Flavors of Portugal & Spain Cruise/Tour, June 11-22, 2019 with Peachy Canyon Winery

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The Enticing Douro River Cruise & Tour

Embarkation Date: TUESDAY, JUNE 11TH

Portugal, Porto

DAY 1: TUESDAY, JUNE 11TH

EMBARKATION – PORTO, PORTUGAL

Embark your luxurious ship in Porto. This evening, meet your fellow passengers. (D)

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DAY 2: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12TH

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; 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 3: THURSDAY, JUNE 13TH

PORTO – ENTRE-OS-RIOS

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 the centuries-old Alpendurada Monastery. Savor a pre-dinner glass of Port and the breathtaking view of the river from the terrace of the monastery before having a traditional “home cooked” meal. (B,L,D)

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DAY 4: FRIDAY, JUNE 14TH

RÉGUA

Enjoy an excursion to 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-wooden ceilings. The exterior is equally stunning, with gardens that are among the most beautiful in all of Portugal. (B,L,D)

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DAY 5: SATURDAY, JUNE 15TH

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 for the more active adventurer will want to hike. Concluding the walking and hiking 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. Afterwards, you’ll go to the formal Episcopal Palace Museum. Later in the day, cruise along the scenic Douro to Pinhão. (B,L,D)

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DAY 6: SUNDAY, JUNE 16TH

PINHÃO

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, you’ll be treated to a wine tasting at the charming Quinta do Seixo. (B,L,D)

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DAY 7: MONDAY, JUNE 17TH

VEGA TERRÓN, SPAIN

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)

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DAY 8 TUESDAY, JUNE 18TH

DISEMBARKATION: VEGA TERRÓN / SALAMANCA / PENAFIEL

Disembark the AmaVida in Vega Terrón and board our motorcoach bound for Valladolid.  En route enjoy a walking tour and lunch 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. Afterwards be treated to a delicious lunch at a local restaurant specializing in prized Iberian ham.  Later in the day, arrive in Penafiel, in the heart of Spain’s La Ribera 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 MONASTERIO DE VALBUENA

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DAY 9: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19TH

PENAFIEL / LA RIBERA WINERIES

Today visit two famous Ribera de Duero wineries, Finca Villacreces and Pago de Carraovejas. The big full-bodied red wines of La Ribera will amaze.  They rival the best of Bordeaux at substantially less cost and will age well for decades.  Enjoy tastings and accompanying tapas dishes.  Later this afternoon explore iconic Peñafiel Castle, with its marvelous views over the valley.  (B,L)

OVERNIGHT: HOTEL CASTILLA TERMAL MONASTERIO DE VALBUENA 

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DAY 10: THURSDAY, JUNE 20TH

PENAFIEL / SEGOVIA / MADRID

Today experience two places both extraordinary and uniquely Spanish.  Sierra de Guadarrama range Enter Castile en route to Segovia, with its 2,000 year old Roman aqueduct and Castle El Alcazar.  A special lunch is organized at the famous asador restaurant Meson de Candido.  Experience and enjoy the Conchinillo Ceremony, one of Spain’s most renowned culinary traditions.  This afternoon stop and tour the Ganaderia Marques de Quintanar, an 8,000 acre rancho owned by a Spanish nobleman whose family has been breeding fighting bulls for centuries.  Later cross the Sierra de Guadarrama range and enter Madrid. (B,L)

OVERNIGHT: HOTEL NH PALACIO DE TEPAS or similar

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DAY 11: FRIDAY, JUNE 21ST

MADRID SIGHTS & PRADO MUSEUM

Discover Madrid, 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. This afternoon visit the Prado, one of the great museums of the world, showcasing the work of Diego Velazquez and numerous other masters. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner at a splendid Madrid restaurant. (B,D)

OVERNIGHT: HOTEL NH PALACIO DE TEPAS or similar

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DAY 12: SATURDAY, JUNE 22ND

MADRID AIRPORT — INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

As your trip comes to an end, you will be transferred to the Madrid-Barajas International Airport for your flights back to the USA or onward. (B)

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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.