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
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.