Discover Green Galicia and Douro Cruise

Offer

Most popular

Price per person
from £2,221

Price based on
London Gatwick
6th Apr 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Upgrade your cabin to an upper deck stateroom for the same price as a middle deck stateroom on selected Douro river cruise dates.

More details
  • 15 days

  • Western Europe

  • River 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.

At a glance


  • Santiago de Compostela City sightseeing
  • Wine tasting Combarro Guided visit
  • Poio Monastery Pontevedra City sightseeing
  • La Coruña City sightseeing
  • Ourense City sightseeing
  • Cañon de Sil
  • Porto
  • Regua
  • Barca d'Alva
  • Vega de Teron
  • Ferradosa
  • Pinhão
Discover Green Galicia & Douro Cruise 2017

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All inclusive drinks on cruise
  • All airport and port taxes

Customer Reviews

The first week in Galicia was interesting and enjoyable, but...

11th October 2017
Mr John Broadhurst

The first week in Galicia was interesting and enjoyable, but the food was poor. The boat on the Douro River was excellent with interesting a varied trips. The chef catered very well with my wife's dietary needs. However doing both Galicia and the Douro Holidays we felt that we were done out of one day because Day 1 on both weeks was Oporto and although we visited different wine tastings we felt there was a duplication resulting in us paying handsomely for something we had already done. Although we had embarked on the boat on the Monday we didn't set sail until Wednesday afternoon.

...

7th October 2017
Trusted Customer

The cabins were a bit too small for us, also...

6th July 2017
Mr Charles Scicluna

The cabins were a bit too small for us, also the beds were a tad on the small side.

Overview

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.

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 14 dinners

UK - Porto

Day
1

Travel to Porto where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for one night.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Porto - Vigo - Rias Bajas

Day
2

After breakfast, start the day with a walking tour of Porto’s city centre. This is the second largest city in Portugal, located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The ''Cidade Invicta'' or the city from where the country originally expanded, is nowadays famed not only for the Port wine cellars, one of which you will visit today, but also for several monuments, museums, churches, bridges, markets, fairs, green spaces and popular dynamics. Continue to the Rias Bajas (lower bays) area, stop to enjoy the fantastic natural setting of the city of Vigo, before arriving at your accommodation for the next five nights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rias Bajas - Santiago De Compostela - Rias Bajas

Day
3

After breakfast depart to visit Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia, Spain. The old city quarters have been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and they are home to St James’ Cathedral, the destination of the Camino de Santiago (the pilgrimage route of St James’). Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

O Grove - La Toja - Combarro - Poio - Pontevedra

Day
4

Discover the Rias Bajas region heading north to the charming fishing village of O Grove for a delightful included 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 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 before returning to your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

La Coruña

Day
5

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 full of contrasts, with elements of the shipping trade that have remained unchanged for years set side by side with a modern, vibrant city laden with shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants. The included city tour with a local guide will acquaint you with the highlights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Atlantic Coast scenic drive to Finisterre

Day
6

Enjoy an excursion 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ourense - Cañon de Sil - Porto

Day
7

Check out from the hotel in Rias Bajas today and head first to Ourense, a tranquil city made up of narrow streets, pretty squares and pleasant gardens. A local guide will show you many interesting religious buildings of varying styles with the pinnacle being the 12th century Cathedral and the thermal springs dating back to Roman times.. Continue to Cañon de Sil, an impressive canyon which is hundreds of metres deep affording incredible views. Explore the villages and monasteries that lie on its ridges before continuing to Porto for the night.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Porto to embark your cruise ship

Day
8

Transfer to Porto and your ship for embarkation. This evening, an optional excursion to see Porto by night is available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Porto

Day
9

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Porto - Régua

Day
10

The morning is yours to discover Porto 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Régua - Vega de Teron

Day
11

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Barca d'Alva

Day
12

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Barca d'Alva - Ferradosa - Pinhão

Day
13

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Pinhão - Porto

Day
14

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 Porto. Tonight, there is a fado evening on board, where you can hear the traditional songs of Lisbon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Porto - UK

Day
15

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Tour hotels will be as specified or a similar standard.

The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £255 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 15: 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.

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an optional excursion package.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Porto: Villa Covelo (3*)
  • Rias Bajas: Tryp (3*)

MS Fernao de Magalhaes

The MS Fernao de Magalhaes sails passengers along the Douro valley in Portugal and is known well as one of the finest canyons in Europe with it's breathtaking scenery. The 3 deck ship was built in 2003 and is 75m long and 11.4m wide. She can accommodate up to 142 passengers comfortably in the 72 cabins onboard.

Ship facts

  • Style: Premium
  • Class: 4 anchors class
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 20
  • Number of cabins: 71
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 0
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 142 passengers
  • Main language on board: fr+en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 3
  • Gross tonnage: 1000
  • Length (m): 75
  • Width (m): 11.4
  • Speed in knots: 9
  • Launch year: 2003
  • Refit year: 2010

Amenities

  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery

Cabins on this ship

All cabins are located above water level and offer panoramic views of the scenery. Spacious and comfortable, they offer guests twin or a double bed, with a bathroom including a shower, WC and washbasin, and with towels provided onboard. They are also equipped with satellite television, radio, hairdryer and safe. The cabins located on the upper deck have large picture windows.

Details

  • 129 Square Feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life on board

Age Restriction

Reservations from minors shall not be accepted by the travel agency but must be made by the parents or other adults of more than 18 years of age with the necessary authorisations. Minors of under 18 years of age are not permitted to travel on board unaccompanied. They must be accompanied by parents or adults of more than 18 years of age. No alcoholic beverages shall be served to minors on board. Proof of the customer’s age may be requested by the ship’s personnel. 

Dietary Requirements

Please advise the reservation agent at time of booking of any special dietary requirements you may have and they will make every effort to accommodate your request. 

Disabled Facilities

All passengers are required to be medically, physically and/or mentally fit to undertake a trip without endangering their life or the life of others. No medical services are offered aboard the ships. Any passenger with a physical or mental incapacity, limited capacity of mobility, having an illness requiring treatment or medical care, or pregnant women should inform the travel agent at the time of booking. No reservations can be accepted for passengers whose physical or mental condition is likely to render their participation in the cruise or in the vacation impossible or dangerous for themselves or others, or who require forms of care or assistance impossible to guarantee aboard ship, notably because of unsuitable infrastructure. Some suppliers (hoteliers, airlines and cruise companies, etc) may require a medical certificate confirming that the passenger is fit to travel or they may refuse to accept the booking if they feel that they will be unable to guarantee any assistance or treatment deemed necessary for the health and well-being of the passenger. Participation in the voyage and in excursions is subject to the condition of the passenger having sufficient mobility. If necessary, the disabled may be accompanied at their own expense to obtain the required assistance. All personal accidents, diversions or forced stopover costs disrupting the course of the cruise shall be at the liability of the passenger having concealed his unfitness to travel.

Dress Code

Casual and comfortable during the day. More elegant clothing may be worn in the evening. It is recommended that the wearing of footwear suitable for life aboard and for excursions with non-slip soles.

Smoking Policy

For the safety and comfort of all passengers, most ships do still allow smoking on board, but you will find this is restricted to designated areas around the ship. 

Swimming Pool

Guests can enjoy a dip in the small swimming pool up on the Sun Deck. 

Gift Shop

Peruse the onboard gift shop and buy those last minute gifts for loved ones back home.

Library

A well stocked library is available for those who wish to sit back and relax and lose themselves in a book. 

Lounge Bar

Enjoy your evenings by heading to the Lounge where you will find a well stocked bar serving local beers and wines. Take to the dance floor and let your hair down. A pleasant setting with maximum comfort and designer decor. Sit back, relax and enjoy the company of your fellow passengers and crew while sailing through the most beautiful rivers in Europe. 

Sun Deck

The sun deck on the ship offers a panoramic view of the landscape’s beauty as you cruise. A great place to relax outdoors and enjoy the weather sipping a glass of wine while sitting on the loungers shaded with a parasol.

Excursions

Guided visits to the local towns and villages will ensure your bout of local folklore and traditions are sated.

Main Restaurant

In the ship’s restaurant, you’ll experience CroisiEurope’s stunning French cuisine prepared by the skilled and passionate team of chefs, which include head chef and nominee member of Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, Alain Bohn.

Deck Plans

Deck 1

  • Restaurant
  • Cabins 

Deck 2

  • Lounge Bar
  • Cabins 

Deck 3

  • Sun Deck
  • Swimming Pool

Deck 4

  • Cabins
  • Terrace

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