Douro River Cruise including Porto & Salamanca (Porto - Porto)
- Experience a relaxing river cruise through Spain & Portugal on this guided group holiday.
- Stay 7 nights on board the 4 Star MS Douro Cruiser.
- Ports of call include: Entre-os-Rios, Peso da Régua, Pinhão, Vega Terrón & Barca d‘Alva.
- Experience the cities of Porto, Salamanca & Guimarães with guided walking tours & leisure time.
- Taste the flavours of the region at an authentic Portuguese dinner in a traditional quinta (vineyard).
- Enjoy plenty of free time for optional excursions like a visit to the Baroque Mateus Palace in Vila Real.
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Your Douro River Cruise Overview
Discover the highlights of Northern Portugal with us on this 7-night Douro Valley River Cruise holiday. We’ll begin our journey in Porto with a guided city tour, before commencing our cruise down the Douro River. Travelling on board the MS Douro Cruiser vessel, we will experience the comfort of a boutique hotel as we’re transported to some of Portugal’s most exciting locations. Guided city tours of Porto, Salamanca and Guimarães are included during our holiday. These excursions are led by expert local guides who will share their wealth of knowledge and take us to the must-see attractions of each destination. There will also be a full programme of further optional excursions available at each port of call. Much smaller than an ocean liner, the ship will take us into the heart of most cities we visit, allowing us more time to discover and enjoy time ashore.
Activity Level: Leisurely
Travel To Portugal
Arrive in Porto
Upon arrival in Porto, you will be met by your local guide who will assist you in the transfer to Porto port. Settle into your cabin and explore the range of facilities on board the MS Douro Cruiser. Sit back with a welcome cocktail in one of the lounge areas, followed by a tasty welcome dinner. The ship will be moored in Porto overnight.
Porto & Entre-os-Rios
Porto City Tour
After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Porto to include the Chamber of Commerce, Palacio da Bolsa, the Porto Cathedral, and a walk along the Ribeira quarter. The tour will also include a Port wine tasting in one of the typical wine cellars.
River Cruise to Entre-os-Rios
During the early afternoon, you will cruise along the scenic Douro River and arrive in the small Portuguese town of Entre-os-Rios where you will dock for the night.
Entre-os-Rios & Peso da Régua
Optional Lamego Excursion or Free Time
This morning, the ship will depart Entre-os-Rios and travel on to the town of Peso de Régua in the Vila Real district of Portugal. Here, you can take an optional excursion to the pilgrimage site of Lamego (payable locally), or visit the town of Peso da Régua at your own pace. Situated on the banks of the River Douro, Peso da Régua played a fundamental role in the production and sale of Port wine in the past. Your ship remains overnight in Peso de Régua.
River Cruise to Pinhão
Today, there will be an optional excursion to the magnificent Baroque Mateus Palace in Vila Real, in which clients may partake if they wish (payable locally). If you remain on board, discover the beauty of the Portuguese waterways as you sail towards Pinhão for a short stop before continuing towards Vega Terrón or Barca d'Alva where you will stay overnight.
Salamanca City Tour
After breakfast, you will embark on a city tour of Salamanca in the neighbouring country of Spain. The historic city centre of Salamanca has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guided walking tour will take in many of its highlights, such as the impressive Cathedral, Plaza Mayor and the famous University of Salamanca, the oldest in Europe. Before returning to the ship you will have some free time to explore the Old Town at your own pace and discovering its many charms. (Lunch in a local restaurant is included)
Barca d‘Alva & Pinhão
Optional Castelo Rodrigo and Pinhão Excursion
During today's cruise, clients can book an optional excursion to Castelo Rodrigo, one of Portugal's ancient parishes. (payable locally)
Pinhao and Quinta Dinner
This evening, your guide will take you on a short tour of the charming town of Pinhão with its famous station, decorated with blue and white ceramic tiles. Afterwards you will be treated to an authentic Portuguese dinner in a traditional local quinta (vineyard)
Guimarães & Porto
Guimarães City Tour
Shortly after lunch, your ship will be docked in Porto and from there you will be taken on an included excursion to Guimarães, known as the “Cradle of the Portuguese Nation”. You will enjoy its medieval historic centre, which is an UNESCO World Heritage site.
You will have the rest of the day and evening to spend at your leisure. There are several pretty squares in the Ribeira quarter where you can relax with a drink after your afternoon of sightseeing. Your ship will remain in Porto overnight.
Porto & Return Home
Disembark and Depart Portugal
It is time to say goodbye after a full week of delights aboard the MS Douro Cruise ship. After breakfast, you will meet with your local guide and be transferred to Porto city centre for some free time prior to continuing your journey to Porto airport for your flight home. (Luggage will be stored in coach)
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.
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