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


  • Bask in the splendour of Porto's Palácio da Bolsa as you witness a private Fado performance
  • Cruise to Barca d’Alva, where you will visit Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo and visit its castle ruins
  • Take a guided tour of beautiful Salamanca, boasting sandstone buildings, a majestic city square and ancient university

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Porto
  • 1 Night Entre-os-Rios
  • 1 Night Regua
  • 2 Nights Pinhão
  • 3 Nights Barca d'Alva


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

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

Meals: D

Day 2


This evening, discover the Palácio da Bolsa during a guided tour, followed by a cocktail reception and traditional Fado performance in the Arabian Hall.


Explore Porto’s Old Town and delight in its 16th-century buildings. Take a cable car ride and enjoy a port tasting. Alternatively, journey to Matosinhos and visit a traditional restaurant for a cooking demonstration of local delicacies. Or enjoy an active walking tour through the medieval streets of Porto and the old harbour quarter of Ribeira.

Today you will be able to explore Porto your way with a choice of sightseeing.

Stay: MS AmaVida

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Porto, Guimarães, Entre-Os-Rios

Take a morning excursion to Guimarães, an authentic and well-preserved showcase of the evolution of medieval settlement. Back on board, enjoy some scenic cruising through the Douro Valley en route to Entre-Os-Rios. Here, visit Quinta da Avelada, a family business that has been producing wine in the Douro region since the 1870s. Explore the gardens on a tour, followed by a wine and cheese tasting.

Stay: MS AmaVida

Meals: B L D

Day 4

This morning, delight in the beauty of this sun-drenched region as you cruise to Régua. On arrival, visit the Douro Museum, which provides an incredible insight into culture of the Douro Valley wine region.

Stay: MS AmaVida

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Régua, Pinhão


Tour the ancient town of Lamego and visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. You’ll then sample bola de Lamego, a delicious specialty dish of the region. Alternatively, enjoy a visit to Quinta da Pacheca for a picnic with breathtaking views over the Douro River and Régua.

Select the sightseeing that best suits you. Afterwards, continue cruising through the dramatic gorges of the Douro Valley to Pinhão.

Stay: MS AmaVida

Meals: B L D

Day 6


Enjoy lunch at the vineyard of Quinta da Roêda, followed by a port tasting.

Take a trip to Palacio de Mateus, located near the city of Vila Real. Built in 1745, the palace offers a wonderful insight into the lives of Portuguese aristocracy. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Stay: MS AmaVida

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Barca D’Alva

Travel to the fortified village of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo today. On a tour here, see the castle ruins, and take in spectacular panoramic views of the Douro Valley and surrounding towns. Back on board, enjoy a delicious dinner this evening as you make the most of your last night.

Stay: MS AmaVida

Meals: B L D

Days 8-9
Barca D’Alva, Disembark Ship, Salamanca, Madrid

Disembark in Barca d’Alva today and travel to the ancient city of Salamanca. During a tour, see the University of Salamanca and the House of Shells. Afterwards, continue to your hotel in Madrid, where you will be able to enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Stay: Madrid, Gran Meliá Fénix

Meals: B D

Day 10

This morning, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals: B



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


10-day River cruise on board MS AmaVida (APT) from £3,195 incl. flights

Guide price from: £3,195 to £3,495 per person

Valid for travel: Selected dates from 28 May to 17 Sept 2019

Package includes: Home-to-airport transfers by private car, flights, transfers, 7 nights aboard MV AmaVida on a full board basis, complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board, services of an APT tour director, sightseeing, gratuities and port charges

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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