Flavors of Portugal & Spain : 2018 - 7-Night Cruise with 3 Nights Pre-Cruise and 3 Nights Post-Cruise : Lisbon to Madrid : ms AmaVida
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.
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
Day 1 : ARRIVE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL
Arrive in Lisbon and check in to your hotel.
Day 2 : LISBON
One of Europe's most beautiful cities, Lisbon sprawls across several hills along the Tagus River. See Belem Tower, a fortified 4-story tower made of limestone, and visit the Late Gothic Jeronimos Monastery, the burial place of many Portuguese kings and heroes. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city's other top sights, such as the Castle of Sao Jorge or the Santa Justa Elevator that overlooks the castle, river and Rossio Square. (B)
Day 3 : LISBON
Enjoy a morning excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the most picturesque mountain villages in Portugal. Your escorted tour includes a wine tasting and a tour of the Pena National Palace, a fairytale castle situated high on a rocky peak. (B)
Day 4 : LISBON - PORTO - EMBARKATION
Check out of your hotel and transfer via a high-speed train to Porto where you'll board your ship. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : PORTO
The colorful city of Porto blends the best of old and new, which you can discover on a escorted tour of the historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Cathedral, one of the city's oldest monuments; 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 at Graham's Winery. Prefer to get more active, you can hike to Graham's Winery, offering magnificent views over the Douro River. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : PORTO - GUIMARÃES
Visit Guimaraes, one of the most historic towns in Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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. Later, enjoy a cheese and wine tasting at the Quinta de Avelada. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : ENTRE-OS-RIOS - RÉGUA
Today, enjoy an excursion to the Palacio de Mateus, located in the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes near the city of Vila Real. The interior of the house features various religious images and exquisite furniture, artwork and hand-wooden ceilings. The exterior is equally stunning, with gardens that are among the most beautiful in all of Portugal. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : RÉGUA - PINHÃO
Travel to picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, where you'll go to the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). The shrine features a staircase of nearly 700 steps, beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles, which for the more active adventurer will want to hike. Concluding the walking and hiking tours, you will have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties, such as Bôlas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; Presunto, a type of dry-cured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. Afterwards, you'll go to the formal Episcopal Palace Museum. (B,L,D)
Day 9 : PINHÃO
Visit Quinta de Avessada and enjoy lunch here. Later in the day, go on an exclusive private tour of Quinta do Seixo's wine cellars, learning about the Douro Valley's centuries-old winemaking methods before sampling some of the wines. (B,L,D)
Day 10 : VEGA TERRÓN, SPAIN
Venture to Castelo Rodrigo, known as the "White Village" because of its almond trees. The site offers spectacular views of the surrounding area and as far away as Spain. Join a walking tour through its medieval streets and see the houses and establishments with 16th-century facades and Manueline style windows. Prefer a more active adventure there, you can hike to the town. At the end of both tours, enjoy a tasting of local favorites, such as almonds, cheese, bread and wine. (B,L,D)
Day 11 : VEGA TERRÓN - DISEMBARKATION - SALAMANCA - MADRID
Disembark the ship in Vega Terron and board a motorcoach to Madrid. En route to Madrid, you'll first stop in Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the center of Spain's Castilla y Leon region. You will have free time to explore on your own, followed by an escorted city tour that includes the New Cathedral and the uniquely adorned House of Shells. You can also enjoy a Flamenco Show. (B)
Day 12 : MADRID
Discover the vibrant capital of Spain on your city tour that takes in all the top sights, including the elaborate Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park, Puerto del Sol, Mercado de San Miguel and Plaza Mayor. (B)
Day 13 : MADRID
Journey to the walled city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the ancient capital of Spain. The city is a treasure trove of artistic riches with its winding streets and well-preserved medieval architecture. As part of your escorted tour, you will visit the Cathedral of Toledo as well as the Synagogue Santa María La Blanca in the Jewish Quarter. (B)
Day 14 : DEPART MADRID
Check out of your hotel for your flight home. (B)
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- Offer valid through 12/31/2017
- 14 Days
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|Day 10||Vega Terron|
|Day 14||Depart Madrid|
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Port Charges not included in cruise price$168 per person.
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Single Supplement for Land$960 per person.
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