Portugal’s Douro River Valley, best known as the birthplace of Port wine, boasts a rich cultural history and rustic charm. Join us next spring for a delightful voyage aboard the luxury riverboat M.S. AmaVida, as we cruise through verdant landscapes, stepping ashore to explore timeless villages and savor excellent local varietals.
We are delighted to be accompanied by Nadine Orenstein of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She will be joined by K. David Jackson, Professor of Portuguese at Yale University, and other distinguished lecturers.
MONDAY, APRIL 16: U.S. DEPARTURE
Depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Porto.
TUESDAY, APRIL 17: PORTO, PORTUGAL
Upon arrival, transfer to Serralves, a cultural institution whose strikingly minimalist museum of contemporary art was designed by Alvaro Siza, a Porto native and Pritzker Prize winner. Following lunch in Serralves’ idyllic gardens, embark the awaiting AmaVida. Gather tonight for our welcome dinner. L,D
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18: PORTO / REGUA, PORTUGAL
Be on deck this morning as we cruise below a magnificent iron bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel. In the afternoon, drive to Quinta da Aveleda, a family-owned wine estate with delightful gardens. Sample its Vinho Verde and enjoy a private dinner overlooking the vineyard. Tonight attend a lively onboard performance of Portuguese folk music. B,L,D
THURSDAY, APRIL 19: REGUA / BARCA D’ALVA, PORTUGAL
Lamego, nestled amid the Douro Valley’s terraced slopes, is best known for its Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies, an ornate Baroque church with views of the town. Descend the church’s exuberant staircase, which zigzags to the gardens below. At the Museum of Lamego, admire eclectic religious art and 16th-century Flemish tapestries, housed in a grand, 18th-century episcopal palace. Attend an onboard lecture this afternoon as AmaVida wends her way through the valley to Barca d’Alva. B,L,D
FRIDAY, APRIL 20: BARCA D’ALVA / VEGA DE TERRON, SPAIN
Cross the Spanish border to spend a day in UNESCO-listed Salamanca, city of golden sandstone. On a guided tour, admire the elegant university buildings and Plaza Mayor, one of the most beautiful squares in Spain. Visit the Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, housed in Casa Lis, a graceful 1905 mansion with a sweeping, stained-glass façade. Rejoin our vessel for dinner in Vega de Terrón, Spain. B,L,D
SATURDAY, APRIL 21: VEGA DE TERRON / PINHAO, PORTUGAL
Spend the morning in Castelo Rodrigo, a fortified hilltop village overlooking slopes studded with almond trees and vineyards. Pass through its 16th-century walls, climb the narrow, medieval streets, and refresh with a tasting of regional wine and delicacies. A special private dinner is arranged this evening in Sabrosa at Quinta do Portal, a familyowned boutique winery with centuries-old vineyards. Tour its strikingly modern cellars, also designed by Alvaro Siza. B,L,D
SUNDAY, APRIL 22: PINHAO / REGUA / ENTRE-OS-RIOS, PORTUGAL
Call at Régua for a morning visit to the Douro Museum, housing exhibitions on the cultural heritage of the region. This afternoon AmaVida passes through Carrapatelo Lock, the country’s first hydroelectric dam and the highest lock in Europe. Dine tonight in the Convento de Alpendurada, an 11th-century Benedictine monastery with majestic views of the valley below. As the sun sets we will see why the Portuguese named the Douro the “river of gold” (d’ouro). B,L,D
MONDAY, APRIL 23: ENTRE-OS-RIOS / PORTO
Return to Porto for a morning tour and private concert at Casa da Música, a landmark of 21st-century architecture designed by Rem Koolhaas. Lunch is aboard AmaVida, or you may choose to lunch at leisure amid the art galleries lining Miguel Bombarda Street. Admire the beautiful views of Porto this afternoon from the enchanting Crystal Palace Gardens, followed by a vintage Port tasting at W & J Graham’s 1890 Lodge, a working wine cellar on a hillside above the city. Tonight the captain hosts a festive farewell dinner. B,L,D
TUESDAY, APRIL 24: PORTO / U.S. RETURN
Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for flights home. B