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Spain & Portugal Land & River Cruise

AMAWATERWAYS - AMAVIDA

April 4 - 17, 2020

land tour and river cruise including
Certified Sign Language Interpreter Service



Madrid

Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral, Madrid
(Picture Source: AMAWATERWAYS)

Porto

Porto
(Picture Source: AMAWATERWAYS)

Sintra

Pena Palace, Sintra
(Picture Source: AMAWATERWAYS)

Balem

Tower of Balem, Lisbon
(Picture Source: AMAWATERWAYS)

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
(Picture Source: AMAWATERWAYS)



April 4 MADRID
Arrive in Madrid, check in to your hotel. Afternoon free time.
April 5 MADRID
Enjoy a guided tour of Madrid, Spain's capital since the Spanish Golden Age and now its largest city, a place with broad avenues, grand museums, stately gardens and lively tapas bars. Known for its historic districts, art, music and epicurean delights, Madrid is a cosmopolitan metropolis with a vibrant nightlife scene. The city's top landmarks include the elaborate Royal Palace, Buen Retiro Park, Puerto del Sol, Mercado de San Miguel, Plaza Mayor and such renowned art galleries as the Prado Museum and Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. (B)
April 6 MADRID - EXCURSION TO TOLEDO
You'll have an excursion today 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 that once inspired Spanish Renaissance artist, El Greco, with its winding streets and well-preserved medieval architecture. As part of your guided tour, you will visit the Cathedral of Toledo (one of the world's greatest Gothic structures) as well as the Synagogue Santa Maria La Blanca in the Jewish Quarter. (B)
April 7 MADRID - SALAMANCA - VEGA TERRON - EMBARKATION
Depart Madrid for an excursion to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the center of Spain's Castilla y Leon region. Your guided city tour includes the university buildings, Salamanca Cathedral and the uniquely adorned House of Shells. Afterwards, be treated to a flamenco show. Later, you will be transferred to Vega TerrOn to board your river cruise ship. (B,D)
April 8 VEGA TERRON - BARCA D'ALVA - PINHAO, PORTUGAL
Venture to Castelo Rodrigo, known as the "White Village" because of its almond trees. The site offers spectacular views of the surrounding area. Join a walking tour through its medieval streets and see the houses and establishments with 16th-century facade and Manueline-style windows. If you prefer a more active adventure there, you can hike up to the town. At the end of both tours, enjoy a tasting of local favorites, such as almonds, cheese, bread and wine. Set sail to Pinhao where you'll be treated to a Port wine tasting. (B,L,D)
April 9 PINHAO
Enjoy an excursion to the palace and gardens known as the Palacio de Mateus, located in the beautiful region of Tras-os-Montes near the city of Vila Real. The interior of the house features various religious images and exquisite furniture, artwork and hand-carved wooden ceilings. The exterior is equally stunning, with gardens that are among the most beautiful in all of Portugal. During the afternoon, enjoy lunch at Quinta da Avessada. Here, you'll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment. Quinta da 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. (B,L,D)
April 10 REGUA - CALDAS DE AREGOS
You have a choice of two excursions, depending on your interests. Your first option is an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). Other attractions include a Gothic cathedral, a museum, and charming cafes. Active adventurers can also choose to hike up the famed Lamego Steps, also known as the Holy Staircase. (B,L,D)
April 11 CALDAS DE AREGOS - ENTRE-OS-RIOS
Enjoy a morning hike through the vineyards, and then set sail along the scenic Douro River. Later in the day, enjoy a special Portuguese dinner at a local Quinta. (B,L,D)
April 12 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 monuments; the main square, ringed with shops and cafes; and the Sao BentoRailway 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 a more active adventure, join a hike in Porto and explore the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto; afterwards, indulge in a Port wine tasting. (B,L,D)
April 13 PORTO
Enjoy a day at leisure. (B,L,D)
April 14 PORTO - DISEMBARKATION - LISBON
After disembarking your ship in Porto, take a motorcoach ride through the Portuguese countryside. Stop in Tomar en route to Lisbon and visit its Templar knight castle, the walls of which envelop the elaborate Convent of Christ, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating from the 12th century and boasting spectacular frescoes and azulejos (iconic blue painted tiles). Afterward, continue to Lisbon to check into your hotel. (B)
April 15 LISBON
One of Europe's most beautiful cities, Lisbon sprawls across several hills along the Tagus River. Your city tour includes two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You'll see the fortified Belem Tower and visit the spectacular Jeronimos Monastery, a Late Gothic-style structure. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city at your leisure, perhaps to visit the Castle of Sao Jorge or the Santa Justa Elevator that overlooks the castle, the river and Rossio Square. (B)
April 16 LISBON - 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 visit to the Pena National Palace, a fairytale castle situated high on a rocky peak, followed by free time. (B)
April 17 DEPART LISBON
Check out of your hotel for your flight home. (B)

B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner


BOOK BY MARCH 30, 2019 AND RECEIVE A DISCOUNT OF $250 PP DBL OCC
Land & River Cruise Category E*, Panoramic Window, 161 sq. ft.: $5,188 per person
Land & River Cruise Category D*, Panoramic Window, 161 sq. ft.: $5,487 per person
Land & River Cruise Category B, Balcony, 215 sq. ft.: $6,687 per person
Land & River Cruise Category A, Balcony, 215 sq. ft.: $6,987 per person
Land and & River Cruise Category Suite, Balcony, 323 sq. ft.: $8,587 per person
*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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