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Tauck Bridges Family Travel

Douro Discovery: A Family River Cruise in Portugal plus Madrid

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10
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$7,640 AUD
Journey Type
Tauck Bridges
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Cities & Landmarks
Madrid, Pinhão, Porto, Coimbra, Peso da Régua, Guimarães
Duoro Valley River Cruise
Porto, Portugal

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TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Dinner at the National Palace of Queluz

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Choice of a vineyard hike or kayaking on the Douro River

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Bicycle tour through Vinho Verde wine country

 

Tauck Value Includes

 

Five nights on the Douro aboard a new riverboat designed for Tauck

 

Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at AUD $2,497

 

Vintage tram ride and guided walking tour of Lisbon's colorful historic center

 

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

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Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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World Travel. Family Discovery.

Visit an opulent royal palace, cycle through Madrid's historic Casa de Campo, and immerse in art at the Prado. Ride a 4x4 to an archaeological site; breathe romance and heroic legends in Salamanca and Guimaraes; navigate mazes of colorful streets on a bicycle in Porto; kayak on the Douro River; learn the origins of azujelos and Fado music; wind along scenic bicycle trails in Vinho Verde country; and sail to postcard villages, castles, winetowns, and vineyards in the Douro Valley, a winemaking region unlike any other in the world. 

This ten-day tour of Portugal and Spain includes Madrid, Salamanca, Porto, and a riverboat cruise deep into the Douro River Valley for an authentic taste of life in a seldom-visited region steeped in a wine-making culture thousands of years old. Along the way, sightseeing choices offer an array of excursions and possibilities. Begin in Madrid, where you can get a taste of Spain at an historic food market, take a bicycle tour of the city's largest park, and peruse art masterpieces at the Prado. Explore the medieval university-town of Salamanca, where the gorgeous architecture seems to glow. Board a luxury riverboat and wind along Portugal's Douro River Valley, the world's oldest demarcated wine region, where you'll find miles of mountains and hills carved into vineyard terraces. Explore prehistoric rock-art on a 4x4 safari in Foz Coa. Visit medieval towns, castle ruins, and palaces, and immerse yourself in local history and culture, kayaking on the Douro River, and bicycling through Vinho Verde country. Ride a cable car and a three-wheel taxi on a sightseeing tour of Porto, an enticing labyrinth of winding streets and stairways, baroque churches and palaces, street art, and colorful bohemian enclaves, and cycle from the waterfront Ribeira district, one of the city's oldest, liveliest, and most picturesque neighborhoods.

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Join us for a peek at Portugal's golden Douro River, home to our newest river cruises

Guimarães, the “Cradle City”

Discovering Guimarães, Portugal's “Cradle City”

The Portuguese call the city of Guimarães, in the northern region of Braga, Cidade Berço (the “Cradle City”) for the key role it played in the birth of the Kingdom of Portugal following the 12th-century Battle of São Mamede… and because it’s believed that the country’s first king was born there. You’ll hear these and other tidbits of Portuguese history on a tour of the city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site; its architectural treasures include the ruined Castle of Guimaraes, and the medieval Palace of the Dukes of Braganza.

Penascosa prehistoric rock art site

Go off-road to visit a Côa Valley rock art site

Portugal's Côa Valley Archaeological Park and Museum preserves prehistoric rock art sites discovered during excavations along the Côa River in Vila Nova de Foz Côa in the 1990s. This immense open-air gallery features more than a thousand outcrops with rock art, identified in over 80 different sites, predominantly from the Upper Paleolithic, some 25,000 years ago. You and your family will have an opportunity to visit one of these actual sites – Penascosa, located on a large beach on the right bank of the Côa River – on a guided excursion from the Park’s Reception Center to the site aboard an all-terrain vehicle, for a very special chance to see this prehistoric art in person!

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With Tauck Bridges, everything is taken care of; just pack and go! Everything is included in one upfront price so you don't have to worry... no extra costs, no hidden fees, no worries. Most every travel expense is included in one upfront price – all hotels, gratuities, most meals, admissions fees, sightseeing, exclusive experiences and more.

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Upon arrival and departure, transfers to and from your hotel are included as noted.

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International Air is additional. Contact Tauck for rates on international air for travel originating in Australia (subject to availability).

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No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

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Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Deposit Protection Plan – Tauck provides a “Deposit Protection Plan” at a cost of AUD $75 per person per tour or cruise. The cost is non-refundable and non-transferable and must be paid at the time of booking with your deposit. It only applies when you cancel your tour or cruise prior to final payment date. The deposit held in credit will exclude fees imposed by third parties in relation to air, rail travel, hotels, transfer or applicable cruise cabins. When booking airfares through Tauck (including when taking advantage of a special offer that includes air travel), standard airline cancellation fees will apply. In some cases, airfares will be non-refundable. In the event of cancellation, these fees will be deducted from the deposit paid, and therefore the credit being held. We will only credit the remainder of deposit to a future tour or cruise booking if you book within 24 months of cancellation of the original Tauck tour or cruise. This offer expires after the 24 months. We will only credit the remainder of the deposit to a future tour or cruise booking Balance Due and it can’t be used as a credit for the initial deposit of a future tour or cruise booking. The Tauck “Deposit Protection Plan” only covers a Tauck tour or cruise and it does not replace Travel Insurance, which we recommend at the time of booking.
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