Enticing Douro River Cruise, November 12-19, 2019 with Vineyard Grant James and Ramona Ranch Vineyard & Winery

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LISBON - PRE CRUISE TOUR OPTION

Friday, November 8th - Tuesday, November 12th

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DAY 1: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8th

LISBON

Arrive in Lisbon and check in to your hotel. In the heart of Lisbon, the Tivoli Libertade is ideally located, with easy walking access to the city’s finest restaurants and shopping.

OVERNIGHT: TIVOLI LIBERTADE HOTEL (3 nights)

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DAY 2: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9th

LISBON

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 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 taste a typical Portuguese pastry, Pastéis de Belém, before going to Discoveries Monument, built in honor of Portugal’s greatest maritime explorers. Tonight we have a special Portuguese fare dinner booked at the delightful Nacional Restaurant. (B,D)

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DAY 3: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10th

LISBON – SINTRA – COLARES – CASCAIS

Enjoy a morning excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the loveliest mountain villages in Portugal and 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 Pena National Palace, a wonderful fairytale castle dating back to Portugal’s Romantic period. On the return to Lisbon, enjoy a wine tasting in Colares where grape vines grow in the sand. Then a stop in Cascais to visit the beaches of Portugal. (B)

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DAY 4: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11th

LISBON – OBIDOS – COIMBRA – PORTO

Depart Lisbon this morning traveling north to Porto.  En route stop at in Obidos — a classic Portuguese fortified town. It is one of the most picturesque locations in Portugal. It radiates Portuguese charm, from the narrow cobbled streets, the quaint houses, through to the imposing medieval castle, which once guarded the region. Our next stop will be the University town of Coimbra (home to Portugal’s premier university). Enjoy lunch a 3-course lunch before a brief tour of the University campus and the famous library. Late afternoon arrival in Porto. (B,L)    OVERNIGHT: YEATMAN HOTEL

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DAY 5: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12th

EMBARKATION – PORTO

This morning enjoy sightseeing of Porto city, with its delightful architecture and gracious plazas. Hear the story and history of the port wine business and why so many of the companies that make port have centuries-old ties to England.  Afterward experience a private tour, tasting and leisurely lunch at Taylor-Fladgate, Portugal’s oldest and most revered port wine “producer”, Licensed Purveyor to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Board AmaVida approximately 4pm. (B,L,D)

The Enticing Douro River Cruise

Embarkation Date: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12th

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DAY 1: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12th

ARRIVE PORTO – EMBARKATION

Make your way to the AmaVida for your Enticing Douro cruise by 4pm. (D)

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DAY 2: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13th

PORTO – RÉGUA

Cruise to Régua where you can visit the Baroque-style Palacio de Mateus and its gardens, located in the lovely Trás-os-Montes region. Inside the house, you’ll see interesting furnishings, paintings and a ceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here are considered some of the most beautiful in Portugal. (B,L,D)

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DAY 3: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14th

RÉGUA – BARCA D’ALVA

Spend time soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Barca d’Alva, where you will visit Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries-old walls, steep narrow streets and fantastic views. You can also opt to hike up to the village should you wish a more active exploration. While here, taste some delicious locally grown produce. (B,L,D)

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DAY 4: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15th

BARCA D’ALVA – SALAMANCA, SPAIN

Drive to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built of golden sandstone, Salamanca is known as a “living museum,” and you will have an opportunity to step back in time to the Middle Ages during your escorted walking tour, which includes the city’s elegant university buildings, the New Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells and Plaza Mayor. Afterward dine at one of Salamanca’s renowned Restaurante Bambu,where we have organized a special Hart2Hart luncheon of local Spanish delicacies. (B,L,D)

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DAY 5: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16th

PINHÃO, PORTUGAL

Be treated to 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, venture to Quinta do Seixo, producers of some of the most traditionally made wine in the Douro region. An expert from the Sandeman Winery will take you on a tasting and private tour of the wine cellars, teaching you about the centuries-old winemaking methods. (B,L,D)

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DAY 6: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17th

RÉGUA – ENTRE-OS-RIOS

Travel to picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, where you’ll go to 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, which the more active adventurer will want to hike. Concluding both tours, you will have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties, such as bôlas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; presunto, a type of drycured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. You’ll then go to the formal Episcopal Palace Museum. Later, savor a pre-dinner glass of Vinho Verde from the terrace of the centuries-old Alpendurada Monastery, followed by a traditional “home-cooked” meal. (B,L,D)

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DAY 7: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18th

PORTO

The colorful city of Porto blends the best of old and new, which you can discover on an escorted tour of the historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments; 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. If you prefer to get more active, you can go on a guided hike and then enjoy a Port wine tasting. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19th

PORTO – DISEMBARKATION

Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

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PLEASE NOTE:

A reasonable degree of mobility is required for all passengers on this program. Many of the guided tours provided on your cruise are walking tours.  Guests join an expert guide walking through a village or to (and through) an attraction, like a local winery with a centuries-old wine cellar.  Additionally, many historic villages in Europe are located on hilltops, where it is necessary to walk up and down hilly, cobblestone streets that may have narrow passageways.  Ships docked in port are often rafted side-by-side to another river ship.  Passengers are then required to ascend and descend flights of 12 or more stairs to walk up to observation deck, down to gang planks to enter or exit the rafted ships. To participate in tours and get on and off the ship, travelers must be able to walk unaccompanied.

Disabilities and Wheelchairs
Persons with a walking disability or an injury, or who require a wheelchair, must have another dedicated person traveling with them to assist/push etc.  The ship’s crew and other cruise guests cannot be expected to assist persons with limited mobility. On customized pre or post cruise land programs, the Expanding Horizons tour manager is authorized to remove, or ask to leave from the tour, any traveler incapable of, unwilling to, or impeding the overall movement and progress of the tour group.