10-Night Douro Valley River Cruise on Uniworld Queen Isabel
April 18-28, 2013. Rates from $3,499.
Special Offer on this Douro River Valley river cruise aboard Uniworld Queen Isabel:
- Special reduced rates;
- $100 onboard spending credit;
- Cruise Holidays Luxury Cruise Counselors Escort;
- Option to book our signature private wine and culinary-themed shore excursions.
Douro River Valley River Cruise on Uniworld Queen Isabel:
Our 10-night cruise will be aboard Uniworld's newest luxury river cruise ship, the Queen Isabel. Starting in Portugal's capitol, Lisbon, our cruise winds through the scenic Douro River Valley, a Unesco World Heritage site attributed to its production of port wine. We'll leisurely sail past scenic hillsides of rolling vineyards and quaint medieval and historical cities, before concluding in the northern city of porto.
The Uniworld Queen Isabel:
Named after one of Portugal's most beloved queens of the 13th-14th Centuries, the Queen Isabel will join Uniworld's fleet in 2013. Catering to just 118 guests, the Queen Isabel promises guests the very best in a river cruise experience. From Uniworld's award-winning service and gourmet cuisine from locally-provisioned fresh ingredients, to its Old World Classic Decor, to a wide selection of spacious suits boasting industry-leading 215 to 323 square feet, to staterooms with full-sized balconies, the Queen Isabel will set a new standard in luxury river cruising.
Part of Our Signature Escorted Cruise Program:
Travel expert Jen Wooten of Cruise Holidays Luxury Cruise Counselors will escort this cruise. As part of our signature escorted cruise program, we will be offering optional tours on this cruise that will promise an extraordinary wine and culinary experience. We also will be offering an optional 3-night pre-cruise packaing in Lisbon with inclusive hotels, meals, and local winery visits. Call us for details.
Early Booking Incentives:
- Book by June 30, 2012: Take $150 off per person rates below.
- Pay in full when booking by June 30, 2012: Take $300 per person off Category 3 and 2 rates, or $400 per person off Category 1 rates.
Past Uniworld Guest Discount:
- If you are a past Uniworld guest, you will receive an additional $100 per person discount.
Join Us on this Douro River Valley River Cruise:
Please join us on this 10-night cruise. You can book today with a deposit of $200 per person. Call toll free (866) 368-7327, or click "quote" below and we will contact you promptly.
|1||Lisbon||Arrive at Lisbon's Portela Airport, where you'll be transferred to the hotel.|
|2||Libson||Included Lisbon city tour.|
|3||Lisbon||Spend leisure time enjoying this cosmopolitan city often referred to as the "City of the Hills."|
|4||Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto||Coimbra tour with family style lunch. In the morning, you'll head north to Porto. En route, you'll stop in Portugal's third-largest city, Coimbra, birthplace of six of Portugal's kings and home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. Afterwards, you'll enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.|
|5||Porto (Guimaraes),Bitetos||Guimaraes city tour. Visit historic Guimaraes, the first capital of Portugal in the 12th-century, home to the first king of Portugal, Don Afonso Henriques, and a 2012 European Cultural Capital. It has been referred to as the birthplace of the Portuguese nation. Dominated by Afonso Henriques' grand castle, Guimaraes was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its extremely-well preserved city center. You will be guided through the narrow streets of the Medieval quarter, toward the beautiful main square, the Largo da Oliveira, and then on to the splendid Monastery and Church of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, the Ducal Palace, and the 14th Century Gothic Padrao do Salado. Later, sail to the Bitetos and visit one of the prestigious port wine cellars in Cais de Gaia.|
|6||Regua, Pinhao||Mateus Palace and Gardens, and dinner at Quinta da Avessada. After a morning lecture at the Douro Museum, visit the impressive Mateus Palace and Gardens, with one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Later, enjoy dinner at the family-owned winery Quinta da Avessada in the heart of the Douro region, built a century ago, and producing Moscatel, the treasure of the region.|
|7||Pinhao, Vega de Terron (Spain)||Pinhao is the epicenter of the Port winemaking. You will visit a quinta to learn the history of, and sample, the country's most celebrated beverage. In the afternoon, enjoy the breathtaking scenery while sailing the remote Douro Valley.|
|8||Vega de Terron (Salamanca, Spain)||Full-day Salamanca tour with traditional Spanish lunch and flamenco show. From Vega de Terron, on the Spanish border, travel overland to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage city. This charming town is untouched in its architectural purity, and throughout the centuries the sandstone buildings have gained an exquisite golden glow, giving the city the nickname the "Golden City." We'll have lunch with a flamenco show at a local restaurant.|
|9||Barca d'Alva (Castelo Rodrigo), Regua||Castelo Rodrigo tour. We'll visit the 12-century walled village of Castelo Rodrigo, a charming and captivating place with Medieval streets, thick stonewalled houses, and a remarkably distinctive foundation, Chafariz dos Pretos.|
|10||Porto||Porto city tour. Sail along the Douro back to Porto, and then traipse through the UNESCO World Heritage designated Medieval city center charming Porto. Visit the 19th-century UNESCO Palacio de Bolsa with its famous Arab Room. Later, enjoy a farewell evening and reception while sailing to the mouth of the Douro River.|
|11||Depart Porto||Disembark the ship and transfer to the Porto airport for your flight home.|
Douro River Valley River cruise
- Cruise Line
- 10 Days
|Day 4||Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto|
|Day 5||Porto (Guimaraes), Bitetos|
|Day 6||Regua, Pinhao|
|Day 7||Pinhao, Vega de Terron (Spain)|
|Day 8||Vega de Terron (Salamanca, Spain)|
|Day 9||Barca d'Alva (Castelo Rodrigo), Regua|
- Wine Tasting
- Rates are cruise only, per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. Taxes of $140 are additional.