Discover the pleasures of local life in Bilbao.
Immerse yourself in the flourish of Portugal as APT takes you on a river cruise along the Douro River. Continue through Basque Country and wind through the waterways of Bordeaux in France - the ideal end to a beautiful trip.
20 Day Douro, Basque Country and Bordeaux - Lisbon to Bordeaux
- Tour code: EUDBC20
- Duration: 20 Days
- Departure City: Lisbon
- Return City: Bordeaux
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Day By Day
Day 1 Arrive Lisbon
On arrival in Lisbon, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers and APT Tour Director as you enjoy a Welcome Reception.
Day 2 Lisbon
On a tour of Lisbon, ride on the city’s iconic tramcars, then visit the charming Old Town. Discover the World Heritage-listed Jeronimos Monastery, a symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. Built in 1502 by King Manuel I, the monastery commemorates Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India. Later this evening, get to know your fellow guests during a delicious Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 Lisbon, Sintra
Venture into the picturesque mountain range of Serra de Sintra. Visit Pena National Palace, set within a picturesque backdrop and take a guided tour of Sintra, the town below. Enjoy lunch at your leisure before returning to Lisbon via the spectacular coastal route. During your final evening in Lisbon, you may wish to try one of the local restaurants.
Day 4 Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Embark Ship
Journey through Portugal’s rural countryside to Coimbra, a delightful medieval city home to Portugal’s most famous university. After a tour and free time for lunch, continue to Porto. Board your river ship and after settling in, enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
Day 5 Porto
Choose your sightseeing. Back on board, enjoy a delicious dinner.
Day 6 Porto, Guimaraes, Entre-Os-Rios
Take a morning excursion to Guimaraes, an authentic and well-preserved showcase of the evolution of medieval settlement. Back on board, enjoy some scenic cruising through the Douro Valley en route to Entre-Os-Rios.
Day 7 Entre-Os-Rios, Regua
This morning, delight in the beauty of this sun-drenched region as you cruise to Regua. On arrival, visit the Douro Museum, which provides an incredible insight into culture of the Douro Valley wine region.
Day 8 Regua, Pinhao
After you preferred sightseeing, continue cruising through the dramatic gorges of the Douro Valley to Pinhao, where you’ll enjoy dinner later this evening.
Day 9 Pinhao
Take a trip to Palacio de Mateus, located near the city of Vila Real. Built in 1745, the palace offers a wonderful insight into the lives of Portuguese aristocracy. Enjoy time at leisure in Pinhao followed by the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 10 Barca d’Alva
Travel to the tiny fortified village of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo today. On a tour here, see the castle ruins, and take in spectacular panoramic views of the Douro Valley and surrounding towns. Back on board, enjoy a delicious dinner this evening as you make the most of your last night on board.
Day 11 Barca d’Alva, Disembark Ship, Salamanca, Burgos, Bilbao
Travel to Burgos via Salamanca. Continue to Bilbao, located on the Bay of Biscay in the beautiful region known as Basque Country.
Day 12 Bilbao
Join a local guide for a tour of Bilbao, followed by a walk through the Old Town, with a visit to the Guggenheim Museum.
Day 13 Bilbao, San Sebastian, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Bordeaux, Embark Ship
Follow the coast to San Sebastian, then to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, set in French Basque Country. After a walking tour, continue to Bordeaux and transfer to your ship.
Day 14 Cadillac
Today, choose your sightseeing.
Day 15 Pauillac
Enjoy the scenery of Aquitaine's vineyards. Disembark your ship and journey through the famous Medoc wine region. Later this evening, enjoy a wonderful Gala Welcome Dinner on board your river ship.
Day 16 Blaye, Bourg
Discover the town of Blaye and take a walk around the 17th-century citadel.
Day 17 Libourne, Saint-Emilion
Select your sightseeing for today.
Day 18 Libourne, Bordeaux
From Libourne, choose your sightseeing. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner as you cruise to Bordeaux.
Day 19 Bordeaux
Select your sightseeing in Bordeaux.
Day 20 Disembark Ship, Depart Bordeaux.
Transfer to the airport.