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Discover the Douro

Holiday Highlights

  • World Heritage city of Porto
  • Discover Douro Valley wines
  • Salamanca's extraordinary architecture
  • Traditional entertainment

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Holiday details

What is Included?

  • 5 nights full board cruise
  • 2 nights bed & breakfast pre/post cruise
  • Drinks included during meals served on board (local beer, wine, water, fruit juice, tea and coffee)
  • Return flights & transfers

Cruise the gorgeous Douro Valley and sample Spanish and Portuguese culture at its most authentic. From Porto, one of Europe’s oldest cities, to the traditions and architecture of Salamanca and Vila Real, this cruise is full of ancient charm, whilst you can also enjoy the wonderful port wines that the area is renowned for.

Optional Excursions

Porto by night
 
Discovering Porto
 
Wines of Porto
 
Vila Real
 
World Heritage Site of Salamanca
 

Holiday Details

Day 1: UK to Porto
Fly from the UK to Porto, transfer to the Mercure Porto Centre for your overnight stay.
Day 2: Porto
After breakfast, time to explore Porto, transfer to your ship and a welcome cocktail in the lounge. Dinner on board is followed by an optional excursion by coach to explore Porto by night.
Day 3: Porto to Regua
An optional tour, 'Discovering Porto', in the morning, one of Europe's oldest cities and a World Heritage Site. Narrow winding streets, arcaded houses, numerous churches and unspoilt old quarters give Porto a real charm of its own, while a highlight is undoubtedly its fine port wines, so a chance to visit a famous cellar is also included. An afternoon cruise to Regua passes the lush vineyards along the Douro and takes in Europe's highest locks at Crestuma and Carrapatelo. Gala dinner on board in the evening.
Day 4: Regua to Vega de Teron (Spain)
An early morning departure sees us head to Tavora for the optional 'wines of Porto' excursion. Lunch is provided in Ferradossa before the cruise to Vega de Teron past rugged landscapes and mighty rocky gorges.
Day 5: Vega de Teron
After breakfast there's an optional excursion to the World Heritage Site of Salamanca, a beautiful old town full of Romanesque, Arab and Christian architecture.
Day 6: Vega de Teron - Ferradossa - Tavora - Bitetos
An early morning departure to cruise to Pinhão for the optional Vila Real excursion, where the stunning religious architecture can be enjoyed. Further down river there's an opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens of Solar de Mateus, before returning on board for the sail to Bitetos.
Day 7: Bitetos to Porto
A return sail to Porto before disembarkation after breakfast and a transfer to Mercure Porto Centre for an overnight stay. Spend your day at leisure exploring this wonderful Portugese city.
Day 8: Porto to UK
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Julie17

Haydock

20 August 2012

Brilliant relaxing cruise

We took this trip for our silver wedding anniversary. It was a beautiful cruise through some stunning scenery. The excursions were all optional, and the ones we took were very intersting and informative with english speaking guides. The food was excellent good choice for breakfast in the morning, waiter service 3 course meal for lunch and dinner both with free flowing wine and beer and water. The staff were very polite and attentive. My only negative was that if you didnt go on the trip the boat more often that not set sail again after the departure which meant you couldnt get off the boat and explore for yourself and if I hadn't took any excursions I may have got a bit restless as all that there is to do on the boat is sit in the sun or bar. Would definitly look at doing another trip with Shearings


Ron 44

Gloucester

16 July 2012

Relaxing holiday

The food was excellent, good varied menu. The staff were very friendly and everything on the boat was well organised.


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