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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.


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


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.


On a guided tour of, 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo

Travel to 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)

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)


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

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)

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

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.

Prices & Dates

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22 Aug 2015 04 Sep 2015 $ 8,515
19 Sep 2015 02 Oct 2015 $ 8,515
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

Ship Cabin Upgrades

AmaVida Upgrade from Douro Deck (Category E)

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

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