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20202021
8 days From £1,995 £1,895 per person
Operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys
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Save up to £100 per person on 2021 departures when you book on or before 31/10/2020 -  if booking online discount will be applied post booking.

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2021 Tour code: DOZ21

About the tour

The magnificent Douro is Iberia's most famous waterway, and this cruise reveals the innate and timeless beauty of this fantastic river. Discover sublime wines, resplendent villas and ancient cities from your five-star ship. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 - To Portugal & Lamego

We meet today at the airport, where you and your group board your flight for Porto. Upon arrival in this fantastic Portuguese city, we are escorted by coach to our ship, the Douro Serenity. After settling into our cabins, we are welcomed with a cocktail. Later, we sit down to our first on-board meal, after which you are free to enjoy your first night on the ship. Perhaps enjoy the views from the sun deck or live music in the lounge area.

We dock in Regua on Day 2 and pay a visit to Lamego, a picturesque village near the banks of the Douro for 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 in cheerful white and blue tiles. Enjoy dinner at a local wine estate later. These marvellous vineyards provide the sublime Port wines which are such an integral part of the Douro's viticulture. Many of them are housed in delightful, sprawling farmland, lending an memorable touch to our meal this evening.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lamego
Day 3 - Castelo Rodrigo

Our ship sails to Barca d'Alva today where we dock. After lunch, we embark on an excursion to the historical town of Castelo Rodrigo. This charming destination offers a look into the medieval past of Portugal and the Douro region, with a history that goes all the way back to the Roman period. All the different eras are evident from the fascinating buildings which line the streets, including a synagogue and the remains of medieval townhouses. We enjoy a tour here, which takes in the old castle. Afterwards, you have time to wander the ancient streets and discover stories that breathe life into Castelo Rodrigo.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Castelo Rodrigo
Days 4-5 - Salamanca

Our travels today take us across the border into Portugal's beautiful neighbour, Spain. We travel through enchanting countryside to the golden city of Salamanca, in the Castille y Léon region. Salamanca is the academic capital of Spain, which is evidenced in the sandstone university buildings that make up one of the most prestigious centres of learning in the country. Our tour takes us to see these buildings, as well as the decorative House of Shells, and the thriving Plaza Mayor. Enjoy free time afterwards before we sample a traditional Spanish lunch at a local restaurant. Our entertainment during the meal is a dazzling flamenco show, where trained dancers perform this iconic Spanish dance of passion and finesse. On our return to the ship, we enjoy a BBQ dinner on the sun deck (weather permitting).

Day 5 is spent cruising through to Peso de Regua. After dinner, we sample some of the region's vintage Port following a traditional opening ceremony.

Includes
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Salamanca
Days 6-7 - Mateus Palace & Porto

We pay a visit to the gorgeous Mateus Palace today and its stunning gardens. This 18th-century stately home is a delight to explore with its classic, Italianate exterior, decorative interiors and beautifully manicured gardens. We take a tour before free time to visit the property's chapel and winery. On our return to the ship, we sit down with the captain for a resplendent gala dinner, offering a chance to reminisce about our adventures on Portugal's finest river. After our meal, we enjoy a traditional folk dance performance from a local troupe.

Arriving into Porto on Day 7, you have a choice of excursions to explore this famous port city that marks the end point of the Duoro River. Your first option is an insightful tour of the city both by coach and on foot. The tour takes us along the winding streets, cutting between the city's superb architecture, historical townhouses, regal churches, and crossing the famous iron bridge. We continue to the district of Foz at the mouth of the Douro, where we see the impressive villas which dot the hills here.

Your second option is to travel to the nearby city of Guimarães, with its fantastically well-preserved medieval buildings, dating back to the 10th century. We enjoy a tour through the colourful streets and the lively squares before visiting the castle and its gardens. In the afternoon you can relax on board before our 4-course farewell dinner.

Includes
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mateus Palace
Day 8 - Return Home

After a final breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport. Here you board your flight back to the UK, where your Portuguese adventure comes to an end.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Flight home

Additional information

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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Douro Serenity

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