Uncover a land of unspoiled beauty and charm on a 11 day river cruise to Lisbon – Queen Isabel Uniworld – Mar 2017 – Nov 2017 departs London Gatwick Airport

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Lisbon and the Beautiful Douro River Cruise with Titan River Cruises

 

Departs: London Gatwick Airport on March 2017,April 2017,May 2017,June 2017,July 2017,Aug 2017,Sept 2017,Oct 2017,Nov 2017
Days: 11

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The River Douro, ascending in Spain and stretching to the Atlantic Ocean in Porto, has made a valley of stunning excellence with slopes falling steeply down to the water’s edge and stone patios worked to give the vines a shielded hang on the precarious rocks. This is Port nation, the first and most seasoned wine area on the planet. Appreciate the benefit of seeing this immaculate and remote waterway valley in the most ideal route, on a Douro Valley River Cruise……. . . .. …

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CRUISE SHIP:QUEEN ISABEL – UNIWORLD

PRICES FROM:Prices from: £2,879 per person

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Includes

  • INCLUDING…

    • 3 nights in hotel and 7 nights all-inclusive cruise on the Queen Isabel (accommodation as specified or similar)
    • 24 meals: 10 breakfasts (days 2-11) 7 lunches (days 4-10) 7 dinners (days 4-10)
    • Unlimited drinks on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and mineral water (excludes premium wine and premium spirits)
    • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions and Gala Dinners
    • All gratuities on board and ashore
    • Portable audio headset system on excursions
    • All entertainment plus signature lectures
    • Shore excursions in the company of English-speaking local expert guides

    Included excursions and visits: 8

    • Lisbon city tour or exclusive ‘Do as the Locals Do’ Lisbon walking tour
    • Coimbra city tour with Joanina Library visit and family-style lunch
    • Choice of Porto city tour or exclusive ‘Do as the Locals Do’ Porto walking tour
    • Douro Museum or Mateus Palace and Gardens, and dinner at a quinta
    • Choice of Quinta do Seixo guided tour and tasting or Quinta da Avessada
    • Choice of full-day Salamanca tour or half-day scenic cruise at the Douro International Natural Park
    • Castelo Rodrigo and Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley
    • Choice of Guimaraes city tour or ‘Soul of Porto’ Ribeira district walking tour

    Plus all these benefits:

    • Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service®
    • Scheduled direct flights
    • All transfers
    • All airport taxes, security charges and applicable fuel surcharges
    • UK Air Passenger Duty (APD)

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Lisbon and the Beautiful Douro River

Lisbon and the Beautiful Douro River

Day 1 London – Lisbon

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport and a TAP Portugal or another leading airline flight to Lisbon. Meet your Uniworld representative on arrival and transfer to your hotel for the next three nights.

Day 2 Lisbon

Today’s adventure begins with a guided tour of vibrant Lisbon, including the Belém Tower and the spectacular Manueline Jerónimos Monastery. Sample a traditional delicacy – pastéis de Belém – at a famous pastry shop, or hop on one of the traditional yellow trams and take in the views of the Old Town. Visit the ancient castle of St George, and take a spin through historic areas in a tuk tuk.

Day 3 Lisbon

Spend the day at your leisure, enjoying the cosmopolitan city often referred to as the ‘City of Seven Hills’.

Day 4 Lisbon – Coimbra – Porto

Travel through the beautiful countryside to Porto, stopping en route to explore Coimbra, the birthplace of six Portuguese kings. The city is also home to the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest universities in Europe, with a splendid 18th century library – the Joanina Library. From there, head to a local restaurant for a traditional Portuguese lunch, before continuing on to Porto to embark the Queen Isabel (5T), the most luxurious vessel on the Douro.

Day 5 Porto – cruising the Douro – Entre-os-Rios

The epicentre of the Port wine industry, Porto is experiencing a booming cultural revival. See its well-preserved historic buildings and cutting-edge architecture on a panoramic tour, or choose an intimate tour of the city on foot. The panoramic tour takes in the UNESCO-designated 19th century Palácio da Bolsa, Porto’s austere hilltop cathedral and the bustling pedestrian shopping street, Santa Catarina. For those wishing to experience the city on foot, climb to the top of Clérigos Tower for the best view in Porto, and see the magnificent interior of the São Bento railway station.

Day 6 Cruising the Douro – Régua – Pinhão

Learn more about the region’s unique winemaking history at a special lecture at the Douro Museum, or visit Mateus Palace, which has one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. During the evening, enjoy a special dinner at a local quinta.

Day 7 Pinhão – cruising the Douro – Vega de Terrón

You have a choice to visit one of two quintas. Journey to prestigious Quinta do Seixo for an enlightening tour of this state-of-the-art Port wine estate. Sample some of their famous Sandeman Port, learn more about the production and admire breathtaking views from the estate’s tasting room. Alternatively, take a scenic drive through Pinhão before visiting Quinta da Avessada, complete with a museum celebrating the Douro’s culture of wine.

Day 8 Vega de Terrón (Salamanca) – Barca d’Alva

Join a full-day excursion to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Called the ‘Golden City’ for its tawny sandstone buildings, Salamanca boasts a dozen beautiful and historic churches, including two cathedrals. If you want to understand the flora and fauna of the land better, you’ll want to go on a half-day scenic cruise at the Douro International Natural Park.

Day 9 Pocinho – cruising the Douro – Régua

Join a full-day excursion to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Called the ‘Golden City’ for its tawny sandstone buildings, Salamanca boasts a dozen beautiful and historic churches, including two cathedrals. If you want to understand the flora and fauna of the land better, you’ll want to go on a half-day scenic cruise at the Douro International Natural Park.

Day 10 Cruising the Douro – Porto (Guimarães)

Visit historic Guimaraes, which has been called the birthplace of the Portuguese nation. The wonderfully preserved Old Town is dominated by Alfonso Henriques’ grand castle. Or, if you prefer, explore the UNESCO-designated Ribeira district on foot. This evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner on board your ship.

Day 11 Porto – London

VIP InboundDisembark the ship and transfer to Porto Airport for an Air Portugal or another leading airline flight to London Heathrow or Gatwick. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.

London – Lisbon

VIP Outbound4Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service® collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport and your Air Portugal or another leading airline flight to Lisbon. Meet your Uniworld representative on arrival and transfer to your hotel for the next three nights.

Lisbon

Alfama LisbonStart with a guided tour to the iconic Belém Tower and Padrão dos Descobrimentos, a monument to Portugal’s great explorers. See the spectacular Manueline Baroque Jerónimos Monastery. Sample a traditional sweet at a famous pasteleria, then see the hills of the Alfama district and Rossio plaza, with its wavy black-and-white paving and lively street life.

Lisbon

Spend the day at your leisure, enjoying the cosmopolitan city often referred to as the ‘City of Seven Hills’.

Lisbon – Coimbra – Porto

Coimbra Portugal Travel to Porto and en route, you’ll stop in Coimbra, the birthplace of six of Portugal’s kings. There you’ll see the university’s 18th century library, boasting frescoed ceilings and elaborate carvings. From here you’ll head off to enjoy a typical Portuguese lunch at a local restaurant, before continuing on to Porto to embark the Queen Isabel, the most luxurious vessel on the Douro.

Entre-os-Rios – Régua – Pinhão

Basilica of Bom JesusThe Douro River winds through 100 miles of granite mountains. Visit the Douro Museum to learn about the river and its wines. See, too, Mateus Palace, which has one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. In the evening, tour the family-owned Quinta da Avessada, which produces premium Moscatel. Meet the owner and learn about the winemaking process. Partake in a rustic dinner featuring fine local wines and live traditional music.

Vega de Terrón (Castelo Rodrigo)

Visit the 12th century walled village of Castelo Rodrigo, a captivating place with medieval streets, stone-walled houses, and a remarkably distinctive fountain.

Vega de Terrón (Salamanca) – Barca d’Alva

From Vega de Terrón on the Spanish border you’ll travel overland to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage city. This charming town’s sandstone buildings have gained an exquisite golden glow, giving the city its nickname, the ‘Golden City’. Salamanca boasts monumental churches and a historic university. Walk under Gothic arches and past ornately-decorated masonry walls. Then enjoy a flamenco show.

Pinhão

Pinhão is the centre of Port winemaking. Today, you’ll take a winding road up to a quinta perched high in the hills to learn about and sample the country’s most celebrated beverage.

Porto

Historic City of PortoBirthplace of Henry the Navigator (who launched Portugal’s voyages of exploration) and longtime hub of the Port wine trade, Porto combines well-preserved historic buildings with cutting-edge architecture and a booming cultural revival. Your tour will take you to the 19th-century Palácio da Bolsa and then on to the cathedral and the bustling shopping street, Santa Catarina. Or, if you prefer, see Porto from a different perspective, starting with a climb to the top of Clérigos Tower. Visit the world’s most opulent bookstore, Livraria Lello; then see the sweeping Avenida dos Aliados followed by a tasty stop at a pastelaria. A scenic cable-car ride returns you to the riverfront, where you can walk to spectacular São Francisco Church. After lunch, you’ll visit one of the city’s famed Port cellars.

Porto (Guimarães)

Visit historic Guimaraes, which has been called the birthplace of the Portuguese nation. This UNESCO World Heritage city is dominated by Alfonso Henriques’s grand castle. Or, if you prefer, explore the UNESCO-designated Ribeira district on foot. This evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner onboard your ship.

Porto – London

VIP InboundDisembark the ship and transfer to Porto Airport for your Air Portugal or another leading airline flight to London Heathrow or Gatwick. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.

There’s one main dining venue, The Restaurant, on the Main Deck, where panoramic windows showcase the opinions of the pas scenery. Friendly and efficient staff oversee a breakfast buffet with an egg station, buffet lunches and sit-down dinners with waiter service. Open seating applies at all banquets, with tables for two to ten people. Walk through the restaurant toward the front of the ship, and you’ll find the intimate alfresco dining area, which has heating suns for cooler evenings and transparent plastic curtains to protect from breezes and insects. You do have to reserve tables there in advance for dinner( not for lunch ), and its popularity grows during the course of the trip as passengers realise how idyllic it is.

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