Savor enchanting vineyards, verdant landscapes, and tremendous cultural history on a river voyage through Portugal’s Douro Valley, the birthplace of Port wine. As you embark on a round-trip journey from magical Porto, travel aboard the luxury riverboat AmaDouro, stepping ashore to explore timeless villages, tour remarkable collections at awe-inspiring museums, and sample world-renowned varieties. Indulge in the region’s richly flavorful cuisine during private meals at vineyards, including a family-owned wine estate with centuries-old vines and strikingly modern cellars designed by a Pritzker Prize-winning Portuguese architect. Cross the border to Spain for an exciting excursion to ancient Salamanca, UNESCO listed for its extraordinary array of Romanesque, Gothic, Moorish, Renaissance, and Baroque monuments. Conclude with a full-day immersion in Porto’s architectural diversity and stunning gardens.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International River Voyages
- Departure Dates
Oct 14, 2022 - Oct 22, 2022
Launched in April 2019, this luxury river vessel features 51 spacious and elegantly appointed staterooms and suites. Staterooms include entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English-language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. AmaDouro’s Panoramic Lounge is a stylish and inviting space to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail along with our nightly entertainment. The ship also features a massage room, fitness room, sun-deck swimming pool and a gift shop, as well as the culinary delights of the Main Restaurant, where guests are able to sample the region’s famous Port wine.
An optional prelude in Lisbon & Sintra is offered from TBA.
October 14 DEPARTURE
Depart on overnight flights to Porto, Portugal.
Saturday, October 15 PORTO, PORTUGAL / EMBARK AMADOURO
Arrive in the morning and transfer to Fundação de Serralves, a cultural institution whose strikingly minimalist museum of contemporary art, the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza, a Porto native. Following lunch in Serralves’ idyllic gardens, embark the awaiting AmaDouro. Gather
tonight for our welcome dinner.
Sunday, October 16 PORTO / PESO DE RÉGUA
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. This evening, attend a lively onboard performance of Portuguese folk music.
Monday, October 17 PESO DE RÉGUA / BARCA D’ALVA
Call at Peso de Régua for a morning visit to the Museu do Douro, a museum housing exhibitions on the cultural and wine-making heritage of the region. Attend an onboard lecture this afternoon as AmaDouro wends her way through the valley to Barca d’Alva.
Tuesday, October 18 BARCA D’ALVA / VEGA DE TERRÓN, SPAIN / SALAMANCA
Cross the Spanish border to spend a day in the UNESCO listed ancient university town of Salamanca, city of golden sandstone. On a guided tour, admire the elegant buildings of the Universidad de Salamanca, the third-oldest still operating university in the world, and Plaza Mayor, one of the most beautiful squares in Spain. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon or opt for a visit to the Museo Art Nouveau y Art Déco, housed in Casa Lis, a graceful 1905 mansion with a sweeping, stained-glass façade. Rejoin our vessel in Vega de Terrón, Spain, for dinner.
Wednesday, October 19 VEGA DE TERRÓN / PINHÃO, 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 family-owned boutique winery with centuries-old vineyards. Tour its strikingly modern cellars, also designed by Álvaro Siza.
Thursday, October 20 PINHÃO / PESO DE RÉGUA / BITETOS
Nestled amid the Douro Valley’s terraced slopes, Lamego is best known for its Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, an ornate Baroque church with views of the town. Descend the church’s exuberant staircase, which zigzags to the gardens below. At the Museu de Lamego, admire eclectic religious art and 16th-century Flemish tapestries, housed in a grand, 18th-century Episcopal palace. This afternoon, AmaDouro passes through Barragem do Carrapatelo, 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, observe why the Portuguese named the Douro the “river of gold” (d’ouro).
Friday, October 21 BITETOS / 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. Alternatively, enjoy a walking tour featuring the opulent former stock exchange Palácio da Bolsa and the 1906 Livraria Lello, one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Lunch is aboard, or you may choose to have lunch at leisure amid the art galleries lining Rua de Miguel Bombarda. This afternoon, roam the enchanting 19th-century gardens at the Jardins do Palácio de Cristal, where you can enjoy beautiful views of Porto and the Douro River. Then, delight in a vintage Port tasting at W&J Graham’s 1890 Lodge, a working wine cellar on a hillside above the city. This evening, the captain hosts a festive farewell dinner.
Saturday, October 22 PORTO / DISEMBARK / RETURN
Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for flights home.
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