Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sail Portugal's Douro River with Uniworld
~ DISCOVER WHY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC RANKS THE DOURO VALLEY 7th ~
~ WHY IT IS A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE ~
National Geographic Traveler recently released their sixth annual "World's Great Places: 133 Destinations" survey, and Portugal's Douro Valley rated Seventh on the list. Further, in 2001, UNESCO rated the Douro River Valley as a World Heritage Site. What makes this region so special and worthy of various honors? Perhaps it is their wine heritage - Port - that dates back over 2,000 years. Or perhaps it's a cultural landscape of exceptional beauty with rambling vineyards and charming native farms, quintas, clinging to the steep sides of the Douro River Valley, creating an incomparable backdrop to one of Europe's most unspoiled regions and to Port country - the oldest demarcated wine region in the world.
It's both! And this is what you can expect to see and experience from your Uniworld River Cruise ship. Travel Europe's most unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage river valley through Portugal and Spain. Before your cruise explore the seven hills of cosmopolitan Lisbon, uncovering a treasure trove of old world architecture. Visit Coimbra, the "Birthplace of Kings;" Porto, the beautiful "City of Bridges" with its UNESCO World Heritage-designated Medieval city center; and Salamanca, Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Taste wonderful local wines from village vineyards, including the famed Port wine. Feast on a traditional meal at the Alpendurada Monastery; enjoy an authentic Spanish-style lunch complete with a flamenco show; and dine at the Vintage House Hotel, a magnificent18th-century wine quinta overlooking the Douro River. And all along the way, uncover a land of genuine beauty and breathtaking charm, as well as meet warmhearted, friendly people.
Uniworld's Douro River Valley package with three nights in Lisbon is priced from $2,099 per person, exclusive of airfare; without Lisbon from $1,699 per person, exclusive of airfare. No matter which option you choose, you'll enjoy a seven-night cruise in a river view stateroom, many with balconies, onboard the Douro Queen; all meals with fine wine, beer, and soft drinks served during dinner; exciting excursions led by English-speaking guides; and all transfers on arrival and departure days. And, for additional savings, double Uniworld's Early Booking Discount with a savings of $600 per couple by paying in full by December 31, 2009.
About Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Los Angeles-based Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, the premier river cruise company, was named to Travel+Leisure's World's Best Top 10 Small Cruise Lines; Condé Nast Traveler's 2009 Gold List, their Readers' Poll for Top 50 Small Ships, and their Readers' Choice Awards for World's Top 10 Small Ship Cruise Lines; and Cruise Critics Editor's Pick 2009 for Best River Cruise Line, and Best New River Cruise Ship, River Beatrice. Uniworld features intimate, elegant boutique, hotel-style cruise ships with an average capacity of 134 guests, an award-winning staff with a ratio of one staff member for every three guests, world-class cuisine, and expertly planned itineraries with custom-blended shore excursions. The company offers over 500 departures on more than 30 itineraries sailing on 11 rivers in over 20 countries throughout Europe, Egypt and China.
For more information, please contact your Preferred Travel Professional. Call Uniworld at 800-733-7820 or visit www.uniworld.com.
Uniworld is a member of CLIA, Cruise Lines International Association