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Discover some of the best sites of Spain and Portugal with the In-depth Cultural tour Spain and Portugal Delights with Douro River Cruise (2021). This 23 day package takes travelers through 17 beautiful places, starting from Barcelona and concluding in Madrid. During your tour you will be provided with meals, hotel accommodation, transport and more plus an expert guide to make sure you get the most out of your experience.


Places you’ll see

  • Barcelona
  • Madrid
  • Toledo
  • Cordoba
  • Granada
  • Ronda
  • Seville
  • Lisbon
  • Sintra
  • Coimbra
  • Peso da Regua
  • Pinhao
  • Barca de Alva



Tour highlights

This tour offers a comprehensive exploration of Spain and Portugal, beginning with the enchanting city of Barcelona. Wander through galleries and admire stunning architecture while delighting in traditional flamenco performances and tapas. Further on lies Portugal’s elegant Algarve coast, followed by Lisbon and Porto before ending on the beautiful Douro River.



Tour itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Barcelona
Upon your arrival, you will receive a warm welcome and transportation to your hotel.

Day 2 Barcelona
Be sure to add the magnificent Sagrada Familia to your itinerary on a city outing. Later, reunite in the evening for a delightful welcome dinner.

Day 3 Barcelona, Madrid
It’s time to say goodbye to Barcelona and hop on the train to Madrid. Get ready for an artistic treat when you reach your destination, because visiting the Prado Museum is a must. Lose yourself among beautiful works of art which once belonged to the Royal Spanish Collection, displaying masterpieces by Velazquez.

Day 4 Madrid
Visitors to Madrid have a unique opportunity today, as they can explore some of its most iconic landmarks including El Palacio Real, Parque del Buen Retiro and Plaza Mayor.

Day 5 Madrid, Toledo, Córdoba
Begin your explorations today by journeying to the ancient city of Toledo. Here, you can take a guided tour through its winding avenues, learning about its significant past.

Day 6 Córdoba
Start your day with a guided tour of two of Córdoba’s most fascinating attractions – the Great Mosque and its Jewish Quarter. Afterwards, you’ll have some leisure time to explore at your own pace.

Day 7 Córdoba, Granada
Before visiting Granada, why not stop by a local olive estate and taste some of the best delicacies from Spain?

Day 8 Granada
Discover the remarkable Alhambra, a World Heritage-listed construction that stands as a significant symbol of Moorish art and Andalusian history. Guided tours are available to admire the incredible fortress and palace, taking in sights such as the restored Lion Fountain and Nasrid Palace complex.

Day 9 Granada, Ronda, Seville
Set out for Ronda, an exquisite mountaintop village located atop a grand ravine. Take in the marvelous scenery of the area and don’t forget to bring your camera! Afterward, finish off your journey by heading over to Seville—the capital of Andalusia. When you arrive, why not complete your day with a delicious dinner?

Day 10 Seville
Exploring the incredible city of Seville, start off by visiting the majestic Alcazar royal palace. Follow this with a trip to view the beautiful Cathedral de Sevilla and the iconic Giralda Tower.

Day 11 Seville, Algarve
For an unforgettable getaway, make a visit to the stunning Portuguese coastline of the Algarve.

Day 12 Algarve
Choose from a range of sightseeing options today.

Day 13 Algarve, Lisbon
Embark on your exploration of Portugal’s capital Lisbon today. While here, hop on the traditional tramcars for a unique experience that is truly emblematic of the city. Spend time in Old Town and check out Jeronimos Monastery, a captivating piece of architecture listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

Day 14 Lisbon, Sintra
Take a journey into the stunning Serra de Sintra and explore the World Heritage-listed Park and Palace of Pena. After visiting this majestic site, you will have free time to investigate all that Sintra has to offer. When your exploration is complete, make your way back to Lisbon via a scenic coastal route.

Day 15 Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Embark Ship
Having explored the city of Coimbra, hop onto your riverboat for a cruise.

Day 16 Porto
This is your opportunity to do exactly what motivates you the most.

Day 17 Porto, Guimarães, Entre-Os-Rios
Today, your journey takes you to the quaint town of Guimaraes. Here lies a rich history of medieval settlement, just waiting to be discovered on an educational tour. Afterwards, hop aboard and take in the spectacular scenery of the Douro Valley as you cruise towards Entre-Os-Rios. Upon arrival, visit Quinta da Avelada – a heritage winery that has been producing world-class vintages since 1870. Enjoy strolling through their hallowed grounds before capping off your day with some delectable samples of local wines and cheeses.

Day 18 Régua
Making your way to Régua this morning, don’t forget to bask in the sunshine for a few minutes. When you reach your destination, spend some time exploring the Douro Museum. It gives visitors an amazing glimpse into the customs and practices of winemaking within the captivating Douro Valley.

Day 19 Régua, Pinhão
Make a selection of what sightseeing attraction you’d like to see. After your decision is made, relax while the cruise ship continues to make its way towards Pinhão.

Day 20 Pinhão
For a memorable journey, visit Palacio de Mateus in Vila Real. It was designed and constructed by the renowned Portuguese architect Nicolau Nasoni during the 18th century. This stunning edifice has become widely known due to the iconic Mateus Rosé wine that displays it on its label.

Day 21 Barca d’Alva
Before bringing your tour of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo to a close, be sure to visit the castle ruins. Once you’ve completed that leg of your journey, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Dinner and spend your last night reminiscing about all the grandeur that Spain has to offer.

Day 22 Barca d’Alva, Disembark Ship, Salamanca, Madrid
Jump off your vessel and make your way to Madrid through the historical city of Salamanca.

Day 23 Depart Madrid
Board the shuttle which will take you to the airport for your flight.



What’s included

Seven nights on a luxury river ship and 15 nights’ luxury land accommodation
Two Nights, Barcelona, El Palace Hotel
Two Nights, Madrid, Gran Meliá Fénix
Two Nights, Hotel Hospes Palacio del Bailio Córdoba
Two Nights, Granada, AC Hotel Palacio De Santa Paula
Two Nights, Seville, Gran Meliá Colón Sevilla
Two Nights, Algarve, Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort
Two Nights, Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz
Seven Nights, the MS AmaVida.
Madrid, Gran Melia Fenix

Expert tour and cruise directors

Tuck in to lunch at the vineyard Quinta da Roeda, before a port wine tasting
Luxury inspired dining – a total of 43 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages

Additional Services
Experiences in 20 destinations
Take a before-hours visit to Casa Vicens, the first house designed by Antoni Gaudi
Feel the passion of a flamenco show as you graze on tasty tapas in Granada
Visit Palácio da Bolsa for a cocktail reception and Fado performance

Transfers, porterage, port charges and gratuities

What’s not included

International flights are not included

Insurance is not included

Other activities and services not included

Additional Services
Other activities and services not included


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