Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon and Madrid17 days & 16 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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On arrival at Lisbon Airport you'll be escorted to the centrally located Sheraton Lisbon. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with your Tour Director and fellow guests. A truly wonderful experience awaits you.Sheraton Lisbon - 3 Nights (D)
This morning, take part in a guided exploration of Portugal's pretty capital.Sheraton Lisbon (B)
Freechoice: Journey to Lisbon's seaside suburbs of Cascais and Estoril and enjoy a picturesque and informative tour. Alternatively, climb to the hilltop town of Sintra and visit the impressive Sintra Palace.
Today is yours to enjoy at leisure, so take advantage of everything that lovely Lisbon has to offer. This evening you'll get to experience Portuguese cuisine at its finest.Sheraton Lisbon (B, D)
Day 4Lisbon - Porto
Our journey via Portugal's medieval capital, Coimbra, will see you traveling to Porto where you'll board the luxurious Scenic Azure to begin your cruise of the idyllic Douro Valley.Scenic Azure - 10 Nights (B, D)
Day 5Porto - Entre-os-Rios
Explore historical Porto and visit the Palacio do Bolsa. Afterwards, relax as your luxury Scenic Space-Ship meanders its way to Entre-os-Rios.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Tour Guimaraes including the Ducal Palace. Alternatively, enjoy a tasting in the fairytale environs of Quinta Aveleda.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
This afternoon, simply relax and enjoy the view as we cruise to Regua.
Enjoy an exclusive cocktail event on the terrace of Regua Museum, a truly wondrous setting, while you sample some of the region's famous port wine varietals. And be sure to try the Port Tonic.
Freechoice: Tour the elegant town of Lamego, or enjoy a guided visit of the iconic Mateus Palace, which graces the labels of the region's famous Mateus rose wine.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
You'll get to discover the captivating Varosa Valley this afternoon and, afterwards, visit the charming village of Tarouca to explore the restored Monastery of Saint John of Tarouca. Later, walk the fortified bridge of Ucanha in the village of the same name.
Day 8Regua - Vega de Terron
Enjoy a full day cruising the Douro Valley's World Heritage-listed Vinhateiro wine growing region.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
You'll spend time discovering Salamanca's incomparable architecture, as visually striking as it is historically intriguing. Later, celebrate the Spanish culture with a lunch showcasing the great regional cuisine while enjoying a Flamenco dance performance. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring at your own leisure.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
Day 10Pocinho - Pinhao
Enjoy a relaxing cruise over breakfast this morning to nearby Pocinho.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Visit the award-winning Coa Valley Museum or, if you're a little more adventurous, undertake a canoeing excursion on the Sabor River. Alternatively, indulge your inner foodie by joining the 'Tastes of the Coa Valley' excursion.
This afternoon cruise to Pinhao.
Today you'll visit the remarkable village of Provesende, resplendently showcasing the Portugal of yesteryear. You'll get to wander the atmospheric streets of this quaint village with the locals, as they proudly introduce you to their way of life - an experience arranged exclusively for Scenic guests. What better way to immerse yourself into the local culture.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Top off a truly unforgettable day with a visit to the estate of Quinta Bonfim for a tasting of their famous export. If you're feeling more energetic, you could opt for a walk through the hillside vineyard for an even more unique tasting.
Day 12Pinhao - Porto
Today, having spent the previous eight days discovering the treasures of the Douro, Varosa and Coa Valleys, you're free to enjoy an exclusive Douro Valley Wine Review and other on board activities. Otherwise, simply relax and enjoy your return cruise into Porto.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
Enjoy a decadent fine dining experience accompanied by a traditional Fado music performance at the fabulous Burmester Cellars. It promises to be a truly unforgettable evening.
Get acquainted with the local fishing industry by meeting the fishermen of Afurada village. They'll prepare their catch over an open fire to be enjoyed with a glass of chilled wine.Scenic Azure (B, L, D)
Freechoice: Visit the oldest remaining canning factory in Porto and gain fascinating insights into this 100-year-old family business. Alternatively, visit a local corking factory, or stroll through the fragrant terraces of Cristal Gardens
Day 14Porto - Madrid
After breakfast you'll board your included flight from Porto to Madrid. On arrival transfer to the luxurious Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques hotel.Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques hotel - 3 Nights (B)
This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Madrid, including the 17th century Austrian Quarter, the Sabatini Gardens and the famous Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains.Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques hotel (B, D)
Freechoice: This afternoon, you can choose between the exceptional Prado Museum, or the equally delightful 18th century Royal Palace of Madrid.
This evening, enjoy fine Spanish cuisine in a superb local restaurant.
Today is yours to enjoy at leisure in Spain's largest city. Stroll the fashionable boutiques that adorn the city center's many plazas, relax in one of Madrid's manicured gardens, or simply explore the surrounding area.Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques hotel (B)
After breakfast, with memories of a truly unforgettable journey, you'll be transferred to Madrid airport.(B)
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
Unforgettable Douro With Lisbon And Madrid
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