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Make the most of a 24-day journey through Europe with Explorer tour Spain and Portugal Delights with Douro River Cruise (19 destinations)! Starting in Barcelona and ending in Madrid, this tour includes multiple sightseeing opportunities across 17 locations – including 16 extra destinations throughout Spain and Portugal. Every aspect is taken care of, from accommodation in hotels to meals, transport and even an expert guide!The beauty of Spain and Portugal is captivating, especially when you have the chance to soak up the sun. In Barcelona, indulge in Moorish architecture, flamenco and tapas. Then take a trip to explore the Algarve Coast before visiting Lisbon. Finally, enjoy a cruise along the Douro River for a truly unforgettable experience.


Places you will see

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



Tour highlights

The beauty of Spain and Portugal is captivating, especially when you have the chance to soak up the sun. In Barcelona, indulge in Moorish architecture, flamenco and tapas. Then take a trip to explore the Algarve Coast before visiting Lisbon. Finally, enjoy a cruise along the Douro River for a truly unforgettable experience.



Tour itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Barcelona
As you arrive to your destination, you’ll get a warm welcome from the airport transfer to your hotel. Kick-start your holiday with an enjoyable Welcome Reception where you can meet and get acquainted with other travellers.

Day 2 Barcelona
Take a tour of the Spanish city with an experienced local guide, culminating in a visit to the world-famous Sagrada Família.

Day 3 Barcelona
For an adventure that allows you to learn about Catalan culture, embark on a journey to the Montserrat mountain range. Make your way to the peak where you can find the Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat. Afterwards, spend some time in the city at your own leisure.

Day 4 Barcelona, Madrid
As you set off for Madrid, bid a fond adieu to Barcelona. Upon arrival at your destination, art aficionados will be elated to visit the Prado Museum. There, take the opportunity to explore the former Royal Spanish Collection’s amazing masterpieces – from Velázquez creations that will leave you in awe!

Day 5 Madrid
Your tour of some of Madrid’s most iconic attractions begins today with a guided exploration to three landmarks: Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park and Plaza Mayor.

Day 6 Madrid, Toledo, Córdoba
Set out on an adventure to explore the cultural landmarks of Toledo and Córdoba. Start the journey in Toledo, walking through its narrow streets as your guide shares stories from its varied past.

Day 7 Córdoba
This morning why not embark on a guided tour of the venerable Great Mosque of Córdoba as well as its historic Jewish Quarter? Afterwards, feel free to spend some time enjoying the sights and sounds at your own leisure.

Day 8 Córdoba, Granada
Make your way to Granada today and start a new adventure.

Day 9 Granada
An unforgettable experience awaits you at the World Heritage-listed Alhambra. Embark on a guided tour to take in this unique Moorish and Andalusian masterpiece! Get up close and personal with the renowned Lion Fountain, as well as wander through its majestic Nasrid Palace complex.

Day 10 Granada, Ronda, Seville
Escape to the incredible mountaintop village of Ronda, perched atop a magnificent gorge. Later, make your way to Seville – the capital of Andalusia – and enjoy dinner this evening in the beautiful city.

Day 11 Seville
When you visit Seville, take a chance to explore the majestic palace of Alcázar. This stunning creation is thought to be among the most alluring palaces in Spain.

Day 12 Seville, Algarve
Those wishing for a truly luxurious holiday should make their way to Portugal and the chic Algarve coast in the far south of the country. Spend your evenings at an exquisite resort, soaking up the atmosphere of this stunning area.

Day 13 Algarve, Lisbon
Visiting Algarve is a must for those who seek adventure.

Day 14 Lisbon
Take a stroll through Lisbon and explore the city’s iconic tramcars. Revel in the beauty of Old Town, admire the grandeur of Jerónimos Monastery – an officially-recognized symbol of Portugal’s heritage – then relax and savor a sumptuous local dinner.

Day 15 Lisbon, Sintra
Let us embark on an exciting journey to the renowned mountain range of Serra de Sintra. Our first stop is the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pena National Palace, nestled within a stunning landscape. We will then take a guided tour around Sintra before heading back to Lisbon, skirting along the picturesque coastline.

Day 16 Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Embark Ship
After visiting Coimbra, it’s time to board the river ship and cruise along the magnificent Douro River.

Day 17 Porto
Now is the time to discover what Porto has to offer.

Day 18 Porto, Guimarães, Entre-Os-Rios
Today, a special journey awaits you to the city of Guimarães. Here, you’ll have the chance to explore centuries of medieval history with a guided tour. Afterwards, your cruise will continue through the majestic Douro Valley until it reaches Entre-Os-Rios. You will then be given the opportunity to visit Quinta da Avelada – a vineyard that has been producing wine since 1870s and boasts stunning gardens. To top off your day, there’s nothing better than sampling their wines alongside some delicious local cheese!

Day 19 Régua
As the sun rises this morning, take some time to bask in its warm rays as the boat glides through Régua. Once you dock, make your way to visit the Douro Museum for a fascinating look into the rich culture of the Douro Valley winemaking region.

Day 20 Regua, Pinhão
Once you are done with your activity for the day, take a pleasant cruise along the breathtaking cliffs of the Douro Valley all the way to Pinhão.

Day 21 Pinhão
Vila Real is home to the exquisite Palacio de Mateus, which was built in the 18th century by talented Portuguese architect Nicolau Nasoni. This impressive landmark has become world-famous for being pictured on the label of Mateus Rosé wine bottles. At the end of your visit, a captain’s farewell dinner will be served as an extra special treat.

Day 22 Barca d’Alva
Embark on an excursion to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a quaint fortified village. Take in its remarkable castle ruins and take a look at the magnificent vista of the Douro Valley and neighboring towns. Afterward, savor a mouth-watering dinner as you relish your final night on board.

Day 23 Barca d’Alva, Disembark Ship, Salamanca, Madrid
Depart your boat and make the journey to Madrid, journeying through the historic city of Salamanca.

Day 24 Depart Madrid
Head to the airport for your planned trip by air.



What’s not included

16 nights luxury accommodation
Three Nights, Barcelona, El Palace Hotel
Two Nights, Westin Palace Madrid
Two Nights, Hotel Hospes Palacio del Bailio Córdoba
Two Night Stay, Granada, AC Hotel Palacio De Santa Paula
Two Nights, Seville, Gran Meliá Colón Sevilla
Algarve, Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort
Three Nights, Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz
Seven Nights, the MS AmaVida
Westin Palace Madrid

Expert tour and cruise directors

Luxury dining – a total of 45 meals
A wide range of onboard beverages

Additional Services
Experiences in 22 destinations
Freedom of Choice Inclusions in three locations

Transfers, porterage, port charges and gratuities

What’s not 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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