OPTIONAL PRE-CRUISE TOUR: 3 NIGHTS LISBON
TUESDAY, JULY 15 – SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2020
DAY 1: WEDNESDAY, JULY 15TH
ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL
Arrive in Lisbon and check in to your hotel.
OVERNIGHT: Intercontinental Lisbon (or similar)
DAY 2: THURSDAY, JULY 16TH
One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon, stretches across several hills along the Tagus River. Enjoy a city sightseeing tour of this “City of Seven Hills”. (B)
DAY 3: FRIDAY, JULY 17TH
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. (B)
DAY 5: SATURDAY, JULY 18TH
Transfer from Lisbon to Porto via motorcoach. Stop at one of Portugal’s most important monuments that dates back to the 12th centruy, Tomar Castle. This UNESCO World Heritage site lies on the most fertile region of Portugal. After the castle visit, board AmaDouro approximately 3-4pm. (B,L,D).
ENTICING DOURO RIVER CRUISE
SATURDAY, JULY 18 – SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2020
DAY 1: SATURDAY, JULY 18TH
ARRIVE PORTO – EMBARKATION
Arrive on board. Make your way to the AmaDouro for your Enticing Douro cruise. Check-in starts at 3pm. (D)
DAY 2: SUNDAY, JULY 19TH
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)
DAY 3: MONDAY, JULY 20TH
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)
DAY 4: TUESDAY, JULY 21ST
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. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: WEDNESDAY, JULY 22ND
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)
DAY 6: THURSDAY, JULY 23RD
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)
DAY 7: FRIDAY, JULY 24TH
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: SATURDAY, JULY 25TH
PORTO – DISEMBARKATION
This morning, bid farewell to the crew of the AmaDouro and the city of Porto. Depart for onward flights from Porto International Airport.
A reasonable degree of mobility is required for all passengers on this program. Most of the guided tours provided on your cruise are walking tours. 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/scooter or other mobility device, must have another dedicated person traveling with them to assist/push etc. The ship’s crew and other cruise guests are not available 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.