vineyards and villages douro river cruise 2024

Your day in Lisbon is free to explore at your leisure

Hotel: Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa 

CLASSIC Explore Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, with a Local Guide. Do not miss the must-see sights, including Belem Tower
and the Monument to the Discoveries.

This evening you might join an optional excursion including a traditional Portuguese dinner, followed by a live concert
of traditional Portuguese Fado music.

Meals: Breakfast

CLASSIC This morning, join us on a guided excursion to Sintra, where you will visit the National Palace, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. Afterwards, drive to Cabo da Roca and enjoy some free time in the Western most point of continental

You might opt to join an optional gastronomic walking tour to learn about the authentic flavors, aromas, and traditions
of Portugal.

Meals: Breakfast

CLASSIC Stop in Coimbra for a guided city sightseeing tour. Accompanied by a Local Guide, you’ll explore the historical
area of the city and learn all about the oldest university in Portugal, and one of the oldest in the world.

Transfer to Porto to board your Avalon Suite Ship®

Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Visit the Adventure Center on board for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.

DISCOVERY Step back in time within the walls of the Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque with a fascinating
introduction to its symbolism and architecture. Enjoy an excursion with an exclusive visit to one of the most iconic
monasteries of the Romanesque era with entrance to a XIII century church and be enchanted by sounds of Gregorian
Chant from the high choir, OR:
CLASSIC Enter a world of Celtic history and the reign of Cesar Augustus where five roads diverged to form an empire with
a full-day guided tour of Braga. Marvel at the magnificent castle and San Miguel church in Guimarães, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. Celebrate your experience with a stop at one of the area’s many wine farms and enjoy a tasting.

Sample green wine and famous pastries with stops en route to Régua.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DISCOVERY Experience life on one of the oldest farms in the Douro Valley with a personal tour by the owner of the house,
including an olive oil and wine tasting, OR:
CLASSIC Take a guided walking tour of the charming town of Régua —with its religious architecture, narrow streets,
beautiful tiles, and stained-glass window of Casa do Douro. Continue to Lamego to visit the cathedral, followed by a
delicious tasting of bola de Lamego and sparkling wine in a local pastry shop.

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy free time in Pinhão to browse the artisanal markets for woven textiles, terra cotta
creations, and culinary delights, or consider joining an optional excursion to learn about the Douro Valley’s “liquid gold”
at a traditional olive-oil mill.

This evening, consider an optional excursion to enjoy an authentic Portuguese dinner hosted by the local farmers.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a relaxing cruise to Pocinho for a day in the Terra Quente region.

DISCOVERY Discover Vila Nova de Foz Côa at the eastern terminal of the legendary Douro Railway line. Marvel at the
amazing archaeological site along the River Côa where a wealth of remarkable prehistoric rock paintings and carvings
were discovered as the most significant collection of Palaeolithic figurations known today. Before returning to ship, enjoy
hands-on workshop guided by an archeologist, OR:
CLASSIC Join a guided tour of Freixo de Numão, a charming village nestled between the nearby mountains filled with vast
vineyards and granite houses. This little suburb is filled with Roman, Medieval, and modern ruins.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

CLASSIC Join our guide for a guided tour this morning to of one of the most remote villages of the country, Freixo de
Espada à Cinta village in the Douro International Natural Park, home to majestic birds of prey, OR:
CLASSIC Get a taste of Spain with a full-day excursion to Salamanca. This Spanish city will take your breath away with
its stunning streets and squares, featuring a feast for the eyes with Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, and “Plateresque”
architecture. Dive into a delicious dish of the traditional Spanish delicacy, tostón asado (traditional roast suckling pig).

In the afternoon you might wish to join our optional excursion to enjoy a do-it-yourself workshop to learn how to bake
traditional Florinhas (Portuguese pastries).


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

During your morning sailing, a professional painter will guide you through the process of painting an azulejos (traditional
Portuguese tile) to take home a piece of Portugal’s tradition. You may alternatively join an optional excursion to 18thcentury Casa de Mateus – birthplace of Mateus Rosé wine and a masterpiece of Baroque architecture.

CLASSIC Join a guided sightseeing tour of Amarante – poised against a breathtaking backdrop of the great Serra do
Marão mountain and the Tâmega River, which courses through the heart of the city and assortment of houses lining the

Later, feel the passion of Portugal’s soulful and stirring Fado music during a visit with local musicians on board.

Enjoy a scenic sailing to Porto for a free evening to explore the city.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACTIVE Enjoy the wharfs of the Douro River and the coastal magnificence of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, on a bicycle
and accompanied by a professional biologist tour guide, OR;
CLASSIC Join a guided sightseeing tour of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue your experience with a ride
to the riverside city of Matosinhos and up Avenida da Boavista to admire some of the modern charms of Porto – from
ancient avenues to avant-garde graffiti street art, OR:

This afternoon, you may choose to join in a guided optional excursion such as a scenic canal cruise on the Aveiro (Venice
of Portugal) or explore a family-owned factory to witness the Portuguese art of cork and barrel production. Perhaps
simply spend time strolling through Porto’s cobblestone lanes, lovely shops, and tempting tapas bars this afternoon before
experiencing the energy of Porto’s buzzing nightlife.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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