Trip Overview

Royal Douro Voyage

Tour rating: 4.98 / 5, Based on 34 Reviews
Cruise to Portugal

Enjoy 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.

Royal Douro Voyage

12 days2 cities
Portugal1 country
Cruise to Portugal
From
$4,358
Tour rating: 4.98 / 5, Based on 34 Reviews

Enjoy 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.

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Day-By-Day

Lisbon

first destination
3 days in the city
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Lisbon
Transfer
Transfer

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.

Day 2
Lisbon Walking City Tour
City tour
City tour

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

Day 3
Trip to Sintra & Visit to the Belem Quarter
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast, you meet your driver-guide. Together you proceed to Sintra, that is famous for its fairy-tale castles. Then you continue to the Belem Quarter, where you admire the Jerónimos Monastery. 

5-star hotel
5

Collect memories of a lifetime and enjoy your perfect vacation, staying in a stylish 5-star hotel. Offering a wide range of impeccable services, central location, and great facilities to take advantage of, the hotel provides everything a traveler can ask for a nice stay. The pictures in the gallery are examples of 5-star hotels we offer.

train
Lisbon
Porto
2 hrs 50 min

Admire the beautiful sceneries of Portugal through your window while onboard a comfortable train. Providing all the necessary amenities, such as power sockets and luggage compartments, it is one of the best ways to travel in the country. 

Porto

second destination
7 days cruising and 2 days in the city
7 nights onboard the ship and 1 night in a hotel
Day 4
Train Ride to Porto & Cruise Embarkation
Transfer
Transfer

After 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.

Day 5
Exploring the Highlights of Porto & Vintage Port Ceremony
City tour
City tour

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.

Day 6
Touring Lamego
Day tour
Day tour

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 of Lamego. Located on the shores of the Balsemao River, it is nestled among the terraced slopes of the Douro Valley.

Day 7
Exploring Castelo Rodrigo & Portuguese Folk Show
Day tour
Day tour
Show
Show

Following breakfast and lunch on board, you make a stop to explore the small historical Portuguese village, Castelo Rodrigo. As a special cultural treat, this evening you get to attend a unique Portuguese folk music show on board the ship.

Day 8
Trip to Salamanca & Flamenco Show
City tour
City tour
Show
Show

In the morning following another breakfast aboard Spirit of Chartwell, you take a trip to Salamanca - an ancient Celtic city in Northwestern Spain. As a highlight of the day you get to see a Flamenco Show.

Day 9
Mateus Palace and Gardens Trip
Day tour
Day tour

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.

Day 10
Exploring Quinta da Aveleda
Day tour
Day tour

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.

Day 11
Disembarkation & Trip to Guimaraes
City tour
City tour

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 the Portuguese culture - the medieval city of Guimaraes.

Day 12
Departure from Porto
Transfer
Transfer

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!

5-star hotel
5

Collect memories of a lifetime and enjoy your perfect vacation, staying in a stylish 5-star hotel. Offering a wide range of impeccable services, central location, and great facilities to take advantage of, the hotel provides everything a traveler can ask for a nice stay. The pictures in the gallery are examples of 5-star hotels we offer.

What's Included

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.

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.

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

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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
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