Enticing Douro

A 12-Day Amadeus Waterways tour starting from $3,849

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Tour Length: 12 Days
Countries Visited: Portugal
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Tour Type:
 River Cruises
Tour Category: Deluxe Tour
Tour Operator: Amadeus Waterways
Tour Code: AMAENTDOURO
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Cities Visited:
Lisbon, Porto, Regua, Barca d'Alva, Vega Terron, Pinhao, Entre-os-Rios

Spend three nights in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, before beginning your journey down the Douro River, with its dramatic gorges, lush vineyards, and tranquil fishing villages. Begin 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.

 
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3 nights hotel accommodation in Lisbon, including daily buffet breakfast

Transfer from the hotel to Lisbon to the ship in Porto

7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms with balconies

Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included

Complimentary Internet access in all staterooms

Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board

Superb dining including complimentary local wine, port wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board

Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily

Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner

Sail Away Mimosa and Sun Deck BBQ

Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music

Services of professional Cruise Manager

All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)

Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways

All local taxes

 
Day 1 - DEPART USA/CANADA
Board your overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal.

Day 2 - ARRIVE IN LISBON
Arrive in Lisbon and check in to your hotel. The remainder of the day and evening is free to explore on your own.

Day 3 - LISBON
One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon sprawls across several hills along the Tagus River. See Belem Tower, a fortified 4-story tower made of limestone, and visit the Late Gothic Jerónimos Monastery, the burial place of many Portuguese kings and heroes. You will also see the Discoveries Monument, the city’s most famous monument, built in honor of Portugal’s greatest maritime explorers. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city’s other top sights, such as the Castle of São Jorge or the Santa Justa Elevator that overlooks the castle, river and Rossio Square. (B)

Day 4 - LISBON – SINTRA
Enjoy a morning excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the loveliest mountain villages in Portugal, a favorite summer residence of the Portuguese royal family for more than 500 years. Long an inspiration for artists and poets, Lord Byron once called it “perhaps the most delightful [village] in Europe.” High up on a rocky peak, you will tour the Castelo da Pena, a wonderful fairy tale castle dating from Portugal’s Romantic period. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting or time on your own. (B)

Day 5 - LISBON – FATIMA – PORTO – EMBARKATION
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside to Porto. Stop along the way to spend several hours in Fatima, famous for its shrine to the Virgin Mary and a world-renowned pilgrimage site. Explore the town and enjoy lunch on your own before continuing on to Porto to board your ship. Gather on board tonight for a Welcome Dinner. (B, D)

Day 6 - PORTO - RÉGUA
Spend a leisurely morning soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Régua, a Portuguese town renowned for its utterly spectacular scenery. After arriving this afternoon, enjoy a port wine tasting at Quinto do Seixo, a lovely 108-acre country estate that offers an interactive wine museum and breathtaking views of steeply terraced hillside vineyards, the Douro River and the nearby village of Pinhão. All port made here is destined for Sandeman, a company known around the world for its quality wines. Later, you may choose to visit the Douro Museum, which offers a comprehensive and fascinating in-depth look at the unique Douro wine-growing region. Your ship moors in Régua overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - RÉGUA - BARCA D’ALVA
This morning, 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. This afternoon, enjoy the wild, rugged scenery as your ship cruises through the dramatic gorges of the Douro river valley en route to Barca d’Alva. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - SALAMANCA, SPAIN – VEGA DE TERRÓN, PORTUGAL
Drive to Salamanca today for a full-day 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. Later, enjoy a lively and colorful foot-stomping Flamenco show. You will rejoin the ship in Vega de Terrón, where the ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - VEGA DE TERRÓN – PINHÃO
After breakfast, tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with 16th-century walls and steep, narrow streets. Stop to admire the Chafariz dos Pretos, a striking and very unique fountain decorated with black faces. Return to the ship for lunch and cruise onward to Pinhão. This evening, you will be treated to a wine-tasting and dinner at a local “quinta.” We moor overnight in Pinhão. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - 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. 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 at the Alpendurada Monastery. Savor a glass of port as you take in the gorgeous view from the monastery’s terrace. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - 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. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of port wine, which derives its name from this very city. The ship moors overnight in Porto. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - PORTO - DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

 
         
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Airfare Disclaimer
A NOTE ABOUT AIRFARE: We encourage you to buy your airfare from the tour operator, because if your tour cancels then your airlines tickets will be covered. Purchasing flights separately at a lesser rate and incorporating it with a Non-Guaranteed Departure Date can result in loss of total cost of your flight investment. Depending on the fare rules, flights may be Non-Refundable and/or Non-Transferable. Neither the tour operator and/or Atlas Cruises & Tours will be held responsible for loss if a tour is cancelled for Lack of Participation.

Documents
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

AmaVida

Debuting in the spring of 2013 the AmaVida will bring AmaWaterways’ distinctive standard of excellence to the Douro River in Portugal. This grand 106-passenger vessel features balconies in the majority of its spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 323 sq. ft. Guests on the AmaVida will enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, plus al fresco dining for up to 32 guests. The AmaVida also features a Sun Deck swimming pool; fitness center and spa; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access on a 42” flat-screen and ship-wide Wi-Fi.

AmaVida

Staterooms (Click thumbnails to see full size image

Cat. A

Porto Deck

Balcony

215 SQ. FT. 


Cat. B & C

Lisbon Deck

Balcony

215 SQ. FT.


Cat. D & E

Douro Deck

Panoramic Window

161 SQ. FT. 


Suite

Porto Deck

Balcony

323 SQ. FT


Ship Facts:

  • Inagurated: 2013
  • Length: 260
  • Width: 37
  • Staterooms: 53
  • Passenger Capacity: 106

Ship Amenities:

Dining and Cuisine

Gourmet dining on the AmaVida brings you sophisticated and outstanding cuisine with delightful, attentive service, plus a casual al fresco dining option. Savor culinary masterpieces and free-flowing local wines at dinner, while surrounded by the Douro River Valley.

Stateroom Amenities

  • All outside staterooms with the balconies for majority of staterooms
  • Extra spacious Suites are 323 sq. ft. with balcony
  • Balcony Staterooms are 215 sq. ft. and Panoramic Window Staterooms are 161 sq. ft.
  • In room safe, hair dryer, ample closet space and wireless telephone
  • Suites feature sitting area with sofa
  • All staterooms have complimentary Internet access and Wi-Fi
  • 42" Flat-screen Televisions in every stateroom
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • Full marble bathrooms
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Ship Areas

  • Sun Deck offering unimpeded panoramic views
  • Sun Deck with lounge chairs
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
  • 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station
  • Main Lounge with bar & piano
  • Massage Spa
  • Elevator reaching all 3 stateroom decks
  • Fitness Room
  • Heated pool

Onbaord Entertainment

After dinner, we invite you to enjoy engaging evening entertainment. You are sure to be enthralled as different performers come on board each night. It's the perfect complement to your daily discoveries.

Internet

Stay connected with friends and family back home, thanks to the Internet provided in your stateroom and Wi-Fi throughout the ship. It’s all available on your flat-panel TV, and it’s completely complimentary.
 Massage Spa 
As you sail through Portugal's most beautiful and tranquil scenery, why not take the opportunity to treat yourself with a massage. Pamper your body and rejuvenate your spirit while you’re on board with AmaWaterways.

 

 

 

Prices are per person double occupancy in a Cat. E

Important: Dates, prices & itineraries for 2015 and 2016 sailings are subject to change.

Port Charges: $168 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price. Single Supplement for Land: $420 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).

 
 

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