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New luxury river cruiser to cruise Portugal's Douro

5th November 2012 Print

Luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways is set to return cruise the River Douro after an absence of nearly two years, with two new cruise itineraries operating between March and November 2013, on board the brand new luxury cruiser, AmaVida, which launches in March 2013.

The new 108-guest luxury AmaVida features balconies in the majority of its spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 323 sq. feet.   Guests will enjoy fine gourmet dining with free-flowing local wines, in addition to a casual al fresco dining option. The AmaVida also features a sun deck swimming pool; fitness centre and spa; complimentary in-stateroom Internet access on a 42” flat-screen and ship-wide Wi-Fi. 

The two new Douro itineraries are:

`The Enticing Douro’: The cruise is offered as 7 nights, cruise only, or as a 10 night land-cruise holiday. Guests taking the 10 night `Enticing Douro’ land & cruise itinerary will spend three nights discovering Lisbon with 5* hotel accommodation (b&b), then embark in Porto to cruise to  Régua, Barc d’Alva, Vega Terrón, Pinhão and Bitetos. The itinerary will include complimentary excursions to the countryside of the Trás-os-Montes Region; Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; a Castelo Rodrigo tour; Palacio de Mateus palace tours and the 14th century Alpendurada Monastery.

The week long cruise costs from £1466 per person, including all meals, free-flowing wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, complimentary wi-fi and the ten night land-cruise stay from £1954pp.

`Port Wine & Flamenco’– This 13 night luxury land-cruise holiday starts with a 3 night stay in the Spanish city of Madrid, known for its great cultural and artistic heritage, before meandering along the Douro between the Spanish border town of Vega Terrón and the northern capital of Portugal, Porto, before concluding with a 3 night stay in Lisbon. Guests will visit the small town of Pinhão, known as the wine lovers Mecca, then venture to the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes; the former Roman village of Bitetos and its 11th-century Alpendurade Monastery and the northern capital of Portugal, Porto.

The 13 night land-cruise costs from £2841 per person, including all meals, free-flowing wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner, complimentary wi-fi.

For more information about AmaWaterways’ luxury river cruises, visit

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