Award winning travel operator APT recently treated a group of its most successful travel agents to an all-inclusive 12-day Douro Delights luxury river cruise and tour from Portugal to Spain.
The APT International Top Achievers trip for 2015 saw the group enjoy three glorious nights in Lisbon before setting sail along the Douro River from Porto to Madrid aboard the company’s luxury vessel, MS AmaVida.
The group spent 12 days experiencing for themselves APT’s all inclusive itinerary which offers the contrast of two vibrant cities in two very different countries, against the backdrop of Portugal’s Douro river, one of the most picturesque regions of western Europe.
APT’s Commercial Manager Retail, Susan Haberle hosted the trip along with the company’s Western Australia State Sales Manager, Jo Ellies and New South Wales Business Development Manager, Rowena Morris.
The journey commenced with three nights in Lisbon, discovering Portugal’s capital city, whilst staying at the Four Seasons Ritz Hotel.
Travelling up to Porto, they then spent seven nights aboard the MS AmaVida, a stunning vessel with impressive features including a refreshing swimming pool atop the expansive sun deck. Each agent was treated to their own private balcony suite onboard the vessel which is custom designed for the Douro.
Following the cruise they explored Madrid, staying at the Westin Palace Hotel in Madrid.
Highlights of the trip included APT’s Signature Invitations; a visit to Caldas de Aregos to explore the 14th century Alpendurada Monastery, where the group enjoyed a glass of wine while taking in stunning views of the river valley; and an afternoon visit to the Quinta do Seixo wine centre to learn about the region’s most famous tipple – Port.
Commenting on the trip, host Susan Haberle said, “River cruising on the Douro is becoming increasingly popular as more and more travellers fall in love with the travel style and seek out new and exciting destinations. At APT we’ve been leading the way on the Douro so it was an absolute pleasure to be able to share this experience with our top performing agents.”