About Our Destination
These trips require a moderate level of mobility, as most of the tours are walking tours (walking on cobblestone streets and some stairs). There is a lot of walking on these trips, and we highly recommend that you start walking daily now to ensure that by the time we depart you are comfortable walking 10,000 to 15,000 steps (approximately 5-7.5 miles [8-12 kilometers]) a day and thereby may fully enjoy all that this trip has to offer!
If you are bringing a portable wheelchair or scooter, you must be able collapse it and store it in your cabin. They cannot be driven to your cabins or other parts of the ship due to the limited space. They may only be used on tours, and their usefulness on these tours may be limited because of encountering cobblestone streets and stairwells and the need to lift the chair or scooter onto and off of curbs.
If you have limited mobility, you are required to travel with someone who can assist you.
Being Gay in Portugal
LGBTQ+ rights in Portugal have improved substantially in the 2000s and 2010s and are now among the best in the world. Portugal has wide-ranging anti-discrimination laws and is one of the few countries in the world to contain a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation. On 5 June 2010, the state became the eighth in the world to recognize same-sex marriage. On 1 March 2011, the President ratified the Law of Gender Identity, said to be one of the most advanced in the world, which simplifies the process of sex and name change for transgender people. Same-sex adoption has been legal since 1 March 2016.
The country, while still influenced by Roman Catholicism, has progressively become more accepting of same-sex relationships. Opinion polls suggest that over 60% of the Portuguese population supports same-sex marriage and that around 70% believes that LGBT people should enjoy equal rights. Lisbon and Porto have visible LGBTQ+ scenes, with several gay bars, nightclubs and other venues, as well as their annual pride parades.
The climate in Portugal will vary depending on our location in the country. It varies between a high of 65°F (18°C) and low of 48°F (8°C) degrees. However, with the weather changing, they have been seeing higher than normal temperatures in the past few years.
The monetary unit of Portugal is the euro. You can find the most current conversion rate at websites such as http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/
Major credit cards are accepted throughout the country. We recommend calling your bank before you leave to advise them of your travels.
Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, but many people speak English!
- Saturday, March 27—Porto, Portugal
- Sunday, March 28—Porto and Entre-os-Rios
- Monday, March 29—Régua and Pinhão
- Tuesday, March 30—Vega de Terrôn and Barca d’Alva
- Wednesday, March 31—Pocinho and Pinhão
- Thursday, April 1—Régua
- Friday, April 2—Porto
- Saturday April 3—Porto
*Itinerary is subject to change due to weather, locks, schedule, river traffic, and water levels.
Before Your Trip
What’s Included and What’s Not
What’s not included?
- Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on the AmaWaterways AmaDouro, one of the finest riverboats in Europe
- Award-winning dining on board with regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
- Unlimited fine wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
- Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits, and soft drinks
- Bottled water replenished in cabin daily
- Olivia entertainment and programming
- Local entertainment
- Included immersive tours in each destination with provided personal headset
- Guided hikes and special-interest tours with Gentle, Regular, Active, and Late-Riser tour options
- Gratuities to ship crew and Ama Cruise Manager
- Olivia staff assistance throughout
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions. The trip cancellation fee schedule is noted in the table below.
- Transfers to and from the ship
- Optional tours
- Alcoholic beverages, bottled water, and soft drinks (except where indicated)
- Phone and fax services
- Massage and other spa services
2021 PORTUGAL DOURO RIVER CRUISE I
||$500 per person, nonrefundable
|Cancellation 365 days or more prior to trip date
||50% of trip cost
|Cancellation 0-364 days or more prior to trip date
||100% of trip cost
Transfer funds are nonrefundable and nontransferable from the point of sale forward.
Community: Joining the Olivia Trip Group on Facebook
If you’d like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for Olivia’s official Portugal Duoro River Cruise I group page on Facebook.
Passport and Visa
If you are a US or Canadian citizen, the only document you will need is a passport that is valid for six months past the first date of the trip and has at least two blank pages. You will not need a visa.
If you are not a US or Canadian citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates or embassies of Portugal and Spain nearest you for visa requirements to enter Portugal and Spain. You will also need a passport that is valid for six months past the first date of the trip and has at least two blank pages.
If you have not done so already, Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 21 days of your initial invoice date in order to receive the most comprehensive coverage, but it isn’t too late. Consider travel protection for trip cancellation, delay, and interruption; baggage delay; emergency medical services and emergency evacuation; and more.
For a travel insurance quote, more information, or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 1-800-631-6277 (within the US) or 1-415-962-5700 (outside the US) and select option 1 to speak with an Olivia Travel Consultant.
We will have optional 1-night and 3-night pre-trip Vacation Stretchers in Lisbon only. Please visit Vacation Stretchers for more information approximately 6-11 months prior to the trip.
Please check with your local public health department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements for all countries on your itinerary. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” and then “Vaccinations.”
Travel and arrival
You will need to fly in and out of Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO) in Porto, Portugal—unless you are also planning to join us on our 1- or 3-night pre-trip Vacation Stretcher in Lisbon; in that case, you will need to fly into Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) in Lisbon, Portugal and out of Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO) in Porto, Portugal.
We are proud to partner with Delta Airlines. Approximately 11 months prior to the trip, check our airline discounts page for the latest discounts available.
Flight arrival and departure times
All flights should arrive into Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO) in Porto, Portugal by 3 pm on March 27, 2021 to get to the ship in time for our orientation and evening plans, which begin at 5 pm. All guests should be on board by 5 pm. The airport is approximately 20 minutes from the ship’s docking location.
If you plan to join us on our 1- or 3-night pre-trip Vacation Stretcher, you may fly into Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) in Lisbon at any time on the first day of your 1- or 3- day Vacation Stretcher (hotel check-in is at 3 pm).
All flights can depart Porto (OPO) at any time on April 3, 2021, because the ship will overnight in Porto on April 2. Transfer to the airport is on your own, but the ship will assist in making taxi reservations. No vacation stretchers are offered for Porto.
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.
Olivia’s preferred travel agency
We are pleased to partner with Conlin Travel, one of the “Top 50” Travel Agencies in the country ranked alongside some of the globe’s largest agencies. In business for almost 60 years, Conlin Travel’s core belief is aligned with Olivia in delivering that personal concierge service to each and every traveler, every time. A full-service, LGBTQ-friendly agency with staff located across the country, Conlin Travel looks forward to assisting you with your air travel and hotel reservations for stays outside of Olivia’s pre- and post-trip packages. For air and hotel bookings, a small fee will be applied to your overall cost.
For assistance in making a reservation, please call Conlin Travel: 888-278-1698 (Monday–Friday: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm EST)
If you already have a reservation with Conlin and need emergency after-hours service, please call 800-823-1189.
Olivia Travel Gear Store
To help you get ready for your next vacation, we’ve partnered with New Headings to create Olivia Travel Gear, our own online gear and apparel store, featuring items from leading brands, including Craghoppers, Patagonia, Teva, Outdoor Research, and Eagle Creek. Visit olivia.newheadings.com for more information!
Olivia Honeymoons and Celebrations
Register at Olivia Honeymoon Wishes for your honeymoon, anniversary, or other special celebration; browse through the selections and let your friends know just how easy it is for them to purchase a gift for you.
Pre-Cruise Vacation Stretchers, March 24-27, 2021
We will be offering a 1- and 3-night pre-cruise Vacation Stretcher in Lisbon, Portugal. Please visit our stretchers tab for details. Rooms may not be available for check-in until 3 pm.
Transfers and meeting up with Olivia
Getting to your ship
Transfers are not included on this trip; however, the Porto Airport is only 20 minutes from where the ship is docked. If you are flying into Lisbon and doing our 1- or 3-night pre-vacation stretcher, a transfer with lunch and tour is included as Porto is approximately 380 miles from Lisbon.
The exact docking location is not determined until closer in, and sometimes not until the day of landing. If it is confirmed in advance, it will be in your final documents. We will provide a phone number to call on the day of embarkation in case you need to get directed to the ship.
You are welcome to come to the ship at any time on March 27 and relax in the lounge. The ship will store your luggage and you can explore Porto. The staterooms will not be ready until 4 pm.
Our port of embarkation is in Porto, Portugal.
During Your Trip
The beautifully designed AmaDouro is practically new as it was just launched in 2019. Some of the features and amenities you’ll enjoy on board:
- Fine-dining restaurant
- Pool on the sun deck
- Fitness room
The ship is air-conditioned throughout. Each cabin has its own thermostat, allowing you to control the temperature level in your cabin.
The fine-dining restaurant on board features European cuisine. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, and dinner is offered as a sit-down menu service.
The cabins have both a 110-volt outlet (standard US style, by the vanity) and a 220-volt outlet (standard European style). USB plugs are available by the nightstand.
There is one elevator on this ship. It does not go up to the sun deck.
Entertainment and Programming
We will bring two Olivia entertainers to perform on several evenings, as well as enjoy some of the local entertainment along the way.
River cruising is about port destinations. Don’t expect the same type of schedule packed with shipboard activities you might find on a big ship! On a typical day, after breakfast we will enjoy a walking tour of our new port city, followed by lunch on board and then another walking (or other) tour or free time to explore. Perhaps you’ll enjoy a fun and informative lecture on the history of the area or take that well-deserved nap. It’s your vacation! In the evenings, we will be delighted by local entertainment or one of our two Olivia entertainers. After the shows, enjoy our riverboat version of “Club O,” with our talented staff taking turns being a “guest DJ” to provide dancing music in the main lounge. Or you may choose to get to bed early for your next full day!
A walking and/or city tour is included in each of the ports visited. There is no need to sign up for these in advance.
Whenever possible, we will create a Gentle Walkers group on each included tour as for any guests who need a little extra time walking—perhaps guests with scooters or canes or photographers who like to stop frequently to take photos. For those with mobility issues, we suggest purchasing a cane that can also fold out to be a seat so you can rest while the group stops to listen to the guide. There are many different styles to choose from online on sites such as amazon.com.
Gratuities for ship staff are included in the cost of your trip. Gratuities go to the cruise manager, cabin steward/stewardess, dining room staff, and other behind-the-scenes crew members.
Tipping for the local guides and bus drivers on included tours is not included. Standard tipping for a ½ day tour is 2-3 euros for the guide, and 1-2 euros for the bus driver.
Internet, Email, and Fax
Complimentary Wi-Fi is included on board in public spaces and in your cabins for use on your personal digital devices (phone, laptop, or tablet computer). There is an onboard internet center with two desktop computers for guest use. Faxes can be sent from the reception desk for a charge.
Laundry and Dry Cleaning
Laundry and pressing service is available; prices will be available onboard the ship. Dry-cleaning or self-service laundry facilities are not available on board. Check on board for pricing.
The ship is minutes away from hospitals when we are docked and close to local towns when we cruise along the river. The ship does not have an onboard doctor.
Money: On-Board Purchases
The currency used on board is euros (€). All purchases made on the ship will be charged to your onboard account, which you create when you first check in. Cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Please check with the front office on the ship for further details.
Each cabin has a phone to call cabin-to-cabin and international/local calls. There is an additional fee to use this phone for international or local calls; cost is available on board.
The interiors of the AmaDouro are entirely nonsmoking. Smoking is not permitted in your cabins or on your French or outside balconies. A smoking area will be designated on an outdoor deck
We will have a Solos program on board led by a Solos coordinator who will ensure you have a great time.
Spa treatments such as massage, foot massage, facial massage are available for an additional charge.
If you will celebrate a birthday or any other special event during the week of your trip that you have not already told your Olivia Travel Consultant about, please let us know as soon as possible, but no less than 90 days prior to the trip. Please note that cakes are provided complimentary for birthdays that fall within the week of the trip, but there will be a charge for cake to celebrate birthdays that fall outside of the dates of the trip.
Specific Needs—Medical, Mobility, Dietary, and Otherwise
If you have medical, mobility, or dietary requirements that you have not already told your Olivia Travel Consultant about, please let us know as soon as possible, but no less than 90 days prior to the trip.
Each room has a safe; however, we recommend you leave all valuables at home.
- Individually controlled thermostat
- Deluxe hotel-style bedding with Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, down pillows, and duvet
- Large wardrobe
- Full-length mirror
- Spacious bathroom with multijet showerhead
- Hair dryer
- Direct-dial telephone
- Flat-screen satellite TV that serves as a computer with complimentary high-speed internet access and an on-demand entertainment system with complimentary TV, movies, and music
After Your Trip
Transfers to the Airport
The ship can assist in ordering your transportation to the Porto airport, or wherever your final travel plans may take you.