River Cruises/EUROPE (Southern)

Enticing Douro

8-DAYS

CRUISE FROM : Porto to Porto
Begin your journey down the Douro River, with its dramatic gorges, lush vineyards, and tranquil fishing villages in Porto and continue on to the ancient and picturesque city of Lamego. Enter Spain to visit Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the beautiful inland countryside and the palace and gardens of Mateus. Explore the 24th-century Alpendurada Monastery before concluding your cruise in Porto.

COUNTRIES: Portugal, Spain
RIVERS:Douro






ITINERARY

Day 1 : EMBARKATION – PORTO, PORTUGAL
Embark your cruise in Porto. Gather on board tonight for your Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2 : PORTO – RÉGUA
This afternoon, you will have an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). The shrine features a staircase of nearly 700 steps, beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles. Other attractions include a Gothic cathedral, a museum, and charming cafés. Alternatively, you will have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties such as Bolas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham, Presunto, a type of dry-cured ham, and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. Late this afternoon, you will visit a Wine Museum in Régua, where the ship will overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 3 : RÉGUA – BARCA D’ALVA
Spend some leisurely time soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Barca d'Alva, where you will visit Castelo Rodrigo. Tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries-old walls, steep narrow streets and fantastic views. We will stop to admire the Chafariz dos Pretos, a truly unique fountain decorated with black faces, and taste some delicious locally grown produce. Later, enjoy a Flamenco show onboard the AmaVida. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : SALAMANCA, SPAIN – VEGA TERRÓN, SPAIN
Drive to Salamanca today for a tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of Spain's Castilla y León region. Built of golden sandstone, Salamanca is known as a "living museum," an opportunity to step back in time to the Middle Ages. During your guided tour, you will see the city's elegant university buildings, the twin-towered Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells, as well as Plaza Mayor, considered the most magnificent main square in Spain. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : VEGA DE TERRÓN – PINHÃO, PORTUGAL
Today we have something special planned. You will indulge in an exclusive wine tasting and lunch at Quinta da Roeda, a famous estate that is home to one of the Douro Valley's finest vineyards. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : RÉGUA – ENTRE-OS-RIOS
This morning, cruise to Régua for a morning excursion to the Baroque-style Palacio de Mateus and its gardens, located in the beautiful Trás-os-Montes region near the city of Vila Real. Inside the house you'll see exhibits of religious images and beautiful furnishings, paintings and ceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here are considered some of the most beautiful in Portugal. Alternatively, you may either wish to visit Quinta da Pacheca where you will enjoy breathtaking views over the Douro River and picnic in a terraced vineyard, or enjoy a port wine tasting at Quinta do Seixo. Return to the ship for lunch while the ship cruises to Entre-os-Rios, arriving this evening. Tonight, you will enjoy a traditional home-cooked Portuguese meal off ship at Casa de Vila Verde. (B,L,D)
Day7 : PORTO
Your ship arrives in Porto, the capital of northern Portugal, early this morning. Your guided tour of the historical quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes a number of iconic sights: the Porto Cathedral, one of the city's oldest and most impressive monuments, the bustling main square and the Sao Bento Railway Station, renowned for its magnificent blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. More active guests may wish to instead take part in a guided hiking tour of Porto where they will explore the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto, and cross the Dom Luis Bridge by foot. You'll also enjoy a tasting of port wine, which derives its name from this very city. A third option is a walk along the Atlantic coast and Porto's seaside promenade, with a stop at a local café for Portuguese coffee. This afternoon, we take a short journey to the nearby coastal town of Matosinhos, where we will visit a traditional restaurant for a cooking demonstration of Pat aniscas, a traditional Portuguese cod fish cake, and other typical regional snacks. The ship moors overnight in Porto. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : PORTO – DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)
(B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with outside balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily

AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES

  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck with pool
  • Fitness room
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances

AWARD-WINNING DINING

  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

A WORLD OF EXPLORATION

  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Guided hikes
  • Limited Edition Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

NOT INCLUDED

  • Gratuities for guides & cruise personnel
  • Transatlantic air-fare (can be arranged by UET from any US city)
  • Items of personal nature & items not listed in the itinerary
  • Optional travel insurance plans:
    Optional travel insurance plans

  • Port charges

TOUR PRICES & DEPARTURE DATES:

2017 SAILINGS
DEP USA CANADA START CITY EMBARK DATE SHIP NAME EMBARK CITY CHECK-IN PRICES
Apr 17PortoApr 18AmaVidaPortoApr 15$3,099
Apr 24PortoApr 25AmaVidaPortoApr 22$3,199
May 15PortoMay 16AmaVidaPortoMay 13$3,599
May 22PortoMay 23AmaVidaPortoMay 20$3,599
Jun 12PortoJun 13AmaVidaPortoJun 10$3,599
Jun 19PortoJun 20AmaVidaPortoJun 17$3,599
Jul 10PortoJul 11AmaVidaPortoJul 8$3,499
Jul 17PortoJul 18AmaVidaPortoJul 15$3,499
Aug 7PortoAug 8AmaVidaPortoAug 5$3,499
Aug 14PortoAug 15AmaVidaPortoAug 12$3,499
Sep 4PortoSep 5AmaVidaPortoSep 2$3,799
Sep 11PortoSep 12AmaVidaPortoSep 9$3,799
Oct 2PortoOct 3AmaVidaPortoSep 30$3,799
Oct 9PortoOct 10AmaVidaPortoOct 7$3,699
Oct 30PortoOct 31AmaVidaPortoOct 28$3,399
Nov 6PortoNov 7AmaVidaPortoNov 4$3,299
Nov 13PortoNov 14AmaVidaPortoNov 11$3,099
CABIN UPGRADES PER PERSON
CATEGORY DECK STATEROOM ADDITIONAL
EDouroPanoramic WindowsBase Price
DDouroPanoramic Windows+$299
CLisbonBalcony+$1,199
BLisbonBalcony+$1,399
APortoBalcony+$1,699
SuitePortoBalcony+$3,199

Note:

  • Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
  • Port Charges: $168 per person.
  • Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
  • Single Supplement for Land: $480 per person.
  • Bedding: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

2018 SAILINGS
DEP USA CANADA START CITY EMBARK DATE SHIP NAME EMBARK CITY CHECK-IN PRICES
Apr 16PortoApr 17AmaVidaPortoApr 14$2,849
Apr 23PortoApr 24AmaVidaPortoApr 21$2,949
Jun 11PortoJun 12AmaVidaPortoJun 9$3,349
Jul 9PortoJul 10AmaVidaPortoJul 7$2,749
Jul 16PortoJul 17AmaVidaPortoJul 14$3,249
Aug 6PortoAug 7AmaVidaPortoAug 4$2,749
Aug 13PortoAug 14AmaVidaPortoAug 11$2,749
Sep 3PortoSep 4AmaVidaPortoSep 1$3,549
Sep 10PortoSep 11AmaVidaPortoSep 8$3,549
Oct 1PortoOct 2AmaVidaPortoSep 29$3,549
Oct 8PortoOct 9AmaVidaPortoOct 6$3,449
Oct 29PortoOct 30AmaVidaPortoOct 27$3,149
Nov 5PortoNov 6AmaVidaPortoNov 3$2,549
Nov 12PortoNov 13AmaVidaPortoNov 10$2,349
CABIN UPGRADES PER PERSON
CATEGORY DECK STATEROOM ADDITIONAL
EDouroPanoramic WindowsBase Price
DDouroPanoramic Windows+$299
CLisbonBalcony+$1,199
BLisbonBalcony+$1,399
APortoBalcony+$1,699
SuitePortoBalcony+$3,299

Note:

  • Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
  • Port Charges: $168 per person.
  • Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
  • Single Supplement for Land: $480 per person.
  • Bedding: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

Terms & Conditions:

    All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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The brand new fleet of AMA-WATERWAYS   ships are setting new standards in European river cruising and offer a number of features not found on other European river cruise ships. Clients will enjoy the luxury of more space, 2 panorama lounges, Fitness Center, Massage  and Beauty Salon. There are 25 bicycles on board for you to explore the small towns and to ride on the many bicycle paths along the various rivers. The ships operate  for the English speaking market only.