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Adventures Afloat: Belo Portugal: Wine, History and Landscapes Along the Douro River

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Program #15893RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Apr 5 — Apr 17, 2014

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Day One: Saturday, April 05 - Depart USA
Depart From: Overnight flight from the US

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: This 4 star hotel is located in the city centre, in the historic heart of Porto, beside the Sao Joao Theatre. Just 17 km away from the international airport, the hotel is within easy reach of several forms of transport. The hotel has been fully refurbished and decorated with an understated theatrical theme.

Contact info:
Praca da Batalha 116
PORTO, 4049-028 Portugal
phone: +351 22 2043300
web: www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-1975-mercure-porto-centro-4/index.shtml

Room amenities: Rooms are equipped with minibar, satellite/cable TV, air conditioning, wireless Internet and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: At your disposal in the hotel are meeting rooms, a bar, restaurant, laundry service and porter service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: see below
Please contact the program provider for special rates and reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, April 06 - Arrival / Orientation / Welcome
Arrive To: Flight arrival in Porto, Portugal from USA

Afternoon: Check in at your hotel in Porto and attend an early evening orientation meeting with your group.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at or near hotel.

Evening: Evening at leisure to rest and relax.

Lodging: Mercure Porto Centro

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: All cabins are located above water level and offer panoramic views of the scenery. Spacious and comfortable, they have twin beds or a double bed, with a bathroom (shower, WC and washbasin) and towels provided onboard. They are also equipped with satellite television, radio, hairdryer and safe. There is also a lift. All cabins offer the same equipment and are of the same size. Some of the cabins on the upper deck have large picture windows. The Sun Deck is equipped with recliners and deck chairs. There is a small external swimming pool

Ship Information: Length: 75 / Width: 11,40 Drag: 1,77 / Horse Power: 1500

Contact info:
Dock address: CAIS DE QUEBRANTÕES
VILA NOVA DE GAIA., Portugal
phone: +NOT Available
Room amenities: Accommodation is in 2 berth lower deck cabins with shower, wc and large window. All cabins are equipped with TV, radio, safe and hairdryer and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Sail in complete comfort on the MS Infante Don Henrique, operated by CroisiEurope. Large partially covered sundeck, lounge, with TV/Video and a restaurant. Lift between the main, middle and upper deck. Wifi is available on board the ship ( paid and available only in public areas of the ship).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Monday, April 07 - Porto / Embarkation
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel

Morning: This morning you will have a local historian give an introductory lecture on the history of Portugal and the Douro Valley. Afterwards you will leave the hotel (with luggage) for a lecture/field trip discovering the city of Porto.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Porto.

Afternoon: Continue the expert-led discovery of the old quarter and exploration of the historic city center of Porto by foot. Late this afternoon arrive at the ship (by coach), check into cabins, and have an orientation before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner on the ship.

Lodging: MS Infante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: All cabins are located above water level and offer panoramic views of the scenery. Spacious and comfortable, they have twin beds or a double bed, with a bathroom (shower, WC and washbasin) and towels provided onboard. They are also equipped with satellite television, radio, hairdryer and safe. There is also a lift. All cabins offer the same equipment and are of the same size. Some of the cabins on the upper deck have large picture windows. The Sun Deck is equipped with recliners and deck chairs. There is a small external swimming pool

Ship Information: Length: 75 / Width: 11,40 Drag: 1,77 / Horse Power: 1500

Contact info:
Dock address: CAIS DE QUEBRANTÕES
VILA NOVA DE GAIA., Portugal
phone: +NOT Available
Room amenities: Accommodation is in 2 berth lower deck cabins with shower, wc and large window. All cabins are equipped with TV, radio, safe and hairdryer and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Sail in complete comfort on the MS Infante Don Henrique, operated by CroisiEurope. Large partially covered sundeck, lounge, with TV/Video and a restaurant. Lift between the main, middle and upper deck. Wifi is available on board the ship ( paid and available only in public areas of the ship).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Tuesday, April 08 - Guimaraes / Porto Barroco
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet on board ship

Morning: The local expert guide will lead an exploration on the historic evolution of Guimaraes from a Medieval settlement into a modern town. Its rich building typology exemplifies the development of Portuguese architecture from the 15th to the 19th century through the consistent use of traditional building materials and techniques.

Lunch: Lunch is served on board the ship.

Afternoon: This afternoon discover the dramatic baroque style architecture of Porto, expressive of triumphant power and control. The word baroque probably derives from the ancient Portuguese noun "barroco" which is a pearl that is not round but of unpredictable and elaborate shape.

Dinner: Dinner is served on board the ship.

Evening: Evening at leisure to rest and relax.

Lodging: MS Infante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: All cabins are located above water level and offer panoramic views of the scenery. Spacious and comfortable, they have twin beds or a double bed, with a bathroom (shower, WC and washbasin) and towels provided onboard. They are also equipped with satellite television, radio, hairdryer and safe. There is also a lift. All cabins offer the same equipment and are of the same size. Some of the cabins on the upper deck have large picture windows. The Sun Deck is equipped with recliners and deck chairs. There is a small external swimming pool

Ship Information: Length: 75 / Width: 11,40 Drag: 1,77 / Horse Power: 1500

Contact info:
Dock address: CAIS DE QUEBRANTÕES
VILA NOVA DE GAIA., Portugal
phone: +NOT Available
Room amenities: Accommodation is in 2 berth lower deck cabins with shower, wc and large window. All cabins are equipped with TV, radio, safe and hairdryer and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Sail in complete comfort on the MS Infante Don Henrique, operated by CroisiEurope. Large partially covered sundeck, lounge, with TV/Video and a restaurant. Lift between the main, middle and upper deck. Wifi is available on board the ship ( paid and available only in public areas of the ship).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Wednesday, April 09 - Wines of the Douro
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet on board the ship.

Morning: This morning discover the city of Porto at your own pace.

Lunch: Lunch is served on board the ship.

Afternoon: This afternoon your guide will present a lecture on board the ship, discussing the history of the Douro's terraced hillside vineyards and discuss the great Port wines.

Dinner: Dinner is served on board the ship.

Lodging: MS Infante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: All cabins are located above water level and offer panoramic views of the scenery. Spacious and comfortable, they have twin beds or a double bed, with a bathroom (shower, WC and washbasin) and towels provided onboard. They are also equipped with satellite television, radio, hairdryer and safe. There is also a lift. All cabins offer the same equipment and are of the same size. Some of the cabins on the upper deck have large picture windows. The Sun Deck is equipped with recliners and deck chairs. There is a small external swimming pool

Ship Information: Length: 75 / Width: 11,40 Drag: 1,77 / Horse Power: 1500

Contact info:
Dock address: CAIS DE QUEBRANTÕES
VILA NOVA DE GAIA., Portugal
phone: +NOT Available
Room amenities: Accommodation is in 2 berth lower deck cabins with shower, wc and large window. All cabins are equipped with TV, radio, safe and hairdryer and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Sail in complete comfort on the MS Infante Don Henrique, operated by CroisiEurope. Large partially covered sundeck, lounge, with TV/Video and a restaurant. Lift between the main, middle and upper deck. Wifi is available on board the ship ( paid and available only in public areas of the ship).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, April 10 - Vila Real
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet is served on board the ship.

Morning: This morning explore the town of Vila Real, famed for its religious architectural styles.

Lunch: Lunch is served on board the ship.

Afternoon: Attend a lecture on board the ship and learn more about the economic development and historical importance of the Douro river.

Dinner: Dinner is served on board the ship.

Evening: Evening at leisure as the ship passes the border into Spain.

Lodging: MS Infante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: All cabins are located above water level and offer panoramic views of the scenery. Spacious and comfortable, they have twin beds or a double bed, with a bathroom (shower, WC and washbasin) and towels provided onboard. They are also equipped with satellite television, radio, hairdryer and safe. There is also a lift. All cabins offer the same equipment and are of the same size. Some of the cabins on the upper deck have large picture windows. The Sun Deck is equipped with recliners and deck chairs. There is a small external swimming pool

Ship Information: Length: 75 / Width: 11,40 Drag: 1,77 / Horse Power: 1500

Contact info:
Dock address: CAIS DE QUEBRANTÕES
VILA NOVA DE GAIA., Portugal
phone: +NOT Available
Room amenities: Accommodation is in 2 berth lower deck cabins with shower, wc and large window. All cabins are equipped with TV, radio, safe and hairdryer and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Sail in complete comfort on the MS Infante Don Henrique, operated by CroisiEurope. Large partially covered sundeck, lounge, with TV/Video and a restaurant. Lift between the main, middle and upper deck. Wifi is available on board the ship ( paid and available only in public areas of the ship).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, April 11 - Salamanca
Breakfast: Breakfast is served on board the ship

Morning: Led by our expert guide, this morning discover the city of Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the Roman, Arabic and Christian architectural treasures found in this historic city.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Salamanca.

Afternoon: This afternoon continue your exploration of Salamanca at your own pace. The guide may assist in suggesting sites of interest or find your own way to discovering the city.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MS Infante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: All cabins are located above water level and offer panoramic views of the scenery. Spacious and comfortable, they have twin beds or a double bed, with a bathroom (shower, WC and washbasin) and towels provided onboard. They are also equipped with satellite television, radio, hairdryer and safe. There is also a lift. All cabins offer the same equipment and are of the same size. Some of the cabins on the upper deck have large picture windows. The Sun Deck is equipped with recliners and deck chairs. There is a small external swimming pool

Ship Information: Length: 75 / Width: 11,40 Drag: 1,77 / Horse Power: 1500

Contact info:
Dock address: CAIS DE QUEBRANTÕES
VILA NOVA DE GAIA., Portugal
phone: +NOT Available
Room amenities: Accommodation is in 2 berth lower deck cabins with shower, wc and large window. All cabins are equipped with TV, radio, safe and hairdryer and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Sail in complete comfort on the MS Infante Don Henrique, operated by CroisiEurope. Large partially covered sundeck, lounge, with TV/Video and a restaurant. Lift between the main, middle and upper deck. Wifi is available on board the ship ( paid and available only in public areas of the ship).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, April 12 - Wines of the Douro
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet served on board ship

Morning: For this morning's lecture learn about the making of the wines along the Douro Valley and the historical importance of the river trade in the region.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Visit to a local winery for a behind-the-scenes look at the production of regional wines.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: MS Infante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: All cabins are located above water level and offer panoramic views of the scenery. Spacious and comfortable, they have twin beds or a double bed, with a bathroom (shower, WC and washbasin) and towels provided onboard. They are also equipped with satellite television, radio, hairdryer and safe. There is also a lift. All cabins offer the same equipment and are of the same size. Some of the cabins on the upper deck have large picture windows. The Sun Deck is equipped with recliners and deck chairs. There is a small external swimming pool

Ship Information: Length: 75 / Width: 11,40 Drag: 1,77 / Horse Power: 1500

Contact info:
Dock address: CAIS DE QUEBRANTÕES
VILA NOVA DE GAIA., Portugal
phone: +NOT Available
Room amenities: Accommodation is in 2 berth lower deck cabins with shower, wc and large window. All cabins are equipped with TV, radio, safe and hairdryer and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Sail in complete comfort on the MS Infante Don Henrique, operated by CroisiEurope. Large partially covered sundeck, lounge, with TV/Video and a restaurant. Lift between the main, middle and upper deck. Wifi is available on board the ship ( paid and available only in public areas of the ship).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Sunday, April 13 - Lamego
Breakfast: Buffet on board the ship.

Morning: The local expert guide leads the exploration of the regional importance of the center of Lamego, and the striking Nossa Senhora do Remedios Sanctuary and the local art museum.

Lunch: Served on board the ship.

Afternoon: On board lecture: "Portuguese writers and literature: Influence of the Douro Region."

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Evening at leisure to rest and relax.

Lodging: MS Infante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel has 373 rooms and is located in the heart of the city in the Baixa pombalina district with San Jorge castle as scenery.

Contact info:
Placa Martin Moniz
Lisbon, 1100-341 Portugal
phone: +351218842000
Room amenities: Each room is equipped with AC, Safe, hair dryer, satellite TV, minibar, robes and sound proof windows. Non-Smoking rooms available

Facility amenities: Hotel offers wireless internet in public rooms, FOC safe at the front desk, lounge, bar and restaurants.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: see below
Please contact the program provider for special rates and reservations

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Ten: Monday, April 14 - Coimbra / Lisbon
Breakfast: Buffet on board the ship.

Morning: Upon disembarking the ship (with luggage), and en route for Lisbon, take a detour to Coimbra, known as the City of Students. Your study leader will give you a tour of the university and will explain the higher education system in Portugal. The library houses over 250,000 books influencing the study of Law, Philosophy and Theology.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Coimbra.

Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy a walking discovery focusing on the history and folklore of Coimbra. Once the capital of Portugal, the city is filled with archaeological sites dating from the Roman occupation through the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Dinner: At at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Mundial

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel has 373 rooms and is located in the heart of the city in the Baixa pombalina district with San Jorge castle as scenery.

Contact info:
Placa Martin Moniz
Lisbon, 1100-341 Portugal
phone: +351218842000
Room amenities: Each room is equipped with AC, Safe, hair dryer, satellite TV, minibar, robes and sound proof windows. Non-Smoking rooms available

Facility amenities: Hotel offers wireless internet in public rooms, FOC safe at the front desk, lounge, bar and restaurants.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: see below
Please contact the program provider for special rates and reservations

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eleven: Tuesday, April 15 - Sintra / Lisbon
Breakfast: Buffet at hotel.

Morning: Visit the National Maritime Museum with your study leader who will explain the history of Portugal's glorious past as a superpower of the sea. Afterwards visit the Royal Coach museum and learn about the wealth and the riches of the royal family. This is the largest and best collection of royal coaches in the world.

Lunch: On your own to discover the culinary delights of Lisbon.

Afternoon: A guided tour of the monuments of historic Lisbon that bear witness to the city's past glories.

Dinner: Before dinner enjoy a sightseeing tour of Lisbon by night to discover its many monuments and city sights. Later, enjoy a farewell dinner with traditional "Fado". Fado is the song of Lisbon. Born of unique sentiment from medieval origins, with a soulfulness that cannot be explained but only felt, fado today is the most noble and genuine product of Portuguese popular culture.

Lodging: Hotel Mundial

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel has 373 rooms and is located in the heart of the city in the Baixa pombalina district with San Jorge castle as scenery.

Contact info:
Placa Martin Moniz
Lisbon, 1100-341 Portugal
phone: +351218842000
Room amenities: Each room is equipped with AC, Safe, hair dryer, satellite TV, minibar, robes and sound proof windows. Non-Smoking rooms available

Facility amenities: Hotel offers wireless internet in public rooms, FOC safe at the front desk, lounge, bar and restaurants.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: see below
Please contact the program provider for special rates and reservations

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Twelve: Wednesday, April 16 - Lisbon
Breakfast: Buffet at hotel.

Morning: We take a field trip to discover Sintra Vila Velha, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its 19th century Romantic architecture. Then explore the Palacio Nacional de Sintra and learn why Lord Byron raved about the city's "palaces and gardens rising in the midst of rocks, cataracts and precipices; convents on stupendous heights..."

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: A chance to discover Lisbon at your own pace.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Evening: An evening at leisure, and time to prepare for an early departure tomorrow morning.

Lodging: Hotel Mundial

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Thirteen: Thursday, April 17 - Departure
Breakfast: At the hotel if your departure flight time allows.

Morning: Departure for airport for flights returning to the U.S.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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