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The Douro River, the Spirit of Portugal 2019

8 days with CroisiEurope  Rating: First Class

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1 PORTO
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 5:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. After dinner, the evening is free to do as you please.
 
DAY 2 PORTO - REGUA
Join us for a guided tour of Porto followed by a wine tasting session* in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaïa. The afternoon will be spent sailing.
 
DAY 3 REGUA - PINHAO - VEGA DE TERON
Take part in our excursion to Vila Réal, a town with a great variety of religious buildings and architecture. We'll stroll through the formal gardens at the Mateus Palace. The afternoon will be spent sailing. Enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.
 
DAY 4 VEGA DE TERON - SALAMANCA - BARCA D'ALVA
Join us for an excursion to Salamanca (lunch included). We'll visit its unusual cathedral and its famous university dating back to 1218, making it one of the oldest in the world. We'll return on board after our tour and enjoy an evening of entertainment.
 
DAY 5 BARCA D'ALVA - FERRADOSA - PINHAO
This morning will be spent cruising. We'll set off on our excursion along the Porto Wine Route: we'll discover the vineyards famously arranged in rows as well as small typical villages, followed by a wine-tasting session* in a true Portuguese quinta. Tonight's our gala dinner and evening. 
 
DAY 6 PINHAO - PORTO
Join us on a guided tour of Lamego. The afternoon will be spent sailing towards Porto. Enjoy an evening of Fado entertainment.
 
DAY 7 PORTO
Enjoy time at leisure this morning to discover Porto at your own pace. Afterwards, join us for an excursion to Aveiro, a charming medieval town surrounded by salt marshes, beaches and lagoons. Enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.
 
DAY 8 PORTO
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services. 
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Lamego and the most beautiful Baroque sanctuary in Portugal
  • The formal gardens at the Mateus Palace
  • Salamanca, awe-inspiring Spanish city
  • The Porto Wine Route*, the oldest wine-producing region in the world
  • Porto, a coastal town full of culture and tradition
  • Aveiro, known as the "Venice of Portugal”
  • Flamenco, Fado and folk entertainment on board
All This Included
Visit Spain and Portugal connected by the Golden River. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Douro opens its doors where you will discover terraced vineyards, typical villages, quintas and their wines* all along the river. Explore Salamanca, named as “the small Rome” classified World Heritage by UNESCO, don’t miss out its cathedral. Embark for an unforgettable journey through these magnificent countries.
 
  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Miguel Torga, MS Amalia Rodrigues, MS Fernao de Magalhaes, MS Infante Don Henrique, or MS Gil Eanes
Notes
  • For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.
  • The number of moorings on the Douro is limited. Our boats may be moored side by side.
  • Arrival times at ports of call and the order of the excursions can change.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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