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 delicacy—pastéis de Belém—at a famous pastry shop and see the hills of the Alfama district and Rossio plaza.
Day 3 – Lisbon
Spend the day at leisure, relaxing or exploring Lisbon on your own.
Day 4 – Lisbon, Coimbra, transfer to Porto (embark)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Coimbra city tour with Joanina Library visit and family-style lunch
Travel through the beautiful countryside to Porto, stopping en route to explore 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 5 – Entre-os-Rios, Régua, Pinhão
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Douro Museum, Mateus Palace and Gardens and dinner at Quinta da Avessada
The Douro Museum provides a fine introduction to the region and its unique wines. You’ll also see Mateus Palace and its beautiful gardens. This evening, tour the family-owned Quinta da Avessada, where you'll meet the owner, learn about winemaking, and enjoy a rustic dinner featuring local wines and live music.
Day 6 – Vega de Terrón (Castelo Rodrigo)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Castelo Rodrigo tour with wine tasting
Take an expertly guided tour of the walled village of Castelo Rodrigo, a fascinating site that dates back to the 12th century.
Day 7 – Vega de Terrón (Salamanca), Barca d'Alva
FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day Salamanca tour with flamenco show
Travel overland from Vega de Terrón on the Spanish border to Salamanca. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has golden sandstone buildings, monumental churches, a historic university and a broad public square ideally suited for people watching. After exploring the city’s beautiful university, you’ll have an opportunity to take in a traditional flamenco show.
Day 8 – Pinhão
FEATURED EXCURSION: Wine tasting at a local quinta
Make your way to Quinta do Seixo—a prestigious Port wine estate—for an enlightening tour of its state-of-the-art facility. Sample some of their famous Sandeman Port, learn more about the production of this famous fortified wine and admire breathtaking views from the estate’s tasting room.
Day 9 – 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
The epicenter of the Port wine industry, Porto is experiencing a booming cultural revival. See its well-preserved historic buildings and cutting-edge architecture on a guided city tour, or opt to see the sites from a local’s perspective, with stops at a pastry shop and an opulent bookstore. After lunch, visit one of the city’s famed Port cellars for a tasting.
Day 10 – Porto (Guimarães)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Guimarães city tour OR “Soul of Porto” Ribeira district walking discovery tour
Enjoy a panoramic city tour of historic Guimarães, Portugal’s first capital and the home to its first king, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternately, you can explore Porto’s UNESCO-designated Ribeira district on foot. In the evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner onboard your ship.
Day 11 – Porto (disembark), transfer to the airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to Porto Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Porto.
An extraordinary journey designed for culturally curious travelers.
Your journey starts in Lisbon, the city that launched some of the world’s most renowned explorers. Following the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain, you’ll cruise past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards. Dine on traditional fare in majestic Coimbra, the birthplace of six Portuguese kings; enjoy private tastings of Port; and explore Porto’s historic Ribeira district, home to iconic rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene. Wind your way through the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, heading ashore to visit charming quintas and meet the winemakers who operate them. In Salamanca, Spain, you’ll see the city’s famous university and take in a high-spirited flamenco show. Return to Portugal with a visit to the fortified village of Castelo Rodrigo and historic Guimarães. There’s no better way to discover Europe’s best-kept secret than this scenic and all-inclusive river cruise!
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
8 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
Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the chic Queen Isabel
3 nights in Lisbon at the InterContinental Lisbon Hotel (or similar) with breakfast
Beautifully appointed riverview staterooms and suites have hotel-style beds draped in fine linens and a choice of pillows
Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
2 countries: Spain and Portugal
6 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: “The Magical Douro River Valley”
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.