Portugal's Douro River Cruise


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Cruise : PDR

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Overview

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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.

Highlights

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.

 

Cruise itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Porto

Day
1

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

Day
8

After breakfast, disembark your ship.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

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

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

UK - Porto

Day
1

Trave; 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:

  • 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

Things to note

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

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

Porto - Porto

Day
1

After 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.

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
2

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
3

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
4

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
5

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
6

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

Day
7

After breakfast, disembark your ship.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

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

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Cruise only

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All inclusive drinks on cruise

Cruise with flights

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All inclusive drinks on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes

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