Explore the dreamy Douro River and discover why its name translates to ‘River of Gold’ as you sail on its gleaming waters through Portugal’s breathtaking panoramic beauty. Marvel at the world’s oldest demarcated wine region, cozy towns, and charming villages while sailing through some of the most spectacular views of Portugal. Before sailing, begin your vacation your way with a three-night stay in beautiful Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Enjoy guided sightseeing to see the city highlights, including Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. Join an excursion to magnificent Palacio Nacional de Sintra. Stop in Coimbra for a city sightseeing tour before reaching Porto where you will board your Avalon Suite Ship to start a delightful river cruise across Portugal!
Begin your cruise experience with a guided excursion to Braga and Guimarães. Alternatively, you can choose a tour focused on the Romanesque architecture, including a visit to the Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque. Enjoy a guided tour in the charming towns of Peso da Regua and Lamego, where historical sights are mixed with delicious tastings. As an alternative, meet the owner of one of the oldest farms in the Douro Valley who will share with you the family history and a taste of some of the oil and wine made here. Take a guided tour of Freixo de Numão, a village well known for its vineyards overlooking the horizon and its granite houses. Alternatively, join a guided tour to Vila Nova de Foz Côa, famous for its Côa Valley Paleolithic Art, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Visit Freixo de Espada à Cinta, a cozy village with narrow streets and flowered houses with grand Gothic Manueline windows. Should you wish to opt for a full-day experience, take part in guided sightseeing in Salamanca. During a guided sightseeing tour of Amarante, you will immerse yourself in the rich history, the unforgettable places, and the emotionally stirring experience of the city.
Your Douro River cruise returns to Porto with more time to explore the captivating city. Feel Porto’s true essence with a leisurely guided walk through the scenic mysteries of this city’s Historical Centre –a UNESCO World Heritage site. An unforgettable experience in the legendary and lovely sights of Portugal as only Avalon can share!