Portugal Spirit of Chartwell Cruise - Firebird Tours ®
Royal Douro Voyage
Porto, Portugal
Spirit of Chartwell Ship
Spirit of Chartwell Restaurant
Spirit of Chartwell Ship
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Overview

Give yourself the royal treatment as you explore the best of Portugal aboard the "Spirit of Chartwell", the former ship of the British Queen. Experience the highlights of Lisbon and Porto and spend a whole week cruising the UNESCO-listed Douro region. Make stops in the famous wine regions such as Penafiel and discover historic cities like Lamego and Spanish Salamanca. All this is coupled with an unbeaten cultural program that includes an onboard Portuguese Folk show, a Vintage Port Wine Ceremony, cooking class, lectures and much more.

Tour type:
5-star cruise
Tour rating:
4.98 / 5, Based on
  • HOTELS
  • Spirit of Chartwell
    5-star central hotels
    11 nights
  • TRANSPORT
  • Private transfers
    cruise ship Spirit of Chartwell
    1 train ride
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • 9 sightseeing tours
    cooking class & educational lectures
    Flamenco show & Portuguese folk show
    wine tastings

  • MEALS
  • 11 breakfasts
    6 lunches
    7 dinners
    wine tastings

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival in Lisbon

Welcome to Lisbon - the fabulous capital of Portugal! Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

Day 2
Lisbon Old Town Tour & Visit of the Belem Quarter

After breakfast, you meet your guide and go on a sightseeing tour of Lisbon.

During the tour, you visit both the old and new towns with their most famous attractions, including Rossio Square, Restauradores Square with the Obelisk commemorating the Restoration of Portugal’s independence from Spain in 1640, the charming neighborhood of Chiado abundant in old cafés, shops and theaters, and the Lisbon’s Sé Cathedral - the city’s oldest church.

Then you proceed to Commerce Square where you learn how the city was destroyed in 1755 by a massive earthquake, and then totally rebuilt to become the city of today. You finish the tour with a walk at the Belem Quarter, where you see the Monument to the Discoveries and the ancient Belem Tower. 

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Day 3
Exploring the Castles of Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais

Following breakfast, you meet your guide and driver who take you on an exciting day-trip to one of Portugal's most beautiful destinations - Sintra, famous for its fairy-tale castles and beautiful scenery.

Upon arrival, you enjoy a guided walking tour of the historical center of Sintra and have some free time to buy some traditional souvenirs or visit the National Palace of Sintra on your own (no tickets included).

Then you proceed to the Moorish Castle - the historical 9th-century fortress built by Moors, where you spend some time walking to the castle walls to be awarded with breathtaking views of Sintra. After that, you visit the fairy-tale National Palace of Pena to see its most interesting halls and rooms, including the Arab Room and the Queen’s Throne room.

You then continue your journey through the beautiful landscapes of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park to Cabo da Roca - the westernmost point in Europe, “where the land ends and the sea begins”. You make a stop there to enjoy the views and take advantage of excellent photo opportunities.

Passing by the Boca do Inferno cliff, you finally arrive at Cascais - the charming 12th-century coastal town, where you have free time to wander around its historical center or take a relaxing walk at the beach.

After the tour, you are transferred back to your hotel in Lisbon. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 4
Train Ride to Porto & Cruise Embarkation

After breakfast, you check-out from your hotel. You have some free time to continue exploring Lisbon on your own and buying souvenirs.

In the afternoon, your driver takes you to the train station where you take a train to Porto - the romantic second-largest city in Portugal (train tickets are included).

In about three hours, you arrive in the city, where your driver meets you and takes you to the Vila Nova de Gaia pier to embark the luxurious Spirit of Chartwell.

In the evening, you are invited for a welcome cocktail on board the ship and later we welcome you to have dinner in the ship's restaurant. Overnight in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Day 5
Exploring the Highlights of Porto & Vintage Port Ceremony

Following breakfast and lunch on board the Spirit of Chartwell, together with your guide, you explore the sights of Porto. Located along the Douro river estuary in Northern Portugal, Porto encompasses one of the oldest European town centers which is in fact registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the tour, you admire the most iconic city monuments, including the Lello Bookshop, Luis I Bridge and the Cathedral and see the railway station of Sao Bento.

After the tour you return to the ship, have lunch on board, and your magnificent cruise along the Douro River starts. At first, ship sails from Vila Nova de Gaia toward Entre-os-Rios. You are then invited to an exciting Vintage Port ceremony dedicated to the traditions surrounding the drinking of Port wine followed by dinner on board. Overnight in Entre-os-Rios.

Day 6
Touring Lamego

Today you have breakfast and lunch on board, while your ship sails from Entre-os-Rios to Regua. Upon arrival, prepare for an exciting tour to Lamego. It is a charming city in Northern Portugal. Located on the shores of the Balsemao River, it is nestled among the terraced slopes of the Douro Valley. Elegant Lamego is infused with Baroque style and has numerous striking attractions, including a 13th-century castle, standing atop a hill, and the sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Remedies with a 7th-century church.

After the tour, you return to the ship and have dinner with Quinta wine. Overnight in Regua.

Day 7
Exploring Castelo Rodrigo & Portuguese Folk Show

Enjoy another day aboard the luxury cruise liner and take in the views of the breathtaking Douro Valley Wine Region - a famous UNESCO Heritage Site recognized as the best river destination of Europe. Today your ship sails to Barca D'Alva.

Following breakfast and lunch on board, you make a stop to explore the small historical Portuguese village Castelo Rodrigo together with your guide. From its lofty hilltop position, it looks down over the plateau stretching eastwards to Spain and northwards to the deep. The village boats historical monuments preserving important medieval references, including the 11th-century castle, the ruins of the Cristovao de Moura Palace and the 16th-century pillory.

After the tour, you return to your cruise ship and have dinner. As a special cultural treat, this evening you get to attend a unique Portuguese folk music show on board the ship. Overnight in Barca D'Alva.

Day 8
Trip to Salamanca & Flamenco Show

In the morning following another breakfast aboard Spirit of Chartwell, you take a trip to Salamanca - an ancient Celtic city in Northwestern Spain in the community of Castile and Leon. This ancient university is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and has an impressive historic city-center, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Together with your experienced guide you tour the area, have lunch and as a highlight of the day you get to see a Flamenco Show.

After the tour, you return to the ship. In the evening, you are invited to a barbecue dinner on board. Overnight in Barca d'Alva.

Day 9
Mateus Palace and Gardens Trip

Today you have breakfast and lunch on board, while the ship sails from Barca d'Alva to Regua.

Upon arrival, you take a trip to Mateus Palace and Gardens - a gorgeous 18th-century palace considered to be a perfect example of Baroque architecture, located in the civil parish of Mateus, municipality of Vila Real. The palace has been made famous worldwide for being featured on the label of Mateus Rose wine and it is well worth a visit for a glimpse into the lives of the Portuguese aristocracy. Behind it are the Mateus Palace Gardens among the most beautiful in Europe, with box hedges, statues, and a spectacular cedar tunnel about 35m (115ft) long.

In the evening you are welcome to attend a lecture 'Portugal Today', then you have dinner on board. Overnight in Regua.

Day 10
Exploring Quinta da Aveleda

In the morning you have breakfast on board, while your ship sails from Regua to Entre-os-Rios.

You make a stop to visit the Quinta da Aveleda in Penafiel and have lunch there. The Quinta produces many vintages of wine as well as aguardiente and is most famous for the green wines (vinho verde), Quinta da Aveleda. The territory boasts incredible gardens that hold unique structures such as the elaborately carved 15th century stone window from which Dom Joao IV was proclaimed King of Portugal and the house where Prince Henry the Navigator was born.

Your ship then continues sailing from Entre-os-Rios to Vila Nova de Gaia. In the evening you have dinner on board. Overnight in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Day 11
Disembarkation & Trip to Guimaraes

This is the final day of your Douro river cruise aboard the Spirit of Chartwell. In the morning following breakfast, you disembark the ship in Vila Nova de Gaia pier.

Your guide and driver meet you at the pier and together you go on a trip to the cradle of the Portuguese culture - the medieval city of Guimaraes, where you explore its UNESCO-listed Old Town and visit its famous Castle known as the birthplace of the first Portuguese King.

After the tour, your driver takes you to your hotel in Porto for check-in. The rest of the day is free.

Day 12
Departure from Porto

This is the last day of your amazing tour to Portugal! After breakfast, your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!


Hotels

4 nights at centrally-located 5-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Lisbon and Porto;
  • 7 nights on board the luxurious Spirit of Chartwell cruise ship;
  • Delicious buffet breakfasts at your hotels;
  • Full board with drinks on board the Spirit of Chartwell cruise ship;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary with private drivers;
  • First class train tickets from Lisbon to Porto;
  • Professional English-speaking guides;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary;
  • Land excursions with a professional guide in ports of call;
  • Diverse cultural program onboard including a Portuguese folk music show, a cooking class and 3 educational lectures about Portugal;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Note: Execution of the service or the continuity thereof is conditioned by any bad weather or safety conditions, damage or unexpected maintenance of the ship, laying on of authorities in any capacity.

What's Included

  • Panoramic city tour and visit to Belem Quarter in Lisbon
  • Exploration of the fairytale castles of Sintra
  • Vintage Port wine ceremony
  • Tour of Baroque Lamego
  • Visit to the Celtic city of Salamanca
  • Flamenco show & Portuguese Folk show

What to Know

  • Credit cards are not accepted at many places, so make sure to withdraw some cash from the ATM beforehand
  • Be prepared for currency conversion fees when paying with a card issued in USD
  • Tips to guides, drivers and restaurant staff in Europe are accepted but are fully at your discretion

Dates & Rates

Dates Standard Cabin Suite Cabin
Apr 17 - Apr 28, 2018
$4,258
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$852
$4,501
Regular package
deposit
$901
$5,171
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$1,035
$5,471
Regular package
deposit
$1,095
Aug 7 - Aug 18, 2018
$4,258
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$852
$4,501
Regular package
deposit
$901
$5,171
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$1,035
$5,471
Regular package
deposit
$1,095
Aug 14 - Aug 25, 2018
$4,258
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$852
$4,501
Regular package
deposit
$901
$5,171
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
deposit
$1,035
$5,471
Regular package
deposit
$1,095
View all dates
Dates Standard Cabin Suite Cabin
Apr 17 - Apr 28, 2018
$4,258
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
$4,501
Regular package
$5,171
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
$5,471
Regular package
Aug 7 - Aug 18, 2018
$4,258
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
$4,501
Regular package
$5,171
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
$5,471
Regular package
Aug 14 - Aug 25, 2018
$4,258
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
$4,501
Regular package
$5,171
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
$5,471
Regular package
Oct 23 - Nov 03, 2018
$4,258
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
$4,501
Regular package
$5,171
Friends Trip (4+ travelers)
$5,471
Regular package

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