This is an opportunity to explore the history and charm of Northern Portugal, and enjoy the beautiful vistas of vineyards and wineries.
The valley of the Douro Wine Region is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, and the terraced slopes of the valley covered in vines offer one of the world’s most striking man-made rural landscapes.
We begin this delightful holiday with a 3-night stay in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, with excursions to the fairy-tale village of Sintra - one of the most picturesque mountain villages in Portugal, and the world-renowned pilgrimage site of Fatima - famous for the 1917 apparitions of the Virgin Mary.
Then we will cruise on the historic Douro River in the comfort of the modern DeluxeMS AmaDouro
, and enjoy daily shore excursions to some of the most interesting sites, including the beautiful cities of Regua, Pinaho, Salamanca and Porto. Many of the places we see in this wonderful region have remained unchanged for centuries.
Along the way we will sail by terraced vineyards that climb hundreds of feet above the river valley, past palaces, monasteries and ancient manor houses as we learn about the region’s fascinating history.
A highlight of the tour is the city of Porto, built on granite cliffs towering over the river. Known for its production of port wine, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a fascinating jumble of architectural styles, with narrow medieval alleyways and squares, extravagant baroque churches and wide boulevards lined with stately edifices.
European river cruises offer total relaxation, so this cruise is an ideal way to experience the enriching culture and breathtaking scenery of Portugal.
*** Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.