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ACTIVITY LEVEL

These trips require a moderate level of mobility, as most of the tours are walking tours that last up to 3 hours and may include walking on cobblestone streets and stairs. A Gentle Walkers group is offered on most included walking tours; this group accommodates those needing a little extra time and sometimes takes a shortened version of a tour, with as few stairs as possible.

If you are bringing a portable wheelchair or scooter, you must be able to collapse it and store it in your cabin. These mobility devices cannot be used on the ship, only while off the ship. They may be used on tours that are accessible, but their usefulness on tours may be limited because of cobblestone streets and stairwells and the need to lift the chair or scooter onto and off of curbs.

If you have limited mobility, you are required to travel with someone who can assist you.

Day Description
Sat
April 3, 2021–Porto, Portugal
Board the ship for your Portugal Douro River Cruise. (D)
Sun
April 4, 2021–Porto and Entre-os-Rios
This morning, we’ll sail from the colorful city of Porto to Entre-os-Rios, a tranquil village whose name translates to “between the rivers” for its location at the confluence of the Tâmega and Douro rivers. There we’ll enjoy an authentic slice of life along the Douro river, including lunch at a local quinta—a country estate. The afternoon will be spent admiring the views as we cruise along the Douro Valley to Régua. (B,L,D)
Mon
April 5, 2021–Régua and Pinhão
Today we’ll visit the beautiful baroque-style Palacio de Mateus and its gardens. Inside the house, you’ll find interesting furnishings, paintings, and a ceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here are considered some of the most beautiful in Portugal. Later in the day, we’ll head to a local quinta for an authentic port tasting experience, where we can savor the flavors of Portugal’s renowned fortified wine, vinho do porto―made exclusively in the Douro Valley. Local quinta wine tasting in Pinhão. (B,L,D)
Tue
April 6, 2021–Vega de Terrôn and Barca d’Alva
We’ll spend today in Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built of golden sandstone, Salamanca is known as a living museum, and you will have an opportunity to step back in time to the Middle Ages during your escorted tour, which includes the city’s elegant university buildings, the New Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells, and Plaza Mayor. We’ll also enjoy a traditional flamenco show and lunch in Salamanca. We rejoin our ship in Barca d’Alva. Salamanca excursion with flamenco show. (B,L,D)
Wed
April 7, 2021–Pocinho and Pinhão
This morning we’ll visit Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries-old walls, steep narrow streets, and fantastic views. You can also opt to hike up to the village should you wish a more active exploration. We’ll stop in sleepy little Pochino before reboarding our ship to enjoy the vistas as we cruise to Pinhão. This evening we’ll dine at Quinta da Avessada, a 100-year-old winery, where we’ll enjoying an authentic, traditional dining experience—complete with entertainment. Quinta da Avessada is also a fascinating interactive museum commemorating the history and culture of wine in the Alto Douro region, so you’ll have fun discovering all the various stages of wine production as well as doing plenty of tasting. Castelo Rodrigo tour with tasting of regional fare OR Castelo Rodrigo hike with tasting of regional fare. Quinta de Avessada dinner. (B,L,D)
Thu
April 8, 2021–Régua
This morning we’ll cruise into Régua before traveling to picturesque Lamego, one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in all of Portugal for its shrine Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). After our visit (during which you may choose to climb the shrine’s staircase of nearly 700 steps, beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles), you can sample local traditional specialties, such as bôlas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; presunto, a type of dry-cured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. We’ll then visit the Lamego Museum, with its grand painting and Flemish tapestry collections housed in a majestic 18-c. Episcopal palace. Lamego tour and Bôlas tasting OR Holy staircase hike and Bôlas tasting. (B,L,D)
Fri
April 9, 2021– Porto
Today we return to colorful Porto, with its UNESCO World Heritage Site–designated historic quarter. Choose to explore the city on an escorted tour―including the cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments, and the São Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history―or, if you prefer to get more active, take a guided hike. Afterward, we’ll taste of port, Portugal’s most renowned contribution to the world of wine. then enjoy a port wine-tasting. Take the free afternoon to explore Porto’s charms on your own. “City of Bridges” tour with port wine tasting OR Porto hike with port wine tasting. (B,L,D)
Sat
April 10, 2021–Porto
Disembark the ship and prepare for your flight home. (B)
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