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Portugal's Douro River Cruise

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Price per person
from £1,673

Price based on
London Gatwick
13th Jul 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • 8 days

  • Europe

  • River cruises

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.

At a glance

Relax on a leisurely cruise with plenty of free time, or add on either a Classic or Discovery excursion package when you call 0330 0588 237 to book. Both packages include:

  • Porto Explore this atmospheric waterfront city and discover its winding lanes, delicious ports and night time charm.
  • Vila Real and Mateus Palace Tour the city to admire its religious architecture, then stop to enjoy a local pastry before discovering 18th-century Mateus Palace, the most beautiful manor in Northern Portugal.
  • Salamanca Explore the city’s Roman, Arabic and Christian influences on an optional city tour on foot (Classic) or by bike (Discovery). Includes lunch at a local restaurant and free time to explore.
  • Porto wine route Meander through pretty vineyard towns and stop at a quinta to sample the local port.
  • Lamego Climb the baroque staircase of the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary.

Call 0330 0588 237 to book your holiday with an excursion package, or speak to your travel agent.

 

What's included

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

Our private 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.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Customer Reviews

Service on board was first class, crew were very helpful...

25th October 2018
Trusted Customer

Service on board was first class, crew were very helpful nothing was too much trouble. Cleanliness of bedrooms,restaurant and lounge was excellent.

Excellent trip starting with home pick up service. Douro...

20th September 2018
Trusted Customer

Excellent trip starting with home pick up service. Douro River Cruise was great. Wonderful scenery. Great staff on board. Food excellent. Drinks included all day, not just with meals. Met some lovely people. Free wifi. Excursions were very good. A great holiday with no problems whatsoever. Would highly recommend.

Leisurely interesting cruise with beautiful scenery. Well organised and excellent...

13th September 2018
Trusted Customer

Leisurely interesting cruise with beautiful scenery. Well organised and excellent food on Croissi Europe. Lovely staff, always helpful and smiling. Limited opportunity to go walking independently as some stops were just to drop off or collect passengers from coach trips. Going through the locks was quite some experience and very glad we did this trip. Cosmos offer for airport pickup worked very well and a real bonus not to have to drive and park our car. Would definitely use Cosmos again.

Good all round experience...

23rd August 2018
Miss Pamela Wigston

Good all round experience

The cruise was excellent but the details of the trips...

21st June 2018
Trusted Customer

The cruise was excellent but the details of the trips were not really revealed until on board so I would never book trips in advance

The ship's company and all the ancillary staff were marvellous....

21st June 2018
Mrs Sandra Humphery

The ship's company and all the ancillary staff were marvellous. Susannah the director was superb the entertainment was excellent with the exception of the fado which is an acquired taste and having heard it several times before I still have not made that acquisition !

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!!!

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.

Enjoy a welcome cocktail party and the chance to meet the crew. If you've booked either of the optional excursion packages, join a tour to explore the charms of Porto by night.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Porto

Day
2

This morning, take an optional guided tour of historic Porto either on foot (Classic), or by tram - with a visit to the Tram Museum (Discovery). The afternoon is at leisure - you can ask to be dropped off in the city centre via rabelo boat. Tonight, enjoy an evening of Fado entertainment on board.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Porto - Régua

Day
3

The morning is at leisure, or perhaps join an optional excursion to Guimarães - birthplace of Afonso Henriques and renowned for its historical treasures and museums (Classic), or a guided hike along the Douro river (Discovery). Return on board and cruise to Régua, passing through the gigantic lock at Carrapatello.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Régua - Vega de Terron

Day
4

This morning's optional excursion (Classic and Discovery) is to Vila Real to visit the beautiful manor and gardens of Solar de Mateus. Later, your ship continues cruising amid the steep, terraced vineyards that line the banks of the river, en route to Vega de Terron. Enjoy a flamenco evening on board.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Barca d'Alva - Salamanca

Day
5

After breakfast, join us for an optional full-day 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. Discover the city on foot (Classic) or by bike (Discovery).

Enjoy an evening of entertainment on board this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Barca d'Alva - Ferradosa - Pinhão

Day
6

Continue your voyage through the stunning countryside of the Douro Valley, arriving in Ferradosa after lunch. Today's optional excursion (both packages) in the afternoon takes you along the Porto Wine Route, through pretty vineyard towns and to a quinta for a traditional port tasting.

Back on board, enjoy a gala evening tonight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Pinhão - Porto

Day
7

The optional excursion today (both packages) takes you 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 folk songs of Portugal.

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.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
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Things to note

2019 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in September 2018.

MS Gil Eanes

The MS Gil Eanes sails passengers along the Douro River in Portugal. The 3 deck ship was finished in 2015 and is 80m long and 11.4m wide and with only 142 passengers comfortably onboard, she offers a more intimate, personal river cruise.

Ship facts

  • Style: Premium
  • Class: 5 anchors class
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 20
  • Number of cabins: 66
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 1
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 132 passengers
  • Main language on board: fr+en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 3
  • Gross tonnage: 1000
  • Length (m): 80
  • Width (m): 11.4
  • Speed in knots: 9
  • Launch year: 2015

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

  • 143 Square Feet
  • Sleeps 2

Spacious and comfortable, the Suites 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. 

Two out of the four Suites have terrace balconies, offering stunning panoramic views all from the comfort of your lounger.

Details

  • 143 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. 

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 
  • Suites

Deck 3

  • Sun Deck

Deck 4

  • Cabins
  • Suites with Terrace

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