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VIDA PORTUGAL: VINEYARDS & VILLAGES ALONG THE DOURO
September 9-17, 2025
Mixed group    Hosted by Shelley!

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Like a blue ribbon threading through the green Douro Valley, the River Douro carries you through some of Portugal’s most legendary landscapes. Meaning “River of Gold,” the Douro River lives up to its name by revealing priceless gems along sloping vineyards and sleepy villages where rugged landscapes have been tamed for centuries to produce a bounty of wines and cuisine. Welcome aboard the newest addition to our award-winning fleet of Suite Ships® – the Avalon AlegriaSM to be swept away by Douro’s timeless treasures and traditions, family farms and fevered Fado music, and mouth-watering culinary creations in the world’s oldest demarcated wine region.

Embark on your Suite Ship® in the city of Porto with the opportunity for an optional guided culinary tour to indulge in the city’s world-famous cuisine. Take a guided tour to Braga and Guimarães or explore ancient architecture, including a visit to the Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque. Enjoy a guided tour in the charming towns of Peso da Régua and Lamego, where historical sights are mixed with delicious tastings, or meet the owner of one of the oldest farms in the Douro Valley to sample the proud traditions of olive oil and wine. Take a guided tour of Freixo de Numão, where vineyards and granite houses dot the river shores. Consider a fascinating guided tour to Vila Nova de Foz Côa, home of the remarkable Côa Valley Palaeolithic discoveries – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Freixo de Espada à Cinta, a cozy village with narrow streets, flowered houses, and grand Gothic Manueline windows or choose a full-day experience in Spain with a guided sightseeing excursion to Salamanca. Immerse yourself in an emotionally stirring experience in Portugal’s city of Amarante.

Your Douro River cruise returns to Porto to soak in the scenic mysteries of this city’s Historical Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. These and countless other treasures await you on the River of Gold in Portugal’s dazzling Douro Valley.

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Day 1  PORTO

Welcome to Portugal! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding late afternoon

Your day in Porto is free to explore at your leisure.

You may choose to join an afternoon guided optional culinary tour if arriving early today. Experience some of Porto’s most famous sights and most delectable dishes with regional wine.

This evening an illumination sailing will show you Porto from a different prospective.
Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.

  • OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PORTO  (D)

Day 2 PORTO ANTIGO


Visit the Adventure Center on board for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. Your choice:

  • DISCOVERY EXCURSION

    Step back in time within the walls of the Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque with a fascinating introduction to its symbolism and architecture. Enjoy an excursion with an exclusive visit to one of the most iconic monasteries of the Romanesque era with entrance to a XIII century church and be enchanted by sounds of Gregorian Chant from the high choir, OR:

  • CLASSIC EXCURSION

    Enter a world of Celtic history and the reign of Cesar Augustus where five roads diverged to form an empire with a full-day guided tour of Braga. Marvel at the magnificent castle and San Miguel church in Guimarães, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Celebrate your experience with a stop at one of the area’s many wine farms and enjoy a tasting.

  • OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PORTO ANTIGO  (B,L,D)

 

 

Day 3   REGUA

  • DISCOVERY EXCURSION

    Experience life on one of the oldest farms in the Douro Valley with a personal tour by the owner of the house, including an olive oil and wine tasting, OR:

  • CLASSIC EXCURSION

    Take a guided walking tour of the charming town of Régua —with its religious architecture, narrow streets, beautiful tiles, and stained-glass window of Casa do Douro. Continue to Lamego to visit the cathedral, followed by a delicious tasting of bola de Lamego and sparkling wine in a local pastry shop.

  • Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy free time in Pinhão to browse the artisanal markets for woven textiles, terra cotta creations, and culinary delights, or consider joining an optional excursion to learn about the Douro Valley’s “liquid gold” at a traditional olive-oil mill.

    This afternoon, consider an optional excursion to Casa de Mateus.

  • OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PINHÃO  (B,L,D)      

 

DAY 4   POCINHO 

  • Enjoy a relaxing cruise to Pocinho for a day in the Terra Quente region.

  • DISCOVERY EXCURSION

    Discover Vila Nova de Foz Côa at the eastern terminal of the legendary Douro Railway line. Marvel at the amazing archaeological site along the River Côa where a wealth of remarkable prehistoric rock paintings and carvings were discovered as the most significant collection of Palaeolithic figurations known today. OR:

  • CLASSIC EXCURSION

    Join a guided tour of Freixo de Numão, a charming village nestled between the nearby mountains filled with vast vineyards and granite houses. This little suburb is filled with Roman, Medieval, and modern ruins.

  • OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BARCA D’ALVA  (B,L,D)

DAY 5  BARCA D'ALVA  EXCURSION TO SALAMANCA SPAIN


Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.

  • CLASSIC EXCURSION

    Join our guide for a guided tour this morning to of one of the most remote villages of the country, Freixo de Espada à Cinta village in the Douro International Natural Park, home to majestic birds of prey, OR:

  • CLASSIC EXCURSION

    Get a taste of Spain with a full-day excursion to Salamanca. This Spanish city will take your breath away with its stunning streets and squares, featuring a feast for the eyes with Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, and "Plateresque" architecture. Dive into a delicious dish of the traditional Spanish delicacy, tostón asado (traditional roast suckling pig).

  • OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN FERRADOSA (B,L,D)

DAY 6 FERRADOSA-LEVERINHO  EXCURSION TO AMARANTE

  • During your morning sailing, a professional painter will guide you through the process of painting an azulejos (traditional Portuguese tile) to take home a piece of Portugal’s tradition. You may alternatively join an onboard pastry demonstration.

  • CLASSIC EXCURSION

    Join a guided sightseeing tour of Amarante – poised against a breathtaking backdrop of the great Serra do Marão mountain and the Tâmega River, which courses through the heart of the city and assortment of houses lining the riverbanks.

  • Later, feel the passion of Portugal’s soulful and stirring Fado music during a visit with local musicians on board.

  • OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LEVERINHO  (B,L,D)

 

DAY 7  PORTO OVERNIGHT

  • ACTIVE EXCURSION

    Enjoy the wharfs of the Douro River and the coastal magnificence of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, on a bicycle and accompanied by a professional biologist tour guide, OR;

  • CLASSIC EXCURSION

    Join a guided sightseeing tour of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue your experience with a ride to the riverside city of Matosinhos and up Avenida da Boavista to admire some of the modern charms of Porto – from ancient avenues to avant-garde graffiti street art, OR:

  • This afternoon, you may choose to join in a guided optional excursion such as a scenic canal cruise on the Aveiro (Venice of Portugal) or explore a family-owned factory to witness the Portuguese art of cork and barrel production. Perhaps simply spend time strolling through Porto’s cobblestone lanes, lovely shops, and tempting tapas bars this afternoon before experiencing the energy of Porto’s buzzing nightlife.

  • OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PORTO (B,L,D)

 

DAY 8  PORTO

  • Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

New Ship!

 Avalon Alegria launches in spring 2024 and has only 51 staterooms!

Quote from our Avalon BDM: "The Alegria is brand new. The build is complete and now they are beginning to furnish and decorate, I heard last week that the crew were taking everything new out of the bubble wrap.  The christening is at the end of March."

There will be less than 100 passengers on this sailing. This ship was built to sail the Douro.    Our group will be a maximum of 22 people

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Panorama stateroom 

Book by March 24th

& save 150.00 per person plus complimentary pre-paid gratuities!

 

Cruise Only Pricing: all prices per person double occupancy

Deluxe Category D: 5805.00​     (still a few left!)

Panorama Category B: add 1699.00

Panorama Category A: add 1749.00

Port charges are 280.00 per person   Optional pre-night in Porto 210.00 per person

Single rooms: Ask Shelley for pricing, there is no waive available for Douro cruise on any of the cruise lines.

OPTION: add a 3 day pre-cruise tour in Lisbon for approx. 1350.00 per person double occupancy. Ask Shelley for details. (Other extensions are possible depending on where you would like to go)

Booking info:

Non-refundable deposit of 250.00 per person and booking fee 100.00+gst is required to hold your spot.

Final payment will be due May 2025

Flights are not included and will likely be purchased in early 2025.

Travel insurance is not included and strongly advised.

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