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11 days From $4,595 per person
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A Portuguese voyage of discovery, this exhilarating tour combines rail travel up the coast of Portugal with a memorable cruise on the sparkling Douro River.

Travel among a group of like-minded travelers led by a professional tour manager

2024 Tour code: DOR24

About the tour

Located on the sunny Iberian Peninsula, Portugal plays host to this impressive rail and cruise vacation. The tour begins on land, exploring the capital city of Lisbon. From here, we move to Sintra and learn why Portuguese royalty chose this location for their summer retreat. Also in Sintra, we board our train for a resplendent ride through the lush countryside of Portugal to the city of Porto. Here, we board our ship and set sail down the "River of Gold," the Douro. The valley that surrounds the Douro is a famed wine region and has a rich history dating back to medieval times and beyond. Ports of call include Regua and Vila Real, to visit 18th-century Mateus Palace, as well as getting acquainted with the beauty and culture of Salamanca through touring and an unforgettable flamenco dancing performance.  As our cruise ship arrives back in Porto, we have one last day of touring and adventure - the ideal conclusion to this vivacious Portuguese discovery.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - To Lisbon

Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Hotel Mundial or Hotel Portobay Marques in Lisbon. On arrival, we are greeted with a welcome drink after which you are free to settle into your room. For dinner this evening, we head to our hotel's excellent restaurant for our first meal of the vacation. Afterward, you may wish to acquaint yourself with the city a little before you retire for the night.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Exploring Lisbon

Our excursion today whisks us away on a splendid tour of Portugal's famous capital. As a special touch, our tour includes a segment in a specially-chartered tram from the 1930s and 40s, lending a nostalgic feeling to proceedings. Our tour reveals the brilliant colors of Lisbon, and the history of its streets, squares, and boulevards. We finish in the waterfront district of Belem, famous for its pastries and villas. Here, we stop off at one of the pastry shops to sample the Belem pastries.

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  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Sintra

Today, we travel to the beautiful town of Sintra, located up in the hills behind Lisbon. A tantalizing selection of summer palaces of all colors and shapes await us here, at what is famously the summer retreat of Portuguese royalty. We enjoy free time in this fairytale town, giving you an opportunity to discover its history and the people behind the magnificent buildings lining its streets before dinner tonight.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Embarkation in Porto

Leaving Lisbon this morning, we set out on a rail journey through the Portuguese countryside to the historic city of Porto - famous for the explorers who gathered here to journey to the New World.

Upon arrival in this fantastic Portuguese city, we are escorted by coach to our excellent ship, the Douro Serenity, where after settling into our cabins, we are welcomed with a cocktail as the captain and his crew are introduced. Later we are sat down to our first onboard meal, after which you are free to enjoy your first night on the ship. Perhaps take in the evening air with a drink or sit back to the live music in the lounge area.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Discovering Porto and Regua

This morning we explore Porto further on a guided walking tour. We wander its winding streets, historical townhouses, and regal churches as well as the iconic iron bridge. We also visit a wine cellar to sample the city's famous wine. We rejoin our ship for lunch on board and then later this afternoon, begin our cruise along the Douro river, enjoying its fabulous landscapes enroute to the town of Regua. After dinner this evening, we enjoy entertainment on board.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Mateus Palace and Gardens

We pay a visit to the gorgeous Mateus Palace today and its stunning gardens. Located at the heart of the Vila Real region, this 18th century stately home is a delight to explore, with its classic, Italianate exterior, decorative interiors, and beautifully manicured parks and gardens that lead up to the palace itself. Originally built in the 18th century by acclaimed Portuguese architect Nicolau Nasoni, the design lends it a timeless, yet quintessentially Portuguese quality. We take a tour of the building itself, before enjoying free time to visit the built-in chapel and the winery. On our return to the ship later, we sit down for dinner, after which, we enjoy Flamenco entertainment on board.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Spain and the golden city of Salamanca

Our travels today take us across the border into Portugal's beautiful neighbor Spain, where we travel through the enchanting countryside to the golden city of Salamanca in the Castille y Léon region. Salamanca is the academic capital of Spain, and its educational prowess is evidenced in the glorious sandstone university buildings which make up one of the most prestigious centers of learning in the country. Our tour here takes us to see these buildings, as well as the decorative House of Shells and the thriving Plaza Mayor. Enjoy free time afterward before we sample a traditional Spanish lunch at a local restaurant.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - Pinhao and Port wine

This morning, we begin out cruise back downstream through scenic landscapes to Ferradosa. After lunch, we join our fabulous excursion along the Porto wine route where we visit San Salvador do Mundo and Sao Joao da Pesqueira, two small towns set amongst the vineyards on the Rio Torto valley. We also visit a local Quinta where we indulge in some of the region's finest Ports. Later, we rejoin our ship in Pinhao before enjoying our Gala dinner on board.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 - Lamego

This morning we pay a visit to Lamego, a picturesque village near the banks of the Douro for a guided tour. The cathedral is the center point of Lamego, a remarkable example of Baroque architecture. Arguably more impressive, however, are 700 steps that lead up to its doors, decorated as they are in cheerful white and blue tiles. This afternoon we continue our cruise back to Porto where tonight, we enjoy an evening of Fado-themed entertainment.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 – Exploring Porto and Guimarães

Arriving into Porto this morning, you have time at leisure in Porto before lunch on board. This afternoon we travel to the nearby city of Guimarães. What sets Guimarães apart is its fantastically well-preserved medieval buildings, which date as far back as the 10th century. The city center is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the jewel in Guimarães' crown is the imposing medieval fortress which watches over the city. We enjoy a tour through the colorful streets and the lively squares before visiting the castle and its gardens. In the afternoon, you are free before your 4-course farewell dinner on board. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 - Tour Conclusion

After our final breakfast, your tour concludes and you are free to make your way to the airport for your flight home.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Hotel Mundial, Lisbon

Hotel Mundial, Lisbon

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Hotel PortoBay Marquês

Hotel PortoBay Marquês, Lisbon

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Ships

MS Amalia Rodrigues
MS Gil Eanes

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4.6 stars4.6 / 5 · 7 reviews

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RICHMAN, AL

4 stars

Submitted 19 Sep 2023

The scenery on the cruise was amazing, the boat was nice but rooms were a little small? The food while there was plenty left a lot to be desired. We left the boat to go out to eat once and would have done several more times if there was a restaurant near where we docked.

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Marlene Lee

4 stars

Submitted 19 Sep 2023

The Douro river cruise is beautiful. Vineyards undulate along the river banks

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COONEY, KEVIN M

5 stars

Submitted 02 Jul 2023

Beautiful river, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Interesting excursions.

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Robert Shellenbarger

5 stars

Submitted 28 Jun 2023

Cruise and on board service was excellent.

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BAILLIE, SUZANNE GREENE

5 stars

Submitted 27 Jun 2023

It was a great cruise - fabulous scenery, food, decor. Great staff in every department.

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DIANE C.

5 stars

Submitted 27 Jun 2023

The Lisbon and Douro River Cruise tour exceeded my expectations in every way. Our local tour guide in Lisbon was very professional, pleasant and knowledgeable. Lisbon is dynamic, historic, clean, friendly and contemporary. The Douro River Cruise was perfectly executed. The ship, Douro Serenity, was comfortable, efficient, delicious, entertaining, and professionally staffed. I didn't want the trip to end.

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