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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Highlights of the Douro

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.

Key Features

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

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 your seven-night cruise. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and an introduction to the crew; and take a tour of vibrant Porto by night. (D)

Day 2 Straddling the Douro and the centuries, Porto is the country’s second-largest city, where Baroque churches and merchant houses seem to sit on each other’s shoulders on riverbank hills. A morning tour of its historic heart visits the grand Palácio de Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace); the 14th-century church of São Francisco, an emblem of the city, known as the ‘golden church’; and one of the port wine cellars for which Porto is famed. Afternoon at leisure for independent exploration. Join us for a Jules Verne pre-dinner drinks party, and enjoy an evening of Fado entertainment on board. Overnight in Porto. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Travel to UNESCO listed Guimarães. This atmospheric ancient town was the birthplace of the first king, Alfonso Henriques. Almost a thousand years later, its fortress still stands as an icon, outlined on the nation’s coat-of-arms. A walking tour includes Nossa Senhora de Oliveira church, a place of worship since the 10th century, much restored and enlarged since its origins; and the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, the 15th-century ancestral home of the powerful family. Soak-up the scenery this afternoon as the vessel navigates the Crestuna Dam and the 35metre-high lift of the Carrapatelo, the highest in Europe, enroute to Régua. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Visit the rural town of Vila Real, where a 15th-century cathedral shares the limelight with the grand 16th and 17th-century palaces of aristocrats, and enjoy a ‘Cristas de Galo’ local pastry before visiting the Mateus manor house, a beautiful little baroque palace, built as a royal holiday home, set amid gorgeous gardens, and featured on the labels of Mateus rosé wine. This afternoon, cruise toward Vega de Terron, on the Portuguese/Spanish border, and enjoy Flamenco entertainment aboard this evening. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Travel by road into Spain to visit the UNESCO World Heritage City of Salamanca, where a tour of the medieval old town includes the 16th-17th century Gothic ‘New Cathedral’, and the majestic buildings of Escuelas Mayores, the oldest university in the Hispanic world. After lunch in a local restaurant (drinks not included), take time at leisure in the city to explore the area around the magnificent Plaza Mayor, or perhaps find the quirky Casa de las Conchas (‘house of shells’). Return to the cruiser for its overnight mooring in Barca d’Alva. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Relax aboard this morning as we cruise downstream, through the Pocinho Dam, toward Pinhão. In the afternoon, a scenic tour of the port wine route takes you to small towns and villages in the Rio Torto valley, and includes a wine tasting at a Quinta. Enjoy a Gala Dinner aboard this evening. Overnight in Pinhão. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Tour to ancient Lamego, where a 12th century castle crowns one of its two hills, the Episcopal Palace is now the town’s museum, frescoes and Flemish tapestries adorn the Gothic cathedral, and all is overseen by the church of Our Lady of the Remedies, atop an astonishing baroque staircase, 686 steps high and embellished with blue and white tiles. Sail to Porto for overnight. Enjoy a farewell Jules Verne drinks party aboard, and an evening of folk entertainment. (B, L, D)

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

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


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.


per person in a twin/double main deck cabin
(July 17 & Oct 9 based on middle deck cabin)
TAP Portugal from Gatwick

Date Price
October 9 £2240


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No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

(limited availability)

Jul 17

Single supplement £515

Cabin Upgrades

Middle Deck £145
Upper Deck £195 (17 Jul £50)

Flight Options

TAP Portugal Business Class- On request
Ryanair from Stansted - On request

Extra Nights

Pre-Cruise Extension - The Cradle of Portugal
Hotel do Parque
3 nights £375
Single supplement £125

Post-Cruise Extension - Portugal's Capital Cities
4 nights £545
Single supplement £215

Extra Nights - Porto
Grande Hotel do Porto (per night) £65
Single supplement £60
Airport-Hotel-Boat/Boat-Hotel-Airport transfer add £25 per way

Tour Only

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Arrival or departure transfer add £25

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.

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