Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley

From Lisbon to Porto on the Queen Isabel

Experience the “sunny side” of Europe, starting in 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). In Porto’s ancient Ribeira district find picturesque rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene.

Sail from Porto through the breathtaking UNESCO designated 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.

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

  • 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
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 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

  • Single supplement €2,089.00 (always applies to full price, discounts do not apply)
  • Travel insurance €50.00 per person (+ 69 years double premium applicable)
  • Port charges €134.00

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 or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Lisbon walking tour

You will have a choice as to how you wish to explore vibrant and colorful Lisbon either a guided tour or doing as the locals do. Your guided tour takes you to the Belém Tower, the spectacular Manueline Jerónimos Monastery, Alfama district and Rossio Plaza. You will even get to sample a traditional delicacy, pastéis de Belém at a famous pastry shop. For a taste of local life, hop on one of the traditional yellow trams that toil up and down the steep streets and take in the views as the tram wends its way through the Old Town. Visit the ancient castle of St. George and take a fun spin through historic neighbourhoods in a tuk tuk, the perfect vehicle for navigating the narrow streets.

Day 3 – Lisbon

Spend the day at leisure, relaxing or exploring Lisbon on your own.

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

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

Travel through the beautiful countryside to Porto, stopping en route to explore Coimbra, the birthplace of six Portuguese kings. The city is also home to the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest universities in Europe, with a splendid 18th-century library, the Biblioteca Joanina. From there, head to a local restaurant for a traditional Portuguese lunch.

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

The epicentre of the Port wine industry, Porto is experiencing a booming cultural revival. Choose how you wish to experience the city, either with a panoramic tour or an intimate tour of the city on foot. Get a feel for this vibrant town which is simultaneously profoundly urban and moodily romantic, on your panoramic tour. Take in the UNESCO-designated 19th-century Stock Exchange Palace, see its famous Moorish Revival style Arab room, before visiting Porto’s austere hilltop cathedral and the bustling pedestrian shopping street, Santa Catarina. For those wishing to experience the city on foot, climb 249 steps to the top of Clérigos Tower for the best view in Porto. Other views of another kind, no less spectacular, await you at the magnificent interior of the São Bento railway station.

Day 6 – Cruising the Douro River, Régua, Pinhão

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Douro Museum or Mateus Palace and Gardens and dinner at a quinta

Should you wish to learn more about the region’s unique winemaking history, be treated to a special lecture at the Douro Museum. If you prefer, you can visit the legendary Mateus Palace, which has one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. During the evening, enjoy a special dinner at a local quinta.

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: Choice of full day Salamanca tour or half day scenic cruise at the Douro International Natural Park

Join a full-day excursion to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Called the “Golden City” for its tawny sandstone buildings, Salamanca boasts a dozen beautiful and historic churches, including two cathedrals. If you prefer a different type of experience to better understand the flora and fauna of the land, go on a half-day scenic cruise at the Douro International Natural Park.

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

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

Travel through wonderfully scenic countryside to the walled village of Castelo Rodrigo. Take a tour of this fascinating site that dates back to the 12th century and while here sample delicious local treats, such as honey, olive oil and cheeses. Later in the day, venture to the UNESCO-designated Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley, considered the world’s most important Paleolithic open-air rock art site.

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

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

Enjoy a panoramic city tour of historic Guimarães, Portugal’s first capital and the home to its first king. The wonderfully well-preserved Old Town, with its unique architecture and charming little plazas, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you can explore Porto’s UNESCO-designated Ribeira district on foot. In the evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner onboard your ship.

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

Disembark the ship and transfer to Porto Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Porto.



OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Pre and post cruise extensions in Lisbon and Porto can be organized on request. Contact us for further information.



Accommodation

Queen Isabel

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

Suites: 2 (30 sq m) / Category 1 Staterooms: 18 (20 sq m) / Categories 2–5 Staterooms: 38 (15 sq m)

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.

Junior Suite

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.

Category 1 Stateroom

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.

Category 2-3 Stateroom

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. Bathroom amenities include L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, comfy bathrobes and slippers.

Proposed Flights

Carrier

From / To

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Ryanair

Dublin / Lisbon

06.45 hrs.

09.35 hrs.

Ryanair

Porto / Dublin

11.20 hrs.

13.40 hrs.

Fares from €168.00 + €70.00 luggage

Call us for a quotation

Dates & Prices

Prices are per person sharing (flights not included)

Start Date

End Date

Category 5

Category 4

Category 3

Category 2

Category 1

Thu 03 May 2018

Sun 13 May 2018

€4,399.00

€4,499.00

€5,199.00

€5,399.00

€5,999.00

Thu 07 Jun 2018

Sun 17 Jun 2018

€4,799.00

€4,899.00

€5,599.00

€5,799.00

€6,399.00

Thu 02 Aug 2018

Sun 12 Aug 2018

€4,399.00

€4,499.00

€5,199.00

€5,399.00

€5,999.00

Thu 06 Sep 2018

Sun 16 Sep 2018

€4,799.00

€4,899.00

€5,599.00

€5,799.00

€6,399.00

Thu 04 Oct 2018

Sun 14 Oct 2018

€4,799.00

€4,899.00

€5,599.00

€5,799.00

€6,399.00

* Alternative dates available. Early booking discounts may apply call our office to discuss.

Suite prices from €7,199.00

Optional Experiences

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Important Information

  • Prices listed are per person based on twin share.
  • Single supplement €2,089.00 applies for sole accommodation (limited availability)
  • Airfare is not included in prices listed above. Please enquire at time of booking
  • Itineraries 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
  • Additional departures are available upon request
  • For guests not going to Lisbon, deduct €470.00 per person from the base cruise/tour price.


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.

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