A Celebration of Lisbon and The Douro
Arriving in Portugal’s capital, you’ll be transferred to the Hotel Mundial for a two-night stay.Hotel Mundial – Lisbon, Portugal
From here you are free to explore the city at your own pace, taking in its Baroque churches and art nouveau façades as you go. You may like to visit Jerónimos Monastery, the resting place of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, and the Belém Tower, built in 1515 to protect the city’s harbour and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Next you’ll be taken north to Porto where you’ll board the luxurious Spirit of Chartwell to start your river cruise with a welcome cocktail party and dinner.
The following day, after an informative talk about the river and its history by Titan’s onboard lecturer, you’ll stop in beautiful Entre-os-Rios for lunch at the 14th century Alpendurada Monastery.
Later, in Régua, tour the Douro Museum, which curates exhibitions on the local wine industry, before enjoying a traditional fado and folk music show back on board the ship.
Your time in Régua concludes with a visit to the fabulous 18th century Mateus Palace, a Baroque masterpiece that offers a glimpse of Portuguese aristocracy and is known for its delightful gardens.Mateus Palace – Portugal
In attractive Pinhão, dinner will be served at a wine-producing quinta.
A cruise through the beautiful Douro Valley takes you to Barca d’Alva, close to the Spanish border, for a two-night stay, where you can visit the medieval town of Castelo Rodrigo.
Crossing the border into Spain, a full-day’s tour takes you to the UNESCO-listed city of Salamanca,
home to one of Europe’s oldest universities, and outstanding examples of Romanesque, Gothic, Moorish and Baroque architecture. There’s also the opportunity to explore the medieval walled town of Ciudad Rodrigo: once besieged by the Duke of Wellington and his Anglo-Portuguese Army in 1812 during the Peninsular War, it is now a quiet hilltop village full of historic buildings and well preserved mansions.
From here, you’ll sail back towards Régua, past lush vineyard-clad hills, where an excursion to the quaint town of Lamego and the grand rococo sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios allows you to walk down the steps of the town’s elaborate shrine. The day ends with an evening of onboard vintage port wine tasting.Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios
Back in Porto, a guided tour takes you around the city, and your holiday ends with an impressive sunset cruise across its charming harbour.