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Vila Real and Mateus Palace

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# Trip

Vila Real and Mateus Palace

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Description

We'll 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'll take a panoramic tour of the city by coach, followed by a tasting of the local pastry, Cristas de Galo.
We'll then set out to explore Mateus Palace, the most beautiful and astonishing manor in all of 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'll return to our ship in Regua or Pinhão.

 

Duration : approx. 4:00

  • Good walking shoes are recommended.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.
  • These excursions are not proposed for all the cruises and depend on the itinerary.
  • If the minimum of 25 participants is not reached, the excursion may be either cancelled or proposed at another rate, depending on the number of participants (to be paid for on board).
  • The excursions on the first evening and the morning following boarding are only guaranteed for the passengers who have booked the excursion before the cruise.

Cruises

This shore excursion is available for one or several cruises

Oenological cruise: Discover the fabulous world of vines and wine

Next departure: 10/16/2018
MVC_AIPP

Lyon - MARTIGUES(1) - AVIGNON - CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE - VIVIERS - TAIN L'HERMITAGE - MÂCON - CHALON-SUR-SAÔNE - Lyon

Taste and sensory melodies await you throughout your cruise. Oenology and nature enthusiasts will discover renowned vineyards and authentic terroirs. Travel through the Cassis vineyards , a real mineral jewel in a green setting next to the blue Mediterranean sea, then the region of  Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a nectar appreciated by the Popes, founder of AOC  labelling and terroirs of exception. Visit also the Vivarais vineyards, a rustic terroir with mineral warm wines, before exploring the emblematic hillside of Tain l'Hermitage, one of the most prestigious vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône.

6 Days FROM $ 1,451 per person
Departure city
START IN 2018
Departure 10/16/2018
Arrival 10/21/2018
FROM $ 1,451 per person
Ship : MS Mistral Anchors : 4
START IN 2019
Departure 10/24/2019
Arrival 10/29/2019
FROM $ 1,614 per person
Ship : MS Van Gogh Anchors : 5

* Price based on double occupancy

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