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The Golden River - Valley of the Douro

8 Days from £1,949

​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.

Departure from: Jun 2019 - Jul 2019

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Return flights from Gatwick with TAP Air Portugal
  • 7 nights all-inclusive on board 4-star ships
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners and all drinks (excluding Champagne and selected wines)
  • All excursions included
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Captain's welcome cocktail reception
  • Farewell Gala dinner
  • Onboard evening entertainment

Included holiday highlights

  • ​A panoramic tour of Oporto by night 
  • Explore the home of port wine, Oporto - alternatively explore Oporto by Tram and visit the Tramnway museum 
  • Visit to the historic town of Guimarães​ - alternatively join the hikelong the Douro coastline 
  • Vila Real, whose Mateus Palace appears on labels of Mateus Rosé wine
  • Spain's ancient university city of Salamanca - why not  take the option of cycling the city to the university 
  • Enjoy a tasting of port wine, Portugal's finest export
  • Discover medieval Lamego – the shrine of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios






 Make your own way

If you prefer the flexibility of booking your own flights and transfers and meeting us overseas, then you can! A price reduction of £300 applies. To book this tour without flights and transfers, please call our Holiday Advisors on 01858 898138. See terms & conditions.

Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 UK/Oporto

After flying to Oporto, the pace slows as you transfer to your river cruiser,  your home for the next seven nights. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board, followed by a night-time panoramic tour of Oporto.​

DAY 2 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. 
As an alternative, you can chose to discover Oporto by tram, travelling as the locals do. Your journey ends at the Tram Museum and you'll even have the chance to sample a traditional Portuguese doughnut.
This afternoon, explore Oporto under your own steam. Dinner this evening is followed by a night of dancing and folk music.​

DAY 3 Guimarães & Regua

This morning we will journey by coach from Porto to charming city of Guimarães whose historic town centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. Guimarães is regarded as the birth place of Portugal and its extensive history is reflected in the variety of national monuments and historic buildings found within the city. With our guide, we'll begin the tour of this university town on foot to discover its historical treasures.
If you're feeling active, an alternative shore excursion takes you on a hike along Oporto's coast, for splendid views of the River Douro and the Atlantic.
This afternoon we sail the Douro Valley to Regua.​

DAY 4 Barca d’Alva

A wine synonymous with long hot summer afternoons, fruity Mateus rosé is produced in this region, join a tour of 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.

DAY 5 Salamanca & Vega de Teron

​After breakfast we join an 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.
Another fabulous way to discovery Salamanca is by bicycle, and you have the chance to do that if you wish.
You'll rejoin the ship for dinner and entertainment as you set sail for Vega de Teron​.​

DAY 6 Ferradosa & Pinhao

​The locks of Valeira and Pocinho are this morning’s highlights, en route to Ferradosa. From here we join a 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.​

DAY 7 Lamego & Oporto

​Today you may choose to relax on board or join our 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.​

DAY 8 Oporto/UK

​Your cruise comes to an end this morning, and we’ll transfer you back to the airport for your return flight to the UK.​


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 1 - 7 :

MS Infante D. Henrique
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


Dates and Prices

You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.

 
TOUR DURATION
DEPARTURE DATE
DEPARTURE
PRICE FROM
STATUS
 

8 days

Saturday 08 June 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,774

Available

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8 days

Tuesday 16 July 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,649

Available

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DEPARTURE
DATE
DEPARTING
FROM
DEPARTURE
WAS
NOW
STATUS
 

SAT 08 JUN 19

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£2,248

£2,173

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Saturday 08 June 2019

Departs

09:20 Manchester

Arrives

11:50 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Saturday 15 June 2019

Departs

12:15 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Arrives

14:45 Manchester

Operated by

Ryanair

SAT 08 JUN 19

London (Stansted)

GUARANTEED

£2,248

£2,173

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Saturday 08 June 2019

Departs

09:25 London (Stansted)

Arrives

11:50 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Saturday 15 June 2019

Departs

18:05 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Arrives

20:30 London (Stansted)

Operated by

Ryanair

SAT 08 JUN 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£2,149

£2,074

Available

Outbound
Tap Air Portugal

Saturday 08 June 2019

Departs

11:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

14:10 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

Inbound
Tap Air Portugal - TP

Saturday 15 June 2019

Departs

17:50 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Arrives

20:05 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

TUE 16 JUL 19

London (Stansted)

GUARANTEED

£2,048

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Tuesday 16 July 2019

Departs

09:25 London (Stansted)

Arrives

11:50 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Tuesday 23 July 2019

Departs

20:25 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Arrives

22:50 London (Stansted)

Operated by

Ryanair

TUE 16 JUL 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,949

Available

Outbound
Tap Air Portugal

Tuesday 16 July 2019

Departs

11:50 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

14:10 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

Inbound
Tap Air Portugal - TP

Tuesday 23 July 2019

Departs

17:50 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Arrives

20:05 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.


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Excursion packages for 2019

To choose your included excursion package for 2019 please give us a call on 01858 415 475 or email us at enquiries@travelsphere.com


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