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Vida Portugal: Vineyards & Villages Along The Douro With 3 Nights In Lisbon

Prepare for your captivating voyage through Portugal’s rich history and vibrant culture as you set sail on your extraordinary Vida Portugal adventure. From the enchanting streets of Lisbon, where a local guide will unveil its secrets, to the majestic landscapes of the Douro Valley, each day is a new chapter waiting to be written.

Immerse yourself in the melodious notes of Fado music, savour exquisite Portuguese cuisine, and explore the Westernmost point of continental Europe at Cabo da Roca. With guided tours of historic sites like Coimbra and Entre os Rios and the opportunity to delve into local gastronomy, this journey promises a tapestry of unforgettable experiences.

Be welcomed aboard the Avalon Alegria, where every morning, noon and night unveils a new delight, and the Douro River whispers tales of centuries gone by. Join us for a journey that blends the best of Portugal’s past and present!

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon Alegria
  • Duration: 10 Nights
  • Departure: Sep - Nov
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Vida Portugal: Vineyards & Villages Along The Douro With 3 Nights In Lisbon Itinerary

Embark on a spellbinding journey through Portugal with our extensive cruise itinerary: get a taste for the culture with Portuguese cuisine and immerse yourself in the melodious wonders of traditional Fado music; explore the historic town of Sintra; discover charming locations and indulge in wine tastings to tantalise the senses. Let the Douro whisk you away to some of the most beautiful corners of Europe with this opulent river cruise.

Day 1


Your day in Lisbon is free to explore at your leisure.

Day 2


Explore Lisbon with a local guide. Enjoy a Portuguese dinner and traditional Fado music concert.

Day 3

Lisbon / Sintra

Go on a guided excursion to Sintra. Afterwards, Visit Cabo da Roca, the Westernmost point of continental Europe. Go on an optional gastronomic walking tour.

Day 4

Lisbon / Coimbra / Porto

Stop in Coimbra for a guided city sightseeing tour. Transfer to Porto and board the Avalon Suite Ship®. Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board.

Day 5

Entre os Rios

Choose between a guided tour of the Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque or a full-day guided tour of Braga. Sample green wine and pastries during the journey to Régua.

Day 6

Peso da Régua

Embark on a personal tour of one of the oldest farms in the Douro Valley with tastings. Or, go on a guided walking tour of Régua. Visit an olive oil mill. Enjoy an authentic Portuguese dinner.

Day 7


Discover Vila Nova de Foz Côa and its prehistoric rock paintings, followed by a hands-on workshop. Or, go on a guided tour of Freixo de Numão.

Day 8

Barca d’Alva

Enjoy a guided tour of Freixo de Espada à Cinta village. Or, embark on a full-day excursion to Salamanca, Spain. Attend a Portuguese pastry baking workshop.

Day 9

Caldas De Aregos

Paint traditional Portuguese tiles or visit Casa de Mateus. Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Amarante. Revel in local Fado music aboard the ship. Enjoy scenic sailing to Porto for a free evening to explore the city.

Day 10


Go on a bicycle tour along the Douro River. Or, join a guided sightseeing tour of Porto to Avenida da Boavista. Enjoy a scenic canal cruise or a cork and barrel production factory visit.

Day 11


Your vacation ends with breakfast.

About The Avalon Alegria

The Avalon Alegria is a newcomer to our award-winning fleet of ships. With a spacious capacity of 202 passengers, this ship earns its place on the team by providing the elegant yet relaxed luxury customers associate with Avalon Waterways, our signature “Beds with a view” Panorama suites and a Sky Deck, complete with swimming pool and premium lounge chairs.

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During your time aboard, enjoy chef-prepared meals including regional and seasonal cuisine featuring fresh local ingredients. Visit the Panorama dining room for a more classic dining experience, grab breakfast/lunch from our buffet or, if you’re having too much fun to sit down, grab something to eat by the pool from the Sky Grill.

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With complimentary wifi throughout the ship, all suites should also include a full-size closet, mirror, large bathroom, bathrobes and slippers, a hair dryer and a flatscreen TV. Choose between the Panorama Suite (200 sq.ft) and Deluxe stateroom (172/180 sq.ft)

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Leisure/Public Amenities

All ships in the Avalon Waterways fleet will include a state-of-the-art fitness centre. Other options such as maps for hiking/jogging/biking, yoga mats, fitness bands, fitbits and walking sticks are available through your Adventure Host aboard.

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Deck Plan

The Avalon Alegria is made of 3 accommodation decks and the Sky deck, in order of ascension: Indigo, Sapphire, Royal and Sky. Indigo deck hosts our state-of-the-art fitness centre and Sapphire deck boasts the Panorama dining room. You can find the club lounge, adventure centre, guest services, bar, Panorama bistro and observation lounge on the Royal deck whilst the Sky deck allows you to sunbathe by the pool and get food from the sky lounge without taking a break from the magnificent views down the river Douro.

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Vida Portugal: Vineyards & Villages Along The Douro With 3 Nights In Lisbon Deals

Discover vineyards and villages along the Douro with

10 Nights
Sep Nov

Vida Portugal: Vineyards & Villages Along The Douro With 3 Nights In Lisbon

  • Barca d’Alva
  • Caldas De Aregos
  • Coimbra / Porto
  • Entre-os-Rios
  • Lisbon
  • Peso da Régua
  • Pocinho
  • Porto
  • Sintra
£3,574pp Est. Price per person
  • Avalon Alegria

Vida Portugal: Vineyards & Villages Along The Douro With 3 Nights In Lisbon Cruise Review

“Embarking on the Vida Portugal cruise is without a doubt one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I got to explore many locations with a local guide and I thoroughly enjoyed tasting traditional Portuguese cuisine. Speaking of I’m a big fan of the culinary tours provided and would highly recommend them to anyone who’s a foodie or if you’re looking for something new and exciting to try. Coimbra offered many wonderful historical insights which really immersed me into the cultural experiences of the cruise. The ship’s amenities made for a delightful journey too. Dining was a dream and the Avalon Adventure Centre made our active excursions a breeze. Overall this cruise provided an unforgettable and exciting river cruise experience. Cheers to Avalon Waterways for this extraordinary voyage!”

Susie Parker, Whitby, North Yorkshire

Vida Portugal: Vineyards & Villages Along The Douro With 3 Nights In Lisbon FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

What is the best time to take a Douro River cruise?

The best time depends on your preferences. Spring and fall offer pleasant weather and fewer crowds, while summer is warmer but more popular.

What should I pack for my Douro River cruise?

Pack comfortable clothing, suitable for both day excursions and evening dining. Don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a swimsuit if you plan to use the onboard pool.

What kind of currency should I bring?

Portugal uses the Euro (€). It’s advisable to have some local currency on hand for small purchases, but credit cards are widely accepted.

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