APT Portugal & Spain - Douro Delights

Lisbon to Madrid

Explore Two Great Cities - Your journey begins and ends with two stunning cities. Explore the sundrenched city of Lisbon and conclude in Madrid

Cruise through Portugal’s stunning Douro and bask in Spain’s sun-drenched scenery with historic charm.   The Douro is decorated with deep cleft gorges, lush vineyards and dotted with sleepy fishing villages along its banks. On a stunning river cruise between Portugal’s second-largest city, Porto, and Barca d’Alva on the Spanish border, a number of attractions await.  Continue your discovery in Spain to the bustle of Madrid.

Trip Highlights

  • A Regal Portugal - Cruise to Barca d’Alva, where you will visit Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo and visit its castle ruins
  • Private Fado Concert in Porto - Bask in the splendour of Porto's Palácio da Bolsa as you witness a private Fado performance with a cocktail in hand.
  • Marvel at Pena National Palace - Head for the mountain town of Sintra to visit its whimsical hilltop castle, Pena National Palace




Day 1 - Arrive Lisbon

On arrival in Lisbon, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception.

Stay: Three Nights, Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz

Day 2 - Lisbon

On a tour of Lisbon, ride on the city’s iconic tramcars, then visit the charming Old Town. Discover the World Heritage-listed Jerónimos Monastery, a symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. Built in 1502 by King Manuel I, the monastery commemorates Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

Daily : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Lisbon, Sintra

Venture into the picturesque mountain range of Serra de Sintra. Visit the spectacular Pena National Palace, then take a guided tour of Sintra, the town below the palace. Enjoy lunch at your leisure before returning to Lisbon via the spectacular coastal route. During your final evening in Lisbon, you may wish to try one of the local restaurants.

Daily : Breakfast

Day 4 - Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Embark Ship

Journey through Portugal’s rural countryside to Coimbra, a delightful medieval city that is home to Portugal’s most famous university. After a tour and free time for lunch, continue to Porto. Board your river ship and after settling in, enjoy a Welcome Dinner, followed by a stunning twilight cruise around beautiful Porto.

Stay: Seven Nights, the MS AmaVida

Daily : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Porto


This evening, discover the Palácio da Bolsa during a guided tour, followed by a cocktail reception and traditional Fado performance in the Arabian Hall.


Explore Porto's Old Town and delight in its 16th-century buildings. Take a cable car ride and enjoy a port tasting. Alternatively, journey to Matosinhos and visit a traditional restaurant for a cooking demonstration of local delicacies, or enjoy an active walking tour through the medieval streets of Porto and the old harbour quarter of Ribeira.

Today you will be able to explore Porto your way with a choice of sightseeing.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Porto, Guimarães, Entre-Os-Rios

Take a morning excursion to Guimarães, an authentic and well-preserved showcase of the evolution of medieval settlement. Back on board, enjoy some scenic cruising through the Douro Valley en route to Entre-Os-Rios. Here, visit Quinta da Avelada, a family business that has been producing wine in the Douro region since the 1870s. Explore the gardens on a tour, followed by a wine and cheese tasting.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Régua

This morning, delight in the beauty of this sun-drenched region as you cruise to Régua. On arrival, visit the Douro Museum, which provides an incredible insight into culture of the Douro Valley wine region.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Regua, Pinhão


Tour the ancient town of Lamego and visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. You’ll then sample bola de Lamego, a specialty dish of the region. Alternatively, enjoy a visit to Quinta da Pacheca for a picnic with breathtaking views over the Douro River and Régua.

After your chosen activity today, continue cruising through the dramatic gorges of the Douro Valley to Pinhão.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Pinhão


Visit Quinta da Roêda, an authentic vineyard where you will savour a traditional lunch, followed by a port tasting.

Take a trip to Palacio de Mateus, located near the city of Vila Real. Built in 1745, the palace offers a wonderful insight into the lives of Portuguese aristocracy. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Barca d’Alva

Travel to the tiny fortified village of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo today. On a tour here, see the castle ruins, and take in spectacular panoramic views of the Douro Valley and surrounding towns. Back on board, enjoy a delicious dinner this evening as you make the most of your last night on board.

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - Barca d’Alva, Disembark Ship, Salamanca, Madrid

Disembark in Barca d’Alva today and travel to the ancient city of Salamanca. During a tour, see the University of Salamanca and the House of Shells. Afterwards, continue to your hotel in Madrid, where you will be able to enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Stay: Three Nights, Madrid, Gran Meliá Fénix

Daily : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 - Madrid

Enjoy a tour of Madrid followed by a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant later in the evening.

Daily : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 - Madrid


Perhaps learn all about the traditional flavours of delectable Spanish cuisine on a culinary tour. Otherwise, immerse yourself in Spanish art at the Prado Museum, including works from Italian and Flemish artists such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch. Alternatively you may wish to explore the Bernabeu soccer stadium, home to the world-famous Real Madrid Football Club.

Enjoy a choice of sightseeing activities in Madrid today. The afternoon is then free for you to explore at your own pace.

Daily : Breakfast

Day 14 - Depart Madrid

Be transferred to the airport.

Daily : Breakfast



  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 13 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in three locations
  • Finest dining - a total of 29 meals
  • Complimentary beverages served on board*
  • Expert APT Tour and Cruise Directors
  • Return airport transfers, port charges and tipping


Companion fly FREE. See terms and conditions for more details.

Please Note:
* Signature Experiences - Designed Exclusively for APT guests
* FREEDOM OF CHOICEâ„¢ - Sightseeing. Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories.
* Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
* Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur
* Prices include transfers, port charges, gratuities and sundries
* Complimentary beverages exclude French Champagne, premium spirits and selected wines - these are available at an additional charge

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