Overview

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

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Royal Barge on the Douro

Cruise deep into the mountain landscapes of Portugal to discover wine estates, sun-drenched vineyards, idyllic villages, baroque castles and hilltop medieval ruins

A 2,000-year legacy of winemaking awaits you throughout Portugal’s lush Douro River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Douro Valley is a region of stunning natural beauty, a serene landscape of hillsides lining the winding riverbanks.

Sail deep into the mountain landscapes of Portuguese wine country to find estates and sun-drenched vineyards, many of which are centuries old, that cascade down to the riverside. Discover baroque castles, hilltop medieval ruins, white-washed quintas and the idyllic, bucolic villages that retain a medieval simplicity. The fertile valley is home to estates that produce the region’s ‘rich gold’, award-winning wines and port. The Douro River has played an important part in Britain’s history, as the source of port from the vineyards lining the upper river valley. The fortified wine was originally brought down the 60 miles to Porto in flat-bottomed wooden craft, braving the dangerous rapids en route, but there are now a series of dams and locks that have tamed the river allowing its navigation for 120 miles into Spain.

Enjoy this unique cruise that contrasts with the Douro’s other much larger passenger ships.

Key Features

Culture & Riverscapes
Exclusive Historic Small Ship
Complimentary Cabin Selection
Jules Verne Sightseeing
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
UK Tour Manager
All Inclusive Drinks Package Available
Group Size: 2 – 28

Special Events

Quinta Dinner & Tastings

Enjoy port tastings and a traditional Portuguese dinner at the Quinta da Avessada, an ancient site producing Douro wines in the vineyard village of Favaios

Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport to Porto and embark on the MS Spirit of Chartwell 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. Embark on the MS Spirit of Chartwell for seven nights. (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 enroute to Entre-os-Rios. Traditional Portuguese show on board. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Cruise to Régua crossing the Carrapatelo Dam. Visit the 18th-century Mateus Manor House, a beautiful small palace with impressive gardens and fine Baroque architecture. Cruise towards Pinhão. 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 Optional visit to Salamanca in Spain, by road (£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 Portuguese countryside or relax on board. Overnight at Barca d’Alva. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Sail towards Régua, passing the Pocinho, Valeira and Régua Dam. Visit Quinta do Seixo for a port wine tasting. Special Portuguese dinner onboard. (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

Notes

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

2022

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

Date Price
August 19 £2295

2023

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

Date Price
May 5 £2895
May 19 £3095
June 16 £3195
June 23 £3195
September 15 £3095
September 22 £2995
Limited Edition

Due to Popular Demand – additional date added 19 August 2022

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

REDUCED SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
(limited availability)
2023 £795

Single supplement £1550 (2023 £1895)

Cabin Upgrades

 Royal Suite £495

Flight Options

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

Optional Excursions

Visit to Salamanca by road £50

Extension Options

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

Pre-Cruise Extension - The Cradle of Portugal
3 nights £355 (2023 £385)
Single supplement £105 (2023 £115)

Post-Cruise Extension - Pousadas of Portugal
5 nights £795
Single supplement £275

Extra Options

Drinks Package £80

Enjoy selected white, red, rosé or sparkling wine by the glass, selected beer, house spirits and soft drinks.

Independent Arrival

Save £200 
Arrival or 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
Drinks Package Includes: House Brands - House wine (red, white, rose); Open sparkling wine; Beer/Draft beer; All cocktails (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) ; All long drinks; All non-alcoholic drinks; Water in your cabin; All coffee specialties (non-alcoholic); Hot chocolate & tea.

 

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