Discover Green Galicia & Douro Cruise
Marvel at the lush green vistas and striking Atlantic coastline of Galicia, as they unfurl before you on this leisurely scenic tour before relaxing on board a river cruise through the breathtakingly beautiful Douro Valley.
Visit Oporto, the second largest city in Portugal, taste the local delicacies of oysters and mussels in the fishing village of O Grove. Journey to La Coruna, the ‘Balcony over the Atlantic’, where the icon Tower of Hercules is, a roman lighthouse guiding seamen to this day. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Atlantic Coast to Finisterre and take in truly stunning coastal scenery with a blend of cliffs, rocks, white sandy beaches and lush marshlands.
Discover canyon of Canon de Sil hundreds of metres deep, cruise amidst the steep, terraced vineyards that line to banks of the river and relax through to the stunning countryside of the Douro Valley.
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Based on departing 01/05/2017 from London Gatwick AirportView Dates
Fly to Oporto where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for one night. Includes Dinner
After breakfast, start the day by visiting Oporto, the second largest city in Portugal, located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The ''Ciade Invicta'' or the city from where the country originally expanded is nowadays famed not only for the Port wine cellars, but also for several monuments, museums, churches, bridges, markets, fairs, green space and popular dynamics. Continue to Rias Bajas to enjoy the fantastic natural setting of the city of Vigo. Transfer to the hotel in Sanxenxo for check-in. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
After breakfast depart to visit Santiago de Compostela: the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia, Spain. The old city quarters have been designated UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and also home to the Cathedral and your destination for today. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Head north to the charming fishing village of O Grove for a delightful boat trip to taste some of the local delicacies such as oysters and mussels. Cross the O Grove bridge to the island of La Toja and admire the tranquil, pretty gardens and spectacular coastal scenery. From here, head back to Combarro, with a stop en route atop Siradella Mountain for breath taking views of the region. Spend some time in Combarro enjoying the unique ambience of this traditional fishing village, before continuing to Poio for a visit to the Monastery, which in 1548 became a college of theology and now houses the largest library in Galicia. The day ends in Pontevedra, a city rich in historical and religious heritage, where the included sightseeing tour will introduce you to the city's fascinating monuments. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Today journey to La Coruña, the 'Balcony over the Atlantic'. The city has its origins in sea trade and its icon is the Tower of Hercules, a roman lighthouse still guiding seamen to this day. La Coruña is a city of contrasts, with elements of the shipping trade that have remained unchanged for years set side by side with a modern, vibrant metropolis laden with shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants. The included sightseeing trip will acquaint you with the highlights and you will have plenty of time to explore at leisure. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Enjoy a scenic drive along the Atlantic Coast to Finisterre, often called 'the end of the earth' because of its position as one of the westernmost points on the European mainland. This route offers up some truly stunning coastal scenery; a blend of cliffs and rocks, white sandy beaches and lush marshlands. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Head to Ourense, a tranquil city made up of narrow streets, pretty squares and pleasant gardens. It is home to many interesting religious buildings of varying styles with the pinnacle being the 12th century Cathedral. Whilst in Ourense visit the Burgas, unusual thermal springs which reach 70 degrees and date back to Roman times. Next, head to Cañon de Sil, an impressive canyon which is hundreds of metres deep. You have a chance to explore the villages and monasteries that lie on its ridges before continuing to Oporto for the night. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Transfer to Oporto and your ship for embarkation. This evening, an optional excursion to see Oporto by night is available. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
After breakfast, there will be an optional guided tour of medieval Oporto, Portugal's second largest city. Venture the steep, winding lanes of the town, edged by grand archways and magnificent churches, before travelling to Vila Nova de Gaia. Visit one of the producers of the port wine that the region is famous for, followed by wine tasting. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover Oporto at leisure. After dinner, there will be a folk evening on board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The morning is yours to discover Oporto at leisure or for you to take an optional excursion to Guimarães. The birthplace of Afonso Henriques, the first independent king of Portugal. Guimarães is renowned for its historical treasures including many museums. Return on board and cruise to Régua and pass through the gigantic lock at Carrapatello. Perhaps enjoy a stroll through Régua by night. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning, enjoy an optional excursion to Vila Real for a visit to the beautiful manor and gardens of Solar de Mateus. In the afternoon, rejoin your ship in Pinhão, the geographical centre of the demarcated port wine making region. Later, your ship continues cruising amidst the steep, terraced vineyards that line the banks of the river, en route to Vega de Teron. Enjoy a flamenco evening on board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, there is a full day optional excursion to the Spanish city of Salamanca, home to one of the oldest universities in the world. The city has been well-preserved and has beautiful stone-built noblemen's houses, convents and palaces scattered among the faculty buildings. The architecture reflects its Roman, Arabic and Christian past, and it is also said to have the most impressive town square in the whole of Spain Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Continue your journey through the stunning countryside of the Douro Valley, arriving in Ferradosa after lunch. There is an optional excursion in the afternoon that takes you through vineyards where grapes are grown for the production of local wines before heading to a Quinta to taste Port wine. Rejoin the ship in Pinhão before your Gala evening tonight. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning, there is an optional excursion to the ancient town of Lamego, 12km from the banks of the Douro. This includes a visit to the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary, 600m above the town, the medieval castle, the church of Almacave with its azulejo lined walls and gilded woodwork on the altars, and the Cathedral. After lunch on board, the ship continues its journey to Oporto. Tonight, there is a fado evening on board, where you can hear the traditional songs of Lisbon. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Porto with 2 nights at the Hotel Teatro or 7 nights at the Axis Ofir situated against a long sandy beach near the Northern Littoral Natural Park. Includes Breakfast
The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £242 per person and includes:
Day 8: 'Oporto by night' excursion
Day 9: Guided city tour including Palacio da Bolsa and San Francisco Church
Day 10: City visit
Day 11: City tour and visit to Solar de Mateus manor and gardens with a 'cristas de galo' tasting
Day 12: City visit including cathedral and university
Sao Salvador da Mundo
Day 13: 'Wines of Porto' vineyards route and wine tasting
Day 14: Guided tour
Note: All optional excursions are subject to change and a minimum number of participants are required for them to operate.
NOTE: For passengers departing on the 21st August 2017, your confirmed accommodation is as follows:
Porto: Hotel Ipanema Porto (4*)
Vigo: Hotel Coia de Vigo (4*)