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Jewels of Spain, Portugal & the Douro River
(Madrid to Porto)

11 days with Uniworld  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 – Madrid
Arrive at Madrid-Barajas Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel.
 
Day 2 – 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 3 – 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 4 – Madrid, Salamanca, transfer to Vega de Terrón (embark)
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 5 – Barca d'Alva (Castelo Rodrigo), Pinhão,
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 6 – Pinhão, Régua
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 7 – Régua (Lamego)
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 – Entre-os-Rios (Amarante)
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 9 – 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 10 – 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, “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 11 – Porto (disembark)
All This Included

A voyage of discovery through the pristine Douro River Valley.

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
  • 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Gala Dinner
  • 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
  • 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”
Accommodations on this Tour
Madrid: The Westin Palace
Cruising: Cabin onboard Queen Isabel
Notes
  • Single supplement applies for single accommodation. 
  • Itineraries, hotels, and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors. 
  • The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments. 
  • Additional hotel night special rates may be available. Please ask your travel agent for details.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* 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.



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