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Portugal & Spain Land & River Cruise

AMAWATERWAYS - AMAVIDA

April 25 - May 8, 2020

land tour and river cruise including
Certified Sign Language Interpreter Service



Madrid

Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral, Madrid
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Porto

Porto
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Sintra

Pena Palace, Sintra
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Balem

Tower of Balem, Lisbon
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Palacio De Mateus, Pinhão

Palacio De Mateus, Pinhao
(Picture Source: AMAWATERWAYS)

Prices include all of the following:
    • Deluxe accommodation onboard the AmaVida
    • Port charges
    • Breakfast, lunch, tea time, dinner onboard the ship
    • Unlimited wines, beer & soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard the ship
    • Pre-dinner cocktail hour with wine, beer, spirits, and soft drinks onboard the ship
    • Bottled water in each ship cabin every day
    • Farewell Cocktail onboard the ship
    • Sightseeing, wine tastings, and bus transportation as shown in the itinerary below
    • WiFi during the cruise
    • hotel accommodation, breakfast, and sightseeing during the land tour as shown below
Map
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April 25 LISBON, PORTUGAL
Arrive in Lisbon, check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is free time.
April 26 LISBON
One of Europe's most beautiful cities, Lisbon stretches across several hills along the Tagus River. On your escorted tour, you'll see Belem Tower, a fortified four-story tower made of limestone, and visit the Late Gothic Jeronimos Monastery, the burial place of many Portuguese kings and heroes. You will also taste a typical Portuguese pastry, Pasteis de Belem, before going to Discoveries Monument, built in honor of Portugal's greatest maritime explorers. (B)
April 27 LISBON - EXCURSION TO SINTRA
Enjoy a morning excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the most picturesque mountain villages in Portugal, a former summer residence of the Portuguese royal family and a source of inspiration for Lord Byron and generations of other artists and poets. Your guided tour includes a wine tasting and a view of the Pena National Palace, a fairy tale castle situated high on a rocky peak, followed by free time to explore on your own. (B)
April 28 LISBON - HIGH-SPEED TRAIN - PORTO EMBARKATION
Check out of your hotel and transfer via a high-speed train to Porto where you'll board your ship. (B,D)
April 29 PORTO
Join a guided tour of Porto's historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll see the Cathedral, one of the city's oldest monumentsa the main square, ringed with shops and cafes; 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. For the more active adventure, join a hike in Porto and explore the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto. (B,L,D)
April 30 PORTO - ENTRE-OS-RIOS
After free time further exploring the colorful "City of Bridges", the ship will sail to Entre-Os-Rios, where you'll go to dinner at a local quinta to enjoy a traditional "home cooked" meal. (B,L,D)
May 1 REGUA
Venture to the town of Lamego, where you'll see the "Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies" on a city tour or climb the 686-step "Holy Staircase", beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles, to the top on a guided hike. Whichever excursion you choose will conclude with a tasting of local specialties such as Bolas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; Presunto, a type of dry-cured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. (B,L,D)
May 2 REGUA - PINHAO
Visit Mateus Palace and Gardens, where you can admire the elegant 16th- to 18th- century furnishings and spend some time exploring the palace's magnificent gardens, which feature perfectly manicured topiary work and an impressive cedar tunnel. Later in the day, cruise along the scenic Douro to Pinhao, where a wine tasting will be waiting for you in a local quinta. (B,L,D)
May 3 PINHAO
Embark on a leisurely walk to the charming Pinhao Railway Station, a stunning train station along the Douro Line, one of the most iconic rail journeys in Portugal. The station's main building is revered for its 25 tile panels, all in shades of blue, that depict scenes from the Douro region. Afterward, enjoy an exclusive lunch at Quinta da Avessada, where you'll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment. The warm, spirited hospitality of this family-run quinta is quite special as you will discover. Several family members play in a band, and while dining, they will entertain you. Quinta de Avessada is also a fascinating interactive museum commemorating the history and culture of wine in the Alto Douro region, so you'll have fun discovering all the various stages of wine production as well as doing plenty of tasting. Later in the day, indulge in some free time to explore the town on your own. (B,L,D)
May 4 VEGA DE TERRÓN, SPAIN
Venture to Castelo Rodrigo, known as the "White Village" because of its almond trees. The site offers spectacular views of the surrounding area and as far away as Spain. Join a walking tour through its medieval streets and see the houses and establishments with 16th-century facades and Manueline style windows. Prefer a more active adventure there, you can hike to the town. At the end of both tours, enjoy a tasting of local favorites, such as almonds, cheese, bread and wine. (B,L,D)
May 5 VEGA DE TERRON - DISEMBARKATION - SALAMANCA - MADRID
Disembark the ship in Vega De Terrón and board a motorcoach to Madrid. En route to Madrid, you'll first stop in Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the center of Spain's Castilla y Leon region. You will have free time to explore on your own, followed by an escorted city tour that includes the New Cathedral and the uniquely adorned House of Shells. Later in the day, you'll check into your hotel in Madrid. (B, L)
May 6 MADRID
Discover the vibrant capital of Spain on your city tour that takes in all the top sights, including the elaborate Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park, Puerto del Sol, Mercado de San Miguel and Plaza Mayor. (B)
May 7 MADRID - EXCURSION TO TOLEDO
Journey to the walled city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the ancient capital of Spain. The city is a treasure trove of artistic riches with its winding streets and well-preserved medieval architecture. As part of your escorted tour, you will visit the Cathedral of Toledo as well as the Synagogue Santa Maria La Blanca in the Jewish Quarter. (B)
May 8 DEPART MADRID
Check out of your hotel for your flight home. (B)

B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner


Land & River Cruise Category E*, Panoramic Window, 161 sq. ft.: contact our agency
Land & River Cruise Category D*, Panoramic Window, 161 sq. ft.: contact our agency
Land & River Cruise Category B, Balcony, 215 sq. ft.: contact our agency
Land & River Cruise Category A, Balcony, 215 sq. ft.: contact our agency
Land and & River Cruise Category Suite, Balcony, 323 sq. ft.: contact our agency
*close to the water line

MS AMAVIDA: Deck Plans, Ship and Stateroom Information


All prices are based on double occupancy. Prices and itinerary are subject to change at any time without prior notification. Prices do not include travel insurance, tips, round trip air from the U.S. etc. The full deposit payment of $450 per person double occupancy is due NOW in order to make a firm reservation ($900 per cabin). Flight arrangements are offered by AMAWATERWAYS and can be booked through Kerstin's Deaf Travel. A passport, valid for 6 months beyond the completion date of your travel is required. Appropriate physical fitness is required since the tour includes walking at each stop. Minimum group size: 20 guests, maximum group size: approx. 40 guests.

Contact Kerstin's Deaf Travel to book your Spain & Portugal Land & River Cruise vacation by sending an e-mail to kerstin@kerstinstravel.com




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