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Flavors of Portugal and Spain

3 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Madrid, 7-Night Douro River Cruise, 3 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Lisbon (or reverse)

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2021 & 2022 Departure Dates & Pricing

Madrid to Lisbon (or reverse) - 14 days

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Detailed Itinerary: Madrid to Lisbon

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Day 1: Madrid, Spain

Arrive in Madrid and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day and evening is free to explore on your own. (B)

Day 2: Madrid

Enjoy a guided tour of Madrid, Spain’s capital since the Spanish Golden Age and now its largest city, a place with broad avenues, grand museums, stately gardens and lively tapas bars. Known for its historic districts, art, music and epicurean delights, Madrid is a cosmopolitan metropolis with a vibrant nightlife scene. The city’s top landmarks include the elaborate Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park, Puerto del Sol, Mercado de San Miguel, Plaza Mayor and such renowned art galleries as the Prado Museum and Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. (B)

Day 3: Madrid - Toledo

You’ll have an excursion today 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 that once inspired Spanish Renaissance artist, El Greco, with its winding streets and well-preserved medieval architecture. As part of your guided tour, you will visit the Cathedral of Toledo (one of the world’s greatest Gothic structures) as well as the Synagogue Santa Maria La Blanca in the Jewish Quarter. (B)

Day 4: Madrid - Salamanca - Vega Terrón, Portugal (Embarkation)

Depart Madrid for an excursion to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the center of Spain’s Castilla y León region. Your guided city tour includes the university buildings, Salamanca Cathedral and the uniquely adorned House of Shells. Later, you will be transferred to Vega de Terrón to board your river ship. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Barca d'Alva - Pinhão

Venture to Castelo Rodrigo, known as the “White Village” because of its almond trees. The site offers spectacular views of the surrounding area. Join a walking tour through its medieval streets and see the houses and establishments with 16th-century façade and Manueline-style windows. If you prefer a more active adventure there, you can hike up to the town. At the end of both tours, enjoy a tasting of local favorites, such as almonds, cheese, bread and wine. Later in the day, cruise along the scenic Douro to Pinhão. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Pinhão

Embark on a leisurely walk to the charming Pinhão Railway Station, a stunning train station along the Douro Line, one of the most iconic rail journeys in Portugal. The station’s main building is revered for its 25 tile panels, all in shades of blue, that depict scenes from the Douro region. Afterward, enjoy 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. Later in the day, a wine tasting will be waiting for you in a local quinta. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Régua

Begin your day with a tour of the 18th-century Palacio Anadia, or Palace of the Counts, known for its beautiful interior and stained-glass windows. Later in the day, you have a choice 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 Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). For active adventurers, you can hike up the famed Lamego Steps, also known as the Holy Staircase. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Caldas de Arregos - Entre-os-Rios

Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Douro from Régua to Entre-Os-Rios. This will be followed by a traditional “home-cooked” meal at a local quinta. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Entre-os-Rios - Porto

Enjoy a morning of scenic cruising on your way to Porto, then join a guided tour of Porto’s historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll see the Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments; the main square, ringed with shops and cafés; and the São 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. For a more active adventure, join a hike in Porto and explore the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto; afterwards, indulge in a Port wine tasting. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Porto

Enjoy a day at leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 11: Porto (Disembarkation) - Lisbon

After disembarking your ship, take a motorcoach ride through the Portuguese countryside. Stop in Tomar and visit the castle of the Knights Templar, the walls of which envelop the elaborate Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site from the 12th century boasting spectacular frescoes and azulejos (iconic blue painted tiles). Afterward, continue to Lisbon to check into your hotel. (B)

Day 12: Lisbon

One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon sprawls across several hills along the Tagus River. Your city tour includes two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You’ll see the fortified Belém Tower and visit the spectacular Jerónimos Monastery, a late Gothic-style structure. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city at your leisure, perhaps to visit the Castle of São Jorge or the Santa Justa Elevator that overlooks the castle, the river and Rossio Square. (B)

Day 13: Lisbon - Sintra

Enjoy a morning excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the most picturesque mountain villages in Portugal, a former summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and a source of inspiration for Lord Byron and generations of other artists and poets. Your guided tour includes a visit to the Pena Palace, a fairytale castle situated high on a rocky peak, followed by free time. (B)

Day 14: Depart Lisbon

Your vacation comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Lisbon to Madrid

Skip to Madrid to Lisbon itinerary

Day 1: Lisbon, Portugal

Arrive in Lisbon and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day and evening is free to explore on your own.

Day 2: Lisbon

One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Lisbon stretches across several hills along the Tagus River. On your escorted tour, you’ll see Belem Tower, a fortified four-story tower made of limestone, and visit the Late Gothic Jerónimos Monastery, the burial place of many Portuguese kings and heroes. You will also taste a typical Portuguese pastry, Pastéis de Belém, before going to Discoveries Monument, built in honor of Portugal’s greatest maritime explorers. (B)

Day 3: Lisbon

Enjoy a morning excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the most picturesque mountain villages in Portugal, a former summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and a source of inspiration for Lord Byron and generations of other artists and poets. Your guided tour includes a visit to the Pena National Palace, a fairy tale castle situated high on a rocky peak, followed by free time to explore on your own. (B)

Day 4: Lisbon - Porto (Embarkation)

Check out of your hotel and take a motorcoach ride through the Portuguese countryside. Stop in Tomar and visit the castle of the Knights Templar, the walls of which envelop the elaborate Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site from the 12th century boasting spectacular frescoes and azulejos (iconic blue painted tiles). Afterward, continue to Porto where you’ll board your ship. (B,D)

Day 5: Porto

Join a guided tour of Porto’s historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll see the Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments; the main square, ringed with shops and cafes; and the São 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. For the more active adventure, join a hike in Porto and explore the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Entre-os-Rios

Entre-os-Rios translates to “between the rivers,” and this small village is, quite appropriately, located at the confluence of the Tâmega and Douro rivers. For an authentic slice of Douro River life, enjoy a traditional “home-cooked” meal at a local quinta. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Régua

Begin your day with a tour of the 18th-century Palacio Anadia, or Palace of the Counts, known for its beautiful interior and Baroque style. Inside the house, you’ll see intricate panels of blue and white tiles throughout the rooms and a striking vaulted ceiling that retell the history behind the palace. (B,L,D)

Day 8 : Régua - Pinhão

Venture to the town of Lamego, where you’ll see the “Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies” on a city tour or climb the 686-step “Holy Staircase,” beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles, to the top on a guided hike. Whichever excursion you choose will conclude with a tasting of local specialties such as Bôlas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; Presunto, a type of dry-cured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. Later in the day, cruise along the scenic Douro to Pinhão, where a wine tasting will be waiting for you in a local quinta. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Pinhão

Embark on a leisurely walk to the charming Pinhão Railway Station, a stunning train station along the Douro Line, one of the most iconic rail journeys in Portugal. The station’s main building is revered for its 25 tile panels, all in shades of blue, that depict scenes from the Douro region. Afterward, enjoy 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. Later in the day, indulge in some free time to explore the town on your own. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Barca d'Alva, Portugal

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 de Terrón 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 León 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. Later in the day, you’ll check into your hotel in Madrid. (B, L)

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

Your vacation comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

Departure Dates

Start City

Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin

Cruise fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice

From Madrid

Program Start Date

Cruise Embarkation Date (from Vega Terrón)
Lower Deck aft - Cat E w/ window
Lower Deck - Cat D w/ window
Middle Deck - Cat B w/ french balcony
Upper Deck - Cat A w/ french balcony
Upper Deck - Jr. Suite w/ french balcony
Jul 24. 2021
Jul 27, 2021
$5,799
$6,098
$7,398
$7,698
$9,398
Aug 7, 2021
Aug 10, 2021
$5,799
$6,098
$7,398
$7,698
$9,398
Aug 21, 2021
Aug 24, 2021
$5,899
$6,198
$7,498
$7,798
$9,498
Sep 4, 2021
Sep 7, 2021
$5,999
$6,298
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
Sep 18, 2021
Sep 21, 2021
$5,999
$6,298
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
Oct 2, 2021
Oct 5, 2021
$5,999
$6,298
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
Oct 16, 2021
Oct 19, 2021
$5,799
$6,098
$7,398
$7,698
$9,398
Oct 30, 2021
Nov 2, 2021
$5,499
$5,798
$7,098
$7,398
$9,098
Apr 2, 2022
Apr 5, 2022
$5,299
$5,598
$6,998
$7,298
$8,998
Apr 16, 2022
Apr 19, 2022
$5,499
$5,798
$7,198
$7,498
$9,198
Apr 30, 2022
May 3, 2022
$5,899
$6,198
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
May 14, 2022
May 17, 2022
$5,899
$6,198
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
May 28, 2022
May 31, 2022
$5,899
$6,198
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
Jun 11, 2022
Jun 14, 2022
$5,899
$6,198
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
Jun 25, 2022
Jun 28, 2022
$5,899
$6,198
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
Jul 9, 2022
Jul 12, 2022
$5,899
$6,198
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
Jul 23, 2022
Jul 26, 2022
$5,899
$6,198
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
Aug 6, 2022
Aug 9, 2022
$5,899
$6,198
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
Aug 20, 2022
Aug 23, 2022
$5,999
$6,298
$7,698
$7,998
$9,698
Sep 3, 2022
Sep 6, 2022
$6,099
$6,398
$7,798
$8,098
$9,798
Oct 1, 2022
Oct 4, 2022
$6,099
$6,398
$7,798
$8,098
$9,798
Oct 15, 2022
Oct 18, 2022
$5,899
$6,198
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
Oct 29, 2022
Nov 1, 2022
$5,599
$5,898
$7,298
$7,598
$9,298
From Lisbon

Program Start Date

Cruise Embarkation Date ( from Porto)
Lower Deck aft - Cat E w/ panoramic window
Lower Deck - Cat D w/ panoramic window
Middle Deck - Cat B w/ balcony
Upper Deck - Cat A w/ balcony
Upper Deck - Suite w/ balcony
Jul 17, 2021
Jul 20, 2021
$5,799
$6,098
$7,398
$7,698
$9,398
Jul 31, 2021
Aug 3, 2021
$5,799
$6,098
$7,398
$7,698
$9,398
Sep 25, 2021
Sep 28, 2021
$5,999
$6,298
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
Oct 9, 2021
Oct 12, 2021
$5,899
$6,198
$7,498
$7,798
$9,498
Oct 23, 2021
Oct 26, 2021
$5,599
$5,898
$7,198
$7,498
$9,198
Mar 26, 2022
Mar 29, 2022
$5,199
$5,498
$6,898
$7,198
$8,898
Apr 9, 2022
Apr 12, 2022
$5,399
$5,698
$7,098
$7,398
$9,098
Apr 23, 2022
Apr 26, 2022
$5,699
$5,998
$7,398
$7,698
$9,398
May 7, 2022
May 10, 2022
$5,899
$6,198
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
May 21, 2022
May 24, 2022
$5,899
$6,198
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
Jun 4, 2022
Jun 7, 2022
$5,899
$6,198
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
Jun 18, 2022
Jun 21, 2022
$5,899
$6,198
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
Jul 2, 2022
Jul 5, 2022
$5,899
$6,198
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
Jul 16, 2022
Jul 19, 2022
$5,899
$6,198
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
Jul 30, 2022
Aug 2, 2022
$5,899
$6,198
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
Aug 13, 2022
Aug 16, 2022
$5,899
$6,198
$7,598
$7,898
$9,598
Aug 27, 2022
Aug 30, 2022
$6,099
$6,398
$7,798
$8,098
$9,798
Sep 10, 2022
Sep 13, 2022
$6,099
$6,398
$7,798
$8,098
$9,798
Sep 24, 2022
Sep 27, 2022
$6,099
$6,398
$7,798
$8,098
$9,798
Oct 8, 2022
Oct 11, 2022
$5,999
$6,298
$7,698
$7,998
$9,698
Oct 22, 2022
Oct 25, 2022
$5,699
$5,998
$7,398
$7,698
$9,398
Important:  Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
Port Charges: Additional $210 USD per person.
Denotes departures offered as Wine Cruises with modified itineraries. Please contact us for details.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin, suite 100% of twin. Single Supplement Land: Please call for pricing.
For 7 nights Cruise Only (no Madrid & Lisbon): Subtract $1,800 from above per person USD rates.
Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The choices are: Choice A - Two twin beds; Choice B - One large bed (larger than queen size)
Transfers on Start of the Program (airport to hotel) and End of Program (hotel to airport) are available for purchase. Please inquire.
Prices Include:
▪ 3 nights hotel accommodation in Lisbon at the InterContinental (or similar; subject to change), including city tour, royal Sintra excursion with Pena National Palace visit and daily breakfast
▪ Transfer from Lisbon to Porto via motorcoach
▪ Transfer from the ship in Vega Terrón to Salamanca with city tour, flamenco show and lunch, and then on to Madrid
▪ 3 nights hotel accommodation in Madrid at Westin Palace Madrid (or similar; subject to change), including city tour, Toledo excursion and daily breakfast
▪ 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in selected cabin category
▪ Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included
▪ Complimentary Internet access in all staterooms
▪ Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board

▪ Superb dining including complimentary local wine, port wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board

▪ Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
▪ Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
▪ Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
▪ Services of professional Cruise Manager  
▪ All English Language onboard in a non-smoking Environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
▪ All local Taxes 
 
Prices Do Not Include:
▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Port charges
▪ Gratuities
▪ Personal Expenses

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