Portugal, Spain, and The Douro River Valley (8 Days)

Cruise Line: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Ship: Queen Isabel
Porto, Portugal to Porto, Portugal
DAY
PORT
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Porto, Portugal

Arrive in Porto, the port city at the mouth of the Douro. If your cruise 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 ship.

DAY 2
Porto, Portugal
Porto Antigo, 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. Porto 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. You must choose between two distinctive—and distinctively Portuguese—ways to explore Porto.

DAY 3
Régua, Portugal
Folgosa, Portugal
Vega Terron, Portugal

As you cruise along the river today, take note of the little chapels you see along the banks. Though the river is slow and calm now that it has been tamed by dams, it was once extremely hazardous. These tiny chapels mark spots where entire rabelo boat crews perished attempting to get their cargo of Port wine to Porto. Today we learn about wine, which has been cultivated in the Douro River Valley since ancient Roman times. Get a crash course on the history of Port during your visit to the Douro Museum.

DAY 4
Vega Terron, Portugal
Salamanca, Spain
Vega Terron, Portugal
Barca de Alva, Portugal

What adventures await you in Spain today? You can visit the historic university town of Salamanca—the "Golden City"—famous for its sand-colored buildings and abundance of churches, or immerse yourself in the region's spectacular natural beauty, with a small boat cruise in a national park. The ship docks near the Spanish border today, where you may head across the country to Salamanca.

DAY 5
Barca de Alva, Portugal
Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal
Barca de Alva, Portugal
Pocinho, Portugal
Pinhao, 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. If you wish, you can also lace up your hiking boots and unleash your inner Indiana Jones with an up-close gander at some prehistoric carvings during a visit to Portugal's first archaeological park, Foz Côa. Enjoy breathtaking scenery as your ship cruises the upper Douro River Valley, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, both because of its beauty and its remarkable history. Although the river is considered one of the most pristine waterways in all of Europe, people have inhabited this region for 30,000 years. Then treat yourself to a tasting of fruity Moscatels and a hearty rustic-style dinner at a family-owned wine estate.

DAY 6
Pinhao, Portugal
Régua, Portugal

Feel the centuries fall away as your ship winds its way through the pristine, dramatic UNESCO-protected landscapes of the Douro River Valley. Head ashore for a choice of excursions, a tasting at a prestigious port wine estate, or a vineyard hike with a wine tasting at a local quinta.

DAY 7
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.

DAY 8
Porto, Portugal

You've experienced the best of Portugal, Spain, and the pristine Douro River, but now the journey comes to a close and it's time to disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Porto 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.

Portugal, Spain, and The Douro River Valley map

About the Ship

What's Included

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.

About Us

The moment you step onboard any of Uniworld's luxurious, one-of-a-kind floating boutique hotels, you’ll experience the care that went into the beautiful design. With outstanding service that comes from the heart, a choice of personalized and exclusive excursions, delicious farm-to-table cuisine, and a choice of inspiring destinations throughout world—every element is included, and is as unique and special as each guest. U by Uniworld is innovating the travel industry with a fresh approach to river cruising. Our sleek ships give you access to the heart of the city, local food, lively onboard atmosphere, and immersive activities.

Insider Tip

As the most all-inclusive cruise line on the rivers, Uniworld elevates all-inclusive luxury river cruising to an entirely new level.

Terms & Conditions

All fares are per guest in US Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed. Fares for single guests are available upon request. Additional restrictions may apply. If you have purchased your transatlantic or transpacific air with Uniworld and/or you have purchased a cruise-tour package with Uniworld that includes air, your entire package price will be guaranteed at time of initial payment.

Reservations and Payments: A deposit of at least 10% of the cruise-tour fare (cruise-tour, plus port charge, plus pre and or post land extensions, less applicable discounts), per person is required within 72 hours of reservation. Final payment is due at least 120 days prior to departure. Reservations will be canceled if final payment is not received in a timely manner. For all guests booking air travel with Uniworld, a separate non-refundable airfare deposit of $450 per person is required at time of booking. Upon receipt of air deposit your airfare, tax and fuel surcharges are final. You may cancel your air within 24 hours of booking and receive a full refund of the airfare deposit or the total amount paid for air if paid in full at time of booking

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Ships' Registries: China, Egypt, India, The Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Vietnam



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