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Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley (2023)

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 11 days
  • tour type Cruise
  • age requirement 2-99 yrs
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method
  • Tour Code BM-24024
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
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  • Starts Porto, Portugal
  • Ends Lisbon, Portugal
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TOUR OVERVIEW
The tour "Portugal, Spain & The Douro River Valley (2023)" is a cruise trip that starts from Porto and ends in Lisbon. You will be cruising through Portugal and Spain and pass by Coimbra, Lisbon, Douro River and 6 other destinations. "Portugal, Spain & The Douro River Valley (2023)" takes 11 days and includes cabin accommodation onboard the cruise ship and other items. Please see the package includes section for more details.

An extraordinary journey designed for culturally curious travelers.

Following the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain, you’ll cruise past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards. Dine on traditional fare in majestic Coimbra, the birthplace of six Portuguese kings; enjoy private tastings of Port; and explore Porto’s historic Ribeira district, home to iconic rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene. Wind your way through the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, heading ashore to visit charming quintas and meet the winemakers who operate them. In Salamanca, Spain, you’ll see the city’s famous university. Return to Portugal with a visit to the fortified village of Castelo Rodrigo and historic Guimarães. Your journey ends in Lisbon, the city that launched some of the world’s most renowned explorers. There’s no better way to discover Europe’s best-kept secret than this scenic and all-inclusive river cruise!
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Porto (Embark)
  • Day 2: Porto, Entre-os-Rios
  • Day 3: Entre-os-Rios, Régua, Pinhão
  • Day 4: Pinhão, Pocinho, Vega de Terrón
  • Day 5: Vega de Terrón (Salamanca), Barca d’Alva
  • Day 6: Barca d’Alva, Régua
  • Day 7: Régua (Guimarães), Porto
  • Day 8: Porto (Disembark), Transfer to Lisbon
  • Day 9: Lisbon
  • Day 10: Lisbon
  • Day 11: Lisbon (Depart)
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the chic S.S. São Gabriel
  • 3 nights in Lisbon at the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade (or similar) with breakfast
  • Beautifully appointed riverview staterooms and suites with hotel-style beds, draped in fine linens with a choice of pillows
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
Meals
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
Transport
  • Cruise Ship
Excursions
  • 8 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Do as the Locals Do” program
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
Experiences
  • 2 countries: Spain and Portugal
  • 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Group Transfers are included on arrival and departure days (please see terms and conditions for transfer guidelines)
  • Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to Porto and from Lisbon are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley (2023) tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley (2023) tour. You can cancel the tour up to 121 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 120 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 27 January 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 27 January 2023, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 120 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley (2023) tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley (2023) tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • This trip requires you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 atleast 14 days before embarkation. Young children who are not eligible to be vaccinated will be required to provide a negative PCR or Antigen test result taken within 72 hours of embarkation.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many days are enough for Europe?

    You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent. 

    Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.

  • How do I plan a 15-day trip to Europe?

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