Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley

Ribiera, Porto
12 Days from $4,049 per person

An extraordinary journey designed for culturally curious travelers. Your journey starts in Lisbon, the city that launched some of the world’s most renowned explorers. Following the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain, you’ll cruise past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards. 

Dine on traditional fare in majestic Coimbra, the birthplace of six Portuguese kings; enjoy private tastings of Port; and explore Porto’s historic Ribeira district, home to iconic rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene. Wind your way through the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, heading ashore to visit charming quintas and meet the winemakers who operate them. In Salamanca, Spain, you’ll see the city’s famous university and take in a high-spirited flamenco show. Return to Portugal with a visit to the fortified village of Castelo Rodrigo and historic Guimarães. There’s no better way to discover Europe’s best-kept secret than this scenic and all-inclusive river cruise!

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

  2. Arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel.

    hotel:6723
  3. You’ll have a choice as to how you wish to explore vibrant and colorful Lisbon—via a guided tour or doing as the locals do. Your guided tour takes you to the Belém Tower, the spectacular Manueline Jerónimos Monastery, 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, and take in the views as the tram wends its way through the Old Town. Visit the ancient castle of St. George, and take a fun spin through historic neighborhoods in a tuk tuk, the perfect vehicle for navigating the narrow streets.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:6723
  4. Spend the day at leisure, relaxing or exploring Lisbon on your own.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:6723
  5. Travel through the beautiful countryside to Porto, stopping en route to explore Coimbra, the birthplace of six Portuguese kings. The city is also home to the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest universities in Europe, with a splendid 18th-century library—the Biblioteca Joanina. From there, head to a local restaurant for a traditional Portuguese lunch.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. The epicenter of the Port wine industry, Porto is experiencing a booming cultural revival. Choose how you wish to experience the city, either with a panoramic tour or an intimate tour of the city on foot. Get a feel for this vibrant town, which is simultaneously profoundly urban and moodily romantic, on your panoramic tour. Take in the UNESCO-designated 19th-century Stock Exchange Palace, seeing its famous Moorish Revival–style Arab Room, before visiting Porto’s austere hilltop cathedral and the bustling pedestrian shopping street, Santa Catarina. For those wishing to experience the city on foot, climb 249 steps to the top of Clérigos Tower for the best view in Porto. Other views of another kind, no less spectacular, await you at the magnificent interior of the São Bento railway station.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  7. Should you wish to learn more about the region’s unique winemaking history, be treated to a special lecture at the Douro Museum. If you prefer, you can visit the legendary Mateus Palace, which has one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. During the evening, enjoy a special dinner at a local quinta.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  8. You have a choice to visit one of two quintas. Journey to Quinta do Seixo—a prestigious Port wine estate— for an enlightening tour of its state-of-the-art facility. Sample some of their famous Sandeman Port, learn more about the production and admire breathtaking views from the estate’s tasting room. Others may prefer to enjoy a scenic drive through Pinhão before visiting Quinta da Avessada, complete with an interactive museum—the first of its kind in the country, celebrating the Douro’s history and culture of wine.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  9. Join a full-day excursion to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Called the “Golden City” for its tawny sandstone buildings, Salamanca boasts a dozen beautiful and historic churches, including two cathedrals. 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
  10. Travel through wonderfully scenic countryside to the walled village of Castelo Rodrigo. Take a tour of this fascinating site that dates back to the 12th century, and while here sample delicious local treats, such as honey, olive oil and cheeses. Later in the day, venture to the UNESCO-designated Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley, considered the world’s most important Paleolithic open-air rock art site.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  11. Enjoy a panoramic city tour of historic Guimarães, Portugal’s first capital and the home to its first king. The wonderfully well-preserved Old Town, with its unique architecture and charming little plazas, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you can explore Porto’s UNESCO-designated Ribeira district on foot. In the evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner onboard your ship.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Gala Dinner
  12. Disembark the ship and transfer to Porto Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Porto.

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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
  • 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 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
  • 3 nights in Lisbon at the InterContinental Hotel (or similar) with breakfast
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days

Explore

  • 2 countries
  • 8 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Do as the Locals Do” program
  • 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions

Experience

  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Magical Douro River Valley”
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
29 Mar 17 9 Apr 17 $4249pp
5 Apr 17 16 Apr 17 $4349pp
26 Apr 17 7 May 17 $4749pp
$4,749 pp
3 May 17 14 May 17 $4749pp
$4,749 pp
10 May 17 21 May 17 $4849pp
$4,849 pp
17 May 17 28 May 17 $4849pp
$4,849 pp
7 Jun 17 18 Jun 17 $4849pp
$4,849 pp
14 Jun 17 25 Jun 17 $4849pp
$4,849 pp
5 Jul 17 16 Jul 17 $4649pp
$4,649 pp
12 Jul 17 23 Jul 17 $4649pp
$4,649 pp
2 Aug 17 13 Aug 17 $4649pp
$4,649 pp
9 Aug 17 20 Aug 17 $4649pp
$4,649 pp
16 Aug 17 27 Aug 17 $4649pp
$4,649 pp
6 Sep 17 17 Sep 17 $5149pp
$5,149 pp
13 Sep 17 24 Sep 17 $5149pp
$5,149 pp
18 Oct 17 29 Oct 17 $4649pp
$4,649 pp
25 Oct 17 5 Nov 17 $4349pp
$4,349 pp
1 Nov 17 12 Nov 17 $4049pp
$4,049 pp
8 Nov 17 19 Nov 17 $4049pp
$4,049 pp

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.

For guests not going to Lisbon, deduct $500 from the cruise/tour price. 

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 5 Cabin. Single rooms are available at a supplement.  Cabin upgrades available at a supplement. Port Charges included.

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.

Click HERE to view a PDF of ship facts.

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

Junior Suite

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 1

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

Friday, April 8, 2016
Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The arrangements were good. I was only disappointed that the ship I traveled on did not have butler service and I felt my GE travel guy should have know this. When I paid for the suite room I thought it was included in my rate.
Vacation : The staff on the cruise ship and at the intercontinental hotel were great.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry for that miscommunication, but glad to see that it did not spoil your trip and you enjoyed the Spain and Portugal Cruise.

Grand European Travel
Monday, April 11, 2016

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