Enticing Douro Wine Cruise | Centre Holidays
Enticing Douro Wine Cruise | Centre Holidays

ENTICING DOURO WINE CRUISE

Journey down the Douro River, with its dramatic gorges, lush vineyards & tranquil fishing villages in Porto and continue to the picturesque city of Lamego.

Travel Style

Marine

Start

Porto

Finish

Porto

Trip Code

EDWC152

Countries

2

Number of countries visited

Days

8

Duration of the trip

Pace

3

Pace level 3: Average
$

Price

Inquire about a price

Itinerary

ENTICING DOURO WINE CRUISE
Trip Code: EDWC152

  • Map

    Trip Route

  • Overview

    About this Trip

    • Operator: AmaWaterways
    • Countries: Portugal, Spain
    • Style: Marine (River Cruises)
    • Duration: 8 days
    • Pace: 3 (Average)
    • Price:  Inquire about a price
    • Ships: AmaVida
    • Rivers: Douro
    • Wine and cheese tasting at Quinta da Avelada
    • Various walking tours or bike tours, excursions and hikes
    •  Visit three UNESCO World Heritage Site's
  • Porto • Embarkation

    Day 1

    Embark your cruise in Porto. Gather on board tonight for your Welcome Aboard Champagne Toast.

    Onboard ship
      Dinner

  • Porto • Entre-Os-Rios

    Day 2

    The colorful city of Porto blends the best of old and new, which you can discover on an escorted tour of the historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments; and the São Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of Port, Portugal’s most renowned contribution to the world of wine at Graham’s Winery. Prefer to get more active, you can hike to Graham’s Winery, offering magnificent views over the Douro River. Later in the day, set sail to Entre-os-Rios where you’ll be treated to a lovely wine and cheese tasting at Quinta da Avelada, one of the best wine producing estates in the Vinho Verde region. Quinta de Aveleda is also known for its lovely gardens, which are home to a thatched house for geese, peacocks and graceful swans. 

    Onboard ship
      Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Regua

    Day 3

    Afterwards, travel to picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, to see the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). The shrine features a staircase of nearly 700 steps, beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles, which the more active adventurer will want to hike. Concluding both tours, you will have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties, such as Bôlas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; Presunto, a type of dry-cured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. You'll then go to the formal Episcopal Palace Museum. Venture to Quinta do Seixo, producers of some of the most traditionally made wine in the Douro region. An expert from the Sandeman Winery will take you on a tasting and private tour of the wine cellars, teaching you about the centuries-old winemaking methods.

    Onboard ship
      Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Barca D'Alva

    Day 4

    Spend time soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Barca d’Alva, where you will visit Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries-old walls, steep narrow streets and fantastic views. You can also opt to hike up to the village should you wish a more active exploration. While here, taste some delicious locally grown produce. 

    Onboard ship
      Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Vega Terron, Spain • Salamanca

    Day 5

    Drive to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built of golden sandstone, Salamanca is known as a “living museum,” and you will have an opportunity to step back in time to the Middle Ages during your escorted tour, which includes the city’s elegant university buildings, the twin-towered Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells and Plaza Mayor.

    Onboard ship
      Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Pinhao

    Day 6

    Savor an exclusive lunch at Quinta de Avessada. Later in the day, visit the Baroque-style Palacio de Mateus and its gardens, located in the beautiful Trás-os-Montes region. Inside the house you’ll see exhibits of religious images and beautiful furnishings, paintings and a ceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here are considered some of the most beautiful in Portugal. 

    Onboard ship
      Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Porto

    Day 7

    Visit Guimarães, one of the most historic towns in Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The birthplace of Portugal’s first king, Guimarães claims to be “the cradle of the nation” and boasts a historic center that is one of the most attractive and best preserved in all of Portugal. You also have the choice to take a short journey to a nearby coastal town for the “Tastes of Matosinhos” tour where you’ll visit a traditional restaurant serving Pataniscas, a traditional Portuguese cod fish cake, and other typical regional snacks.

    Onboard ship
      Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Porto • Disembarkation

    Day 8

    Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight.
      Breakfast

  • What's Included

    Important Information

    Spacious Staterooms

    • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
    • Computer for internet access
    • Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
    • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
    • Bottled water replenished daily

    An Array of Amenities

    • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
    • Internet and Wi-Fi access
    • Sun deck pool
    • Fitness room
    • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
    • Daily entertainment including cultural performances

    Award-Winning Dining

    • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
    • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
    • The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant
    • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
    • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
    • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
    • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
    • Sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

    A World of Exploration

    • Immersive tours in every destination
    • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
    • Guided hikes
    • Special Interest Tours
    • Knowledgeable guides
    • Personal headset for easy exploration
    • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

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