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AmaWaterways has extended its 2022 and 2023 Portugal river cruising season with 14 additional sailings roundtrip from Porto on board AmaDouro. With cruises available through the end of December, guests now have the opportunity to experience this destination in the early winter season with fewer crowds and charming Christmas markets, complemented delectable food and wine tasting experiences. 

“Full of rich culture, inspiring architecture and enticing cuisine, our Portugal sailings have always been extremely popular. This demand inspired us to extend both our 2022 and 2023 season through until the end of December, giving guests another reason to travel and experience all that Portugal has to offer during this special time of year,” said Kristin Karst, co-founder and executive vice president of AmaWaterways, in a press statement. “The extended season opens up a new opportunity for our travel partners to reserve groups to visit Portugal’s festive Christmas markets, delightful vineyards and historic sites during this quieter period.” 

Sailing onboard the AmaDouro, the extension of the 2022 and 2023 season in Portugal includes additional dates for AmaWaterways’ Enticing Douro itinerarya 7-night roundtrip from Porto river cruising along the Douro River Valley. Throughout the itinerary, guests will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in authentic cultural experiences with a variety of included small group shore excursions, such as:

  • A visit the village of Entre-os-Rios where they will enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch at a local Quinta (a country estate)
  • Stroll through the historical city of Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • A guided hike of Porto, followed by a tasting of Port

Portugal is known for its mild winters that make it a magical destination during the pre-Christmas period. Those wishing to extend their time in the destination can add three nights in Lisbon pre-cruise, including a tour of the city and a morning excursion to Serra de Sintra, one of the mountain villages in Portugal. Guests will get to stroll through Lisbon and Porto’s intimate Christmas markets, where they will find handmade gifts and festive treats.

Travelers interested in experiencing AmaWaterways’ extended Portugal season from Nov. 12 to Dec. 31 during the 2022 season can take advantage of the More to Love sale. Guests who book their Portugal sailings for this year by June 30, 2022 will enjoy a comprehensive package complete with a 7-night river cruise in a French balcony stateroom, round-trip airfare, transfers, a 3-night pre- cruise land package in Lisbon, port charges and Travel Waiver Plus starting at $5,999 pp. With this sale, guests can enjoy extended time in Portugal with a comprehensive, peace-of-mind package.

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