May 21, 2022 – 14 Days (WAITLIST)
Our 2022 dates: Leave the USA on 5/20/22 to start land portion in Lisbon on 5/21/22 and return from Madrid 6/3/22.
Two iconic cities, Lisbon and Madrid, provide the perfect start and end to a grand journey through Portugal and Spain. Cosmopolitan Lisbon offers a treasure trove of Old World architecture and a wealth of stories about its famed explorers; and then there is the seaside town of Sintra, one of the loveliest mountain villages in Portugal and a favorite summer residence of the Portuguese royal family for more than 500 years. Set sail in Porto, the beautiful “City of Bridges” and gateway to the Douro River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with rambling vineyards and charming quintas, which cling to the steep sides of the river.
Taste wines from these vineyards and discover the timeless traditions of Portuguese winemaking throughout your journey before visiting some of Spain’s glorious cities: the golden-hued city of Salamanca, the ancient walled city of Toledo, and cosmopolitan Madrid, renowned for its world-class museums, stately gardens and lively tapas bars.
2022 – Leave the USA on 5/20/22 to start land portion in Lisbon on 5/21/22 and return from Madrid 6/3/22.
13 night trip to Portugal and Spain with a 7 night River Cruise included, visiting Lisbon, Porto, Entre-os-Rio, Regua, Pinhao, Vega de Terron, Salamanca, Madrid Deposit and payments are non-refundable. Travel Insurance is strongly advised.
The AmaVida brings 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.
Category E (per person) (Transom window above waterline) 2022: Cruise Fare $5,959.00 WAITLIST
Category D (per person) (same as E but more central location)2022: Cruise Fare $6,258.00 WAITLIST
Category B (per person) (Balcony) 2022: Cruise Fare $7,658.00 WAITLIST
Category A (per person) (same as B but more central location or higher deck)2022: Cruise Fare $7,958.00 WAITLIST
Arrive in Lisbon and check in to your hotel.
One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon stretches across several hills along the Tagus River.On your escorted tour, you’ll see Belem Tower, a fortified four-story tower made of limestone, and visit the Late Gothic Jerónimos Monastery, the burial place of many Portuguese kings and heroes. You will also taste a typical Portuguese pastry, Pastéis de Belém, before going to Discoveries Monument, built in honor of Portugal’s greatest maritime explorers. (B)
Enjoy a morning excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the most picturesque mountain villages in Portugal, a former summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and a source of inspiration for Lord Byron and generations of other artists and poets. Your guided tour includes a wine tasting and a view of the Pena National Palace, a fairy tale castle situated high on a rocky peak, followed by free time to explore on your own. (B)
Check out of your hotel and take a motorcoach ride through the Portuguese countryside. Stop in Tomar and visit the castle of the Knights Templar, the walls of which envelop the elaborate Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site from the 12th century boasting spectacular frescoes and azulejos (iconic blue painted tiles). Afterward, continue to Porto where you’ll board your ship. (B,D)
Join a guided tour of Porto’s historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll see the Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments; the main square, ringed with shops and cafes; and the São Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of port, Portugal’s most renowned contribution to the world of wine. For the more active adventure, join a hike in Porto and explore the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto. (B,L,D)
After free time further exploring the colorful “City of Bridges,” the ship will sail to Entre-Os-Rios, where you’ll go to dinner at a local quinta to enjoy a traditional “home cooked” meal. (B,L,D)
Venture to the town of Lamego, where you’ll see the “Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies” on a city tour or climb the 686-step “Holy Staircase,” beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles, to the top on a guided hike. Whichever excursion you choose will conclude with a tasting of local specialties such as Bôlas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; Presunto, a type of dry-cured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. (B,L,D)
Visit Mateus Palace and Gardens, where you can admire the elegant 16th- to 18th- century furnishings and spend some time exploring the palace’s magnificent gardens, which feature perfectly manicured topiary work and an impressive cedar tunnel. Later in the day, cruise along the scenic Douro to Pinhão, where a wine tasting will be waiting for you in a local quinta. (B,L,D)
Embark on a leisurely walk to the charming Pinhão Railway Station, a stunning train station along the Douro Line, one of the most iconic rail journeys in Portugal. The station’s main building is revered for its 25 tile panels, all in shades of blue, that depict scenes from the Douro region. Afterward, enjoy an exclusive lunch at Quinta da Avessada, where you’ll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment. The warm, spirited hospitality of this family-run quinta is quite special as you will discover. Several family members play in a band, and while dining, they will entertain you.
Quinta de Avessada is also a fascinating interactive museum commemorating the history and culture of wine in the Alto Douro region, so you’ll have fun discovering all the various stages of wine production as well as doing plenty of tasting. Later in the day, indulge in some free time to explore the town on your own. (B,L,D)
Venture to Castelo Rodrigo, known as the “White Village” because of its almond trees. The site offers spectacular views of the surrounding area and as far away as Spain. Join a walking tour through its medieval streets and see the houses and establishments with 16th-century facades and Manueline style windows. Prefer a more active adventure there, you can hike to the town. At the end of both tours, enjoy a tasting of local favorites, such as almonds, cheese, bread and wine. (B,L,D)
Disembark the ship in Vega De Terrón and board a motorcoach to Madrid. En route to Madrid, you’ll first stop in Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the center of Spain’s Castilla y León region. You will have free time to explore on your own, followed by an escorted city tour that includes the New Cathedral and the uniquely adorned House of Shells. Later in the day, you’ll check into your hotel in Madrid. (B, L)
Discover the vibrant capital of Spain on your city tour that takes in all the top sights, including the elaborate Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park, Puerto del Sol, Mercado de San Miguel and Plaza Mayor. (B)
Journey to the walled city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the ancient capital of Spain. The city is a treasure trove of artistic riches with its winding streets and well-preserved medieval architecture. As part of your escorted tour, you will visit the Cathedral of Toledo as well as the Synagogue Santa María La Blanca in the Jewish Quarter. (B)
Check out of your hotel for your flight home. (B)
OPTIONAL: There is also a PRIVATE group shore excursion that visits Quinta da Regaleira on an 8 hour all day adventure that includes lunch. 21 maximum at $229 per person, if less people go the price will be higher. This tour is exclusive for our Outlander’s Group only.
The price includes lunch at the Hotel Central with a 3-course menu, house red or white wine, mineral water, coffee.
Here are the tentative timings and description for the tour – subject to change:
0815: Buses & Guides at the hotel
0830: Depart from Lisbon hotel
1000: Arrive Pena Palace
1015: Tour the Palace – 1 hour tour + 30 minutes Free time
1215: Arrive Sintra.
1300: Lunch at Restaurant Hotel Central.
1430: Depart for Quinta da Regaleira
1500: Visit Quinta da Regaleira
1600: Depart for hotel with photo stops
1800: Arrive at Lisbon hotel
Departure to the delightful town of Sintra, in the outskirts of Lisbon immortalized by the World famous poet Lord Byron as “Glorious Eden”. Visit the Pena Palace a marvelous fairy tale castle from the 19th century, and one of the most important examples of the Portuguese architecture from the Romantic period.
Enjoy some leisure time in Sintra historical center and the opportunity to stroll along its charming narrow streets, full of small shops, where beautiful tiles, ceramics and handicrafts can be found. Lunch at a local restaurant.
Follows a visit to Quinta da Regaleira. Descending the ever-green mountain on to Cape Roca, the Western-most point of continental Europe, a stop will be made by the cliffs over the Atlantic Ocean.
Going on the coast we’ll finish our journey in the charming Cascais, an old and suggestive fishermen’s village where a stop will be made to enjoy the suggestive frame of the bay.
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