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14 Day Douro Delights - Lisbon to Madrid

APT River Cruise starting in Lisbon and finishing in Madrid

Countries Visited: Portugal  Spain 
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Duration: 14 Days    Compare Tour
From: Lisbon to Madrid    Save to Shortlist
Tour Code: EUPDCLM14
  

APT River Cruise

Connect the capitals of Portugal and Spain with a seven night luxury river cruise from Porto to Barca d'Alva along the historical Douro River.

APT Guaranteed Inclusions

  • Unique cultural experiences in up to 14 towns, villages and cities, all accompanied by expert local guides
  • A total of 19 included experiences on offer
  • Three-night Grand City Stay in Lisbon
  • Three-night Grand City Stay in Madrid
  • An excursion to the mountain town of Sintra and a tour of World Heritage-listed Pena National Palace
  • A visit to the 12th-century Lamego Castle
  • A trip to the World Heritage-listed Spanish city of Salamanca
  • Transfers, port charges and tipping included
  • Excursions and entertainment included
  • Expert services of an APT Cruise Director

Included Experiences

  • A terrace experience with a glass of port and delicious lunch at the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery

Freedom of Choice Touring

  • Madrid - take a culinary tour of the Spanish capital; visit the Prado museum; or explore Bernabeu soccer stadium

Fine Dining

  • Includes 29 Meals - Enjoy 13 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 9 Dinners
  • All meals included on board, starting with a champagne breakfast each morning
  • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board
  • Captain’s Gala Welcome Dinner
  • Fado music accompanying your Welcome Dinner in Lisbon
  • Enjoy a unique Tapas Farewell Dinner in Madrid

Outstanding Accommodation

  • Three nights at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz on a Lisbon Grand City Stay
  • Seven nights cruising on the stylish MS AmaVida
  • Three nights at InterContinental Madrid on a Madrid Grand City Stay

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Day
1
Arrive Lisbon
On arrival in Lisbon, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Meet fellow travellers and your APT Tour Director at a Welcome Reception tonight.
Day
2
Lisbon
On a guided tour of Lisbon, ride on the city’s iconic tramcars, then visit the Old Town, the World Heritage-listed Jerónimos Monastery and much more. During a special Welcome Dinner, soak up the soulful melodies of Portugal’s famous Fado music. (B/D)
Day
3
Lisbon, Sintra
Today’s excursion takes you into the mountain range of Serra de Sintra. Visit the World Heritage-listed Pena National Palace and take a guided tour of Sintra, the town below. Continue to the fishing village of Cascais and enjoy a walking tour, then return to Lisbon for an evening at your leisure. (B)
Day
4
Lisbon, Fatima, Porto
Journey through Portugal’s countryside to the city of Fatima, renowned for its Basilica shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary. After a guided tour, continue to Porto, where you board your river ship, and tonight, enjoy the Captain’s Gala Welcome Dinner. (B/D)
Day
5
Porto, Guimaraes
This morning, take an excursion to the World Heritage-listed town of Guimarães, often referred to as the ‘birthplace of the Portuguese nationality’. Return to Porto and enjoy a sightseeing tour. Explore Porto’s Old Town and delight in its 16th-century buildings and Baroque churches, then see the iron bridge built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. (B/L/D)
Day
6
Porto, Bitetos, Caldas de Arego
This morning, head to the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery. Enjoy a glass of Port wine and take in the stunning views of the river valley before indulging in a delicious lunch. Later, your ship departs for Caldas de Aregos, where it is moored overnight. (B/L/D)
Day
7
Caldos de Arego, Resende, Régua
This morning, visit the historic town of Resende in Caldas de Aregos. Later, delight in the beauty of the Douro River Valley as you cruise to Régua. Tonight, perhaps disembark in Régua and visit the Douro Museum. (B/L/D)
Day
8
Regua, Pinhao
Tour the ancient town of Lamego today, visiting Lamego Castle and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. Afterwards, cruise through the dramatic gorges of the Douro River Valley to Pinhão, where you’ll disembark for a wine-tasting and dinner at a local Portuguese restaurant. (B/L/D)
Day
9
Lamego, Barca d’Alva
Enjoy a trip to the Palacio de Mateus, just outside the city of Vila Real. Take a tour of the palace, and discover the story of Mateus Rosé wine, with which the palace has long been associated. Explore the palace gardens, then cruise to Barca d’Alva, the last Portuguese village before the Spanish border and enjoy time at leisure to explore. (B/L/D)
Day
10
Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
Travel to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo today, a small village perched high on a hilltop. On a tour here, you’ll visit the Chafariz dos Pretos, a unique fountain in the market square. (B/L/D)
Day
11
Barca d’Alva, Salamanca, Madrid
Disembark in Barca d’Alva and travel to the ancient city of Salamanca and on a walking tour, visit the University of Salamanca, the House of Shells and more. Enjoy some free time, then continue to Madrid, the Spanish capital. (B/L)
Day
12
Madrid
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Madrid’s landmarks today, including the Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park and Plaza Mayor. (B)
Day
13
Madrid, Freedom of Choice
This morning, perhaps learn about Spanish cuisine on a culinary tour, immerse yourself in Spanish art at the Prado museum or explore Bernabeu soccer stadium, home to the Real Madrid Football Club. Enjoy a special Tapas Farewell Dinner tonight. (B/D)
Day
14
Depart Madrid
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
APT holidays are designed for the premium end of the market and offer quality, first-class experiences. Each holiday presents a mix of cultural activities, luxurious accommodation, world-class dining and more.
Region: Europe Shore Excursions: Included Flights: Included in Earlybirds
Type: River Cruise Balconies: French & Private Balcony Airport Transfers: Included
Average Age: 50+ Free Onboard WiFi: Yes Pool on Ship: Yes
Tips: All Gratuities Included
Drinks: Local Wine, Beer & Spirits Included
* Source: APT for river cruises in Europe . Some variances may occur on this cruise and info provided as a guide only.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the deck plans, cabin types and more ship information?

We have a dedicated section on our website providing more detailed information on APT including FAQ's on what you need to know before, during and after your travel; as well as information on their 'Touring Styles', and a comprehensive search facility to enable you to easily find more of their cruises. Read more> (Note: This link will take you away from this tour itinerary page).

Why should we choose to river cruise with APT?

As market leaders, our resources, experience, passion, expertise and proven track record ensure that we're the most reliable cruise operator on Europe's waterways. With a 98% satisfaction rating, and having launched all of our ships on schedule, there's no company more reliable or trustworthy than APT. We promise we'll continue to set the amazing standards for which we are known, making your choice easy. Put simply, APT are Australia and New Zealand's true European river cruising experts.

When can I expect to get my travel documents & itinerary?

Travel documents, including your travel kit (with luggage labels, ticket wallet, personalised itinerary, touring information and travel bag), are sent approximately two to three weeks prior to departure from your home country, provided full payment has been received.

What will our river cruise ship be like?

APT River CruisesEach of our state-of-the-art ships was designed with our valued travellers in mind. Our operation allows us total control in delivering the standards for which we are famous. And with eight ships cruising in 2012 we are able to offer more cruising routes, ships and departures than most other companies. Custom-designed and built in Holland by the world's foremost ship building experts, APT's European river ships signify the evolution of modern river cruising. From the intricate elegance of the interior appointments and the opulence of the suites to the wealth of recreational choice provided in the vessel's public areas, these river ships are truly the finest on Europe's waters. You can find more information on individual ships here. (Note: This link will take you away from this tour itinerary page).

What is an APT Platinum Sailing?

APT River CruisesOn an APT Platinum Sailing, you'll enjoy special features and inclusions that will enhance what is already an amazing holiday experience. You'll feel as though several elements of the cruise have been designed specifically to meet your own individual interests and expectations, and you'll travel with like-minded APT guests. Throughout our itinerary pages, our special APT Platinum Sailings departures are indicated by this logo. Read more> (Note: This link will NOT take you away from this tour itinerary page).

Are meals included onboard?

All meals are prepared by European chefs and consist of European-style food that has been adjusted for our passengers. On board, enjoy a full buffet breakfast in the restaurant. Lunch offers salads, soups, a choice of mains and dessert. Dinner is a multi-course meal with a selection of mains. Coffee and tea are available free of charge throughout the day and during meals. Water on board the ships is drinkable. Wine, soft drinks or beer are included with dinner on board. All meals on board are included. Meals are served in the dining room in a single sitting. Open seating allows you to sit at different tables if you wish to meet other fellow passengers.

What are your handicapped facilities like?

Handicapped facilities on board are limited. River cruise vessels are not equipped with wheelchair ramps and hallways and doors may not be wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. Ships are equipped with an elevator but it does not access all decks (apart from the Sound of Music with no elevator onboard). Additionally, motorcoaches and minibuses used for transfers and shore excursions may not be equipped with wheelchair ramps. Any condition requiring special attention must be reported to APT at the time of booking. Facilities and services for passengers with disabilities differ among destinations and, in some cases, may be limited or non-existent. Participants requiring special assistance must be accompanied by a person responsible for and physically able to provide such assistance. Transfers and shore excursions follow a predetermined timetable and thus participants should have no physical impairment(s) that would affect the time schedules or interfere with the rights of other passengers on their holiday. Without limitation, APT and its affiliates are not responsible for any denial of services by airline carriers, cruise vessels, hotels, lodges, coaches, local guides, operators or other independent suppliers.

Are gratuities included?

Gratuities to your Cruise Director and ship crew are included in the tour price.

How do I pay for purchases and services onboard?

For your convenience, all purchases and paid services on board are billed with a guest check and added to your shipboard account. At the end of the cruise, you will receive a total, which can be paid with cash or credit card. The ships do not accept payments made by Diners Club cards. The onboard currency is the Euro.

Do you have a share program for singles?

Solo travellers pay only a 50% single supplement on all suite categories from E to P+ on European River Cruises. On Exclusive Sailings we will match up those who are willing to share a suite with another single traveller of the same gender, so you don't have to pay the single supplement. If no match is found then single supplements apply.

Arrival & Departure Information

Prebooked Transfers

All APT clients travelling on an Exclusive Sailing or Exclusive land tours receive a transfer on the first and last day of the tour. This will be from the airport to/from either the ship or tour hotel. A transfer is not included, though may be purchased, should you be arriving or departing on days other than the first and last day of touring. These additional transfers are only applicable when your pre and/or post tour arrangements are booked with Global Journeys & APT.

On Your Own Transfers

If you have not arranged an arrival transfer with Global Journeys, make your own way to the ship or hotel with the help of the information provided in your itinerary. If you have independent travel arrangements prior to your APT tour and do not have an APT transfer, the Tourist Information office at your arrival city will be able to offer assistance with directions to the ship or hotel. If you transfer to the ship on your own, we recommend you call the ship prior to confirm the ships docking location. The APT Europe Office is available in case of an emergency.

Terms & Conditions:

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START DATE END DATE BROCHURE
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CRUISE
SHIP
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PRICE
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02 May 2015 15 May 2015 AU $8,645 MS AmaVida AU $430 AU $8,215  
30 May 2015 12 Jun 2015 AU $8,645 MS AmaVida AU $430 AU $8,215  
27 Jun 2015 10 Jul 2015 AU $8,445 MS AmaVida AU $420 AU $8,025  
25 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 AU $8,445 MS AmaVida AU $420 AU $8,025  
22 Aug 2015 04 Sep 2015 AU $8,845 MS AmaVida AU $440 AU $8,405  
19 Sep 2015 02 Oct 2015 AU $8,845 MS AmaVida AU $440 AU $8,405  
Note: The majority of departures above will proceed or are guaranteed to depart. We will outline the status of your departure date in your quote along with all applicable discounts and specials.

 

Deck Plans: MS AmaVida

 

Cabin Upgrades (per person):

MS AmaVida - Upgrade your cabin from Douro Deck (Category E)

Douro Deck (Category D) AU $345
Lisbon Deck (Category C) AU $1,295
Lisbon Deck (Category B) AU $1,545
Porto Deck (Category A) AU $1,895
Porto Deck (Category Suite) AU $3,495

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