• Follow Me To Portugal With Susan Jackson

  • Porto, Regua, Barca D’Alva, Salamanca (Spain), Vega Terron (Spain), Pinhao, Entre-Os-Rios, Porto, Lisbon

    Spend your first night in Porto situated along the Duoro River Estuary before embarking the next day on your 7 night Duoro River Cruise. Then sit back and relax as you glide along the sparkling waters of the Duoro River as it meanders through the Duoro River Valley past small towns and villages nestled along its banks. On the way you will stop in ports of call where it seems that time has stood still. Then spend 3 fascinating nights in Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world discovering its treasures including Belem, the place from which the great Portuguese explorers set off on their voyages of discovery.

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Day 1 Monday July 18 PORTO

Arrival at Porto airport. You will be met and transferred to the 5* historic Hotel Infante de Sagres located in the city centre. Resembling a 19th century Portuguese manor house, the Hotel Infante Sagres was built in the 1950s, yet its interior is lavish and an intriguing mix of ornate Baroque furnishings, modern custom-made furniture and contemporary works of art. Once you have checked in there will be free time to relax or acquainting yourself with your surroundings. Porto was built in the Middles Ages on the bank of Douro River where the harmony between the architecture and the contours of the landscape creates an urban environment of singular beauty. Late afternoon we join Susan in the lobby for a meet and greet. Overnight: Porto

Day 2 Tuesday July 19 PORTO CITY TOUR + EMBARKATION ON CRUISE

9:00 am Meet your guide at the hotel and start a walking tour of the old city, declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1996. Visit the Cathedral, dazzling in its mixture of Romantic and Baroque elements before descending to the Ribeira area where we find the characteristic quays beautifully restored in their ancient stone. Porto was well known among the Jewish traders during the Middle Ages and today there are remains of what was once a typical Jewish Quarter in that period: steps, narrow streets and balconied houses with street names such as “Rua Monte Judeus”, “Escadinhas do Monte dos Judeus”, “Pátio das Escadinhas do Monte dos Judeus” and “Escadas da Esnoga” which is believed to mean “stairway to the Synagogue”. Lunch on your own. Transfer by bus to the pier for embarkation on the cruise.

ALL PASSENGERS BOARDING THE CRUISE

Gather on board this evening for your Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 3 Wednesday July 20 PORTO/RÉGUA

Spend a leisurely morning soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Régua, Portuguese town renowned for its utterly spectacular scenery. After arriving this afternoon, enjoy a port wine tasting at Quinto do Seixo, a lovely 108-acre country estate that offers an interactive wine museum and breathtaking views of steeply terraced hillside vineyards, the Douro River and the nearby village of Pinhão. All of the port made here is destined for Sandeman, a company known around the world for its quality wines. Later you may choose to visit the Douro Museum which offers a comprehensive and fascinating in-depth look at the unique Douro wine-growing region. Your ship moors in Régua overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Thursday July 21 RÉGUA/BARCA D’ALVA

This morning you will have an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). The shrine features a staircase of nearly 700 steps beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles. Other attractions include a Gothic cathedral, a museum, and charming cafés. This afternoon, enjoy the wild, rugged scenery   as your ship cruises through the dramatic gorges of the Douro River Valley enroute to Barca d’Alva. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Friday July 22 SALAMANCA, SPAIN/VEGA TERRÓN, SPAIN

Drive to Salamanca today for a full-day tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the center of Spain’s Castilla y León region. Built of golden sandstone, Salamanca is known as a “living museum,” an opportunity to step back in time to the Middle Ages. During your guided tour you will see the city’s elegant university buildings, the twin-towered Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells as well as Plaza Mayor, considered the most magnificent main square in Spain.  You will rejoin the ship in Vega Terrón where the ship moors overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Saturday July 23 VEGA TERRÓN – PINHÃO

After breakfast tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with 16th-century walls and steep, narrow streets. Stop to admire the Chafariz dos Pretos, a striking and very unique fountain decorated with black faces. Return to the ship for lunch and cruise onward to Pinhão. This evening, you will be treated to a wine-tasting and dinner at a local “quinta.” We moor overnight in Pinhão. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Sunday July 24 RÉGUA/ENTRE-OS-RIOS

This morning cruise to Régua for a morning excursion to the Baroque-style Palacio de Mateus and its gardens located in the beautiful Trás-os-Montes region near the city of Vila Real. Inside the house you’ll see exhibits of religious images and beautiful furnishings, paintings and ceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here are considered some of the most beautiful in Portugal. Return to the ship for lunch while the ship cruises to Entre-Os-Rios arriving this evening. Tonight, you will enjoy a traditional home-cooked Portuguese meal at the Alpendurada Monastery. Savor a glass of port as you take in the gorgeous view from the monastery’s terrace. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Monday July 25 PORTO

Your ship arrives in Porto, the capital of northern Portugal early this morning. Your guided tour of the historical quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site includes a number of iconic sights: the Porto Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest and most impressive monuments; the bustling main square and the Sao Bento Railway Station renowned for its magnificent blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of port wine, which derives its name from this very city. The ship moors overnight in Porto. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Tuesday July 26 PORTO/DISEMBARKATION/DEPARTURE

FOR THOSE PASSENGERS FLYING HOME

Please make your way to the airport for your flight home. Termination of services after breakfast. (B)

FOR THOSE PASSENGERS CONTINUING ON THE TOUR

After breakfast, disembark and prepare for the Jewish Heritage portion of your trip.

Once you have disembarked you will be met and transferred from the pier in Porto to Lisbon, the second oldest European capital after Athens.  On arrival you will be transferred to the 4 *Hotel Tivoli Jardim located close to Avenida da Liberdade. Once home to the greatest explorers like Vasco da Gama and Magellan, the city of Lisbon is built on a series of hills provides its visitors with incredible views from so many different angles. Overnight in Lisbon. (B)

Day 10 Wednesday July 27 LISBON

9:00 am after breakfast meet your guide in the hotel lobby to begin your tour of Jewish Lisboa: Rossio and Alfama, São Jorge Castle, Praça do Comércio and Judiarias including a visit to the Shaara Tikva Synagogue.

This morning a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city’s neighborhoods, monuments and architecturally significant buildings. Lisbon is, without a doubt, a charming capital city. Famous landmarks are scattered throughout an urban landscape unlike any other. Marvel at the beautiful views from above the Tagus River. This is a city both Atlantic and Mediterranean and you will discover the city’s rich variety of cultural heritages in one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals. Jewish life probably began here not long before the city fell to the Moors in the 8th century. It functioned as a major port and market up to the time that Portugal’s first King, D. Alfonso Henriques seized it in 1147 from them. The extraordinary view from high up on Castelo São Jorge whets our appetite to experience more breathtaking views of this city of steep slopes and overlapping historical contours. The Alfama Quarter hugs a slope along the river and is one of the city’s oldest areas. A large Jewish community flourished here in the area of the Rua da Judiaria. As the community grew and more Jewish refugees came to Lisbon, a new Judiaria Pequena formed in the 13th century near what is today the central Praça do Comércio. This entire area was largely destroyed during the 1755 earthquake. Visit also Rossio Square, the site of the Court of the Inquisition and where countless autos-da-fé were held. Enjoy lunch in one of the typical restaurant at Alfama and in the afternoon explore the Chaido and Bairro Alto old neighbourhoods. São Pedro de Alcântara vantage point offers the most fascinating view over the city and Santa Justa elevator is the best vantage point over the Lisbon Pombalina i.e. the city rebuilt after the 1775 earthquake. Chiado is an elegant, sophisticated district of theaters, bookshops, old-style cafes, international names and local design shops. Much  of the area was destroyed in a fire in 1988, but has since been reborn. It remains one of Lisbon’s most beloved districts with reminders of its past as the center of the city’s intellectual life including statues of literary figures such as Fernando Pessoa, Luis de Camões, and Eça de Queiroz. Visit Synagogue Shaare Tikva built in the early 20th century as Jews of Portuguese descent returned to Portugal from Gibraltar and North Africa. Balance of the day at leisure. Dinner on your own. Overnight: Lisbon  (B, L)

Day 11 Thursday July 28 LISBON/SINTRA/LISBON

8:30 am Depart to Sintra for an HD tour: visit the Royal Palace and Regaleira exotic gardens. Sintra, the “Glorious Eden” of Lord Byron and ancient summer refuge of the royal court is today the natural setting for stunning monuments, magnificent estates, picturesque houses and landscaped gardens filled with exotic plants. Due to its artistic, botanical and historic richness, the Sintra landscape has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Visit the Royal Palace, the only surviving Portuguese Royal Palace from the middle Ages. It is believed to be built on the foundations of former Moorish walls. Since the beginning of the Monarchy the Palace has been a royal residence. The construction of the Palace was carried out by King John I and by King Manuel I, who added the Manueline Wing which gives the Palace its present appearance. The rooms contain remarkable 15th-17th-century azulejos and artesonado ceilings. Afterwards we pay a visit to Regaleira garden, an extravagant fantasy conceived by the Italian architect and theatre director Luigi Mannini.

1:00 pm Return back to Lisbon. Remainder of the day at leisure. Lunch on your own.

This evening enjoy a farewell Fado dinner (3 courses dinner with drinks included). Bus transportation included (guide NOT included). Overnight: Lisbon  (B,D)

Day 12 Friday July 29 LISBON/DEPARTURE FLIGHT

Breakfast then transfer to the airport (guide NOT included) for your departure flight. Termination of services on arrival at the airport. (B)

NOTE:

although airfare is not included in the program, we would be happy to assist in securing round trip flights to and from Porto.

 

Single rate in other cabin categories on request.

RATES FOR THE 7 NIGHT CRUISE ONLY JULY 19 – JULY 26 – ON REQUEST

4 NIGHT PRE/POST LAND TOUR INCLUSIONS:

4 nights: 1 night at the Infante de Sagres 5* (Superior room) & 3 nights at the Tivoli Jardim 4* (Superior room) based on double occupancy

Porterage of one normal size piece of luggage per person at the hotels

Breakfast daily

Transfer on arrival in Porto to the Hotel Infante de Sagres on July 18

Transfer from the Hotel Infante de Sagres on July 19 to the pier for embarkation

Transfer from the pier in Porto on July 26 to Lisbon to the Hotel Tivoli Jardim

Transfer from the Hotel Tivoli to the airport on July 29

Transportation as per itinerary

English Speaking guide (knowledgeable in Jewish history as well as the history of Lisbon)

*HD Porto excursion July 19

*HD Jewish Lisbon excursion July 27

*HD Sintra excursion June 28

**Possibility of combing half day day Lisbon + half day Sintra on July 27 or July 28

1 Lunch in Lisbon on July 27 drinks included (water, wine and coffee)

1 Farewell dinner drinks included on July 28, drinks included (water, wine and coffee)

Entrance fees as per itinerary i.e. São Jorge Castle and Synagogue + Sintra Palace and Regaleira gardens

Water on the bus from Lisbon to Porto

7 NIGHT CRUISE

7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom based on double occupancy – most staterooms with balconies

Life enriching tours and excursions daily with personal headset included

Complimentary internet access in all staterooms

Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board

Fine dining including complimentary local wine, port wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board (commencing with dinner July 19 and ending with breakfast on July 26)

Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily

Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner

Sail Away Mimosa and Sun Deck BBQ

Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music

Services of professional Cruise Manager

All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)

All local taxes

EXCLUSIONS:

Round trip airfare to Porto and back from Lisbon

Departure taxes, fuel surcharges and airport improvement fees

Insurance (strongly recommended) premium non refundable

Cruise only passengers – transfer to the pier on July 19 and from the pier to the airport on July 26

Passport and visa fees (if applicable)

Port Charges $168.00 U.S. per person

Early check in-late check out at hotels

Meals not mentioned lunch July 19, dinner July 27 and lunch July 28

Beverages – soft drink and alcoholic beverages with the exception of beverages included with dinner only

Transportation and/or guiding at night and when not mentioned

Optional excursions

Vessel fuel surcharges

Supplement for single cabin

Optional excursions

Tipping to driver, guide, hotel and restaurant staff

Gratuities to cruise manager and ship crew

Gratuities for personal expenses including laundry

E. & O.E.

The AmaVida brings AmaWaterways’ distinctive standard of excellence to the Douro River in Portugal. This grand 106-passenger vessel features balconies in the majority of its spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 323 sq. ft. Guests on the AmaVida will enjoy fine dining in the main dining room, plus al fresco dining for up to 32 guests. The AmaVida also features a Sun Deck swimming pool; fitness center and spa; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access on a

Stateroom Amenities

All outside staterooms with the balconies for majority of staterooms

Extra spacious suites are 323 sq. ft. with balcony

Staterooms are 161 sq. ft.

In room safe, hair dryer, ample closet space and wireless telephone

All staterooms have complimentary Internet access and Wi-Fi

42″ Flat-screen Televisions in every stateroom

Hotel-style white on white, plush bedding and terry bathrobes full marble bathrooms

Complimentary bottled water replenished daily individually controlled air-conditioning

 

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