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  • Boats in Porto, Portugal
  • Douro River Valley, Portugal

Enticing Douro River Cruise

8-day River cruise

Summary

Short description

Cruise Portugal's beautiful Douro River on this eight-day cruise with APT

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

This superb week-long fully inclusive cruise starts in the city of Porto - gateway to the Douro River - where you'll board your ship - the MS AmaVida. The next few days will be spent relaxing, soaking up the magnificent scenery, visiting fascinating towns and villages and meeting your fellow travellers as you make your way through this beautiful region of northern Portugal.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Porto

Fly to Porto and transfer to the brand new luxury river ship, MS AmaVida. Enjoy a Welcome Reception followed by a delicious Welcome Dinner.

Stay: MS AmaVida

Dinner included

Day 2
Régua & Lamego

Soak up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Régua, from which you'll travel by coach to the historic city of Lamego. A sightseeing tour takes in Lamego Castle and Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Portugal. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring Lamego.

Stay: MS AmaVida

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Day 3
Barca d'Alva

Spend the morning on deck as your ship continues along a picturesque stretch of the Douro, past agricultural land dotted with boulders, storks' nests and conical, stone-roofed houses. After lunch you'll dock at Barca d'Alva, less than 2 miles from the Spanish border. A leisurely stroll around its whitewashed cottages is a pleasant enough way to pass the afternoon. Then re-board the ship for dinner and a flamenco show.

Stay: MS AmaVida

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Day 4
Vega de Terrón & Salamanca

Cruise to Vega de Terrón in Spain and travel by coach to the UNESCO-listed city of Salamanca, one of the most spectacular Renaissance cities in Europe. A guided walking tour will shed some light on more than 800 years of the city's history. Lunch at a local restaurant follows the tour, after which you'll have time to explore at leisure before returning to the ship in the afternoon.

Stay: MS AmaVida

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Day 5
Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo & Pinhão

This morning visit the fortified medieval village of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. Return to the ship for lunch and cruise to Pinhão, where you'll disembark for wine tasting and dinner at a local Portuguese restaurant.

Stay: MS AmaVida

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Day 6
Régua, Vila Real & Bitetos

Cruise back to Régua for a trip to the Palacio de Mateus, located just outside the city of Vila Real. Highlights of the palace include beautifully designed furniture from the 16th to 18th centuries, exquisite gardens and a long-standing association with Mateus Rosé wine, the story of which will be told as you tour the grounds. Cruise to Bitetos in the afternoon for a spot of port tasting and a home-cooked dinner at the 14th century Alpendurada Monastery.

Stay: MS AmaVida

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Days 7-8
Porto

Return to Porto for a tour of its 16th century arcade buildings and Baroque churches, not to mention a visit to the famous Ponte Maria Pia, a magnificent wrought-iron bridge built in 1877 by Gustave Eiffel. In the afternoon, attention is turned to the UNESCO-listed city centre before returning to the ship for a Farewell Dinner. Disembark the next morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Stay: MS AmaVida

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

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