Douro Delights 2021 APT River Cruise

Enjoy the Portuguese culinary delights and regional wines while you take a seven night luxury river cruise from Porto to Barca d'Alva along the historical Douro River and enjoy a one night stay in Madrid.

APT 2021 European River Cruise Sale
Boats, Douro

Itinerary

Fly from the UK to Lisbon.

Set off to see the sights of Lisbon by riding the city’s tramcars and visiting the Old Town. Pay a visit to the World Heritage-listed Jeronimos Monastery, a symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. Built in 1502 by King Manuel I, the monastery commemorates Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India.

As soon as you get your first glimpse of Serra de Sintra, prepare to gasp. Mountains roll from every direction, and every peak is as memorable as the last. Visit King Ferdinand II’s ingenious Park and Palace of Pena, before having free time to explore Sintra. Take the chance to have lunch at your leisure, then be guided by the sea breeze as you return to Lisbon via the coastal route. Since it’s your final night here, you might like to try one of the local restaurants for dinner.

Travel through Portugal’s countryside then discover the medieval city of Coimbra, home to the country’s most famous university. After a spot of sightseeing and free time for lunch, make your way to Porto. Board your river ship together and settle in with a welcome dinner. Your river ship has the best vantage point to see the sights as you embark on an illuminations cruise around Porto.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Explore Porto’s iconic 16th-century Old Town and take a cable car ride before sampling a few selections of port. Alternatively, head to Matosinhos and pop in at a traditional restaurant for a cooking demonstration, or set off on foot for a walking tour through the medieval streets and the old harbour quarter of Ribeira.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Explore Porto’s iconic 16th-century Old Town and take a cable car ride before sampling a few selections of port. Alternatively, head to Matosinhos and pop in at a traditional restaurant for a cooking demonstration, or set off on foot for a walking tour through the medieval streets and the old harbour quarter of Ribeira.

This morning we’ve lined up an excursion for you to Guimaraes. The evolution of medieval settlement is on show here, and you will learn all about it with a tour. Back on board, cruise through the Douro Valley on your way to Entre-Os-Rios. When you arrive, take the chance to visit Quinta da Avelada, a family business that has been producing wine in the Douro region since the 1870s. Explore their gardens, and tie off the day with a sampling of wine and cheese.

Cruising to Regua this morning, take some time to soak up the sun. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll visit the Douro Museum which provides an incredible insight into the culture of the Douro Valley wine region.

The choice is yours when it comes to the sightseeing on offer today. Afterwards, kick back on board and continue cruising to Pinhao.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: On a tour of Lamego, you’ll visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies and sample a local speciality, bola de Lamego. Smoked ham, home-baked bread, and gooey cheese – how could you go wrong? Otherwise, you might visit Quinta da Pacheca for a picnic with views over the Douro River and Regua.

Take a trip to Palacio de Mateus near the city of Vila Real. Portuguese architect Nicolau Nasoni played a pivotal role in the palace’s construction in the 18th century. It is also well known courtesy of the bottles of Mateus rose wine that feature the palace on its label.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Savour lunch at the vineyard Quinta da Roeda, before a port wine tasting.

On a tour of the town of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, you’ll stop to visit the castle ruins. Back on board, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Dinner. Your thoughts will be fixed on Spain during your final night on board.

In Barca d’Alva you’ll disembark your ship and say goodbye to life on board. Hit the road and travel to the ancient city of Salamanca for a tour. You’ll see the University of Salamanca and the House of Shells before continuing to your hotel in Madrid. Tonight is yours to spend as you please.

Stay: Three Nights, Madrid, Gran Meliá Fénix.

Enjoy the chance to tour Spain’s capital before a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Maybe you’d like to learn all about the traditional flavours of delectable Spanish cuisine on a culinary tour. Or, take a look at the displays of Spanish art at the Prado Museum, including works from Italian and Flemish artists such as Velazquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens and Bosch. Of course, if you’re more of a sports fan, you might prefer a visit to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home to Real Madrid Football Club.

Be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Price Guide

Date Fares from (pp)
11 September 2021 £6,495

What's Included

  • Savings of up to £1,000pp - book by 31st October 2021
  • Home-to-airport transfers by Private Car†
  • Return scheduled flights from the UK
  • Seven nights on a luxury river ship and six nights’ luxury land accommodation
  • Luxury dining - a total of 29 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board
  • Gala Welcome Dinner and the Captain’s Farewell Dinner
  • Visit Casa de Vila Verde, where you’ll enjoy a tour of the manor, followed by a glass of their famous Vinho Verde before a traditional dinner
  • Head to a local winery in Pinhao where you’ll enjoy the superb flavours of the region during a delicious dinner and wine tasting
  • Visit Palacio da Bolsa for a cocktail reception, followed by a traditional Fado performance in the Arabian Hall
  • Excursions and entertainment included