The Golden River - Valley of the Douro

From £1,931.08
Duration 8 Days
Departures from May 2020 - Oct 2020
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From £1,931.08
Duration 8 Days
Departures from May 2020 - Oct 2020
Tour Overview

​Cruise along Portugal’s Douro River aboard the 4-star MS Infante Don Henrique, and discover historic cities and pretty riverside towns. Call at elegant Oporto, a city famed for its port wine, for a tour– perhaps by tram, before enjoying an evening of dancing and folk music aboard your ship. Discover the charming city of Guimarães with its UNESCO-listed town centre city, or perhaps embark on a hike along the Douro coastline, before journeying on to the Vila Real in the heart of Mateus rosé wine region to revel in views of beautiful gardens, terraced vineyards and rolling hills. Visit the ancient university of Salamanca, where you can explore on foot or by bicycle to discover the city’s fascinating architecture and elegant streets, before indulging in a port wine excursion with tasting in Ferradosa – a real highlight, and enjoying a final stop at the Nossa Senhore dos Remedios shrine in Lamego.​

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Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from Gatwick with TAP Air Portugal
  • 7 nights on board 4-star ships
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners and all drinks (excluding Champagne and selected wines) and welcome drink
  • All highlights included
  • Cruise Representative and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • ​Captain's welcome cocktail reception
  • A panoramic tour of Oporto by night 
  • Vila Real, whose Mateus Palace appears on labels of Mateus Rosé wine
  • Discover medieval Lamego – the shrine of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios
  • Farewell gala dinner
  • Onboard evening entertainment

Choose from Explorer or Discovery excursions

EXPLORER PACKAGE

  • Explore the home of port wine, Oporto​
  • Visit to the historic town of Guimarães​ 
  • Spain's ancient university city of Salamanca

DISCOVERY PACKAGE

  • ​​​​Explore Oporto by Tram and visit the Tramway museum 
  • Hike along the Douro coastline 
  • Bicycle tour of Salamanca

Itinerary

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.​

Meals included: D

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 choose 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.​

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 3 Oporto - Guimarães - Regua

This morning we will journey by coach from Oporto 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.​

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 4 Regua - 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.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 5 Barca D'Alva - Salamanca

​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 discover Salamanca is by bicycle, and you have the chance to do that if you wish.
You'll rejoin the ship for dinner and for an evening of entertainment.​

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Barca D'Alva - 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.​

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 7 Pinhao - 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.​

Meals included: B,L,D

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.​

Meals included: B

Additional Information

​Please note: Itinerary may vary due to changes in water level.

TAILOR YOUR TRIP

MS Infante Don Henrique: Cabin Upgrade

Middle and Upper Deck cabins are available at a supplement for the duration of your stay. Please speak to a Holiday Advisor for details.

  1. Favourite Moment

    Be sure to try the famous Portuguese custard tart, pastel de nata. Flaky pastry, with a sweet, creamy filling - delicious!

Accommodation

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

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