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OPTIONAL PRE-CRUISE TOUR: 3 NIGHTS LISBON, 1 NIGHT PORTO

Tuesday, April 23 – Saturday, April 27, 2024

DAY 1: TUESDAY, APRIL 23

ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL

Arrive in Lisbon and check in to your hotel.In the heart of Lisbon, the PortoBay Liberdade Hotel is ideally located, with easy walking access to the city’s finest restaurants and shopping.
OVERNIGHT: PORTOBAY LIBERDADE HOTEL (3 nights)

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

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 a delightful local restaurant. (B,D)

DAY 3: THURSDAY, APRIL 25

LISBON – SINTRA

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.” A must when visiting Sintra is to spend time in the National Palace of Sintra, which is one of the best-preserved medieval palaces in Portugal. (B)

DAY 4: FRIDAY, APRIL 26

LISBON – COIMBRA – PORTO

Depart Lisbon this morning traveling north to Obidos, where you will enjoy local wine tasting. Continuing on to Coimbra for a visit to Portugal’s premier universityand lunch at Nacional Restaurant. After the visit and lunch the tour will continue on to Porto with a planned afternoon arrival. (B,L)
OVERNIGHT: PESTANA VINTAGE PORTO

DAY 5: SATURDAY, APRIL 27

LISBON – 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 distinguished port wine “producer”, Licensed Purveyor to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Board AmaDouro approximately 4pm. (B,L,D)

Enticing Douro Cruise

Saturday, April 27 – Saturday, May 4, 2024

DAY 1: SATURDAY, APRIL 27

EMBARKATION – PORTO, PORTUGAL

Board the ship AmaDouro for your Enticing Douro cruise. (D)

DAY 2: SUNDAY, APRIL 28

PORTO – RÉGUA

Begin your day with a tour of the 18th-century Palacio Anadia, or Palace of the Counts, known for its beautiful interior and Baroque style. Inside the house, you’ll see intricate panels of blue and white tiles throughout the rooms and a striking vaulted ceiling that retell the history behind the palace. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: MONDAY, APRIL 29

RÉGUA – PINHÃO

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 climb on a guided 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 dry-cured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. You’ll then go to the formal Episcopal Palace Museum. Later in the day, savor the flavors of Portugal’s renowned fortified wine, vinho do porto, made exclusively in the Douro Valley. Head to a local quinta for your authentic Port-wine tasting experience and enjoy the sweet nectar of this fascinating region. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: TUESDAY, APRIL 30

VEGA DE TERRÓN, SPAIN – SALAMANCA

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 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, MAY 1

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. Be treated to an exclusive dinner at Quinta da Avessada, where you’ll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment. Quinta da 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. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: THURSDAY, MAY 2

ENTRE-OS-RIOS

Entre-os-Rios translates to “between the rivers,” and this small village is, quite appropriately, located at the confluence of the Tâmega and Douro rivers. This tranquil village offers an authentic slice of Douro River life. In the afternoon, indulge in a traditional Portuguese lunch with your fellow travelers in Entre-os-Rios at a local quinta – a country estate – for a truly authentic culinary experience. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: FRIDAY, MAY 3

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. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore all of Porto’s charms on your own. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: SATURDAY, MAY 4

PORTO – DISEMBARKATION

Disembark the ship and prepare for your flight home. (B)

PLEASE NOTE:

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.

Expanding Horizons reserves the right to amend the program and provide alternative arrangements without notification.