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

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2019 & 2020 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 Day)

This morning, you will 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. Afterwards, have lunch and be treated to a Flamenco show. Later, you will be transferred to Vega Terrón to board your river ship. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Vega Terrón - 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. Set sail to Pinhão where you’ll be treated to a wine tasting at charming Quinta do Seixo (or similar). (B,L,D)

Day 6: Pinhão

Enjoy an excursion to the palace and gardens known as 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-carved wooden ceilings. The exterior is equally stunning, with gardens that are among the most beautiful in all of Portugal. During the afternoon, enjoy lunch at Quinta da Avessada. Here, you’ll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment. Quinta da 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. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Régua - Caldas de Arregos

You have a choice of two excursions, depending on your interests. 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). Other attractions include a Gothic cathedral, a museum, and charming cafés. Active adventurers can also choose to 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 morning hike through the vineyards, and then set sail along the scenic Douro River. Later in the day, savor a pre-dinner glass of Vinho Verde wine from the terrace of the centuries-old Alpendurada Monastery. This will be followed by a traditional “home-cooked” meal. (B,L,D)

Day 9: 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 10: Porto

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

Day 11: Porto (Disembarkation Day) - Lisbon

After disembarking your ship in Porto, take the train through the Portuguese countryside to Lisbon for your post cruise stay. (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 Belem 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 National 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

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 wine tasting and a view of 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 Day)

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

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: Porto - Entre-os-Rios

After free time further exploring the colorful “City of Bridges,” the ship will sail to Entre-Os-Rios, where you’ll go to dinner at the centuries-old Alpendurada Monastery. Savor a pre-dinner glass of Port and the breathtaking view of the river from the terrace of the monastery before having a traditional “home cooked” meal. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Régua

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 Remédios (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. Later in the day, cruise along the scenic Douro to Pinhão. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Pinhão

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, you’ll be treated to a wine tasting at the charming Quinta do Seixo. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Vega de 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 Day) - Salamanca - Madrid

Disembark the ship in Vega 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. Afterwards be treated to a delicious lunch and Flamenco show. Later in the day, you’ll check into your hotel in Madrid. (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

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.

2019 and 2020 Departures

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin
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
Apr 6, 2019
Apr 9, 2019
$4,809
$5,108
$6,208
$6,508
$8,108
Apr 20, 2019
Apr 23, 2019

$5,009

$5,308
$6,408
$6,708
$8,308
May 4, 2019
May 7, 2019
$5,309
$5,608
$6,708
$7,008
$8,608
May 18, 2019
May 21, 2019
$5,409
$5,708
$6,808
$7,108
$8,708
Jun 1, 2019
Jun 4, 2019
$5,409
$5,708
$6,808
$7,108
$8,708
Jun 15, 2019
Jun 18, 2019
$5,409
$5,708
$6,808
$7,108
$8,708
Jun 29, 2019
Jul 2, 2019
$5,409
$5,708
$6,808
$7,108
$8,708
Jul 13, 2019
Jul 16, 2019
$5,409
$5,708
$6,808
$7,108
$8,708

Jul 27, 2019

Jul 30, 2019
$5,409
$5,708
$6,808
$7,108
$8,708
Aug 10, 2019
Aug 13, 2019
$5,409
$5,708
$6,808
$7,108
$8,708
Aug 24, 2019
Aug 27, 2019
$5,509
$5,808
$6,908
$7,208
$8,808
Sep 7, 2019
Sep 10, 2019
$5,609
$5,908
$7,008
$7,308
$8,908
Sep 21, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
$5,609
$5,908
$7,008
$7,308
$8,908
Oct 5, 2019
Oct 8, 2019
$5,609
$5,908
$7,008
$7,308
$8,908
Oct 19, 2019
Oct 22, 2019
$5,409
$5,708
$6,808
$7,108
$8,708
Nov 2, 2019
Nov 5, 2019
$5,109
$5,408
$6,508
$6,808
$8,408
Apr 4, 2020
Apr 7, 2020
$4,999
$5,298
$6,498
$6,798
$8,398
Apr 18, 2020
Apr 21, 2020
$5,199
$5,498
$6,698
$6,998
$8,598
May 2, 2020
May 5, 2020
$5,499
$5,798
$6,998
$7,298
$8,898
May 16, 2020
May 19, 2020
$5,559
$5,898
$7,098
$7,398
$8,998
May 30, 2020
Jun 2, 2020
$5,559
$5,898
$7,098
$7,398
$8,998
Jun 13, 2020
Jun 16, 2020
$5,559
$5,898
$7,098
$7,398
$8,998
Jun 27, 2020
Jun 30, 2020
$5,559
$5,898
$7,098
$7,398
$8,998
Jul 11, 2020
Jul 14, 2020
$5,559
$5,898
$7,098
$7,398
$8,998
Jul 25, 2020
Jul 28, 2020
$5,559
$5,898
$7,098
$7,398
$8,998
Aug 8, 2020
Aug 11, 2020
$5,559
$5,898
$7,098
$7,398
$8,998
Aug 22, 2020
Aug 25, 2020
$5,699
$5,998
$7,198
$7,498
$9,098
Sep 5, 2020
Sep 8, 2020
$5,799
$6,098
$7,298
$7,598
$9,198
Sep 19, 2020
Sep 22, 2020
$5,799
$6,098
$7,298
$7,598
$9,198
Oct 3, 2020
Oct 6, 2020
$5,799
$6,098
$7,298
$7,598
$9,198
Oct 17, 2020
Oct 20, 2020
$5,559
$5,898
$7,098
$7,398
$8,998
Oct 31, 2020
Nov 3, 2020
$5,299
$5,598
$6,798
$7,098
$8,698
 
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
Mar 30, 2019
Apr 2, 2019
$4,709
$5,008
$6,108
$6,408
$8,008
Apr 13, 2019
Apr 16, 2019
$4,909
$5,208
$6,308
$6,608
$8,208
Apr 27, 2019
Apr 30, 2019
$5,209
$5,508
$6,608
$6,908
$8,508
May 11, 2019
May 14, 2019
$5,409
$5,708
$6,808
$7,108
$8,708
Jun 8, 2019
Jun 11, 2019
$5,409
$5,708
$6,808
$7,108
$8,708
Jul 6, 2019
Jul 9, 2019
$5,409
$5,708
$6,808
$7,108
$8,708
Jul 20, 2019
Jul 23, 2019
$5,409
$5,708
$6,808
$7,108
$8,708
Aug 3, 2019
Aug 6,2019
$5,409
$5,708
$6,808
$7,108
$8,708
Aug 31, 2019
Sep 3, 2019
$5,609
$5,908
$7,008
$7,308
$8,908
Sep 28, 2019
Oct 1, 2019
$5,609
$5,908
$7,008
$7,308
$8,908
Oct 12, 2019
Oct 15, 2019
$5,509
$5,808
$6,908
$7,208
$8,808
Oct 26, 2019
Oct 29, 2019
$5,209
$5,508
$6,608
$6,908
$8,508
Mar 28, 2020
Mar 31, 2020
$4,899
$5,198
$6,398
$6,698
$8,298
Apr 11, 2020
Apr 14, 2019
$5,099
$5,398
$6,598
$6,898
$8,498
Apr 25, 2020
Apr 28, 2020
$5,399
$5,698
$6,898
$7,198
$8,798
May 23, 2020
May 26, 2020
$5,599
$5,898
$7,098
$7,398
$8,998
Jun 20, 2020
Jun 23, 2020
$5,599
$5,898
$7,098
$7,398
$8,998
Jul 18, 2020
Jul 21, 2020
$5,599
$5,898
$7,098
$7,398
$8,998
Aug 1, 2020
Aug 4, 2020
$5,599
$5,898
$7,098
$7,398
$8,998
Aug 29, 2020
Sep 1, 2020
$5,799
$6,098
$7,298
$7,598
$9,198
Sep 26, 2020
Sep 29, 2020
$5,799
$6,098
$7,298
$7,598
$9,198
Oct 10, 2020
Oct 13, 2020
$5,699
$5,998
$7,198
$7,498
$9,098
Oct 24, 2020
Oct 27, 2020
$5,399
$5,698
$6,898
$7,198
$8,798
Port Charges: Additional $182 per person (2019 departures); Additional $189 per person (2020 departures).
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 $1,710 from above per person rates (2019 departures); Subtract $1,800 from above per person rates (2020 departures).
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 Madrid at Westin Palace Madrid (or similar; subject to change), including city tour, Toledo excursion and daily breakfast
▪ Transfer from the hotel in Madrid to the ship in Vega Terrón, with a stop at Salamanca
▪ 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
▪ Transfer from the ship in Porto to the hotel in Lisbon via high-speed train
▪ 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
▪ 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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