Portugal, Spain and Cruising the Douro River

Exploring intimate villages and sampling local wines

Base Fare:
$10,820 per guest, double occupancy

Your Journey includes

Shore excursions in Lisbon, Óbidos, Coimbra, Santiago de Compostela and more.
6 day intimate land adventure . 8-days Douro River Cruise. Private shore excursions.
All meals daily while on the river cruise, meals daily as listed on land.
Wine/beer/soft drinks included onboard Spirit of Chartwell.
7 night cruise aboard the intimate, 30 guest Spirit of Chartwell.
6 nights in unique, boutique hotels.
Round trip air fare from Toronto. Air gateways available across Canada.
Private car home pick up service. Airport transfers.

Portugal, Spain and Cruising the Douro River

Lisbon is known as the land of explorers, making it a suitable place to start your 15-day journey through Portugal and Spain. Behold the fitting Monument of the Discoveries, a 170-foot tall monument celebrating the Portuguese Age of Discovery, before embarking on your own voyage. Hear lively music fill the air in Santiago de Compostela, one of northern Spain’s most beautiful cities. Linger on the deck of the Spirit of Chartwell, an intimate river boat that was personally used by Queen Elizabeth II during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. While journeying by land and river, you will participate in an ancient and quintessential aspect of the area’s culture: a love of exploration and discovery.

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Base Fare:
$10,820 per guest, double occupancy

THE PRICE DISPLAYED CORRESPONDS TO A LOWER DECK TWIN STATEROOM (SEE MORE STATEROOMS IN THE NEXT TAB)

Discover, Learn & Experience on private tours and shore excursions

  • Lisbon – city tour and coach museum 

  • Estoril - land of Royal exiles 

  • Cascais - summer Royalty 

  • Sintra – one of Europes prettiest towns 

  • Obidos – flowered city of Portugal 

  • Nazaré, authentic working fishing village 

  • UNESCO monastery in Batalha, 

  • Coimbra – Oldest university in Europe 

  • Porto - UNESCO World Heritage City tour 

  • Santiago de Compostela UNESCO World 
Heritage Centre 

  • UNESCO’s Guimarães and the Sacred Way 

  • Braga – oldest Cathedral and Bom Jesus 
Santuary 

  • Wooden Balconies of Amarante

  • Quinta da Aveleda tour and dinner

  • Lamego - Sanctuary of Our Lady and its staircase of 686 beautifully decorated stairs
  • Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo - 12th Parish of Portugal

  • Salamanca – UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Spain’s most beautiful cities with Flamenco performance with lunch
  • Ritual of the fall harvest, Douro Style Quinta da Avessada lunch

  • Onboard Lectures and culinary demonstrations

Necessities - Know your total journey cost, before you leave home!

  • All taxes incl GST, PST, HST, VAT 

  • Private car home pick up & return service 

  • All Gratuities on all included items; all ships 
staff, Jerry Van Dyke Journey Managers, local sightseeing guides, coach drivers, porters, attraction guides, waiters 

  • Entrance fees during sightseeing 

  • All Port and service charges 

  • Services of a professional Journey Manager throughout the journey
  • Services of local or National guides in each city
  • Deluxe overnight carry-on bag or backpack
  • Porterage for one piece of baggage
  • Full pre-trip information and assistance
  • All sightseeing as listed
  • Wine/beer/soft drinks included with meals onboard Spirit of Chartwell

Air Travel

  • Toronto to Lisbon/Porto to Toronto

  • Guests from all over Canada join us on our unique journeys. Contact our office for additional air gateways

Outstanding Accommodation

  • Altis Avenida, Lisbon, 2 nights 


Hotel Altis Avenida is a boutique hotel, with an extraordinary location in the city centre on the Praça dos Restauradores. The architecture and decoration is inspired by the portuguese '40s and revolves around the concept of retro urban chic, where past and future meld in a unique atmosphere of charm and glamour.

  • Quinta las Lagrimas, Coimbra, 1 night 


Quinta das Lagrimas Hotel is set in an XVIIIth century palace surrounded by a magnificent garden. This palace has once accommodated the duke of Wellington and the king Miguel of Portugal; its garden was the stage for the love affair of Prince Pedro and Ines de Castro in the XIVth century. Quinta das Lagrimas is today a beautiful hotel decorated in traditional Portuguese style providing guests comfort and relaxation. It is conveniently located in the heart of the historic town.

  • Hotel Infante Sagres, Porto, 1 night 


Infante Sagres is Porto’s leading boutique hotel, a true icon of sophisticated design and intimate atmosphere located in the city’s historical district. It lies only meters away from City Hall, the UNESCO World Heritage area and the art district. Situated in a 1950’s building that perfectly blends a Neo-Baroque atmosphere with an extraordinary contemporary style décor, Infante Sagres is truly a one of a kind landmark hotel where guests experience peerless personal service and the intimacy of a private residence.

  • AC Palacio del Carmen, Santiago de 
Compostela, 2 nights 


Hotel AC Palacio del Carmen offers 75 rooms in an emblematic and splendid building, the old Oblatas Convent was recently renovated and its original architectural and artistic style maintained. It is located in the historical centre of monumental Compostela, very near to the Plaza del Obradoiro, and provides all the services of a luxury establishment, exquisitely restored in an unrivalled setting.

  • Spirit of Chartwell River Boat, 7 nights 


The Spirit of Chartwell was chosen, out of hundreds of applicants, by the British Royal Family to be the Royal barge during the celebrations of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. The ship's rich interiors, reminiscent of the fabled Orient Express, and it's unique and distinctive design, testify to why it was selected for this highest occasion.

With 14 double cabins and one royal suite, the Spirit of Chartwell feels more like a private club, where guests can enjoy one another’s company in a relaxed and luxurious atmosphere. Every detail of the ship was thought of to enhance this elegant and comfortable setting, where guests can both feel at home, as well as in a royal social club.

Aboard the Spirit of Chartwell, passengers enjoy friendly and professional service provided by a well-trained staff that will cater to guests' every need. A cruise on the Spirit of Chartwell represents a higher level regarding river cruises. Here guests can enjoy a luxurious and personalized service with the certainty that all requirements of space and comfort are guaranteed.

 

CANADIAN DOLLARS PER GUEST

STATEROOM:

  • TWIN: $10,820
  • SINGLE: $15,375

LUXURY SUITE:

  • TWIN: $11,320

 

State Cabin - Main Deck – 129 sq. feet
Twin Cabin - These outward facing, luxury cabins, located on the main deck, have rich hardwood finishes and come complete with twin or double beds, individually controlled air conditioning and heating, HD satellite television, trouser press and en suite facilities, featuring a power shower. Other amenities include a safety deposit box, double wardrobe, writing desk and hair dryer.

Luxury Suite – Saloon Deck – 194 sq. feet
The luxury suite is located at the front of the ship on the Saloon Deck. The spacious luxury suite features rich hardwood finishes, complete with double bed, comfortable seating area, individually controlled air conditioning and heating, HD satellite television, trouser press and en suite facilities, featuring a power shower. Other amenities include a safety deposit box, double wardrobe, writing desk and hair dryer.

ALL FARES ARE FOR DEPARTURE FROM TORONTO. OTHER AIR GATEWAYS AVAILABLE.

These journey fares include the current known fuel surcharges. Additional charges may apply at final payment date. All fares are for departure from Toronto. Other air gateways available.

Travel Insurance 
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Custom flight itineraries 
Do you want something different than our included air program? We are happy to help design a custom itinerary, just for you.

Pre Post overnights in Toronto 
We have a special agreement with our Toronto Airport hotel that includes 2 weeks of parking.

Journey Itinerary

Day 1

DEPART FOR EUROPE

Our driver greets you at your door, helps with your luggage and gets you settled into your private car before driving you to the airport. Guests departing from Toronto airport are assisted with their check in. Meet your Journey Manager and fellow travelers and board your flight to Europe.

Day 2

LISBON

On arrival in Lisbon, our local guide greets us with a smile. Settle in to your hotel with the afternoon at leisure. Our local guide and your Journey Manager are on hand to assist those who want to discover the local area. This evening, join us for a relaxing welcome dinner at a special local restaurant and meet your fellow travellers. (Dinner)
Overnight Lisbon, Hotel Altis Avenida

Day 3

DISCOVERING LISBON AND SINTRA, HOME OF ROYALTY, UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES

This morning, all of Lisbon awaits as we discover Rossio Square, Liberty Avenue, the Belém area with the St. Jerome Monastery, the Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. Next, we visit the coach museum which has the largest and most valuable collection of historical carriages in the world. In Quelez, experience the beautiful 18th century Palace which makes this picturesque village the Portuguese Versailles. In Sintra, we dine on local traditional fare for lunch before continuing to the coast and a scenic drive back to Lisbon through Cascais, a local fishing village and Estoril, home to the largest casino. This evening our guide treats us to a traditional dinner and Fado Folklore Show. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Lisbon, Hotel Altis Avenida

Day 4

ÓBIDOS, NAZARÉ, BATALHA, COIMBRA

A scenic, relaxing drive brings us to Óbidos, known as ‘the flowered town of Portugal’. This well preserved medieval town is without doubt one of Portugal's most classic walled settlements. Walking the ramparts, you can enjoy views of windmills, vineyards and surrounding farmlands. Resembling an open-air museum, this walled medieval town has been preserved to look like a picture-postcard, with its monuments, narrow winding streets and white-washed houses with windows and terraces full of flowers. We continue to the most famous fishing village in Portugal, Nazaré, where we will enjoy lunch at a sea side restaurant.
In Batalha, discover the Portuguese Gothic masterpiece, the Santa Maria da Vitória Monastery (14th-16th centuries) during our visit. Included on the UNESCO International Heritage list, it is a national landmark. Special mention must be made to the Founders' Chapel, with its magnificent stain-glassed windows, cloisters, unfinished Chapels (Manueline) and Chapter Hall. 
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Coimbra, Quinta das Lagrimas

Day 5

COIMBRA AND PORTO, UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE

Coimbra, set along the banks of the Mondego River, has been home to one of Europe’s oldest universities for 13 centuries and is Europe’s oldest university town. Enjoy some free time to take photos of the dramatic views from the top of the town hill. A visit to the University’s 18th century Library, considered one of the first Copyright libraries in the world, is a must. For lunch we indulge in the traditional roasted sirloin pig with the good “champagne” from the area. After lunch, we continue north to Porto, one of the most picturesque cities in Portugal. Built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro River, it is an outstanding urban landscape with a 2,000 year history. Its continuous growth, linked to the sea (the Romans gave it the name Portus, or port), can be seen in the many and varied monuments, from the Cathedral with its Romanesque choir, to the neoclassical Stock Exchange and the typically Portuguese Manueline style Church of Santa Clara. In Gaia, we indulge with a visit and tasting in a cellar of port wine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Porto, Hotel Infante Sagres

Day 6

VIANA DO CASTELO AND THE STUNNING IBERIAN PENINSULA

Today is a true day of discovery as we travel north into the Province of Minho, a stunning, vast area of diverse beauty. In Barcelos, home of the Rooster, we discover the history of this ancient figure and how it became the symbol of Portugal. Viana do Castelo is home to the Belvedere of Santa Luzia where we walk in the pedestrian street close to the Misericordia Square. After lunch, travel the road to Santiago de Compostela, a very important centre of Pilgrimage since the middle ages. At that time, the entire Iberian Peninsula was under Moorish rule and Santiago was a stronghold of Christianity. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Santiago de Compostela, AC Palacio del Carmen

Day 7

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Experience one of northern Spain’s most beautiful places with its people, shops and music filling the air. Visit the Cathedral of Santiago, one of Christianity’s most important places, where legend states that St. James, one of the twelve Apostles of Christ, is buried. Our local guide also shares the interesting streets in ‘Casco Antigo,’ the old area of town. This afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the beauty and history of this remarkable city at your own pace. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Overnight Santiago de Compostela, AC Palacio del Carmen

Day 8

BRAGA, THE ROME OF PORTUGAL, UNESCO'S GUIMARÃES AND THE SACRED WAY

Our journey this morning takes us to discover Guimarães, Portugal’s first capital and birthplace of the nation’s first king. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Guimarães boasts medieval streets with well preserved monuments that make it one of the most attractive places to visit in Portugal. The imposing 10th century medieval castle with crenulated towers protected the population from attacks by the Moors and the Normans.
In Braga, we visit Portugal’s oldest Cathedral and the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. The Sacred Way, a baroque granite double staircase with several switchbacks, might look daunting, but pilgrims manage to climb it on their knees. On the numerous landings are gardens, grottoes, small chapels, sculptures, and allegorical stone figures of the virtues set in fountains. The sanctuary at the top is 400 meters above sea level and provides visitors with a sweeping view of Braga, the beaches of Esposende and Viana do Castelo. Enjoy lunch overlooking the city. This afternoon we arrive in Porto and board the intimate Sprit of Chartwell. 
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Vila Nova de Gaia, Spirit of Chartwell

Day 9

WOODEN BALCONIES OF AMARANTE AND QUINTA DA AVALEDA

The pretty, riverside town of Amarante is one of the gems of Northern Portugal with rows of 17th century mansions with brightly painted wooden balconies lining the narrow streets. Our guide takes us on a walking tour to the famous Roman Bride and for a visit of the S. Gonçalo church and Monastery. Enjoy free time to explore this lovely village and try some of the sweets and pastries that are famous, or wander through the interesting Museu Amadeo Souza Cardoso. Return to the ship for lunch and a scenic cruise along the Douro River.
This evening we visit Quinta da Aveleda to explore the wonderful grounds and enjoy a fantastic meal. The history of the Quinta da Aveleda estate is lost in time, but there are countless records of this estate after the 16th century. Aveleda is a name which spans several generations. The first records of the sale of bottled wine date back to 1870, with Manuel Pedro Guedes. Since then, the successive generations of the family have been devoted to the production of high quality wines, preserving this family legacy. Aside from its important architectural heritage, the Quinta da Aveleda estate is also recognized for its parks and gardens, where rare species of trees flourish, some of which have been around for over two hundred years. Currently the Quinta da Aveleda is the largest Vinho Verde exporting company. Aveleda is proud to remain a family-owned business in every way. This evening sample some vintage Port Wine during dinner. 
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Entre-os-Rios, Spirit of Chartwell

Day 10

LAMEGO, ONE OF PORTUGAL'S PRETTIEST CITIES

Lamego, an old and historical town, is picturesque, warm and very charming. It houses one of the most important places of pilgrimage in the country, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, which has witnessed pilgrimages since the city’s very beginning. The origins of the Sanctuary date back to the 14th century and a small chapel dedicated to Saint Estevão. In the 16th century a new church was built over the old chapel, as it was almost in ruins. Construction began in the 18th century and was finished almost 200 years later. This is a very good example of the Portuguese baroque style.
At the top of the hill, an impressive staircase of 686 steps is decorated with enormous panels of blue and white tiles. We also visit the town’s museum and have time to wander the narrow winding streets. Lamego also lays claim to some impressive cuisine, namely the local smoked ham, the 'bola e Lamego',
 a bread filled with smoked ham, roasted kid, regional cakes and a tasty sparkling wine called 'Raposeira'. We rejoin the Spirit if Chartwell and are given a culinary demonstration. This evening, enjoy a Vintage Port Wine Celebration. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight in Pinhão, Spirit of Chartwell

Please note – the walk up to the Lamego Castle is very steep and may not be suitable for all guests. Guests with walking challenges will not be able to experience this feature.

Day 11

FIGUEIRA DE CASTELO RODRIGO

This morning we cruise a scenic section of the Douro on our way to Barca d’Alva. Take part in a lecture on the History of Portugal. After lunch, we venture ashore for a tour to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village with 13th century walls.
Castelo Rodrigo is one of the 12 historical Parishes of Portugal and is located 2 200 feet above sea level. Its medieval streets are very narrow and steep and boast 16th century façades with Manuelino style windows. The Romans were the first to build a fortress here and in 1209 Alfonso IX built the walls surrounding the Roman fortress. The village became part of the Portuguese territory in 1297, at the time of King Dinis. Jews, Arabs and Christians have peacefully co-existed here throughout the centuries and comprise the social fabric of Castelo Rodrigo.
Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo is known as the white village because of the almond trees found around it. It became the capital of the county in 1836 by the order of Maria II. Monks began producing wine here in the 12th century and today it has become a successful wine cooperative with a gold medal wine in 1991, the white Quinta do Cardo. Storks have flocked to this city for centuries and have become the town’s symbol. This evening we enjoy the Captain’s Dinner onboard followed by a Portuguese Folk music show. 
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight in Barca d Alva, Spirit of Chartwell

Day 12

SALAMANCA, UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE & PLAZA MAYOR

Our journey takes us to explore Salamanca, a seat of learning since the early 13th century. Salamanca is situated in the centre of the ‘Castillo e León’ region and is very rich in tradition. Founded by Celtic Iberian tribes on the banks of the river Tormes, it was later occupied by the Romans and Arabs and finally re conquered by the Christians in the 12th century. During the 13th century the oldest university of the Iberian Peninsula was created. Over the centuries, the city was enriched by visiting kings, princes, bishops and artists. As such, many call this beautiful and historic city a living museum and our visit may well be transporting us back to the Middle Ages.
Among its impressive monuments, is the multicultural blend of 40 000 students from all over the world mixing with 160 000 locals to create a happy, fascinating cosmopolitan city. Our tour takes us to visit the University, House of Shells and the beautiful ‘Plaza Mayor,’ formally a site of bullfighting and now a popular gathering point for locals and visitors alike. The tour also visits the Gothic ‘New’ Cathedral - a name which serves as a testimony to the city’s age and rich history - since this ‘new’ building was constructed in the 16th century to replace the original 12th century Salamanca Cathedral. During your free time, you may opt to visit the Old Cathedral to take in its classic Romantic architecture.
A capital of culture since 2002, and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988, Salamanca showcases one of the finest mixtures of Renaissance and Plataresque architecture in Spain. Our lunch is in a lovely local restaurant which gives you the chance to experience local fare and a traditional, lively Flamenco Show. This evening, enjoy a traditional Portuguese barbecue dinner on board. 
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight in Pocinho, Spirit of Chartwell

Day 13

HARVEST TOUR

During the months of September and October, the Douro Region celebrates the ritual of the Vintage – the wine harvest. To visit the Douro during harvest is to get to know the soul of the Douro people from the inside out. The vineyards are full of activity with the smell of the grapes in the air almost asking you to participate in one of the best wines of the world. At the Quinta Avessada, a 5th generation family farm, enjoy a guided tour of the Quinta and the Adega, the historic, granite stomping tanks, followed by a wine tasting with many local delicacies. Indulge in a traditional country lunch of mixed grill, fish and the iconic “Dona Antonia” soup. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight in Pinhão, Spirit of Chartwell

Day 14

HARVEST TOUR

Relax on board today as the Spirit of Chartwell sails towards Porto. Take part in a lecture on Portugal Today. This evening enjoy a farewell cocktail and dinner during our sunset harbour cruise. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight in Vila Nova de Gaia, Spirit of Chartwell

Day 15

HOME

Today we bid ‘Despedida’ to our new friends in Portugal. Our coach and local guide transfer us to the airport where we board our flights for home. Our staff will greet you on arrival at Toronto Pearson airport and will assist you to your private car home. (Breakfast)

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Journey Highlights





Lisbon

Europe's second-oldest capital (after Athens) and once home to the world's greatest explorers, Lisbon was the first true world city, the capital of an empire spread across all the continents. Discover this historic city with the help of your local guides, who will introduce you to Rossio Square, Liberty Avenue, the Belém area with the St. Jerome Monastery, the Belém Tower, and the Monument to the Discoveries. You’ll also explore the unique coach museum, home to the largest and most valuable collection of historical coaches in the world.

Douro River

To visit the Douro during harvest is to get to know the soul of the Douro people from the inside out. Flowing gently across northern-central Spain and Portugal, the Douro River carries you past vineyard-covered hills, colourful villages, and bustling cities. Conveying you to such delights as wine tasting at the Quinta da Aveleda estate and learning the history of Portugal at Barca d’Alva, the Douro will infuse each excursion with its unique atmosphere as you discover the stunning countryside and welcoming people along its banks.

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela has been an pilgrimage destination of great importance since the Middle Ages. At that time, the entire Iberian Peninsula was under Moorish rule, and Santiago was a stronghold of Christianity. Visit the Cathedral of Santiago, one of Christianity’s most important places, where legend states that St. James is buried. Discover the quaint streets of Casco Antiguo, the old area of town, with the help of your local guide. Enjoy getting to know one of northern Spain’s most beautiful places, with its warm people, delightful shops, and music filling the air.

Salamanca

A capital of culture since 2002 and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988, Salamanca showcases one of the finest mixtures of Renaissance and plateresque architecture in Spain. The city has been a seat of learning since the early 13th century and is often referred to as a living museum. Let Salamanca transport you back to the Middle Ages as you visit the University, House of Shells, and beautiful “Plaza Mayor.” While exploring Salamanca, you’ll come to love its multicultural blend of diverse people who, together, create a fascinating cosmopolitan city.

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