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Give yourself the royal treatment as you explore the best of Portugal onboard the Spirit of Chartwell, the former ship of the British Queen. Experience the highlights of Lisbon and Porto and spend a whole week cruising the UNESCO-listed Douro region. Make stops in famous wine regions such as Penafiel and discover historic cities like Lamego and Spanish Salamanca. All this is coupled with an unbeaten cultural program that includes an onboard Portuguese Folk show, a Vintage Port Wine Ceremony, cooking class, lectures and much more.
City:
Lisbon, Salamanca, Lamego, Porto
Duration:
12 days
Type:
5-star cruise
From:
$4,099
Next date:
Jul 03, 2017 - Jul 15, 2017 View all dates

Overview

Day 1
Arrival in Lisbon

Welcome to Lisbon - the fabulous capital of Portugal! Upon arrival your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

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Day 2
Lisbon Old Town Tour & Visit of the Belem Quarter

After breakfast you meet your guide and go on a sightseeing tour of Lisbon. During the tour you visit both the old and new towns with its most famous attractions.

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Day 3
Exploring the Castles of Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais

Following breakfast you meet your driver who takes you on an exciting day-trip to one of Portugal's most beautiful destinations - Sintra, famous for its fairy-tale castles and beautiful scenery.

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Day 4
Train Ride to Porto & Cruise Embarkation

Following breakfast you check-out from your hotel. In the afternoon your driver takes you to the train station where you take a train to Porto. Embarkation on the luxurious Spirit of Chartwell for the beginning of your magnificent cruise along the Douro River.

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Day 5
Quinta da Aveleda & Vintage Port Ceremony

Today is the first day of your Spirit of Chartwell cruise. Following breakfast enjoy the views of the Douro River and the picturesque scenery. You make a stop to visit the Quinta da Aveleda in Penafiel. Evening Vintage Port ceremony.

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Day 6
Exploring Castelo Rodrigo & Portuguese Folk Show

Following breakfast onboard you are welcome to join a cooking class. After lunch on board you make a stop to explore the small historical Portuguese village Castelo Rodrigo. This evening you get to attend a unique Portuguese folk music show.

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Day 7
Trip to Salamanca & Flamenco Show

In the morning you take a trip to Salamanca - an ancient Celtic city in northwestern Spain in the community of Castile and Leon. As a highlight of the day you get to see a Flamenco Show. In the evening you are invited to a barbecue dinner on board.

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Day 8
Mateus Palace and Gardens Trip

After breakfast attend a lecture on Portugal history. Trip to Mateus Palace and Gardens - a gorgeous 18th-century palace considered a perfect example of baroque architecture. After the tour you have dinner at a wine production Quinta.

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Day 9
Touring Lamego

Today after breakfast prepare for an exciting tour to Lamego. It is a charming city in Northern Portugal. Located on the shores of the Balsemao River, it is nestled among the terraced slopes of the Douro Valley.

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Day 10
Exploring the Highlights of Porto

Following breakfast and lunch on board, together with your guide you explore the sights of Porto, which encompasses one of the oldest European town centers. After the tour you return to the ship and are invited to the Captain's dinner.

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Day 11
Disembarkation & Trip to Guimaraes

This is the final day of your Douro river cruise aboard the Spirit of Chartwell. In the morning following breakfast you disembark the ship. You then meet your guide and driver and go on a trip to the cradle of Portugal - the medieval city of Guimaraes.

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Day 12
Departure from Porto

This is the last day of your amazing tour to Portugal! After breakfast your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

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Price

$4,099
Deposit $820
Standard Cabin
Based on double occupancy
$4,999
Deposit $1,000
Suite Cabin
Based on double occupancy
$6,099
Deposit $1,220
Standard Cabin
Single traveler price
$6,999
Deposit $1,400
Suite Cabin
Single traveler price

What's included

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Lisbon and Porto;
  • 7 nights on board the luxurious Spirit of Chartwell cruise ship;
  • Delicious buffet breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Full board with drinks on board the Spirit of Chartwell cruise ship;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • First class train tickets from Porto to Lisbon;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • Land excursions with a professional guide in ports of call;
  • Diverse cultural program onboard including a Portuguese folk music show, a cooking class and 3 educational lectures about Portugal;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Note: Execution of the service or the continuity thereof is conditioned by any bad weather or safety conditions, damage or unexpected maintenance of the ship, laying on of authorities in any capacity.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lisbon

Welcome to Lisbon - the fabulous capital of Portugal! Upon arrival your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

No meals included.

Day 2: Lisbon Old Town Tour & Visit of the Belem Quarter

After breakfast you meet your guide and go on a sightseeing tour of Lisbon

During the tour you visit both the old and new towns with its most famous attractions, including Rossio Square, Restauradores Square with the Obelisk commemorating the Restoration of Portugal’s independence from Spain in 1640, the charming neighborhood of Chiado abundant in old cafés, shops and theaters, and the Lisbon’s Sé Cathedral - the city’s oldest church.

Then you proceed to Commerce Square where you learn how the city was destroyed in 1755 by a massive earthquake, and then totally rebuilt to become the city of today. You finish the tour with a walk at the Belem Quarter, where you see the Monument to the Discoveries and the ancient Belem Tower.Belem Quarter, where you see the Monument to the Discoveries and the ancient Belem Tower.

After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3: Exploring the Castles of Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais

Following breakfast you meet your guide and driver who take you on an exciting day-trip to one of Portugal's most beautiful destinations - Sintra, that is famous for its fairy-tale castles and beautiful scenery.

Upon arrival you enjoy a guided walking tour of the historical center of Sintra and have some free time to buy some traditional souvenirs or visit the National Palace of Sintra on your own (no tickets included).

Then you proceed to the Moorish Castle - the historical 9th-century fortress built by Moors, where you spend some time walking to the castle walls to be awarded with breathtaking views of Sintra. After that you visit the fairy-tale National Palace of Pena to see its most interesting halls and rooms, including the Arab Room and the Queen’s Throne room.

You then continue your journey through the beautiful landscapes of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park to Cabo da Roca - the westernmost point in Europe, “where the land ends and sea begins”. You make a stop there to enjoy the views and take advantage of excellent photo opportunities.

Passing by the Boca do Inferno cliff you finally arrive at Cascais - the charming 12th-century coastal town, where you have free time to wander around its historical center or take a relaxing walk at the beach.

After the tour you are transferred back to your hotel in Lisbon. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4: Train Ride to Porto & Cruise Embarkation

Following breakfast you check-out from your hotel. You have some free time to continue exploring Lisbon on your own and buying souvenirs.

In the afternoon your driver takes you to the train station where you take a train to Porto - the romantic second-largest city in Portugal (train tickets are included).

In about three hours you arrive in the city, where your driver meets you and takes you to the Vila Nova de Gaia pier to embark the luxurious Spirit of Chartwell for the beginning of your magnificent cruise along the Douro River.

Today your ship begins sailing toward Entre-os-Rios. You are treated to a welcome cocktail on board the ship and are welcome to have dinner in the ship's restaurant.

Breakfast and dinner are included.

Day 5: Quinta da Aveleda & Vintage Port Ceremony

Today is the first day of your magnificent Spirit of Chartwell cruise. Following breakfast you have some time to enjoy the views of the Douro River and the picturesque scenery.

You make a stop to visit the Quinta da Aveleda in Penafiel and have lunch. The Quinta produces many vintages of wine as well as aguardente, and is most famous for the green wines (vinho verde) Quinta da Aveleda. The territory boasts incredible gardens that hold unique structures such as the elaborately carved 15th century stone window from which Dom Joao IV was proclaimed King of Portugal and the house where Prince Henry the Navigator was born.

Your ship then continues sailing from Entre-os-Rios to Pinhão. If you wish, you can enjoy a lecture on the Douro region. You are then invited to an exciting Vintage Port ceremony dedicated to the traditions surrounding the drinking of Port wine followed by dinner on board. Overnight in Pinhão.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 6: Exploring Castelo Rodrigo & Portuguese Folk Show

Enjoy another day aboard the luxurious cruise liner and take in the views of the breathtaking Douro Valley Wine Region - a famous UNESCO Heritage Site recognized as the best river destination of Europe. Today your ship sails to Barca D’Alva.

Following breakfast on board you are welcome to join a cooking class. After lunch on board you make a stop to explore the small historical Portuguese village Castelo Rodrigo together with your guide. From its lofty hilltop position it looks down over the plateau stretching eastwards to Spain and northwards to the deep. The village boats historical monuments preserving important medieval references, including the 11th-century castle, the ruins of the Cristovao de Moura Palace and the 16th-century pillory.

After the tour you return to your cruise ship and have dinner. As a special cultural treat, this evening you get to attend a unique Portuguese folk music show on board the ship. Overnight in Barca D’Alva.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 7: Trip to Salamanca & Flamenco Show

In the morning following another breakfast aboard Spirit of Chartwell you take a trip to Salamanca - an ancient Celtic city in northwestern Spain in the community of Castile and Leon. This ancient university is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and has an impressive historic city-center, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Together with your experienced guide you tour the are, have lunch and as a highlight of the day you get to see a Flamenco Show.

After the tour you return to the ship. In the evening you are invited to a barbecue dinner on board. Overnight in Barca d'Alva.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 8: Mateus Palace and Gardens Trip

After breakfast you are welcome to attend a lecture on Portugal history.

You then take a trip to Mateus Palace and Gardens - a gorgeous 18th-century palace considered a perfect example of baroque architecture, located in the civil parish of Mateus, municipality of Vila Real. The palace has been made famous worldwide for being featured on the label of Mateus Rose wine and it is well worth a visit for a glimpse into the lives of the Portuguese aristocracy. Behind it are the Mateus Palace Gardens among the most beautiful in Europe, with box hedges, statues, and a spectacular cedar tunnel about 35m (115ft) long.

After the tour you have dinner at a wine production Quinta and return to the ship. Overnight in Regua.

Breakfast and dinner are included.

Day 9: Touring Lamego

Today after breakfast prepare for an exciting tour to Lamego. It is a charming city in Northern Portugal. Located on the shores of the Balsemao River, it is nestled among the terraced slopes of the Douro Valley. Elegant Lamego is infused with Baroque style and has numerous striking attractions, including a 13th-century castle, standing atop a hill, and the sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Remedies with a 7th century church.

After the tour you return to the ship which sails from Régua back to Entre-os-Rios. Lunch and dinner are on board. You are also welcome to attend a lecture dedicated to Portugal of today.

Breakfast lunch and dinner are included.

Day 10: Exploring the Highlights of Porto

Today your cruise ship arrives in Porto. Following breakfast and lunch on board the Spirit of Chartwell, together with your guide you explore the sights of Porto.

Located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, Porto encompasses one of the oldest European town centers which is in fact registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the tour you admire the most iconic city monuments, including the Lello Bookshop, Luis I Bridge and the Cathedral and see the railway station of São Bento.

After the tour you return to the ship and are invited to the Captain's dinner. Overnight in Porto.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 11: Disembarkation & Trip to Guimaraes

This is the final day of your Douro river cruise aboard the Spirit of Chartwell. In the morning following breakfast you disembark the ship.

Your guide and driver meet you at the pier and together you go on a trip to the cradle of Portugal - the medieval city of Guimaraes, where you explore its UNESCO-listed Old Town and visit its famous Castle known as the birthplace of the first Portuguese King.

After the tour your driver takes you to your hotel in Porto for check-in. The rest of the day is free.

Breakfast is included.

Day 12: Departure from Porto

This is the last day of your amazing tour to Portugal! After breakfast your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Lisbon and Porto;
  • 7 nights on board the luxurious Spirit of Chartwell cruise ship;
  • Delicious buffet breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Full board with drinks on board the Spirit of Chartwell cruise ship;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • First class train tickets from Porto to Lisbon;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • Land excursions with a professional guide in ports of call;
  • Diverse cultural program onboard including a Portuguese folk music show, a cooking class and 3 educational lectures about Portugal;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Note: Execution of the service or the continuity thereof is conditioned by any bad weather or safety conditions, damage or unexpected maintenance of the ship, laying on of authorities in any capacity.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

The westernmost capital of Europe on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is home to the world's greatest explorers.

Pena National Palace, Sintra, Portugal

Sintra, Portugal

Visit Sintra - a picturesque Portuguese town spangled with castles, royal estates and gorgeous parks.

Cascais, Portugal

Cascais, Portugal

Cascais - a petite coastal town and the most westerly point on mainland Europe located a mere 20 miles west of Lisbon.

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Romantic Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal and among the oldest cities in Europe.

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Jul 03, 2017 - Jul 15, 2017
$4,099
Based on double occupancy
$6,099
Single traveler price
$4,999
Based on double occupancy
$6,999
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Sep 11, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017
$4,099
Based on double occupancy
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$6,099
Single traveler price
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$4,999
Based on double occupancy
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