Portugal's Douro River Cruise

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Most popular

Price per person
from £1,336

Price based on
London Gatwick
13th 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
  • 8 days

  • Western Europe

  • River cruise

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

At a glance


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

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All inclusive drinks
  • All airport and port taxes

Customer Reviews

Croisi Europe were fantastic. We loved everything about the...

10th September 2017
Mrs ELAINE WILLIS

Croisi Europe were fantastic. We loved everything about the cruise: the staff, the cleanliness of the boat, the food, the excursions .... Could find nothing to complain about.

Good food, although no choice at lunch or dinner. Drinks...

7th September 2017
Trusted Customer

Good food, although no choice at lunch or dinner. Drinks included and great service on board. Trips a little over organised.

My wife and I having just returned from the river...

31st August 2017
Mr William Dellaway

My wife and I having just returned from the river Douro cruise aboard the Infante Don Henrique river ship. The following observations are noted . The Ship is well presented clean and tidy. The state room wardrobes are a lot to be desired not very suitable for the females in a party. Lack of usable space and bad visibility to view inside and have clear access. The shower was the smallest we have had on any cruise river or sea going. Not a good shower experience. The lounge was spacious and a good sized dance floor. The coffee station was lacking. All other river cruises we have been on have had coffee machines that produce HOT coffee and tea of varying types. The Thermos coffee and hot water jugs were invariable lukewarm. If I went to the bar to get hot water for tea the male bar staff tried to get me to use the Thermos flasks, he was not keen to fill a cup with hot water from the coffee machine. If asked for a Latte coffee he would go to the Thermos get coffee and just add milk he did not like doing it properly. The female bar person did as asked. They should either provide a self service coffee machine as other ships or do the coffee properly when asked. It is the only river cruise ship that has not had a self service coffee/tea machine. The cruises was supposed to be from "Porto" in fact it was docked across the river Duoro and down stream of Porto at "Gaia" close to Cais Fluvial de Quebrantões, about a hours walk to the iron bridge by the funicular to the top of the hill on the Douro bank. A hell of a hilly walk. The river Douro offers no quaint villages along the river for one to hop off on the cruise. If you have not booked excursions you are stuck on board. This brought complaints from some passengers. The view along the river was rows of vine groves and vine yards little else. Nothing like the Rhine, Rhone or Danube. The food was good although only a single choice for lunch or dinner. You could ask for something else and maybe get it. I on one occasion as my wife did not attend lunch ask for a salad of possible chicken or anything but fish. What did I get a tuna salad. Every other river cruise we have done has been buffet at lunch with lots of salad, salad was rare on board. The staff were mostly pleasant and friendly and helpful but not always for the few individuals. Overall very good but would not do this company again, a statement others made.

Good value for money brochure spot on...

3rd August 2017
Mr Kenneth Simpson

Good value for money brochure spot on

Booked holiday with Archers.Holiday was everything we expected from the...

21st July 2017
Mrs Diane Bell

Booked holiday with Archers.Holiday was everything we expected from the brochure.Holiday was a river cruise - couldn't fault the ship,the staff and the food were excellent.

Excellent boat staff, lovely food, great trips...

13th July 2017
Mr Francis Curran

Excellent boat staff, lovely food, great trips

As first time river cruisers we really didn't know what...

29th June 2017
The Welsbys

As first time river cruisers we really didn't know what to expect. Lovely experience.

...

29th June 2017
Mr John Hardy

This cruise was our first river cruise a few years...

29th June 2017
Trusted Customer

This cruise was our first river cruise a few years ago and we enjoyed so much we thought we would do it again with friends

Great ship, lovely crew, who work very hard. Relaxing holiday, food...

29th June 2017
Trusted Customer

Great ship, lovely crew, who work very hard. Relaxing holiday, food and accommodation very good.

Overview

Experience the historic cities and verdant countryside of Portugal as you cruise on one of 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.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

UK - Porto

Day
1

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Porto

Day
2

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
3

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Régua - Vega de Teron

Day
4

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
5

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
6

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
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Porto - UK

Day
8

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

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.

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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