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Day 1

Board your overnight flight to Europe.*

Day 2 – Lisbon

Transfers depart Lisbon Portela Airport for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Settle in and relax, then enjoy tonight’s Welcome Reception and dinner with wine.
Hotel: Altis, Lisbon (Superior Rooms) (2 nights)

Day 3 – Lisbon

Your panoramic tour takes you along the spacious avenues of the Lower Town and beneath the hilltop Bairro Alto to the Terreiro do Paco, the finest square in the city. Visit the Belem Quarter and taste Portugal’s famous pastry, pasteis de Belem. See the modern Monument to the Discoveries and the more ancient Belem Tower, erected to protect Jeronimo's Monastery, whose church we visit. Enjoy some free time on you own this afternoon.

Day 4 – The Algarve

Cross the River Tagus and head for the sunny southern coast. Lunchtime finds you in Portimao, a picturesque fishing port. Your resort hotel is close by, set within a magnificent 360-acre estate. You’ll have free time to explore on your own, perhaps visiting the quaint fishing village of Sagres and Cape St. Vincent’s famous lighthouse. Tonight, enjoy an evening of wine and regional seafood dishes.
Hotel: Hotel Ria Park, Algarve

Day 5 – Evora

Journey to the medieval walled city of Evora and explore this beautifully preserved town with a local expert. See the Roman Temple and visit the cathedral and the Capela dos Ossos, an extraordinary 17th-century chapel containing thousands of human skulls and bones. Later, you might rent a bike and peddle your way around Evora's historical center.
Hotel: M’Ar De Ar Aqueduto, Evora (2 nights)

Day 6 – Monsaraz and Evora

The white hilltop village of Monsaraz offers spectacular views from the castle ruins. Enjoy a leisurely cruise on one of Europe’s largest man-made lakes, followed by a traditional lunch in a converted olive oil mill. Return to Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage city showcasing Portugal's historical legacy.

Day 7 – Obidos, Fatima and Tomar

Take a scenic drive to the fortified city of Obidos, where you can explore the shops and galleries lining the narrow medieval streets. Continue on to Fatima, Portugal's most renowned pilgrimage site. See the basilica or visit the Chapel of the Apparitions, which commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in 1917. You’ll also visit the Templar Castle and Convent of Christ at Tomar, as well as the Synagogue of Tomar, one of the best preserved medieval synagogues in Portugal.
Hotel: Dos Templarios, Tomar

Day 8 – Coimbra and Pinhao

Drive to Conimbriga for a guided tour of Portugal's best-preserved Roman site. Marvel at the mosaics, explore the “House of the Fountains” and visit the local museum. In Coimbra, a local expert will show you the highlights of the Old Town, including a visit to the baroque-style University library. Continue on through rolling hills to your hotel, nestled on the vine-covered banks of the Douro.
Hotel: Vintage House, Pinhao

Day 9 – Guimaraes and Porto

Today you will visit Guimaraes, the “Cradle of Portugal,” which boasts castle ruins, wonderful views, cobblestone streets and squares with lively bars and cafes. Onward to the bright lights of Porto on the Douro River, the Port wine capital of the world, where you’ll have a tasting of the city’s eponymous fortified wine.
Hotel: NH Porto Batalha, Porto (2 nights)

Day 10 – Porto

Spend the day today as you wish. In the evening, enjoy a grand Celebration Dinner complete with wine.

Day 11 – Porto

Transfer to your Uniworld ship, Queen Isabel, and begin a captivating journey that pays tribute to the Portugal’s role during the Age of Discovery.
Ship: Queen Isabel (7 nights)

Day 12 – Entre-Os-Rios, Regua, Pinho

Visit The Douro Museum, which provides a wonderful introduction to the region and its distinctive wines. Later, spend some time at the 18th-century Mateus Palace and its beautiful gardens. This evening, tour the family-owned Quinta da Avessada, where you’ll meet the owner and savor a rustic dinner featuring local wines and traditional music.

Day 13 – Vega De Terron (Castelo Rodrigo)

Cruise to Vega de Terron and enjoy an expertly guided tour of the walled village of Castelo Rodrigo, which dates back to the 12th century.

Day 14 – Vega De Terron (Salamanca, Spain) and Barca D’alva

Travel overland from Vega de Terron to Salamanca in Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After exploring the city's beautiful and historic university, you'll have an opportunity to take in a traditional flamenco show.

Day 15 – Pinhio

Journey to Quinta do Seixo – a prestigious Port wine estate – for an enlightening tour of its state-of-the-art facility. Sample their Sandeman Port, learn more about this renowned fortified wine, and admire breathtaking views from the estate's tasting room.

Day 16 – Porto

As the epicenter of the Port wine industry, Porto is experiencing a booming cultural revival. See its historic buildings and modern architecture on a guided city tour. Alternatively, explore the city on a “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour, stopping at a pastry shop and an opulent bookstore. After lunch, visit one of the city's famous Port cellars for a tasting.

Day 17 – Porto

Delve deeper into Portugal's second-largest city with a “Soul of Porto” walking tour through the UNESCO-designated Ribeira district. In the evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner onboard your ship.

Day 18 – Porto

Disembark your ship and enjoy a private transfer to Porto Airport for your flight home.