Portugal's Douro River Cruise

  • 8 Days

  • Western Europe

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.

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Highlights

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

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

of 8 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 13th April 2018

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

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.

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.

Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in Porto

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension 

Day 1

UK - Porto

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Porto

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

Day 3

Porto - Régua

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

Day 4

Régua - Vega de Teron

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

Day 5

Barca d'Alva

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

Day 6

Barca d'Alva - Ferradosa - Pinhão

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

Day 7

Pinhão - Porto

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

Day 8

Porto - UK

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Porto with 2 nights at the Hotel Teatro.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £248 per person and includes:

Oporto
Day 1: 'Oporto 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 15: 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 call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an optional excursion package.

Your ship

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.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
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
Available cabins on this cruise
Double Cabins

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 onboard

CroisiEurope has a fleet of 47 Prestige category boats with cabins, which ply the most beautiful rivers in Europe. Spacious and light, they offer a welcoming and refined setting.

Latest customer reviews

20/07/2017

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.

13/07/2017

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

13/07/2017

The crew were 100 percent excellent and could not have been more helpful. The entertainment was mixed some good some not so good. The boat was clean . The cabins small. The food could have been better, although it was editable, the portions were small, but being a French shipping line that was to be expected. The excursions were overpriced, and some boring. The weather was mixed, but that's the chance you take when booking any holiday.

29/06/2017

Wonderful experience of the Douro river

29/06/2017

Friendly crew, very clean ship, food and drink excellent. The tours were well organised and we were well entertained on board.

29/06/2017

Excellent accommodation, staff and entertainment. Would recommend to others.

22/06/2017

The ship and crew were great - the ship was lovely - the food "out of this world". The excursions, unfortunately, were rubbish - we went to 3 and then cancelled the rest which was sad because we have always enjoyed the trips arranged on other holidays with you. I t think they have difficulty finding things of interest - of the 3 we went on 2 were Sandeman's Port estates.

18/06/2017

Good busy cruise but order of the itinerary was changed as two boats were doing the same cruise. A bit confusing especially as the TV screen approach did not function correctly. Option of buffet lunch would be better than 5 course lunch taking up one and a half hours of the day. We were an early arrival and although we knew that our cabin would not be available till later, the reception and unwelcoming attitude towards us was disappointing.

21/05/2017

Weather very poor, rained most days, unable to enjoy the sundeck. No choice with main meals, shower unit extremely small. Entertainment average. Long delay between connecting flight from Brussels to Birmingham on homeward journey. Problem with aircraft from Brussels to Birmingham which resulted in having to wait for a replacement plane which delayed the return home further. We would not like to repeat this experience.

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