A voyage of discovery through the pristine Douro River Valley.
This perfectly paced cruise and tour features the captivating cities, picturesque villages, and unparalleled scenery of an off-the-beaten-path corner of Europe. Starting in Portugal's colorful capital of Lisbon, you'll see the famous Rossio plaza and the spectacular Hieronymites Monastery, as well as the port where the "Age of Exploration" began. Travel through the spectacular countryside to Coimbra, birthplace of six Portuguese kings. In Porto, where the river meets the sea, explore architectural wonders, shop the bustling Rua de Santa Catarina, and sip the city's eponymous Port wines at acclaimed wine cellars. From there, embark on a cruise through the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, where grapes have been painstakingly cultivated for thousands of years, visiting picturesque quintas and meeting the winemakers who operate them. You'll also visit the Spanish cities of Salamanca, Madrid and Toledo, each with wonders of their own to explore.
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
11 days of excursions, including "Choice Is Yours" options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided "Do as the Locals Do" and "Gentle Walking" programs
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the chic Queen Isabel
2 nights in Lisbon at the InterContinental Hotel (or similar) with breakfast
3 nights in Madrid at The Westin Palace (or similar) with breakfast
Beautifully appointed riverview staterooms and suites with hotel-style beds, draped in fine linens with a choice of pillows
Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
2 countries: Spain and Portugal
7 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
All transfers on arrival and departure days
All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: "Portuguese Seafarers and Spanish Explorers"