in Madrid:
Take a walking tour and venture to the breathtaking city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, during an optional tour. Three nights in the InterContinental, daily breakfasts, a city tour of Madrid and all transfers between your hotel and ship are included, along with the services of a Viking host.
Gayle Baker's Valley Travel
44 Main Street or PO Box 1060
Conway, NH 03818
(603) 447-8860 800-288-8860