Portugal, Spain & The Douro River Valley 2021 Uniworld River Cruise
An extraordinary journey designed for culturally curious travelers.
Following the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain, you’ll cruise past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards. Dine on traditional fare in majestic Coimbra, the birthplace of six Portuguese kings; enjoy private tastings of Port; and explore Porto’s historic Ribeira district, home to iconic rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene. Wind your way through the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, heading ashore to visit charming quintas and meet the winemakers who operate them. In Salamanca, Spain, you’ll see the city’s famous university. Return to Portugal with a visit to the fortified village of Castelo Rodrigo and historic Guimarães. Your journey ends in Lisbon, the city that launched some of the world’s most renowned explorers. There’s no better way to discover Europe’s best-kept secret than this scenic and all-inclusive river cruise!
Arrive in Porto, the port city at the mouth of the Douro.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Porto city tour or “Do as the Locals Do” Porto walking tour
Portugal’s second city (after Lisbon), Porto gave its name to the nation’s most famous export, Port wine, and to the nation itself. Today, choose between two distinctively Portuguese ways to explore Porto.
In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Douro Museum & Lunch at a local quinta
Today is all about wine, which has been cultivated in the Douro River Valley since ancient Roman times. Get a crash course on the history of Port during your visit to the Douro Museum.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Quinta do Seixo guided tour with tasting or Vineyard hike and wine tasting at a local quinta
Head ashore for a choice of excursions, including a tasting at a prestigious Port wine estate or a vineyard hike with a wine tasting at a local quinta.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Salamanca - the Golden City and Spain's oldest university
Today, you can visit the historic university town of Salamanca—the “Golden City”—famous for its sand-colored buildings and abundance of churches. Feel the centuries fall away as your ship winds its way through the pristine, dramatic UNESCO-protected landscapes of the Douro River Valley.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Castelo Rodrigo or Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley
Go medieval today at Castelo Rodrigo, both the name of a hilltop castle as well as the village that surrounds it. The view from the top is incredible and the village is a charming place to ramble, relax and replenish. Or if you wish, you can also lace up your hiking boots and unleash your inner Indiana Jones with an up-close gander at some prehistoric carvings at an archaeological park.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Guimarães city tour or Ribeira walking tour
Explore Guimarães, the town where Portugal was born. Its well-preserved architecture and stylish young residents make it a pleasure to visit. Or opt for a leisurely walking tour through Ribeira’s quaint cobbled streets. In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Coimbra tour with Joanina Library visit and family-style lunch
Disembark the ship and board a motorcoach, heading south through Portugal’s picturesque countryside toward Lisbon. En route to Lisbon, you’ll stop in Coimbra, home to an ancient university and a lavish baroque library considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Admire the lingering traces of the town’s Moorish and Roman past after sitting down to a traditional Portuguese lunch. After lunch, continue on to Lisbon where you will check in to your hotel.
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Lisbon city tour
Everything old is new again in the Portuguese capital. Get to know this hilly metropolis with a city tour that shows you all the top sights and treats you to an iconic, locally made pastry.
Experience your own “Age of Discovery” with a full day to explore Lisbon however you wish. The city hosts remarkable museums and excellent shopping, and natives of Lisbon boast that they have the best food in the world.
If your cruise/tour package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Lisbon Portela Airport for your flight home.
- Return flights from a selection of UK airports, supplements may apply
- 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the chic S.S. São Gabriel
- All transfers on arrival and departure days
- 3 nights in Lisbon at the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon (or similar) with breakfast
- All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
- Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
- All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
- 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
- Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
- 8 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
- Guided "Do as the Locals Do" program
- 6 UNESCO World Heritage site