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Portugal, Spain & the Douro Valley

River Cruise
15 Days
$12,990 CAD
All inclusive from, per guest, double occ.
Limited Spaces
Current Date Selected

October 18 to November 1, 2024

River Cruise
15 Days
$12,990 CAD
All inclusive from, per guest, double occ.
Limited Spaces
Current Date Selected

October 18 to November 1, 2024

Journey Highlights

Fall in love with the idyllic country of Portugal during this 15-day Journey. Marvel at medieval castles perched on scenic hilltops, wander through quaint fishing villages and explore sandy beaches along the most epic coastline. Hear lively music fill the air in Santiago de Compostela, one of northern Spain’s most beautiful cities. Linger on the deck of the Spirit of Chartwell, a 28-guest river boat that was personally used by Queen Elizabeth II during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. While journeying by land and river, you will participate in an ancient and quintessential aspect of the area’s culture: a love of exploration and discovery.

Image: Rows of vines in a vineyard in Portugal along the Duoro River

Douro Valley Cruise

Douro Valley Cruise

Savour Porto in the Vila Nova de Gaia cellar in Port as well as along the Douro River, and local vintages in both Amarante and Algarve.

Lisbon & Sintra

Lisbon & Sintra

Venture through the stunning capital city of Portugal, Lisbon, with its charismatic charm and vibrant streets. Just a short distance away, discover the gorgeous resort town of Sintra and revel in the beauty of its sweeping mountains, lush forests and colourful storybook castles.



Immerse yourself in the dazzling coastal city of Porto. Famed for its production of Port that is stored along the banks of the Douro River, visit the stoic Cheese Castle, and famous Vila Nova de Gaia wine cellar.

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Journey Itinerary

Day 1

Depart for Lisbon, Portugal

Enjoy your private car home pick up service. Guests departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your Journey Manager and fellow guests, and board your flight to Lisbon, Portugal. Our Journey Manager travels with you to take care of all the details throughout the journey, enabling you to focus on creating memories and enjoying the experience.

Overnight: Flight
Meals:  —
Day 2


On arrival in Lisbon, our local guide greets us with a smile. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and settle in to your hotel with the afternoon at leisure. Our local guide and your Journey Manager are on hand to assist those who want to discover the local area. This evening, join us for a relaxing welcome dinner at a special local restaurant and meet your fellow travellers.

Overnight: Lisbon, Hotel PortoBay Liberdade
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Lisbon, Belem Tower - Tagus River, Portugal
Day 3

Lisbon & Sintra

This morning, all of Lisbon awaits as we discover Rossio Square, Liberty Avenue, the Belém area with the St. Jerome Monastery, the Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. In Queluz, experience the beautiful 18th-century Palace which makes this picturesque village the Portuguese Versailles. In Sintra, we dine on local traditional fare for lunch before continuing to the coast and a scenic drive back to Lisbon through Cascais, a local fishing village and along the rugged Estoril Coast. This evening our guide treats us to a traditional dinner and Fado Folklore Show.

Overnight: Lisbon, Hotel PortoBay Liberdade
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

Óbidos, Nazaré & Batalha

A scenic, relaxing drive brings us to Óbidos, known as ‘the Flowered Town of Portugal.’ This well preserved medieval town is without doubt one of Portugal’s most classic walled settlements. Walk the ramparts, to enjoy views of windmills, vineyards and surrounding farmlands. Resembling an open-air museum, this walled medieval town has been preserved to look like a picture-postcard, with its monuments, narrow winding streets and white-washed houses with windows and terraces full of flowers.

We continue to the famous fishing village of Nazaré for lunch in a sea side restaurant. In Batalha, we visit and discover the Portuguese Gothic masterpiece, the Santa Maria da Vitória Monastery. It is a national landmark also included on the UNESCO International Heritage list. One must take the time to visit the Founders’ Chapel, with its magnificent stain-glassed windows, cloisters, unfinished Chapels (Manueline) and Chapter Hall.

Overnight: Coimbra, Quinta das Lagrimas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

Coimbra & Porto

Coimbra, set along the banks of the Mondego River, is Europe’s oldest university town. A visit to the University’s 18th-century library, considered one of the first copyright libraries in the world, is a must. Enjoy some free time to take photos of the dramatic views from the top of the town hill before lunch where we indulge in the traditional roasted sirloin pig and local ‘champagne.’

We continue to Porto, one of the most picturesque cities in Portugal. Built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro River, it is an outstanding urban landscape boasting 2,000 years of history, displayed in the many and varied monuments, from the Cathedral with its Romanesque choir, to the neoclassical Stock Exchange and the typically Portuguese Manueline-style Church of Santa Clara. In Gaia, we indulge in a traditional port wine tasting at a local cellar before arriving at our hotel for dinner.

Overnight: Porto, Hotel Pestana Brasileira
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6

Viana do Castelo & the Stunning Iberian Peninsula (Spain)

Travelling north, we cross the beautiful province of Minho before arriving in Spain. In Barcelos, discover the home of the rooster, one of the most common symbols of Portugal. Visit the historic picturesque coastal city of Viana do Castelo, travelling up the mountain and passing by the belvedere of Santa Luzia. After a pleasant lunch, our adventure continues to Santiago de Compostela. An important centre of Pilgrimage since the Middle Ages when the Iberian Peninsula was under Moorish rule, Santiago was a strong hold of Christianity.

Overnight: Santiago de Compostela, Parador de los Reys Católicos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7

Santiago de Compostela

This remarkable place is one of northern Spain’s most beautiful with its people, shops and music filling the air. At the Cathedral of Santiago, explore one of Christianity’s most important places, where legend states that St. James, one of the twelve Apostles of Christ, is buried. Our local guide expertly takes us through the interesting streets in ‘Casco Antigo,’ the old area of town. After a group lunch, the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the beauty and history of this remarkable city at your own pace. Then this evening, dinner is served back at our hotel.

Overnight: Santiago de Compostela, Parador de los Reys Católicos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8

Braga & the Sacred Way (Portugal)

Our journey take us to Braga to experience the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. The Sacred Way, a baroque granite double staircase with several switchbacks, might look daunting, but pilgrims manage to climb it on their knees. On the numerous landings are gardens, grottoes, small chapels, sculptures, and allegorical stone figures of the virtues set in fountains. The sanctuary at the top is 400 meters above sea level and provides us with a sweeping view of Braga, the beaches of Esposende and Viana do Castelo. Enjoy lunch overlooking the city. We continue to Guimarães, Portugal’s first capital and birthplace of the nation’s first king. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Guimarães boasts medieval streets and well preserved monuments which make it one of the most attractive places to visit in Europe. The town’s imposing 10th-century medieval castle with its crenulated towers protected the population from attacks by the Moors and the Normans. This afternoon, we arrive in Porto and board the intimate Spirit of Chartwell.

Overnight: Vila Nova de Gaia, Spirit of Chartwell
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9

Amarante or Free time in Porto

Today the choice is yours – you can spend the morning exploring Porto on your own or you can travel by coach to visit the pretty, riverside town of Amarante, one of the gems of Northern Portugal. Its streets are lined with rows of 17th-century mansions boasting brightly painted wooden balconies. Our guide takes us on a walking tour to the famous Roman Bride and for a visit of the S. Gonçalo church and monastery. Enjoy free time to explore this lovely village or try some of the famous sweets and pastries or wander through the local market that takes place ever Saturday. Return to the ship for lunch and a scenic cruise along the Douro
River. After dinner, indulge in a Vintage Port Wine Celebration

Overnight: Entre-os-Rios, Spirit of Chartwell
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
TheThe wooden balconies over the river in Amarante
Day 10

Lamego & Our Lady of Remedies

Lamego, an old and historical town, is picturesque, warm and very charming. It houses one of the most important places of pilgrimage in the country, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. This remarkable place has witnessed pilgrimages since the 14th century and showcases a small chapel dedicated to Saint Estevão. In the 16th century a new church was built over the old chapel, as it was almost in ruins. Today’s chapel took 200 years to build and is a very good example of the Portuguese baroque style.

At the top of the hill, an impressive staircase of 686 steps is decorated with enormous panels of blue and white tiles. Visit the town’s museum and have free time to wander the narrow winding streets.  Lamego also lays claim to some impressive cuisine, such as the ‘bola e Lamego,’ a bread filled with smoked ham, roasted kid, regional cakes and a tasty sparkling wine called ‘Raposeira.’ Returning to the Spirit of Chartwell, enjoy a culinary demonstration on board.

Overnight: Régua, Spirit of Chartwell
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11

Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo

This morning, we cruise a scenic section of the Douro on our way to Barca d’Alva. On board, relax with a lecture on the History of Portugal. After lunch, we venture ashore for a tour of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village with 13th-century walls. This is one of the 12 historical Parishes of Portugal and offers narrow medieval streets with 16th-century façades and Manuelino style windows. The Romans were the first to build a fortress here, and in 1209, Alfonso IX built the walls surrounding it. Jews, Arabs and Christians have peacefully co-existed here throughout the centuries and comprise the town’s social fabric.

Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo is known as the white village because of the almond trees found around it. Monks began producing wine here in the 12th century, and today it has become a successful wine cooperative with a gold medal wine in 1991, the white Quinta do Cardo. Storks have flocked to this city for centuries and have become the town’s symbol. This evening, we enjoy the Captain’s Dinner and a Portuguese Folk music show.

Overnight: Barca d’Alva, Spirit of Chartwell
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12

Salamanca, Spain

Our journey takes us to explore Salamanca, situated in the centre of the ‘Castillo e León’ region, it has been a seat of learning since the early 13th century. Founded by Celtic Iberian tribes on the banks of the river Tormes, it has been occupied by the Romans, Arabs and Christians.

In the 13th century, the oldest university of the Iberian Peninsula was created, and over the centuries, the city was enriched by visiting kings, princes, bishops and artists. As a result, many call this beautiful and historic city a living museum of the Middle Ages. Visit the University, House of Shells and the beautiful ‘Plaza Mayor,’ formally a site of bullfighting and now a popular gathering point for locals and visitors alike. A capital of culture since 2002, and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988, Salamanca showcases one of the finest mixtures of Renaissance and Plataresque architecture in Spain. Our lunch is in a lovely restaurant, so you can experience local fare and a traditional, lively Flamenco Show. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Portuguese barbecue on board.

Overnight: Barca d’Alva, Spirit of Chartwell
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13

The Palace & Gardens of Mateus, Portugal

This afternoon, we travel to the land held by the last Count of Vila Real. In the Gardens of Mateus Palace, we discover the connection between Mateus Rose Wine and this beautiful 18th century house. Still owned by the Count of Vila Real, the palace has served as a Cultural Foundation, ‘Casa de Mateus,’ (The House of Mateus) since the 1970s. Its main aim is the preservation of the villa, study of its archives and the promotion of cultural, scientific and educational activities. Wander at leisure in the gardens, believed by many to be Portugal’s most beautiful.

Overnight: Régua, Spirit of Chartwell
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14

Vinho Verde

We visit Casa da Quintã, a farm and vinyard. Explore the French gardens with centuries-old boxwoods, orange and lemon trees and enjoy a sumptuous lunch. We learn about Vinho Verde, green wine which is only produced in the Minho province. The wine itself can be a white wine, rosé, or red wine, though the red Vinho Verde wines are rarely seen outside Portugal. This evening, you’re your fellow travellers for a farewell cocktail and dinner.

Overnight: Vila Nova de Gaia, Spirit of Chartwell
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15


Today, we bid ‘despedida’ to our new friends and make our way to the airport for our flights home. Guests arriving at the Toronto airport are greeted and assisted to their private car home.

Overnight: Home
Meals: Breakfast
Private car ride to and from the airport to begin your Journey
Private car ride to and from the airport to begin your Journey
Private car ride to and from the airport to begin your Journey

Signature Inclusions on This Journey


In addition to our essentials, your Journey includes our following Signature Inclusions:

24/7 Professional Journey Manager
  • Will travel with you and handle every detail
  • In addition to knowledgeable local guides


Memorable Private Excursions
  • Private excursions crafted by our team
  • All sightseeing & entrance fees included


Private Car Pick-up Service
  • Within a 200-kilometre radius of the airport, let your Journey begin in elegant comfort
  • Hotel overnight near Toronto Pearson International Airport


Generous Tips & Gratuities
  • For the porters, local guides, hotel staff & many more, paid by us on your behalf


Our essentials included with your Journey:

  • 13 nights in outstanding accomodations
  • Most meals included (13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners)
  • Round-trip airfare from Toronto with Air Canada
  • All taxes as well as port & service charges
  • “Whisper” radios included for use during excursions
  • Gateways & travel classes available
  • Porterage for one piece of luggage per person
  • Complete information & assistance leading up to your departure
  • Branded overnight carry-on or backpack

Discover the Spirit of Chartwell

The Spirit of Chartwell was chosen, out of hundreds of applicants, by the British Royal Family to be the Royal barge during the celebrations of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
The ship’s rich interiors, reminiscent of the fabled Orient Express, and it’s unique and distinctive design, testify to why it was selected for this highest occasion.
The Spirit of Chartwell feels more like a private club, where guests can enjoy one another’s company in a relaxed and luxurious atmosphere. Every detail of the ship was thought of to enhance this elegant and comfortable setting, where guests can both feel at home, as well as in a royal social club.

Journey Hotels

Day 2-4

PortoBay Liberdade, Lisbon

Nestled in the vibrant heart of Lisbon, PortoBay Liberdade presents a luxurious urban oasis. This 5-star boutique hotel, designed by architect Frederico Valsassina, seamlessly merges past and present with its meticulously preserved early 20th-century façade.

Guests are welcomed into a world where historic charm meets contemporary comfort, where every detail reflects a blend of timeless elegance and modern sophistication. Indulge in the serene ambiance of the indoor swimming pool, while staying connected with complimentary WiFi throughout the property. Each exquisitely appointed room offers a cozy seating area, a well-appointed desk, a stocked minibar, and a flat-screen cable TV. Pamper yourself in the private bathroom, complete with complimentary Rituals toiletries, and choose from a curated pillow menu for the perfect night’s sleep.

Day 4-5

Quinta das Lagrimas, Coimbra

Set within the historic walls of an 18th-century palace, Quinta das Lágrimas Hotel invites guests to experience a unique blend of romance and history. Once the esteemed residence of the Duke of Wellington and King Miguel of Portugal, and the fabled backdrop for the enduring love story of Prince Pedro and Inês de Castro in the 14th century, this enchanting palace boasts a rich tapestry of stories.

Today, it stands as a serene haven of traditional Portuguese elegance, seamlessly blending modern comforts with timeless charm. Surrounded by 12 acres of lush gardens, guests find solace in the beauty and tranquility of Quinta das Lágrimas, conveniently located in the heart of the historic town.

Day 5-6

Pestana Brasileira, Porto

Discover Pestana Porto – A Brasileira, the newest addition to downtown Porto’s 5-star luxury. Nestled in the heart of the city within the iconic A Brasileira Café, famed for pioneering cup-served coffee in the early 20th century, this historical gem seamlessly blends old-world charm with modern sophistication. Boasting original architectural marvels, including a French Patio adorned with a lush vertical garden, this boutique hotel offers an array of amenities.

Indulge in authentic Portuguese cuisine at the on-site restaurant and immerse yourself in over a century of history at the legendary A Brasileira café. With uniquely themed rooms and suites paying homage to the spices and treasures of Portugal’s maritime past, such as Anise, Coffee, and Cinnamon, each stay promises an unforgettable journey through time and taste.

Day 6-8

Parador de los Reys Católicos, Santiago de Compostela

Nestled within the historic Plaza del Obradoiro, adjacent to the revered Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Parador de los Reyes Católicos enchants guests with its splendid 15th-century architecture. Retaining its original grandeur, adorned with vaulted ceilings, and graceful stone archways, this historic haven evokes an air of timeless elegance. Formerly a sanctuary for weary pilgrims, today it offers opulent rooms adorned with classic décor, where modern amenities such as satellite TV, private bathrooms, and complimentary WiFi seamlessly merge with the rich tapestry of its storied past.

October 18 to November 1, 2024

Fares & Staterooms

Deck Plan

State Cabin –
Main Deck

129 sqft

These outward facing, luxury twin cabins, have rich hardwood finishes, individually controlled air conditioning and heating, HD satellite television, trouser press, en suite facilities featuring a power shower a safety deposit box, double wardrobe, writing desk and hair dryer.

Luxury Royal Suite — SOLD OUT

194 sqft

The spacious luxury suite features rich hardwood finishes, complete with double bed, comfortable seating area, individually controlled air conditioning and heating, HD satellite television, trouser press and en suite facilities, featuring a power shower. Other amenities include a safety deposit box, double wardrobe, writing desk and hair dryer.

Prices are per guest in CAD, all taxes included.

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