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Hike in Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca 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. Presentation of our hiking program. In the evening, depending on the weather, we'll cruise to the mouth of the Douro River.
 
DAY 2 PORTO - REGUA
We'll set out for a guided tour of Porto. The afternoon will be spent sailing towards Regua. Enjoy an evening of dancing or a stroll through the city on your own.
 
DAY 3 REGUA - PINHAO - VEGA DE TERON
Hikers' Program: Hike through the heart of the Alvão Natural Park. Mountainous scenery, granite statues, deep valleys, and remote villages line our route. 
 
Non-hikers' Program: Trip to Vila Réal and stroll through the beautiful gardens of the Mateus Palace.
 
The afternoon will be spent sailing through the very heart of the most famous vineyards in Porto. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.
 
DAY 4 VEGA DE TERON - SALAMANCA - BARCA D'ALVA
Join us on a guided tour of Salamanca, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We'll return on board in the end of the afternoon. Enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.
 
DAY 5 BARCA D'ALVA - SENHORA DA RIBEIRA
Hikers' Program: "Vultures' Cliff¿ This hike begins in a wild mountainous setting with magnificent panoramic views of the Douro River and Spain. Picnic lunch.
 
Non-hikers' Program: Excursion to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo.
We'll return on board. The afternoon will be spent sailing to Senhora da Ribeira. Tonight's our gala evening and dinner
 
DAY 6 SENHORA DA RIBEIRA - FERRADOSA - PINHAO - REGUA - BITETOS
Hikers' Program: Hike through the vineyards. Discovery of a real paradise where nature has been protected (picnic lunch). 
 
Non-hikers' Program: "Wines of Porto excursion with a tasting* of Porto wines.
We'll cruise to Bitetos, reaching it in the evening. Enjoy an evening of Fado entertainment.
 
DAY 7 BITETOS - PORTO
This morning will be spent sailing to Porto.
 
Hikers' Program: Hike along the banks of the Douro River to its estuary, admiring breathtaking views of the city and the ocean. 
 
Non-hikers' Program: Excursion to Guimaraes, birthplace of Portugal in the 12th century.
 
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
  • Walking tours with a qualified mountain guide: The Alvao National Park; The Portuguese vineyard; The Douro National Park all the way to the Vultures' Cliff; Along the coastline in Porto
  • Non-hikers program: Porto and its historic riches; Vila Real and the formal gardens at the Mateus Palace; Salamanca, beautiful university city; The Porto Wine Route; Figueira de Castelo Rodriguo, one of the 12 historic villages in Portugal
All This Included
Embark on a cruise through the heart of authentic Portugal and explore beautiful and unspoilt areas such as the Alvao or Douro Nature Parks and the Portuguese vineyards. Our hiking and walking programs offer you the opportunity to contemplate the natural beauty of these magical places. Far from the hustle and bustle of city life, this cruise is ideal for the nature and scenic enthusiasts.
 
  • 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 Infante Don Henrique
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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