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Discover the Douro

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Save £300 per person on selected cabin upgrades when you book on or before 7th April 2020 -  if booking online discount will be applied post booking.

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(Tour code: DOZ20)

Discover sublime wines, resplendent villas and ancient cities

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.

  • 7-night cruise on board the Douro Serenity
  • Porto
  • Lamego
  • Castelo Rodrigo
  • Salamanca
  • Mateus Palace & Gardens
What’s Included
  • Return Scheduled Flights
  • 7-night cruise on board the Douro Serenity
    7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Portuguese folk dance performance

Discover the Douro 2020Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Lamego

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 Five Star ship, the Douro Serenity where, after settling into our cabins, we are welcomed with a cocktail. 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. Enjoy dinner at a local wine estate later.

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

Castelo Rodrigo

Your ship sails to Barca d'Alva today. After lunch, embark on an excursion to the historical town of Castelo Rodrigo.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 4-5 Salamanca


Your travels today take you across the border into Portugal's neighbour Spain. Here visit the golden city of Salamanca, in the Castille y Léon region. A tour here includes decorative House of Shells and the thriving Plaza Mayor. Enjoy free time afterwards before a traditional Spanish lunch at a local restaurant, accompanied by a dazzling flamenco show. Tonight a BBQ dinner is served on the sun deck (weather permitting). Day 5 is spent cruising through the stunning landscape to Peso de Regua. After dinner, sample some vintage Port following a traditional opening ceremony.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 6-7 Mateus Palace
Mateus Palace

Mateus Palace & Porto

Pay a visit to the gorgeous Mateus Palace today and its stunning gardens, recognisable from the label on the iconic rose wine bottle of the same name. On your return to the ship later, sit down with the captain for a resplendent gala dinner. After food, there's 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 which heralds the point at which the Douro ends. Your first option is an insightful and engaging tour of the city both by coach and on foot. We finish at a port wine lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia where we have the opportunity to sample the iconic drink for ourselves. Your second option is to travel to the nearby city of Guimarães. The city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site and we enjoy a tour through the colourful streets. In the afternoon, you are free before your 4-course farewell dinner on board.

  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Flight home
Flight home

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.

  • Breakfast

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.

What’s included
  • Escorted by a UK Tour Manager and Cruise Director
  • Return flights from London to Porto with return transfers from the airport to your ship
  • 7-night cruise with breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of your cruise
  • Sightseeing tour of Lamego
  • Excursion to Castelo Rodrigo with a tour
  • Vintage port wine opening ceremony and tasting
  • Visit to the Spanish city of Salamanca with a tour and a flamenco show
  • Excursion to Mateus Palace & Gardens with a tour
  • Portuguese folk dance performance
  • Unique flexible excursion allowing you to choose how you spend your day with options including: city tour of Porto or a sightseeing tour of Guimarães

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.
  • Although we pride ourselves on excellent service as standard, we also firmly believe that tipping should be at the discretion of the guest - therefore we don't include tips in the price of our cruises, nor do we add a daily gratuity to your bill. If you do wish to tip, an envelope will be left in your cabin on the final evening for your convenience.

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.

Luke Simpson
Helen Laverack
Discover the Douro

Discover sublime wines, resplendent villas and ancient cities


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