EXPO CRUISES AND TOURS
Duration: September 18, 2017 - October 6, 2017

SPAIN LAND TOUR INCLUDING 7-NIGHT DOURO RIVER CRUISE & LISBON STAY
19 Day – First Class Package Cruise aboard AMAVida
September 18 – October 6, 2017

Spain and Lisbon AMA map

Depart CANADA
Seville, SPAIN                               Hotel Overnight
Seville, SPAIN                               Hotel Overnight
Granada, SPAIN                            Hotel Overnight
Granada, SPAIN                            Hotel Overnight
Madrid, SPAIN                               Hotel Overnight
Madrid, SPAIN                               Hotel Overnight
Madrid, SPAIN                               Hotel Overnight
Vega Terron, PORTUGAL               Embark Boat
Barca de A’lva, PORTUGAL           River Cruise
Pinhao, PORTUGAL                      River Cruise
Regua, PORTUGAL                      River Cruise
Entre-Os-Rios, PORTUGAL           River Cruise
Porto, PORTUGAL                        River Cruise
Porto, PORTUGAL                        River Cruise
Porto, PORTUGAL                        Disembark
Lisbon, PORTUGAL                      Hotel Overnight
Lisbon, PORTUGAL                      Hotel Overnight
Lisbon, PORTUGAL                      Hotel Overnight
Depart for CANADA

 

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FARES:                             SINGLE OCCUPANCY FARES:
Outside Cat. “E”       WAIT LIST                                     Outside Cat. “E”       WAIT LIST
Outside Cat. “D”      WAIT LIST                                      Outside Cat. “D”     WAIT LIST
Balcony Cat. “C”      WAIT LIST                                     Balcony Cat. “C”       WAIT LIST
Balcony Cat. “B”      WAIT LIST                               

Initial deposit of $1,000 per person is required.  Final payment is due by: JUNE 9, 2017.

ALL PRICES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS AND INCLUDE:
Return airfare from TORONTO for departures from OTTAWA and MONTREAL add $100 per person (other cities available upon request).
8-Day river cruise aboard AMAWaterways with all your meals, with wine, beer and soft-drinks entertainment, and fully guided shore excursions.
First class hotel stays: 3-Nights in MADRID and in LISBON, 2-Nights in SEVILLE and GRANADA with all guided tours as the per itinerary.
All your shipboard gratuities on your river boat as well as for our local guides and drivers during our land tour.
All your port and departure taxes.
Hosted by Expo Cruises and Tours Staff.
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DAY 1 – DEPART CANADA
Evening departure from Toronto to Seville, Spain.  (In-flight Meals)

DAY 2 – SEVILLE, SPAIN
Welcome to Seville!  Upon arrival, we will be met by our private local guide and taking us on a panoramic city tour we will visit Plaza España, Maria Luisa park, Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 area (exhibition buildings). Then we continue our drive to our hotel for check-in followed by our late lunch.  HOSPES HOTEL or similar – 2 nights.  (In-flight Meals, L)

DAY 3 – SEVILLE, SPAIN
Breakfast at the hotel.  Enjoy Seville city tour and entrance to Cathedral and Giralda and Reales Alcazares.  Situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville has a rich Moorish heritage, and used to be a prosperous port that carried out trade with the Americas. The streets and squares in the historic quarter of the capital of Andalusia are lively and busy. They treasure many constructions that have the world heritage designation, and many districts are full of traditional culture, like Triana and La Macarena.  The main monuments in town – the cathedral, the Reales Alcázares Palace, and the general archive of the Indies – have the UNESCO World Heritage designation. The Gothic cathedral stands in the white-washed Santa Cruz neighborhood, built on the Almohad Great Mosque of Seville. Some of the Moorish elements remain – the old minaret, which is the famous Giralda, and the orange tree Courtyard.  Lunch will be at local restaurant.  Tonight, enjoy a great Flamenco show and dinner.   (B, L, D)

DAY 4 – SEVILLE – CORDOBA – GRANADA
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Cordoba. Entrance to the Great Mosque.  Cordoba is situated in the interior of Andalusia where past and modernity blend in together.  This thousand-year-old city, which has the world heritage designation, is a living legacy of the different cultures that settled here throughout its history.  Few places in the world can say they have been the capital of Hispania Ulterior (Further Spain) under the Roman Empire, and capital of the Umayyad Caliphate. This splendor can also be seen because of the intellectualism of this city of knowledge, where figures like Seneca, Averroes or Maimonides were born.  If you walk round the old quarter you will discover a beautiful network of alleyways, squares and white-washed courtyards surrounding the great mosque-cathedral, which reflects the importance of the city in the middle ages, and is the symbol of the city.   Lunch at local restaurant. Departure to Granada.  Check-in at the hotel upon arrival.   MELIA GRANADA Hotel or similar – 2 nights.  (B, L)

DAY 5 – GRANADA, SPAIN
Breakfast at the hotel.  We will visit Alhambra in the morning.  The Alhambra is a beautiful complex of buildings and gardens.  Its leafy tree-lined walkways provide pleasant shade and coolness, enhanced by the abundance of water that flows in its streams.   It was the largest political and aristocratic center of the Muslim West.  The Palace premises comprise beautiful rectangular courtyards and numerous fountains, as well as the Nasrid buildings that served as living quarters for the monarchs and their servants. The oldest building is the Alcazaba citadel.  One of the most important structures is the La Vela tower, which offers one of the loveliest views of the Alhambra.  The courtyard of the Lions with its fountains is one of the most beautiful in the compound.  Lunch will be a local restaurant.  Free afternoon.   (B, L)

DAY 6 – GRANADA – MADRID, SPAIN
After breakfast, we depart for Madrid, capital city of Spain.  We will make a halfway stop in the town of Valdepenas, where you will enjoy lunch and wine cellar tour.  Then we continue to Madrid.  Dinner will be at our hotel.  HOTEL MELIA PRINCESA or similar – 3 nights.  (B, L, D)

DAY 7 – MADRID, SPAIN
Breakfast at the hotel.  Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a cosmopolitan city that combines the most modern infrastructures and the status as an economic, financial, administrative and service center, with a large cultural and artistic heritage, a legacy of centuries of exciting history.   Strategically located in the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula at an altitude of 646 m above sea level, Madrid has one of the most important historic centers of all the great European cities.  The historic center, also known as the “Madrid of Los Austrias” (about the Hapsburg monarchs), and the spectacular Plaza Mayor square.  Near the Plaza Mayor is the area known as the “aristocratic center” where the jewel in the crown is the Royal Palace, an imposing building dating from the 17th century featuring a mixture of Baroque and classicist styles.  Beside it is the Plaza de Oriente square, the Teatro Real opera house, and the modern cathedral of La Almudena, The Puerta del Sol square is surrounded by a varied and select area of shops and businesses, and the “Paseo del Arte” art route – whose name derives from its world-class museums, palaces, and gardens– are further elements in an array of monuments which includes particularly the Bank of Spain building, the Palace of Telecommunications, and the fountains of Cibeles and Neptune.    (B, L)

DAY 8 – MADRID – TOLEDO – MADRID, SPAIN
Today you will enjoy another excursion with lunch outside the city of Madrid.  Toledo is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest wealth of monuments.  Known as the “city of the three cultures”, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together there for centuries, behind its walls Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques, and synagogues.  This great diversity of artistic styles makes the old quarter of the capital of Castile – La Mancha an open-air museum, which has led to it being declared a World Heritage Site.  The same Mud jar style can be seen in the church of Santo Tomé, famous for housing El Greco’s famous picture entitled “El entierro del Conde Orgaz” (The burial of Count Orgaz).  A 14th -century Mudejar tower stands above the rest of the building, which dates from the 12th century and has Visigothic elements on its main façade.  One of the most outstanding buildings in the city is the Cathedral, considered one of the high points of Gothic art.   Lunch will be at a local restaurant.  (B, L)

DAY 9 – MADRID – SALAMANCA – VEGA TERRON, PORTUGAL
Breakfast at the hotel.  This morning, you will depart Madrid for an excursion to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the center of Spain’s Castilla y León region. You will have free time to explore on your own, followed by a guided city tour that includes the university buildings, Salamanca Cathedral, and the uniquely adorned House of Shells. Lunch will be served at one of the local restaurant.  Later, you will be transferred to Vega Terrón to board your river ship AMAVIDA with AMAWaterways your home for the next 7 nights.  This evening, meet your fellow passengers at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.  (B, L, D)

DAY 10 – VEGA TERRÓN – PINHÃO, PORTUGAL
After breakfast, tour Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with steep, narrow streets and incredible views. We will stop to taste some of the area’s freshly harvested produce. Rejoin the ship in Barca d’ Alva and enjoy lunch on board before departing early this afternoon for Pinhão. After arriving this evening, you will be treated to Moscatel de Favaios (a sweet fortified wine) and traditional Portuguese foods at a wine estate, Quinta Avessada. Your dinner with the quinta’s owner and his delightful family will be an unforgettable highlight of your trip. The ship moors overnight in Pinhão.  (B, L, D)

DAY 11 – PINHÃO, PORTUGAL
This morning, you will have an excursion to ancient and picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). Other attractions include a Gothic cathedral, a museum, and charming cafés. In the afternoon experience a unique port wine tasting at Quinta do Seixo, a lovely 108-acre country estate that offers an interactive wine museum and breathtaking views of steeply terraced hillside vineyards, the Douro River, and the nearby village of Pinhão. All port made here is destined for Sandeman, a company known around the world for its quality wines.   (B, L, D)

DAY 12 – RÉGUA, PORTUGAL
This morning, enjoy an excursion to the palace and gardens known as the Palacio de Mateus, located in the beautiful region of Trás-os-Montes near the city of Vila Real. The interior of the house features various religious images and exquisite furniture, artwork, and hand-carved wooden ceilings. The exterior is equally stunning, with gardens that are among the most beautiful in all of Portugal. This afternoon your ship departs for Caldas de Aregos. (B, L, D)

DAY 13 – CALDAS DE AREGOS – ENTRE-OS-RIOS
Today you’ll take an excursion to Quinta de Avelada, a historic family-owned wine estate near the city of Penafiel. Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy a tour of the winery followed by a delicious wine and cheese tasting. Afterwards you will have some free time to explore the grounds and admire the estate’s famous gardens before returning to your ship. Later, cruise to Entre-Os-Rios, arriving this evening.  Savor a pre-dinner glass of port wine and the breathtaking view of the river valley from the terrace of the centuries-old Alpendurada Monastery, followed by a traditional “home cooked” meal. The ship moors in Entre-Os-Rios overnight.  (B, L, D)

DAY 14 – PORTO, PORTUGAL
This morning, we depart for Porto, the country’s northern capital, arriving early afternoon. Your guided tour of the historical quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes the Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments; the main square, ringed with shops and cafes; and the São Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of port, Portugal’s most renowned contribution to the world of wine. Your ship overnights in Porto. (B, L, D)

DAY 15 – PORTO, PORTUGAL
Today, enjoy an excursion to Guimarães, one of the most historic towns in Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and European Capital of Culture in 2012. The birthplace of Portugal’s first king, Guimarães claims to be “the cradle of the nation” and boasts a historic center that is one of the most attractive and best-preserved in all of Portugal. Say farewell to your friends at the Farewell Cocktail party. The ship moors in Porto.   (B, L, D)

DAY 16 – PORTO – FATIMA – LISBON, LISBON
After breakfast, we will disembark our river boat in Porto and travel to Fatima.  This is one of the most important spiritual shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary.  Visit the Basilica to see the tombs of Jacinta and Francisco Marto, the Chapel of Apparitions where Our Lady appeared in 1917 and the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.  Then make your way to Houses of the Three Children in the nearby village of Aljustrel and a little further on the village of Valinhos, where the 4th vision of the Virgin Mary took place.  This is followed by a visit to the village of Loca do Anjo where the children were visited by the Virgin Mary on two occasions.  After our lunch at a local restaurant we continue to Lisbon.   Upon arrival in Lisbon check-in to your hotel.  Dinner will be at a local restaurant.   SOFITEL HOTEL or similar – 3 nights.  (B, L, D)

DAY 17 – LISBON, PORTUGAL
After breakfast, enjoy half-day city tour with lunch.  Lisbon is a magical city, where the imperial past and an independent present come together to make the city unique, a special place full of infinite possibilities.  Lisbon’s cultural dynamics and its night life are the mark of a city that leads a fascinating and multifaceted existence.  Lisbon is a city that is bursting with life.  Cultural events, feasts, festivals, and fairs are a constant part of the Portuguese capital The World Heritage Belem Tower is to Lisbon what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris or Big Ben is to London.  It is the city’s most photographed landmark, which along with the marvelous Jeronimos Monastery should top your list of must-see monuments.  Lunch will be at a local restaurant with free afternoon at your leisure.   (B, L)

DAY 18 – LISBON – CASCAIS – SINTRA – LISBON
Breakfast at the hotel.  Enjoy a full day Cascais & Sintra city tour with English speaking guide.  Entrance fee to Sintra Palace included.  The morning starts with a tour of the charming town of Sintra, colourful town houses nestled in the wooded Serra de Sintra valley give a romantic air to this once regular haunt for Portuguese Royalty. The Palacio Nacional and Palacio de Pena are necessary with their yellow and red Neo Renaissance turrets and cupolas and sweeping views across Sintra and Cascais Natural Park.  After Sintra you make your way to Cabo da Roca Europe’s most westerly point, where the land ends and the sea starts.  Enjoy magnificent views across the Atlantic and the beaches of Cascais. This resort town offers many great shops and outdoor restaurants where you can have your own lunch with fresh seafood and other local specialties.  Return to Lisbon late afternoon.  This evening, enjoy a special Fado Dinner and Show.  (B, D)

DAY 19 – LISBON – CANADA
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel.  After check out from your room, we will be transferred to the airport for our flight back to Canada.      (B, In-flight Meals)


AMA logoTHE AMAWATERWAYS RIVER CRUISE DIFFERENCE 

La Chaine des Rotisseurs AmaWaterways is proud to be the only river cruise line invited to join one of the world’s most prestigious culinary organizations founded in 1950 in Paris. Every AmaWaterways vessel cruising in Europe is an official member of La Chaine des Rotisseurs.  Membership is considered an achievement of world-class culinary acumen.
An Array of Dining Options Early Risers enjoy breakfast in the Main lounge while a full buffet breakfast with made-to-order specialties, accompanied by freshly-baked breads and pastries is served from 7am daily. At lunch, you’ll find an enticing buffet laden with fresh salads, pasta dishes, hot entrees, and desserts, as well as meals to order from the menu; a light lunch option is also available in the Main Lounge. In the afternoon, stop by the Main Lounge for tea or complimentary espresso, as well as sandwiches, pastries, and cookies. Dinner is a multi-course affair, accompanied by free-flowing wines and beer.
Wine, beer, and more wine Every lunch and dinner on board includes free-flowing regional wines as well as complimentary beer and soft drinks. In Europe, complimentary sparkling wine is also served with breakfast.  Bottled water, specialty teas and coffees are always available free of charge.