About this Tour

This year we travel to Portugal on our annual President’s Tour! We start our journey in Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world! Travel to the former summer residence of Portuguese Royalty in Sintra, sample the many Portuguese delicacies along the way, go from traditional fishing ports to white marble quarries to a basilica so large that it can accommodate up to 300,000 people. Visit up to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, one of them being the former seat of the Order of the Knights Templar! Top off your trip with a seven-night stay on the luxury river cruise AmaDouro. Rambling vineyards and charming native farms cling to the steep sides of the Douro River Valley. Taste wines from historic wineries and soak up the genuine beauty of Europe’s most unadulterated landscapes.

Activity Level

Tours require a greater level of physical activity. Walking tours of cities are leisurely but you should be prepared to be on your feet for several hours and walk longer distances which may be over uneven ground and steps, climb in and out of zodiacs or small boats without assistance. This tour may include some activities not suitable for people with mobility restrictions.

What's Included

  • 2 nights in Lisbon, Évora & Porto
  • 1 night in Tomar
  • City Tours Lisbon, Évora, Tomar & Porto
  • Jeronimos Monastery
  • Royal Palace of Sintra
  • Cabo da Roca
  • Coastal towns of Cascais & Estoril
  • Cathedral of Évora
  • Roman era Temple & the church of bones
  • Visit to a cork factory
  • Visit to a white marble quarry
  • Medieval town of Óbidos
  • Sanctuary of our lady of Fátima
  • The former seat of The Knights Templars
  • University of Coimbra & area
  • Lello & Irmão Bookstore
  • Stock Exchange Palace & The Arab Room
  • All breakfasts, 2 tastings & 3 dinners

Cruise Highlights

  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation aboard the AmaWaterways AmaDouro
  • Shore excursions in every port
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi & in-cabin movies
  • All gourmet meals onboard
  • Free flowing wine, beer & soft drinks for lunch & dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner
  • Captain’s Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner
  • Complimentary Cocktail hours
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Inclusive of Cruise Gratuities

Dates & Pricing

June 10, 2022 – June 25, 2022 Space Available

Weather Varies

We wish we could control the weather, but on the day this tour begins you can expect temperatures (°C) within this range:

Lisbon

Highs25
Lows16

Douro River

Highs25
Lows20

Evora

Highs27
Lows14

Tomar

Highs27
Lows14

Porto

Highs23
Lows14

Itinerary

This year we travel to Portugal on our annual President’s Tour! We start our journey in Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world! Travel to the former summer residence of Portuguese Royalty in Sintra, sample the many Portuguese delicacies along the way, go from traditional fishing ports to white marble quarries to a basilica so large that it can accommodate up to 300,000 people. Visit up to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, one of them being the former seat of the Order of the Knights Templar! Top off your trip with a seven-night stay on the luxury river cruise AmaDouro. Rambling vineyards and charming native farms cling to the steep sides of the Douro River Valley. Taste wines from historic wineries and soak up the genuine beauty of Europe’s most unadulterated landscapes.

Day 1 – Flights to Lisbon

Overnight flights to Lisbon, Portugal

Day 2 – Lisbon, Portugal

On arrival, we head out on a city tour of Lisbon seeing sites such as the Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, including a tour of the Jeronimos Monastery, a true masterpiece of Manueline architecture. Of course, the tour would not be complete without trying one of the 7 gastronomic wonders of Portugal, a ‘Pastel de Belém’!  Later in the evening, join the group for a Tapas-Style Welcome Dinner, one of the many things Portugal is famous for!

Day 3 – Sintra - Rock Cape - Cascais - Estoril

After breakfast, head out to Sintra, a city full of lush natural beauty, it is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its numerous palaces, quintas (estates) and the abundance of beautiful vegetation. During our stop we tour the Royal Palace of Sintra, once the summer residence of Portuguese royalty. Saying good-bye to Sintra, we stop at the westernmost point of Continental Europe – Cabo Da Roca (Rock Cape). We then continue along the coastal road stopping at Cascais, a traditional fishing port, and Estoril, a fine sandy beach town well known for its lively entertainment.

Day 4 – Lisbon to Évora

This morning we depart Lisbon and head to Évora. You will quickly find out why it is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it seduces you with its Moorish character of its narrow streets and white houses. During a tour within the walls of Évora, you will discover the Cathedral of Évora which dominates the skyline, giving you unparalleled 360-degree views. Visit a classic Roman era Temple and the St. Francis Church which houses a chapel lined with thousands of human bones and skulls. The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours to explore the unique city centre.

Day 5 – Azaruja - Estremoz

After breakfast head to Azaruja to visit a cork factory to discover the several uses of cork, one of the most exported Portuguese products.  After, we travel to Estremoz, the “White City” of Alentejo. The nickname comes from not only the white houses that dot the hill, but also from the deposits of white marble. Visiting one of the many marble quarries seeing firsthand the process of marble extraction. Then making our way to the city centre where you will likely catch a glimpse of the countless handcrafted colourful figurines that Estremoz is known for.

Day 6 – Évora to Tomar

Today we depart Évora and make our way to Tomar. Stopping in Óbidos, a charming medieval town considered to be one of the most picturesque and well preserved in all of Portugal. Enjoy a tasting of Ginjinha served in a chocolate glass! A traditional drink developed in 1840 which the Portuguese are very fond of. Continuing our journey, we stop at Fátima, to visit a famous religious & pilgrimage site in the Christian world. After checking into our hotel in Tomar, we make our way to a medieval-style dinner.

Day 7 – Tomar to Porto

Before departing Tomar, immerse yourself in what once was the former seat of the Order of the Knights Templar, a city of great charm for its artistic and cultural wealth, whose greatest expression is in the Convent of Christ, one of the masterpieces of the Portuguese Renaissance. This fortress, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, sits on a hilltop overlooking the town of Tomar. After, we stop at Coimbra, the medieval capital of Portugal for over a hundred years and is home to the University of Coimbra, the highest ranked in the country. Tour the beautiful historic core that cascades down a hillside with its multi-coloured collage of buildings that span nearly a millennium before finishing todays journey in Porto.

Day 8 – Porto

Spend today getting an in-depth look at the city of Porto. One of the oldest cities in Europe, its famous bridges have inspired many artists – including Gustave Eiffel, and the brightly coloured glazed-tile facades of its old town helped propel Porto into becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During our tour, we stop for an unforgettably unique visit to the century old Lello & Irmão Bookstore, ranked the third most beautiful library in the world! With its neo-gothic façade, which is only surpassed by its stunning interior, it is said that this is where J.K. Rowling got her inspiration to write Harry Potter. After, we visit the Stock Exchange Palace and view its impressive Arab Room, considered to be the jewel of the Palace. Later in the evening, join the rest of the group for a private dinner.

Day 9 – Porto – Embarkation Day

Today we board our home for the next seven days, the AmaWaterways AmaDouro. Built in 2019, the AmaDouro features spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, most of which include balconies to take in views of the breathtaking hills and terraced vineyards along the river. The AmaDouro’s panoramic lounge is a stylish and enticing space to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail along with nightly entertainment. The ship features many amenities, such as a massage room, fitness room, sundeck, swimming pool and so much more. In the evening, join the group and the rest of the ship for a Welcome Champagne Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 10 – Porto - Entre-os-Rios - Régua

Begin your day with a tour of the 18th century Palacio Anadia, or Palace of the Counts, known for its beautiful interior and Baroque style. Inside the house, you’ll see intricate panels of blue and white tiles throughout the rooms and a striking vaulted ceiling that retell the history behind the palace.

Day 11 – Régua - Pinhão

Travel to the picturesque Lamego, home to another important pilgrimage site, where you’ll go to the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). The shrine features a staircase of nearly 700 steps, beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles. You can sample local traditional specialties, such as bolas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; presunto, a type of dry-cured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. You’ll then go to the formal Episcopal Palace Museum. Later in the day, savor the flavours of Portugal’s renowned fortified wine, vinho do porto, made exclusively in the Douro Valley.

Day 12 – Vega de Terrón, Spain – Salamanca

Drive to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built of golden sandstone, Salamanca is known as a “living museum”, and you will step back in time to the Middle Ages during your tour, which includes the cities elegant university buildings, the New Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells and Plaza Mayor.

Day 13 – Barca d’Alva

Spend time soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Barca d’Alva, where you will visit Castelo Rodrigo, a small, fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries-old walls, steep narrow streets and fantastic views. While here, taste some delicious locally grown produce. Be treated to an exclusive dinner at Quinta da Avessada, where you’ll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment.

Day 14 – Entre-os-Rios

Entre-os-Rios translates to “between the rivers”, and this small village is, quite appropriately, located at the confluence of the Támega and Douro rivers. This tranquil village offers an authentic slice of Douro River life. In the afternoon, indulge in a traditional Portuguese lunch with your fellow travellers in Entre-os-Rios at a local quinta – a country estate – for a truly authentic culinary experience.

Day 15 – Porto

The colourful city of Porto blends the best of old and new, which you can discover on an escorted tour of the historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Porto Cathedral, one of the cities oldest monuments; and the Sao Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of Port, Portugal’s most renowned contribution to the world of wine. In the evening, join the Captain for a Farewell Champagne Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 16 – Porto to Home Cities

Today we say farewell to the country we have spent so much time exploring, and to all our friends we have made along the way.

What you will experience on this tour

This year we travel to Portugal on our annual President’s Tour! We start our journey in Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world! Travel to the former summer residence of Portuguese Royalty in Sintra, sample the many Portuguese delicacies along the way, go from traditional fishing ports to white marble quarries to a basilica so large that it can accommodate up to 300,000 people. Visit up to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, one of them being the former seat of the Order of the Knights Templar! Top off your trip with a seven-night stay on the luxury river cruise AmaDouro. Rambling vineyards and charming native farms cling to the steep sides of the Douro River Valley. Taste wines from historic wineries and soak up the genuine beauty of Europe’s most unadulterated landscapes.

Multi-night Stays in Lisbon, Evora & Porto

Sometimes a day just isn't enough to take in all a place has to offer.

Meals

This tour includes all breakfasts, 2 tastings and 10 dinners. 

City Tours of Lisbon, Evora, Tomar & Porto

Enjoy guided city tours of Lisbon, Evora, Tomar & Porto. 

7-night Cruise onboard the AmaWaterways AmaDouro

The AmaDouro, built in 2019, features spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, most of which include balconies to take in views of the breathtaking hills and terraced vineyards along the river. Staterooms also include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English-language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. The AmaDouro’s Panoramic Lounge is a stylish and inviting space to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail along with our nightly entertainment. The ship also features a massage room, fitness room, sun-deck swimming pool and a gift shop, as well as the culinary delights of the Main Restaurant, where you’ll be able to sample the region’s famous Port wine.

Jeronimos Monastery

A masterpiece of 16th-century architecture in Portugal, the Monastery Jeronimos is listed as a National Monument and inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List (1983). It was founded by King D. Manuel I in the beginning of the 16th century. The monastery was later donated to the Hieronymus monks, who stayed on until the second quarter of the 19th century. 

Royal Palace of Sintra

Located in the centre of Sintra, defining its landscape with the unmistakeable silhouette formed by its two conical chimneys crowning the royal kitchen, there stands the only palace that spans the entire history of Portugal. 

Cabo da Roca

Cabo da Roca (Rock Cape) is a cape which forms the westernmost point of the Sintra Mountain Range, of mainland Portugal, continental Europe, and of the Eurasian land mass. 

Cascias

Cascais is considered to be a premier holiday destination of the Lisbon coastline. This is a traditional and charming Portuguese fishing town, which has responsibly developed into a popular resort town. Found within the cobbled streets of the historic centre are lavish villas, an imposing fort, fascinating museums, along with lively bars and restaurants which give Cascais its buzzing holiday atmosphere. 

Estoril

Estoril is a stylish and sophisticated resort town, situated on the beautiful Costa do Estoril coastline. The town strikes the perfect balance between Portuguese charm and outstanding tourist facilities. Estoril is at the heart of the Portuguese Riveria, a region infamous for 20th century exiled kings and spying during WWII. Found in Estoril are fine dining restaurants, world-class golf courses and the glorious beaches of the Costa do Estoril. 

Cathedral of Evora

A fortified church with Gothic features, Evora Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Portugal. The cathedral is a monument that showcases the transition from the Romanesque to the Gothic style, with Renaissance and Baroque additions introduced later. 

Roman era Temple of Evora

Originally constructed in the 1st century, the Roman Temple, incorrectly dedicated to Diana, the goddess of hunting, is regarded as the best preserved Roman structure on the Iberian Peninsula. Considering the varied history of the Diana Temple, it is astounding that the 12 stone Corinthian columns and the connecting architraves still remain standing and intact. 

St. Francis Church

Built in 1376, the St. Francis Church is known for housing a chapel lined with thousands of bones and skulls. Both the walls and the pillars are covered with these bones and skulls, frescoes decorate the vaulted ceilings, which date back to 1810, and feature a variety of symbols illustrated by biblical passages and others with instruments of the Passion of Christ. 

Cork Factory

Participate in an informative tour of a Cork Factory in Portugal and learn about the history, as well as the process in harvesting, cork.  

White Marble Quarry

Estremoz is internationally known for its fine to medium marble that occurs in several colours: white, cream, pink and grey. Tour a marble quarry and learn more about the history of marble, which can be dated back to the Roman Era, as well as the process and extraction of the marble. 

Medieval Town of Obidos

Obidos, otherwise known as "The Wedding Town", was the traditional bridal gift of the kings of Portugal to their queens, a custom that began in 1282 by Dom Dinis. The town has hardly changed in appearance since then: its cobbled streets and steep staircases wind up to the ramparts, from where you can gaze across a countryside of windmills and vineyards. 

Sanctuary of our lady of Fatima

Located in central Portugal, the sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima has become, throughout the years, the fourth biggest catholic pilgrimage site in the world, due to the apparitions of Virgin Mary to three little shepherds in 1917.

The former seat of the Knights Templar

The Convent of Christ is a former Catholic convent in Tomar. Originally a 12th-century Templar stronghold, when the order was dissolved in the 14th century the Portuguese branch was turned into the Knights of the Order of Christ. 

University of Coimbra & area

Coimbra, the medieval capital of Portugal, houses the University of Coimbra. Tour the beautiful historic core that cascades down a hillside with its multi-coloured collage of buildings that span nearly a millenium. 

Lello & Irmão Bookstore

Built in 1906 by the engineer Francisco Xavier Esteves, the Livraria Lello building is packed with unique architectural details. Alongside some of the most iconic features of the space, there are now artistic installations and exhibitions that contribute to the mission of valuing books and authors. 

The Stock Exchange Palace & Arabian Room

The Stock Exchange Palace, is a neoclassical style building, whose construction started in 1842. in 1880, the Arabian Room (Jewel of the Palace), is inaugurated on the occasion of the celebrations of the tricentenary of Camoes. Construction of this emblematic space took place over 18 years. In 1909, the works and decorations of the Palace were finally completed. 

Palace Anadia

Tour the 18th-century Palacio Anadia, or Palace of the Counts, known for its beautiful interior and Baroque style. Inside the house, you’ll see intricate panels of blue and white tiles throughout the rooms and a striking vaulted ceiling that retell the history behind the palace.

Sanctuary of our lady of Remedies

The shrine features a staircase of nearly 700 steps, beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles, which the more active adventurer will want to climb on a guided hike. You will also have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties, such as bôlas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; presunto, a type of dry-cured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine.

Episcopal Palace Museum

The Episcopal Palace's monumental facade stands out, built with ashlar granite ashlars. As well as the large porticoed patio around which the rooms of the new museum are distributed. This patio, the work of José de la Sierra (the same who worked in the cathedral), has arches of granite in its lower body and limestone in the upper body. Its sober and elegant architecture stands out in the whole, which reopened to the public after many years of lethargy.

Salamanca

Salamanca is known as a “living museum,” and you will have an opportunity to step back in time to the Middle Ages during your escorted tour, which includes the city’s elegant university buildings, the New Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells and Plaza Mayor.

Castelo Rodrigo

A small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries-old walls, steep narrow streets and fantastic views. You can also opt to hike up to the village should you wish a more active exploration. While here, taste some delicious locally grown produce.

Dates & Pricing

This year we travel to Portugal on our annual President’s Tour! We start our journey in Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world! Travel to the former summer residence of Portuguese Royalty in Sintra, sample the many Portuguese delicacies along the way, go from traditional fishing ports to white marble quarries to a basilica so large that it can accommodate up to 300,000 people. Visit up to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, one of them being the former seat of the Order of the Knights Templar! Top off your trip with a seven-night stay on the luxury river cruise AmaDouro. Rambling vineyards and charming native farms cling to the steep sides of the Douro River Valley. Taste wines from historic wineries and soak up the genuine beauty of Europe’s most unadulterated landscapes.

June 10, 2022 – June 25, 2022 Space Available


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CAT E

$8,015

$9,730

CAT D

$8,305

$10,095

CAT B

$9,585

$13,065

CAT A

$9,875

$13,505

 

All prices are per person and land only. 

Not included in price:

• Taxes and fees of $278 per person

• International Airfare

• Airline baggage fees for additional or over-sized luggage

• Airline fuel surcharge if there is a change in fuel prices

*Passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond your return date and must contain sufficient blank pages for entry and exit endorsements.

*An ETIAS authorization will become a mandatory requirement for every Canadian citizen entering the Schengen Area starting from 2021. Please ask your travel agent for more information.

Total Meals Included: All breakfasts, 2 tastings, 6 lunches & 10 dinners


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This year we travel to Portugal on our annual President’s Tour! We start our journey in Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world! Travel to the former summer residence of Portuguese Royalty in Sintra, sample the many Portuguese delicacies along the way, go from traditional fishing ports to white marble quarries to a basilica so large that it can accommodate up to 300,000 people. Visit up to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, one of them being the former seat of the Order of the Knights Templar! Top off your trip with a seven-night stay on the luxury river cruise AmaDouro. Rambling vineyards and charming native farms cling to the steep sides of the Douro River Valley. Taste wines from historic wineries and soak up the genuine beauty of Europe’s most unadulterated landscapes.

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