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Cruise Portugal – Douro River

Special River Cruise Offer with AmaWaterways
September 19-26, 2020
Cruise the Douro River in Portugal

Join Gerry & Mary and AmaWaterways as we travel on the Enticing Douro. Rambling vineyards and charming native farms cling to the steep sides of the Douro River Valley, creating an incomparable backdrop to one of Europe’s most unspoiled regions and to Port country— the world’s oldest demarcated wine region. Visit colorful Lisbon, the city that launched countless explores; Porto, the beautiful “City of Bridges”; and Salamanca, the “Golden City.” Taste wines from historic wineries and soak up the genuine beauty of one of Europe’s most unadulterated landscapes.

AT A GLANCE

On our cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.

Itinerary

DAY 1
EMBARKATION – PORTO, PORTUGAL
Board the ship for your Enticing Douro cruise. (D)

DAY 2
PORTO – RÉGUA
Cruise to Régua where you can visit the Baroque-style Palacio de Mateus and its gardens, located in the lovely Trás-os-Montes region. Inside the house, you’ll see interesting furnishings, paintings and a ceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here are considered some of the most beautiful in Portugal. (B,L,D)

DAY 3
RÉGUA – 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. 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. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
VEGA de TERRÓN
Drive to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built of golden sandstone, 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. You can also enjoy a traditional flamenco show in Salamanca. (B,D)

DAY 5
PINHÃO, PORTUGAL
Be treated to an exclusive lunch at Quinta da Avessada, where 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. Later in the day, enjoy a tasting of the region’s famed Port wine. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
RÉGUA – ENTRE-OS-RIOS
Travel to picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, 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, which the more active adventurer will want to hike. Concluding both tours, you will 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. You’ll then go to the formal Episcopal Palace Museum. Later, enjoy a special Portuguese dinner at a local quinta. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
PORTO
The colorful 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 Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments; and the São 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. If you prefer to get more active, you can go on a guided hike and then enjoy a Port wine tasting. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
PORTO – DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

Key: B – Breakfast L – Lunch D – Dinner

Special Rates for “Enticing Douro” aboard the AmaDouro, a spacious river ship with just 51 staterooms featuring outside balconies. Sept. 19 – 26, 2020.
Category A TWIN Balcony pp $4936.89
Category B TWIN Balcony pp $4695.39
Category C TWIN Balcony pp $4292.89

Port Taxes are $168 pp and are included in the price

Deposit of $1000 per stateroom is due before July 31, 2019.
March 15, 2020 – 2nd payment of 50% of the balance is due.
June 15, 2020 – final payment is due.

ADD PRE- OR POST-CRUISE LAND PACKAGE – EMAIL ( mary@completetrav.com ) FOR DETAILS If you are requesting the 3 NIGHTS LISBON PRE-CRUISE – the cost is $915 pp. You can also add it later based upon availability.

You may also purchase arrival and departure transfers separately to/from the airport to the port.

If you prefer to use a credit card for payment, a 3% fee will be added. We will send an invoice for payment.

If you wish to pay by check, please make check payable to: The Complete Traveler
Mail to: 19800 Metcalf Ave. #449, Stilwell, KS 66085

You may reach us at 913-648-1560.

The deposit and payments for this cruise are non-refundable. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation/ interruption coverage with the carrier of your choice.

Also, if you want AMA to quote you airfare, please email me at mary@completetrav.com with your dates of travel, your dates of birth, names exactly as they appear on your passport, and your departure gateway from the US.

We are excited to have you join us on the Douro River!
Thank you!

 

The Best at Customer Service

This place is great! Not only will you find everything (and more) that you need in the travel store, but Gerry and his wife are absolutely THE BEST at customer service (which we all know is lacking these days).

Maureen S.

The Complete Traveler
2017-03-10T11:17:07-06:00

Maureen S.

This place is great! Not only will you find everything (and more) that you need in the travel store, but Gerry and his wife are absolutely THE BEST at customer service (which we all know is lacking these days).

Very Knowledgeable & Personable Guide

Dana and I really enjoyed our trip with you Gerry.  I liked not changing lodging every day, and Gerry is a very knowledgeable and personable guide.  Our money was well spent with The Complete Traveler.  If I ever get rich I’ll go to South Africa with you.  In the meantime, I would like to go back to Ireland in 2 years.  When the time comes, I’ll be in looking for help.

Peter N.

The Complete Traveler
2017-03-10T11:18:25-06:00

Peter N.

Dana and I really enjoyed our trip with you Gerry.  I liked not changing lodging every day, and Gerry is a very knowledgeable and personable guide.  Our money was well spent with The Complete Traveler.  If I ever get rich I’ll go to South Africa with you.  In the meantime, I would like to go back to Ireland in 2 years.  When the time comes, I’ll be in looking for help.

So Much More Than What We Expected

Ireland has been on our bucket list for a long time and we have just returned. When we first got serious about putting together a trip, some friends suggested we visit with Mary N Gerry Buckley at The Complete Traveler in Overland Park, and we are so glad we did. This trip was so much more than what we expected. Gerry shares his passion and knowledge of his homeland, and Mary gently keeps everyone on time and comfortable. And if a bus tour isn't your thing, they will help you put together your own trip of a lifetime and not just to Ireland. John and I strongly encourage you to check out this small travel agency. You will love them!!

Eileen W.

The Complete Traveler
2017-03-29T11:26:04-06:00

Eileen W.

Ireland has been on our bucket list for a long time and we have just returned. When we first got serious about putting together a trip, some friends suggested we visit with Mary N Gerry Buckley at The Complete Traveler in Overland Park, and we are so glad we did. This trip was so much more than what we expected. Gerry shares his passion and knowledge of his homeland, and Mary gently keeps everyone on time and comfortable. And if a bus tour isn't your thing, they will help you put together your own trip of a lifetime and not just to Ireland. John and I strongly encourage you to check out this small travel agency. You will love them!!

A Special Tour By A Very Special Guide

Thank you Gerry for a very special tour by a very special guide! One can tell how much you love Ireland and it shows in your smiles and descriptions of the country. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the group. You know how to pick 'em...such a diverse group of travelers that all got along so famously and meshed so well. It was a trip to be long-remembered. .... Thank you for your hard work, behind the scenes efforts, and your voice, which did give out on occasion. It was a marvelous 11 days. 

S. H.

The Complete Traveler
2019-05-23T09:37:41-06:00

S. H.

Thank you Gerry for a very special tour by a very special guide! One can tell how much you love Ireland and it shows in your smiles and descriptions of the country. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the group. You know how to pick 'em...such a diverse group of travelers that all got along so famously and meshed so well. It was a trip to be long-remembered. .... Thank you for your hard work, behind the scenes efforts, and your voice, which did give out on occasion. It was a marvelous 11 days. 

Creating Memories

Gerry, thank you and Mary for all you have done for us.  You are not just in the travel business, but also in the "creating memories" ministry.  We will always remember this trip with great fondness.

B. W.

The Complete Traveler
2019-05-23T09:40:14-06:00

B. W.

Gerry, thank you and Mary for all you have done for us.  You are not just in the travel business, but also in the "creating memories" ministry.  We will always remember this trip with great fondness.

Luck Of The Irish – A Dream Come True

We are so blessed to have had a safe & wonderful trip, great people and great weather! Gerry & Mary, you do have the "Luck of the Irish with you". God bless you both. We thank you again for making my "dream" come true! It was an awesome trip. 

B. V.

The Complete Traveler
2019-05-23T09:41:39-06:00

B. V.

We are so blessed to have had a safe & wonderful trip, great people and great weather! Gerry & Mary, you do have the "Luck of the Irish with you". God bless you both. We thank you again for making my "dream" come true! It was an awesome trip. 

Gerry's Journal

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