Gems of Northern Italy
MILAN TO VENICE | 10 DAYS2016 | Italy’s many charms are on display throughout this carefully choreographed itinerary, an unforgettable journey for travelers looking to embrace la dolce vita.
Launch your own personal voyage of discovery on the Iberian Peninsula in Lisbon, Portugal’s colorful capital, taking in the famous Rossio plaza and the spectacular Hieronymites Monastery, as well as the port where the "Age of Exploration" began. Travel through the verdant countryside to Coimbra, Portugal’s third-largest city and birthplace of six of the country’s kings. In Porto, where the Douro River meets the Atlantic Ocean, explore architectural wonders, shop the bustling Rua de Santa Catarina and sip the nation’s storied Port wines at its preeminent cellars. Then embark on a cruise through the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, where grapes have been grown for 2,000 years, visiting picturesque quintas and meeting the winemakers who operate them.
Experience three legendary Spanish cities: Salamanca, the lovely “Golden City”; Madrid, renowned for its museums, stately royal palace and vibrant nightlife; and Toledo, the city of El Greco and a magnificent tribute to the three great cultures that forged Spain.
Reward your inner explorer with the “Jewels of Spain, Portugal & the Douro River,” a perfectly paced cruise/tour that blends captivating cities, picturesque villages and unparalleled scenic cruising through this less-traveled corner of Europe.
Who will enjoy this cruise/tour
Those who seek to experience the best of Spanish and Portuguese cuisine, culture, art and history, all while traversing the dramatic landscape made famous by Don Quixote.