These highlights have been handpicked by our overseas Travel Planners, based on their intimate knowledge of the destination and their conversations with our travelers.
Sip your way through the Douro River Valley, enjoying views of latticed vineyards and visiting quaint towns and wine estates
Meet the winery host and uncover generations of wine production at this celebrated estate, where you’ll enjoy lunch and a tasting
Tour the highlights of Portugal’s second-largest city and uncover its mosaic of architectural styles and creative, contemporary vibe
Experience this old city that’s young at heart, thanks to thousands of students who attend the local 13th-century university
Step into the Old Europe of your imagination at this sprawling estate, complete with stunning and meticulously-maintained gardens
Explore Spain's lively and cosmopolitan capital on panoramic and walking tours
Explore one of Portugal’s prettiest towns — once a gift to Queen Isabel from King Dinis
Enjoy fantastic regional wines in breathtaking Douro River Valley settings
Discover the endless nooks and crannies of UNESCO-listed and cobblestoned Lisbon
From an onboard fado performance to a flamenco show, delve into the culture of Portugal and Spain throughout your journey
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*Dates available: September 15, 2023 - Lisbon to Madrid, September 22, 2023 - Madrid to Lisbon
Uncover the magic of the Douro River Valley, one of the world’s most famous wine regions. On this special wine-themed departure, you’ll get a true taste for the specialties of Portugal and Spain as you enjoy wine tastings in several historic cities, explore local wineries, and learn about the region’s long and celebrated history of wine-making.
You’ll enjoy a number of Harvest-exclusive features such as:
You'll also visit some of the most celebrated towns and cities of the Douro region, including:
Porto: In the 17th century, two wine merchants discovered that adding grape spirit to a wine helped to preserve its sweetness as it made the long journey from Portugal to England. The wine merchants named this fortification process after the town they were shipping from, Porto, and port wine was born. Today, port wine is a proud staple of the Douro wine region. You’ll experience this tradition firsthand as you attend a tasting at a port wine cellar. A pioneer in the process of modern port wine-making, this local winery is the perfect introduction to this rich, sweet beverage.
Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo: This medieval town features some fascinating architectural accents, including 16th-century facades and Manuelino-style windows. After taking some time to explore, you’ll enjoy a small sample of cheese, jam, breads, and other local products in addition to a local wine tasting.
Lamego: Enjoy views of beautiful terraced vineyards during a visit to Lamego, a town known for its wine production and the Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios shrine. This elaborate structure is a regular stop for Catholic pilgrims, who climb its nearly 700 steps in order to ask the Virgin Mary to rid them of their afflictions.
Pinhão: Take in magnificent views of the gorgeous Douro Valley as you enjoy a special port wine tasting and food sampling at a local quinta.
Régua: Delve into the identity of this region’s wine production and traditions as we tour the Museu do Douro. Once headquarters of the General Company of Agriculture of the High Douro wines, this museum is the perfect place to gain understanding of the cultural landscape of the Douro Valley region.
Discover the traditions and history behind some of the most classic dishes of Portugal and Spain. From seafood to tapas, wine to tea, enjoy a gamut of experiences and flavors both onboard and on shore. Visit local markets, enjoy meals in local restaurants and quintas, and even learn to make the famed Pastéis de Belém, Portugal’s favorite treat.
Your solo-friendly river cruise has been enhanced with special features catering to independent travelers, including:
The Worldwide Concierge service will be available throughout your entire river cruise to help you customize your journey. Here are just a few services your Concierge can provide:
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