Douro River Wine Cruise
July 15, 2023 - July 22, 2023
You are invited to join Barry and Jennifer Waitte for an amazing and adventurous wine cruise through the Douro Valley of Portugal, July 15-22, 2023. This will be an extraordinary journey of discovery through the rambling vineyards that cling to the steep slopes of the Douro River Valley and charming native farms that create an incomparable backdrop to one of Europe’s most unspoiled regions and the world’s oldest demarcated wine regions.
The 7-night river cruise sails roundtrip from Porto, the beautiful City of Bridges and home to the iconic Rabelo boats. We will visit Regua, the capital of the Douro Valley, and marvel at Salamanca, the UNESCO-designated Golden City. Taste wines throughout the region from historic wineries and soak up the genuine beauty of Europe’s most unadulterated landscapes. Our ship, AmaWaterways’ luxurious 102-guest AmaDouro, was built exclusively for this region. She features spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, most of which include balconies to take in the views of the breathtaking hills and terraced vineyards along the river. AmaDouro also features a massage room, fitness room, sundeck swimming pool and award-winning culinary delights featuring regional ingredients. Barry and Jennifer look forward to welcoming you aboard and sharing some of their finest Tamber Bey wines during exclusive events onboard.
Contact Food & Wine Trails today for more information and to reserve your spot! Ask about the pre-cruise excursion.
DAY 1 Porto
Board the ship for your Enticing Douro cruise.
DAY 2 Entre-os-Rios
Lunch at a local quinta
Entre-os-Rios translates to “between the rivers,” and this small village is, quite appropriately, located at the confluence of the Tâmega and Douro rivers. This tranquil village offers an authentic slice of Douro River life. In the afternoon, indulge in a traditional Portuguese lunch with your fellow travelers in Entre-os-Rios at a local quinta – a country estate – for a truly authentic culinary experience. (B,L,D)
DAY 3 Régua
Mateus Palace & gardens visit
Local quinta wine tasting
Visit the Baroque-style Palacio de Mateus and its gardens. Inside the house, you’ll see interesting furnishings, paintings and a ceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here are considered some of the most beautiful in Portugal. Later in the day, savor the flavors of Portugal’s renowned fortified wine, vinho do porto, made exclusively in the Douro Valley. Head to a local quinta for your authentic Port-wine tasting experience and enjoy the sweet nectar of this fascinating region.
DAY 4 Vega de Terrón
Drive to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built of golden sandstone, Salamanca is known as a “living museum,” and you will have an opportunity to step back in time to the Middle Ages during your escorted tour, which includes the city’s elegant university buildings, the New Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells and Plaza Mayor.
DAY 5 Barca d’Alva
Castelo Rodrigo tour with tasting of regional fare OR Castelo Rodrigo hike with tasting of regional fare
Quinta de Avessada dinner
Spend time soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Barca d’Alva, where you will visit Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries-old walls, steep narrow streets and fantastic views. You can also opt to hike up to the village should you wish a more active exploration. While here, taste some delicious locally grown produce. Be treated to an exclusive dinner at Quinta da Avessada, where you’ll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment. Quinta da 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.
DAY 6 Régua
Lamego tour and Bôlas tasting
OR Holy Staircase hike and Bôlas tasting
Travel to picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, where you’ll go to 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, which the more active adventurer will want to climb on a guided hike. Concluding both tours, you will have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties, such as bôlas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; presunto, a type of dry-cured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine.
DAY 7 Porto
“City of Bridges” tour with Port wine tasting OR Porto hike with Port wine tasting
The colorful city of Porto blends the best of old and new, which you can discover on an escorted tour of the historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments; and the São 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. If you prefer to get more active, you can go on a guided hike and then enjoy a Port wine tasting. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore all of Porto’s charms on your own.