Enticing Douro River

ENTICING DOURO March 28 – April 4, 2020 Join Dan & Becca Marek of Georgetown Winery and Thirsty Mule Winery on a relaxing 7-night cruise through the Douro River Valley

Spend three nights in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, before beginning your journey through the wonderfully scenic Douro River Valley. It is one of Europe’s most pure and unspoiled rivers decorated with deep cleft gorges, lush vineyards, and sleepy fishing villages. Begin in the capital of the North, Porto, and continue to the ancient and picturesque city of Lamego. Enter Spain to visit Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the center of the Castilla y León region. Travel inland and on to the beautiful countryside of the Trás-os-Montes Region to visit the palace and gardens of Mateus. Explore the 14th-century Alpendurada Monastery before concluding your vacation in historic Porto.

This cruise itinerary is very popular and sells out quickly for the year.  Until April 25th 2019, enjoy $250 off per person and if you have cruised with AmaWaterways before, receive your past passenger discount.  The NEW AmaDouro will come out in 2019 and has 50 cabins holding 100 passengers.  Cabins feature, window, French Balcony or cabins with useable balconies.

Ports of call include Regua, where there is an excursion to Lamego – which houses one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies); the picturesque village of Barca d’Alva; enjoy a full day in the UNESCO town of Salamanca and see the University buildings, the 12th-century Romanesque church of San Martin and the House of Shells; Vega de Terron – tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop. See 16th-century walls and walk down very narrow and steep medieval streets; revisit Regua and visit the palace and gardens of Mateus, located in the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes just outside the city of Vila Real; enjoy a special dinner at the Alpendurada Monestery in Bitetos before returning to Porto and seeing the historical sites.  Along the way, enjoy wine and port tasting at various vineyards.

The optional PRE-CRUISE land program in Lisbon includes some great sites as well: 3 nights hotel in Lisbon at the InterContinental Lisbon (or similar), including city tour, which includes the old town as well as the spectacular 16th century Jeronimus Monastery. Day 2 features an excursion to the beautiful village of  Royal Sintra with Pena National Palace  After departing Lisbon for Porto,  stop along the way and spend several hours in Fatima, renowned for its Basilica shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary before heading to the ship in Porto.

For more information call or email earl@cruiseforfun.com or 281 362 0777 or 1 888 843 7014 distinctivetravelcruises.com


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