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Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Ribiera, Porto
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
11 Days from $3,899 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. Arrive at Lisbon Portela 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.

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  2. 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 an iconic, locally-made pastry with an intriguing tale all its own.

    Featured Excursion:
    Lisbon city tour

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

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:6723
  3. Lisbon is yours to explore today. Get out and see the city on your own. Ride the famous iron elevator from the Baixa district up to the Bairro Alto, the cultural and bohemian heart of Lisbon, and catch a fantastic view of the city from the vantage point of São Pedro de Alcantara Belvedere. Once you reach Bairro Alto, head for São Roque, whose plain façade hides a magnificent baroque interior. The city hosts remarkable museums and excellent shopping. Your options at Centro Comercial Colombo, the biggest mall in the Iberian Peninsula, are seemingly limitless. Or try a flea market, perhaps the Campo de Santa Clara, if you prefer to hunt for unique treasures. Natives of Lisbon boast that they have the best food in the world; the many cafés and taverns tempt you to verify that claim.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:6723
  4. You’ll check out of your Lisbon hotel and board a motorcoach, heading north through Portugal’s picturesque countryside toward Porto—but you’ll stop in Coimbra, Portugal’s first capital, before you reach the port city at the mouth of the Douro.

    Featured Excursion:
    Coimbra tour with Joanina Library visit and family-style lunch

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  5. Portugal’s second city (after Lisbon), 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.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Porto city tour or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Porto walking tour

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. Today is all 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, then treat yourself to a tasting of fruity Moscatels and a hearty, rustic-style lunch at a family-owned wine estate.

    Featured Excursions:
    Douro Museum
    Quinta da Avessada wine estate visit with lunch

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

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Quinta do Seixo guided tour with tasting or Vineyard hike and tasting at a local quinta

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  8. The ship docks near the Spanish border today; you may head across the country to Salamanca or explore a fascinating natural reserve aboard a small boat.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Full-day Salamanca tour or International Douro Natural Park scenic cruise

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  9. Enjoy breathtaking scenery this morning 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. You may opt to visit Portugal’s first archaeological park, Foz Côa, or explore the comparatively “modern” Castelo Rodrigo, a medieval castle standing at the heart of a still-lively village, today.

    Featured Excursions:
    Castelo Rodrigo
    Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley

    Note: Exploring these sites will require sturdy hiking footwear and considerable physical fitness: You’ll take a four-wheel drive down dirt roads and hike into rocky and hard-to-access locations.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  10. 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 Guimarães city tour or “Soul of Porto” Ribeira district walking discovery tour

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

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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”
Cruise Start Date CATEGORY 5 CATEGORY 4 CATEGORY 3 CATEGORY 2 CATEGORY 1 SUITE Availability Price
22 Mar 18 $3,999pp $4,199pp $4,899pp $5,099pp $5,699pp $7,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto
29 Mar 18 $4,099pp $4,299pp $4,999pp $5,199pp $5,799pp $7,699pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto
5 Apr 18 $4,099pp $4,299pp $4,999pp $5,199pp $5,799pp $7,699pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto
26 Apr 18 $4,699pp $4,899pp $5,599pp $5,799pp $6,399pp $8,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto
3 May 18 $4,699pp $4,899pp $5,599pp $5,799pp $6,399pp $8,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto
10 May 18 $5,099pp $5,299pp $5,999pp $6,199pp $6,799pp $8,699pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto
7 Jun 18 $5,099pp $5,299pp $5,999pp $6,199pp $6,799pp $8,699pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto
14 Jun 18 $5,099pp $5,299pp $5,999pp $6,199pp $6,799pp $8,699pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto
5 Jul 18 $4,699pp $4,899pp $5,599pp $5,799pp $6,399pp $8,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto
12 Jul 18 $3,899pp $4,099pp $4,799pp $4,999pp $5,599pp $7,499pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto
2 Aug 18 $3,899pp $4,099pp $4,799pp $4,999pp $5,599pp $7,499pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto
9 Aug 18 $3,899pp $4,099pp $4,799pp $4,999pp $5,599pp $7,499pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto
16 Aug 18 $4,599pp $4,799pp $5,499pp $5,699pp $6,299pp $8,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto
6 Sep 18 $5,099pp $5,299pp $5,999pp $6,199pp $6,799pp $8,699pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto
13 Sep 18 $5,099pp $5,299pp $5,999pp $6,199pp $6,799pp $8,699pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto
4 Oct 18 $5,099pp $5,299pp $5,999pp $6,199pp $6,799pp $8,699pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto
18 Oct 18 $3,899pp $4,099pp $4,799pp $4,999pp $5,599pp $7,499pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto
25 Oct 18 $3,999pp $4,199pp $4,899pp $5,099pp $5,699pp $7,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto
1 Nov 18 $3,999pp $4,199pp $4,899pp $5,099pp $5,699pp $7,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto
8 Nov 18 $4,099pp $4,299pp $4,999pp $5,199pp $5,799pp $7,699pp Request Quote
SHIP: Queen Isabel
Lisbon to Porto

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. Single rooms are available at a supplement.   Port charges included on 2017 departures only. 2018 port charges are an additional $140 per person.

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 cruise.

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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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.

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