Sometimes the most fascinating history comes from the most unexpected sources. On this cruise, you will delve into the storied past of Portugal’s Douro Valley and Spain, learning nuggets of history through everything, from UNESCO World Heritage Sites to lectures, and even an insightful teatime.
Portugal's Alto Douro Wine Region:
Enjoy scenic sailing through the UNESCO-listed Alto Douro Wine Region, a cultural landscape of outstanding beauty that reflects its technological, social and economic evolution.
An enchanting combination of cobbled alleyways, ancient ruins, and modern marvels, the city of Lisbon is full of historic gems. Embark on a panoramic tour of this storied city, including the Belém Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Wander through the maze-like streets, colorful squares, and abundance of historic churches of medieval Óbidos. This well-preserved walled town was nicknamed the “Wedding Present Town” after King Dinis gifted it to his bride, Queen Isabel, in 1282.
Experience the rare urban beauty of Salamanca, an ancient Spanish city with a history dating back to the Celtic era. We’ll explore the cathedral, university, main square, and other remarkable monuments that earned the historic center of this city UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Explore the bustling historic center of this lavish city, a 2,000-year-old area so rich in history, architecture, and culture it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One can’t visit Porto without enjoying its signature wine, of course, so you’ll also stop by a port-wine cellar for a sampling of this world-famous drink.
Fall in love with the energy of vibrant Madrid, a sprawling city renowned for its artistic pedigree and architectural history and truly one of the world’s great capitals. Your included tour will take you on a panoramic drive through the city, including the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Cibeles Fountain, and more.
Plus, get an insider’s look at the viniculture of this vibrant region as you attend several illuminating onboard lectures and Cultural Connections including:
- “A Look Inside Portugal”
- “Portuguese Filigree”
- Portuguese tea experience
- Enjoy a talk on Portugal’s cork industry aboard your ship