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Jewels of Spain, Portugal & the Douro River

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Douro, Portugal
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
14 Days from $5,899 per person

Before setting sail on the Douro River, experience three legendary Spanish cities: Salamanca, the lovely “Golden City”; Madrid, renowned for its museums, stately royal palace and vibrant nightlife; and Toledo, the city of El Greco and a magnificent tribute to the three great cultures that forged Spain. 

Cruise through the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, where grapes have been grown for 2,000 years, visiting picturesque quintas and meeting the winemakers who operate them, as well as tasting the wine. Get even closer to natural treasures at the Douro International Natural Park, where you can get a better understanding of the flora and fauna of the land with an intimate boat cruise, and at the Quinta Aveleda’s gardens, offering an enchanting landscape that boasts a cascading waterfall, graceful swans swimming, peacocks flaunting their colors and so much more. Visit the walled village of Castelo Rodrigo, a site that dates back to the 12th century, and the pilgrimage town of Lamego to see the monumental baroque Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. Travel through the verdant countryside to Óbidos, a charming hilltop town that has entranced visitors since the 13th century en route to Portugal’s colorful capital of Lisbon.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

  2. Arrive at Madrid–Barajas Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel. Join a guided walk to begin getting acquainted with the city.

  3. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast & Dinner
  4. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
  5. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. 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 Douro International Natural Park.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  7. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  8. 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 local quinta.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  9. Wander through the Quinta 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  10. 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 dos Flores, the newly restored pedestrian zone. In the evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner onboard your ship.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Gala Dinner
  11. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  12. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast & Lunch
  13. 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 Plaza. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
  14. Transfer to Lisbon Portela Airport for your flight home.

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  • All Meals All Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Professional Cruise Management Professional Cruise Management
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Six-Star Ships Six-Star Ships

Taste

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Gala Dinner
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water

Travel

  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the chic Queen Isabel
  • 2 nights in Lisbon at the InterContinental Hotel (or similar) with breakfast
  • 3 nights in Madrid at the Westin Palace (or similar) with breakfast
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days

Explore

  • 2 countries
  • 11 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided ”Go Active” and “Do as the Locals Do” programs
  • 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions

Experience

  • Captivating onboard local entertainment Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “Portuguese Seafarers and Spanish Explorers”
Definite Departure
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* These departures operate in reverse.

NOTE: Flights must arrive between 5am and 5pm and depart between 6am and 6pm. Airport arrival and departure transfers are included on arrival and departure days only.

Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Price shown is per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded Stateroom and cruise in Category 4 Cabin. Single rooms are available at a supplement.  Cabin upgrades available at a supplement. Port Charges included for 2017 only. 2018 port charges are an additional $140 per person.

For guests not going to Lisbon, deduct $300 per person from the cruise/tour price.

Early Booking and Pay in Full Discounts vary based on Stateroom category.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation.

Special Discounts and Promotions: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Frequent Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details.

Cancellation Penalties: 90-60 days prior to departure: 35%; 59-30 days prior to departure: 50%; 29-1 days prior to departure: 80%; Day of departure: 100%.

 

 

Length: 258 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 118 / Staff: 33

Suite: 20 (215-323 sq ft) / Staterooms: 39 (161 sq ft) / Rivers: Douro River

Uniworld’s Queen Isabel  provides an up-close and unforgettable view of Portugal’s Douro River Valley—a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site—renowned for its dramatic, rugged scenery and pristine waters. Named after Portugal's beloved queen, this boutique vessel is the most unique and stately ship on the Douro, a wonderful place to admire the region’s steeply terraced hillside vineyards and charming wine estates.

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Staterooms

Suite

Beautifully appointed riverview suites (323 sq ft - 30 sq m) have full balconies, hotel beds draped in fine linens with choice of pillows, built-in closets, slippers, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen television, radio, alarm clock, iPhone/iPod charger and player, Nespresso and tea station, bottled water, and fresh fruit daily

Bathrooms with L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, a choice of bathrobes, and slippers

Category 1

Beautifully appointed riverview Category 1 (215 sq ft - 20 sq m)have full balconies, hotel beds draped in fine linens with choice of pillows, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen television, radio, alarm clock, iPhone/iPod charger and player, bottled water daily.

Bathrooms with L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, a choice of bathrobes, and slippers.

Category 2

Stateroom (161 sq ft - 15 sq m) amenities include French Balcony, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flatscreen TV, radio, alarm clock, and bottled water.

Bathroom amenities include L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, comfy bathrobes and slippers.

Features & Amenities

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options.

Our meticulously designed ships feature enticing public areas and luxurious amenities, including a lounge with full-service bar, well-equipped fitness center, restaurant, Serenity River Spa, and a Sun Deck where you can relax and take in the ever-changing views.

Lobby

On Deck

Sun Deck and Pool

Sun Deck Service

Lounge

Sun Deck

  • U.S. citizens traveling to Spain and Portugal must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting Spain and Portugal.

  • The currency in Spain and Portugal is the Euro (€).  While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Spain and Portugal. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase.  This will also give you many options for how to dress in Spain and Portugal’s varying climates. It’s a good idea to bring a lightweight scarf to wear at religious sites and in the evening when temperatures cool off. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Reviews

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Booking agent was not that helpful. Couldn't help with pre tour arrangements, "we don't do that".
Vacation : Ship not up to Uniworld standards

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