Gardens & Art of Morocco, Madeira & Portugal with Douro River Cruise
Marrakesh to Madrid
Discover Exotic Marrakesh
Explore the sights of Marrakesh including La Mamounia, the artisan quarter and Dar Si Said museum.
Madeira, the Garden Isle
Explore the Island of Madeira, known as the "Garden Isle".
Douro River Cruise
Sail the Douro River, known as the most beautiful in Europe.
Map & Itinerary
- All sightseeing & touring as per the itinerary
- Services of a Cruise Director, local guides & Botanical Guide
- Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & port taxes
- Economy flights from Marrakesh to Lisbon & Madeira to Porto
- 7 Nights aboard the MS AmaVida & 12 Nights in quality hotels
- Beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner aboard your ship
- 48 Meals
Map & Itinerary
- Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
- Small ship up to 100 guests maximum
- Group size 22-28 guests
- Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
- Disrptions to the cruise itinerary may occur due to high and low water
- This cruise is in partnership with our sister company
- Room types in Marrakesh will be varied
- Prices are for land,cruise and flights as specified only
Be met at the airport and transfer to your beautiful riad hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at 6.30pm.
Stay: Five Nights: Marrakesh, Hotel La Maison ArabeDaily :
Enjoy a guided tour of Marrakesh including a visit to the Majorelle Gardens. Enjoy lunch at La Mamounia, where Winston Churchill set up his easel in the gardens. This afternoon visit the artisan quarter, the colourful souks and Dar Si Said museum. Take a stroll around Jamaa El Fna, the main square, and watch the entertainers.Daily :
Take a scenic drive across the plains towards Ourika Valley, in the Atlas Mountain region. Visit a herb garden where essential oils and perfumes are made. Return to Marrakesh for dinner at a local restaurant.Daily :
Visit the 800-year-old royal pleasure gardens, sometimes referred to as the Islamic Versaille. Also see a couple of gardens featured on Monty Don’s new series ‘Paradise Gardens’.Daily :
See traditional art and artefacts as well as new works at the Bert Flint Museum and the Lawrence-Arnott Art Gallery. After lunch continue to the Museum of Palmeraie.Daily :
Ouirgane, Imlil and Atlas Mountains
After breakfast, drive south through My Brahim gorges to the valley of Asni, where we have lunch at Sir Richard Branson’s property, Kasbah Tamadot, before driving to Imlil in the pretty Mizane Valley.
Stay: Two Nights: Imlil, Kasbah du ToubkalDaily :
Imlil and Atlas Mountains
Enjoy a walk or mule ride to the village of Armed at the foot of Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. Stop for lunch in a Berber house before continuing downhill on a different path to Kasbah Toubkal.Daily :
Marrakesh to Lisbon
This morning drive back to Marrakesh and board a flight to Lisbon. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner at 6.30pm.
Stay: Two Nights: Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz or similar.Daily :
Fronteira Palace, Sintra and Pena National Palace
Visit beautiful and historic palace gardens in and around Lisbon.Daily :
Lisbon to Madeira
Fly to the beautiful island of Madeira. Tour the hotel's gardens or enjoy time to relax.
Stay: Three Nights: Madeira, Belmond Reid’s Palace or similar.Daily :
Monte Palace Botanical Gardens
This morning enjoy a cable car ride to Monte Palace Botanical Gardens. Later visit a privately owned orchid farm.Daily :
Funchal Botanical gardens, Quinta do Palheiro
Visit the Funchal Botanical Gardens and Quinta do Palheiro with its sunken and topiary gardens.Daily :
Madeira to Porto, embark ship
This morning fly to Porto. Visit Quinta do Alao Garden. This afternoon transfer to your river ship and enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Seven Nights: aboard the luxurious river ship, MS AmaVidaDaily :
Gardens of Porto, Freedom of Choice
This morning choose to explore Porto’s Old Town and delight in its 16th century building and Baroque churches. See the iron bridge built by Gustave Eiffel then enjoy a tasting at a local port house in Gaia. Alternatively visit the garden of Parque de Serralves, said to be the most important private garden created in Portugal during the first half of the 20th century. This afternoon visit the estate, Quinta da Aveleda. Famous for producing wine this estate is also known for its parks and gardens where rare species of trees can be found as well as an interesting display of artistic follies.Daily :
Enjoy a morning excursion to the World Heritage-listed Guimarães, one of the most historic towns in Portugal often referred to as the ‘birthplace of the Portuguese nationality’. This afternoon enjoy some scenic cruising through the Douro Valley en route to Entre-Os-Rios.Daily :
Biscainhos Palace and Gardens and Régua
Spend this morning at Biscainhos Palace Museum that is a delight for any lover of baroque architecture. Experience what life must have been like for Portugese nobility at the time with a tour inside the palace and its tiered gardens that come with plenty of flowerbeds and fountains. Arrive this afternoon to the sun-drenched town of Régua.Daily :
Régua, Lamego, Pinhão, Freedom of Choice
Today you have the option to visit Lamego, a picturesque town that is rich in history. On a tour, visit the castle and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, one of the most significant places of pilgrimage in Portugal. Alternatively visit the palace and gardens of Anadia that dates back to the 17th century. The Palace is one of the most important examples of the 17th century manorial architecture in Portugal. The Palace has an adjacent farmhouse with gardens and a forest park planted in the 18th century.Daily :
Pinhão, Vila Real and Palacio de Mateus
Enjoy a trip to the Palacio de Mateus, just outside the city of Vila Real. Discover the fascinating story behind Mateus Rose wine, which the palace has long been associated. Explore the gardens with their lovely topiary work and impressive cedar tunnel before returning to your ship.Daily :
Travel to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified 16th century village that offers lovely 360° views. Wander down narrow medieval streets and visit the Chafariz dos Pretos, a strikingly unique fountain.Daily :
Salamanca and Depart Madrid
After disembarking the ship we will make our way to Madrid, travelling through the Spanish countryside. Tour Salamanca, a World Heritage-listed site. See the University of Salamanca and the House of Shells. Transfer to Madrid for a drop off at the airport and hotel at around 5.30pm.Daily :
In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Botanica to all who'll ask.