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Douro Cruise on the Spirit of Chartwell

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(Tour code: DUR19)

Discover the unique culture of the golden Douro

Iconic port wine, enigmatic cities and Portuguese charm, all on a ship used by Her Majesty the Queen, makes this cruise one to remember. Discover the unique culture of the golden Douro river on board the exclusively chartered Spirit of Chartwell as you visit quintas, explore villas and sample Portuguese delicacies. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.

  • The Spirit of Chartwell
  • Lisbon
  • Sintra
  • Porto
  • Lamego
  • Castelo Rodrigo
  • Salamanca
  • Casa de Mateus
  • Quinta da Aveleda
What’s Included
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    6 Lunches
    3 nights’ accommodation
  • Return Scheduled Flights
  • The Spirit of Chartwell

Douro Cruise on the Spirit of Chartwell 2019Tour Details

Print Itinerary
Day 1-2 To Lisbon
To Lisbon

To Lisbon

After meeting at the airport, we board our flight today from London to Lisbon. We enjoy a guided tour of this exceptional European city on Day 2 as we visit the many attractions including the cathedral and the natural harbour, Belem. Our tour finishes at the wonderful Pasteis de Belem café where we sample some local delicacies.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
Day 3 Sintra

To Sintra

Our excursion today takes us to the charming village of Sintra. Used as a retreat by various royals and aristocrats, Sintra is made up by a variety of different castles and palaces, painted in a myriad of pale colours. Arguably the centrepiece of all these is the instantly recognisable Pena Palace, with its honey coloured tower. We enjoy a day at leisure here.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 4-5 Porto

To Porto

Today we travel by rail to Porto. On arrival into this classic Portuguese city, transfer to the dock where you board your ship, the exquisite Spirit of Chartwell. After settling in to your elegant cabin, enjoy an exotic cocktail while the captain and his crew welcome you aboard as the upper deck is bathed in the golden glow of the Portuguese sunset.

Shortly afterwards, take a coach into the city where you enjoy dinner with your fellow passengers at Vinum, a restaurant owned and operated by Graham's Port. Here you enjoy a tasting of Graham's famous 6 Grapes Port. This wonderful full-bodied port has earned many admirers throughout the years - none more loyal than Prime Minister and wine connoisseur Sir Winston Churchill, for whom 6 Grapes Port was a personal favourite.

Day 5 begins with a city tour of Porto. Enjoy the sights of this charming city including the city bridge, the manors of the Foz district and the cathedral with its commanding views from the top of the Penaventosa Hill. The Spirit of Chartwell sets sail in the afternoon, on its way to Entre-os-Rios.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Lamego Cathedral
Lamego Cathedral


Today, your ship docks at Regua. This morning, you are given a culinary demonstration introducing you to the gastronomic traditions of this part of the world. In the afternoon, you pay a visit to Lamego, a picturesque village near the banks of the Douro where you take a guided tour. The Cathedral is the centrepoint of Lamego, a remarkable example of Baroque architecture.

Arguably more impressive however, are 700 steps which lead up to its doors, decorated as they are in cheerful white and blue tiles. Enjoy dinner at a local wine estate later.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7-8 Salamanca Cathedral
Salamanca Cathedral

Castelo Rodrigo and Salamanca

Barca d'Alva is today's docking point and from here, you take an excursion to Castelo Rodrigo. A fascinating medieval town, hidden in the hills, Castelo Rodrigo has seen a variety of different peoples and civilisations come and go. Enjoy a historical tour here. Later, you take dinner with the Captain at the Captain's Dinner before a Portuguese Music Show which features a delightful performance of folk music.

Your excursion on Day 8 sees you venture from Portugal into neighbouring Spain by coach, where you visit the magnificent city of Salamanca. This honey-coloured city is home to some stunning buildings and architecture, both of which you discover on your tour here. We see the oldest university in Spain, the decorous House of Shells and the grand Plaza Mayor.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Palacio De Mateus
Palacio De Mateus

Casa de Mateus

The Spirit of Chartwell departs Barca d'Alva today, sailing back to Regua. On the way, you may wish to attend a lecture on Portugal in modern times. On arrival in Regua, you pay a visit to the Vila Real and the Casa de Mateus by coach. This romantic villa was owned by the Count of Vila Real, and features a chapel and gracefully manicured gardens.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 Porto Skyline at Night
Porto Skyline at Night

Quinta da Aveleda

Sail today to Entre-os-Rios this morning for your excursion to Quinta da Aveleda. One of the notable wine estates which sit near the banks of the Douro, the Quinta da Aveleda belongs to the Guedes family who have been in operation since the mid-19th century. Tonight, the Spirit of Chartwell returns to Porto and it is here where you are treated to a farewell sunset cruise across the harbour.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Return Home
Return Home

Return home

Disembark the Spirit of Chartwell today for your transfer to the airport and your flight to London.

  • Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • Flights from London to Lisbon and from Porto to London
  • A small group with a maximum of 30 passengers

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 3 nights' accommodation at the 5-Star Altis Avenida in Lisbon
  • 7-night cruise on board the exclusive Spirit of Chartwell
  • Friendly small group setting with a maximum of 30 passengers

Delicious meals included

  • 25 meals including 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners, including the Captain's Dinner with live music, a dinner at Graham's Port Vinum restaurant and a Portuguese barbecue


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • On board vintage port wine celebration
  • Excursion to Castelo Rodrigo with a guided tour
  • Guided tours of Salamanca, Lamego and Porto
  • Visit to the Casa de Mateus villa
  • Excursion to Quinta da Aveleda with lunch
  • Sunset harbour cruise in Porto
  • After dinner tasting of Graham's 6 grapes
  • Guided tour of Lisbon with food tasting
  • Special grape harvest departures available - please call for details
  • Excursion to Sintra

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Helen Laverack
Luke Simpson
Douro Cruise on the Spirit of Chartwell

Discover the unique culture of the golden Douro


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