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The Golden River Valley of the Douro

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The Golden River Valley of the Douro

8 Day Holidays by Air

Tour prices from £1499

Cruise along Portugal’s Douro River, calling at elegant Oporto, the ancient city of Salamanca and a host of pretty riverside towns. Cast your gaze towards rolling hills and terraced vineyards and step ashore for tastings of the region’s famed port wine.

The Golden River Valley of the Douro
Holiday Itinerary

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - UK/Oporto

After flying to Oporto, the pace slows as you transfer to your river cruiser, Infante Don Henrique  – your home for the next seven nights.  Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board, followed by the option of a night-time panoramic tour of Oporto.

Day 2 - Oporto 

Before you get too accustomed to life on the water, take the opportunity to join a tour of Oporto, the world-famous home of port wine. Stroll through the steep, winding streets of the old town, and head to Vila Nova de Gaia, one of the region’s famous port producers, for a tour and tasting. The afternoon explore Oporto under your own steam. Dinner this evening is followed by a night of dancing and folk music.

Day 3 - Oporto & Regua 

Spend the morning relaxing, or join an optional excursion to Braga, known locally as the ‘Portuguese Rome’. In the afternoon your cruise begins in style, as you sail through the spectacular scenery of the Douro Valley and the famous Crestuma and Carapatello locks, the highest in Europe. Now you’re on top of the world, you’ll cruise along to the town of Regua where dinner will be served on board.

Day 4 - Barca d’alva 

A wine synonymous with long hot summer afternoons, fruity Mateus rosé is produced in this region, and you can join an optional tour to the town of Vila Real to wander in the beautiful gardens of Solar de Mateus. The town also boasts an impressive Gothic cathedral and a 16-arch Roman bridge.

Spend a leisurely afternoon cruising through rolling hills, terraced vineyards, picturesque villages and the locks of Valeira and Pocinho. The pace lifts on arrival at Barca d’Alva as your evening entertainment comes on board in the form of traditional flamenco dancers.

Day 5 - Salamanca & Vega de Teron 

After breakfast on board, join an optional excursion to the ancient university city of Salamanca. Outdating even Oxford and Cambridge, you will find the city both culturally exciting and gloriously intimate at the same time. Explore the fascinating architecture of its elegant streets or take to the main square, said to be the most impressive in the whole of Spain.

You’ll rejoin the ship for dinner and entertainment and set sail again for Vega de Teron.

Day 6 - Ferradosa & Pinhao

The locks of Valeira and Pocinho are this morning’s highlights, en route to Ferradosa. From here you can join an optional port wine excursion and a tasting in a local quinta. Make your way back to your cruiser for a spectacular gala dinner. Dock at Pinhao overnight.

Day 7 - Lamego & Oporto

Today choose to relax on board or join an optional excursion to Lamego, a medieval town set against a stunning backdrop of vineyards. You’ll be shown around the town, with its wealth of ornate Baroque buildings, including the shrine of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios – its reputation for healing miracles attracts pilgrims from all over Portugal.

A final afternoon cruise back through the stunning scenery will return you in style to Oporto. Then for your final night on the water you’ll be treated to a fabulous farewell dinner and a traditional folklore show.

Day 8 - Oporto/UK

Your cruise comes to an end this morning, and we’ll transfer you back to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Please note: To maximize your enjoyment of this holiday a certain amount of walking is essential.

Departure Dates and Prices 2017

Departure Dates and Prices 2017

To book with Travelsphere call them direct on 01858 898 620

 Dates

Prices from

Dates

Prices from

24 April

£1599

21 August

£1599

5 June

£1699

11 September

£1649

17 July

£1649

23 October

£1499

All prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double-bedded cabin with en suite facilities. Please note: the holiday price may be subject to change and will be confirmed at the time of booking. All holidays subject to Travelsphere Terms and Conditions

Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

By choosing a Travelsphere escorted holiday you can travel with confidence, knowing that every aspect of your holiday has been carefully planned and arranged from start to finish.

Disclaimer: Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website.

All holidays subject to Travelshphere Terms & Conditions..

Travelsphere

The Golden River Valley of the Douro

8 Day Holidays by Air

Tour prices from £1499

Cruise along Portugal’s Douro River, calling at elegant Oporto, the ancient city of Salamanca and a host of pretty riverside towns. Cast your gaze towards rolling hills and terraced vineyards and step ashore for tastings of the region’s famed port wine.

For departure dates, prices, availability and to book, click here or call Travelsphere on 01858 898620.

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Included highlights

Included highlights

  • A panoramic tour of Oporto by night
  • Explore the home of port wine, Oporto
  • Braga, known as ‘Portuguese Rome’
  • Vila Real, whose Mateus Palace appears on labels of Mateus Rosé wine
  • Spain’s ancient university city of Salamanca
  • Enjoy a tasting of port wine, Portugal’s finest export
  • Discover medieval Lamego – the shrine of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios
What's Included

What's Included

  • Scheduled flights from Gatwick with TAP Air Portugal
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 7 nights’ accommodation on board 4-star MS Infante Don Henrique on an all-inclusive basis
  • All meals on board, 7 breakfasts 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • All-inclusive drinks, on board (except Champagne and selected wine)
  • Onboard evening entertainment
  • Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Farewell gala dinner
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Porterage
  • All excursions included
Accommodation

Accommodation

MS Infante D. Henrique

You will stay on board the MS Infante D’Henrique. This ship has a lounge, dining room and sundeck. Three cabin grades are available; please ask your holiday advisor for details. All cabins feature private facilities. 

Please note: A sister ship may be used on certain departures