Douro Discovery: A Family River Cruise in Portugal

A New Family Riverboat Adventure in Portugal for 2020! Join us in 2020 for a new 7-night riverboat adventure designed for enriching family travel, celebrating the Age of Discovery during two nights in Lisbon, the UNESCO World Heritage city of Porto, and five nights aboard our brand-new riverboat purpose-built for cruising Portugal's golden Douro River.



Dine at a sumptuous royal palace, ride a vintage tram, and hear stories of maritime glory in Lisbon... breathe romance and heroic legends in Coimbra... navigate mazes of colorful streets on a bicycle in Porto.... kayak on the Douro River... learn the origins of azujelos and Fado... cycle through enchanting vineyards in Vinho Verde country, and sail to postcard villages, winetowns, and vineyards in the Douro Valley, a winemaking region unlike any other in the world. This unique eight-day tour of Portugal includes Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, and a riverboat cruise deep into the Douro River Valley for an authentic taste of life in a seldom-visited region steeped in a wine-making culture thousands of years old. Begin in maritime Lisbon, Portugal's capital city, where you'll enjoy an exclusive dinner at a lavish royal palace, explore bohemian districts on foot and by tram car, and discover historic ships from the nation's sea-going heritage at the National Maritime Museum. Explore the medieval university-town of Coimbra, steeped in poetry and Fado music, and the city of Porto, an enticing labyrinth of winding streets and stairways, baroque palaces and colorful bohemian enclaves, where port wine is a mainstay of the economy. Board a luxury riverboat and trace port-wine to its source, the quintas and picture-postcard villages of the Douro River Valley, the world's oldest demarcated wine region, where you'll find miles of mountains and hills carved into vineyard terraces. Discover medieval towns, castle ruins, and palaces, and immerse yourself in local history and culture, kayaking on the Douro River, bicycling through Vinho Verde country, and evenings of onboard entertainment by local performing artists.

Dine at a sumptuous royal palace, ride a vintage tram, and hear stories of maritime glory in Lisbon... breathe romance and heroic legends in Coimbra... navigate mazes of colorful streets on a bicycle in Porto.... kayak on the Douro River... learn the origins of azujelos and Fado... cycle through enchanting vineyards in Vinho Verde country, and sail to postcard villages, winetowns, and vineyards in the Douro Valley, a winemaking region unlike any other in the world. This unique eight-day tour of Portugal includes Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, and a riverboat cruise deep into the Douro River Valley for an authentic taste of life in a seldom-visited region steeped in a wine-making culture thousands of years old. Begin in maritime Lisbon, Portugal's capital city, where you'll enjoy an exclusive dinner at a lavish royal palace, explore bohemian districts on foot and by tram car, and discover historic ships from the nation's sea-going heritage at the National Maritime Museum. Explore the medieval university-town of Coimbra, steeped in poetry and Fado music, and the city of Porto, an enticing labyrinth of winding streets and stairways, baroque palaces and colorful bohemian enclaves, where port wine is a mainstay of the economy. Board a luxury riverboat and trace port-wine to its source, the quintas and picture-postcard villages of the Douro River Valley, the world's oldest demarcated wine region, where you'll find miles of mountains and hills carved into vineyard terraces. Discover medieval towns, castle ruins, and palaces, and immerse yourself in local history and culture, kayaking on the Douro River, bicycling through Vinho Verde country, and evenings of onboard entertainment by local performing artists.

Traveling Well Includes:
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Dinner at the National Palace of Queluz
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Choice of a vineyard hike or kayaking on the Douro River
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - Bicycle tour through Vinho Verde wine country
  • Five nights on the Douro aboard a new riverboat designed for Tauck
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $1,798
  • Vintage tram ride and guided walking tour of Lisbon's colorful historic center

  • Call (877) 224-3779 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14710365

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 3/31/2020
    Duration
    8 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1LisbonArrive Lisbon

    Tour begins: 5:30 PM. A transfer is included from Lisbon International Airport to the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, a luxury landmark in the heart of Portugal's capital city. Settle in, then join us for a drive to the National Palace of Queluz, built in the 18th century, once the residence of the royal family. Steeped in Baroque opulence and history, the palace features frescoes, gilded carvings, walls of mirrors, paintings, and a landscaped garden of lakes, fountains, and statues, including a canal lined with lavishly decorated azulejos (painted tiles). A private tour of the palace is followed by a welcome reception in the garden and dinner in the Throne Room.

    Lodging: Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

    Meals: D
    Day 2LisbonDazzling sights of Lisbon

    Seaside Lisbon is a hilly city of dazzling architecture - an eclectic mix of medieval monasteries, Moorish castles, Baroque palaces and churches, and modern towers - tucked amid a labyrinth of colorful historic neighborhoods. Ride a tram this morning on a tour of Bairro Alto, a bohemian enclave of narrow medieval streets, and Baixa, a district of grand Baroque plazas and monumental buildings and boulevards, lined with boutiques and cafes; take a guided walking tour of Alfama, the city's oldest neighborhood, a charming maze of streets, stairs, alleys, cafes, and artisans' shops below the hilltop Castle of Sao Jorge. Enjoy free time to explore as you please, then join us for a guided visit to the National Maritime Museum, where you'll learn how tiny Portugal once ruled the seas, with an empire that reached around the world; the museum's exhibits include scale models of ships, paintings, navigational instruments, and Queen Maria's royal barge, a stunning ship with gilded ornaments and long oars, built in 1778. Spend the evening as you wish; your luxury hotel on the Avenida da Liberdade is in easy reach of landmarks, museums, and restaurants.



    Lodging: Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

    Meals: B
    Day 3Romantic CoimbraRomantic Coimbra / Embark riverboat

    This morning, drive to Coimbra on the Mondego River. Coimbra was Portugal's capital city during the Middle Ages, and the preserved city center teems with monasteries, churches, plazas and monuments of a romantic history and culture, a home of poets, troubadours, and Fado music. A walking tour includes the university - where students still wear black capes as they have since medieval times - and its Palace of Schools, royal chapel, breathtaking library, and botanical garden. After lunch on your own, continue on to the city of Porto beside the Douro River, where your riverboat awaits. Embark and join us this evening for a welcome reception followed by dinner and entertainment.



    Lodging: ms Andorinha

    Meals: B, D
    Day 4PortoPleasures of Porto

    Rising on staggered hills beside the river, colorful Porto beckons you to its medieval streets and alleys, Baroque churches, bell towers, Beaux-Arts buildings, and bohemian neighborhoods where houses clad in painted tiles and street art are around every corner. Choose a guided walking tour or a bicycle tour of Oporto, the town's historic center, then return to the riverboat to begin your cruise. Porto is famous for Port wine, shipped in barrels from the Douro River Valley, and today you'll sail deep into the valley and its astonishing mountain landscapes. Along the river, conical mountains and shale hills carved by vineyard terraces and estates tell of a winemaking heritage thousands of years old. The land here is inhospitable to most kinds of farming, but perfect for Portugal's indigenous wine grapes, whose roots can reach down 30 feet or more in search of water. Dock overnight in the winetown of Peso da Regua.



    Lodging: ms Andorinha

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 5UrubambaPeso da Regua and Pinhao

    Peso da Regua was once a busy hub where small wooden boats called rabelos, laden with barrels of wine, sailed downriver to Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. At the Museo do Douro, housed in a renovated 18th-century mansion, a guided tour and multimedia exhibits offer a history of viniculture in the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This afternoon, sail to the idyllic little village of Pinhao, nestled at a dramatic bend in the river, where a walking tour includes an exquisite early 20th-century train station adorned with blue-painted tiles illustrating scenes of everyday life in the region. Dinner this evening is followed by onboard entertainment.



    Lodging: ms Andorinha

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 6PinhaoHiking or kayaking in Pinhao

    Your choice of excursions this morning includes a hike through the scenic hilltop vineyards with striking views of Pinhao and the valley, or kayaking on the tranquil Douro River. Join up with your riverboat in Peso da Regua to begin the return trip towards Porto. After an afternoon of sailing and onboard activities, dock overnight in a region famous for Vinho Verde, a Green Wine made from grapes indigenous to Portugal.



    Lodging: ms Andorinha

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 7PortoBicycling or a visit to Guimaraes

    Take a bicycle tour through picturesque Vinho Verde country, ending at the romantic, storybook town of Amarante; the town was once home to Sao Gonçago, Portugal's St. Valentine, and famous Portugese artists and writers, but it's also known for its cozy cafes and enticing local cuisine. Or discover the medieval town of Guimaraes, known as the 'Cradle City;' the kingdom of Portugal was born here after a famous battle in 1128. The city center offers a wealth of architectural treasures; including the ruined Castle of Guimaraes, with its tempestuous history and sweeping views, the opulent Dukes of Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, and the 13th-century Church of Sao Miguel do Castelo. Return to the riverboat and arrive late afternoon in Porto. We invite your family to join us for a final reception and farewell dinner aboard ship.



    Lodging: ms Andorinha

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 8PortoJourney Home

    Tour ends: 8:00 AM. Disembark and fly home anytime. A transfer is included from your riverboat to Porto Airport. Allow at least 3 hours for flight check-in.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    June 24, 2020$4,290.00* (USD) / MS ANDORINHA - AVAILABLEQuote
    June 29, 2020$4,290.00* (USD) / MS ANDORINHA - LIMITEDQuote
    July 04, 2020$4,290.00* (USD) / MS ANDORINHA - AVAILABLEQuote
    July 09, 2020$4,290.00* (USD) / MS ANDORINHA - AVAILABLEQuote
    Disclaimer
    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.

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