Enticing Douro (8 Days)

Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
Ship: AmaVida  |  15 Reviews
Porto, Portugal to Porto, Portugal
Porto, Portugal

Embark your cruise in Porto. Gather onboard tonight and meet your fellow passengers. (D)

Porto, Portugal
Régua, Portugal
Lamego, Portugal
Régua, Portugal

Travel to picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, where you'll go to the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). The shrine features a staircase of nearly 700 steps, beautifully decorated with white-and-blue tiles. Concluding both tours, you will have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties, such as bolas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; presunto, a type of dry-cured ham; and espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. You'll then go to the formal Episcopal Palace Museum. (B,L,D)

Régua, Portugal
Barca de Alva, Portugal
Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal
Barca de Alva, Portugal

Spend time soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Barca d'Alva, where you will 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. While here, taste some delicious locally grown produce. (B,L,D)

Vega Terron, Portugal
Salamanca, Spain
Vega Terron, Portugal

Drive to 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. You can also enjoy a traditional flamenco show in Salamanca. (B,L,D)

Vega Terron, Portugal
Pinhao, Portugal
Favaios, Portugal
Quinta do Seixo, Portugal
Pinhao, Portugal

Be treated to an exclusive lunch at Quinta da Avessada, where you'll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment. The warm, spirited hospitality of this family-run quinta is quite special as you will discover. Several family members play in a band, and while dining, they will entertain you. 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. Later in the day, venture to Quinta do Seixo, producers of some of the most traditionally made wine in the Douro region. An expert from the Sandeman Winery will take you on a tasting and private tour of the wine cellars, teaching you about the centuries-old winemaking methods. (B,L,D)

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

Cruise to Régua where you can visit the Baroque-style Palácio de Mateus and its gardens, located in the beautiful Trás-os-Montes region. Inside the house you'll see exhibits of religious images and beautiful furnishings, paintings, and a ceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here are considered some of the most beautiful in Portugal. Later, we wander through the Quinta da Aveleda's beautiful gardens and estate. Known as one of the best wine producing estates in the Vinho Verde region, we will treat you to a wine and cheese pairing here. (B,L,D)

Porto, Portugal
Matosinhos, Portugal
Porto, Portugal

The colorful city of Porto blends the best of old and new, which you can discover on an escorted tour of the historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 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. You'll also enjoy a tasting of Port, Portugal's most renowned contribution to the world of wine at Graham's Winery. Prefer to get more active, you can hike to Graham's Winery, offering magnificent views over the Douro River. Later in the day, take a short journey to a nearby coastal town for the "Tastes of Matosinhos" tour where you'll visit a traditional restaurant serving pataniscas, a traditional Portuguese cod fish cake, and other typical regional snacks. (B,L,D)

Porto, Portugal

Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

Enticing Douro map

About the Ship

Sun Deck

The AmaVida is a 106-passenger vessel featuring balconies in the majority of its spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 323 sq. ft. Guests on the AmaVida will enjoy fine dining. The AmaVida also features a Sun Deck swimming pool; fitness center and spa; complimentary Wi-Fi and Entertainment-on-Demand.

What's Included


    • Land program as detailed in itinerary

    • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom - most staterooms with balconies

    • Complimentary Internet access in all staterooms

    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board

    • Fine dining including complimentary local wine, port wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board

    • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily

    • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner

    • Sail Away Mimosa and Sun Deck BBQ

    • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music

    • Choice of life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included

    • Services of professional Cruise Manager

    • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)

    • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways

    • All local taxes

Not Included

  • Airfare | Passport fees | Baggage fees | Port taxes and fees | Travel, health, accident or other insurance | Vaccinations | Laundry | Additional food and beverages | Optional excursions | Gratuities or other items of a personal nature

About Us

At AmaWaterways, we love what we do - providing our guests with the best travel experiences possible. In fact, "Ama" is derived from the Latin word for "love." It is a concept that permeates every aspect of our river cruises, from the design of our ships to the development of our itineraries to the high levels of service we deliver to our guests. Experience more ways to discover, more ways to indulge and more onboard amenities. With an award-winning fleet in Europe, Vietnam, Cambodia and Africa, critically acclaimed dining and unique tour options, you will have the trip of a lifetime on our cruises.

Insider Tip

AmaWaterways is proud to be the only river cruise line inducted into La Chaine des Rotisseurs, one of the world's most prestigious culinary organizations.

Terms & Conditions

Brochure prices are per-person, U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy of a cabin, or standard hotel room, unless indicated otherwise. | Single rates are available for the cruise-only, at a supplement of plus-50% for standard rooms, plus-100% for other rooms, such as deluxe rooms and suites. | Single rates for land are available at a supplement. | Please see individual itineraries for amount of the supplement. | Pricing accuracy is assured only at time of printing. | If any of the cost factors increases, such as airfare, port or dock charges, fuel, insurance, taxes, surcharges or other, we reserve the right to increase cruise or cruise tour prices without notice.

Cancellation Policy: For any cruise/land booking, whether under deposit, partially paid, or paid in full, including air packages, the following travel agent or guest-requested situations are considered cancellations and penalties will apply as noted below: changes to departure date; substitutions of itinerary; substitution of another person for original booked guest(s); or changing to a promotional fare. All cancellations must be in writing. For all air-inclusive packages cancelled after issuance of an airline ticket, the air portion of the refund, if any, will be processed only after the return of airline ticket. The following cancellation charges will be assessed for all written cancellations received prior to departure up to the scheduled time of departure.

Cancellation received | Following charges will apply: (Broken out by days before departure) 121 days or more is $200 per person | 120-90 days is $400 per person | 89-60 days is 35% of full fare | 59-30 days is 50% of full fare | 29-7 days is 80% of full fare | 6 days prior to sailing is 100% cancellation. Full Fare is defined as the full cost of any cruise, land or air component purchased from AmaWaterways. All air purchased through AmaWaterways has a cancellation penalty of $350 per person for Economy and $600 per person for Business class. In the event you purchase a non-refundable ticket, the full fare is under penalty.

*Certain airline tickets, including all intra-Asia Flights within 90 days of departure and published price tickets, are 100% non-refundable. Penalty rates shown are for flight arrangements deposited/booked from July 1, 2014 onward. Except as otherwise provided in your Passenger Ticket Contract, after travel begins, there is no refund for unused services, or unused portions of cruise, cruise/tour or airfare.

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