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2015 SEASON
Sep 2015 - Sep 2015
2016 SEASON
Jun 2016 - Sep 2016

14 Day Douro Delights - Lisbon to Madrid

APT River Cruise starting in Lisbon and finishing in Madrid

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.

Overview

Operator: APT
Style: Premium
Duration: 14 Days
From: Lisbon to Madrid
Tour Code: EUPDCLM14
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Our Price From:
$ 8,515
Per Person
Save This Month:
$ 330
Per Person
Countries Visited: Portugal, Spain

Day By 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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
12

Madrid

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Madrid’s landmarks today, including the Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park and Plaza Mayor. (B)
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)
14

Depart Madrid

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

Day By 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. Stay: Three Night Grand City Stay: Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz
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)
3

Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais

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)
4

Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Embark Ship

Journey through Portugal's rural countryside to Coimbra, a delightful medieval city home to Portugal's most famous university. After a tour and free time for lunch continue to Porto. Board your river ship and enjoy a Welcome Dinner in the evening. Stay Seven Nights: the stylish MS AmaVida (B/D)
5

Porto

On a 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)
6

Porto, Guimarães, Entre-Os-Rios

Take a morning excursion to the World Heritage-listed city of Guimarães, often referred to as the ‘birthplace of the Portuguese nationality'. Back on board, enjoy some scenic cruising through the Douro Valley en route to Entre-Os-Rios. Tonight, head to the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery. Enjoy a glass of local wine and take in views over the river valley before a delicious dinner. (B/L/D)
7

Caldos de Arego, Resende, Régua

Dock in Caldas de Aregos and travel to Resende. Then delight in the beauty of the Douro Valley as you cruise to Régua. Enjoy an afternoon visit to the renowned Quinta do Seixo wine centre. Learn about port production, taste several of the wines and savour views over the terraced vineyards. (B/L/D)
8

Regua, Lamego, Pinhao

Tour the ancient town of Lamego, visiting Lamego Castle and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. You'll then sample Bolas de Lamego, a specialty dish of the region. After, continue cruising through the dramatic gorges of the Douro Valley to Pinhão, where you'll disembark for a wine tasting and dinner at a local Portuguese winery. (B/L/D)
9

Pinhão, Vila Real

Enjoy a trip to Palacio de Mateus, located near the city of Vila Real. Built in 1745, the palace offers a wonderful insight into the lives of Portuguese aristocracy. On a tour, explore the gardens and discover the palace's association with Mateus Rosé wine. Enjoy time at leisure in Pinhão followed by the Captain's Farewell Dinner on board. (B/L/D)
10

Barca d'Alva

Travel to the tiny fortified village of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo today. On a tour here, see the castle ruins, and take in spectacular views of the Douro Valley and surrounding towns. (B/L/D)
11

Barca d'Alva, Disembark Ship, Salamanca, Madrid

Disembark in Barca d'Alva today and travel to the ancient city of Salamanca. During free time, perhaps visit the University of Salamanca or the House of Shells. Afterwards, continue to Madrid. Stay: Three Night Grand City Stay: Madrid, The Westin Palace Madrid (B/L)
12

Madrid

Enjoy a tour of Madrid followed by a Farewell Dinner featuring a range of tapas. (B/D)
13

Madrid, Freedom of Choice

Enjoy a choice of activities in Madrid today. Perhaps learn all about the traditional flavours of 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. (B)
14

Depart Madrid

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

Trip Inclusions

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

Trip Inclusions

APT Guaranteed Inclusions

  • Savour a traditional Portuguese dinner and a glass of local wine at the Alpendurada Monastery, a beautiful 14th-century convent commanding panoramic views over the Douro River
  • At the renowned Quinta do Seixo wine centre, learn about port production then sample a selection of the wines

Included Experiences

  • 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
  • Transfers, port charges and tipping included
  • Excursions and entertainment included

Freedom of Choice Touring

Fine Dining

  • Includes 29 meals - Enjoy 13 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 9 Dinners
  • All meals included on board your cruise, starting with a lavish breakfast each morning
  • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board*
  • Gala Welcome Dinner and the Captain's Farewell Dinner

Outstanding Accommodation

  • Three nights at the sumptuous Four Seasons Hotel Ritz during a Lisbon Grand City Stay
  • Seven nights cruising aboard APT's stylish MS AmaVida
  • Three nights at the elegant Westin Palace Madrid during a Madrid Grand City Stay

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include port charges, gratuities and sundries
  • *Complimentary beverages do not include French Champagne, premium spirits and selected wines - these are available at an additional cost
  • Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur
  • Prices are for land / cruise only. Flights not included

Operator Details

Region: Europe
Type: River Cruise
Average Age: 50+
Tips: All Gratuities Included
Shore Excursions: Included
Balconies: French & Private Balcony
Flights: Included in Earlybirds
Airport Transfers: Included
Pool on Ship: Yes
Free Onboard WiFi: Yes
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.
2015 SEASON
Sep 2015 - Sep 2015
2016 SEASON
Jun 2016 - Sep 2016

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