FROM $5,885

Portugal River Cruise Along the Douro With 3 Nights in Lisbon

Enjoy 3 nights pre-cruise in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal and then set sail with Avalon Waterways for an 7 night river cruise along the Douro. Marvel at the world's oldest wine region, cozy towns, and charming villages while sailing through some of the most spectacular views of Portugal.
SHIP: Avalon Alegria®

Portugal River Cruise Along the Douro With 3 Nights in Lisbon

DEPARTURE DATE: March 31, 2024
Countries Visited: Portugal


Explore the dreamy Douro River and discover why its name translates to ‘River of Gold’ as you sail on its gleaming waters through Portugal’s breathtaking panoramic beauty. Marvel at the world’s oldest demarcated wine region, cozy towns, and charming villages while sailing through some of the most spectacular views of Portugal. Before sailing, begin your vacation your way with a three-night stay in beautiful Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Enjoy guided sightseeing to see the city highlights, including Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. Join an excursion to magnificent Palacio Nacional de Mafra. Stop in Coimbra for a city sightseeing tour before reaching Porto where you will board your Avalon Suite Ship® to start a delightful river cruise across Portugal!

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. 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.

Travel Dates & Pricing

March 31, 2024from $5,885 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 3 night accommodation in Lisbon
  • 7 night river cruise from Lisbon to Porto
  • 10 breakfast, 6 lunch, 7 dinner
  • Regional wine and beer with lunch and dinner onboard
  • Onboard enrichment activities
  • Onshore excursions with Local Guides
  • Special onboard entertainment
  • FlexDiningSM options to give you the freedom to choose when and where you dine on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary computer use in public areas of the ship
  • Complimentary bottled water available daily
  • 24-hour self-serve beverage station offering complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, and a selection of teas; cookies available throughout the day
  • Taxes and port charges


1Sun Mar 31Lisbon, Portugal
2Mon Apr 1Lisbon, Portugal
3Tue Apr 2Lisbon, Portugal
4Wed Apr 3Lisbon-Coimbra-Porto (Embarkation)
5Thu Apr 4Entre Os Rios. Excursion to Braga and Guimarães
6Fri Apr 5Peso da Régua
7Sat Apr 6Pocinho
8Sun Apr 7Barca d’Alva. Excursion to Salamanca
9Mon Apr 8Caldas de Aregos. Excursion to Amarante
10Tue Apr 9Porto
11Wed Apr 10Porto (Disembarkation)

Day 1 Lisbon
Welcome to Lisbon

Day 2 Lisbon
Guided sightseeing, see Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries

Day 3 Lisbon
Excursion to Palacio Nacional de Mafra

Day 4 Lisbon-Coimbra-Porto (Embarkation)
Guided sightseeing of Coimbra; transfer to Porto; onboard welcome reception

Day 5 Entre Os Rios. Excursion to Braga and Guimarães
Choice of guided sightseeing in Braga and Guimarães, or Romanesque tour

Day 6 Peso da Régua
Choice of guided sightseeing Peso da Régua and Lamego or farm visit with tasting

Day 7 Pocinho
Choice of guided sightseeing in Freixo de Numão or guided sightseeing in Vila Nova de Foz Côa

Day 8 Barca d’Alva. Excursion to Salamanca
Choice of guided sightseeing in Salamanca or guided sightseeing in Freixo de Espada à Cinta

Day 9 Caldas de Aregos. Excursion to Amarante
Onboard tile painting workshop; guided sightseeing in Amarante

Day 10 Porto
Choice of guided sightseeing or bike tour

Day 11 Porto (Disembarkation)
Your vacation ends this morning

The Avalon Alegria delights river cruisers with exceptional experiences and the elegant yet relaxed luxury you’ve come to expect from Avalon Waterways. As the newest addition to our fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon Alegria certainly lives up to its name, meaning happiness, which flows from stem to stern on this 262-foot ship. Choose from 14 deluxe staterooms or 37 Panorama Suites® with a spacious capacity of just 102 passengers. Choose from two full decks of award-winning Panorama Suites, featuring wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform your living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. The 200-square-foot Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, with Avalon’s signature window-facing “Beds with a View.” Onboard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, an Adventure Center with complimentary active gear, and an Avalon Adventure Host to assist with active excursions and on board fitness classes and activities. Enjoy exceptional onboard cuisine, including Avalon Fresh® menu options, premium coffee and spirits, and versatile FlexDining venues, including the casual Panorama Bistro, al fresco Sky Grill, or elegant glass-walled Dining Room. Make yourself at home in the Club lounge with a variety of coffees, teas, cold beverages, and pastries while settling in with your pick of books, cards, and board games. Relax and watch the world go by in our Observation Lounge for the perfect vantage point to peruse Portugal’s stunning Douro Valley and vineyards. Stretch out on the Sky Deck with a swimming pool, premium lounge chairs, and shade system to relax while sailing through Portugal’s most spectacular views!!

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