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

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

Arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the hotel.

Lisbon, Portugal

Everything old is new again in the Portuguese capital, which is undergoing a remarkable rebirth of late. Get to know this hilly metropolis with a city tour that shows you all the top sights and treats you to a unique pastry with an intriguing (and delicious) history. Dynamic, colorful, and picturesque, Lisbon will continually surprise you. Glorious historic architecture reflects the wealth brought in during the "Age of Discovery", when the Portuguese owned the seas, but it is also a modern center of finance and international trade.; Featured Excursions: Lisbon city tour.

Lisbon, Portugal
Obidos, Portugal
Cruise starts
Porto, Portugal

The tiny whitewashed village of Óbidos is so charming that Portuguese kings traditionally gave it to their brides as a wedding gift. Need we say more? Climb up to the imposing hilltop castle for spectacular Instagram-worthy photos of the countryside and the sea beyond. You'll board a motorcoach this morning, heading north through Portugal's picturesque countryside toward Porto—but you'll stop in fascinating Óbidos before you reach the colorful city.; Featured Excursions: Guided stroll through Óbidos.

Porto, Portugal

There's much more to Portugal's second city (after Lisbon) than its eponymous fortified wine—historic architecture, cutting-edge design, fabulous food and wine, and a hip laid-back vibe. Discover its many charms with your choice of distinctively different tours today. Today you cruise to the mouth of the Douro and Porto, which gave its name to the nation's most famous export, Port wine, and to the nation itself. The city is a fascinating combination of historic buildings and cutting-edge architecture, tradition, and vivacious modernity.; Featured Excursions: Choice of Porto city tour or Exclusive "Do as the Locals Do" Porto walking tour.

Porto, Portugal
Guimaraes, Portugal
Porto, Portugal

Guimarães or Porto? That's the question of the day today (you really can't go wrong either way). Guimarães is the town where Portugal was born and its well-preserved architecture and stylish young residents make it a pleasure to visit. Or opt to explore one of Porto's oldest neighborhoods, picturesque Ribeira, considered the soul of the city. Today's options include a visit to the historic town of Guimarães, where you can expand your acquaintance with Portugal's various wine styles and traditions, and a chance to see Porto as the locals do with an adventurous walking tour.; Featured Excursions: Choice of Guimarães city tour or "Soul of Porto" Ribeira district walking discovery tour.

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

The family-owned Quinta da Aveleda looks like something out of a fairytale, with its lush flower gardens, peacocks and swans, shady terraces, and whimsical follies—the perfect place to relax over a glass of vindo verde, the preferred drink of the region. Or visit an ancient town known for an iconic pastry and a shrine dedicated to the patron saint of marriage. You have a tough choice to make today: would you prefer to venture overland to Amarante, an ancient town on the banks of the Tâmega River, or visit a lovely quinta? Regardless of which choice you make, you also get a crash course in the history of making Port during your visit to the Douro Museum.; Featured Excursions: Douro Museum, Choice of Quinta da Aveleda visit with gardens or Amarante walking discovery tour.

Régua, Portugal
Lamego, Portugal
Régua, Portugal
Pinhao, Portugal

One of Portugal's top pilgrimage sites is our destination today, Our Lady of Remedies in Lamego. The church sits high above the town, accessible via hundreds of zigzagging steps adorned with beautiful blue-and-white tiles. After seeing the sights with a local expert, enjoy a tasting of locally made wines at a picturesque quinta. Today's highlights include a visit to a picturesque hill town and a scenic cruise along the Douro river.; Featured Excursions: Lamego city tour with a tasting at a local quinta, Scenic Stroll at Pinhão station.

Pinhao, Portugal
Quinta do Seixo, Portugal
Pinhao, Portugal
Pocinho, Portugal

Today is all about wine, which has been cultivated in the Douro River Valley since ancient Roman times. You'll head to the hills to a prestigious wine estate, where you can sip Port while savoring marvelous views. Or, take a scenic drive to a family-owned quinta, where you'll have a firsthand look at grape harvesting. Start the morning off by choosing a way to experience life in the Douro Valley: you can venture overland to Amarante, an ancient town on the banks of the Tâmega River, or visit a lovely quinta.; Featured Excursions: Choice of Quinta do Seixo guided tour with tasting or Famous Pinhão wine estate with visit to a family-owned quinta.

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

Go medieval today at Castelo Rodrigo, both the name of a hilltop castle as well as the village that surrounds it. The view from the top is incredible and the village is a charming place to ramble, relax, and replenish. Or opt to take a small boat excursion into a national park to explore the Spanish side of the Douro. A tiny village surrounded by mountains, Barca d'Alva is your base as you explore Castelo Rodrigo, which has been singled out as one of Portugal's 12 historic villages for its medieval beauty, or opt instead to cruise through a nature preserve along the Douro.; Featured Excursions: International Douro Natural Park scenic cruise, Castelo Rodrigo.

DAY 10
Vega Terron, Portugal
Salamanca, Spain
Madrid, Spain

What adventures await you in Spain? Today, you'll visit the historic university town of Salamanca—the "Golden City"—famous for its sand-colored buildings and abundance of churches. Walk with a local expert through the Plaza Mayor, considered one of the most beautiful squares in Spain, and visit the university and the city's astounding food hall. You'll disembark today, heading toward Madrid. Along the way you'll visit beautiful Salamanca, the university town where Columbus sought advice before sailing west in search of a new route to the Indies.; Featured Excursions: Full-day Salamanca tour.

DAY 11
Madrid, Spain

Madrid may very well be Europe's liveliest capital city, a place where people eat late and stay up even later. Get your bearings with a panoramic overview or a more intimate walking tour, both of which include a visit to the extraordinary Prado Museum. Tonight, enjoy dinner and a colorful, passionate, foot-stomping show at the city's finest flamenco venue. The capital of Spain, Madrid boasts incomparable artwork, an amazing range of architectural styles— from Moorish to postmodern—and exceptional food. Your Iberian adventure begins here as you sample some of its highlights.; Featured Excursions: Prado Museum visit, Dinner with flamenco show, Choice of Madrid city tour or Exclusive guided "Go Active" Madrid walking tour.

DAY 12
Madrid, Spain
Toledo, Spain
Madrid, Spain

Toledo is said to be Spain's spiritual heart, a timeless UNESCO-listed city where Muslims, Jews, and Christians have peacefully co-existed for three centuries. After your city tour you'll have time to explore—and eat—on your own; the food here is so exceptional that Toledo was named Spain's gastronomic capital in 2016. A one-time ancient Roman colony, medieval Moorish capital, and center for religious tolerance, Toledo has been called Spain's spiritual heart.; Featured Excursions: Toledo city tour.

DAY 13
Madrid, Spain

You've experienced the best of Spain, Portugal, and the pristine Douro River, but now the journey comes to a close. If your cruise/tour package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Madrid-Barajas Airport for your flight home. Your Uniworld adventure may be over, but we know you'll enjoy the memories you've made for years to come.

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