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Travelmarvel - Douro Discovery - Porto to Porto

8 Day Douro Discovery - Porto to Porto

Douro Discovery - Porto to Porto

Days: 8

From: Porto to Porto

Countries Visited: Portugal, Spain

Code: eutcop08

Our Price (from): $4,137 pp

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Itinerary


1. Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Embark Ship
Fly into Porto today, a perfect introduction to sunny Portugal. Spain's smaller, but no less magnificent, neighbour, Portugal is one of Europe's warmest countries and boasts a mix of vibrant art, music, wine and food. Be met at the airport and transferred to your river ship, the MS Douro Serenity. Tonight meet your fellow travellers and Travelmarvel Cruise Director at an elegant Welcome Reception as you take in the sights along the Douro River on a sunset cruise. Stay Seven Nights: Aboard your river ship, the MS Douro Serenity

2. Regua, Mateus Palace, Pinhao
Today you begin your cruise along the spectacular Douro River. Flowing from the northern reaches of Spain, through Portugal and into the Atlantic. As you cruise this morning, you'll take part in a Portuguese lesson, during which you'll learn some essential phrases of this beautiful language. Disembark your ship and join an excursion to the splendid Gardens and Palace of Mateus. Tour this living museum which is still owned by the Count of Vila Real. Discover for yourself the connection between this beautiful 18th Century palace and Mateus Rose wine.

Insider Experience: On arrival, in Pinhao, you'll enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional dishes and dessert at a local quinta, a traditional Portuguese winery.

3. Castelo Rodrigo, Vega de Terron
Today, cruise across the border into Vega de Terron in Spain. Enjoy some time at leisure before joining an excursion to Castelo Rodrigo. This tiny village sits atop a hill overlooking both Spain and Portugal, and features a number of very well-preserved ruins, an impressive castle and a magnificent stone statue of Santiago Matamouros. After exploring this charming little town, you'll board a coach and return to your ship.

4. Salamanca, Barca d'Alva
Today you'll board a coach and set off for the glorious Spanish city of Salamanca, Be entranced by captivating flamenco dancers as they astound you with their stomping feet in a fiery performance. This gorgeous city is arguably one of the most beautiful in Spain, and boasts sunlit sandstone buildings along with a majestic city square and an ancient university. You'll return to the ship back over the border in Barca d'Alva, the last Portuguese village along the Douro. Tonight back aboard your ship enjoy a traditional Portuguese barbecue dinner.

Insider Experience: While in Salamanca you'll enjoy a fantastic flamenco show and lunch.

5. Lamego, Regua
This morning after breakfast, enjoy a Portuguese cooking demonstration on board as your ship cruises towards Pinhao. On arrival, head to a local quinta, which boasts outstanding views over the Douro Valley. Afterwards, board a coach and take a scenic drive past swathes of expansive vineyards visiting the picturesque village of Lamego and the elaborately decorated baroque cathedral the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, an important Portuguese place of pilgrimage. While in Lamego, visit one of Portugal's best museums. Once an episcopal palace, this beautiful building is home to a vast collection of paintings, tapestries and jewellery. While in Lamego why not try one of the town's famous specialties Bola de Lamego, a sumptuous smoked ham roll.

Insider Experience: While at a local quinta with stunning views over the Douro Valley, enjoy a tasting of local port wine, Portugal's most famous tipple.

6. Regua, Entre-os-Rios
This morning, enjoy free time to explore Regua — you may like to wander along the riverfront, or venture into the lovely Old Town. Before joining an excursion to the Douro Museum, which presents a fantastic exhibition on the history of the Douro wine region, the first protected wine-growing region on the planet. Afterwards, continue on to the riverside town of Entre-os-Rios. On arrival this evening, enjoy free time to explore this gorgeous, vibrant town as you please. Tonight be treated to an energetic performance of traditional Portuguese folk music back on board at a special Captain's Dinner.

7. Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto
After breakfast this morning, cruise back to the enchanting city of Vila Nova de Gaia. On arrival, join a fascinating tour of nearby Porto, which sits just across the river. Here, you'll be led past a collection of the city's most famous attractions, and visit a local port winery for a tour and tasting. This afternoon, there's ample time to explore Porto at leisure. You may like to visit a Portuguese boutique to buy authentic, local souvenirs. Or perhaps take a stroll through Porto's old-fashioned Bolhao food market. Alternatively, you may like to take an optional tour to the World heritage-listed city of Guimaraes. Enjoy a final Farewell Dinner with fellow travellers and new found friends back on board your ship.

8. Disembark Ship, Depart Porto
After enjoying a final breakfast on board, transfer to the airport in Porto for your onward flight.

Dates & Prices


Cruise Starts
Cruise Ends
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28 May 2019
04 Jun 2019
MS Douro Serenity
$4,695
$4,427

11 Jun 2019
18 Jun 2019
MS Douro Serenity
$4,695
$4,427

16 Jul 2019
23 Jul 2019
MS Douro Serenity
$4,695
$4,427

13 Aug 2019
20 Aug 2019
MS Douro Serenity
$4,695
$4,427

10 Sep 2019
17 Sep 2019
MS Douro Serenity
$4,695
$4,427