Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley

From Lisbon to Porto on the Queen Isabel

An extraordinary journey designed for culturally curious travelers. Your journey starts in Lisbon, the city that launched some of the world’s most renowned explorers. Following the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain, you’ll cruise past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards. Dine on traditional fare in majestic Coimbra, the birthplace of six Portuguese kings; enjoy private tastings of Port; and explore Porto’s historic Ribeira district, home to iconic rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene. Wind your way through the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, heading ashore to visit charming quintas and meet the winemakers who operate them. In Salamanca, Spain, you’ll see the city’s famous university. Return to Portugal with a visit to the fortified village of Castelo Rodrigo and historic Guimarães.


Highlights

  • 2 countries: Spain and Portugal
  • 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • 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” programmes
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Magical Douro River Valley”
  • Max 130 passengers

What is Included

  • 3 nights in Lisbon at the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon (or similar) with breakfast
  • 7-night cruise on the chic Queen Isabel
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both on board and onshore
  • On board local entertainment
  • 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
  • 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea and mineral water

What is Not Included

  • Return flights – call us for a price
  • Single supplement – call us for a price
  • Travel insurance €50.00 per person (+ 69 years double premium applicable)
  • Port charges (€134.00 per person)

Itinerary Details

Day 1 – Lisbon

Arrive at Lisbon Airport where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 – Lisbon

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Lisbon city tour

Everything old is new again in the Portuguese capital, which is undergoing a remarkable rebirth of late. Get to know this hilly metropolis with a city tour that shows you all the top sights and treats you to an iconic, locally-made pastry with an intriguing tale all its own. Vibrant, colorful and picturesque, Lisbon will continually surprise you. Glorious historic architecture reflects the wealth brought in during the “Age of Discovery,” when the Portuguese owned the seas, but it is also a modern center of finance and international trade.

Day 3 – Lisbon

Experience your own “Age of Discovery” with a full day to explore Lisbon however you wish. Get out and see the city on your own. Ride the famous iron elevator from the Baixa district up to the Bairro Alto, the cultural and bohemian heart of Lisbon, and catch a fantastic view of the city from the vantage point of São Pedro de Alcantara Belvedere. Once you reach Bairro Alto, head for São Roque, whose plain façade hides a magnificent baroque interior. The city hosts remarkable museums and excellent shopping. Your options at Centro Comercial Colombo, the biggest mall in the Iberian Peninsula, are seemingly limitless. Or try a flea market, perhaps the Campo de Santa Clara, if you prefer to hunt for unique treasures. Natives of Lisbon boast that they have the best food in the world; the many cafés and taverns tempt you to verify that claim.

Day 4 – Lisbon, Coimbra, transfer to Porto (embark)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Coimbra city tour with Joanina Library visit and family-style lunch

You’ll check out of your Lisbon hotel and board a motorcoach, heading north through Portugal’s picturesque countryside toward Porto. En route to Porto, you’ll stop in Coimbra, home to an ancient university and a lavish baroque library considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Admire the lingering traces of the town’s Moorish and Roman past after sitting down to a traditional Portuguese lunch. After lunch, continue on to the port city at the mouth of the Douro. In the evening, a special Gala Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 5 – Porto, cruising the Douro River, Entre-os-Rios

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Porto city tour or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Porto walking

tour

There’s much more to Portugal’s second city than its eponymous fortified wine—historic architecture, cutting-edge design, fabulous food and wine, and a hip, laid-back vibe. Discover its many charms with your choice of distinctively different tours today. Portugal’s second city (after Lisbon), Porto gave its name to the nation’s most famous export, Port wine, and to the nation itself. The city is a fascinating combination of historic buildings and cutting-edge architecture, tradition and vivacious modernity. You must choose between two distinctive—and distinctively Portuguese—ways to explore Porto. Your ship sets sail after your tour, cruising up the Douro toward Porto Antigo.

Day 6 – Cruising the Douro River, Régua, Pinhão

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Douro Museum and Dinner at Quinta da Avessada wine estate

As you cruise along the river today, take note of the little chapels you see along the banks. Though the river is slow and calm now that it has been tamed by dams, it was once extremely hazardous. These tiny chapels mark spots where entire rabelo boat crews perished attempting to get their cargo of Port wine to Porto. Today we learn about wine, which has been cultivated in the Douro River Valley since ancient Roman times. Get a crash course on the history of Port during your visit to the Douro Museum.

Day 7 – Pinhão, cruising the Douro River, Vega de Terrón

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Quinta do Seixo guided tour and tasting or Quinta da Avessada

You have a choice to visit one of two quintas. Journey to Quinta do Seixo, a prestigious Port wine estate for an enlightening tour of its state-of-the-art facility. Sample some of their famous Sandeman Port, learn more about the production and admire breathtaking views from the estate’s tasting room. Others may prefer to enjoy a scenic drive through Pinhão before visiting Quinta da Avessada, complete with an interactive museum, the first of its kind in the country, celebrating the Douro’s history and culture of wine.

Day 8 – Vega de Terrón (Salamanca), Barca d’Alva

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Salamanca - the Golden City and Spain's oldest uni

What adventures await you in Spain today? The ship docks near the Spanish border today, where you may head across the country to the historic university town of Salamanca—the “Golden City”—famous for its sand-colored buildings and abundance of churches.

Day 9 – Barca d’Alva (Castelo Rodrigo), Pocinho, cruising the Douro River, Régua

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Castelo Rodrigo and Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley

A tiny village surrounded by mountains, Barca d’Alva is your base for today's adventures. Go medieval today at Castelo Rodrigo, both the name of a hilltop castle as well as the village that surrounds it. It has been singled out as one of Portugal’s 12 historic villages for its medieval beauty. The view from the top is incredible and the village is a charming place to ramble, relax and replenish. Or, if you wish, you can also lace up your hiking boots and unleash your inner Indiana Jones with an up-close gander at some prehistoric carvings during a visit to Portugal’s first archaeological park, Foz Côa.

Day 10 – Cruising the Douro River, Porto (Guimarães)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Guimarães city tour or “Soul of Porto” Ribeira district walking

tour

Guimarães or Porto? That’s the question of the day today (you really can’t go wrong either way). Guimarães is the town where Portugal was born and its well-preserved architecture and stylish young residents make it a pleasure to visit. Or opt to explore one of Porto’s oldest neighborhoods, picturesque Ribeira, considered the soul of the city. A tough choice awaits you today: Do you venture off to historic Guimarães, Portugal’s first capital, or do you stay in Porto and explore the Ribeira district on foot?

Day 11 – Porto (disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship and transfer to Porto Airport for your flight home.

Accommodation

QUEEN ISABEL

Length: 78.8 m / Width: 11.4 m / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 116 / Staff: 33

Amenities include: main lounge with full-service bar, restaurant and outside dining area, Su Deck with swimming pool, fitness centre, serenity river spa, elevator, 24-hour speciality coffee and tea station, free internet and wifi.

SUITE

Beautifully appointed river-view suites (323 sq ft - 30 sq m) have full balconies, hotel beds draped in fine linens with choice of pillows, built-in closets, slippers, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen television, radio, alarm clock, iPhone/iPod charger and player, Nespresso and tea station, bottled water and fresh fruit daily. Bathrooms with L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, a choice of bathrobes, and slippers.

DELUXE BALCONY

Beautifully appointed river-view Category 1 (215 sq ft - 20 sq m) have full balconies, hotel beds draped in fine linens with choice of pillows, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen television, radio, alarm clock, iPhone/iPod charger and player, bottled water daily.

Bathrooms with L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, a choice of bathrobes, and slippers.

FRENCH BALCONY

Stateroom (161 sq ft - 15 sq m) amenities include French Balcony, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flatscreen TV, radio, alarm clock and bottled water. Bathroom amenities include L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, comfy bathrobes and slippers.

CLASSIC

Stateroom (161 sq ft - 15 sq m) amenities include built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flatscreen TV, radio, alarm clock, and bottled water.

Proposed Flights

Carrier

From / To

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Ryanair

Dublin / Lisbon

14.05 hrs.

16.30 hrs.

Ryanair

Porto / Dublin

15.45 hrs.

18.10 hrs.

Fares from €175.00 + €70.00 luggage – call us for a price

Flight times are subject to change

Dates & Prices

Prices are per person sharing (flights not included)

Start Date

End Date

Classic

French Balcony

Deluxe Balcony

Suite

Sun 16 Jun 2019

Wed 26 Jun 2019

€3,999.00

€4,699.00

€5,499.00

€7,399.00

Sun 14 Jul

Wed 24 Jul

€3,499.00

€4,199.00

€4,999.00

€6,899.00

Sun 11 Aug

Wed 21 Aug

€3,499.00

€4,199.00

€4,999.00

€6,899.00

Sun 08 Sep

Wed 18 Sep

€3,999.00

€4,699.00

€5,499.00

€7,399.00

Sun 27 Oct

Wed 07 Nov

€2,899.00

€3,599.00

€4,399.00

€6,299.00

Sun 17 Nov

Wed 27 Nov

€2,899.00

€3,599.00

€4,399.00

€6,299.00

Alternative departures available every Thursday & Sunday from April to November

Single room supplement – call us for a price

Important Information

  • All fares are per guest in Euros based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted
  • Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice
  • Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed
  • Single Supplement applies for single accommodation
  • Itineraries, hotels, and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors
  • The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments

How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with deposit of €250.00 per person (payment by cash/cheque /debit or credit card) should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 10 weeks prior to departure – payment by cash/cheque or debit card.