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Portugal, Spain and the Douro Valley

Overview

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  • UNESCO World Heritage city of Porto
  • Discover Douro Valley wines
  • Salamanca’s extraordinary architecture
  • Braga, the ‘Rome of Portugal'

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.

Please note: Excursions are operated by CroisiEurope

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Itinerary

Day One: UK to Porto
Our river cruise begins as we fly to Oporto Airport, transferring to the MS Infante Don Henrique and enjoy a welcome cocktail. After dinner, join our optional Porto by night excursion. 

Day: Two Porto 
Enjoy breakfast; then join an optional guided tour of Porto, one of Europe’s oldest cities. Following lunch on board, travel downtown by Rabello and explore Porto at leisure. Enjoy a traditional fado evening tonight. 

Day Three: Porto to Regua 
Why not take our optional trip to charming Guimaraes? Admire scenic views as we travel through the Carrapatelo lock, Europe’s highest. Dinner is served as we arrive in Regua. 

Day Four: Regua to Vega de Teron 
Join our optional Vila Real excursion after breakfast or sail to Pinhao. Continue through the Valeira and Pocinho locks to reach Vega de Teron and enjoy a traditional flamenco evening. 

Day Five: Vega de Teron to Barca d’Alva 
Following breakfast, there’s an optional trip to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and beautiful old town. Return to the ship in Barca d’Alva for dinner and an evening of entertainment. 

Day Six: Barca d’Alva – Ferradosa – Pinhao 
Cruise through the Pocinho and Valeria locks to Ferradosa this morning. Consider an optional Wines of Porto excursion or sail to Pinhao for free time. Enjoy a gala dinner this evening. 

Day Seven: Pinhao to Porto 
After breakfast, take an optional Lamego guided tour. This afternoon we cruise back to Porto. We enjoy our final dinner on board tonight. 

Day Eight: Porto to UK 
We enjoy breakfast before disembarking and transfer to Oporto Airport for our flight home.

Extras included on this holiday

Free Drinks on Board

FREE drinks on board including beer, fine wines, spirits, mineral bottled water, fruit juice, soft drinks, speciality coffees and teas  

MS Infante D. Henrique

Discover the beautiful Douro Valley from the comfort of the MS Infante D. Henrique. This splendid river cruise vessel offers up the very best facilities, ensuring you enjoy the greatest river cruise experience. With spacious cabins, wonderful cuisine to sample each night, plus great entertainment to enjoy throughout your cruise, you are sure to have a memorable river cruise holiday.

Part of the CroisiEurope fleet, the MS Infante D. Henrique provides modern, superbly appointed accommodation and facilities for passengers. All cabins are fully equipped with en suite facilities, shower, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe, central heating/air conditioning, 220v electricity and radiophone.

Passengers can enjoy delicious food served on-board, including an extensive buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner menu with French inspiration. There is also a fine wine menu available on board, and the ship’s facilities include a lounge bar with dance floor, bar, dining room, gift shop, lift, panorama bar and a large Sun Deck with deckchairs.


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Cabins


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The Local Area


Optional Excursions

Discovering Porto

Porto is famous for its port wine, as well as for its beautiful scenery and splendid architecture. Join our excellent optional tour to discover this magnificent city for yourself, and explore Portugal's second-largest city with a great day out. One of the highlights of the city is Ribeira Square, part of Porto’s UNESCO world heritage site. One of the sides of the square is open to the river and is a great place for sitting out at one of the many bars or restaurants that occupy this area.

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Guided tour of Braga

Once the centre of the Roman province of Gallaecia in Roman times, and known as Bracara Augusta, the wonderful city of Braga is filled with wonderful sights. Take in this beautiful scenery and architecture with our exciting guided tour. Some of the city’s highlights include its historic centre, with a cathedral that is almost 1000 years old and a huge number of other churches, established over hundreds of years. Braga also has the world’s oldest funicular railway, going up a mountain just outside of the city.

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Guided tour of Lamego

Situated in the Douro's Norte Region, at the heart of the Douro Valley, Lamego boasts an incredible historical city centre, with beautiful architecture and many amazing sights to take in. The highlights of the centre include the city’s cathedral and sanctuary, Nossa Senhora dos Remedios. The sanctuary is located atop a hill, giving great views across Lamego and the surrounding countryside, the history of the place dates back to a chapel that was founded here in 1361.

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Porto By Night

Admire the great city of Porto by night. Join our coach tour of one of Europe’s oldest cities, taking in its splendid architecture and superb attractions. We explore the historical centre and learn more about this excellent city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Vila Real and Casa de Mateus

Discover the little town of Villa Real, situated in amongst the vibrant vineyards it is famous for. The town’s name means Royal Town this moniker is due to Vila Real’s status during the Middle Ages as one of the seats of royalty along with Lisbon. There are a number of impressive buildings in the town which hark back to this time in history, in particular the cathedral. We then continue to Mateus, known for the Manor of Villa Real and the excellent rose wine produced here. Explore the Manor Solar of Mateus with us, and enjoy a stroll through the pleasant gardens.

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Wines of Porto

Porto is famous for its wines, especially Port wine, and we will enjoy the opportunity to discover these amazing wines for ourselves during our excursion. Explore some of the most well-known wine-making towns along the Wine Road and visit a local quinta (wine cellar) in Porto for a wine tasting experience.

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World Heritage Site of Salamanca

Discover the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of Salamanca, famous for its magnificent Old City and beautiful selection of fascinating sights.

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