Portugal & Spain’s Douro River
THE UNESCO-DESIGNATED DOURO RIVER VALLEY BOASTS LOVELY VISTAS, STORIED TOWNS AND A CELEBRATED WINE MAKING HISTORY.
Rising in Spain and reaching the Atlantic Ocean in Porto, the Douro River carved out the dramatic Douro River Valley over many millennia. Rich with history and vinicultural delights, this is the most unspoiled UNESCO-designated area on the continent—and it’s yours to explore with Uniworld. Vineyards and small farms called quintas cling to the hillsides of the river valley, creating a spectacular backdrop to one of Europe’s most pristine landscapes and to Port country—the oldest demarcated wine region in the world.
THE DOURO RIVER
The UNESCO Douro River Valley is one of Europe’s most unspoiled areas. Over the centuries, the Douro has carved a spectacular and scenic valley endowed with panoramas stretching from stately Porto—Portugal’s center of Port wine production—to Spain.
7-night cruise in a river view stateroom on the chic Queen Isabel 3 nights in Lisbon at the Inter Continental Hotel (or similar) with breakfast All transfers on arrival and departure days (see transfer guidelines on page 190)
All meals on board, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners Gala Dinner Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
2 countries 8 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English speaking local experts Guided “Do as the Locals Do” and “Gentle Walking” programs 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all excursions Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
Captivating onboard local entertainment Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Magical Douro River Valley”
A captivating journey that pays tribute to the “Age of Exploration”
Experience the “sunny side” of Europe, starting in radiant seaside Lisbon and following the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain. Feel the warm sun on your skin as you cruise past terraced hills, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards.
Breathe the sea air in Lisbon, the city that launched a host of renowned navigators, including Vasco da Gama. Climb the steep hills and hear the sound of fado music fill the streets as you sip a bica (espresso) at a café. Enjoy a quintessential Portuguese lunch in majestic Coimbra (birthplace of six of Portugal’s kings). And in Porto’s ancient Ribeira district, find picturesque rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene.
Sail from Porto through the breathtaking, UNESCOdesignated Douro Valley, where vines cling to precipitous hillsides. Visit charming quintas and meet the winemakers who operate them. See Salamanca, “The Golden City,” and visit its famed university (where Columbus planned his pivotal journey) before enjoying a flamenco show. Then return to Portugal with a visit to the walled village of Castelo Rodrigo and historic Guimarães. Revel in the captivating cities and striking scenery of the serene Douro River Valley on this perfectly paced cruise/tour.
Who Will Enjoy this Cruise/Tour
Wine connoisseurs hoping to indulge in this region’s most celebrated beverage, Port, and those wanting to discover Europe’s best-kept secret, the Douro River, with its spellbinding natural beauty and cultural heritage.
There is limited space available and Meetup members must register through the Cruise Planners link listed below.
As of 09/14/2016 we currently have the following rates* available for Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley (LIS-OPO), May 11,2017 - May 21,2017. (Prices shown are per person, based on double occupancy). I can look into signal supliment pricing.
Category 1: N/A
Category 2: $5699 (3 cabins)
Category 3: $5399 (2 cabins)
Category 4: $4899 (9 cabins)
Category 5: $4549 (4 cabins)
*Rates quoted are subject to change and subject to availability.