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Douro Valley, Portugal

Douro Discovery River Cruise with Travelmarvel

8-day river cruise from £2,295 pp incl. flights

Save up to £500 pp on 2023 departures

Summary

Short description

Discover the historic towns and world-famous wineries of Portugal's beautiful Douro Valley

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Highlights

  • Marvel at the ancient wine-making villages & terraced vineyards of Portugal's stunning Douro Valley
  • Sample the world-famous ports and wines of the Douro Valley
  • Enjoy dinner at a local quinta, a traditional Portuguese winery
  • Cross into Spain to explore Salamanca on a guided tour including a traditional Flamenco show

In Brief

  • 1 Night Porto
  • 1 Night Pinhão
  • 1 Night Castelo Rodrigo
  • 1 Night Salamanca
  • 1 Night Lamego
  • 1 Night Entre-os-Rios
  • 1 Night Vila Nova de Gaia

About

Recommended for:
City | Food & wine | History & culture | Natural world | River cruise

The ancient wine-making villages, historic towns and world-famous vineyards that frame Portugal's iconic Douro make for a truly wonderful and scenic cruise. Enjoy all that it has to offer, from tastings in historic vineyards to medieval city exploration. After flying to Porto, the colourful jewel of Portugal and gateway to the Douro, before sailing among the terraced hills of Pinhao and mountain-framed town of Barca D’Alva. Across the border in Spain you'll enjoy a your of Salamanca, before experiencing a flamenco show with lunch. Alongside it all, enjoy inclusive dining with complimentary drinks, plus onboard entertainment and use of the ship's pool deck. 

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Porto

After enjoying the included airport lounge access, fly to Porto and, on arrival, transfer to your river ship, the MS Douro Serenity. Settle in to your stateroom before meeting your fellow travellers and Travelmarvel Cruise Director at a Welcome Reception as you take in the sights along the Douro River on a sunset cruise.

Stay: MS Douro Serenity

Meals: D

Day 2
Regua, Mateus Palace & PInhao

Today you begin your cruise along the spectacular Douro River. Flowing from the northern reaches of Spain, through Portugal and into the Atlantic, this river is bordered by countless vineyards. As you cruise this morning, you’ll take part in a Portuguese language lesson, during which you’ll learn some essential phrases of this beautiful language. Disembark your ship in Regua and join an excursion by coach to the splendid Gardens and Palace of Mateus. Afterwards, travel by coach to Pinhao.  Enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional dishes and dessert at a picturesque local quinta, a Portuguese winery.

Stay: MS Douro Serenity

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Vega de Terron & Castelo Rodrigo

Today, cruise across the border into Vega de Terron in Spain. Enjoy some time at leisure before joining an excursion to Castelo Rodrigo. This tiny village sits atop a hill overlooking both Spain and Portugal, and features a number of well-preserved ruins, an impressive castle and a magnificent stone statue of Santiago Matamoros. After exploring this charming little town, you’ll board a coach and return to your ship.

Stay: MS Douro Serenity

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Salamanca & Barca d'Alva

Today you’ll disembark and board a coach to set off for the glorious Spanish city of Salamanca. This gorgeous city is arguably one of the most beautiful in Spain, and boasts sunlit sandstone buildings along with a majestic city square and an ancient university. After your 'Insider Experience' - a captivating flamenco show, with lunch - return by coach back over the border to Barca d’Alva, the last Portuguese village along the Douro, where your ship awaits. Back on board this evening, enjoy a traditional Portuguese barbecue dinner.

Stay: MS Douro Serenity 

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Regua & Lamego

This morning after breakfast, enjoy a Portuguese cooking demonstration on board as your ship cruises past Pinhao to Regua. Enjoy a tasting of local port wine, Portugal’s most famous tipple before boarding a coach for the scenic drive past swathes of expansive vineyards. You’ll visit the picturesque village of Lamego and the elaborately decorated baroque cathedral, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, an important Portuguese place of pilgrimage. While in Lamego, visit one of Portugal’s best museums. Once an episcopal palace, this beautiful building is home to a vast collection of paintings, tapestries and jewellery. You may also like to sample one of the town’s famous specialties, Bola de Lamego, a delicious smoked ham roll.

Stay: MS Douro Serenity

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Regua & Entre-os-Rios

This morning, enjoy free time to explore Regua. You may like to wander along the riverfront, or venture into the lovely Old Town. Afterwards continue on to the riverside town of Entre-os-Rios. On arrival, enjoy free time to explore this gorgeous, vibrant town as you please. Tonight, be treated to an energetic performance of traditional Portuguese folk music back on board at a special Captain’s Dinner.

Stay: MS Douro Serenity

Day 7
Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto

After breakfast, cruise back to the enchanting city of Vila Nova de Gaia. On arrival, join a fascinating tour of nearby Porto, which sits just across the river. Here, you’ll be led past a collection of the city’s most famous attractions, and visit a local port winery for a tour and tasting. This afternoon, there’s ample time for you to step back out to explore Porto at leisure. You may like to visit a Portuguese boutique to buy authentic, local souvenirs. Or perhaps take a stroll through the city’s old-fashioned Bolhao food market. Alternatively, you might choose to take an optional excursion to the World Heritage-listed city of Guimaraes. This evening back on board your ship, enjoy a final Farewell Dinner with your new-found friends

Stay: MS Douro Serenity

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Disembark and fly back to the UK

After enjoying a final breakfast on board, transfer to the airport in Porto for your return flight to the UK.

Stay: MS Douro Serenity

Meals: B

Map

Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Prices

8-day river cruise from £2,295 pp incl. flights

Departure:

Save up to £500 pp on 2023 departures
Book by: 30 September 2022

Includes:

  • Return scheduled flights from the UK to Porto
  • Transfers to/from ship 
  • 7 nights cruise aboard MS Douro Serenity
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners, plus complimentary soft drinks, beer and local wine with lunch and dinner
  • Unique cultural experiences in up to 11 towns, villages and cities
  • Services of an Travelmarvel Cruise Director

Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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