Jewels of Spain, Portugal, and The Douro River (13 Days)

Cruise Line: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Ship: Queen Isabel
Madrid, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Madrid, Spain

Arrive at Madrid–Barajas Airport, from where you will be transferred to your hotel. Join a guided walk to begin getting acquainted with the city.; Featured Excursions: "Madrid at Your Doorstep" vicinity walk.

Madrid, Spain

Choose one of two ways to explore Madrid—both giving you a sense of Madrid's layout and architectural highlights. Join the panoramic tour of this metropolis, showcasing Madrid's top sights, or take in some of the key sites on a guided active walk through the historic city. Both tours are followed by an excursion to the massive Prado Museum and its acclaimed collection of European art. In the evening, enjoy dinner and a flamenco show at one of the city's finest venues.; Featured Excursions: Choice of Madrid city tour with Prado Museum or exclusive guided "Go Active" walking tour with Prado Museum visit, and dinner with flamenco show.

Madrid, Spain
Toledo, Spain
Madrid, Spain

Known as the "City of Three Cultures", Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been heavily influenced by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all of which have peacefully co-existed here for centuries.; Featured Excursions: Toledo city tour.

Madrid, Spain
Salamanca, Spain
Vega Terron, Portugal

Travel from Madrid to Salamanca, where you'll be guided through this UNESCO-designated city known as the "Golden City" for the distinctive patina of its centuries-old sandstone buildings. You'll have a chance to visit Salamanca's food hall as well as sample many of the city's delights. You'll then journey to the Spanish border town of Vega de Terrón to embark your ship.; Featured Excursions: Full-day Salamanca tour.

Barca de Alva, Portugal
Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal
Barca de Alva, Portugal
Pinhao, Portugal

Travel through wonderfully scenic countryside to Castelo Rodrigo. Take a guided tour of the walled village of Castelo Rodrigo, and while here, sample delicious local treats, such as honey and olive oil. If you prefer a different type of experience to better understand the flora and fauna of the land, you'll want to go on a half-day scenic cruise at the International Douro Natural Park.; Featured Excursions: Choice of Castelo Rodrigo or half-day scenic cruise at the International Douro Natural Park.

Pinhao, Portugal
Quinta do Seixo, Portugal
Pinhao, Portugal
Régua, Portugal

Journey to Quinta do Seixo—a prestigious Port wine estate—for a tour of its state-of-the-art facility, and sample some of their famous Port. Others may prefer to enjoy a scenic drive through Pinhão before visiting a famous wine estate and family-owned quinta. Afterwards, learn about the region's winemaking history during a special lecture at the Douro Museum.; Featured Excursions: Choice of Quinta do Seixo guided tour and tasting or famous Pinhão wine estate and visit to family-owned quinta and Douro Museum.

Régua, Portugal
Lamego, Portugal
Régua, Portugal
Caldas de Aregos, Portugal

Stroll through this pilgrimage town of Lamego to the monumental Baroque Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. Later, enjoy a wine tasting at a lovely quinta.; Featured Excursions: Lamego walking tour with wine tasting at a local quinta.

Entre-os-Rios, Portugal
Quinta da Aveleda, Portugal
Entre-os-Rios, Portugal

Wander through the Quinta da Aveleda's gardens, where you'll find a thatched house for geese, peacocks flaunting their colors, and graceful swans. If you prefer, stroll through Amarante and discover the unique heritage bequeathed by the town's patron saint, ranging from a beautiful Dominican monastery to delicious sweets.; Featured Excursions: Choice of Quinta da Aveleda visit and gardens or Amarante walking tour.

Porto, Portugal
Guimaraes, Portugal
Porto, Portugal

Enjoy a panoramic tour of UNESCO-designated Guimarães, with a wonderfully well-preserved Old Town. Alternatively, you can explore Porto's UNESCO-designated Ribeira district on foot, including the Rua das Flores, the newly restored pedestrian zone. In the evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner onboard your ship.; Featured Excursions: Choice of Guimarães city tour or "Soul of Porto" Ribeira district walking tour.

DAY 10
Porto, Portugal

Get a feel for vibrant Porto on a panoramic tour showcasing the UNESCO-designated 19th-century Stock Exchange Palace. For those wanting a more active exploration, climb 249 steps to the top of Clérigos Tower for the best view in Porto.; Featured Excursions: Choice of Porto city tour or exclusive "Do as the Locals Do" Porto walking tour.

DAY 11
Porto, Portugal
Obidos, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal

As you head south to Lisbon, you'll stop in Óbidos, a hill town that has entranced visitors since the 13th century. It's so charming that the kings of Portugal traditionally gave it to their queens as a wedding present. From Óbidos, head to a local restaurant for a traditional Portuguese lunch before arriving in Lisbon.; Featured Excursions: Guided stroll through Óbidos and family-style lunch.

DAY 12
Lisbon, Portugal

You'll have a choice as to how you wish to explore Lisbon—via a guided tour or doing as the locals do. Your guided tour takes you to the Belém Tower, the Manueline Jerónimos Monastery, the Alfama district, and Rossio Square. You'll even get to sample a traditional delicacy—pastéis de Belém—at a famous pastry shop. For a taste of local life, hop on one of the traditional yellow trams that toil up and down the steep streets. Visit the ancient castle of St. George, and take a fun spin through historic neighborhoods in a tuk tuk.; Featured Excursions: Choice of Lisbon city tour or exclusive "Do as the Locals Do" Lisbon walking tour.

DAY 13
Lisbon, Portugal

Transfer to Lisbon Portela Airport for your flight home.

Jewels of Spain, Portugal, and The Douro River map

About the Ship

What's Included


    • One-of-a-kind, luxurious ships with an average capacity of just 130 guests

    • The highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry, with award-winning service from the most experienced English-speaking staff on the rivers

    • The most elegantly appointed riverview staterooms and suites afloat—many with French balconies—offering exclusive signature touches such as handcrafted beds from Savoir® of England, an array of pillow options, flat-screen TVs with infotainment centers, and spacious marble bathrooms stocked with robes, slippers, and L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products

    • All scheduled airport transfers

    • All meals onboard, prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients sourced from farmers’ markets and other local suppliers

    • Unlimited beverages onboard, including distinctive wines; craft and regional beers; spirits; cocktails; soft drinks; juices; cappuccinos, lattes, espresso, and French press coffee; fine teas; and mineral water

    • A variety of onboard dining options and special culinary experiences

    • Expertly planned shore excursions hosted by English-speaking local experts, with personalization options including Choice Is Yours, Go Active, Do as the Locals Do, Village Day, and Gentle Walking programs and a host of exclusive experiences designed for Uniworld guests only

    • Ship-wide Internet and Wi-Fi access

    • Well-equipped fitness center with exercise classes onboard and use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks for onshore enjoyment

    • All gratuities onboard and onshore

    NOTE: Bicycles are not available on the River Countess because bike riding is prohibited in Venice.

Not Included

  • Items Not Included in the Published Price: These include, but are not limited to, airfares to and from your destination except where specified; airport/departure taxes; cost of passport and visas; taxes; excess baggage charges; laundry; phone calls; all items of a personal nature; items not included on regular menus; expenses for additional sightseeing not specified in the itinerary; premium spirits & premium wine (please refer to complimentary beverage program in Uniworld’s Terms & Conditions), meals not detailed in the itinerary; Gratuities for programs in Russia, Egypt, India, China and Vietnam/Cambodia (please refer to Gratuities section in Uniworld’s Terms & Conditions for details ); and health, accident, baggage, or travel protection plans.

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