2021 Romance of the Douro River

Sept. 29 – Oct. 10, 2021
Tour Operator: AHI Travel (Reserve and read additional details here)
Price: From $4,245 (airfare additional)
Tour Length: 12 days
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The romantic Douro River meanders its way from Spain through Northern Portugal, delivering a breathtaking landscape of sculpted hills, terraced vineyards and scenic splendor. Spend three nights amid Lisbon’s intriguing landmarks and neighborhoods before boarding an exclusively chartered first-class ship for a seven-night cruise.

We’ll visit romantic Óbidos and witness the renowned University of Coimbra before traveling to colorful Porto, spread across the banks of the river. After boarding our ship, we’ll sail along the Douro to Vila Real, where we’ll taste local pastries and tour an 18th-century palace.

A visit to a traditional quinta in the stunning Alto Douro Wine Region reveals the tantalizing flavors of port wine and bountiful vistas of almond and olive groves. In Lamego, marvel at a baroque church, and discover the beauty of sun-kissed Salamanca in Spain! This journey features a choice of included excursions and an extensive meal plan, plus a selection of complimentary beverages. No single supplement!

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Lisbon
  • Day 3 : Lisbon
  • Day 4 : Lisbon
  • Day 5 : Óbidos | Coimbra | Porto | Embark Ship
  • Day 6 : Porto
  • Day 7 : Porto | Peso da Régua
  • Day 8 : Vila Real | Barca d'Alva
  • Day 9 : Salamanca
  • Day 10 : São João de Pesqueira | Pinhão
  • Day 11 : Lamego | Porto
  • Day 12 : Disembark ship | Depart for U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

Please review all tour documents carefully, especially visa, vaccine and health and safety information. Dietary accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the tour operator directly if you have any concerns participating in the tour.

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All 2021 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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