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Portugal River Cruise

May 26 - June 5, 2024

River Cruise

Explore the dreamy Douro River and discover why its name translates to ‘River of Gold’ as you sail on its gleaming waters through Portugal’s breathtaking panoramic beauty. Marvel at the world’s oldest demarcated wine region, cozy towns, and charming villages while sailing through some of the most spectacular views of Portugal. Before sailing, begin your vacation your way with a three-night stay in beautiful Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Enjoy guided sightseeing to see the city highlights, including Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. Join an excursion to magnificent Palacio Nacional de Mafra. Stop in Coimbra for a city sightseeing tour before reaching Porto where you will board your Avalon Suite Ship® to start a delightful river cruise across Portugal!

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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 7 Nights luxury River Cruise Accommodations
  • 3 Nights Accommodations in Lisbon
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
  • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés
  • Happy Hour every evening featuring house beer, wine, cocktails and a drink of the day
  • Specialty coffees, espresso drinks and beWell Essence flavored and infused water available throughout each day
  • Included tours, activities and events
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Sky Deck features swimming pool, shade awnings, and premium lounges
  • Women's Travel Club Tour Host


Day 1
Women's Travel Club Portugal & Spain River Cruise
Welcome to Portugal!

Welcome to Lisbon. Settle into your luxury hotel and then enjoy your day to explore or relax. We will meet this evening for a welcome meeting and then enjoy our first meal together (not included).
Accommodations: Lisbon Luxury Hotel TBA

Day 2
Women's Travel Club Portugal & Spain River Cruise

Today we explore Lisbon on a city tour. Do not miss the must-see sights, including Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries.
Accommodations: Lisbon Luxury Hotel TBA

Day 3
Women's Travel Club Portugal & Spain River Cruise
Lisbon - Palacio de Mafra

Visit the magnificent National Palace of Mafra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The complex, which includes the Royal Palace, basilica, and convent, is the most important monument to Baroque architecture in Portugal.
Accommodations: Lisbon Luxury Hotel TBA

Day 4
Women's Travel Club Portugal & Spain River Cruise
Lisbon - Porto (Embark)

This morning transfer to Porto to board your Avalon Suite Ship. We will stop in Coimbra for a guided city sightseeing tour. Accompanied by a Local Guide, you’ll explore the historical area of the city and learn all about the oldest university in Portugal, and one of the oldest in the world.
Accommodations: Avalon Alegria

Day 5
Women's Travel Club Portugal & Spain River Cruise
Braga - Guimaraes

Today, you have a choice of two wonderful excursions. Step back in time within the walls of the Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque with a fascinating introduction to its symbolism and architecture. Enjoy an excursion with an exclusive visit to one of the most iconic monasteries of the Romanesque era with entrance to a XIII century church and be enchanted by sounds of Gregorian Chant from the high choir.

Or, enter a world of Celtic history and the reign of Cesar Augustus where five roads diverged to form an empire with a full-day guided tour of Braga. Marvel at the magnificent castle and San Miguel church in Guimarães, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Celebrate your experience with a stop at one of the area’s many wine farms and enjoy a tasting.
Accommodations: Avalon Alegria

Day 6
Women's Travel Club Portugal & Spain River Cruise
Peso da Régua

Experience life on one of the oldest farms in the Douro Valley with a personal tour by the owner of the house, including an olive oil and wine tasting.

Or, ake a guided walking tour of the charming town of Régua —with its religious architecture, narrow streets, beautiful tiles, and stained-glass window of Casa do Douro. Continue to Lamego to visit the cathedral, followed by a delicious tasting of bola de Lamego and sparkling wine in a local pastry shop.
Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy free time in Pinhão to browse the artisanal markets for woven textiles, terra cotta creations, and culinary delights, or consider joining an optional excursion to learn about the Douro Valley’s “liquid gold” at a traditional olive-oil mill.
Accommodations: Avalon Alegria

Day 7
Women's Travel Club Portugal & Spain River Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing cruise to Pocinho for a day in the Terra Quente region. Discover Vila Nova de Foz Côa at the eastern terminal of the legendary Douro Railway line. Marvel at the amazing archaeological site along the River Côa where a wealth of remarkable prehistoric rock paintings and carvings were discovered as the most significant collection of open-air Palaeolithic figurations known today. Before returning to ship, enjoy a tasting of the unique wine of the region.

Or, Join a guided tour of Freixo de Numão, a charming village nestled between the nearby mountains. Visit a local farm for a delightful wine tasting where sustainable farming practices have recovered some of the region’s 100 original grape varieties.
Accommodations: Avalon Alegria

Day 8
Women's Travel Club Portugal and Spain River Cruise
Barca d'Alva

Join our guide for a guided tour this morning to of one of the most remote villages of the country, Freixo de Espada à Cinta village in the Douro International Natural Park, home to majestic birds of prey.

Or, get a taste of Spain with a full-day excursion to Salamanca. This Spanish city will take your breath away with its stunning streets and squares, featuring a feast for the eyes with Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, and "Plateresque" architecture. Dive into a delicious dish of the traditional Spanish delicacy, tostón asado (traditional roast suckling pig).
Accommodations: Avalon Alegria

Day 9
Women's Travel Club Portugal and Spain River Cruise
Caldas de Aregos

During your morning sailing, a professional painter will guide you through the process of painting an azulejos (traditional Portuguese tile) to take home a piece of Portugal’s tradition. You may alternatively join an optional excursion to 18th-century Casa de Mateus – birthplace of Mateus Rosé wine and a masterpiece of Baroque architecture.

In the afternoon, join a guided sightseeing tour of Amarante – poised against a breathtaking backdrop of the great Serra do Marão mountain and the Tâmega River, which courses through the heart of the city and assortment of houses lining the riverbanks.
Accommodations: Avalon Alegria

Day 10
Women's Travel Club Portugal River Cruise

Welcome to Porto, where ancient charm meets avant-garde. Join a guided sightseeing tour of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue your experience with a ride to the riverside city of Matosinhos and up Avenida da Boavista to admire some of the modern charms of Porto – from ancient avenues to avant-garde graffiti street art.
Accommodations: Avalon Alegria

Day 11
Women's Travel Club Tulip Time River Cruise

Time to say good-bye to Portugal and wonderful new friends.

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended. In the event of water level problems or maintenance on the locks on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motor coach. Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.


Important Details & Pricing

Category E – Fixed Window
Double Occupancy - $6398 CAD per person sharing a cabin (approx. $4700 USD)
Single Occupancy - $9966 CAD per person your own cabin (approx. $7300 USD)

Category D – Fixed Window
Double Occupancy - $6647 CAD per person sharing a cabin (approx. $4800 USD)
Single Occupancy - $10532 CAD per person your own cabin (approx. $7500 USD)

Category B – Panorama Suite - Open Air Balcony
Double Occupancy - $7897 CAD per person sharing a cabin (approx. $5750 USD)
Single Occupancy - $12289 CAD per person your own cabin (approx. $8900 USD)

Category A – Panorama Suite - Open Air Balcony
Double Occupancy - $7947 CAD per person sharing a cabin (approx. $5800 USD)
Single Occupancy - $12367 CAD per person your own cabin (approx. $9000 USD)


If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy may be limited. CAD = Canadian dollars. USD = United States of America dollars. Conversion to USD is approximated by current exchange rates and subject to change. You will be charged in CAD and your bank may charge a slightly different rate or fees.

Deposit of $250 CAD due at time of booking.
Final Payment due - February 21, 2024

*Any payments are non-refundable if you cancel after their date due, we strongly recommend travel insurance. Please see full terms and conditions. Prices are subject to change and availability.


Activity Level

Low Moderate Activity
This is a fairly relaxed tour. Some walking while visiting areas and a few shorter walking tours.


Group Size

Minimum - 8 members
Maximum - 20 members


  • International Airfare
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity if minimum travelers not met
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel
  • Airport transfers


Hosted by:

Women's Travel Club tours are hosted tours. Your tour host is in addition to local tour guides. Your Women's Travel Club tour host is your tour conceierge and there to make sure every part of the tour runs smoothly. Our trained hosts are seasoned travelers who are with you every step of your tour so that you only have to worry about enjoying yourself and having fun.
The Women's Travel Club Tour Host for this tour is TBA.


Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to
Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed.

Arrive to Lisbon, Portela Airport (LIS)
Depart from Porto, Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO)

Please complete the form to request flight options for your tour. The Women's Travel Club Flight Department will work with you to arrange the best options. Our Flight management fee is CAD 100.00 + HST, per tour.

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Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.

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Women's Travel Club Portugal River Cruise
Avalon Alegria

Explore Portugal's dazzling Douro River on Avalon's newest addition to our award-winning fleet of Suite Ships®. The Avalon Alegria delights river cruisers with exceptional experiences and the elegant yet relaxed luxury you've come to expect from Avalon Waterways. As the newest addition to our fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon Alegria certainly lives up to its name, meaning happiness, which flows from stem to stern on this 262-foot ship. Choose from 14 deluxe staterooms or 37 Panorama Suites® with a spacious capacity of just 102 passengers.