Day 1 London - Lisbon
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to London Gatwick Airport and a direct, scheduled TAP Portugal flight to Lisbon. On arrival, we transfer to the Hotel Mundial (4T), for a two-night stay.
Day 2 Lisbon
Lisbon entrances visitors with its wealth of beautiful buildings, from Baroque churches and palaces to art nouveau façades and striking contemporary architecture, and today you are free to explore the beautiful Portuguese capital at your own pace. Perhaps visit Jeronimos Monastery, the last resting place of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, and the Belém Tower, built in 1515 to protect the city’s harbour and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or learn more about Portugal’s rich maritime heritage at the Navy Museum.
Day 3 - Lisbon - Porto
This morning we leave Lisbon, driving northwards to Porto, stopping for lunch en route. On arrival, we transfer to the port to embark Spirit of Chartwell (4T) for a welcome cocktail party and dinner.
Day 4 - Entre-os-Rios - Pinhão
Relax in the elegant surroundings of the Spirit of Chartwell this morning, as we sail up the River Douro, with its steep, terraced vineyards, while our lecturer gives an informative talk about the river and its history. Our first stop is Entre-os-Rios, where we have lunch at the Quinta da Aveleda, in a delightful setting of exotic flora and endless vineyards, with an unusual addition of a goat tower. Returning to our ship, we sail onwards to Pinhão for our overnight stop. This evening we celebrate vintage port wine.
Day 5 - Pinhão - Barca d’Alva
Departing Pinhão this morning, we continue our cruise through the beautiful Douro Valley, and hear more about the history of Portugal from our guest lecturer. This afternoon we arrive in Barca d’Alva, close to the Spanish border, where we will be staying for the next two nights. A visit to the medieval hilltop town of Castelo Rodrigo, a peaceful village that still bears the scars of old battles, is included, as well as an almond tasting experience. We are treated to a cooking demonstration back on board, before enjoying a fado and folk music show this evening.
Day 6 - Barca d’Alva - Salamanca - Barca d’Alva
We cross the border into Spain for our full-day tour today, visiting the UNESCO-listed city of Salamanca, home to one of Europe’s oldest universities, outstanding examples of Romanesque, Gothic, Moorish and Baroque architecture, two cathedrals, and an impressive main square, the arcade-lined Plaza Mayor. We experience a traditional flamenco show before returning to our ship for a Portuguese barbecue dinner.
Day 7 - Barca d’Alva - Régua
Early this morning we sail down the River Douro, back towards Régua, where we will stay overnight. Relax, enjoy the beautiful scenes of green, vineyard-clad hills and listen as our knowledgeable guest lecturer gives a talk about Portugal’s past. This morning there is an included excursion to the 18th century Mateus Palace, a Baroque masterpiece that offers a glimpse of Portuguese aristocracy and is renowned for its delightful gardens, as well as the rosé wine which was first produced here. We disembark this evening for dinner at a wine-producing Quinta.
Day 8 - Régua - Lamego - Entre-os-Rios
An excursion to the quaint town of Lamego and the grand rococo sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios is included this morning. If you choose to walk down the steps of this town’s elaborate shrine, don’t forget to look back to appreciate the tiled artwork. We visit the episcopal palace which now houses Museu de Lamego, a great display of art and Flemish tapestries. We also have the opportunity to sample some local specialities. Back on board, our guest lecturer will offer an insight into life in Portugal as it is today.
Day 9 - Entre-os-Rios - Porto
This morning as we head back towards Porto, arriving after lunch. A guided tour introduces us to the highlights of this fine city, with its many churches, palaces, monuments and museums. We also visit a renowned Port Wine cellar for a taste of the city’s famous export. Tonight, we bid a fond farewell to Portugal with a sunset cruise in Porto harbour and the Captain’s dinner on board this evening.
Day 10 Porto - London
This morning we transfer to Porto Airport for a scheduled TAP Portugal flight to London Gatwick (which may be via Lisbon). On arrival, you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle for the journey home.