Places you’ll see
- Peso da Regua
- Barca de Alva
Before you embark on an adventure through Portugal and Spain, take some time to explore the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. Immerse yourself in its atmosphere and culture before boarding a cruise down the Douro River.
Day 1 Arrive Lisbon
Greetings and a warm welcome to Portugal! After your arrival in Lisbon, you can check in at the hotel and make yourself comfortable. We have organised a reception for tonight, a great opportunity for you to mingle with other visitors.
Day 2 Lisbon
To kick off your time in Lisbon, why not hop onto a tram and explore the ever captivating Old Town? Among the many dramatic sights that you’ll encounter is the Jeronimos Monastery – an iconic symbol of Portugal’s power during the Age of Discovery. Originally constructed by King Manuel I all the way back in 1502, it was meant to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s journey to India. Afterwards, join other travellers for a delightful welcome dinner!
Day 3 Lisbon, Sintra
Take one look at Serra de Sintra and you’ll be awestruck. The stunning mountain range presents exquisite view after view, with the distinctive Park and Palace of Pena – erected by King Ferdinand II – fronting the impressive landscape. Spend some time exploring this area before heading back to Lisbon via the coastal route. Make sure you enjoy a relaxed lunch before your journey – why not grab a bite at one of the local restaurants? It’s your final night in town, so make sure it’s memorable with dinner at one of Sintra’s eateries.
Day 4 Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Embark Ship
Explore the ancient city of Coimbra, home to Portugal’s most renowned university. After taking in the sights and grabbing some lunch, it’s time to make your way to Porto. Climb aboard your river ship and set off on a stunning evening cruise around the vibrant city. Enjoy an illuminations tour of the beautiful Portuguese port.
Day 5 Porto
Seize the day and do something that brings you joy. Now is your time to act on your desires.
Day 6 Porto, Guimaraes, Entre-Os-Rios
For those seeking knowledge on how medieval settlements have evolved, Guimaraes is definitely worth the trip. Afterward, sail along the Douro Valley and make your way to Entre-Os-Rios for an opportunity to indulge in some wine and cheese at Quinta da Avelada.
Day 7 Regua
Start your journey to Regua this morning and take advantage of the warm sunshine. Once you’ve arrived, explore the Douro Museum and gain an incredible understanding into the culture of the famous Douro Valley wine region.
Day 8 Regua, Pinhao
It’s your call what you want to see today. After that, take it easy and keep on navigating towards Pinhao.
Day 9 Pinhão
Set off on a journey and explore the grandeur of Palacio de Mateus. Found near the city of Vila Real, this palace was constructed by renowned Portuguese architect Nicolau Nasoni in the 18th century. Additionally, many may recognize it due to its iconic presence on Mateus Rose Wine bottles.
Day 10 Barca d’Alva
Your journey to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo will conclude with a visit to the castle ruins. Later, savor a Captain’s Farewell Dinner as you reflect upon your time in Spain. Enjoy one last night of sailing before heading back home.
Day 11 Barca d’Alva, Disembark Ship, Salamanca, Madrid
As your ship docks at Barca d’Alva, it’s time to say goodbye to life onboard and venture on a remarkable journey. Your first stop is Salamanca with its rich cultural heritage, including the centuries-old University of Salamanca and the stunning House of Shells.
Day 12 Madrid
Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to explore Madrid, Spain before dinner at a nearby eatery.
Day 13 Madrid, Marseille, Arles, Embark Ship
Say your goodbyes to Spain as you leave for Marseille, France, setting course towards Arles. Here, you will begin your cruise along the rivers of Rhone, Saone and Seine.
Day 14 Arles, Avignon
This morning, embark on a journey to Arles where you can explore the delightful, sun-drenched streets that inspired some of Van Gogh’s well-known artwork. Afterward, make your way to Avignon and marvel at its majestic château, famously known as the Palace of the Popes. This remarkable monument is a standout among Europe’s vast selection of medieval Gothic structures.
Day 15 Tournon
Choose how you’d like to spend your day.
Day 16 Vienne, Lyon
As the sun rises, it’s time to venture out onto a new adventure as you begin your journey towards Lyon. When you arrive, get ready to explore this stunning city while on an orientation tour.
Day 17 Lyon, Collonges
Start the day off right with your favorite activity and by nightfall, treat yourself to an unforgettable Signature Experience.
Day 18 Tournus
The day unfolds just the way you’d like it, thanks to a choice of activities on offer.
Day 19 Chalon-sur-Saône, Beaune
Set in the heart of Burgundy’s vineyards, Beaune is a town steeped in history. Its ancient walls surround cobbled streets and vibrant marketplaces, making it an ideal destination for those wanting to discover the region. Furthermore, Beaune is celebrated for its wide selection of renowned bottles of Burgundian wine.
Day 20 Chalon-sur-Saône, Disembark Ship, Depart Lyon
The morning meal has been enjoyed; now it’s time to depart and make the journey to Lyon airport.
14 nights on a luxury river ship and five nights’ luxury land accommodation
Three Nights, Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz
Seven Nights, the MS AmaVida
Two Nights, Madrid, Gran Melia Fenix
14 Nights, an Aria River Ship
Included flight: Madrid – Marseille
*** International flights are not included.
Expert tour and cruise directors
Tuck in to lunch at the vineyard Quinta da Roêda, before a port wine tasting
Luxury dining – a total of 48 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
Experiences in 20 destinations
Visit Palácio da Bolsa for a cocktail reception and Fado performance
Dine at L’Abbaye de Collonges, founded by acclaimed French chef Paul Bocuse
MS AmaVida, Aria River Ship, Coach, Plane
What’s not included
Insurance is not included.
Other activities and services are not included.
Other activities and services are not included.