Tauck Bridges Family Travel

Douro Discovery: A Family River Cruise in Portugal

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8
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$4,290
Journey Type
Tauck Bridges
Time of Year
Jun - Jul
Cities & Landmarks
Lisbon, Pinhão, Porto, Coimbra, Peso da Régua, Guimarães
Duoro Valley River Cruise
Porto, Portugal

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Experience with Tauck

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Dinner at the National Palace of Queluz

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Choice of a vineyard hike or kayaking on the Douro River

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Bicycle tour through Vinho Verde wine country

 

Tauck Value Includes

 

Five nights on the Douro aboard a new riverboat designed for Tauck

 

Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $1,798

 

Vintage tram ride and guided walking tour of Lisbon's colorful historic center

 

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

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Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Enjoy a new 7-night family riverboat adventure on this Douro Valley River cruise; See the UNESCO World Heritage city of Porto and spend five nights aboard our new riverboat, ms Andorinha.

World Travel. Family Discovery.

Dine at a sumptuous royal palace, ride a vintage tram, and hear stories of maritime glory in Lisbon... breathe romance and heroic legends in Coimbra... navigate mazes of colorful streets on a bicycle in Porto.... kayak on the Douro River... learn the origins of azujelos and Fado... cycle through enchanting vineyards in Vinho Verde country, and sail to postcard villages, winetowns, and vineyards in the Douro Valley, a winemaking region unlike any other in the world.

This unique eight-day tour of Portugal includes Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, and a riverboat cruise deep into the Douro River Valley for an authentic taste of life in a seldom-visited region steeped in a wine-making culture thousands of years old. Begin in maritime Lisbon, Portugal's capital city, where you'll enjoy an exclusive dinner at a lavish royal palace, explore bohemian districts on foot and by tram car, and discover historic ships from the nation's sea-going heritage at the National Maritime Museum.  Explore the medieval university-town of Coimbra, steeped in poetry and Fado music, and the city of Porto, an enticing labyrinth of winding streets and stairways, baroque palaces and colorful bohemian enclaves, where port wine is a mainstay of the economy. Board a luxury riverboat and trace port-wine to its source, the quintas and picture-postcard villages of the Douro River Valley, the world's oldest demarcated wine region, where you'll find miles of mountains and hills carved into vineyard terraces. Discover medieval towns, castle ruins, and palaces, and immerse yourself in local history and culture, kayaking on the Douro River, bicycling through Vinho Verde country, and evenings of onboard entertainment by local performing artists. Read Less

Join us for a peek at Portugal's golden Douro River, home to our newest river cruises

Lisbon tram & walking tour

Savoring Lisbon's treasures by tram and on foot

One of the world’s oldest cities, Lisbon is a vision of elegant streets with a Baroque ambiance bearing witness to its glory days in the Age of Discovery, and architecture from medieval to modern. Hop aboard a traditional tram for a guided tour across the Portuguese capital to visit historic neighborhoods including bohemian Bairro Alto, the hip cultural and nightlife district; downtown Baixa, graced by Edward VII Park; and the Alfama, Lisbon's oldest district, home to Gothic Lisbon Cathedral (the Sé) and the Moorish Castle of São Jorge.

Tauck Exclusive – Private evening at Palacio de Queluz

Get the royal treatment with an exclusive private tour and dinner at Lisbon's Palacio de Queluz

Often referred to as the “Portuguese Versailles,” the Palácio de Queluz (Palace of Queluz) was one of Europe’s last significant Rococo structures. It served as the royal residence of Portugal’s King Pedro III and Queen Maria I (a.k.a. Maria the Pious or Maria the Mad, due to the mental illness she suffered later in life) in the late 18th- and early 19th-centuries. Today, the magnificent estate and its gorgeous formal gardens are a National Monument of Portugal… and the setting for your Tauck Exclusive private tour and dinner.

Guimarães, the “Cradle City”

Discovering Guimarães, Portugal's “Cradle City”

The Portuguese call the city of Guimarães, in the northern region of Braga, Cidade Berço (the “Cradle City”) for the key role it played in the birth of the Kingdom of Portugal following the 12th-century Battle of São Mamede… and because it’s believed that the country’s first king was born there. You’ll hear these and other tidbits of Portuguese history on a tour of the city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site; its architectural treasures include the ruined Castle of Guimaraes, and the medieval Palace of the Dukes of Braganza.

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Upon arrival and departure, transfers to and from your hotel are included as noted.

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Traveling with Tauck ensures more than a memorable travel experience; it also enables you to take advantage of additional do-it-for-you travel services that take the hassle out of arranging them yourself. As an added service, we can make flight arrangements for your journey, if your travels originate in Canada or the United States, offering you a number of welcome advantages. With Tauck, you can reserve your flights now and pay later when tickets are issued; benefit from Tauck’s lenient change and refund policies; earn Frequent Flyer mileage on most airlines; and more.

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No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

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Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Your cruise is an important investment – and to help you protect it, Tauck's Cruise Protection Product provides you with important benefits before your trip and while you are traveling, including 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance services; truly peace of mind travel at its best!
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