Summary: Discover one of Europe’s best-kept secrets, the dramatic Douro River Valley.
- Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
- Queen Isabel
- Jewels of Spain, Portugal & the Douro River - Madrid to Lisbon
- Tour Code
Discover one of Europe’s best-kept secrets, the dramatic Douro River Valley.
- Madrid (Toledo)
- Madrid, Salamanca, Transfer to Vega de Terrón (Embark)
- Barca d’Alva (Castelo Rodrigo), Pinhão
- Pinhão, Régua
- Régua (Lamego), Caldas de Aregos
- Caldas de Aregos, Entre-os-Rios (Amarante)
- Porto (Guimarães)
- Porto (Disembark), Óbidos, Transfer to Lisbon
- Depart Lisbon
Visited Countries: Spain, Portugal
Two intriguing countries and one dramatic river equal a grand adventure.
Before setting sail on the Douro River, experience three legendary Spanish cities: Salamanca, the lovely “Golden City”; Madrid, renowned for its museums, stately royal palace and vibrant nightlife; and Toledo, the city of El Greco and a magnificent tribute to the three great cultures that forged Spain.
Cruise through the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, where grapes have been grown for 2,000 years, visiting picturesque quintas and meeting the winemakers who operate them, as well as tasting the wine. Get even closer to natural treasures at the Douro International Natural Park, where you can get a better understanding of the flora and fauna of the land with an intimate boat cruise, and at the Quinta da Aveleda’s gardens, offering an enchanting landscape that boasts a cascading waterfall, graceful swans swimming, peacocks flaunting their colors and so much more. Visit the walled village of Castelo Rodrigo, a site that dates back to the 12th century, and the pilgrimage town of Lamego to see the monumental baroque Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. Travel through the verdant countryside to Óbidos, a charming hilltop town that has entranced visitors since the 13th century en route to Portugal’s colorful capital of Lisbon.
Reward your inner explorer with the “Jewels of Spain, Portugal & the Douro River,” blending captivating cities, picturesque villages and unparalleled scenic cruising through this less-traveled corner of Europe.
Who will enjoy this cruise/tour? Those who seek to experience the best of Spanish and Portuguese cuisine, culture, art and history, all while traversing the dramatic landscapes made famous by Don Quixote.
- Ship Name
- Queen Isabel
- Ship Type
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 112-passenger 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.
Note: Cruising in Spain and Portugal is a wonderful experience, and while the Queen Isabel is a lovely and comfortable ship, its amenities may differ from those of a Uniworld company-owned ship. Butler service is not available on this ship.
Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England draped in high thread-count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options....
This is an Organised River Cruise: you will eat and sleep on-board of the ship. The cruise operator set the itinerary, the destinations, duration and departure dates as well as the price per cabin type/deck. Excursions can be included or optional. You can join, enjoy and meet other people.
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