Luxury Douro River Spain to Portugal Cruise & Cycle 8D7N, Fully Guided

From A$10,100.00 Per Person, Twin Share

At a Glance

Escape to the transcendent wonders of the Duror River Valley as you cycle from Spain to Portugal. Let its elegance engulf you as you traverse the land aboard the luxury vessel, AmaVida. Ingest the allure of picturesque Europe, behold lush forests, stunning azulejos, ornate architecture, world heritage sites, and savour mouthwatering traditional cuisines. From splendid Salamaca to historic Porto, savour the timeless grace unveiling two countries on this unforgettable 13-day cruise and bike escapade.

Your adventure begins as we journey from the World Heritage site of Salamanca in Spain to the serene village of Lumbrales. Take in stunning vistas as you pedal into the Douro Valley and board the luxury AmaVida. Cycle to the secured hilltop village for breathtaking views into Portugal and Spain. View the gorgeous tiles in Pinhão, an ...

Trip Highlights

  • Behold jaw-dropping views of Portugal and Spain from the hilltop village of Castle Rodrigo
  • Visit the aesthetically appealing Lello Bookstore, which is said to have influenced J.K Rowling when she was writing Harry Potter
  • Explore the World Heritage that is Porto city
  • Bike in comfort with two support vans and three tour leaders on each departure for an average 6:1 guest-to-leader ratio
  • Visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies, a very important pilgrimage site in Portugal
  • Delight your tastebuds with portugese cuisine and connect with the rich history of Portuguese music
  • Immerse in river life & stay onboard the luxurious vessel, AmaVida
  • Experience the freedom to enjoy the best of this region at your own pace with multiple biking options to choose from each day accommodating varied activities

What's Included

  • All meals as specified in itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Brief orientation in Salamanca On Day 1
  • Professional guiding: two support vans, 6:1 guest-to-leader ratio
  • Biking, cruising, sightseeing and activities as stated in the itinerary
  • All luggage transfers and shuttle transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation aboard a luxury vessel on a twin share basis
  • Comprehensive travel planner with detailed pre-trip information

Itinerary

DAY 1 WELCOME TO DOURO RIVER VALLEY; BOARD THE LUXURY AMAVIDA SHIP
Amawaterways ship, AmaVida
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 2 EXPLORE THE CASTLE RODRIGO VILLAGE
Amawaterways ship, AmaVida
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 IMMERSE INTO THE PORTUGUESE TOWNS OF PROVESENDE & PESO DA REGUA
Amawaterways ship, AmaVida
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 UNCOVER THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF REMEDIES
Amawaterways ship, AmaVida
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 TRAVERSE THE BEAUTIFUL TOWN OF CAMPEÃ & THE VINHO VERDE VINEYARDS
Amawaterways ship, AmaVida
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6 DISCOVER THE CITY OF PORTO & ITS WINE CELLARS
Amawaterways ship, AmaVida
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 CYCLE ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST
Amawaterways ship, AmaVida
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8 GOODBYE PORTO
None
Breakfast

Dates & Prices

The price guide is based on the lowest category cabin available on the departure, either Stateroom D, Stateroom B, Stateroom A or Suite. Please contact us to check available cabins and prices. Please contact us for private departures and group bookings. Single Supplement is available on request.

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How To Get There

- The departure point is Salamanca, Spain

- The finish point is Porto or Lisbon, Portugal

- Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Salamanca. The nearest airport is Salamanca International Airport which is 13.9 km away. Other nearby airports include Valladolid Airport, 106.8 km and Madrid Airport, 182.3 km.

Weather & Climate

The section of the Douro River Valley visited on this trip enjoys a moderate climate with summertime temperatures that are usually quite comfortable. However, this region is prone to variable weather.

Spain

In Salamanca, the summers are short, warm, and mostly clear; the winters are very cold, windy, and partly cloudy; and it is dry year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from -0°C to 30°C and is rarely below -6°C or above 35°C.

Portugal

In Porto, the climate is temperate oceanic, with mild, rainy winters and pleasantly warm, sunny summers. The city is located on the northern coast of Portugal, on the estuary of the Douro River. The wind blows frequently: in the cold half-year, it is caused by Atlantic depressions, and can be strong, while in summer, a cool breeze from the sea blows in the afternoon. During the night and in the early morning, in periods of good weather, fog can form all year round. The average temperature of the coldest month (January) is of 10.2 °C (50.3 °F), that of the warmest month (August) is of 19.9 °C (67.7 °F).

Biking Level

The routes on this trip are rated Levels 1-3.

Level 1, 2-3 hours, 13-35km (8-22 miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 305m (1000 ft)

Level 2, 2-4 hours, 29-51km (18-32 miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 671m (2200 ft)

Level 3, 3-5 hours, 42-68km (26-42 miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 1036m (3400 ft)

Level 4, 4-6 hours, 58-87km(36-54 miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 1341m (4400 ft)

Level 5, 5-7+ hours, 77-113+ km (48-70+ miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 1341m+ (4400+ ft)

Biking Options
Other Information

Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

Payment Detail
All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.

A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 120 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 120 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.

Single Supplement
All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

General Cancellation Policies
- Outside of 120 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
- Within 120 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
- No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
- We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

Liability
The participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

Child Policy
Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

Changes to Itineraries
Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

Changes in Prices
While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
You need to advise Onlyluxe travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

Cancellation by The Tour Operator
The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a tour with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the tour has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any tour up to 60 days prior to departure if the minimum number requirement is unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the tour or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

Force Majeure
'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

Evacuations
In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

Travel Insurance
In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.

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