Portugal & Spain: Treasures Along the Golden Douro - 2020

Lisbon • 7-night river cruise with Porto, Entre-os-Rios, Regua, Pinhao, Barca d'Alva • Salamanca • Madrid
  • ADMIRE STUNNING SCENERY AS YOU CRUISE ONE OF EUROPE’S MOST PICTURESQUE LOCALES, THE DOURO RIVER VALLEY
  • EXPLORE THE MAGIC OF SALAMANCA, FROM ITS PLAZA MAYOR TO THE UNESCO-LISTED OLD CITY
  • CITY TOUR OF PORTO, CHIEF EXPORT CITY OF PORT WINE, WITH AN INCLUDED PORT WINE CELLAR VISIT
  • WATCH THE DOURO VALLEY SCENERY UNFOLD FROM THE MS DOURO SERENITY, FEATURING A POOL DECK AND SPA
  • FROM PORT TO VINHO VERDE, YOU’LL TASTE THE REGION’S EXQUISITE VINTAGES AT SEVERAL QUINTAS AND WINERIES
DATES & PRICES
STARTING FROM
$4,199
  • $299
    PER DAY
  • 14
    DAYS
  • 28
    TOURS
TRIP WITH AIR
15 DAYS FROM $4,798
Moderate Deluxe
Extend Your journey (2 available)
Barcelona, Spain

4 DAYS FROM $1,499

Madeira, Portugal

4 DAYS FROM $899

Save up to 10%
The earlier you reserve, the more you can save with SmartPay!SM
HARVEST DEPARTURES
Don’t miss out on these exclusive departures
Compare & Save
We offer the best value versus the competition!
 

Harvest Wine Celebration: Lisbon to Madrid

Channel your inner Lucille Ball on this smashing and exclusive harvest departure of Portugal & Spain: Treasures Along the Golden Douro cruise. You’ll savor even more Portuguese wine, viniculture, and exclusive special features — including a tutorial on decanting a vintage port, multiple winery visits, and a rollicking grape stomping experience at Avessada Winery — while sailing through one of the world’s most beautiful wine regions. Reap the bounty of the Douro River Valley on this special cruise — but space is limited, so reserve today!

*Dates available: September 11 & 25; October 9, 2020

About the Harvest Wine Celebration:
  • Harvest Season exclusive: Participate in a full-day harvest celebration at Avessada Winery with lunch, grape stomping, and local entertainment
  • Harvest Season exclusive: Visit Aveleda Winery, featuring a Vinho Verde wine tasting and extended menu of regional delicacies
  • Harvest Season exclusive: Learn the correct method for opening and decanting a fine bottle of vintage port
  • Tour Figueira Castelo Rodrigo
  • Tour Lamego and a local quinta with port wine tasting
  • Hear a series of onboard lectures and presentations, including “A Look Inside Portugal” and “Portuguese Filigree”
  • Visit a port-wine cellar with an included tasting
  • Tour the Douro Wine Museum, including a lecture on wine production in the Douro Valley region

Note that on this special itinerary, winery visits may occur on days other than advertised.

Pre-Trip Extension

Madeira, Portugal

FROM: $899 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $225 PER DAY
Close All

DAY 1:

Depart home for Lisbon

Depart the U.S. and board an overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal.

DAY 2:

Lisbon arrival

Arrive in Portugal’s capital city. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, our representative will meet you outside the arrivals area and assist with your transfer to the hotel. Travelers who took the optional pre-trip extension to Madeira will also meet up with fellow travelers on Day 2. Enjoy a Welcome Briefing and Dinner this evening.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Tour Lisbon’s famed monuments

Wake up to views of Lisbon’s famed hillsides. This sloping city is a delight to explore on foot, with cobblestoned alleyways lined with shops, historical discoveries, and endless nooks and crannies — not to mention cinematic views of the Tagus River the higher you trek.

Begin the day with a guided panoramic tour of Lisbon’s famed monuments, including Belém Tower and the courtyards of the Monastery of Jerónimos, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Cultural Connection: During your city tour, you’ll sample a classic Portuguese pastry: Pastéis de Belém. One taste of this creamy egg custard wrapped in buttery, flaky crust, and you’ll see why this is Portugal’s favorite treat!

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Further explore historical Lisbon on your own, or opt for a scenic coastal tour

Enjoy a day at leisure today. You might take our optional day tour down the scenic Portuguese coast to the UNESCO town of Sintra — home of the opulent, Moorish Sintra Palace — and onward to the fishing village of Cascais and its dramatic seaside cliffs, sweeping beaches, and bustling marina.

Or, further your Lisbon explorations with a taste of the city’s dynamic culinary scene at a gourmet market or by sampling local seafood in one of Lisbon’s celebrated eateries. Portugal is renowned for bacalhau — dried, salted codfish — as well as its tinned seafood, much of which is sardines, and you’ll find these delicacies almost everywhere.

Active travelers can embark on a hike through Lisbon’s trademark seven hills for must-see views of the city or head over to the Castelo neighborhood for a trek up to Sao Jorge Castle. This Moorish fortress offers a stunning overlook of the entire city and shopping opportunities for everything from local pottery to Portugal’s famous azulejo tiles.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Sintra & the Coast of Portugal

Sintra & the Coast of Portugal

  • Approximate Cost: $79 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 7 hours
  • Location: Portugal
  • When: Full-day tour

Your coastal trek begins in the town of Sintra; designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the wealth of 19th-century Romantic architectural monuments it contains, as well as its predominance in Portuguese culture. You'll visit the town's ornate palace before enjoying some time on your own to explore this whimsical site. Later, your tour continues with a scenic drive along the coastline to the quiet fishing village of Cascais. Once you have arrived, you can enjoy lunch on your own at numerous restaurants (all offering fresh regional specialties!) and take in the postcard-perfect scenery before returning to the ship this evening.


DAY 5:

The storied walls of Óbidos and the seaside town of Nazaré, then embark your ship in Porto

Today, head to the port wine capital of Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city featuring a charming tangle of alleyways, a walkable and historic center, and an unmistakably hip vibe that juxtaposes the city’s myriad architectural styles.

But first you’ll explore Óbidos, where a walking tour will introduce you to one of Portugal’s prettiest towns — so pretty, in fact, that Óbidos was gifted to Queen Isabel from King Dinis on their wedding day in 1282. You’ll also venture to Nazaré, a beach town famous for its monstrous waves and surfing culture, where we’ll have lunch before continuing on to Porto. Here, we’ll embark the ms Douro Serenity and enjoy a Welcome Reception with fellow travelers.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 6:

An exploration of celebrated Porto, topped with a port wine sampling at a local wine cellar

Following breakfast on board, get to know Porto better with a full city tour and panoramic drive, including a visit to the historic center (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the market area. You might also visit stunning Livraria Lello, named one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores. Make your way up its famous red spiral staircase (be sure to pause and admire the stained glass skylight as you climb!) and peruse the shelves of this landmark — reportedly an inspiration for J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series!

Cultural Connection and Unforgettable Moment: No visit to Porto is complete without enjoying its signature wine, of course, so we’ll seek our port-wine at one of the city’s best-known cellars. Learn about and sample the varieties of this digestif while enjoying views of Porto and the river. Back on the ship this evening, a local artisan will give a talk on “Portuguese Filigree” as you cruise through the Douro River Valley. Following dinner, enjoy a lively performance by a local tuna band.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 7:

Explore the historic center of Guimarães

Set off on a morning guided tour of the historical center of Guimarães, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inscribed on the city’s castle walls you’ll find the phrase Aqui Nasceu Portugal (“Portugal was born here”), a reference to the country’s first king, Afonso Henriques, who was purportedly born in Guimarães. Return to the ship for lunch, and enjoy scenic sailing toward Bitetos with live commentary. Cultural Connection: Before dinner on board, learn about Portugal's thriving cork industry during another enlightening lecture; then, let music transport you back in time when local performers come on board to play music from the '60s, '70s, and '80s.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 8:

Sample vintages and regional delicacies at Aveleda Winery before touring Régua

A plethora of cultural delights awaits you today! We begin the day in Bitetos, where a short drive brings us to Aveleda Winery, a producer of a variety of popular Portuguese wines (many of which are favorites in New England, as well). Harvest Season Exclusive: You’ll enjoy an upgraded tasting of Quinta da Aveleda and Casal Garcia rosé wines expertly paired with grilled Portuguese sausage, a cheese and jam spread, and other regional delicacies before returning to the ship for lunch. Cultural Connection: Back on board, enjoy an authentic Portuguese tea experience complete with pastries while learning about the traditions surrounding regional tea drinking and tea production.

This afternoon, we’ll head off on a short walk to Régua, where we'll visit its Douro Museum, where you’ll learn about the storied Douro River Valley you’ll be admiring from the deck of the ship. This evening, delve into the recipe behind pastéis de nata, one of Portugal’s favorite treats, during an onboard cooking lesson.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 9:

Tour the highlights of Lamego, followed by a regional tasting at a local quinta

Today we’ll explore the quaint town of Lamego, filled with terra-cotta rooftops, tree-lined streets, and a 700-step staircase that leads to the grand Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. We'll begin our tour at the church, then you can descend all 700 steps and admire the surrounding gardens filled with monuments, terraces, fountains, and pretty tile mosaics. We’ll also visit a former episcopal palace that’s now the Lamego Museum, which houses a collection of works by Portuguese painter Grão Vasco.

We'll have lunch on board and enjoy an afternoon at leisure, during which we cruise to Pinhão. We'll also get "A Look Inside Portugal" with another lecture. Early this evening, we'll venture to another local quinta to sample more fantastic regional wines in yet another breathtaking Douro setting. Harvest Season Exclusive: Before a delightful Captain's Dinner, catch a demonstration on how to open and decant a fine vintage port in preparation for serving, followed by a tasting. Cultural Connection: Then, experience the tradition of Portuguese folk music during an onboard performance.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 10:

Toast the season with a full-day Harvest Celebration at the Avessada Winery Estate

Harvest Season Exclusive: Today will definitely go down as a highlight of this journey after you make a special full-day “Harvest Day” visit to Avessada Winery hosted by Luis Barros, the estate’s fifth-generation owner. Located at the highest point on the Douro, this winery produces a staggering 30,000,000 bottles of light, fruity, fortified muscatel wine. Along with a tour of the cellars and museum, you’ll pick grapes in the vineyard, enjoy local entertainment, and channel your inner Lucille Ball during a grape stomping experience, a classic way to celebrate the culture of the UNESCO-listed Alto Douro Wine Region. Prepare yourself for an experience you won't soon forget!

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 11:

Savor Portugal’s culinary culture at Figueira Castelo Rodrigo

After sailing from Pinhão to Barca d'Alva (where travelers can see Spain in the distance!), we’ll venture on shore this afternoon on a visit to the fortified hill town of Figueira Castelo Rodrigo. With its preserved medieval architecture, a visit here truly feels like turning back the clock 600 years. Visit the old walls, the 16th-century pillory, the local parish church, and more on a walking tour. Cultural Connection and Harvest Feature: You’ll also enjoy a small tasting of local products here, introducing you to the culinary culture of the area, as well as a vintage wine opening. Enjoy dinner on board tonight.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 12:

Explore Salamanca’s ornate architecture

The word “magical” is often used to describe Salamanca, and you’ll find out why on a walking tour of the city today. Unforgettable Moment: Explore Salamanca’s Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and learn about the revered University of Salamanca and its students who infuse the city with even more character and vitality. You’ll also see the town’s grand cathedral and baroque Plaza Mayor, where you can seek out churros and do some shopping and independent wandering along the town's main street. Lunch (typically tapas) will be on your own.

Cultural Connection: We’ll depart for Madrid after lunch; practice your pronunciation during the drive with a Spanish language lesson and an introduction to Spain. We'll reach Madrid and check into our centrally-located hotel, close to many restaurants, the Royal Palace, and the famous El Corte Inglés shopping mall across the street. Tonight, regroup for a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 13:

Uncover Madrid’s charms during a city tour, and experience Spanish history in a stirring flamenco show

Truly one of the world’s great capitals, Madrid is teeming with fascinating sights in a swirling, lively, cosmopolitan setting. You’ll begin exploring this vibrant city on foot, walking through Plaza Sol and Plaza Mayor, savoring city views, and passing multiple other historic monuments. Unforgettable Moment: Embark on a panoramic drive and walking tour that includes the Royal Palace, Atocha Station, Retiro Park, Gran Vía, and more. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to further explore, or head to the renowned Prado Museum on an optional tour. Cultural Connection: Tonight, witness Spanish history and intoxicating culture come to life during a stirring flamenco dinner show. While its history is a big foggy, this renowned music and dance combination is reported to have originated in the southern region of Andalusia while it was under Arab rule. Locals and, later, gypsies adapted Arab music and instruments into a hybrid genre still practiced and celebrated today.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner
Optional Tour: Prado Museum Tour

Prado Museum Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $65 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • When: Afternoon tour

Welcome to Madrid’s treasured Prado Museum, one of the world’s greatest art galleries. Located in the eponymous street, El Paseo del Prado, you’ll find a dazzling display of priceless works by European masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch. The sheer scale of this museum’s collection can be daunting, so you’ll begin your tour with the expertise of a guide before having free time to explore further on your own. (You'll spend two hours in the museum, and another two hours factoring in lunch, sightseeing, and transfer time.)


DAY 14:

Spend a day exploring Madrid at your leisure, or opt for a tour of Toledo

Enjoy a free day to pursue your own interests with recommendations provided by your Cruise Director. Wander the city’s many squares, shop for espadrilles and other classic Spanish products, and get your fill of tapas — or set off on an optional tour to nearby Toledo and the charming, narrow lanes of its UNESCO-listed historic center on the Tagus River.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Toledo

Toledo

  • Approximate Cost: $99 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 8 hours
  • Location: Toledo, Spain
  • When: Full-day tour
In the UNESCO World Heritage City of Toledo, southwest of Madrid, visitors enjoy a cross-sectional view of Spanish heritage spanning more than 2,000 years. Buildings dating to the Roman era have been repurposed and transformed by decoration by successive rulers, from the Visigoths to the Moors, right through the Spanish Civil War! Within the city walls you’ll find exquisite examples of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian houses of worship, proving that at one time, people of different religions could exist peacefully side-by-side. Your tour includes a stop at the mountaintop old town, where you’ll find the Alcázar, the cathedral, and the main market square — not to mention show-stopping views over the city!

DAY 15:

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or remain in the city for your optional extension

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or continue your travels by next heading to Barcelona on an optional extension.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Post-Trip Extension

Barcelona, Spain

FROM: $1149 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $287 PER DAY

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itinerary is preliminary and subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert. In addition, should there be an extreme change in water levels, Vantage will do everything possible to provide either the included excursion or an alternate excursion at Vantage’s discretion.

Please Note: Port times & itineraries are subject to change. Fluctuating water levels may affect itinerary.

*Note that on our special harvest itineraries, winery visits may occur on days other than advertised

Meet Your Vantage Team

Contact Vantage

CALL 1-888-514-1845

View Journey Map

Be prepared for
your journey with our
cruising essentials
Shop Now

Portugal & Spain: Treasures Along the Golden Douro - 2020

Call us to reserve your next vacation:
1-888-514-1845
REFER FRIENDS. EARN CASH.
TRAVEL FOR FREE.

Earn up to $1,200 cash and
a FREE trip as a Vantage
Diplomat.

THE BEST VALUE IN DELUXE TRAVEL – GUARANTEED — OR YOUR MONEY BACK!

We invite you to compare & save. We buy direct, sell direct and pass the savings on to you.
VantageVikingVantage Advantage
JourneyPortugal & Spain: Treasures Along the Golden Douro – 2020Portugal's River of Gold – 20202-for-1 Cruise Prices & 2-for-1 Airfare! The BEST Value in River Cruising.
Cruise-Only Price*14 Days from $3,89910 Days from $2,799The BEST pacing & Greatest value compared to our competitors.
Per Diem$278 per day$279 per dayEnjoy more meals, more included features, and 2-for-1 cruise prices!
Single TravelersLow-cost Single Supplements, limited availability – reserve now! No Free Single Supplements The best solo value in the industry
Included Tours28 Sightseeing Tours plus Cultural Connections8 Included ToursThe Most Included Tours.
Meals30 meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 10 dinners 22 meals: 9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, and 7 dinners The most included meals with Five-Star Dining. Plus culinary demonstrations and lectures with local produce, learn to make regional meals and cook with our chefs
Discover MoreBarcelona, Spain
FROM $1,149 per person | 4 DAYS

Portugal 
FROM $599 per person | 4 DAYS

Lisbon, Barcelona 
FROM $499 per person | 2 Nights 

Madrid, Spain
FROM $899 | 3 Nights 

Santiago, Spain
FROM $599 | 2 Nights
Stay longer and discover more!
10 Ways to SaveIncluding all tops for local guides & drivers
Referral Rewards – $200 per traveler referred after 2 referrals 
Buy direct & save big; 
100% Travel Protection;
SmartPay – pay in full, 12 months in advance and save 10%
Travel protection plan; 
Referrals Rewards: $100 travel credit per new traveler 
THE BEST Travel Rewards Program in the market!

*Prices are subject to change and based on comparable departure months.
TOP
Chat with an Expert
Promo Code: WB50500
Please provide this promotion code to your Vantage call center agent.