On arrival, we will transfer as a group to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for catching up on jet lag.
Enjoy a guided tour of Lisbon or a "Do As the Locals Do" walking tour. The guided tour takes you to the iconic Belém Tower, the spectacular Manueline Jeronimous Monastery, the Alfama District and Rossio Plaza. Sample a traditional delicacy, the Pastéis de Belém at a famous local pastry shop. Take a traditional yellow tram up and down the steep streets, taking in the views as your tram wends its way through the Old Town. Visit the ancient castle of St. George.
Shop, stroll, relax and enjoy this ancient city at your leisure.
We begin our journey to Porto where we will embark Queen Isabela. We stop enroute at the ancient city of Coimbra, birthplace of six Portuguese kings. Coimbra is also home to the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest universities in Europe. There we will visit the Biblioteca Joanina, a splendid 18th century library. After a traditional Portuguese lunch, we head to Porto to board our ship.
Enjoy a Porto panoramic city tour or a "Do As the Locals Do" walking tour. Porto is the epicenter of the Port wine industry. Take in the UNESCO-designated 19th century Stock Exchange Palace with its Moorish Revival-style Arab Room. Then, visit Porto's austere hilltop cathedral and the bustling pedestrian shopping street, Santa Catarina. For the adventurous, climb the 249 steps to the top of Clerigos Tower for a stunning view of Porto.
Portugal is one of the premiere wine making countries in the world and today, we'll learn about the region's wine making history during a special lecture at the Duoro Museum. If you prefer, you can visit the legendary Mateus Palace, which has one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. During the evening, we enjoy a special dinner at a local quinta, the Portuguese word for country villa or estate.
You have a choice to visit one of two quintas. Journey to Quinta do Seixo, a prestigious Port wine estate for an tour of its state-of-the-art facility. Sample their famous Sandeman Port and admire breathtaking views from the estate's tasting room as you learn about winemaking. Or, enjoy a scenic drive through Pinhao on the way to visit Quinta de Avessada, complete with its first-of-its-kind interactive museum that celebrates the Duoro's history and winemaking culture.
Join a full-day excursion to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Called the "Golden City" for its tawny sandstone buildings, Salamanca boasts a dozen beautiful and historic churches, including two cathedrals. If you prefer, you may opt for a different experience during which you'll come to understand the flora and fauna of the land during a half-day scenic cruise at the Duoro International Natural Park.
Today you'll travel through the wonderfully scenic countryside to the walled village of Castelo Rodrigo, where you'll take a tour of this fascinating site that dates to the 12th century. While there, sample local honey, olive oil and cheeses. Later in the day, you'll visit the UNESCO-designated Archeological Park of the Coa Valley, considered to be the world's most important Paleolithic open-air rock art site.
Enjoy a panoramic city tour of historic Guimarães, Portugal's first capital and home to its first king. The wonderfully well-preserved Old Town with its unique architecture and charming plaza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, explore Porto's UNESCO-designated Ribeira district on foot.