There’s More To Porto Than Just Port Wine
Wine tasting in Portugal is amazing, but there’s most to Porto than just Port wine. (Courtesy AmaWaterways)/IMAGECAPTION]
Porto is a beautiful city situated along the coastline of northern Portugal. It is perhaps most recognized for its association with Port wine production. And of course those who venture to this region with the goal of imbibing in the town’s signature drink won’t be disappointed, as there are countless locations all throughout the city where you can enjoy a remarkable glass of wine.
But there is much more to Porto than just a good drink. There are many unique and exciting things that visitors find alluring about this city. You will enjoy many of those highlights when you embark on the Enticing Douro tour offered by AmaWaterways.
Spanning a total of 11 days in all, this irresistible adventure kicks off with three nights in Lisbon, followed by a serenity-infused 7-night cruise through the Douro River Valley. The cruise segment of the trip offers the chance to slowly travel down the Douro River, a soothing and attractive waterway that offers amazing views, dramatic gorges, fertile vineyards and quaint villages.
The trip starts on an action-packed note, as you will get to experience everything that Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon has to offer. You can easily fill your days with traveling around town getting a close-up look at all of the awe-inspiring architecture, such as the Discoveries Monument, the city’s most famous monument, built in honor of Portugal’s greatest ocean explorers. Another popular attraction is the Late Gothic Jerónimos Monastery, the burial place of many Portuguese kings and other dignitaries.
From charming cafes where you can make friends with locals to soulful local music that brings the city’s personality to life, you will love every second spent here.
After spending three exciting days in Lisbon, you will get to relax and appreciate the slower pace of the river cruise. The scenery you get to view along the way is one major perk of this journey. Other highlights: a city tour of Lamego—known as the site of one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies)—plus a Quinta da Pacheca picnic and even a Flamenco show. Not surprisingly, there will also be a variety of wine tasting opportunities all along the way.
AmaWaterways has developed a reputation for luxury and top-notch service. They are well-known for providing guests with the ultimate in unforgettable travel experiences. Your cruise includes luxury accomodations in an outside stateroom, most of which have balconies. There are plenty of fine dining options, and you will also appreciate the thoughtful touches and tiny details, such as the Sail Away Mimosa and Sun Deck BBQ. While onboard, you will have many options to entertain you and keep you busy, including interesting lectures, theme dinners, musical performances and nightly piano music.
Should you need anything, you can enlist the help of your professional Cruise Manager, who will be available to attend to any requests you may have.
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