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Spain & Portugal Land & River Cruise

AMAWATERWAYS - AMAVIDA

April 7 - 20, 2020 (estimate)

land tour and river cruise including
Certified Sign Language Interpreter Service



Madrid

Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral, Madrid

Porto

Porto

Sintra

Pena Palace, Sintra

Balem

Tower of Balem, Lisbon

Palacio De Mateus, Pinhão

Palacio De Mateus, Pinhao

Prices include all of the following:
    • Deluxe accommodation onboard the AmaVida
    • Port charges
    • Terry bathrobes and plush bedding in all cruise cabins
    • Breakfast, lunch, tea time, dinner
    • Unlimited wines, beer & soft drinks with lunch and dinner
    • Pre-dinner cocktail hour with wine, beer, spirits, and soft drinks
    • Bottled water in each cabin every day
    • Farewell Cocktail
    • Sightseeing, wine tastings, and bus transportation as shown in the itinerary below
    • Train ride from Porto to Lisobon
    • WiFi during the cruise
Map



April 7 MADRID
Arrive in Madrid, check in to your hotel. Afternoon free time.
April 8 MADRID
Today you will have a guided tour of Madrid, Spain's capital since the Spanish Golden Age and now its largest city, a place with broad avenues, grand museums, stately gardens and lively tapas bars. Known for its historic distri'ts, art, music and epicurean delights, Madrid is a cosmopolitan metropolis with a vibrant nightlife scene. The city’s top landmarks include the elaborate Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park, Puerto del Sol, Mercado de San Miguel, Plaza Mayor and such renowned art galleries as the Prado Museum and Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. (B)
April 9 MADRID - TOLEDO
You'll have an excursion today to the walled city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the ancient capital of Spain. The city is a treasure trove of artistic riches that once inspired Spanish Renaissance artist El Greco, with its winding streets and well-preserved medieval architecture. As part of your guided tour, you will visit the Cathedral of Toledo (one of the world's greatest Gothic structures) as well as the Synagogue Santa Maria La Blanca in the Jewish Quarter. (B)
April 10 MADRID - SALAMANCA - VEGA TERRON - EMBARKATION
This morning, you will depart Madrid for an excursion to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the center of Spain's Castilla y Leon region. You will have free time to explore on your own, followed by a guided city tour that includes the university buildings, Salamanca Cathedral and the uniquely adorned House of Shells. Later, you will be transferred to Vega Terron to board your luxurious river ship. (B,L,D)
April 11 VEGA TERRON - BARCA D'ALVA - PINHAO, PORTUGAL
After breakfast, tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small, fortified village perched high on a hilltop with steep, narrow streets and incredible views. We will stop to taste some of the area's freshly harvested produce. Or hike up to Figueira de Castella for stunning views. Rejoin the ship in Barca d' Alva and enjoy lunch on board before departing early this afternoon for Pinhao. The ship moors overnight in Pinhao. (B,L,D)
April 12 PINHAO
This morning, enj-y an excursion to the palace and gardens known as the Palacio de Mateus, located in the beautiful region of Tras-os-Montes near the city of Vila Real. The interior of the house features various religious images and exquisite furniture, artwork and hand-carved wooden ceilings. The exterior is equally stunning, with gardens that are among the most beautiful in all of Portugal. Later be treated to an exclusive lunch at Quinta da Avessada, where you'll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment. The warm, spirited hospitality of this family-run Quinta is quite special as you will discover. Several family members play in a band, and while dining, they will entertain you. Quinta de Avessada is also a fascinating interactive museum commemorating the history and culture of wine in the Alto Douro region, so you'll have fun discovering all the various stages of wine production as well as doing plenty of tasting. You'll also enjoy a wine tasting at the charming Quinta do Seixo. (B,L,D)
April 13 REGUA - CALDAS DE AREGOS
This morning, you may choose one of two excursions. Your first option is an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). Other attractions include a Gothic cathedral, a museum, and charming cafée. Active adventurers can also choose an escorted hike up the famed Lamego Steps. (B,L,D)
April 14 CALDAS DE AREGOS - ENTRE-OS-RIOS
Enjoy a morning of scenic cruising along a lovely stretch of the Douro. Later in the day, savor a pre-dinner glass of port wine and the breathtaking view of the river valley from the terrace of the centuries-old Alpendurada Monastery. This will be followed by a traditional "home cooked" meal. The ship moors overnight in Entre-os-Rios (B,L,D).
April 15 PORTO
This morning, we depart for Porto, the country's northern capital, arriving early afternoon. Your guided tour of the historical quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes the Cathedral, one of the city's oldest monuments; the main square, ringed with shops and cafes; and the Sao Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. You'll also enjoy a tasting of port, Portugal's most renowned contribution to the world of wine. Alternatively, take a short journey to a nearby coastal town for your Tastes of Matosinhos tour. We will visit a traditional restaurant for a sardine and bacalhau cooking demonstration and tasting. Your ship overnights in Porto. Or take part in an escorted hiking tour of enjoy a hike in Porto and explore the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto. (B,L,D)
April 16 PORTO - GUIMARAES
Today, enjoy an excursion to Guimaraes, one of the most historic towns in Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and European Capital of Culture in 2012. The birthplace of Portugal's first king, Guimaraes claims to be "the cradle of the nation" and boasts a historic center that is one of the most attractive and best preserved in all of Portugal. You may also opt for a seaside walk along the Atlantic Ocean with a cafe stop in Alfurada. Say farewell tonight to your friends at the Farewell Cocktail. The ship moors in Porto overnight. (B,L,D)
April 17 PORTO - DISEMBARKATION - LISBON
After disembarking your ship in Porto, take the train through the Portuguese countryside to Lisbon for your post cruise stay. (B)
April 18 LISBON
One of Europe's most beautiful cities, Lisbon sprawls across several hills along the Tagus River. Your city tour includes two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You'll see the fortified Belem Tower and visit the spectacular JerOnimos Monastery, a Late Gothic-style structure. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city at your leisure, perhaps to visit the Castle of SAo Jorge or the Santa Justa Elevator that overlooks the castle, the river and Rossio Square. (B)
April 19 LISBON - SINTRA
Enjoy a morning excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the most picturesque mountain villages in Portugal, a former summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and a source of inspiration for Lord Byron and generations of other artists and poets. Your guided tour includes a wine tasting and a view of the Pena National Palace, a fairy tale castle situated high on a rocky peak, followed by free time to explore on your own. (B)
April 20 DEPART LISBON
Check out of your hotel for your flight home. (B)

B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner


Land & River Cruise Category E*, Panoramic Window, 161 sq. ft.: $5,391 per person (estimate)
Land & River Cruise Category D*, Panoramic Window, 161 sq. ft.: $5,699 per person (estimate)
Land & River Cruise Category B, Balcony, 215 sq. ft.: $6,832 per person (estimate)
Land & River Cruise Category A, Balcony, 215 sq. ft.: $7,141 per person (estimate)
and & River Cruise Category Suite, Balcony, 323 sq. ft.: $8,789 per person (estimate)
*close to the water line, steep staircase with no elevator access

MS AMAVIDA: Deck Plans, Ship and Stateroom Information


All prices are based on double occupancy. Prices and itinerary are subject to change at any time without prior notification. Prices do not include travel insurance, tips, round trip air from the U.S. etc. The full deposit payment of $450 per person double occupancy is due NOW in order to make a firm reservation ($900 per cabin). Flight arrangements are offered by AMAWATERWAYS and can be booked through Kerstin's Deaf Travel. A passport, valid for 6 months beyond the completion date of your travel is required. Appropriate physical fitness is required since the tour includes walking at each stop. Minimum group size: 20 guests, maximum group size: approx. 40 guests.

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