Portugal's Douro River Cruise

  • 8 Days

  • Western Europe

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.

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Douro upgrade offer

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

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Highlights

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

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

of 8 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 13th August 2018

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

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.

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.

Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in Porto

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension 

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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.

Meals included
  • 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.

Meals included
  • 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.

Meals included
  • 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.

Meals included
  • 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.

Meals included
  • 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.

Meals included
  • 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £248 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.

Your ship

MS Infante Don Henrique

The MS Infante don Henrique, sails passengers along the Douro River as it flows through Portugal. The 4 Anchors Class Ship has 3 decks and was built in 2003. She is 75m long and 11.4m wide and with only 142 passengers comfortably onboard, she offers a more intimate, personal river cruise.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Premium
  • Class: 4 anchors class
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 23
  • 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
Available cabins on this cruise
Double Cabins

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

  • 143 Square Feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

CroisiEurope has a fleet of 47 Prestige category boats with cabins, which ply the most beautiful rivers in Europe. Spacious and light, they offer a welcoming and refined setting.

Latest customer reviews

31st August 2017

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.

3rd August 2017

Good value for money brochure spot on

21st July 2017

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.

13th July 2017

Excellent boat staff, lovely food, great trips

29th June 2017

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

29th June 2017

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

29th June 2017

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

18th June 2017

The actual cruise was excellent, ship and crew were lovely. very friendly and helpful.

18th June 2017

The excursions were poor value, not much to see only wineyards and old churches

19th May 2017

You should give credit if the private pick up is not feasible due to distance

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