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16 DAY CHARMS OF PORTUGAL AND SPAIN RIVER CRUISE

PORTO - REGUA - VEGA DE TERON - BARCA D'ALVA - SALAMANCA - BARCA D'ALVA - FERRADOSA - PINHAO – PORTO - SEVILLE - CORDOBA - SEVILLE - CADIZ - EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA - ISLA MINIMA - SEVILLE - GRANADA – SEVILLE

Be carried away by the charm of these Mediterranean countries on this EXCLUSIVE cruise on PREMIUM Ships. Visit Porto, a lively and fascinating city where you can taste its famous wine, and Guimarães, the beating heart of Portugal with a remarkable history and is full charm. Your cruise journey takes you through the unique landscapes of the Douro and allows you to explore the cities with their rich heritage.

In Spain you will be immersed in the heart of Andalusia and experience the tradition, history, and gastronomy. From Seville to Granada, this cruise will allow you to visit the cities and all the must-see sites of this rich region. Discover Seville, the capital of Andalusia, and be amazed by the old town which is home to amazing architecture and tradition, and Jerez which has preserved an incredible architectural heritage. Experience our exceptional service and hospitality as you discover Portugal and Spain for yourself.

Trip code : TWTPPH_SHF21

Duration : 16 days

Destination : Portugal & Spain

Travel Dates :2021

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Guided tour of Porto by night
  • Guided tour of Porto (tour and tasting)
  • Guided tour of Guimaraes
  • Guided tour of Vila Real and the Solar de Mateus Manor
  • Guided tour of Salamanca (lunch included)
  • Tour the Porto Wine Route (tasting)
  • Guided tour of Lamego
  • Guided tour to Cordoba
  • Guided tour of Seville
  • Guided tour of Jerez and a Ganaderia
  • Guided tour of Cadiz by foot
  • Guided tour of El Puerto de Santa Maria - tasting at the Osborne bodega
  • An evening in an Andalusian hacienda
  • Guided tour of Granada (full day with lunch included)
  • Guided tour of La Rabida Friary and Wharf of the Caravels
  • 7 night on board a Premium ship sailing through Portugal
  • 7 nights on board a Premium ship sailing through Spain

You will be welcomed at the Porto Airport and transferred to cruise ship. Passengers are welcome to board the ship at 5:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we will introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail.

Tonight, join us for a tour of Porto "by night". A unique opportunity to admire the city of Porto by night during a panoramic tour by bus. You will love the old, preserved districts of this city of immense character, classed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Porto is not only a city rich in vestiges from a glorious past, but also the young-spirited, warm capital city of a region marked by its winemaking as well as its closeness to the ocean. During the tour of the historic centre, your guide will schedule a stop at the Sao Bento railway station to look at its magnificent azulejos.

Return on board by coach

This morning after breakfast we depart for a guided tour of Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe.

Departure by coach from the Villa Nova de Gaia Quay, facing Porto from across the Douro river and the famous Dom Luis I Bridge, built between 1881 and 1886 by French engineer Theophile Seyrig, one of Gustave Eiffel's pupils.

Porto, the second largest city in Portugal, stands out from the steep banks of the Douro river with its mixture of grey facades and red tiles interspersed with unusual architectural masterpieces.

Its historical centre was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. We will discover The Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Building), built in 1834 by the city's Commercial Association. It has remained their headquarters to this day. After climbing up the beautiful granite and marble stairway, we will visit the former Tribunal Room, the Golden Room, and the Arab Room, decorated in the exotic Moorish Revival style. Afterwards, we will visit the Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis), also known as the "Golden Church”. It was originally a modest convent founded by Franciscan monks in the 12th century, before being further altered by prominent Porto families in the 15th and 16th centuries. They were responsible for the Baroque style interior which mingles with the large, elaborate rose window in Gothic style on the main façade in a fascinating mixture of styles reflecting the various eras it went through.

We will cross the Dom Luis I Bridge again back to Villa Nova de Gaia for the visit of a wine cellar. Porto's pride notably stems from its famous wine known the world over, which you will get to taste.

We will return on board by coach.

The afternoon is free to do as you please, or you can ask to be dropped off to the city centre via rabelo boat.

We will return on board for dinner and an evening of Fado entertainment.

Today after breakfast we depart by coach from Porto for Guimarães. With our guide, we will begin the tour of this university town on foot to discover its historical treasures. We will get the chance to discover the Nossa Senhora de Oliveira Church (outdoors), the most important religious building in the city. The medieval heart of Guimarães is a labyrinth of lanes and picturesque plazas framed by 14th-century buildings. We will continue to the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, a medieval estate and former residence of the first Dukes of Braganza with striking architecture.

At the end of our visit, we will return on board in Porto.

The afternoon will be spent cruising.

Enjoy an evening of dancing or a stroll through Regua by night on your own.

This morning after breakfast we depart to discover the formal gardens at the Mateus Palace and Vila Real.

We will leave from Regua or Pinhão for Vila Real, where aristocrats built grand palaces during the 16th and 17th centuries. The architecture of the religious buildings is here extremely varied. We will take a panoramic tour of the city by coach, followed by a tasting of the local pastry, Cristas de Galo.

We will then set out to explore Mateus Palace, the most beautiful and astonishing manor in all Northern Portugal. This 18th-century beauty is set in a hilly landscape reminding us of Mexico. The subtle mixture of granite, white walls, and extravagance from the Age of Enlightenment such as ledges covered in statues and Baroque style pilasters is a striking feature. Behind the manor is a delightful garden with box hedges, more statues, and a spectacular 115-foot cedar tunnel. After our tour, we will return to our ship in Regua or Pinhão.

The afternoon will be spent cruising. Enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.

This morning we depart to discover Salamanca and its unusual cathedral. We depart by coach towards Salamanca where you will meet up with your guides.

Since 1988, the Old Town of Salamanca has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The classified area extends on the major part of the city as it used to be until the middle of the 20th century and is responsible for its growing popularity. We will visit the cathedral whose successive extensions created a mixture of styles going from late Gothic to Baroque, including Renaissance. Afterwards, we will visit one of the world's oldest Universities which first opened in 1218. Also known as "Escuelas Mayores”, the University building has a sumptuous gate adorned with the city's most famous design: a frog atop a skull - symbolic of the sin of lust being punished after death. Its wonderful library brims with old manuscripts dating back from prior to the 19th century. You will enjoy lunch and be free to discover the city on your own.

Return on board in Vega de Teron.

The morning will be spent cruising.

In the afternoon we set out to discover the Porto wines, including tasting along the Porto Wine Route.

We will discover this incredible vineyard extending over 100 km along the Douro river all the way to the Spanish border. We will visit San Salvador do Mundo and Sao Joao da Pesqueira, two small towns set among the vineyards in the Rio Torto valley. In Sao Joao da Pesqueira, you will have the opportunity to explore the arcaded main square, the chapel and the white houses with their balconies. You will visit a quinta (wine cellar) to taste the famous Porto. We will return on board in Pinhao or Folgosa.

Tonight, is our gala dinner and evening. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

This morning after breakfast we departure by coach from Regua to Lamego for a guided tour of the city centre by coach and on foot. Lamego is a charming episcopal and commercial town where you will get to discover the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Sanctuary. This 18th century church stands out with its white façade dominating a baroque staircase with 686 steps ending in a shrine built in the rocaille style and adorned with azulejos. The first stone was laid on February 14th, 1750 and gave way to the construction of a massive temple overlooking the city and providing a breathtaking view over the misty mountains of the surrounding landscape. Return on board in Regua.

The afternoon will be spent cruising. Enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.

DAY 8

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. We transfer you to your hotel in Porto.

The rest of the day is free at your own leisure.

After breakfast this morning, check out of your cabin by 10am. You will be transferred to the Porto Airport for your flight to Seville. On arrival in Seville you will be transferred to the cruise ship.

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 5:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we will introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. The evening is free to do as you please.

This morning after breakfast we depart by coach for a guided tour of Cordoba, once part of the Caliphate of Cordoba.

Cordoba's golden era started in the 8th century when it was conquered by the Moors who built about 300 mosques and countless palaces and public buildings, rivaling the splendors of Constantinople, Damascus, and Baghdad. In the 13th century, under the reign of Fernando III the Saint, the Great Mosque of Cordoba was transformed into a cathedral and new defensive structures were built, namely the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos and the Calahorra Tower.

After lunch in a restaurant, enjoy some free time and succumb to the charms of the city. We will return on board in Seville.

After breakfast, we leave on foot for a guided tour of Seville, beginning with the Plaza de España—a majestic crescent-shaped complex arranged around a central square. Built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition to showcase Spain's industrial and technological exhibits, the building's tiled alcoves each represent a different province of Spain. The complex faces the Guadalquivir, signifying the prosperous trading route towards the Atlantic Ocean and the Americas. Architect Aníbal González combined a mix of 1920s Art Deco, "mock Mudejar” and Neo-Mudéjar styles, and the Vicente Traver fountain is found in the centre. The Plaza de España has been used as a backdrop for many films, including Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars Episode II, and The Dictator. We will continue to Santa Cruz, the most picturesque and delightful part of the city with narrow, winding cobbled streets and whitewashed houses. Formally the Jewish quarter, it remains part of the historical centre of the city and contains many renowned monuments. In the 18th century, the neighbourhood underwent a major process of urban renewal, and even today remains incredibly picturesque and full of history and hidden passageways. The visit will end with Seville's Cathedral, providing one of the last testimonies to the Gothic style. This structure was built over the ruins of an Almohad mosque as a symbol of the capital's prosperous status of great commercial town after the Reconquista.

We will return to the ship at the end of the morning.

This afternoon, we will start cruising past the Doñana National Park, designated as a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

We will reach Cádiz in the evening and set out on a tour of Cádiz by night in the company of our hostess.

After breakfast set out on an excursion to Jerez and visit a "ganadería”. Jerez has been renowned for its wines, flamenco, horses, and bull ranching. A panoramic tour by coach will enable you to see the cathedral which was built in 1695 over the ruins of the old Jerez mosque and the former Salvador Church. The bell tower outside was probably built over the mosque's minaret. The rectangular temple has five naves and houses a latin cross structure. Afterwards, we will discover the Alcazar which still displays many features from its early construction in the 12th century by the Almohads. After the city fell into the hands of Alfonso X, it became the house of Sevillian Caliphs and the headquarters of Christian governors. Your tour will continue with a visit to a "Ganadería” (a property where bulls are raised), for an opportunity to learn about this living symbol of Spanish culture. The Ganaderia's goal is to raise valiant bulls for the fights who will fiercely set out to attack anyone who might taunt them even slightly.

We will return on board for lunch.

This afternoon we depart on foot to visit Cadiz, one of the oldest cities in Europe. The old centre brings together the most characteristic areas of the city, including beautiful baroque churches and elegant mansions, many of which are adorned with painted facades of delicate pastel colours and ornate wrought iron balconies. Sights include the castle of San Sebastian built in the 17th century, the popular neighbourhood of the Vina, the cathedral whose construction lasted 116 years, which explains the diversity of styles. In the 18th century, King Phillip II of Spain commissioned the construction of many important monuments in this area to protect the town from seaborne assaults. You will be able to admire the Castillo de Santa Catalina, the Castillo de San Sebastián and many more of the monuments that Cristobal de Rojas had built at the time.

Our tour continues towards the Plaza de España, formerly known as Plaza del Carbón, which was extended to mark the 100th anniversary of the constitution. The square contains the Monument to the Constitution of 1812, created by architect Modesto López Otero and sculptor Aniceto Marinas. Your tour ends via the Plaza de las Flores. You will be enchanted by this blue and white city.

Return on board in Cadiz, and we will cruise towards El Puerto de Santa Maria. Enjoy an evening of traditional Flamenco dancing on board.

After breakfast we leave on foot to tour the Osborne cellar and taste local wines in the company of our hostess. One of the oldest wineries in the region, Osborne began producing its Sherry Solera in 1772. The iconic Osborne bull silhouette has become part of the landscape in the area. We will enjoy a tasting of three different wines along with some regional products.

Afterwards, we will cruise towards Isla Minima. We will tour a genuine Andalusian hacienda located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. You will discover the hacienda’s beautiful architecture with its impressive Andalusian patio and watch a horse show in its private arena.

We will return to the ship after the show and start sailing towards Seville.

Today after breakfast we depart by coach for a guided tour of Granada. Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and at the confluence of three rivers, Granada was the capital of the last Islamic kingdom in the Iberian Peninsula.

Upon arrival, you will begin your tour at the Alhambra, directly translating as "the red”, reflecting the colour of the walls at sunset. It is one of the major monuments of Islamic architecture and the most majestic mediaeval fortress in the Mediterranean. Along with the Great Mosque of Córdoba, it is the most impressive evidence of the Islamic presence in Spain from the 8th to the 15th century. The tour continues with a visit to the Generalife, which was the summer residence of the Nasrid Emirs, and its marvellous 14th-centruy gardens, where water was harnessed to refresh every courtyard and garden.

Transfer to a restaurant in the centre for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will be able to enjoy the delights of the historical centre of Granada at your own pace. Return to Seville by coach.

This morning after breakfast we set off by coach for a guided visit of the Rábida Friary. Christopher Columbus was welcomed here by Brother Juan Perez who gave him hospitality. This Franciscan Friary was one of only two or three in the world where navigation based on the stars (Celestial Navigation) was studied. Christopher Columbus stopped here before he set off for America. Then you will visit the Wharf of the Caravels where you will be able to see the replicas of Christopher Columbus's ships, the Pinta, the Niña and the Santa Maria, with which he discovered America in 1492. Return on board.

 Enjoy free time in Seville this afternoon. Tonight's our gala evening and dinner.

DAY 16

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. We transfer you to the airport for your onward flight. End of our services.

***Important Note***

For operational reasons and passenger safety, Tweet World Travel and its suppliers reserve the right to change, vary, modify or cancel any itinerary or arrangement in relation to the tour/cruise as considered necessary.

This Cruise is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility.

All of our cruises/excursion require a reasonable level of fitness. Every traveller on our cruises is required the ability to walk around sights on uneven surfaces in both urban and rural / mountainous areas unaided. You will be getting on and off cruises, coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.

Please read our cruise itinerary carefully for outline of activities to help you select the right holiday for you.

Important notes:
• All persons must be fit and physically able to partake unaided in their chosen activities/packages/tours /cruise etc. as outlined in the itinerary.

• All parties acknowledge the physical demands and hazards involved in the tour or cruise they will be undertaking and have chosen to participate at their own risk.
We provide a wealth of dining experiences and venues. Most meals during the cruises are onboard or at famous restaurants during excursion, with the menus handpicked and planned to highlight a perfect mix of Local and Western cuisines.

• Meals onboard are a cultural culinary experience: Continental breakfast buffets with a rich menu are offered daily, while lunch and dinner are set menus.

• Gala evening: The gala evening is a long-awaited tradition in the world of cruising. This is the night we like to dress up, although no dress code is imposed. The crew all in their dress uniform, are presented to the passengers who are invited have a pre-dinner drink with the captain in the company of the purser, and the head chef.

Note: It is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. We will do our best to meet your request/requirements, however, cannot guarantee that it can always be accommodated.
The currency accepted on board is the local currency or US dollar. You can pay in dollars or using an international credit/debit card (Visa and MasterCard) at the end of the cruise. It is recommended to have some local currency or US dollars in cash with you during your cruises.
A range of activities and entertainment are provided on board:

• Before dinner, games and quizzes are hosted by our entertainers in the lounge bar

• On the sun deck, where you can stroll alone, be with family or friends or sit comfortably in the sun loungers, gymnastics sessions are organised in the morning whilst enjoying the magnificent views of the landscapes that pass by.

• The panoramic lounge bar, the library and the "piano bar"
• Depend on the destination, lectures on subjects related to the history and geography of the places visited, are offered in the lounge bar.

• Some evenings, the dance floor of the lounge bar comes to life with musical evenings, folk groups or singers

• Some cruises have variety evenings where the crew members reveal their hidden talents are also provided.
All cabins are air-conditioned and double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom

• Triple Share: Available upon request
• Bedding Configuration: Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).
• Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms: Not Available
• Laundry service: Not Available
• Wi-Fi: All the cruise is equipped with free Wi-Fi available in all lounges / bars and receptions. For some destination it is available in the cabin.
After purchase, you will receive a Booking Confirmation and Passenger Information Form by email. Within 24 hours of purchase you need to send us a copy of your passport together with your Passenger Information Form.

After purchase, you are required to make a deposit or full payment for your order. Please note most of our deposit is non-refundable. Please check your booking and your invoice for the Terms and Conditions which apply specifically to your booking.

If you would like to cancel your booking, please refer to our cancellation terms.

Please note:
• Any special requests, preferences MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form
• Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges
Safety Net Protection is not included in our tour/cruise packages. If you wish to purchase safety net protection, an additional fee of $105 per person will be incurred. This is only valid for a one-time use (claim).

Safety Net Protection enables passengers to amend their tour and/or river cruise 15 days prior to departure, to another tour/cruise to the same destination, departing in the same year (once only) without any applicable cancellation charges or penalties.

The new tour/cruise must be at the same cost or higher but cannot be at lower cost than the initial cruise/ tour booked. If the passenger chooses the higher cost option, then the additional difference amount must be paid. However, no modifications shall be accepted less than 15 days prior to departure.

Important notes:
• Safety Net Protection is payable immediately at the time of making the deposit payment. Once purchased, Safety Net Protection is not refundable
• Safety Net Protection does not apply for airfares or third-party fees and charges.
• Safety Net Protection allows for amendment ONLY, not cancellation.
• You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours. It is your responsibility to make sure your room is secure.
Tipping is not compulsory and is not included in this cruise. We believe that if you choose to tip, you should only pay for the service you receive.

In general, tipping is widely accepted as a way to show your appreciation of good service but is not compulsory. Tipping is expected and often makes up a large part of people's wages.

• If travel on a river cruises and happy with the services provided by your crews and service onboard. Recommended tips - For the crew members on board the ship - $10US per day per passenger.

• If you are happy with services provided by your tour guides and drivers, a tip is appreciated. Recommended tips - For the guides and drivers - $6US per day per passenger.
You must carry your own luggage from/to the coach and to/from the hotel or cruise. The driver/crews and his assistance will assist with the uploading/off-loading of your luggage.

Please note:

• You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours/cruises. It is your responsibility to make sure your room/cabin is secure.

• Tweet World Travel will not be liable for any loss or damage to your luggage or other personal belongings.
Our products DO NOT include Travel Insurance. Travel insurance is not included in our cruises and shore excursions.

For your protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance for your travel arrangements (without limitation) that include coverage for medical expenses, loss of luggage, cruise, land content and airfare charges that may occur.

You need to provide us your Travel Insurance details upon booking, or at least before 30 days prior to your departure.

If you do not have travel insurance prior to your departure, we retain the rights to refuse boarding/joining our tours or cruises. We might refund / provide travel credits for you, less any unrecoverable fees including but not limited to admin fees, visas fees, other suppliers’ cancellation fees. We won’t be held liable for any costs associated with this matter.
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FIRST-CLASS SERVICE

  • Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
  • Expert services of English-speaking local guides throughout your trip
  • Airport Meet-and-Greet welcome service
  • 24/7 local assistance and travel guidance

ACCOMMODATION

  • Stay in excellent Premium ship docked in central location, with all meals included while onboard
    • 7-night onboard MS Miguel Torga (Premium Ship)
    • 7-night onboard MS La Belle de Cadix (Premium Ship)
  • Double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom while on cruise
  • 1-night accommodation in excellent 4* hotel in Porto with breakfast

SIGHTSEEING

  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Classic Shore Excursion package (Douro river cruise)
    • Porto by night (1.25 hrs)
    • Guided tour of Porto and Wine Tasting (4 hrs)
    • Guimaraes (4 hrs)
    • Vila Real and Mateus Palace (4 hrs)
    • Guided tour of Salamanca (lunch included) (10.5 hrs)
    • Wines trail of Porto (4 hrs)
    • Guided tour of Lamego (4 hrs)
  • Classic Shore Excursion package (Guadalquivir river cruise)
    • Flamenco evening in Cadiz (2.5 hrs)
    • Day trip to Cordoba (lunch included) (10 hrs)
    • Guided walking tour of Seville (3.5 hrs)
    • Guided tour of Jerez and a Ganaderia (5 hrs)
    • Guided walking tour of Cadiz (2 hrs)
    • El Puerto de Santa Maria - Tasting at the Osborne Bodega (2 hrs)
    • Visit in an Andalusian hacienda (1.5 hrs)
    • Guided tour of Granada (full day with lunch included (14.5 hrs)
    • La Rabida Friary and Wharf of the Caravels (5 hrs)

FLIGHT

  • International flight from Porto to Seville with full-service airlines
    • Economy Cabin, with luggage allowance

TRANSPORTATION

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
    • Private transfer from Porto airport to cruise ship
    • Private transfer from cruise ship to Porto airport
    • Private transfer from Seville airport to cruise ship
    • Private transfer from cruise ship to Seville airport
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Locally based professional drivers

TOUR GUIDE & TOUR LEADER

  • English-speaking local tour guides who live and breath the destination - they will bring your itinerary to life

MEALS & DRINKS

  • Refined French Cuisine
  • 2 x Welcome Cocktail
  • 2 x Gala Dinner
  • All meals onboard (from first evening to breakfast on the final day)
    • 15 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 14 Dinners
  • All drinks onboard (except for drinks from the special lists)

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Entertainment on board CroisiEurope cruise ship

OTHERS

  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar onboard cruise ship
  • All port fees

Please note:  this cruise doesn’t include the entry visa for the country it travels to. Make sure you have acquired a valid visa before travelling and joining the cruise. Check whether a single entry or multiple entry visa is required/ available.

When assisting with an international travel booking, we assume that all travellers in the booking have a valid Passport and Visas to enter to the country it travels to. Passports must be valid for the countries through which a ship or tour passes. It is the responsibility of each passenger to ensure the validity and conformity of their passport/Visas.

It is the customer’s responsibility to make sure that the travellers have the valid visas and/or correct visa type to enter the destination country they are travelling to. Travellers might need to present the visas at multiple checkpoints and may be refused to fly out of their countries, if the visa documents cannot be presented. If such an event occurs, we won’t be liable and the travellers will be deemed as “no-show”. Please check our Terms & Conditions for penalty for “no-show”.

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date information.

Important Note:

  • All travellers must have a valid passport for international travel and most countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine‐readable passport.
  • Some countries require visas and re‐entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities.
  • It is your sole responsibility if any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not satisfying the requirements of those authorities.