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Porto, the Douro Valley (Portugal), & Salamanca (Spain) River Cruise

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,337

Portugal may not be the first name you think of for a European cruise, but a journey up the Rio Douro might just change your mind. Set sail from Porto, travelling all the way up to Spain before returning.


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This 6-day cruise through Northern Portugal takes you through some of the country’s most spectacular wine regions, taking you all the way up to the Salamanca region of Spain.

Your departure port, Porto, is one of Europe’s up and coming highlight cities. The birthplace of port wine, it’s also one of the oldest cities in Europe, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a night-time and day-time tour, and perhaps discover the fascinating history of the city’s trams. Then travel up the Douro to Regua.

Going on to Vila Real, take a walk through the gardens of Mateus Palace, a relatively new (18th century), but nonetheless opulent and fascinating structure designed by Italian artist and architect Nicolau Nasoni. The splendor continues aboard ship during the night with a flamenco show as you approach the Spanish border.

Arrive in Salamanca and enjoy a tour showcasing the region's various Christian, Arab, and Roman influences, Or perhaps you’d prefer to explore Salamanca by bike. Barca d’Alva is just 2 kilometres from the Salamanca, so adding a touch of the Spanish countryside to your Portugal vacation is easy. Return to the ship, which takes you on to a wine tasting excursion where you can savour the famous flavours of Porto. Your final day trip takes you toward Lamego, a key city during the Portuguese Barroque period of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Bid farewell to Portugal with an evening of traditional entertainment before you disembark back in Porto.


 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,337

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Day 1

Porto

Boarding from 5:00pm and time to settle comfortably in your cabins before being presented to the crew during a welcome cocktail reception served in the lounge.
Excursion common for both packages: trip by coach to see the Porto by night.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration5 Nights
Accommodation

MS Fernao de Magalhaes

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    MS Fernao de Magalhaes



    The beautiful MS Fernao de Magalhaes was specifically designed for Douro River cruising and offers a sophisticated design. The cruise ship accommodates 142 passengers in 71 air-conditioned cabins, some of them with French balcony. Guests on the MS Fernao de Magalhaes will enjoy fine dining ...

    The beautiful MS Fernao de Magalhaes was specifically designed for Douro River cruising and offers a sophisticated design. The cruise ship accommodates 142 passengers in 71 air-conditioned cabins, some of them with French balcony.

    Guests on the MS Fernao de Magalhaes will enjoy fine dining in the gorgeous restaurant with delicious cuisine and delightful, attentive service. After dinner, the cruise ship offers a lounge bar with live music and a dancefloor.

    One of the highlights of this beautiful four star cruise ship is the spacious sun deck with a swimming pool and deck chairs.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Dining Room
    • Gift Shop
    • Lounge Bar
    • Radar
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Porto to Regua

Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Visit of Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe, awarded World heritage status by Unesco, with its unspoiled old quarters, maze of narrow win-ding streets, houses with archways and splendid churches. However, Porto is known first and foremost for its famous Porto wines from the vineyards which stretch as far as the eye can see along the banks of the Douro.
DISCOVERY as a supplement: Touring Porto via tram and visiting the tram museum. We'll leave from Vila Nova de Gaia by coach for downtown Porto. Once we arrive, we'll board one of the city's trams and partake in this urban-tourism experience all the way to the mouth of the Douro. We'll finish up our excursion with a tasting of some of the local specialties.
Return to the ship and cruise onto Regua, admiring the marvellous scenery that the cruise offers. You will pass the locks of Crestuma and Carrapelato, which is the highest in Europe at 36m. Crew show.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Regua to Pinhao to Vega de Teron

Excursion common for both packages: Vila RĂ©al, famous for the variety of its religious architecture. Stroll through the beautiful gardens of Solar de Mateus.

Join the ship again in Pinhao. Afternoon spent cruising through the heart of the famous Porto vineyards, passing the locks or Valeria and Pocinho, arriving in Vega de Teron in the evening. Spanish evening on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Barca D' Alva to Salamanca to Senhora da Ribeira

Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Excursion to Salamanca. This town of dazzling beauty houses some extraordinary Roman, Arabic, and Christian architectural treasures.
DISCOVERY as a supplement: Salamanca by bike. You'll leave by coach with your host/hostess from Barca d'Alva for Salamanca. On a comfortable bike, you will get to know all the must-see sites but also the places off the typical touristic paths.

Return to the ship in Barca d'Alva at the end of the afternoon and continuation to Senhora da Ribeira. Gala evening on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Senhora da Ribeira to Ferradosa to Fologosa to Leverinho

Early morning start cruising to Ferradosa.
Excursion common for both packages: Wines trail Porto excursion. Follow the wine road which runs through the heart of the vineyards before stopping to taste some of these vintages in a quinta (winecellar). Back on board at Folgosa for lunch. Cruise towards Leverinho. Admire the wild landscapes and impressive rocky outcrops along the way. Folk evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Leverinho to Porto

Early morning start cruising towards Porto. Arrival around 9:00am in Porto before disembarking. End of our journey.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2017:
MS Fernao de Magalhaes: Jul 22, 27; Aug 1, 6, 11
MS Miguel Torga
: Apr 11, 23; May 10, 29; Jun 25; Jul 8; Aug 24, 29; Sep 20
MS Infante don Henrique: Oct 4

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
  • Meals and beverages as indicated
  • Excursions as mentioned
  • On-board entertainment
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Gala dinner
  • All port fees
  • Assistance from on board multi-lingual host/hostess
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Transfers
  • Booking fees
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified
  • Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions/transfers
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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