Portugal's Douro River Cruise

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Portugal's Douro River Cruise

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Experience the historic cities and verdant countryside of Portugal as you cruise on one the Iberian Peninsula's major rivers: stop in the wine-growing districts to taste the local Port, roam around 18th century palaces and get lost in the winding lanes of Porto along the way.

8 days from

£992

per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 08/05/2017 from London Gatwick Airport

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  • Oporto Oporto
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  • Regua Regua
  • Douro river Douro river

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Porto.

Fly to Porto where you will be met and transferred to your ship for embarkation. Enjoy a welcome cocktail party and a chance to meet the crew. In the evening there will be an optional excursion to see Porto by night. Includes Dinner

DAY 2 : Porto.

After breakfast, there will be an optional guided tour of medieval Porto, 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 Porto at leisure. After dinner, there will be a folk evening on board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 : Porto - Régua.

The morning is at leisure or perhaps take the 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. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 : Régua - Vega de Teron.

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

DAY 5 : Barca d'Alva.

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

DAY 6 : Barca d'Alva - Ferradosa - Pinhão.

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

DAY 7 : Pinhão - Porto.

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, 600 metres 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 Porto. Tonight, there is a fado evening on board, where you can hear the traditional songs of Lisbon. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : Porto - UK.

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

Excursion Package

The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £242 per person and includes:

Oporto

Day 1: 'Oporto by night' excursion

Day 2: Guided city tour including Palacio da Bolsa and San Francisco Church

Guimaraes

Day 3: City visit

Vila Real

Day 4: City tour and visit to Solar de Mateus manor and gardens with a 'cristas de galo' tasting

Salamanca

Day 5: City visit including cathedral and university

Sao Salvador da Mundo

Day 6: 'Wines of Porto' vineyards route and wine tasting

Lamego

Day 7: Guided tour

Note: All optional excursions are subject to change and a minimum number of participants are required for them to operate.

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What's Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • 20 meals
  • All inclusive drinks
  • Individual audio system
  • Transfers
  • All local, port and airport taxes

Cruise Highlights

  • Porto Taste the local Port in the Vila Nova de Gaia wine growing district
  • Guimarães Take an optional excursion to the historical hometown of Afonso Henriques
  • Vila Real Wander around the elegant grounds of the 18th century Mateus Palace
  • Salamanca Explore the city’s Roman, Arabic and Christian influences on an optional tour
  • Ferradosa Meander through the vineyards stopping to sample the local Port wine
  • Lamego Climb the Baroque staircase of the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday
Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Porto.

Fly to Porto where you will be met and transferred to your ship for embarkation. Enjoy a welcome cocktail party and a chance to meet the crew. In the evening there will be an optional excursion to see Porto by night. Includes Dinner

DAY 2 : Porto.

After breakfast, there will be an optional guided tour of medieval Porto, 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 Porto at leisure. After dinner, there will be a folk evening on board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 : Porto - Régua.

The morning is at leisure or perhaps take the 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. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 : Régua - Vega de Teron.

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

DAY 5 : Barca d'Alva.

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

DAY 6 : Barca d'Alva - Ferradosa - Pinhão.

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

DAY 7 : Pinhão - Porto.

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, 600 metres 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 Porto. Tonight, there is a fado evening on board, where you can hear the traditional songs of Lisbon. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : Porto - UK.

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. Includes Breakfast

Alternative Ships

The 13th & 20th April 2018 and 1st June 2018 departures will be operated on MS Fernao de Magalhaes.

The 15th October 2018 departure will be operated by MS Vasco de Gama.

All other departures will be operated on MS Infante Don Henrique.

What's Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • 20 meals
  • All Inclusive Drinks
  • Individual audio system
  • Transfers
  • All local, port and airport taxes

Cruise Highlights

  • Porto Taste the local Port in the Vila Nova de Gaia wine growing district
  • GuimarãesTake an optional excursion to the historical hometown of Afonso Henriques
  • Vila Real Wander around the elegant grounds of the 18th century Mateus Palace
  • Salamanca Explore the city’s Roman, Arabic and Christian influences on an optional tour
  • Ferradosa Meander through the vineyards stopping to sample the local Port wine
  • Lamego Climb the Baroque staircase of the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

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22-Sep-2016

At times too regulated .

18-Aug-2016

Beautiful.

04-Aug-2016

Loved it.

29-Jul-2016

Excellent

27-Apr-2016

food was excellent boat clean and tidy owing to high river we were not able to complete our cruise back to porto took 5 hours on the bus to get us back to porto

27-Apr-2016

Apart from being stuck upriver as the Douro was in spate.<br/>CroisiEurope must have known this was going to happen in advance but said nothing until we were stuck!

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