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Portugal Douro River Cruise & Santiago de Compostela

Portugal Douro River Cruise & Santiago de Compostela

Travel along the Douro River through a region rich in culture and beauty. Enjoy a relaxing 7-night Douro River Cruise and follow the contours of the “river of gold.” Sail past famous terraced vineyards up to 2,91 meters high, through one of the world’s oldest wine regions. Discover Porto’s charming history. Pass through the gigantic lock of Carrapatello, the highest in Europe at 115 feet. Discover the splendid 18th-century Mateus Palace and gardens. Visit Salamanca, one of Spain’s most beautiful cities. Spend time at a traditional “quinta” (wine estate) for a tour and tasting. Marvel at the granite staircase of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary decorated with traditional tiles. Tour medieval Guimaraes, first capital of Portugal and birthplace of the nation’s first king. In Santiago de Compostela, explore the old town and learn about the “Way of St. James.”

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Day 01 – Overnight Flight

Day 02 – Lisbon, Portugal – Tour Begins
Your tour opens in the lively city of Lisbon. Tonight, meet your fellow travellers during your welcome dinner. Overnight Marriott Lisbon. (D)

Day 03 – Lisbon – Fatima – Porto – Ship Embarkation
Get acquainted with Lisbon on a brief tour highlighting Jeronimo’s Monastery (UNESCO), Monument to the Discoveries, and Belem Tower (UNESCO). En route to Porto make a stop at the world-famous Marian pilgrimage site of Fatima. Continue on to the stunning city of Porto, birthplace of Prince Henry the Navigator. Board your ship for a relaxing 7-night Douro River cruise. You are in for a treat with complimentary beverages throughout your cruise. Meet the ship’s crew tonight during the welcome cocktail reception. (B, D)

Day 04 – Porto City Tour
Join a local expert to discover Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe. Your tour takes you through the city’s historic centre (UNESCO) highlighting the golden interior of San Francisco Church and Stock Exchange Palace. See the imposing 18th-century Clerigos Tower; the impressive Dona Maria Pia Bridge, designed by Gustave Eiffel; and the medieval quarter. Conclude with a view of Porto’s stunning skyline, a cellar tour and a tasting of its famous Port wine. Return to the ship for lunch, followed by a free afternoon to discover Porto as you choose. A delightful Fado-themed evening is in store. (B, L, D)

Day 05 – Porto – Regua
This morning you may choose to partake in an optional excursion to Braga or just relax and enjoy the amenities on your ship before setting sail. Your cruise will follow the contours of the “river of gold” along terraced vineyards of one of the world’s oldest wine regions. Pause at Leverinho and enjoy lunch while soaking up the view. Continuing on, pass breathtaking landscapes including the massive lock at Carrapatello, the highest in Europe at 115 ft. Arrive in Regua this evening with time to explore on your own. (B, L, D)

Day 06 – Regua – Vila Réal – Vega de Terrón, Spain
Journey to Vila Réal, a charming town situated at the base of the mountainous Serra do Marão. The surrounding landscapes are filled with terraced vineyards that produce grapes for the famed Port wine. Spend time at the grand 18th-century Palácio de Mateus. Its ornate pinnacles are stunning; the elaborate gardens and the pond reflecting a mirror image of the palace are amazing. Continue cruising, passing some of the famous vineyards of the Douro River Valley with terraces rising up to 2,91 meters from the river. We will pass through the Valeira and Pocinho locks and cross the border into Spain before arriving in Vega de Terrón. Tonight enjoy dinner on board, followed by an evening of Spanish flamenco music and dancing. (B, L, D)

Day 07 – Vega de Terrón – Salamanca – Barca d’Alva, Portugal
Venture to historic Salamanca, one of Spain’s most beautiful cities (UNESCO). Salamanca is rich in culture and is famous for its youthful atmosphere. The city is home to the University of Salamanca, founded in 1218, making it the third oldest university in Europe. Join a local expert in discovering Salamanca’s Roman, Arabic and Christian architectural treasures and its beautiful Plaza Mayor, one of the finest squares in all of Spain. Enjoy lunch before returning to the ship in Barca d’Alva. An evening of dinner and entertainment await on board. (B, L, D)

Day 08 – Barca d’Alva – Ferradosa – Pinhão
Sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque views of the countryside as you return through the locks of Pocinho and Valeira en route to Ferradosa. Mid-afternoon, follow the wine route, taking in the views of the region’s wine estates. Make a stop at a scenic overlook for a magnificent view of the spectacular Douro River Valley (UNESCO). As a local saying goes, “God created the Earth and man the Douro.” As you traverse the countryside, discover the dramatic vistas of the terraced vineyards plunging to the river’s edge with the landscapes dotted with white villas. Pause along the way at a “quinta” (wine estate) for a tour and tasting of various wines produced in the area. Your day comes to a close in Pinhão. Explore the old train station with its splendid azulejos, traditional Portuguese tiles. You’ll also see some old-style rabelos, square-sailed and flat-bottomed boats that were used to transport wine. This evening enjoy a special gala dinner aboard your ship. (B, L, D)

Day 09 – Pinhão – Lamego – Regua – Porto
Discover the town of Lamego, known for Renaissance and Baroque mansions, with a local expert. Your tour will highlight the ruins of a 12th-century castle and the immense Nossa Senhora dos Remédios sanctuary. Marvel at its impressive granite staircase decorated with traditional tiles; elaborate fountains and quaint chapels along with a Baroque church overlooking the town below. Embark in Regua and continue cruising to Porto, passing through a series of large locks. End the day with dinner and a traditional folklore-themed evening. (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Porto – Disembark Ship – Guimarães – Santiago de Compostela, Spain
This morning say farewell to your ship and venture to medieval Guimarães (UNESCO), first capital of Portugal, and birthplace of the nation’s first king. A guided tour features the imposing 10th-century castle, the town’s many superbly restored buildings, and the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, with 39 unusual brick chimneys. Continue north, crossing back into Spain on your way to the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela. This is where the tomb of the apostle St. James was miraculously discovered in the Middle Ages. Overnight Hotel Compostela. (B, D)

Day 11 – Santiago de Compostela
Learn about the “Way of St. James” from a local expert and find out why hundreds of pilgrims walk here daily. Explore Santiago de Compostela’s old town (UNESCO) including its world-famous cathedral, adorned with an ensemble of arches, windows and soaring towers. Discover the city’s grand square, Praça do Obradoiro, home to some of Europe’s finest historical buildings. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore as you choose. Overnight Hotel Compostela. (B)

Day 12 – Santiago de Compostela – Madrid
Journey through the picturesque countryside of northern Spain as you make your way to the lively capital city of Madrid. Celebrate the end of an unforgettable trip with a farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant. Overnight Hotel Tryp Ambassador. (B, D)

Day 13 – Madrid – Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today. (B)

Tour Highlights

Lisbon – 1 Nights
Douro River Cruise – 7 Nights
Santiago de Compostela – 2 Nights
Madrid – 1 Night

Premiere Journeys Hotels Included

Hotels

Lisbon -Marriott Lisbon
Douro River Cruise
Santiago de Compostela – Hotel Compostela
Madrid – Hotel Tryp Ambassador

Pricing

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Package Includes:

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7 Night cruise

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4 Nights hotel accommodations

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11 Breakfasts, 6 lunches, 10 dinners

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Hotel transfers

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All entrance fees per itinerary