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2024 Season

Vida Portugal: Vineyards & Villages Along the Douro TEST


cruise: WCC
8 Days from Porto to Porto
Explore the Douro River on this delightful river cruise across Portugal! Discover why the river’s name translates to ‘River of Gold’ as you sail on its gleaming waters through Portugal’s breathtaking panoramic beauty. Marvel at the world’s oldest demarcated wine region, little towns, and charming villages, as you sail through one of the most stunning views of Portugal.

You’ll board your Avalon Suite Ship® in Porto, the second largest city in Portugal. Begin your experience with a guided tour to Braga and Guimarães. Alternatively, you can choose a tour focused on the Romanesque architecture, including a visit to the Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque. Enjoy a guided tour in the charming towns of Peso da Regua and Lamego, where historical sights are mixed with delicious tastings. As an alternative, meet the owner of one of the oldest farms in the Douro Valley who will share with you the family history and let you taste some of the oil and wine made. Take a guided tour of Freixo de Numão, a village well-known for its vineyards overlooking the horizon and its granite houses. Alternatively, join a guided tour to Vila Nova de Foz Côa, famous for its Côa Valley Archaeological site, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Visit Freixo de Espada à Cinta, a cozy village with narrow streets and flowered houses with grand Gothic Manueline windows. Should you wish to opt for a full-day experience, take part in guided sightseeing in Salamanca. During a guided sightseeing tour of Amarante, you will immerse yourself in the rich history, the unforgettable places, and the emotionally stirring experience of the city.

Your Douro River cruise returns to Porto with more time to explore the captivating city. Feel Porto’s true essence along a pleasant guided walk through the scenic mysteries of this city’s Historical Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Day 1 Porto (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception

Day 2 Entre Os Rios. Excursion to Braga and Guimarães: Choice of guided sightseeing in Braga and Guimarães, or Romanesque tour

Day 3 Peso da Regua: Choice of guided sightseeing Peso da Regua and Lamego or farm visit with tasting

Day 4 Pocinho: Choice of guided sightseeing in Freixo de Numão or guided sightseeing in Vila Nova de Foz Côa

Day 5 Barca d’Alva. Excursion to Salamanca: Choice of guided sightseeing in Salamanca or guided sightseeing in Freixo de Espada à Cinta

Day 6 Caldas de Aregos. Excursion to Amarante: Onboard tile painting workshop; guided sightseeing in Amarante

Day 7 Porto: Guided sightseeing

Day 8 Porto (Disembarkation): Your cruise ends this morning

Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. Plus, we offer independent exploration options and the use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP on most of our cruises. 

Below are 3 types of included shore excursions for you to experience.

The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per person based on twin occupancy and any applicable port charges, non-commissionable taxes and fees and intra-vacation flight are included in the price shown. Any included overnight stay in Canada, applicable GST/HST is also included in the price shown. International airfare, however, is not included. If price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s). Please review current promotions or deals for additional information.