Like a blue ribbon threading through the green Douro Valley, the River Douro carries you through some of Portugal's most legendary landscapes. Meaning "River of Gold," the Douro River lives up to its name by revealing priceless gems along sloping vineyards and sleepy villages where rugged landscapes have been tamed for centuries to produce a bounty of wines and cuisine. Welcome aboard the newest addition to our award-winning fleet of Suite Ships -- the Avalon Alegria, swept away by Douro's timeless treasures and traditions, family farms and fevered Fado music, and mouth-watering culinary creations in the world's oldest demarcated wine region.
Embark on your Suite Ship n the city of Porto with the opportunity for an optional guided culinary tour to indulge in the city's world-famous cuisine, Take a guided tour to Braga and Guimaraes or explore ancient architecture, including a visit to the Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque. Enjoy a guided tour in the charming towns of Peso da Regua and Lamego, where historical sights are mixed with delicious tastings ,or meet the owner of one of the oldest farms in the Douro Valley to sample the proud traditions of olive oil and wine. Take a guided tour of Freixo de Numao, where vineyards ad granite houses dot the river shores. Consider a fascinating guided tour to Vila Nova de Foz Coa, home of the remarkable Coa Valley Paleolithic discoveries -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Freixo de Espada a Cinta, a cozy village with narrow streets, flowered houses and grand Gothic Manueline windows, Choose a full-day experience in Spain with a guided sightseeing excursion to Salamanca. Immerse yourself in qan emotionally stirring experience in Portugal's city of Amarante.
Your Douro River cruise returns to Porto to soak in the scenic mysteries of this city's Historical Centre, an UNESCO World Heritage site. These and countless other treasures await you on the River of Gold in Portugal's dazzling Douro Valley.
3-Night Opening Act - Lisbon, Portugal
Day 1: Welcome to Lisbon. After making your way to the hotel, the remainder of your day is at leisure to explore Lisbon.
Day 2: Lisbon. Explore Lisbon, Portugal's capital, with a local guide including Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. B
Day 3: Lisbon. Visit the magnificent National Palace of Mafra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The complex, which includes the Royal Palace, basilica, and convent, is the most important monument to Baroque architecture in Portugal. B
Day 4: Lisbon to Porto. Stop in Coimbra for a guided city sightseeing tour. Accompanied by a local guide, you'll explore the historical area of the city and learn all about the oldest university iin Portugal, and one of the oldest in the world. Board your ship. B
3-night Opening Act includes:
- 3-nights hotel in Lisbon including VAT
- Daily breakfast
- 3 Excursions
- Transfers from Lisbon to ship in Porto
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