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Porto, Portugal

Enticing Douro on AmaDouro

8-day river cruise from £2,700 pp incl. flights

Save up to 20% off all 2022 departures

Summary

Short description

Explore the wonders of Porto's Douro Valley in style with AmaWaterways

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Highlights

  • Cruise one of Europe’s most unspoiled and picturesque regions
  • Explore the world’s oldest demarcated wine region
  • Indulge in Port wine tasting and special gala dinners
  • Take advantage of included tours including hikes and special interest excursions
  • Enjoy award-winning fine-dining and fine wines

In Brief

  • 1 Night Porto
  • 1 Night Entre-os-Rios
  • 1 Night Pinhão
  • 1 Night Vega De Terron
  • 1 Night Barca d'Alva
  • 1 Night Regua
  • 1 Night Porto

About

Recommended for:
Food & wine | River cruise

Join AmaWaterways to explore rambling vineyards and charming native farms cling to the steep sides of the Douro River Valley, creating an incomparable backdrop to one of Europe’s most unspoiled regions and to Port country— the world’s oldest demarcated wine region. Visit colourful Lisbon, the city that launched countless explores; Porto, the beautiful “City of Bridges”; and Salamanca, the “Golden City.” Taste wines from historic wineries and soak up the genuine beauty of one of Europe’s most unadulterated landscapes.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Porto

After included airport lounge access, fly to Porto and board your ship for the Enticing Douro cruise. AmaDouro and AmaVida bring AmaWaterways’ distinctive standard of excellence to the Douro River in Portugal. Both vessels feature balconies in the majority their spacious staterooms and suites.

Stay: AmaDouro or AmaVida

Meals: D

Day 2
Entre-Os-Rios

Entre-os-Rios translates to “between the rivers,” and this small village is, quite appropriately, located at the confluence of the Tâmega and Douro rivers. This tranquil village offers an authentic slice of Douro River life. In the afternoon, indulge in a traditional Portuguese lunch with your fellow travellers in Entre-os-Rios at a local quinta – a country estate – for a truly authentic culinary experience

Stay: AmaDouro or AmaVida

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Regua & Pinhao

Visit the Baroque-style Palacio de Mateus and its gardens. Inside the house, you’ll see interesting furnishings, paintings and a ceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here are considered some of the most beautiful in Portugal. Later in the day, savour the flavours of Portugal’s most renowned fortified wine, vinho do porto, made exclusively in the Douro Valley. Head to a local quinta for your authentic Port-wine tasting experience and enjoy a delicious taste of this fascinating region

Stay: AmaDouro or AmaVida

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Vega De Terron & Salamanca

Today, drive to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built of golden sandstone, Salamanca is a living museum and you will have an opportunity to step back in time to the Middle Ages during your escorted tour, which includes the city’s elegant university buildings, the New Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells and Plaza Mayor. 

Stay: AmaDouro or AmaVida

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Barca d'Alva

Spend time admiring the beauty of this stretch of the Douro River as you cruise to Barca d’Alva, where you will visit Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries-old walls, steep narrow streets and fantastic views. You can also opt to hike up to the village should you wish a more active exploration. While here, taste some delicious locally grown produce. Be treated to an exclusive dinner at Quinta da Avessada, where you’ll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment. Quinta da Avessada is also a fascinating interactive museum commemorating the history and culture of wine in the Alto Douro region, so you’ll have fun discovering all the various stages of wine production as well as doing plenty of tasting.

Stay: AmaDouro or AmaVida

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Regua & Lamego

Travel to picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, where you’ll go to the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). The shrine features a staircase of nearly 700 steps, beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles, which the more active adventurer will want to hike. Concluding both tours, you will have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties, such as bôlas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; presunto, a type of dry-cured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine. You’ll then go to the formal Episcopal Palace Museum. Later, enjoy a special Portuguese dinner at a local quinta.

Stay: AmaDouro or AmaVida

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Porto

The colourful city of Porto blends the best of old and new, which you can discover on an escorted tour of the historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Included in the tour are visits to the Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest monuments and the São Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. You’ll also enjoy a final Port tasting, a chance to say farewell to Portugal’s most renowned contribution to the world of wine. or, if you prefer to get more active, you can go on a guided hike and then enjoy a Port wine tasting.

Stay: AmaDouro or AmaVida


Meals: B L D

Day 8
Return to the UK

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

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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 £2,700 pp incl. flights

Save up to 20% off all 2022 departures
Book by: 30 September 2022

Includes:
  • Return scheduled flights from the UK
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom aboard either AmaDouro or AmaVida 
  • Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area with bottled water replenished daily
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues including the Chef’s Table specialty restaurant & La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy independent exploration

Departure dates from April to December 2022 and from March to November 2023. Price varies by departure date and stateroom availability, please call for details. 

Why not extend your experience and add on a few days in Lisbon? Please speak to our specialists for mode details. 

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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