Portugal Spirit of Chartwell Cruise - Firebird Tours ®
Royal Douro Voyage
Porto, Portugal
Spirit of Chartwell Ship
Spirit of Chartwell Restaurant
Spirit of Chartwell Ship
Spirit of Chartwell Suite

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Trip Overview

Give yourself the royal treatment as you explore the best of Portugal aboard 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 the 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.

Tour type:
5-star cruise
Tour rating:
4.98 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 5-star centrally located hotels:
    4 nights
    Outside cabin on board the ferry:
    7 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/railway station transfers
    Private drivers for day trips
    1 train ride between cities
    Funicular ride & 1 ferry cruise
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 2 guided walking city tours
    8 guided tours with private transportation
    5 guided visits to sights and museums
    Evening activities: Vintage Port ceremony, Portuguese folk music show, Flamenco Show, lecture 'Portugal Today'

  • MEALS
  • 11 breakfasts
    6 lunches & 7 dinners
    Welcome drink
    Wine tasting

Day-by-Day

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 Walking City Tour

After breakfast, you meet your guide and enjoy a panoramic walking sightseeing tour of Lisbon.

During the tour, you see the most famous attractions, including Restauradores Square with the Obelisk commemorating the Restoration of Portugal’s independence from Spain in 1640.

You take a funicular up to the Bairro Alto and admire the view of the Mouraria district and the Sao Jorge Castle, the charming neighborhood of Chiado abundant in old cafés, shops, and theaters.

Then you proceed to Baixa including Rossio 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. Continue to Alfama Lisbon’s oldest district to admire Se Cathedral - the city’s oldest church and Commerce Square before returning back to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.
 

Day 3
Trip to Sintra & Visit to the Belem Quarter

Following breakfast you meet your driver-guide and start your journey 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 visit the fairytale Pena Palace with a round trip shuttle bus (up to the Pena Palace).

Then you have some free time for lunch (not included) before your driver-guide takes you back to Lisbon. Upon arrival you visit the Belem Quarter, where you admire the Jerónimos Monastery (from the outside). You also make photo stops at the ancient Belem Tower and Monument to the Discoverers.

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

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
Train Ride to Porto & Cruise Embarkation

After 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.

In the evening, you are invited for a welcome cocktail on board the ship and later we welcome you to have dinner in the ship's restaurant. Overnight in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Breakfast, dinner, and drinks are included.

Day 5
Exploring the Highlights of Porto & Vintage Port Ceremony

Following breakfast 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 panoramic city tour you admire at the most iconic city monuments. As a highlight, you take a visit to one of the Port wine cellars, which is a mandatory activity during a trip to Porto.

After the tour you return to the ship, have lunch on board, and your magnificent cruise along the Douro River starts. At first, ship sails from Vila Nova de Gaia toward Entre-os-Rios. 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 Entre-os-Rios.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 6
Touring Lamego

Today you have breakfast and lunch on board, while your ship sails from Entre-os-Rios to Regua. Upon arrival, 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 and have dinner with Quinta wine. Overnight in Regua.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 7
Exploring Castelo Rodrigo & Portuguese Folk Show

Enjoy another day aboard the luxury 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 and 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 8
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 city 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 area, 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 are included.

Day 9
Mateus Palace and Gardens Trip

Today you have breakfast and lunch on board, while the ship sails from Barca d'Alva to Regua.

Upon arrival, you take a trip to Mateus Palace and Gardens - a gorgeous 18th-century palace considered to be 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.

In the evening you are welcome to attend a lecture 'Portugal Today', then you have dinner on board. Overnight in Regua.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 10
Exploring Quinta da Aveleda

In the morning you have breakfast on board, while your ship sails from Regua to Entre-os-Rios.

You make a stop to visit the Quinta da Aveleda in Penafiel and have lunch there. The Quinta produces many vintages of wine as well as aguardiente 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 Vila Nova de Gaia. In the evening you have dinner on board. Overnight in Vila Nova de Gaia.

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 in Vila Nova de Gaia pier.

Your guide-driver meets 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 Palace of the Dukes (entrance tickets are included).

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.


Included

4 nights at centrally-located 5-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

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 Lisbon to Porto;
  • 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.

Note: The 2019 departure dates are preliminary and still to be confirmed. Please contact your travel specialist for the details.

Tour Highlights
  • Fully tailor-made program extensions according to your interest in Lisbon and Porto;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers;
  • Cruising the Douro river on a ship used for Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II celebrations;
  • Exploration of the Douro Valley Wine Region and its 2,000-year-old winemaking tradition;
  • A chance to see the Belem Tower, the commemoration of the great maritime discoveries, that laid the foundations of the modern world;
  • Immerse into local culture in the lively and artistic neighborhood of Chiado during the walking city tour of Lisbon;
  • A taste of the unique sensitivity of the Romantic Architecture blending Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance elements in Sintra;
  • Discover the cradle of the Portuguese culture with the visit to an exceptionally well preserved Historic Centre of Guimarães;
What to Know
  • Credit cards are not accepted at many places, so make sure to withdraw some cash from the ATM beforehand
  • Be prepared for currency conversion fees when paying with a card issued in USD
  • Tips to guides, drivers and restaurant staff in Europe are accepted but are fully at your discretion

Dates & Rates

Dates
Oct 23
Nov - 3, 2018
Oct 30
Nov - 10, 2018
Apr 9
Apr - 20, 2019
Jul 16
Jul - 27, 2019
Jul 23
Aug - 3, 2019
Aug 13
Aug - 24, 2019
Oct 29
Nov - 9, 2019
Standard Cabin
$4,358
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$872
$4,501
Regular package
deposit
$901
$4,358
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
on request
deposit
$872
$4,501
Regular package
on request
deposit
$901
$4,358
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$872
$4,501
Regular package
deposit
$901
$4,358
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$872
$4,501
Regular package
deposit
$901
$4,358
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$872
$4,501
Regular package
deposit
$901
$4,358
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$872
$4,501
Regular package
deposit
$901
$4,358
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$872
$4,501
Regular package
deposit
$901
Suite Cabin
$5,471
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$1,095
$5,611
Regular package
deposit
$1,123
$5,471
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
on request
deposit
$1,095
$5,611
Regular package
on request
deposit
$1,123
$5,471
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$1,095
$5,611
Regular package
deposit
$1,123
$5,471
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$1,095
$5,611
Regular package
deposit
$1,123
$5,471
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$1,095
$5,611
Regular package
deposit
$1,123
$5,471
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$1,095
$5,611
Regular package
deposit
$1,123
$5,471
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$1,095
$5,611
Regular package
deposit
$1,123
Dates
Oct 23
Nov - 3, 2018
Oct 30
Nov - 10, 2018
Apr 9
Apr - 20, 2019
Jul 16
Jul - 27, 2019
Jul 23
Aug - 3, 2019
Aug 13
Aug - 24, 2019
Oct 29
Nov - 9, 2019
Standard Cabin
$4,358
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$872
$4,501
Regular package
deposit
$901
$4,358
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
on request
deposit
$872
$4,501
Regular package
on request
deposit
$901
$4,358
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$872
$4,501
Regular package
deposit
$901
$4,358
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$872
$4,501
Regular package
deposit
$901
$4,358
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$872
$4,501
Regular package
deposit
$901
$4,358
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$872
$4,501
Regular package
deposit
$901
$4,358
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$872
$4,501
Regular package
deposit
$901
Suite Cabin
$5,471
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$1,095
$5,611
Regular package
deposit
$1,123
$5,471
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
on request
deposit
$1,095
$5,611
Regular package
on request
deposit
$1,123
$5,471
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$1,095
$5,611
Regular package
deposit
$1,123
$5,471
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$1,095
$5,611
Regular package
deposit
$1,123
$5,471
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$1,095
$5,611
Regular package
deposit
$1,123
$5,471
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$1,095
$5,611
Regular package
deposit
$1,123
$5,471
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$1,095
$5,611
Regular package
deposit
$1,123

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This was a very good travel experience

This was a very good travel experience. All logistics went perfectly - pickups by drivers, meeting guides, tours (especially with the guide in Porto). Hotels were all good and well located in the cities. We were especially surprised to be upgraded to one of the best cabins on the ship since we were not able to take our ...

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Portugal Delight, April 2016

Just wanted to take a moment to thank the Firebird team for our trip. We had a great time and everything went according to plan. Even the weather cooperated! On the days it did rain (2) it waited until the evening when all our site seeing was basically done. I would recommend Portugal to any one and Sheila and I would ...

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Portuguese Adventure - We were so happy with everything that we have been telling people about Firebird Tours and how they should use them!

We had an amazing time! The package was wonderful. We are very impressed with the guides we had as well. Especially Juan, he was tremendous. Can't say enough good things about him. Portugal, in general, was fantastic. The people were super friendly, the food delicious and everything very affordable. The hotel in...

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This was a very good travel experience

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Portugal Delight, April 2016

Just wanted to take a moment to thank the Firebird team for our trip. We had a great time and everything went according to ...

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Portuguese Adventure - We were so happy with everything that we have been telling people about Firebird Tours and how they should use them!

We had an amazing time! The package was wonderful. We are very impressed with the guides we had as well. Especially Juan, ...

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