Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Queen Isabel- Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley

November is the perfect time to travel through Portugal and Spain. With weather that is less dreary than the rest of Europe, these countries make for the perfect winter sojourn.  The Douro River, rising in Spain and reaching the Atlantic Ocean in Porto, has created the spectacular Douro River Valley, A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by rambling vineyards and charming native fields called quintas cling to the steep sides of the Douro River Valley, creating one of the most gorgeous, unspoiled regions of Europe. If you are a lover of Port, it is also the oldest demarcated Port wine region of the world.

Guests will have the chance to explore the seven hills of cosmopolitan Lisbon, discovering the charm of Old World architecture that is prevalent in the region. Guests will also be able to visit Coimbra, or the “Birthplace of Kings”; Porto, the beautiful “City of Bridges,” Guimaraes, which has its own UNESCO-listed Medieval city center and is a 2012 European Cultural Capital; and Salamanca, Spain, another declared UNESCO World Heritage Sight. This trip will take you through the history and culture of Europe, an experience unlike any other part of Europe, and one that cannot be missed for history buffs.

Queen Isabel features a main lounge with a full-service bar, restaurant, sun deck with a swimming pool, fitness center, serenity river spa, boutique, reception service, complimentary coffee and tea bar, and free Internet and Wi-Fi access. Like all WLCVacations cruises, guests will enjoy all the luxuries of a resort, with a knowledgeable staff and cuisine catered to your tastes, guests will enjoy the ultimate vacation with us. The Queen Isabel also has gorgeous river view staterooms and suites. Suites feature full balconies on the Upper Deck, French Balconies on the Main Deck, and panoramic windows on the Lower Deck. All staterooms and suits have hotel beds, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV, radio, alarm clock, iPhone/iPod charger and player, and bottled water. Our bathrooms are stocked with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, waffle bathrobes and slippers. Truly a luxurious retreat through Spain and Portugal.

If you would like to learn more about how you can book your vacation on the Queen Isabel, visit our website here, or call U.S. toll-free 877-579-7447.

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