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

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An Iberian River Journey

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 Douro river cruise of the Iberian Peninsula travels beyond the popular northern coastal cities deep into the heart of the Portuguese countryside. Smaller than most Douro River cruise boats it can gently wind its way through the valleys of the river with ease.

The Douro Valley is a region of stunning natural beauty, a serene landscape of hillside vineyards lining the winding riverbanks. Those taking a river cruise through Spain and Portugal will be treated to sun-drenched vineyards, bucolic villages and stunning landmarks that stretch along the fertile valleys that produce the ‘rich gold’ of the region, their award-winning wines and port. 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.

Our Iberian River Journey will take you through some of the most beautiful parts of the Iberian Peninsula. Discover the stunning “River of Gold” from the comfort of our River Douro cruise vessel, with departures running from May through to October to capture the best of the seasons and the amazing views they offer. You can do this in comfort, relaxing on board the vessel or during one of our excursions as you explore the culture and culinary delights of two countries and the length of the Douro River from Salamanca to Porto.

When to go on Douro River Cruises
The MS Douro Prince is a modern, small but boutique vessel that would make year-round Douro river cruises possible. However, to most appreciate the natural beauty of the Douro valley, Spring, Summer and Autumn are the best seasons to visit the Iberian Peninsula.

The 23 private outdoor cabins with modern facilities such as air-conditioning as standard, make Douro river cruises comfortable from May to October.

The height of summer, when all the vineyards are in full bloom provide the most majestic view of the Douro river and surrounding valleys while the vineyard harvest period – while not a fixed time of year – typically falls in the second half of September. At this time of year, the river Douro comes alive with thousands of vineyard workers handpicking and collecting the grapes that make this region famous for both wine and port.

Who is suited for River Douro Cruises
Put simply, anyone that enjoys comfort and the ability to absorb a culture, regional food and the many stunning landmarks will be suited for river Douro cruises.

As one of the few travel companies that do not charge supplements for single travellers*, river Douro cruises are suitable for both solo travellers, couples and groups alike.

For solo travellers, river cruises offer the chance to meet and travel in comfort with like minded people who come to the Iberian Peninsula for the stunning countryside, great food and wine, cultural highlights and much more.

Comfort and an outstanding experience are front and central to all Jules Verne holidays and we are sure that our Portugal and Spain river cruises will exceed your expectations.

 *selected dates

Key Features

Jules Verne Sightseeing
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
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.

From the moment we stepped onto the boat until the moment we stepped off we were treated like kings. 

Anne Grose -
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 seven nights. 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. 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. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Cruise to Régua crossing the Carrapatelo Dam. Visit the Douro Museum and the 18th-century Mateus Manor House, a beautiful small palace with impressive gardens and fine Baroque architecture. 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 Visit Salamanca in Spain by road (optional in 2020 – £50) with free time to explore around Plaza Mayor and a guided tour of Salamanca’s medieval old city including the house of shells and the 16th-century Gothic ‘new cathedral’. Alternatively explore the riverside village, walk in the Portugese countryside or relax on board. Overnight 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. Traditional Portuguese show on board. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Excursion to ancient Lamego, a picturesque town with the 18th-century pilgrimage site 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
October 12 £2045
October 19 £1995

2020

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double Upper Deck cabin 

TAP Portugal from Gatwick

Date Price
May 2 £1945
June 6 £1995
June 13 £1995
August 29 £2045

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Double cabin for Sole Use £695

Cabin Upgrades

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 £60
Arrival or departure transfer add £20

Pre-Cruise Extension - The Cradle of Portugal
Hotel do Parque 3 nights £325 (2020 £355)
Single supplement £105

Post-Cruise Extension - Portugal's Capital Cities
4 nights £455 (2020 £485)
Single supplement £195 (2020 £225)

Post-Cruise Extension - Pousadas of Portugal
7 nights £925
Single supplement £325
Available on selected departures:
2019: Aug 31, Oct 12, Oct 19 
2020: Jun 6, Aug 29

Independent Arrival

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

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, full board on cruise vessel, complimentary tea/coffee on board, drinks at dinner, excursions, UK Tour Manager, 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.

Notes
Exclusive departures on  
2020: May 2, Jun 6 & 13, Aug 29  

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