Day 1 – Lisbon
Arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 – Lisbon
FEATURED EXCURSION: Lisbon city tour
Today’s adventure begins with a guided tour of Belém Tower and a monument dedicated to Portugal’s greatest explorers. You’ll also see the spectacular Manueline Jerónimos Monastery, sample a traditional sweet—pastéis de Belém—at a famous pastry shop and see the hills of the Alfama district and Rossio Plaza.
Day 3 – Lisbon, Óbidos, Coimbra, transfer to Porto
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Guided stroll through Óbidos, Coimbra University visit, and family–style lunch
Travel through the beautiful countryside to Porto, stopping en route to see Coimbra, the birthplace of six Portuguese kings. The city is also home to the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest in Europe, and its splendid 18th-century library. From there, head to a local restaurant for a traditional Portuguese lunch.
Day 4 – Porto
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Porto city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Porto walking tour, and wine cellars of Cais de Gaia
A panoramic tour of dynamic Porto will show you the city’s top sites. Or, you can “Do as the Locals Do,” with a walking tour that features the beautiful tile-adorned train station and what could very well be the world’s most beautiful bookstore. After lunch, visit one of the city’s famed Port cellars.
Day 5 – Porto (Guimarães), Entre-os-Rios
FEATURED EXCURSION: Guimarães city tour
Enjoy a panoramic city tour of historic, UNESCO-designated Guimarães, Portugal’s first capital and the home of its first king, Don Afonso Henriques.
Day 6 – Entre-os-Rios (Amarante), Régua
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Quinta Aveleda visit with wine tasting and Amarante walking discovery tour
Take an excursion to Quinta Aveleda, famous for its gardens and its delectable Vinho Verde, which you are welcome to sample. Later, stroll through Amarante and discover the unique heritage bequeathed by the town’s patron saint, ranging from a beautiful Dominican monastery to a playful pastry.
Day 7 – Régua (Lamego), Pinhão
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Douro Museum, Lamego walking discovery tour with wine tasting at a local quinta, Mateus Palace and Gardens, and dinner at Quinta da Avessada
Learn more about the river and local winemaking traditions during your time at the Douro Museum, then take a stroll through the picturesque town of Lamego. Indulge in a tasting of sparkling wine before touring Mateus Palace and its lovely gardens. Tonight, you’ll have dinner high above the river at Quinta da Avessada.
Day 8 – Pinhão, Pocinho
FEATURED EXCURSION: Port wine tasting at Quinta do Seixo
Travel from Pinhão up the steep streets to Quinta do Seixo, a prestigious and state-of-the-art Port wine estate. You’ll have an opportunity to sample some of their famous Sandeman Port and admire splendid views from the estate’s tasting room.
Day 9 – Barca d'Alva (Castelo Rodrigo), Vega de Terrón
FEATURED EXCURSION: Castelo Rodrigo tour with wine tasting
Take a guided tour of the walled village of Castelo Rodrigo, a site that dates back to the 12th century. In the evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner onboard your ship.
Day 10 – Vega de Terrón (disembark), Salamanca, transfer to Madrid hotel
FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day Salamanca tour
Travel from the Spanish border to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as “The Golden City” for the distinctive patina of its centuries-old sandstone buildings. Salamanca boasts monumental churches, a historic university and a broad public square ideally suited for people watching.
Day 11 – Madrid
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Madrid city tour, Prado Museum and dinner with flamenco show
Your panoramic tour of this cosmopolitan metropolis will show you some of Madrid’s top sights, followed by an excursion to the massive Prado Museum and its acclaimed collection of European art. This evening you’re in for a rare treat—a spectacular dinner and flamenco show at one of the finest venues in the city.
Day 12 – Madrid (Toledo)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Toledo city tour
Known as the “City of Three Cultures,” Toledo has been heavily influenced by Judaism, Christianity and Islam, all of which have peacefully co-existed here for centuries. You’ll have an opportunity today to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site and its wonderfully diverse cultural heritage.
Day 13 – Madrid, transfer to the airport
Transfer to Madrid–Barajas Airport for your flight home.
A voyage of discovery through the pristine Douro River Valley.
This perfectly paced cruise and tour features the captivating cities, picturesque villages, and unparalleled scenery of an off-the-beaten-path corner of Europe. Starting in Portugal’s colorful capital of Lisbon, you’ll see the famous Rossio plaza and the spectacular Hieronymites Monastery, as well as the port where the "Age of Exploration" began. Travel through the spectacular countryside to Coimbra, birthplace of six Portuguese kings. In Porto, where the river meets the sea, explore architectural wonders, shop the bustling Rua de Santa Catarina, and sip the city's eponymous Port wines at acclaimed wine cellars. From there, embark on a cruise through the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, where grapes have been painstakingly cultivated for thousands of years, visiting picturesque quintas and meeting the winemakers who operate them. You’ll also visit the Spanish cities of Salamanca, Madrid and Toledo, each with wonders of their own to explore.
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
11 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided “Do as the Locals Do” and “Gentle Walking” programs
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the chic Queen Isabel
2 nights in Lisbon at the InterContinental Hotel (or similar) with breakfast
3 nights in Madrid at The Westin Palace (or similar) with breakfast
Beautifully appointed riverview staterooms and suites with hotel-style beds, draped in fine linens with a choice of pillows
Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
2 countries: Spain and Portugal
7 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
All transfers on arrival and departure days
All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “Portuguese Seafarers and Spanish Explorers”
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.