Flavors of Portugal & Spain Cruise/Tour, October 30-November 10, 2020 with Madrona Vineyards

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FLAVORS OF PORTUGAL & SPAIN CRUISE/TOUR

Tour Dates: OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 10, 2020

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DAY 1: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30TH

ARRIVE MADRID

You will be met upon arrival at Madrid International Airport and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

OVERNIGHT: VINCCI SOHO HOTEL (2 Nights)

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DAY 2: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31ST

MADRID SIGHTSEEING / FATIGAS DEL QUERER

Spain’s capital since 1561, Madrid of today is a strikingly modern city.  This morning visit the Puerta del Sol, Plaza de Espana, Parliament, Paseo Castellana and the elegant Calle Alcala. The highlight of our day is a visit to the Prado, one of the world’s great museums housing masterpieces by Velazquez, Goya, Titian, Botticelli and Rubens. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.  Tonight enjoy a special welcome dinner at Villa Paramesa Prado (or similar), a modernist restaurant near our hotel.  (B,D)

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DAY 3: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST

MADRID / SEGOVIA / CONCHINILLO CEREMONY / RIBERA DE DUERO / PENAFIEL

Today depart Madrid and experience two places both extraordinary and uniquely Spanish.  Crossing the rugged Sierra de Guadarrama range enter Castile en route to Segovia, with its 2,000 year old Roman aqueduct and Castle El Alcazar.  Visit and tour the Granaderia Marques de Quintanar, an 8,000 acre rancho owned by a Spanish nobleman whose family has been breeding fighting bulls for centuries. A special lunch is organized at the famous asador restaurant Meson de Candido, to experience the Conchinillo Ceremony, one of Spain’s most renowned culinary traditions.  Afterward continue to Penafiel, a delightful village in the heart of the Ribera de Duero wine region.  Our hotel here is one-of-a-kind; a stunning medieval monastery converted into a fabulous five-star wine and spa resort. (B,L)

OVERNIGHT: HOTEL CASTILLA TERMAL MONASERIO DE VALBUENA 

DAY 4: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND

RIBERA WINERY VISITS / PENAFIEL CASTLE

Today visit two famous Ribera de Duero wineries.  At Pago de Carraovejas enjoy tasting and accompanying tapas dishes, with marvelous views of Penefiel Castle.  This afternoon visit Abadia de Retuerta, set along the banks of the Duero River.  The estate produces some of Spain’s most acclaimed wines. The 12th century abbey here is a beloved and carefully restored cultural site.  (B)

OVERNIGHT: HOTEL CASTILLA TERMAL MONASERIO DE VALBUENA 

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DAY 5: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD

PENAFIEL / SALAMANCA / VEGA TERRON — EMBARKATION

Travel southwest to Salamanca.  Enjoy a guided walking tour of this marvelous university city, seeing the Mercado Central, Plaza Mayor and Cathedral, followed by lunch at a local restaurant specializing in Iberian Ham.  This afternoon continue to Barca d’Alva to board our ship, AmaVida.  (B,L,D)

7-NIGHT DOURO RIVER CRUISE

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DAY 5: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD

PENAFIEL / SALAMANCA / VEGA TERRON — EMBARKATION

Board your river ship for your Flavors of Portugal & Spain cruise. (D)

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DAY 6: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH

VEGA TERRÓN – BARCA D’ALVA – PINHÃO, PORTUGAL

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. If you prefer a more active adventure there, you may hike to the hilltop town. At the end of both tours, enjoy a tasting of local favorites, such as almonds, cheese, bread and wine. (B,L,D)

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DAY 7: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH

PINHÃO

Enjoy an excursion to the palace and gardens known as the Palacio de Mateus, located in the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes, near the city of Vila Real. The interior of the house features various religious images and exquisite furniture, artwork and hand-carved wooden ceilings. The exterior is equally stunning, with gardens that are among the most beautiful in all of Portugal. Later, 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, you’ll be treated to a wine tasting at the charming Quinta do Seixo. (B,L,D)

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DAY 8: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH

RÉGUA – CALDAS DE AREGOS

You have a choice of two excursions, depending on your interests. Your first option is an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). Other attractions include a Gothic cathedral, a museum, and charming cafés. Active adventurers can also choose to hike up the famed Lamego Steps, also known as the Holy Staircase. (B,L,D)

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DAY 9: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH

CALDAS DE AREGOS – ENTRE-OS-RIOS

Enjoy a morning of scenic cruising along a lovely stretch of the Douro. Later in the day, savor a pre-dinner glass of port wine and the breathtaking view of the river valley from the terrace of the centuries-old Alpendurada Monastery. This will be followed by a traditional “home cooked” meal. (B,L,D)

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DAY 10: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH

PORTO

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 plus 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)

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DAY 11: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH

PORTO

Today is at leisure to explore Porto, a fascinating small city and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

TIP:  Visit the Porto Stock Exchange for history and great photographs.  (B,L,D)

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DAY 12: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH

PORTO – DISEMBARKATION

Disembark your cruise in Porto. Transfers can be arranged to Porto Airport for onward flights.  (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.  Most 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.

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