2020 Wine Lovers' Cruise

7 Nights Through Iconic European Wine Country Hosted By Our Private Sommelier

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Two iconic cities, Lisbon and Madrid, provide the perfect start and end to a grand journey through Portugal and Spain. Choose to add pre-cruise nights in Lisbon or post-cruise nights in Madrid to take full advantage of your journey.

NEW WINES

FROM OLD WORLD VILLAGES

You are invited to an exclusive wine cruise experience featuring custom-designed outings and options befitting food and wine lovers. Set sail along the UNESCO-designated Douro River. Taste new wines from Old World villages and sample the flavors of Portuguese cuisine. Go back in time to Guimarães, the first capital of Portugal, and then go forward to the “City of Bridges”, Porto. Historic places, unspoiled beauty, distinctive wines and hearty meals are yours to be enjoyed as you savor the flavors of Spain and Portugal.

Our On Board Sommelier

Rachel Mobley

Adventure Travel has partnered with Rachel Mobley to offer the Somm of the South educational experience to guests on this wine-focused river cruise through Portugal and Spain.

When she’s not cruising, Rachel enjoys working at a boutique wine shop in Birmingham, AL where she serves as Events Coordinator and Wine Steward. She also leads guided tastings for private events and hosts blind tastings within the Birmingham wine professional community. As a sommelier consultant for restaurants, she conducts wine training workshops to educate staff.

In 2018, Rachel earned her Level 3 Award with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (or WSET), an international wine certification program based in London. She is currently pursuing the Level 4 Diploma, which requires two years of curriculum achievement divided into 6 units, culminating with a thesis.

Follow Rachel’s progress on her Facebook page for Somm of the South where she posts descriptive tasting notes and fun travel tips along with informative articles, local wine events, and updates on her WSET coursework experience.

 

Daily Itinerary

This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.

Day 1 - Vega de Terrón

Board your river ship for your cruise through the wine regions of Spain and Portugal. 

Day 2- Vega de Terrón & Pinhão

Venture to Castelo Rodrigo, known as the “White Village” because of its almond trees. The site offers spectacular views of the surrounding area. Join a walking tour through its medieval streets and see the houses and establishments with 16th-century façade and Manueline-style windows. If you prefer a more active adventure there, you can hike up to the town. At the end of both tours, enjoy a tasting of local favorites, such as almonds, cheese, bread and wine. Later in the day, cruise along the scenic Douro to Pinhão, where a traditional dinner will be waiting for you in a local quinta. 

Day 3 - Pinhão

Embark on a leisurely walk to the charming Pinhão Railway Station, a stunning train station along the Douro Line, one of the most iconic rail journeys in Portugal. The station’s main building is revered for its 25 tile panels, all in shades of blue, that depict scenes from the Douro region. Afterward, enjoy an exclusive lunch at Quinta da Avessada, where you’ll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment. The warm, spirited hospitality of this family-run quinta is quite special as you will discover. Several family members play in a band, and while dining, they will entertain you. Quinta de Avessada is also a fascinating interactive museum commemorating the history and culture of wine in the Alto Douro region, so you’ll have fun discovering all the various stages of wine production as well as doing plenty of tasting. Later in the day, indulge in some free time to explore the town on your own.

 

 

Day 4 - Régua

 

You have a choice of two excursions. Your first option is an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). For active adventurers, you can hike up the famed Lamego Steps, also known as the Holy Staircase. Later in the day, visit Mateus Palace and Gardens, where you can admire the elegant 16th- to 18th- century furnishings and spend some time exploring the palace’s magnificent gardens, which feature perfectly manicured topiary work and an impressive cedar tunnel. 

 

Day 5 - Régua to Entre-Os-Rios

Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Douro from Régua to Entre-Os-Rios. This will be followed by a traditional “home-cooked” meal at a local quinta.

 

Day 6 - Entre-os-Rios to Porto

Enjoy a morning of scenic cruising on your way to Porto, then join a guided tour of Porto’s historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll see the Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments; the main square, ringed with shops and cafés; and the São Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of Port, Portugal’s most renowned contribution to the world of wine. For a more active adventure, join a hike in Porto and explore the old harbor quarter, passing through the medieval streets of Porto; afterwards, indulge in a Port wine tasting. 

Day 7 - Porto

Enjoy a day at leisure.

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