Academic Arrangements Abroad Offers Cabins with No Single Supplement on New Cruise Exploring Portugal's Vineyards

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Cruise past the terraced vineyards and baroque churches of Portugal's Douro River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on a new luxury cruise from Academic Arrangements Abroad. Cabins with no single supplement are available for this itinerary, on which a maximum of 70 guests will sample award-winning wines from vinho verde to vintage ports.

Enchanting Douro River

With this combination of a unique itinerary, special guest lectures, exclusive access, receptions with museum directors, politicians and other dignitaries, this trip will be a fascinating and fun experience for all on board.

Academic Arrangements Abroad, the leader in upscale educational travel, has recently announced that cabins with no single supplement are available for its brand-new Portuguese river cruise, departing from Porto on May 5, 2014.

Passengers will sail past the terraced vineyards and baroque churches of the Douro River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the world's oldest demarcated wine regions. The recently launched M.S. AmaVida has been exclusively chartered for this unique itinerary. While the vessel is designed to accommodate 106 passengers, a maximum of 70 guests will be accepted for this journey for greater comfort. Along the way, they will sample award-winning Portuguese vintages ranging from vinho verde, a young, refreshing white wine, to the many varieties of port the Douro region is famous for.

This privileged itinerary will be enriched by complementary visits to historic wine estates, baroque churches, art museums, and gardens. Patrick Bowe, one of the lecturers on board throughout the program, is a Dublin-based horticulturist and the co-author of Houses and Gardens of Portugal; before setting sail from Porto, the group will tour a garden designed by Mr. Bowe himself. Those who join the optional three-night prelude in Lisbon (which is automatically included for passengers booking the trip through The Metropolitan Museum of Art) will also attend a reception with the city's newly re-elected mayor, pending final scheduling.

Also joining the trip are Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide, curator of European sculpture and decorative arts at the Metropolitan, and Mary Gaylord, professor of Romance languages and literatures at Harvard University.

"With this combination of a unique itinerary, special guest lectures, exclusive access, receptions with museum directors, politicians and other dignitaries, this trip will be a fascinating and fun experience for all on board," said James Friedlander, president of Academic Arrangements Abroad.

Founded in 1977, Academic Arrangements Abroad provides an insider's look at extraordinary destinations in more than 50 countries through its networks of museum curators, professors and diplomats. Its popular "Sicily By Sea" cruise was recently selected by National Geographic Traveler as one of the magazine's "50 Tours of a Lifetime." For more information, call (800) 221-1944 or visit http://www.arrangementsabroad.com.

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