Vida Portugal: Vineyards and Villages Along the Duoro River
8 Days from Porto to Porto
ONLY a few lovely porthole cabins left as of 09/5/23 - BOOK NOW!
Join Virginia Wine Women July 10 - 17, 2024 on a trip of a lifetime along the Duoro River and sail through some of Portugal’s most legendary landscapes. Meaning “River of Gold,” the Douro River lives up to its name by revealing priceless gems along sloping vineyards and sleepy villages where rugged landscapes have been tamed for centuries to produce a bounty of wines and cuisine.
Welcome aboard the newest addition to Avalon's award-winning fleet of Suite Ships® – the intimate Alegria river cruiser, with just 100 guests - and be swept away by Douro’s timeless treasures and traditions, family farms and fevered Fado music, and mouth-watering culinary creations in the world’s oldest demarcated wine region. (If we're lucky, we'll get to try some authentic Portuguese bacalao, and of course we'll be stuffed with sweet pastéis de nata...yummmm.)
Our group will gather onboard for an optional cruise kick-off and meet-ups, and we'll dine together several nights. You'll have plenty of time on your own as well. Also - exciting! - we are looking into a private side trip for Virginia Wine Women only to visit Kopke, the world's oldest port wine house. (To be confirmed.)
Significant others, friends & family are welcome. We'll depart from and return to Porto, a quick flight from Lisbon. Or you may want to make the 3-hour drive instead, lingering in the colorful little towns along the way like Sintra, Obidos, and Cascais, and staying in historic pousadas, like this one.
Day 1 Porto (Embarkation):
Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Entre Os Rios. Excursion to Braga and Guimarães:
Choice of guided sightseeing in Braga and Guimarães, or Romanesque tour
Day 3 Peso da Régua:
Choice of guided sightseeing Peso da Régua and Lamego or farm visit with tasting
Day 4 Pocinho:
Choice of guided sightseeing in Freixo de Numão or guided sightseeing in Vila Nova de Foz Côa
Day 5 Barca d’Alva. Excursion to Salamanca:
Choice of guided sightseeing in Salamanca or guided sightseeing in Freixo de Espada à Cinta
Day 6 Caldas de Aregos. Excursion to Amarante:
Onboard tile painting workshop; guided sightseeing in Amarante
Day 7 Porto:
Choice of guided sightseeing or bike tour
Day 8 Porto (Disembarkation):
Your cruise ends this morning
DATE & PRICE
Departure Date: July 10 – July 17, 2024
From $4,108.00 per person, based on double occupancy and land only.*
*Includes a $1200 per cabin Virginia Wine Women discount. Also includes a $256 per cabin credit for pre-paid gratuities!
Includes port charges, pre-paid gratuities, land tour, suite, sightseeing, meals as specified in the itinerary, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
SEE COMPLETE CRUISE DETAILS ON AVALON WATERWAYS.
TO MAKE A RESERVATION CALL: Avalon Waterways –Partnership Program 866-612-5118
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Bauer