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S.S São Gabriel

Douro River Valley Cruise: Porto to Porto on S.S. São Gabriel

8-day river cruise from £1,495 pp incl. flights

Up to 50% off 2021 departures - extra dates added

Summary

Short description

Explore the world-famous Douro Valley in small-ship luxury

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Highlights

  • Cruise among the historic Douro Valley's terraced hillsides & famous vineyards
  • Explore with included vineyard tastings & walking tours in one of the world's premier winemaking regions
  • Relax on board the brand-new S.S. São Gabriel, with stylish suites, a pool & spa
  • Indulge in local cuisine, port and wine, including two gala dinners on board
  • Discover the medieval gems & charming streets of Porto & Pinhao

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Porto
  • 2 Nights Pinhão
  • 1 Night Salamanca – optional
  • 1 Night Barca de Alva
  • 1 Night Guimaraes

About

Recommended for:
Food & wine | November holidays | October holidays | River cruise

The Douro River Valley abounds with UNESCO World Heritage Sites and natural beauty, and this luxury river cruise sees you explore its most famed sites as you meander past archetypal terraced hillsides that frame charming villages and world-class vineyards. Pausing at quintas and local winemakers, you'll get to know Porto and Pinhão with included local walking tours and vineyard visits where you'll sample some of that world-renowned port. After an optional stop in Spain's Salamanca, head out on local walking tours to the cobblestone castle village of Castelo Rodrigo and historic Guimarães' UNESCO-listed Old Town. Alongside it all, you'll return each night to your river-view stateroom and  all-inclusive luxury on board the brand-new S.S. São Gabriel.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Porto

After included airport lounge access to begin your trip in style, you'll board your flight to Portugal and arrive in Porto. On arrival, you'll be transferred to the port to board the new-for-2021 S.S. São Gabriel. Board and unpack in your lavishly-appointed, river-view suite – enjoying butler service throughout – alongside a sun deck, pool, lounge bar, spa and gym. Tonight, sample the first of your included meals with a delectable food and wine-paired menu inspired by the region. 

Stay: S.S. São Gabriel

Meals: D

Day 2
Explore Porto

After breakfast, you've got the chance to explore the city proper. Choose from an in-depth Porto city tour – highlights include stops at the UNESCO-designated, 19th-century Stock Exchange Palace, Clérigos Tower and hilltop cathedral – or a local-inspired walking tour. The latter will see you walk over the Ponte Dom Luis for panoramic views before hopping on Porto’s famed tram to the Clérigos quarter, Sao Bento Station and Cathedral Sé. Back on board, after time to relax on the pool deck or at the spa, head to the restaurant and lounge bar for a reception and dinner to be officially welcomed by the Captain.

Stay: S.S. São Gabriel

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Entre-os-Rios, Pinhão

Today is all about wine, which has been cultivated in the Douro River Valley since ancient Roman times. After breakfast, head to the Douro Museum for a unique tour where you'll learn about the region’s geology and winemaking history, with several rabelos – boats that carried wine from the vineyards to Porto – on display. End the tour with a sample of some regional Douro wine before you travel along the winding, terraced-framed streets for lunch at a local quinta with spectacular panoramic views.

Stay: S.S. São Gabriel

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Pinhão

Sail to Pinhão through the pristine, UNESCO-protected landscapes of the Douro River Valley today before you head ashore for a choice of excursions. Perhaps taste excellent local port as you look over the valley with a tour of the prestigious local port wine estate Quinta do Seixo, or alternatively, head out on a vineyard hike with a wine tasting at a local quinta. The Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley is also well worth a visit, home to prehistoric and 17th-century carvings which you'll learn about at the Côa Museum before heading into the valley with a 4WD Jeep tour and hike.

Stay: S.S. São Gabriel

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Salamanca, Spain

Today's excursion visits the historic university town of Salamanca, by road. Best known for its sandstone buildings, myriad churches and Spain's oldest university, we'd highly recommend a walking tour of the 'Golden City', pausing at two cathedrals and the baroque gems of Plaza Mayor before heading to Salamanca’s food hall for a sample of chorizo, cheese, olive oil and ham for the perfect tapas lunch. 

Stay: S.S. São Gabriel

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Barca d’Alva, Régua

It's back to Portugal today and the medieval gems of Barca d’Alva and Régua. Begin with a drive through the wonderfully scenic countryside, past lavender fields and almond groves, before a tour of the hilltop, medieval castle Castelo Rodrigo. Take in the panoramic views from its ancient stone walls before winding through the tiny cobbled streets of the below village for a stop at a local teahouse for local delicacies like honey, almonds, olive oil and cheese.

Stay: S.S. São Gabriel

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Guimarães, Porto

Sail back to Porto today and the historic town of Guimarães, known as the birthplace of Portugal. A city tour affords you the chance to explore in depth, from the UNESCO World Heritage-listed, beautifully-preserved Old Town to the 14th-century gothic Padrão do Salado. Guimarães also has the youngest population of any city in Europe, so expect buzzing cafés and shops that line the streets, perfect for a leisurely lunch. Alternatively, opt for a walking tour of nearby Ribeira, where quaint cobbled streets, pastel-coloured townhouses and buzzing eateries look over the neoclassical gem of Palácio da Bolsa. As it's your final night on board, perhaps head for a sundowner on the deck with new-found friends before your final Captain’s farewell reception and dinner.

Stay: S.S. São Gabriel

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Porto to UK

After breakfast, disembark before your transfer to Porto airport for your flight back to the UK.

Meals: B

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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 £1,495 pp incl. flights

Up to 50% off 2021 departures - extra dates added
Book by: 30 September 2021

Autumn travel offers:

  • Save up to 50% off selected departures in 2021, prices from just £1,495pp (selected October and November departures)
  • No single supplement on selected departures in September, October and November 2021

Includes:

  • return scheduled flights from the UK to Porto
  • all transfers on arrival and departure days
  • 7-night Douro River cruise in a riverview stateroom
  • all meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients including gala dinner 
  • unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
  • 6 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • free internet and wi-fi access
  • state-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour
  • captivating onboard local entertainment

Why not consider adding a three-night Lisbon extension to your cruise, with transfers, hotel accommodation and a Lisbon city your - please ask our cruise specialists for details.

Weekly Sunday departures from September to November 2021, April to November 2022 and April to November 2023: prices vary by departure date, please call for details.





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