Flavors of Portugal & Spain : 2018 - 7-Night Cruise : Vega Terron to Porto : ms AmaVida
CRUISE FROM : Porto to Vega Terron
Set sail in Porto, the beautiful "City of Bridges" and gateway to the Douro River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with rambling vineyards and charming quintas, which cling to the steep sides of the river. Taste wines from these vineyards and discover the timeless traditions of Portuguese winemaking throughout your journey before visiting some of Spain's glorious cities.
COUNTRIES: Portugal, Spain
Flavors of Portugal & Spain
At A Glance
On our cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
SPACIOUS STATEROOMS 7 Nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with outside balconies) Computer for internet access Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations Desk and sitting area Bottled water replenished daily
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs Internet and Wi-Fi access Sun deck and pool Fitness room Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily Daily entertainment including cultural performances
AWARD-WINNING DINING All onboard dining in a variety of venues Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La ChaÃ®ne des RÃ´tisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner La ChaÃ®ne des RÃ´tisseurs exclusive dining experience Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION Immersive tours in every destination Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options Guided hikes Special Interest Tours Knowledgeable guides Personal headset for easy exploration Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
Day 1 : VEGA TERRÃ?N - EMBARKATION
Embark your ship in Vega Terron and meet your fellow travelers on board. (D)
Day 2 : VEGA TERRÃ?N - BARCA D'ALVA - PINHÃ?O, PORTUGAL
After breakfast, tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small. fortified village perched high on a hilltop with steep, narrow streets and incredible views. We will stop to taste some of the area's freshly harvested produce. Or hike up to Figueira de Castella for stunning views. Rejoin the ship in Barca d' Alva and enjoy lunch on board before departing early this afternoon for Pinhao. The ship moors overnight in Pinhao. (B,L,D)
Day 3 : PINHÃ?O
This morning, enjoy an excursion to the palace and gardens known as the Palacio de Mateus, located in the beautiful region of TrÃ¡s-os-Montes near the city of Vila Real. The interior of the house features various religious images and exquisite furniture, artwork and hand-carved wooden ceilings. The exterior is equally stunning, with gardens that are among the most beautiful in all of Portugal. Later be treated to an exclusive lunch at Quinta da Avessada, where you'll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment. The warm, spirited hospitality of this family-run Quinta is quite special as you will discover. Several family members play in a band, and while dining, they will entertain you. Quinta de Avessada is also a fascinating interactive museum commemorating the history and culture of wine in the Alto Douro region, so you'll have fun discovering all the various stages of wine production as well as doing plenty of tasting. You'll also enjoy a wine tasting at the charming Quinta do Seixo. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : RÃ?GUA - CALDAS DE AREGOS
This morning, you may choose one of two excursions. Your first option is an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). Other attractions include a Gothic cathedral, a museum, and charming cafes. Active adventurers can also choose an escorted hike up the famed Lamego Steps. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : CALDAS DE AREGOS - ENTRE-OS-RIOS
Enjoy a morning of scenic cruising along a lovely stretch of the Douro. Today you'll take an excursion to Quinta de Avelada, a historic family-owned wine estate near the city of Penafiel. Upon arrival, you'll enjoy a tour of the winery followed by a delicious wine and cheese tasting. Afterwards you will have some free time to explore the grounds and admire the estate's famous gardens before returning back to your ship. The ship moors overnight in Entre-os-Rios (B,L,D)
Day 6 : PORTO
This morning, we depart for Porto, the country's northern capital, arriving early afternoon. Your guided tour of the historical quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes the Cathedral, one of the city's oldest monuments; the main square, ringed with shops and cafes; and the Sao Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. You'll also enjoy a tasting of port, Portugal's most renowned contribution to the world of wine. Alternatively, take a short journey to a nearby coastal town for your Tastes of Matosinhos tour. We will visit a traditional restaurant for a sardine and bacalhau cooking demonstration and tasting. Your ship overNights in Porto. Or take part in an escorted hiking tour of enjoy a hike in Porto and explore the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : PORTO - GUIMARÃ?ES
Today, enjoy an excursion to Guimaraes, one of the most historic towns in Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and European Capital of Culture in 2012. The birthplace of Portugal's first king, Guimaraes claims to be "the cradle of the nation" and boasts a historic center that is one of the most attractive and best preserved in all of Portugal. You may also opt for a seaside walk along the Atlantic Ocean with a cafe stop in Alfurada. Say farewell tonight to your friends at the Farewell Cocktail. The ship moors in Porto overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : PORTO - DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your cruise in Porto. (B)
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|Day 1||Vega Terron|| || |
|Day 2||Pinhao|| || |
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|Day 4||Caldas de Aregos|| || |
|Day 5||Entre-os-Rios|| || |
|Day 6||Porto|| || |
|Day 7||Guimaraes|| || |
|Day 8||Porto|| || |
ImportantDates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges not included in cruise price$168 per person.
Single Supplement for Cruise50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
Single Supplement for Land$960 per person.
BeddingPlease select bedding configuration at the time of booking. Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).
Terms & Conditions:
All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare are not included in cruise price. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.