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Take a 27 day journey from Lisbon to Paris with the River Cruise Tour Best of Portugal and France (2021). You can explore 27 destinations in Europe, starting in Portugal’s captivating city of Lisbon. This package includes accommodation, an expert guide, meals, transport and more – making it a perfect choice for those seeking a comprehensive tour experience.


Tour highlights

Experience the delights of Europe in a single journey, beginning with Lisbon’s vibrant atmosphere. Hop on board a cruise along the Douro, taking you into Spain and Madrid. Then it is off to France for gourmet treats by the banks of the Rhone and Saon; finally rounding off with an exploration of artistry at Seine’s riverside.



Places you’ll see

  • Lisbon
  • Sintra
  • Coimbra
  • Peso da Regua
  • Pinhao
  • Barca de Alva
  • Madrid
  • Marseille
  • Arles
  • Avignon
  • Tournon-sur-Rhone
  • Lyon
  • Tournus
  • Paris
  • Le Havre
  • Honfleur
  • Rouen



Tour itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Lisbon
Greetings and a warm welcome to Portugal! After your arrival in Lisbon, you’ll be taken directly to your hotel so you can settle in.

Day 2 Lisbon
Kick off your exploration of Lisbon by hopping aboard the city’s classic tramcars and exploring the Old Town. Don’t miss out on a visit Jerónimos Monastery, declared a World Heritage Site, which was constructed in 1502 by King Manuel I to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s journey to India. Later, convene with your fellow travellers for an enjoyable welcome dinner.

Day 3 Lisbon, Sintra
Prepare to be surprised the moment you lay eyes on Serra de Sintra – surrounded by picturesque mountain tops in every direction. Don’t forget to check out King Ferdinand II’s incredible Park and Palace of Pena while you’re here! After that, take some free time and take in all that Sintra has to offer. Grab some lunch when it’s convenient for you, before making your way back to Lisbon via a scenic coastal route. To bid farewell to your trip, why not savor some local cuisine at one of the restaurants near your hotel?

Day 4 Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Embark Ship
Embrace Portugal’s beauty by travelling through its countryside and then exploring the historic city of Coimbra, where the nation’s most esteemed university is located. Take in the sights before enjoying a leisurely lunch. Afterwards, journey to Porto and board your river boat. As you settle in for an evening meal, you’ll soon set off on a brilliant cruise around Porto with your ship providing the perfect spot to take it all in.

Day 5 Porto
Today is the chance to do what strikes your fancy the most.

Day 6 Porto, Guimarães, Entre-Os-Rios
We have an interesting journey lined up for you today to the historical city of Guimarães. You will be able to witness first-hand the development of medieval settlements with a guided tour. Cruise through scenic Douro Valley and arrive to Entre-Os-Rios where you can explore the Quinta da Avelada, a family business that has been making wine in the region since 1870s. Take some time to wander through their gardens, and cap off the day with a sampling of delicious local wines and cheese.

Day 7 Régua
As you make your way to Régua this morning, be sure to take in the beautiful sunshine. Upon arriving at your destination, why not explore the Douro Museum which is a great source of knowledge into the fascinating culture of the renowned Douro Valley wine region.

Day 8 Regua, Pinhão
Once the morning activities have been completed, relax and take in the sights as you continue your journey towards Pinhão.

Day 9 Pinhão
A visit to the majestic Palacio de Mateus is an unforgettable experience near Vila Real in Portugal. This impressive palace was built in the 18th century by renowned architect Nicolau Nasoni, and it many people recognize it from the popular Mateus Rosé wine label. Your trip will culminate with a fantastic captain’s farewell dinner.

Day 10 Barca d’Alva
Your tour of the historic town of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo will conclude with a visit to its castle ruins. After your exploration, you can return to the board and enjoy an exquisite dinner. As you spend your last night here, images of Spain linger in your mind.

Day 11 Barca d’Alva, Disembark Ship, Salamanca, Madrid
From Barca d’Alva, say farewell to life on the waves and take off for a tour of Salamanca – an ancient city. Here, you’ll marvel at the University of Salamanca and be enchanted by the House of Shells. Then it’s time to proceed to Madrid where your accommodation awaits. Once there, use the evening as you wish!

Day 12 Madrid
Take advantage of the opportunity to discover Madrid and its culture before sitting down for dinner at one of the city’s restaurants.

Day 13 Madrid, Marseille, Arles, Embark Ship
Once you have said your goodbyes to Spain, take a trip to the beautiful city of Marseille in France.

Day 14 Arles, Avignon
Start your day by journeying to the city of Arles, famous for its beautiful buildings that were an inspiration to the great artist Van Gogh. As you make your way towards Avignon afterwards, there are many sightseeing opportunities awaiting you.

Day 15 Tournon
The choice is yours when it comes to today’s sightseeing.

Day 16 Vienne, Lyon
This morning, why not pick a sightseeing event tailored just for you? As the day winds down, your vessel sets sail for Lyon. On arrival in this beautiful city, take part in an orientation tour and learn all about its mysteries.

Day 17 Lyon
This evening promises to be an unforgettable one, with a number of remarkable sightseeing activities now available. Make the most of this opportunity and take part in our Signature Experience.

Day 18 Tournus
In and around TournusThe choice is yours when it comes to today’s sightseeing.

Day 19 Chalon-sur-Saône
The town of Beaune has a long and proud history, as evidenced by its ancient walls that still encircle it. The stunning landscape nearby is full of grapevines, making Beaune renowned for their excellent Burgundy wines.

Day 20 Chalon-sur-Saône, Disembark Ship, Paris
Your journey to Paris begins with a stop at Le Creusot Montceau, and then taking the train to the French capital. Upon arrival, treat yourself to lunch while you experience an enjoyable river cruise on a glass-top boat. Afterward, a second vessel awaits your presence on the River Seine for even more delightful sightseeing.

Day 21 Paris
This evening, why not treat yourself with a one-of-a-kind Signature Experience?

Day 22 La Roche-Guyon
The choice is yours today.

Day 23 Le Havre, Honfleur
When you come to Le Havre, a picturesque port town awaits: Honfleur.

Day 24 Caudebec-en-Caux
As you approach Caudebec-en-Caux, a traditional fishing village, there is much to marvel at. Its harbour is alive with bright buildings and plenty of sightseeing opportunities for visitors.

Day 25 Rouen
Tonight, make sure to pick the best place to take in the sights.

Day 26 Vernon, Giverny
Choose your sightseeing today.

Day 27 Disembark Ship, Depart Paris
Breakfast is finished, and so it is time to say goodbye to your traveling companions. Moving forward, you will disembark the ship and be headed toward the airport for the next leg of your journey.



What’s included

21 nights on a luxury river ship and five nights’ luxury land accommodation
Seven Nights, the MS AmaVida
Two Nights, Madrid, Gran Melia Fenix
14 Nights, an Aria River Ship
Seven Nights, an Aria River Ship

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 69 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages

Additional Services
Experiences in 28 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
Experience the glitz and elegance of an iconic Parisian Cabaret show at the Lido

Transfers, porterage, port charges and gratuities

What’s included

International flights are not included

Insurance is not included

Other activities and services are not included

Additional Services
Other activities and services are not included


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