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Take a river cruise along the Douro through wine country

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Take a river cruise along the Douro through wine country

If you are a wine connoisseur, then this European river cruise is for you! This river cruise sails along the Douro river, also known as “The River of Gold” through the Iberian Peninsula. Sailing the Douro river is the best way to see Spain and Portugal. There are many opportunities for tasting local wines on board and on land.

Port wine originated in Porto

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Wine tasting in Portugal is the highlight of this European river cruise. A local Douro specialty, Port—originated in Porto. Port wine is sweet and is usually served at the end of the meal. Many other countries try to duplicate this delicious wine, but only Portugal is authorized to label this beverage Port or Porto.

Castles, mansions and monasteries

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Take a river cruise along the Douro through wine country

Surrounded by wineries, the Alpendurada Monastery, also called the Benedito Convent, in the tiny village of Bitetos is in the Douro Valley. It was built approximately 900 years ago and has a rare collection of 17th and 18th century old furniture and the architecture has Roman and Moorish influences.

A stop in Regua takes you to the Sanctuary of Our Lady, also referred to as Shrine of Our Lady of Remedy, and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. People from all around the world come to pay their respects at the altar. Some have claimed they have felt the Virgin’s healing powers cast upon them when they were inside the church.

You can also take a guided tour of the Mateus Palace and Gardens and the birthplace of explorer Diogo Cão. English writer and art critic Sacheverell Sitwell called the home, “the most fantastic country house in Portugal.” It’s extensive gardens, box hedges and breathtaking cedar tunnel are picture perfect.

Cultural indulgence

In Pinhao you can enjoy a riveting folkloric music performance where singers inspire and amaze you with their passion and voices. The railway station draws art enthusiast to see the blue and white tile work called azulejos, which can also be seen throughout Portugal.

Explore Spain

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Take a river cruise along the Douro through wine country

You will also be able to visit Salamanca city by motor coach on a full-day excursion. Take a city tour and walk through the family-owned shops and restaurants in the Plaza Mayor, see a flamenco show and have a guide take you through the University of Salamanca, the oldest educational institution in Spain and the third oldest in the western world—and still have free time to explore.

At Vega de Terron you will be able to explore the Douro wine district. Listen to vintners explain the difference between Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz, and then try them all.

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