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Portugal's Douro River Cruise

Itinerary, Prices and Dates


Round Trip from Oporto 8 Days

Relaxed river cruise along Portugal's Douro River aboard Croisi-Europe's MS Infante Don Henrique.

MS Gil Eanes

Enjoy a relaxing cruise through stunningly beautiful countryside, vine steeped terraces and traditional villages.

What's Included

  • 7-nights full board cruise in an outside cabin
  • All inclusive drinks throghout your cruise
  • Return economy flights from London Gatwick (Regional flights available)
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Cruise ship porterage (one bag per person)
  • Transfers between overseas airport and cruise ship
  • All local, port and airport taxes and security charges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty
  • ATOL Protection

Optional Excursion Package

A discounted package of excursions may be pre-purchased at time of booking

  • Oporto by night
  • Oporto tour
  • Braga city tour
  • Vila Real, Mateus Palace & Gardens
  • Salamanca
  • Port wine tasting
  • Lamego guided tour

Day 1: UK, Oporto

Map of the Douro River
Map of the Douro River

Fly to Oporto where you will be met and transferred to your ship, MS Infante de Henrique, for embarkation. Enjoy a welcome cocktail party and a chance to meet the crew. In the evening there will be an optional excursion to see Oporto by night.
Included Meals D

Day 2: Oporto

After breakfast, there will be an optional guided tour of medieval Oporto, Portugal's second largest city. After a tour through the steep, winding lanes of the town, with grand archways and magnificent churches, travel to Vila Nova de Gaia, where you will visit one of the producers of the port wine that the region is famous for, followed by a wine tasting. After lunch on board, enjoy a free afternoon to discover Oporto at your own pace, or take an optional trip downtown on the river in a traditional rabello. After dinner there will be a folk evening on board.
Included Meals B L D

Day 3: Oporto & Regua

The morning is yours to discover Oporto at leisure or for you to take an optional excursion to Portugal's religious centre, Braga. Here you will have a chance to see the remains of the medieval city walls, city gates and towers, and various examples of imposing Baroque architecture that embellish the palaces and monuments built by archbishop Rodrigo de Moura Teles. After lunch, begin cruising through the spectacular scenery of the Douro Valley to Regua. In the evening you can take part in the organised entertainment, or enjoy an evening stroll at leisure through Regua.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Barca d'Alva

This morning, enjoy an optional excursion to Vila Real for a visit to the beautiful manor and gardens of Solar de Mateus. In the afternoon, rejoin your ship in Pinhão, the geographical centre of the demarcated port wine making region. Later, your ship continues cruising amidst the steep, terraced vineyards that line the banks of the river, en route to Barca d'Alva. Enjoy a flamenco evening on board.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Vega de Terrón

After breakfast, there is a full day optional excursion to the Spanish city of Salamanca, home to one of the oldest universities in the world. The city has been well-preserved and has beautiful stone-built noblemen's houses, convents and palaces scattered among the faculty buildings. The architecture reflects its Roman, Arabic and Christian past, and it is also said to have the most impressive town square in the whole of Spain. You rejoin the ship in Vega de Teron for an evening of entertainment.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Ferradosa & Pinhão

Continue your journey through the stunning countryside of the Douro Valley, arriving in Ferradosa after lunch. There is an optional excursion in the afternoon that takes you through vineyards where grapes are grown for the production of local wines before heading to a Quinta to taste Port wine. You rejoin the ship in Pinhão before dinner, where you will have time to look at the local train station, built at the end of the 19th century, the inside of which is entirely lined with panels of patterned tiles, or azulejos.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Oporto

This morning, there is an optional excursion to the ancient town of Lamego, 12km from the banks of the Douro. This includes a visit to the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary, 600m above the town, the medieval castle, the church of Almacave with its azulejo lined walls and gilded woodwork on the altars, and the Cathedral. After lunch on board, the ship continues its journey to Oporto. Tonight, there is a fado evening on board, where you can hear the traditional songs of Lisbon.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Oporto, UK

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Porto or Ofir.
Included Meals B

Please Note: To maximize your enjoyment of this holiday a certain amount of walking is essential.


  • Included Meals  Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.

  • Tour or Transfer by Luxury Motorcoach  Transfer or Tour via Luxury Motorcoach

MS Gil Eanes & Miguel Torga



Overview

This river cruise is operated by CroisiEurope, a family owned French business oprerating a fleet of 27 ships on Europe's rivers.

Facilities on board include a lounge-bar with a dance floor, restaurant, large sun deck with deckchairs, gift shop, lift, small outdoor pool, 220V electricity and air-conditioning.

Cabins on these ships are approximately 145 sq.ft. and feature twin/double beds, en suite facilities, panoramic windows, radio, TV, hairdryer and safe.

Middle & upper Deck cabins have floor to ceiling windows opening to a rail.


Dining

Your cruise includes full board. The dining room is large enough to accommodate all guests at one sitting. Breakfasts are buffet style, while lunch and dinner have set menus, usually including a choice of regional specialities and traditional favourites. Aperitifs, coffee and digestifs are available in the lounge bar.

Vegetarian meals and any special dietary requirements should be requested at the time of booking. There is an evening programme of entertainment and a welcome cocktail on the first night. While on board you will be looked after by the ship's hostess and purser.


Deck Plan

CroisiEurope MS Gil Eanes - deck plan
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MS Infante d'Henrique, Fernao de Magalhaes & Vasco de Gamma



Overview

This river cruise is operated by CroisiEurope, a family owned French business oprerating a fleet of 27 ships on Europe's rivers.

Facilities on board include a lounge-bar with a dance floor, restaurant, large sun deck with deckchairs, gift shop, lift, small outdoor pool, 220V electricity and air-conditioning.

Cabins on these ships are approximately 129 sq.ft. and feature twin/double beds, en suite facilities, panoramic windows, radio, TV, hairdryer and safe.

Upper Deck cabins have larger, opening panoramic windows.


Dining

Your cruise includes full board. The dining room is large enough to accommodate all guests at one sitting. Breakfasts are buffet style, while lunch and dinner have set menus, usually including a choice of regional specialities and traditional favourites. Aperitifs, coffee and digestifs are available in the lounge bar.

Vegetarian meals and any special dietary requirements should be requested at the time of booking. There is an evening programme of entertainment and a welcome cocktail on the first night. While on board you will be looked after by the ship's hostess and purser.


Deck Plan

CroisiEurope MS Infante Don Henrique - deck plan
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DepartShipMain Deck Cabin From
Apr 3Infante D'HenriqueSOLD OUT
Apr 17Vasco de GamaSOLD OUT
May 8Infante D'Henrique£1406
Jun 8Miguel TorgaSOLD OUT
Jun 19Infante D'HenriqueSOLD OUT
Jul 3Infante D'HenriqueSOLD OUT
Jul 10Infante D'HenriqueSOLD OUT
Jul 24Infante D'Henrique£1547
Jul 31Infante D'Henrique£1513
Aug 21Infante D'Henrique£1573
Aug 28Infante D'Henrique£1473
Sep 25Miguel TorgaSOLD OUT
Oct 9Infante D'Henrique£1442
Oct 23Infante D'Henrique£1410

Cabin upgrades from: Middle £180, Upper £250

Prices are per person based on two sharing and are subject to availability at time of booking. Operators reserve the right to amend published prices prior to a confirmed booking being made.

Single Occupancy Supplements: On request in the region of £456


Flight Availability & Supplements

Prices include return flights from London Gatwick
Regional departures may be available, supplements apply.


Optional Excursion Package

The following optional excursion package may be purchased at the time of booking and includes

OPORTO
Day 1 - 'Oporto by night' excursion
Day 2 - Guided city tour

BRAGA
Day 3 - City visit

VILLA REAL
Day 4 - City tour and visit to Mateus Palace & Gardens

SALAMANCA
Day 5 - City visit

FERRADOSA
Day 6 - 'Wines of Porto' vineyards route and wine tasting

LAMEGO
Day 7 - Guided tour

Note: All optional excursions are subject to change and a minimum number of participants are required for them to operate.

£240 per person


Porto

polaroid style photo Porto

Spend a few extra days in the charming city of Porto to explore the history and heritage - or just enjoy the food, wine and atmosphere!

2 nights B&B from £100pp

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