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Portugal to Spain River Cruise: Porto, Douro Valley, Salamanca Porto

Duration
8 Days
Prices:
On request

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.


Please see LEFT BAR for ship details and other cruise info.

This 8-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, enjoying dinner on board, and an excursion out to Guimaraes, another of Portugal’s most historic towns (it also ticks another World Heritage site off your list).

Sailing 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.

Stop in Barca d’Alva, where a tour takes you to explore the city’s cathedral. 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 to 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
8 Days
Prices:
On request

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Day 1

Porto

Passengers are welcome to board the ship at the end of the afternoon. Join us for a welcome cocktail with the crew before dinner. Dinner will be served on board. We'll then set out to explore Porto by night.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

MS Infante don Henrique

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    MS Infante don Henrique



    The 142-passenger Infante Don Henrique is one of three CroisiEurope river vessels that sail on Portugal's Douro.

    The 142-passenger Infante Don Henrique is one of three CroisiEurope river vessels that sail on Portugal's Douro.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Dining Room
    • Lounge
    • Radar
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Porto

Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe, whose historic centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
DISCOVERY as a supplement: Touring Porto via tram and visiting the tram museum.

We'll return on board for dinner and an evening of fado music.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Porto to Regua

Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Excursion to Guimaraes.
DISCOVERY as a supplement: Hiking along the Douro.

The afternoon will be spent cruising. Enjoy dinner on board followed by a dancing or a stroll through Regua by night.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Regua to Vega de Terron

Join us for an excursion to Vila Real and stroll through the beautiful gardens of Mateus Palace. The afternoon will be spent cruising. Enjoy dinner and an evening of flamenco on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Barca d'Alva

Excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Discover the city and its cathedral.
DISCOVERY as a supplement: Salamanca by bike.

Enjoy an evening of entertainment after dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Barca d'Alva to Ferradosa to Pinhao

The morning will be spent cruising. Join us for an excursion to taste the wine of Porto. Tonight is our festival gala evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Pinhao to Porto

Join us for an excursion to Lamego. The afternoon will be spent cruising. We'll enjoy an evening of traditional entertainment.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Porto

Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

*2017: Mar 31; Apr 3, 7, 10, 14, 16, 17, 21, 24, 28; May 1, 8, 15, 22, 26, 29; Jun 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 19, 26, 30; Jul 1, 3, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31; Aug 3, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 21, 25, 28; Sep 4, 8, 11, 18, 25, 29; Oct 2, 9, 13, 14, 16, 20, 23.

*Departure dates vary depending on chosen vessel.

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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9 Oct 2017
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