Lasting from the early 15th to the 17th century, the Age of Discoveries saw explorers setting off from Europe to discover new lands. This remarkable era launched in Lisbon, and your guided tour of the Portuguese capital features UNESCO World Heritage monuments dedicated to this rich history.
Visit Mateus Manor House and Gardens, a magnificent 18th-century historic estate known for its rosé production. (Not available on Harvest departures).
Lamego is known for the baroque-style shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Remedies. Outside the shrine you'll see its dramatic stairways, decorated with the blue azulejo tiles typical of Portugal, zigzagging down the terraced hillside. A visit to this historic wine region town is one of the many included tours on your Douro River cruise.
Truly one of the world’s great capitals, Madrid is teeming with fascinating sights. You'll explore this vibrant city on foot, walking the new Madrid-Rio area, savoring city views, and passing multiple other historic monuments. A panoramic drive continues your city tour, including the Plaza Mayor, Cibeles Fountain, the memorial Retiro Park, Las Ventas (the bullring), and more, as well as entrance to the Royal Palace.
An international tour guide since she was 19, Manuela describes herself as “hungry to learn about our fantastic planet” as far back as she can remember. Her appetite has taken her to Goethe University for language studies (she speaks six European languages), and all over the world, but her home is still her birthplace: Funchal, on the beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira. All of which makes her an ideal Cruise Director for a sail on the Douro River.
You'll experience a different side of Portugal when you visit Madeira, the "Floating Garden of the Atlantic."
Located in the cultural and business heart of Madrid, the Meliá Madrid Princesa is a boutique hotel that’s been recently renovated to combine tradition with a surprising cutting edge "Level" Rooms, meaning high floors, with better views. Only 10 minutes from the Plaza de Espana, Plaza Mayor, Gran Vía and Puerto del Sol, the hotel’s guest rooms feature Wi-Fi, satellite TV channels, and air-conditioning, and the on-site Uno Restaurant serves delicious meals for its visitors.
You can count on the best value in the industry when you travel solo with Vantage, beginning with one free Single Supplement on each departure of most Small Ship Cruises and Escorted Land Tours. We also offer among the lowest Single Supplements available. And you’ll enjoy single-occupancy staterooms on our fleet of deluxe river ships.