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The Golden River - Valley of the Douro River Cruise

River Cruise

8 Days from £1,499

Was from £1,699

Apr 2017 - Oct 2017 Departures

Cruise along Portugal’s Douro River, calling at elegant Oporto, the ancient city of Salamanca and a host of pretty riverside towns. Cast your gaze towards rolling hills and terraced vineyards and step ashore for tastings of the region’s famed port wine.

Overview

What's included

  • Scheduled flights from Gatwick with TAP Air Portugal
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 7 nights’ accommodation on board 4-star MS Infante Don Henrique on an all-inclusive basis
  • All meals on board, 7 breakfasts 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • All-inclusive drinks, on board (except Champagne and selected wine)
  • Onboard evening entertainment
  • Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Farewell gala dinner
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Porterage
  • All Excursions included

Included holiday highlights

  • A panoramic tour of Oporto by night
  • Explore the home of port wine, Oporto
  • Braga, known as ‘Portuguese Rome’
  • Vila Real, whose Mateus Palace appears on labels of Mateus Rosé wine
  • Spain’s ancient university city of Salamanca
  • Enjoy a tasting of port wine, Portugal’s finest export
  • Discover medieval Lamego – the shrine of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios

Itinerary

After flying to Oporto, the pace slows as you transfer to your river cruiser, Infante Don Henrique – your home for the next seven nights. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board, followed by the option of a night-time panoramic tour of Oporto.
Before you get too accustomed to life on the water, take the opportunity to join a tour of Oporto, the world-famous home of port wine. Stroll through the steep, winding streets of the old town, and head to Vila Nova de Gaia, one of the region’s famous port producers, for a tour and tasting. This afternoon, explore Oporto under your own steam. Dinner this 
evening is followed by a night of dancing and folk music.
Spend the morning relaxing, or join an optional excursion to Braga, known locally as the ‘Portuguese Rome’. In the afternoon your ship will sail through the spectacular scenery of the Douro Valley and the famous Crestuma and Carapatello locks, the highest in Europe. Now you’re on top of the world, you’ll cruise along to the town of Regua where dinner will be served on board.
A wine synonymous with long hot summer afternoons, fruity Mateus rosé is produced in this region, and you can join an optional tour to the town of Vila Real to wander in the beautiful gardens of Solar de Mateus. The town also boasts an impressive Gothic cathedral and a 16-arch Roman bridge.


Spend a leisurely afternoon cruising through rolling hills, terraced vineyards, picturesque villages and the locks of Valeira and Pocinho. The pace lifts on arrival at Barca d’Alva as your evening entertainment comes on board in the form of traditional flamenco dancers.
After breakfast on board, join an optional excursion to the ancient university city of Salamanca. Outdating even Oxford and Cambridge, you will find the city both culturally exciting and gloriously intimate. Explore the fascinating architecture of its elegant streets or take to the main square, said to be the most impressive in the whole of Spain.


You’ll rejoin the ship for dinner and entertainment and set sail again for Vega de Teron.
The locks of Valeira and Pocinho are this morning’s highlights, en route to Ferradosa. From here you can join an optional port wine excursion and a tasting in a local quinta. Make your way back to your cruiser for a spectacular gala dinner, while your ship docks at Pinhao overnight.
Today you may choose to relax on board or join an optional excursion to Lamego, a medieval town set against a stunning backdrop of lush vineyards. You’ll be shown around the town, with its wealth of ornate Baroque buildings, including the shrine of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios – its reputation for healing miracles attracts pilgrims from all over Portugal.


A final afternoon cruise back through the stunning scenery will return you in style to Oporto. For your final night you’ll be treated to a fabulous farewell dinner and a traditional folklore show.
Your cruise comes to an end this morning, and we’ll transfer you back to the airport for your return flight to the UK.


Please note: To maximise your enjoyment a certain amount of walking is essential.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Accommodation

You will stay on board the MS Infante D’Henrique. This ship has a lounge, dining room and sundeck. Three cabin grades are available; please ask your holiday advisor for details. All cabins feature private facilities.

Please note: A sister ship may be used on certain departures

MS Infante D. Henrique

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Departures

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 24 April 2017

8 Days

£1,599

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 05 June 2017

8 Days

£1,699

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 17 July 2017

8 Days

£1,699

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 21 August 2017

8 Days

£1,599

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 11 September 2017

8 Days

£1,699

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London (Gatwick)

Monday 23 October 2017

8 Days

£1,499

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