Holiday Itinerary - The Golden River Valley of the Douro

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. This afternoon, explore Oporto under your own steam. Dinner this ‚Ä®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 ship will 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. 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 you may choose to relax on board or join an optional excursion to Lamego, a medieval town set against a stunning backdrop of lush 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. For your final night 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 2018

To book this tour online click here. Or to request a brochure click here.

Departure Dates

Prices From

Departure Dates

Prices From

May 7

£1924

August 20

£1854

July 9

£1854

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Travelsphere The Golden River Valley of the Douro

8 Day Holidays by Air

Price from £1854 

Step aboard for a relaxing cruise along the waters of Portugal’s Douro River. Get a taste of the real country as you visit pretty towns, sample port wine and more. 

Included Holiday 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

Accommodation

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

What's Included

  • Scheduled flights from Gatwick with TAP Air Portugal
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 7 nights all inclusive on board 4-star MS Infante Don Henrique
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts 6 lunches and 7 dinners and all-inclusive drinks (excluding Champagne and selected wines)
  • Onboard evening entertainment
  • Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Farewell gala dinner
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Porterage
  • All Excursions included
Brochures requested. Click here to go to the brochures page.

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