Overview

Day 1 - Porto
Day 2 - Entre-os-Rios
Day 3 - Régua
Day 4 - Barca d'Alva
Day 5 - Salamanca / Barca d'Alva
Day 6 - Pinhão
Day 7 - Porto
Day 8 - Return Flight

An Iberian River Journey

An exclusive cruise along the Douro River through northern Portugal to Spain on the small and charming Portuguese MS Douro Prince

Sailing aboard the MS Douro Prince, exclusive to Jules Verne, this special exploration of the Iberian Peninsula travels beyond the popular northern coastal cities deep into the heart of the Portuguese countryside. The Douro Valley is a region of stunning natural beauty, a serene landscape of hillside vineyards lining the winding river banks. Port wine production is the main industry and the grapevines create a characteristic look; thousands of tiers of vine-lined terraces rippling in an ordered, yet chaotic cascade. Small towns and settlements perched on the sloping hillsides retain an aura of medieval simplicity, its many tiny communities clustering around historic churches, monasteries and castles. Whilst in Porto, benefit from our mooring point beside the picturesque Vila Nova de Gaia, a UNESCO World Heritage site where the quayside is overlooked by cobbled streets that twist past colourful merchants’ houses and modern cafés.

Key Features

Exclusive Arrangement
Free Cabin Selection
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
UK Tour Manager
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 1 – 45

 

Special Event

Quinta Dinner

Enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner at the Quinta da Avessada, an ancient site producing Douro wines, which is situated in the vineyard village of Favaios.

What a brilliant cruise!

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An Iberian River Journey

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Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport to Porto and embark on the MS Douro Prince for a seven-night stay. Baroque churches, bell towers and beaux-art buildings seem to sit on each other’s shoulders on Porto’s riverbank hills, the country’s second largest city straddling the Douro and the centuries. Sights worth seeing include the 14th-century São Francisco church and port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia. (D)

Day 2 City tour of Porto including a visit to a port wine cellar. Cruise upstream crossing the Crestuma-Lever Dam and flood gate. Arrive in Entre-os-Rios. Special Portuguese dinner on board. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Cruise to Régua crossing the Carrapatelo Dam. Guided visit of the Douro Museum and later the 18th-century Mateus Manor House, a beautiful small palace with impressive gardens and fine Baroque architecture built by the Italian Nicolau Nasoni. Dinner at a local Quinta. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Morning cruising passing the Valeira Dam. Afternoon excursion to the hilltop medieval village Castelo Rodrigo, with its gilded Baroque church and curiously ornamented public fountain. Overnight in Barca d’Alva. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Travel by road to Salamanca in the Castilla y León region of Spain. Free time to explore around Plaza Mayor. A guided tour reveals the UNESCO World Heritage site of Salamanca’s medieval old city including the house of shells and the 16th-century Gothic ‘new cathedral’. Overnight in Portugal at Barca d’Alva. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Cruise downstream to Pinhão, passing the Pocinho Dam. Visit Quinta do Seixo for a port wine tasting. Sail to Régua, for dinner and a traditional Portuguese show on board. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Excursion to the ancient town of Lamego, a picturesque historic town with the important 18th-century pilgrimage site of the Shrine of our Lady of the Remedies, reached via an impressive staircase of blue and white tiles. Lamego also boasts a Moorish castle, Gothic cathedral and museum. Sail to Porto for overnight. Farewell Jules Verne drink. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Return flight or extend your stay. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

2019

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double Upper Deck cabin 

TAP Portugal from Gatwick

Date Price
April 27 £1945
May 4 £2045
June 8 £2045
June 15 £1995
July 20 £1745
July 27 £1745
August 31 £2045
September 7 £2095
October 12 £2045
October 19 £1995
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability, on these dates:
2019: Jul 27, Aug 31, Oct 19

Single supplement £225

Cabin Upgrades

Double cabin for Sole Use £695
Main Deck cabin with balcony £145
Suite £575

Flight Options

TAP Portugal Business Class from £195
easyJet from Gatwick save £15
Ryanair from Stansted save £15

Extension Options

Extra Nights - Porto 
Grande Hotel do Porto
(per night) £70
Double for sole use £55
Arrival or departure transfer £20

Extension - The Cradle of Portugal (pre-cruise)
Hotel do Parque - 3 nights £325
Single supplement £105

Extension - Portugal's Capital Cities (post-cruise)
4 nights £455
Single supplement £195

Extension - Pousadas of Portugal (post cruise)
7 nights £925
Single supplement £325
Available on selected departures:
2019: Apr 27, Jun 8, Aug 31, Sep 7, Oct 12 & 19

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival transfer add £20
Departure transfer add £20

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, full board on cruise vessel, complimentary tea/coffee on board, drinks at dinner, excursions, cruise director, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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