Madrid, Spain. Jewels of Spain, Portugal & the Douro River Valley

Jewels of Spain, Portugal & the Douro River

13 DAYS FROM LISBON TO MADRID

Day 1 – Madrid

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

“Madrid at Your Doorstep” vicinity walk

Arrive at Madrid–Barajas Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel. Join a guided walk to begin getting acquainted with the city.

Day 2 – Madrid

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Madrid city tour with Prado Museum OR exclusive guided “Go Active” walking tour with Prado Museum visit, and dinner with flamenco show

Choose one of two ways to explore Madrid—both giving you a sense of Madrid’s layout and architectural highlights. Join the panoramic tour of this metropolis, showcasing Madrid’s top sights, or take in some of the key sites on a guided active walk through the historic city. Both tours are followed by an excursion to the massive Prado Museum and its acclaimed collection of European art. In the evening, enjoy dinner and a flamenco show at one of the city’s finest venues.

Day 3 – Madrid (Toledo)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Toledo city tour

Known as the “City of Three Cultures,” Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been heavily influenced by Judaism, Christianity and Islam, all of which have peacefully co-existed here for centuries.

Day 4 – Madrid, Salamanca, transfer to Vega de Terron

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Full day Salamanca tour

Travel from Madrid to Salamanca, where you’ll be guided through this UNESCO-designated city known as the “Golden City” for the distinctive patina of its centuries-old sandstone buildings. You’ll have a chance to visit Salamanca’s food hall as well as sample many of the city’s delights. You’ll then journey to the Spanish border town of Vega de Terrón to embark your ship.

Day 5 – Barca d’Alva (Castelo Rodrigo), Pinhão

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Castelo Rodrigo OR half day scenic cruise at the Douro International Natural Park

Travel through wonderfully scenic countryside to Castelo Rodrigo. Take a guided tour of the walled village of Castelo Rodrigo, and while here, sample delicious local treats, such as honey and olive oil. If you prefer a different type of experience to better understand the flora and fauna of the land, you’ll want to go on a half-day scenic cruise at the Douro International Natural Park.

Day 6 – Pinhão, Régua

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Quinta do Seixo guided tour and tasting OR famous Pinhão wine estate and visit to family-owned quinta, and Douro Museum

Journey to Quinta do Seixo—a prestigious Port wine estate—for a tour of its state-of-the-art facility, and sample some of their famous Port. Others may prefer to enjoy a scenic drive through Pinhão before visiting a famous wine estate and family-owned quinta. Afterwards, learn about the region’s winemaking history during a special lecture at the Douro Museum.

Day 7 – Régua (Lamego), Caldas de Aregos

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Lamego walking tour with wine tasting at a local quinta

Stroll through this pilgrimage town of Lamego to the monumental baroque Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. Later, enjoy a wine tasting at a lovely local quinta.

Day 8 – Entre-os-Rios (Amarante)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Quinta Aveleda visit and gardens OR Amarante walking tour

Wander through the Quinta Aveleda’s gardens, where you’ll find a thatched house for geese, peacocks flaunting their colors and graceful swans. If you prefer, stroll through Amarante and discover the unique heritage bequeathed by the town’s patron saint, ranging from a beautiful Dominican monastery to delicious sweets.

Day 9 – Porto (Guimarães)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Guimarães city tour OR “Soul of Porto” Ribeira district walking tour

Enjoy a panoramic tour of UNESCO-designated Guimarães, with a wonderfully well-preserved Old Town. Alternatively, you can explore Porto’s UNESCO-designated Ribeira district on foot, including the Rua dos Flores, the newly restored pedestrian zone. In the evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner onboard your ship.

Day 10 – Porto

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Porto city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Porto walking tour

Get a feel for vibrant Porto on a panoramic tour showcasing the UNESCO-designated 19th-century Stock Exchange Palace. For those wanting a more active exploration, climb 249 steps to the top of Clérigos Tower for the best view in Porto.

Day 11 – Porto, Óbidos, transfer to Lisbon

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Guided stroll through Óbidos and family-style lunch

As you head south to Lisbon, you’ll stop in Óbidos, a hill town that has entranced visitors since the 13th century. It’s so charming that the kings of Portugal traditionally gave it to their queens as a wedding present. From Óbidos, head to a local restaurant for a traditional Portuguese lunch before arriving in Lisbon.

Day 12 – Lisbon

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Lisbon city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Lisbon walking tour

You’ll have a choice as to how you wish to explore Lisbon—via a guided tour or doing as the locals do. Your guided tour takes you to the Belém Tower, the Manueline Jerónimos Monastery, the Alfama district and Rossio Plaza. You’ll even get to sample a traditional delicacy—pastéis de Belém—at a famous pastry shop. For a taste of local life, hop on one of the traditional yellow trams that toil up and down the steep streets. Visit the ancient castle of St. George, and take a fun spin through historic neighborhoods in a tuk tuk.

Day 13 – Lisbon

Transfer to Lisbon Portela Airport for your flight home.

Day 1 – Lisbon

Arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport and be transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 – Lisbon

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Lisbon city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Lisbon walking tour

You’ll have a choice as to how you wish to explore Lisbon—via a guided tour or doing as the locals do. Your guided tour takes you to the Belém Tower, the Manueline Jerónimos Monastery, the Alfama district and Rossio Plaza. You’ll even get to sample a traditional delicacy—pastéis de Belém—at a famous pastry shop. For a taste of local life, hop on one of the traditional yellow trams that toil up and down the steep streets. Visit the ancient castle of St. George, and take a fun spin through historic neighborhoods in a tuk tuk.

Day 3 – Lisbon, Óbidos, transfer to Porto (embark)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Guided stroll through Óbidos and family-style lunch

As you head north to Porto, you’ll stop in Óbidos, a hill town that has entranced visitors since the 13th century. It’s so charming that the kings of Portugal traditionally gave it to their queens as a wedding present. You’ll also enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch at a local restaurant.

Day 4 – Porto

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Porto city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Porto walking tour

Get a feel for vibrant Porto on a panoramic tour showcasing the UNESCO-designated 19th-century Stock Exchange Palace. For those wanting a more active exploration, climb 249 steps to the top of Clérigos Tower for the best view in Porto.

Day 5 – Porto (Guimarães), Entre-os-Rios

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Guimarães city tour OR “Soul of Porto” Ribeira district walking tour

Enjoy a panoramic tour of UNESCO-designated Guimarães, with a wonderfully well-preserved Old Town. Alternatively, you can explore Porto’s UNESCO-designated Ribeira district on foot, including the Rua dos Flores, the newly restored pedestrian zone. In the evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner onboard your ship.

Day 6 – Entre-os-Rios (Amarante)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Quinta Aveleda visit and gardens OR Amarante walking tour

Wander through the Quinta Aveleda’s gardens, where you’ll find a thatched house for geese, peacocks flaunting their colors and graceful swans. If you prefer, stroll through Amarante and discover the unique heritage bequeathed by the town’s patron saint, ranging from a beautiful Dominican monastery to delicious sweets.

Day 7 – Régua (Lamego), Folgosa

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Lamego walking tour with wine tasting at a local quinta

Stroll through this pilgrimage town of Lamego to the monumental baroque Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. Later, enjoy a wine tasting at a lovely local quinta.

Day 8 – Cruising the Douro River, Pinhão, Pocinho

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Quinta do Seixo guided tour and tasting OR famous Pinhão wine estate and visit to family-owned quinta, and Douro Museum

Journey to Quinta do Seixo—a prestigious Port wine estate—for a tour of its state-of-the-art facility, and sample some of their famous Port. Others may prefer to enjoy a scenic drive through Pinhão before visiting a famous wine estate and family-owned quinta. Afterwards, learn about the region’s winemaking history during a special lecture at the Douro Museum.

Day 9 – Pocinho (Castelo Rodrigo), Barca d'Alva, Vega de Terron

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Castelo Rodrigo OR half day scenic cruise at the Douro International Natural Park

Travel through wonderfully scenic countryside to Castelo Rodrigo. Take a guided tour of the walled village of Castelo Rodrigo and sample delicious local treats, such as honey and olive oil. If you prefer a different type of experience to better understand the flora and fauna of the land, you’ll want to go on a half-day scenic cruise at the Douro International Natural Park.

Day 10 – Vega de Terrón (disembark), Salamanca, transfer to Madrid hotel

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Full day Salamanca tour

After disembarking your ship, travel to Salamanca, where you’ll be guided through this UNESCO-designated city known as the “Golden City” for the distinctive patina of its centuries-old sandstone buildings. You’ll have a chance to visit Salamanca’s food hall as well as sample many of the city’s delights. You'll then be transferred to your hotel in Madrid.

Day 11 – Madrid

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Choice of Madrid city tour with Prado Museum OR exclusive guided “Go Active” walking tour with Prado Museum visit, and dinner with flamenco show

Choose one of two ways to explore Madrid—both giving you a sense of Madrid’s layout and architectural highlights. Join the panoramic tour of this metropolis, showcasing Madrid’s top sights, or take in some of the key sites on a guided active walk through the historic city. Both tours are followed by an excursion to the massive Prado Museum and its acclaimed collection of European art. In the evening, enjoy dinner and a flamenco show at one of the city’s finest venues.

Day 12 – Madrid (Toledo)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:

Toledo city tour

Known as the “City of Three Cultures,” Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been heavily influenced by Judaism, Christianity and Islam, all of which have peacefully co-existed here for centuries.

Day 13 – Madrid

Transfer to Madrid-Barajas Airport for your flight home.