Pre Conference Douro Cruise



                                                                                        29 APRIL - 07 MAY

                                                                                B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner






TUESDAY       29           PORTO

Arrive into Lisbon & make your way to our pre-cruise hotel for the night.


WEDNESDAY  30           LISBON - PORTO                                                                                            B/L/D         

This morning the group departs Lisbon by coach & travels north to Porto. There'll be a group lunch on arrival & this afternoon you board the Avalon Waterways Alegria ship for Douro River cruising. This evening, an illumination sailing will show you Porto from a different prospective. Enjoy dinner & explore the ship on your first night onboard.  Overnight docking in Porto.




THURSDAY    01           PORTO - PORTO ANTIGO                                                                                 B/L/D

Step back in time within the walls of the Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque with a fascinating introduction to its symbolism & architecture. Enjoy an excursion with an exclusive visit to one of the most iconic monasteries of the Romanesque era with entrance to a XIII century church & be
enchanted by sounds of Gregorian Chant from the high choir OR Enter a world of Celtic history & the reign of Cesar Augustus where five roads diverged to form an empire with a full-day guided tour of Braga. Marvel at the magnificent castle & San Miguel church in Guimaraes, a UNESCO World Heritage
Site. Celebrate your experience with a stop at one of the area's many wine farms & enjoy a tasting.  Overnight docking in Porto Antigo.



FRIDAY        02            PORTO ANTIGO - PINHAO                                                                               B/L/D

Experience life on one of the oldest farms in the Douro Valley with a personal tour by the owner of the house, including olive oil & wine tasting OR take a guided walking tour of the charming town of Regua with its religious architecture, narrow streets, beautiful tiles & the stained-glass window of Casa do Douro. Continue to Lamego to visit the cathedral followed by a delicious tasting of bola de Lamego & sparkling wine in a local pastry shop. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy free time in Pinhao to browse the artisanal markets for woven textiles, terracotta creations & culinary delights OR consider joining an optional excursion to learn about the Douro Valley's "liquid gold" at a traditional olive-oil mill. This afternoon, consider an optional excursion to Casa de Mateus. Overnight docking in Pinhao.


SATURDAY   03            PINHAO - BARCA A'ALVA                                                                                 B/L/D

Enjoy a relaxing cruise to Pocinho for a day in the Terra Quente region. Discover Vila Nova de Foz Coa at the eastern terminal of the legendary Douro Railway line & marvel at the amazing archaeological site along the River Coa where a wealth of remarkable prehistoric rock paintings & carvings were discovered as the most significant collection of Palaeolithic figurations known today OR Join a guided tour of Freixo de Numao, a charming village nestled between the nearby mountains filled with vast vineyards & granite houses. This little suburb is filled with Roman, Medieval & modern ruins. Overnight docking in Barca d'Alva.


SUNDAY      04            BARCA D’ALVA - FERRADOSA                                                                           B/L/D

Join a guided tour this morning to of one of the most remote villages of the country - Freixo de Espada - a Cinta village in the Douro International Natural Park, home to majestic birds of prey OR get a taste of Spain with a full-day excursion to Salamanca. This Spanish city will take your breath away with its stunning streets & squares, a feast for the eyes with Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque & "Plateresque" architecture. Dive into a delicious dish of the traditional Spanish delicacy, toston asado (traditional roast suckling pig). Overnight docking in Ferradosa.


MONDAY     05            FERRADOSA - LEVERINHO                                                                                B/L/D

During the morning sailing, a professional painter will guide you through the process of painting an azulejos (traditional Portuguese tile) to take home a piece of Portugal's tradition. You may alternatively join an onboard pastry demonstration. In the afternoon join a guided sightseeing tour of Amarante - poised against a breathtaking backdrop of the great Serra do Marao mountain & the Tamega River, which courses through the heart of the city & an assortment of houses lining the riverbanks. Later, feel the passion of Portugal's soulful & stirring Fado music during a visit of local musicians on board. Overnight docking in Leverinho.


TUESDAY    06            PORTO                                                                                                             B/L/D

Join a guided sightseeing tour of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue your experience with a ride to the riverside city of Matosinhos & up Avenida da Boavista to admire some of the modern charms of Porto, from ancient avenues to avant-garde graffiti street art OR Enjoy the wharfs of the Douro River & the coastal magnificence of Porto & Vila Nova de Gaia on a bicycle & accompanied by a professional biologist tour guide OR you may choose to join in a guided optional excursion such as a scenic canal cruise on the Aveiro (Venice of Portugal) or explore a family-owned factory to witness the Portuguese art of cork & barrel production. Perhaps simply spend time strolling through Porto's cobblestone lanes, lovely shops & tempting tapas bars this afternoon before experiencing the energy of Porto's buzzing nightlife. Overnight docking in Porto.



WEDNESDAY 07         PORTO - LISBON                                                                                                B

Your cruise ends this morning with breakfast. Once you disembark the ship, board your coach for Lisbon to join the other delegates arriving for the conference.




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