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Portugal, Spain & The Douro River Valley

Oct 15, 2020 - Oct 25, 2020




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JOIN MARITIME TRAVEL MANAGER & TOUR ESCORT NEELAM DWIVEDI ON A TRIP OF A LIFETIME TO PORTUGAL, SPAIN & THE DOURO RIVER VALLEY

11 Days | October 15 – October 25, 2020


Following the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain, you’ll cruise past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards. Dine on traditional fare in majestic Coimbra, the birthplace of six Portuguese kings; enjoy private tastings of Port; and explore Porto’s historic Ribeira district, home to iconic rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene. Wind your way through the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, heading ashore to visit charming quintas and meet the winemakers who operate them. In Salamanca, Spain, you’ll see the city’s famous university. Return to Portugal with a visit to the fortified village of Castelo Rodrigo and historic Guimarães. There’s no better way to discover Europe’s best-kept secret than this scenic and all-inclusive river cruise!

SPACE IS LIMITED!

OFFER RATES:

EXCLUSIVE RATES
offered by Neelam Dwivedi includes:
$2,700.00 per person savings plus a $130 shipboard credit CAD


• FRENCH BALCONY
/_uploads/images/cruise-sale/Uniworld-logo.pngDouble Occupancy: $7,799.00 CAD
Single Occupancy: $15,469.00 CAD

• SUITE
Double Occupancy: $9,099.00 CAD
Single Occupancy: $20,629.00 CAD

/_uploads/images/branch_tours/Maritime-Travel-logo-240.png• GRAND SUITE
Double Occupancy: $11,199.00 CAD
Single Occupancy: $24,829.00 CAD


View new S.S. SÃO GABRIEL ship details - click here

Optional Spain pre-tour - ask for details!

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A non-refundable deposit of 10% of the cruise-tour fare (cruise-tour plus port charges plus pre/post land extensions, less applicable discounts) per person is required within 72 hours of reservation for Maritime Travel New Westminster to reserve space for you. Air deposit of C$600.00 per person is due at time of deposit in addition to the 10% deposit if air has been booked. Final payment is due 120 days to departure. Final payment due by June 03, 2020.

Limited single occupancy available only on request, please inquire with Maritime Travel New Westminster for details. Triples not available.

*Prices are in Canadian dollars, per person, land/cruise only, based on double occupancy. Prices include taxes, port charges, gratuities and transfers. International flights, visas, and travel insurance are extra, please inquire.

Cabin Availability: Unless otherwise noted, the above allocation is for pricing purposes only and does not guarantee space. Categories and cabins are confirmed on a first come, first served basis and at the time the individual passenger deposit is received by Uniworld. Please make sure to call the group department for the most current availability.

Charges not included in the land vacation price: international airfare to / from the start / end of your vacation; airline baggage fees including checked and / or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal Customs and Immigrations; agricultural tax; GST / HST / PST or other per person taxes imposed by government entities; passports; visas and vaccinations; laundry; telephone; mini-bar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel or restaurant); additional excursions and activities not listed as ‘included’ in the itinerary; porterage at airports; Trip Cancellation and Medical insurance is extra and due at time of booking / deposit; please inquire for a personal quotation (Canadian residents only; excluding Quebec); and all other items of a personal nature.

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Itinerary

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OCTOBER 15, 2020
DAY 1: LISBON Arrive at Lisbon

Portela Airport. If your cruise/ tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the hotel.

OCTOBER 16, 2020
DAY 2: LISBON

Everything old is new again in the Portuguese capital, which is undergoing a remarkable rebirth of late. Get to know this hilly metropolis with a city tour that shows you all the top sights and treats you to an iconic, locally made pastry with an intriguing tale all its own. Vibrant, colorful and picturesque, Lisbon will continually surprise you. Glorious historic architecture reflects the wealth brought in during the “Age of Discovery,” when the Portuguese owned the seas, but it is also a modern center of finance and international trade.

Featured Excursion:
• Lisbon city tour

OCTOBER 17, 2020
DAY 3: LISBON

Experience your own “Age of Discovery” with a full day to explore Lisbon however you wish. Get out and see the city on your own. Ride the famous iron elevator from the Baixa district up to the Bairro Alto, the cultural and bohemian heart of Lisbon, and catch a fantastic view of the city from the vantage point of São Pedro de Alcantara Belvedere. Once you reach Bairro Alto, head for São Roque, whose plain façade hides a magnificent baroque interior. The city hosts remarkable museums and excellent shopping. Your options at Centro Comercial Colombo, the biggest mall in the Iberian Peninsula, are seemingly limitless. Or try a flea market, perhaps the Campo de Santa Clara, if you prefer to hunt for unique treasures. Natives of Lisbon boast that they have the best food in the world; the many cafés and taverns tempt you to verify that claim.

OCTOBER 18, 2020
DAY 4: LISBON, COIMBRA, TRANSFER TO PORTO (EMBARK)

You’ll check out of your Lisbon hotel and board a motorcoach, heading north through Portugal’s picturesque countryside toward Porto. En route to Porto, you’ll stop in Coimbra, home to an ancient university and a lavish baroque library considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Admire the lingering traces of the town’s Moorish and Roman past after sitting down to a traditional Portuguese lunch. After lunch, continue on to the port city at the mouth of the Douro.
Featured Excursion:
• Coimbra tour with Joanina Library visit and family-style lunch

OCTOBER 19, 2020
DAY 5: PORTO, ENTRE-OS-RIOS

There’s much more to Portugal’s second city than its eponymous fortified wine—historic architecture, cutting-edge design, fabulous food and wine, and a hip, laid-back vibe. Discover its many charms with your choice of distinctively different tours today. Portugal’s second city (after Lisbon), Porto gave its name to the nation’s most famous export, Port wine, and to the nation itself. The city is a fascinating combination of historic buildings and cutting-edge architecture, tradition and vivacious modernity. You must choose between two distinctive—and distinctively Portuguese—ways to explore Porto. Your ship sets sail after your tour, cruising up the Douro toward Porto Antigo.

Featured Excursion (choose one):
• Porto city tour
• “Do as the Locals Do” Porto walking tour
In the evening, a special Gala Dinner will be prepared for you.

OCTOBER 20, 2020
DAY 6: ENTRE-OS-RIOS, RÉGUA, PINHÃO

As you cruise along the river today, take note of the little chapels you see along the banks. Though the river is slow and calm now that it has been tamed by dams, it was once extremely hazardous. These tiny chapels mark spots where entire rabelo boat crews perished attempting to get their cargo of Port wine to Porto. Today we learn about wine, which has been cultivated in the Douro River Valley since ancient Roman times. Get a crash course on the history of Port during your visit to the Douro Museum.

Featured Excursion:
• Douro Museum Lunch at a local quinta

OCTOBER 21, 2020
DAY 7: PINHÃO, VEGA DE TERRÓN

Feel the centuries fall away as your ship winds its way through the pristine, dramatic, UNESCO protected landscapes of the Douro River Valley. Head ashore for a choice of excursions, a tasting at a prestigious port wine estate or a vineyard hike with a wine tasting at a local quinta.

 Featured Excursion (choose one):
• Quinta do Seixo guided tour with tasting
• Vineyard hike and wine tasting at a local quinta

OCTOBER 22, 2020
DAY 8: VEGA DE TERRÓN (SALAMANCA), BARCA D’ALVA

What adventures await you in Spain today? The ship docks near the Spanish border today, where you may head across the country to the historic university town of Salamanca—the “Golden City”—famous for its sand-colored buildings and abundance of churches.

 Featured Excursion:
• Salamanca—the Golden City and Spain’s oldest university

OCTOBER 23, 2020
DAY 9: BARCA D’ALVA, RÉGUA

A tiny village surrounded by mountains, Barca d’Alva is your base for today’s adventures. Go medieval today at Castelo Rodrigo, both the name of a hilltop castle as well as the village that surrounds it. It has been singled out as one of Portugal’s 12 historic villages for its medieval beauty. The view from the top is incredible and the village is a charming place to ramble, relax and replenish. Or, if you wish, you can also lace up your hiking boots and unleash your inner Indiana Jones with an up-close gander at some prehistoric carvings during a visit to Portugal’s first archaeological park, Foz Côa.

 Featured Excursion (choose one):
• Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley
• Castelo Rodrigo

OCTOBER 24, 2020
DAY 10: RÉGUA (GUIMARÃES), PORTO

Guimarães or Porto? That’s the question of the day today (you really can’t go wrong either way). Guimarães is the town where Portugal was born and its well-preserved architecture and stylish young residents make it a pleasure to visit. Or opt to explore one of Porto’s oldest neighborhoods, picturesque Ribeira, considered the soul of the city. A tough choice awaits you today: Do you venture off to historic Guimarães, Portugal’s first capital, or do you stay in Porto and explore the Ribeira district on foot?

Featured Excursion (choose one):
• Guimarães city tour
• Porto surprise discovery tour
A special Farewell Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

OCTOBER 25, 2020
DAY 11: PORTO (DISEMBARK)

You’ve experienced the best of Portugal, Spain and the pristine Douro River, but now the journey comes to a close and it’s time to disembark the ship. If your cruise/tour package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Porto Airport for your flight home. Your Uniworld adventure may be over, but we know you’ll enjoy the memories you’ve made for years to come.


GROUP TERMS. A MINIMUM OF 15 GUESTS ARE REQUIRED FOR GROUP TO BE ESCORTED. Shipboard credit: C$130.00 per person (Minimum 10 full-paying guests). Shipboard credit will be converted to local currency and current exchange rate once on board. Complimentary Private Group Transfers with 25-40 guests on the same transfer. Transfer(s) will be provided from/to airport (as per transfer guidelines), city center hotel or train station on the day of embarkation/disembarkation in the city where the cruise will start/end. This service must be requested through your group coordinator to be confirmed no later than 90 days before departure. Cruise & Category rates are protected for 120 days from the date the proposal was set up.