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Highlights of the Douro

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Cruising the Douro from its mouth on the Atlantic to its crossing into Spain, with daily excursions to medieval towns, majestic palaces, port wine cellars, and vineyard valley landscapes, this beguiling journey includes visits to Guimarães, Lamego, and Salamanca

Sail upstream and down on the ‘River of Gold’ aboard the MS Infante Don Henrique, an elegant river cruiser of our long-time partners, Croisi Europe. As it flows through a 2,000year legacy of winemaking, the Douro meanders around the sun-soaked slopes of its famous valley vineyards, from which, in times gone by, flat-bottom boats would brave the rapids to carry the wine to the river mouth. Now tamed and shelved with dams and locks, it is a serene journey from the port wine cellars, bell towers and beaux-art buildings of Porto, to the uppermost Portuguese port on the river, Barca d’Alva, its lively quayside lining a lazy bend in the river; and the Spanish border port of Vega de Terrón, for a tour to ancient, sumptuous Salamanca, its university among the oldest in Europe, the self-proclaimed ‘Mother of Virtues, Sciences, and the Arts’. In between, we sail beneath the Douro’s seven bridges, cross the Carrapatelo, the highest of the dams, float through super-scenic UNESCO listed landscapes, and go ashore to Guimarães, the ‘cradle of the kingdom of Portugal’, and to the palaces of Vila Real, villages of the Rio Torto valley, the Mateus Manor House, a port wine Quinta, and Lamengo’s Moorish castle, museum and holy shrine.

Overview

  • Days 1 & 2  - Porto
  • Day 3  - Guimarães/Régua
  • Day 4  - Vega de Terron
  • Day 5  - Salamanca/Barca d'Alva
  • Day 6  - Rio Torto Valley/Pinhão
  • Day 7  - Lamego/Porto
  • Day 8  - Return Flight
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Tour Highlights

  • Culture & Riverscapes
  • Excursions included
  • Drinks included
  • 4 UNESCO Heritage Sites
  • Jules Verne Representative

Cruising the Douro from its mouth on the Atlantic to its crossing into Spain, with daily excursions to medieval towns, majestic palaces, port wine cellars, and vineyard valley landscapes, this beguiling journey includes visits to Guimarães, Lamego, and Salamanca

Notes:

Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board is possible).

Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.

The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.

Vessels

MS Infante Don Henrique

Launched in 2003 and refurbished in 2014, the MS Infante Don Henrique is registered in France with a mainly European crew and announcements in French and English. For 20 years Jules Verne has been the main UK partner of the innovative French cruise company, CroisiEurope, established over 40 years ago, now boasting the largest European river fleet (over 40 ships), yet still operated by the same family.

All drinks, except premium brands are included throughout the cruise. Enjoy International and French cuisine with a choice of wines in an elegant one-sitting dining room. Breakfast is a buffet, lunch and dinner waiter service with the occasional buffet. The vessel does not sail at night.

Reception, lift, lounge bar with small dance floor, sun deck with plunge pool and WiFi (free/limited).

71 air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV. 38 twin/double cabins (118 sq. ft.) on the Upper Deck with picture windows and a French balcony, 17 twin/double cabins (118 sq. ft.) and two single cabins (97 sq. ft.) with picture window on the Middle Deck. 12 twin/double cabins (118 sq. ft.) and two single cabins (97 sq. ft.) with picture window on the Main Deck.

MS Amalia Rodrigues

A premium vessel launched in 2019, the MS Amalia Rodrigues is registered in France with a mainly European crew and announcements in French and English. For 20 years Jules Verne has been the main UK partner of the innovative French cruise company, CroisiEurope, established over 40 years ago, now boasting the largest European river fleet (over 40 ships), yet still operated by the same family.
All drinks, except premium brands are included throughout the cruise. Enjoy International and French cuisine with a choice of wines in an elegant one-sitting dining room. Breakfast is a buffet, lunch and dinner waiter service with the occasional buffet. The vessel does not sail at night.
Reception, lift, lounge bar with small dance floor, sun deck with plunge pool and WiFi (free/limited).
66 air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV. 34 twin/double cabins (145 sq. ft.) on the Upper Deck with picture windows and a French balcony, 24 twin/double cabins (129 sq. ft.) with picture windows and a French balcony on the Middle Deck. 8 twin/double cabins (129 sq. ft.) with picture window on the Main Deck.

Extension Options

Portugal's Capital - Lisbon Post-Cruise Extension

Stay three nights at the 4-star central Hotel Mundial in Lisbon. Travel between Porto and Lisbon by rail with a half-day tour of Lisbon and breakfast daily included.

Hotel Mundial - Lisbon

A 4-star hotel is located in the heart of Lisbon, close to the tram network, railway station and a choice of metro stations. Bar, restaurant, coffee shop, a fine terrace with panoramic views and WiFi (chargeable). 350 air-conditioned rooms with private facillities, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe and satellite TV. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €2 per person per night.

The Cradle of Portugal - Pre-Cruise Extension

Stay at the 4-star Hotel do Parque perched high on a hilltop overlooking Braga and surrounded by gardens, with access into the town by road and funicular. Sightseeing includes tours of medieval Braga, Viana do Castelo and Ponte de Lima. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €1.50 per person per night.

Vila Galé Collection Braga - Braga

A 4-star hotel on the site of the former São Marcos hospital, a building of public interest dating from 1508 with many original elements such as vaulted ceilings. The hotel is located in the centre of Braga, close to Se Cathedral. Restaurants, bars, pools and WiFi (free). 123 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Extra Nights

Stay in Porto before you start your tour or before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Grande Hotel do Porto
(per night) £57
Single supplement £57
Airport-Hotel-Boat/Boat-Hotel-Airport transfer add £42 per way

Grand Hotel do Porto - Porto

A charming 3-star hotel, centrally located in a pedestrian zone. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 94 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV. Breakfast included. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €2 per person per night.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double main deck cabin
TAP Portugal from Gatwick

May
May 6 (Monday)
  • Sold out
June
June 17 (Monday)
  • Sold out
July
July 15 (Monday)
  • Spring Sale

Was £1995

£ 1895

September
September 2 (Monday)
  • 2 Places Remaining
September 23 (Monday)
October
October 7 (Monday)
  • Sold out
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, Jules Verne Representative, 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.

Supplements per person

Upgrades
  • Middle Deck Twin/Double Cabin
  • £145
Flight Options
  • TAP Portugal Business Class
  • On request, please call
Tour Only
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £42
Extension Options
  • Portugal's Capital - Lisbon Post-Cruise Extension (3 nights)
  • £475
  • Single Supplement
  • £215

  • The Cradle of Portugal - Pre-Cruise Extension (Highlights of the Douro) (3 nights)
  • £675
  • Single Supplement
  • £175

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