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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
13 Days from $4,999 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. Arrive at Madrid-Barajas 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. Join a guided “Madrid at Your Doorstep” vicinity walk to begin getting acquainted with the city.

  2. 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

    meal(s):Breakfast & Dinner
  3. 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.

    Featured Excursion:
    Toledo city tour

  4. You’ll check out of your hotel this morning, heading from Madrid toward Portugal and your ship, which is waiting in Vega de Terrón, near the Portuguese border. 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 Excursion:
    Full-day Salamanca tour

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  5. 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:
    Choice of Castelo Rodrigo or International Douro Natural Park scenic cruise

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. Today is all about wine, which has been cultivated in the Douro River Valley since ancient Roman times. You’ll get a crash course in the history of making Port during your visit to the Douro Museum, then 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.

    Featured Excursions:
    Douro Museum
    Choice of Quinta do Seixo guided tour with tasting or Famous Pinhão wine estate with visit to a family-owned quinta

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

    Featured Excursion:
    Lamego city tour with a tasting at a local quinta

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  8. The family-owned Quinta 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.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Quinta Aveleda visit with gardens or Amarante walking discovery tour

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  9. 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.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Guimaraes city tour or “Soul of Porto” Ribeira district walking discovery tour

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Gala Dinner
  10. Today you cruise to the mouth of the Douro and Portugal’s second city (after Lisbon), 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

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  11. 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 disembark this morning and board a motorcoach, heading south through Portugal’s picturesque countryside toward Lisbon—but you’ll stop in fascinating Óbidos before you reach the colorful capital city.

    Featured Excursion:
    Guided stroll through Óbidos

    meal(s):Breakfast & Lunch
  12. 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.

    Featured Excursion:
    Lisbon city tour

    Note: Please note that we do not visit the cloisters at Hieronymites Monastery.

  13. 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 Lisbon Portela 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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Captivating onboard local entertainment Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “Portuguese Seafarers and Spanish Explorers”
  • Itinerary in reverse
Itinerary in reverse
13 Apr 18 $5,999pp $6,199pp $6,899pp $7,099pp $7,699pp $9,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Madrid
19 Apr 18 $6,299pp $6,499pp $7,199pp $7,399pp $7,999pp $9,899pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Madrid to Lisbon
Itinerary in reverse
25 May 18 $6,199pp $6,399pp $7,099pp $7,299pp $7,899pp $9,799pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Madrid
31 May 18 $6,199pp $6,399pp $7,099pp $7,299pp $7,899pp $9,799pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Madrid to Lisbon
Itinerary in reverse
22 Jun 18 $5,299pp $5,499pp $6,199pp $6,399pp $6,999pp $8,899pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Madrid
28 Jun 18 $4,999pp $5,199pp $5,899pp $6,099pp $6,699pp $8,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Madrid to Lisbon
Itinerary in reverse
20 Jul 18 $4,999pp $5,199pp $5,899pp $6,099pp $6,699pp $8,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Madrid
26 Jul 18 $4,999pp $5,199pp $5,899pp $6,099pp $6,699pp $8,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Madrid to Lisbon
Itinerary in reverse
24 Aug 18 $6,099pp $6,299pp $6,999pp $7,199pp $7,799pp $9,699pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Madrid
30 Aug 18 $5,499pp $5,699pp $6,399pp $6,599pp $7,199pp $9,099pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Madrid to Lisbon
Itinerary in reverse
21 Sep 18 $6,799pp $6,999pp $7,699pp $7,899pp $8,499pp $10,399pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Madrid
27 Sep 18 $6,999pp $7,199pp $7,899pp $8,099pp $8,699pp $10,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Madrid to Lisbon
  • Itinerary in reverse : This departure's itinerary operates in reverse order.

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. Single rooms are available at a supplement. 2018 port charges are an additional $140 per person. 

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

Must Pay in Full at time of booking to receive Early Payment Discount where available. 

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.

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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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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.


On Deck

Sun Deck and Pool

Sun Deck Service


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.


Thursday, November 3, 2016
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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