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Cruise the River Douro to Salamanca 2020

River Douro | Portugal, Europe

8 days
from
£1895
per person
  • Douro
  • Porto
  • Douro
  • Salamanca
  • Salamanca
  • Guimeres
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Cruise the River Douro to Salamanca

In a sundrenched corner of Europe blessed with the River Douro, we wind our way through Portugal on a journey to Spain on this magical itinerary. It’s here in the beautiful city of Porto that we join our ship and set off through miles of rural scenery, endless rows of neatly terraced vineyards and clusters of almond and olive trees. With tiny villages dotted along the river banks, every moment provides opportunity for breathtaking photography. One of the highlights is a trip to Porto, to explore the place that gave Portugal, and port wine, their very names.

Day 1: UK – Porto
We fly to Porto in Portugal and are transferred to our ship where you can enjoy a welcome cocktail before dinner. This evening you can join our included tour of Porto by night, where you can take in the city’s unique historic centre. We will also make a stop at the Sao Bento railway station where we will see the magnificent azulejos (ceramic tiles). span>

Day 2: Porto
This morning you can join our included excursion to Porto, the second largest city in Portugal. Our visit will take in this colourful city’s unique architecture, as we discover the Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Building), built in 1834. We'll also visit the Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis), known as the "Golden Church”. The church is the most prominent Gothic monument in Porto and is known for its outstanding Baroque interior. Later this afternoon we return to our ship for dinner and an evening of Fado entertainment.

Day 3: Porto - Guimarães – Regua
After breakfast, you have the opportunity to join our included excursion by coach for a guided tour of the historic city of Guimarães in northern Portugal. The medieval heart of Guimarães is a labyrinth of lanes and picturesque plazas framed by 14th century buildings. Here, we’ll also discover the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, a medieval estate and former residence of the first Dukes of Braganza and a striking example of early medieval architecture. We return to the ship in Porto where you can enjoy a relaxing evening onboard as we set sail for Regua.

Day 4: Regua - Vila Real - Vega de Terron
This morning you can join our included excursion to the lively city of Vila Real. Here we’ll enjoy a panoramic tour of the city by coach followed by a tasting of the local pastry, Cristas de Galo. We’ll then continue our tour with a visit to the magnificent Mateus Palace, considered by many to be one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture. Built in the 18th century, this beautiful manor is set against a backdrop of delightful gardens and overlooks the grape terraces or the Douro river valley. We return to our ship in Regua where we continue our journey along the Douro towards Vega de Terron on the Spanish Portugal border. This evening, enjoy a relaxing dinner onboard followed by a Flamenco show.

Day 5: Vega de Terron – Salamanca
Today’s full day excursion visits the Spanish city of Salamanca. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Salamanca is made up of carved golden sandstone churches, palaces and plazas. Our tour will take in the cathedral as well as one of the world’s oldest Universities, which first opened in 1218. Lunch is included on our excursion, after which you are free to explore Spain’s ‘golden city’ at leisure. We re-join our ship in Vega de Terron and enjoy an evening of entertainment. .

Day 6: Vega de Terron – Ferradosa – Pinhão
Relax on board this morning as we cruise along the Douro towards the tiny wine town of Ferradosa. This afternoon there’s an included excursion along the Porto wine route, where we'll discover the incredible vineyards that extend over 100 km along the Douro river all the way to the Spanish border. We'll also explore San Salvador do Mundo and Sao Joao da Pesqueira, two small towns set amongst the vineyards in the Rio Torto valley. In Sao Joao da Pesqueira you will have the opportunity to explore the quaint arcaded square, chapel and traditional white houses. We return to the ship in Pinhão where we enjoy a gala dinner this evening.span>

Day 7: Pinhão – Lamego – Porto
This morning our included excursion takes us by coach to the charming Episcopal town of Lamego for a guided tour of the city centre. Here we’ll explore the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Sanctuary, a beautiful 18th century church with white façade and baroque staircase made up of 686 steps. The first stone was laid on 14th February 1750 and gave way to the construction of a massive temple overlooking the city, providing a breathtaking view over the misty mountains of the surrounding landscape. Enjoy another relaxing afternoon onboard as we cruise towards Porto. This evening we enjoy dinner onboard followed by some traditional folk entertainment.

Day 8: Porto – UK
After breakfast we bid farewell to the crew onboard and are taken to the airport for our return flight.

 

Visit Porto, the second largest city in Portugal

Enjoy a trip to the historic city of Guimarães

See the lively Vila Real

Join us on a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Salamanca

Discover the incredible vineyards of Porto wine route.

Enjoy time in the charming Episcopal town of Lamego

Explore San Salvador do Mundo and Sao Joao da Pesqueira, two small towns set amongst the vineyards

Ships

We offer a number of flexible travel options for you to join your cruise, whether you want to travel to the port of departure or directly to the ship. Please see below:

By Air from London Gatwick

Air travel is included as an air inclusive option with flights and return transfers to the ship included. Regional flight options are available, call our Holiday Advisors for details.

Dates and pricing

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Departures

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2020-04-27
27 April 2020
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2020-07-13
13 July 2020
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£1895
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To enhance your holiday experience all excursions are included. This will allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield.

Porto City by Night & Sao Bento Railway

Porto City by Night & Sao Bento Railway

Take in Porto's unique historic centre on this night time excursion. There will also be a stop at the Sao Bento railway station where you can discover the magnificent azulejos, or ceramic tiles, that Portugal has become known for.

Porto Guided Tour

Porto Guided Tour

On this excursion, discover this colourful city's unique architecture, as we take in the Palacio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Building), built in 1834 and the Igreja de Sao Francisco (Church of Saint Francis), known as the 'Golden Church'.

Historic Guimaraes City Tour

Historic Guimaraes City Tour

This well preserved town is often referred to as the birthplace of Portugal. With the consistent use of traditional building materials and techniques, it exemplifies Portuguese architecture from the 15th to the 19th century, and is a beautiful lace to explore on foot.

Palace Mateus & Vila Real

Palace Mateus & Vila Real

Vila Real is a historic city is of a rural tranquillity. Palace Mateus was the holiday home of the Portuguese royal family in the 16th and 17th centuries. We visit the palace as well as the promenade in the park.

Full Day Tour of Salamanca

Full Day Tour of Salamanca

Enjoy a full day in the famous Spanish university city Salamanca. During a sightseeing walk you will see the Plaza Mayor (the oldest university in Spain), the Casa de las Conchas, the baroque church La Clereria, the cathedral and the Roman bridge. The excursion also includes lunch and an some free time to explore Spain's 'Golden City' at leisure.

City Tour of Lamego

City Tour of Lamego

This elegant city is filled with Renaissance and baroque mansions, and tucked away in an 18th century palace is one of Portugal’s best regional museums which we see during our visit. It includes huge 16th century Flemish tapestries depicting mythological scenes and works by the great 16th century Portuguese artist Grão Vasco showing the Creation, Annunciation, Visitation, and Circumcision.

At a glance

Length: 8 days

From: Porto

Ends: Porto

Travel options available:

  • By Air from London Gatwick
8 days
from
£1895
per person

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Included in the Price

  • Seven nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Captain’s welcome drink reception and farewell dinner
  • Entertainment on every night of your cruise
  • Seven visits included to Porto, Regua, Vega de Terron, Salamanca, Ferradosa, Pinhão
  • Services of a Cruise Manager

 

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