Two intriguing countries and one dramatic river equal a grand adventure
Before setting sail on the Douro River, experiencethree legendary Spanish cities: Salamanca, thelovely "Golden City"; Madrid, renowned for itsmuseums, stately royal palace and vibrantnightlife; and Toledo, the city of El Greco and amagnificent tribute to the three great culturesthat forged Spain.
Cruise through the UNESCO-designated DouroValley, where grapes have been grown for 2,000years, visiting picturesque quintas and meetingthe winemakers who operate them, as well astasting the wine. Get even closer to naturaltreasures at the Douro International Natural Park,where you can get a better understanding of theflora and fauna of the land with an intimate boatcruise, and at the Quinta Aveleda's gardens,offering an enchanting landscape that boasts acascading waterfall, graceful swans swimming,peacocks flaunting their colours and so muchmore. Visit the walled village of Castelo Rodrigo,a site that dates back to the 12th century, andthe pilgrimage town of Lamego to see themonumental baroque Sanctuary of Nossa Senhorados Remedios. Travel through the verdant
countryside to Óbidos, a charming hilltop townthat has entranced visitors since the 13th centuryen route to Portugal's colorful capital of Lisbon.
Reward your inner explorer with the "Jewels ofSpain, Portugal & the Douro River," blendingcaptivating cities, picturesque villages andunparalleled scenic cruising through this less-traveledcorner of Europe.
Who will enjoy this cruise/tour
Those who seek to experience the best ofSpanish and Portuguese cuisine, culture, artand history, all while traversing the dramaticlandscapes made famous by Don Quixote.
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
11 days of excursions fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided "Go Active" and "Do as the Locals Do" programs
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the chic Queen Isabel
2 nights in Lisbon at the InterContinentalHotel (or similar) with breakfast
3 nights in Madrid at The Westin Palace(or similar) with breakfast
Beautifully appointed riverview staterooms and suites with hotel-style beds, draped in fine linens with a choice of pillows
Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
2 countries: Spain and Portugal
6 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
All transfers on arrival and departure days
All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: "Portuguese Seafarers and Spanish Explorers"