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Douro Delights

Itinerary, Prices and Dates


Porto to Madrid 9 Days

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Enjoy a relaxing 7 night cruise along the Douro river valley, from Porto to Barca d'Alva on the Spanish border. Visit the beautiful University town of Salamanca before heading to the Spanish Capital, Madrid for one night before returning home.

What's Included

  • Return, private transfers from your home to the airport*
    *Note: Max 75 mile radius, milage charge applicable for greater distances
  • 7 nights' accommodation in a luxury outside stateroom, many with step out balconies
  • 1 nights' B & B accommodation in Madrid
  • Award wining fine dining with all meals included
  • Complementary drinks all day, at your discretion
  • APT Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice sightseeing options
  • A wide selection of included cultural experiences
  • Services of a professional APT Tour Director throughout your journey, as well as local guides on all excursions
  • Return scheduled flights from the UK
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • All port charges, tipping, entertainment, entrance fees and excursions included

Day 1: Porto

Map of the Douro River
Map of the Douro River

Fly from the UK to Porto. On arrival, be met and transferred to your river ship for a Captain’s Welcome Reception.
Included Meals D

Day 2: Porto

Set out on a tour of Porto today. Explore the beautiful Old Town and delight in its 16th-century buildings, soaring bell towers and baroque churches. Afterwards, see the iron bridge, the Ponte Maria Pia, built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel. Then, enjoy a tasting at a local port house in Gaia.
Included Meals B L D

Day 3: Porto, Guimarães, Entre-Os-Rios

Take a morning excursion to the World Heritage-listed city of Guimarães, showcasing the evolution of a medieval settlement. Back on board, enjoy some scenic cruising through the Douro Valley en route to Entre-os-Rios.

APT Signature Experience Signature Experience Visit Casa de Vila Verde

Visit Casa de Vila Verde estate in the Sousa Valley wine region, famous for producing Vinho Verde since the 17th century. Enjoy a tour of the manor, followed by a glass of their famous wine before dinner
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Caldas de Aregos, Régua

Dock in Caldas de Aregos and travel to Quinta da Aveleda, a family business that has been producing wine in the Douro region since the 1870s. Explore the beautiful gardens on a tour, followed by a wine and cheese tasting. Delight in the beauty of this sun-drenched region as you cruise to Régua, where you’ll visit the Douro Museum.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Régua, Lamego, Pinhão

Tour the ancient town of Lamego, visiting the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. You’ll then sample Bolas de Lamego, a specialty dish of the region

APT Signature Experience Signature Experience Diner at a Protuguese Winery

Afterwards, continue cruising through the dramatic gorges of the Douro Valley to Pinhão, where you’ll disembark for a wine tasting and dinner at a local Portuguese winery.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Pinhão, Vila Real

Delight in a trip to Palacio de Mateus today, located near the city of Vila Real. Built in 1745, the palace offers a wonderful insight into the lives of Portuguese aristocracy. Embark on a tour of the palace followed by free time to explore the extensive gardens. Enjoy time at leisure in Pinhão to explore this small port wine town at your own pace. Re-join your ship and enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board this evening.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Barca d’Alva

Travel to the tiny fortified village of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo today. On a guided tour here, see the castle ruins, and take in spectacular views of the Douro Valley and surrounding towns. Back on board, enjoy a delicious dinner this evening as you make the most of your last night on board your stylish river ship.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Barca d’Alva, Disembark Ship, Salamanca, Madrid

Disembark in Barca d’Alva for the final time and travel to the ancient city of Salamanca where you’ll see the University of Salamanca, and the House of Shells. Afterwards, continue to your hotel in Madrid. Stay: Westin Palace Madrid.
Included Meals B L

Day 9: Regensburg

This morning, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Included Meals B


  • Included Meals  Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.

AmaVida



Overview

Launched in 2013 the AmaVida is one of the most luxurious ships on Portugal's Douro River. This grand 108-passenger vessel features balconies in the majority of its spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 323 sq. ft.

Guests on the AmaVida enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, plus al fresco dining for up to 32 guests. The AmaVida also features a Sun Deck swimming pool; fitness center and spa; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access on a 42" flat-screen and ship-wide Wi-Fi.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 54 comfortable outside staterooms, most with full Outside Balconies
  • Sundecks with lounge chairs
  • Varied dining options
  • Main Lounge with bar & piano
  • Heated swimming pool
  • 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
  • Fitness Room
  • Elevator
  • Massage Spa*
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.


AMA Waterways MS AmaVida - deck plan
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Luxury Staterooms

This beautiful river cruise ship features beautiful, contemporary furnished staterooms and suites, most featuring outside balconies.

All Staterooms & Suites Feature

  • Private marble bathrooms
  • Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes
  • In room safe, hair dryer, full-length mirror, ample closet space and direct dial telephone
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • 42" flat-screen Televisions with local and satellite channels
  • Complimentary Internet access & wifi
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Suite

MS AmaVida - Suite

Additional Features

  • Suite size: 323 sq. ft.
  • Full Outside Balcony
  • Enhanced sitting area with sofa

Balcony Stateroom (Cat. A, B & C)

Additional Features

MS AmaVida - Cat A, B & C Stateroom

  • Stateroom size: 215 sq. ft.
  • Full Outside Balcony

Stateroom (Cat. D & E)

Additional Features

MS AmaVida - Cat A, B & C Stateroom

  • Stateroom size: 161 sq. ft.
  • Panoramic Window


Fine dining

Gourmet Dining onboard an AmaWaterways Ship

Gourmet dining on the AmaVida brings you sophisticated and outstanding cuisine with delightful, attentive service, plus a casual al fresco dining option.

Savour culinary masterpieces and free-flowing local wines at dinner, while surrounded by the Douro River Valley.

Dining options

Dine in the comfort of the main dining room or choose a more casual al fresco experience out on the sun deck

DepartShipRouteFrom
May 29AmaVidaPorto-MadridWas £4095
Now £3695
£400 OFFCabin Upgrades 
Lower DeckCat E161 ft², fixed windows£3695
Lower DeckCat D161 ft², fixed windows£3895
Middle DeckCat C215 ft², Outside balcony£4495
Middle DeckCat B215 ft², Outside balcony£4645
Upper DeckCat A215 ft², Outside balcony£4845
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside balcony£5795
Jun 26AmaVidaBasel-AmsterdamWas £4095
Now £3695
£400 OFFCabin Upgrades 
Lower DeckCat E161 ft², fixed windows£3695
Lower DeckCat D161 ft², fixed windows£3895
Middle DeckCat C215 ft², Outside balcony£4495
Middle DeckCat B215 ft², Outside balcony£4645
Upper DeckCat A215 ft², Outside balcony£4845
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside balcony£5795
Aug 21AmaVidaAmsterdam-BaselWas £3995
Now £3595
£400 OFFCabin Upgrades 
Lower DeckCat E161 ft², fixed windows£3595
Lower DeckCat D161 ft², fixed windows£3795
Middle DeckCat C215 ft², Outside balcony£4395
Middle DeckCat B215 ft², Outside balcony£4545
Upper DeckCat A215 ft², Outside balcony£4745
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside balcony£5695
Sep 18AmaVidaAmsterdam-BaselWas £3995
Now £3595
£400 OFFCabin Upgrades 
Lower DeckCat E161 ft², fixed windows£3595
Lower DeckCat D161 ft², fixed windows£3795
Middle DeckCat C215 ft², Outside balcony£4395
Middle DeckCat B215 ft², Outside balcony£4545
Upper DeckCat A215 ft², Outside balcony£4745
Upper DeckSuite323 ft², Outside balcony£5695

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Prices are per person based on two sharing and are subject to availability at time of booking. Operators reserve the right to amend published prices prior to a confirmed booking being made.


Lisbon

polaroid style photo Castelo da Pana, Serra de Sintra

Begin your holiday with a three-night stay in Lisbon, exploring its rich history and colourful cityscape through a range of included sightseeing.

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Madrid

After your cruise, further discover the delights of Madrid over an additional two nights, with sightseeing included.

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