Overview

Day 1 - Porto
Day 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

Spendology - Widgets

Highlights of the Douro

A new itinerary introducing the Douro cruise of our longstanding European partner, CroisiEurope at a special introductory tariff from Porto to Spain enjoying seven excursions including Porto, Guimarães and Salamanca

Discover the stunning ‘River of Gold’ from the comfort of a cruise vessel, with departures to capture the best of the seasons and their amazing views, relax on board or explore culture and culinary delights, spanning the length of the Douro River from Porto to Salamanca – including four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Historic centre of Porto, the Old Town of Salamanca, the Douro wine region and the historic centre of Guimarães.

To most appreciate the natural beauty of the Douro valley, spring, summer and autumn are the best seasons to visit the Iberian Peninsula. 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 hand-picking and collecting the grapes that make this region famous for both wine and port.

Key Features

Culture & Riverscapes
Excursions included
Drinks included
4 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 6 – 28

Special Events

Portuguese Entertainment 

Enjoy Porto by night, drinks parties, port tasting and Fado, Flamenco and Folklore entertainment on board.

Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport to Porto and embark on the MS Infante Don Henrique for seven nights. Welcome cocktail and crew introduction. Enjoy a panoramic tour of vibrant Porto by night. (D)

Day 2 Morning tour of Porto. Visit the impressively decorated interior of Palácio da Bolsa and the Igreja de São Francisco, known as the “Golden Church”. Visit a port wine cellar. Afternoon free to explore. Pre-dinner Jules Verne drinks party. Enjoy an evening of Fado entertainment on board. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Travel to medieval Guimarães for a walking tour including the most important religious building, Nossa Senhora de Oliveira and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza. Enjoy an afternoon of cruising to Régua while crossing the Crestuma Dam and Carrapatelo Dam (highest in Europe). Perhaps walk through Régua after dinner.(B, L, D)

Day 4 Enjoy a panoramic tour of Vila Real, where aristocrats built magnificent palaces during the 16th and 17th centuries, followed by tasting of Cristas de Galo (local pastry). Explore the small but beautiful Mateus Palace with Baroque architecture surrounded by a lush garden in a hilly landscape. Cruise towards Vega de Terron in the afternoon passing through the Valerie and Pocinho Dam. Enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Travel to the ancient university town of Salamanca for a tour including the cathedral with Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance features and the Escuelas Mayores university. After lunch in a local restaurant (drinks not included), free time to explore. Overnight at Barca d’Alva. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Relax on a morning of cruising, passing through the Pocinho Dam. Afternoon tour of the port wine route, visiting the small towns and villages in the Rio Torto valley including port wine tasting at a Quinta. Return to the vessel in Pinhão. Gala dinner. (B, L, D).

Day 7 Morning visit to the charming ancient town of Lamego including the impressive 18th century church of our Lady of the Remedies with a beautiful facade reachable by blue and white tiled staircase climbed by religious devotees since the 13th century. Relax as you enjoy the sailing towards Porto, crossing the Carapatelo and Crestuma Dam. Farewell Jules Verne drinks party. Evening of folk entertainment. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Disembark for the return flight or extend your stay. (B)

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

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.

2022

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

Date Price
May 2 £1945
June 6 £1995
July 18 £1845
August 8 £1845
September 5 £1995
September 19 £1995
October 17 £1695
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Early Booking Offer

For all 2022 bookings made by 31 December 2021, deduct £60 per person

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
(limited availability – main & middle deck only)
Aug 8

Single supplement £495

Cabin Upgrades

Middle deck £145
Upper deck £195

Flight Options

TAP Portugal Business Class from £195
easyJet from Gatwick - nil
Ryanair from Stansted - nil

Extra Nights

Pre-Cruise Extension - The Cradle of Portugal
Hotel do Parque
3 nights £345
Single supplement £120

Post-Cruise Extension - Portugal's Capital Cities
4 nights £485
Single supplement £225

Extra Nights - Porto
Grande Hotel do Porto (per night) £70
Double for sole use £60
Airport-Hotel-Boat/Boat-Hotel-Airport transfer add £20 per way

Independent Arrival

Save £200 
Arrival or departure transfer add £20

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, 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.

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