Portugal's Douro River Cruise

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Price per person
from £1,253

Price based on
London Gatwick
13th Apr 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 8 days

  • Western Europe

  • River cruise

Experience the historic cities and verdant countryside of Portugal as you cruise on one of the Iberian Peninsula's major rivers: stop in the winegrowing districts to taste the local port, roam around 18th-century palaces and get lost in the winding lanes of Porto along the way.

At a glance


  • Porto Taste the local port in the Vila Nova de Gaia winegrowing district on an optional excursion.
  • Guimarães Take an optional excursion to the historical hometown of Afonso Henriques.
  • Vila Real Wander the elegant grounds of the 18th-century Mateus Palace on an optional excursion.
  • Salamanca Explore the city’s Roman, Arabic and Christian influences on an optional city tour.
  • Ferradosa Meander through the vineyards, stopping to sample the local port on an optional excursion.
  • Lamego Climb the baroque staircase of the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary on an optional tour.
Portugal's Douro River

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All inclusive drinks on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Customer Reviews

The boat was very good and all the crew...

4th November 2017
Mrs Valerie Brooks

The boat was very good and all the crew very helpfull

Crew excellent very attentive, helpful and paid great attention to...

3rd November 2017
Trusted Customer

Crew excellent very attentive, helpful and paid great attention to detail. Boat also excellent very comfortable and meals simply beautiful. Could not recommend them more highly.

All transfers, checking in, room and services excellent. Food good...

26th October 2017
Trusted Customer

All transfers, checking in, room and services excellent. Food good on river cruise. Excellent tours, brilliant.

Rather surprisingly the only criticism is that there was too...

5th October 2017
Trusted Customer

Rather surprisingly the only criticism is that there was too much food!! Being a French company the lunch was a 3-4 course sit down affair which wasted a lot of time - for us a simple buffet better. But the food was very good and hard to refuse!!!

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4th October 2017
Mr Philip Dunford

Lovely views and so relaxing...

7th September 2017
Mrs Lorraine Watson

Lovely views and so relaxing

The M S" Infante d Henrique " was impressively...

4th August 2017
Trusted Customer

The M S" Infante d Henrique " was impressively clean throughout, and was constantly kept that way the whole cruise. The Crew could not do enough for the passengers,and were friendly, bright and all multi tasked throughout the cruise. Serving and cleaning all day and every day. The "Douro" river is spectacular, a trip not to be missed. The French Chef and his staff produced exceptional cuisine. Any food allergies etc, were duly noted ,and alternatives served.

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22nd July 2017
Mr Iain Lindsay

The boat was very nice and the staff were excellent,...

20th July 2017
Trusted Customer

The boat was very nice and the staff were excellent, they couldn't do enough for us, always ready to go the extra mile. The cabins were comfy not very large but ample for time we spent in them. The food was excellent a buffet breakfast, you could order eggs how you wanted them cooked and some days there was a show chef. Lunch and dinner were three or four courses. Fruit was also always available. We went on tours everyday and really enjoyed them. Seeing lots of the countryside. The boat had a dining room on the lower deck which was bright and roomy. The lounge was on the middle deck with lots of seating and a bar. Tea and coffee making facilities were always available. The bar had a good stock of drinks. When arriving back from tours we were greeted with lovely cool drinks. There was a different cocktail of the day everyday. The top deck had plenty of sun beds and tables and chairs. There was a large canopy in the middle so shade was always available if you wanted it and as it reached 38 degrees we were thankful for some shade. Waiters and waitresses were always around to supply you with a welcomed cold drink.

Good value , but extortionate excursion prices. Someone buying the cruise...

13th July 2017
Trusted Customer

Good value , but extortionate excursion prices. Someone buying the cruise would increase the cost by 25 % if they bought the excursion package.

Overview

Experience the historic cities and verdant countryside of Portugal as you cruise on one of the Iberian Peninsula's major rivers: stop in the wine-growing districts to taste the local Port, roam around 18th century palaces and get lost in the winding lanes of Porto along the way.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

UK - Porto

Day
1

Travel to Porto where you will be met and transferred to your ship for embarkation. Enjoy a welcome cocktail party and the chance to meet the crew. In the evening there will be an optional excursion to see Porto by night.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Porto

Day
2

After breakfast, there will be an optional guided tour of medieval Porto, Portugal's second largest city. Venture the steep, winding lanes of the town, edged by grand archways and magnificent churches, before travelling to Vila Nova de Gaia. Visit one of the producers of the port wine that the region is famous for, followed by wine tasting. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover Porto at leisure. After dinner, there will be a folk evening on board.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Porto - Régua

Day
3

The morning is at leisure or perhaps take the optional excursion to Guimarães. The birthplace of Afonso Henriques, the first independent king of Portugal. Guimarães is renowned for its historical treasures including many museums. Return on board and cruise to Régua and pass through the gigantic lock at Carrapatello.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Régua - Vega de Teron

Day
4

This morning, enjoy an optional excursion to Vila Real for a visit to the beautiful manor and gardens of Solar de Mateus. In the afternoon, rejoin your ship in Pinhão, the geographical centre of the demarcated port wine making region. Later, your ship continues cruising amidst the steep, terraced vineyards that line the banks of the river, en route to Vega de Teron. Enjoy a flamenco evening on board.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Barca d'Alva

Day
5

After breakfast, there is a full day optional excursion to the Spanish city of Salamanca, home to one of the oldest universities in the world. The city has been well-preserved and has beautiful stone-built noblemen's houses, convents and palaces scattered among the faculty buildings. The architecture reflects its Roman, Arabic and Christian past, and it is also said to have the most impressive town square in the whole of Spain.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Barca d'Alva - Ferradosa - Pinhão

Day
6

Continue your journey through the stunning countryside of the Douro Valley, arriving in Ferradosa after lunch. There is an optional excursion in the afternoon that takes you through vineyards where grapes are grown for the production of local wines before heading to a Quinta to taste Port wine. Rejoin the ship in Pinhão before your Gala evening tonight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Pinhão - Porto

Day
7

This morning, there is an optional excursion to the ancient town of Lamego, 12km from the banks of the Douro. This includes a visit to the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary, 600 metres above the town, the medieval castle, the church of Almacave with its azulejo lined walls and gilded woodwork on the altars, and the Cathedral. After lunch on board, the ship continues its journey to Porto. Tonight, there is a fado evening on board, where you can hear the traditional songs of Lisbon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Porto - UK

Day
8

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £255 per person and includes:

Porto
Day 1: Porto by night excursion
Day 2: Guided city tour including Palacio da Bolsa and San Francisco Church
Guimaraes
Day 3: City visit
Vila Real
Day 4: City tour and visit to Solar de Mateus manor and gardens with a 'cristas de galo' tasting
Salamanca
Day 5: City visit including cathedral and university
Sao Salvador da Mundo
Day 6: 'Wines of Porto' vineyards route and wine tasting
Lamego
Day 7: Guided tour

Note: All optional excursions are subject to change and a minimum number of participants are required for them to operate. Please note that the optional excursion package can only be booked up to 35 days prior to departure.

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an optional excursion package.

MS Fernao de Magalhaes

The MS Fernao de Magalhaes sails passengers along the Douro valley in Portugal and is known well as one of the finest canyons in Europe with it's breathtaking scenery. The 3 deck ship was built in 2003 and is 75m long and 11.4m wide. She can accommodate up to 142 passengers comfortably in the 72 cabins onboard.

Ship facts

  • Style: Premium
  • Class: 4 anchors class
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 20
  • Number of cabins: 71
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 142 passengers
  • Main language on board: fr+en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 3
  • Gross tonnage: 1000
  • Length (m): 75
  • Width (m): 11.4
  • Speed in knots: 9
  • Launch year: 2003
  • Refit year: 2010

Amenities

  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery

Cabins on this ship

All cabins are located above water level and offer panoramic views of the scenery. Spacious and comfortable, they offer guests twin or a double bed, with a bathroom including a shower, WC and washbasin, and with towels provided onboard. They are also equipped with satellite television, radio, hairdryer and safe. The cabins located on the upper deck have large picture windows.

Details

  • 129 Square Feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life on board

Age Restriction

Reservations from minors shall not be accepted by the travel agency but must be made by the parents or other adults of more than 18 years of age with the necessary authorisations. Minors of under 18 years of age are not permitted to travel on board unaccompanied. They must be accompanied by parents or adults of more than 18 years of age. No alcoholic beverages shall be served to minors on board. Proof of the customer’s age may be requested by the ship’s personnel. 

Dietary Requirements

Please advise the reservation agent at time of booking of any special dietary requirements you may have and they will make every effort to accommodate your request. 

Disabled Facilities

All passengers are required to be medically, physically and/or mentally fit to undertake a trip without endangering their life or the life of others. No medical services are offered aboard the ships. Any passenger with a physical or mental incapacity, limited capacity of mobility, having an illness requiring treatment or medical care, or pregnant women should inform the travel agent at the time of booking. No reservations can be accepted for passengers whose physical or mental condition is likely to render their participation in the cruise or in the vacation impossible or dangerous for themselves or others, or who require forms of care or assistance impossible to guarantee aboard ship, notably because of unsuitable infrastructure. Some suppliers (hoteliers, airlines and cruise companies, etc) may require a medical certificate confirming that the passenger is fit to travel or they may refuse to accept the booking if they feel that they will be unable to guarantee any assistance or treatment deemed necessary for the health and well-being of the passenger. Participation in the voyage and in excursions is subject to the condition of the passenger having sufficient mobility. If necessary, the disabled may be accompanied at their own expense to obtain the required assistance. All personal accidents, diversions or forced stopover costs disrupting the course of the cruise shall be at the liability of the passenger having concealed his unfitness to travel.

Dress Code

Casual and comfortable during the day. More elegant clothing may be worn in the evening. It is recommended that the wearing of footwear suitable for life aboard and for excursions with non-slip soles.

Smoking Policy

For the safety and comfort of all passengers, most ships do still allow smoking on board, but you will find this is restricted to designated areas around the ship. 

Swimming Pool

Guests can enjoy a dip in the small swimming pool up on the Sun Deck. 

Gift Shop

Peruse the onboard gift shop and buy those last minute gifts for loved ones back home.

Library

A well stocked library is available for those who wish to sit back and relax and lose themselves in a book. 

Lounge Bar

Enjoy your evenings by heading to the Lounge where you will find a well stocked bar serving local beers and wines. Take to the dance floor and let your hair down. A pleasant setting with maximum comfort and designer decor. Sit back, relax and enjoy the company of your fellow passengers and crew while sailing through the most beautiful rivers in Europe. 

Sun Deck

The sun deck on the ship offers a panoramic view of the landscape’s beauty as you cruise. A great place to relax outdoors and enjoy the weather sipping a glass of wine while sitting on the loungers shaded with a parasol.

Excursions

Guided visits to the local towns and villages will ensure your bout of local folklore and traditions are sated.

Main Restaurant

In the ship’s restaurant, you’ll experience CroisiEurope’s stunning French cuisine prepared by the skilled and passionate team of chefs, which include head chef and nominee member of Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, Alain Bohn.

Deck Plans

Deck 1

  • Restaurant
  • Cabins 

Deck 2

  • Lounge Bar
  • Cabins 

Deck 3

  • Sun Deck
  • Swimming Pool

Deck 4

  • Cabins
  • Terrace

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