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A Week on the Douro

From £2,639 pp

An extraordinary journey designed for culturally curious travellers. Following the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain, you’ll cruise past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards. Dine on traditional fare in majestic Coimbra, the birthplace of six Portuguese kings; enjoy private tastings of Port; and explore Porto’s historic Ribeira district, home to iconic rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene. Wind your way through the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, heading ashore to visit charming quintas and meet the winemakers who operate them. In Salamanca, Spain, you’ll see the city’s famous university and take in a high-spirited flamenco show. Return to Portugal with a visit to the fortified village of Castelo Rodrigo and historic Guimarães. There’s no better way to discover Europe’s best-kept secret than this scenic and all-inclusive river cruise!

What’s Included:

  • An all-inclusive, boutique 7 night cruise in a riverview stateroom on Queen Isabel
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • 8 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • 2 countries: Spain and Portugal
  • 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Magical Douro River Valley”
  • Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Onboard entertainment and insightful lectures
  • All gratuities onboard and ashore
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • International flights or rail from the UK
Douro - Patio Chico and New Cathedral, Salamanca
Day 1 - Porto (Embark)

Arrive in Porto, the port city at the mouth of the Douro.

Day 1 -  Porto (Embark)

Dinner

Day 2 - Porto, Cruising the Douro River, Porto Antigo

Portugal’s second city (after Lisbon), Porto gave its name to the nation’s most famous export, Port wine, and to the nation itself. Today, choose between two distinctively Portuguese ways to explore Porto

In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Featured Excursions: Choice of Porto city tour or “Do as the Locals Do” Porto walking tour

Day 2 - Porto, Cruising the Douro River, Porto Antigo

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Entre-os-Rios, Régua, Pinhão

Today is all about wine, which has been cultivated in the Douro River Valley since ancient Roman times. Get a crash course on the history of Port during your visit to the Douro Museum.

Featured Excursions: Douro Museum & Lunch at a local quinta

Day 3 - Entre-os-Rios, Régua, Pinhão

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Pinhão, Vega de Terrón

Head ashore for a choice of excursions, including a tasting at a prestigious Port wine estate or a vineyard hike with a wine tasting at a local quinta.

Featured Excursions: Choice of Quinta do Seixo guided tour with tasting or Vineyard hike and wine tasting at a local quinta

Day 4 - Pinhão, Vega de Terrón

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Vega de Terrón (Salamanca), Barca d’Alva

Today, you can visit the historic university town of Salamanca—the “Golden City”—famous for its sand-colored buildings and abundance of churches. Feel the centuries fall away as your ship winds its way through the pristine, dramatic UNESCO-protected landscapes of the Douro River Valley.

Featured Excursion: Salamanca – the Golden City and Spain’s oldest university

Day 5 -  Vega de Terrón (Salamanca), Barca d’Alva

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6 - Barca d’Alva (Castelo Rodrigo), Régua

Go medieval today at Castelo Rodrigo, both the name of a hilltop castle as well as the village that surrounds it. The view from the top is incredible and the village is a charming place to ramble, relax and replenish. Or if you wish, you can also lace up your hiking boots and unleash your inner Indiana Jones with an up-close gander at some prehistoric carvings at an archaeological park.

Featured Excursions: Choice of Castelo Rodrigo or Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley

Day 6 - Barca d’Alva (Castelo Rodrigo), Régua

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Cruising the Douro River, Porto (Guimarães)

Explore Guimarães, the town where Portugal was born. Its well-preserved architecture and stylish young residents make it a pleasure to visit. Or opt for a leisurely walking tour through Ribeira’s quaint cobbled streets.

Featured Excursions: Choice of Guimarães city tour or Ribeira walking tour

In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 7 - Cruising the Douro River, Porto (Guimarães)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Porto (Disembark)

You’ve experienced the best of Portugal, Spain and the pristine Douro River, but now the journey comes to a close and it’s time to disembark the ship. You will be transferred to Porto Airport for your flight home. Your Uniworld adventure may be over, but we know you’ll enjoy the memories you’ve made for years to come.

Breakfast

Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.

3 nights - Post Cruise

Dynamic, colorful and picturesque, Lisbon will continually surprise you. Glorious historic architecture reflects the wealth brought in during the “Age of Discovery,” when the Portuguese owned the seas, but it is also a modern center of finance and international trade.

Spread across steep hillsides that overlook the Rio Tejo, Lisbon has captivated visitors for centuries. The amazing vistas reveal the city in all its beauty: Roman and Moorish ruins, white-domed cathedrals, grand plazas lined with sun-drenched cafes.

3 nights - Post Cruise
Day 8 - Porto (Disembark), Coimbera, Transfer to Lisbon

Disembark the ship and board a motorcoach, heading south through Portugal’s picturesque countryside toward Lisbon. En route to Lisbon, you’ll stop in Coimbra, home to an ancient university and a lavish baroque library considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Admire the lingering traces of the town’s Moorish and Roman past after sitting down to a traditional Portuguese lunch. After lunch, continue on to Lisbon where you will check in to your hotel.

Featured Excursion: Coimbra tour with Joanina Library visit and family-style lunch

Breakfast & Lunch

Day 9 - Lisbon

Everything old is new again in the Portuguese capital. Get to know this hilly metropolis with a city tour that shows you all the top sights and treats you to an iconic, locally made pastry.

Featured Excursion: Lisbon city tour

Breakfast

Day 10 - Lisbon

Experience your own “Age of Discovery” with a full day to explore Lisbon however you wish. The city hosts remarkable museums and excellent shopping, and natives of Lisbon boast that they have the best food in the world.

Day 11 - Lisbon (Depart)

After breakfast transfer to Lisbon Portela Airport for your flight home.

Breakfast

Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.

Uniworld Queen Isabel Exterior

S.S. SÃO GABRIEL – Launching in Portugal in 2021 S.S. São Gabriel will be the newest ship on the Douro river. Designed to embody the beautiful Douro River Valley region, this ship will offer more lavishly appointed suites than the Queen Isabel and bring the destination to life through its décor and delectable food and wine. Butler service will be added onboard, giving guests the option to dine at any time they’d like while enjoying the ship. (PLEASE NOTE– Images are of the Queen Isabel, images of the SS SÃO GABRIEL will be added upon completion of the ship)

Uniworld Queen Isabel Side view
  • 50 lavishly decorated outside staterooms and suites, most with French or full outside balconies
  • Sundeck with sun-shades, chairs & loungers
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Stylish restaurant with open seating
  • Main lounge with full service bar
  • Fitness centre & Serenity River Spa
  • Complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day
  • Elevator to accommodation decks
  • Sauna, steam room and solarium
  • Onboard boutique*
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.

World Class Staterooms

With 50 Lavishly decorated staterooms with french balconies.

All Staterooms Feature

  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with l’Occitaine en Provence bath products
  • Hotel style beds with fine cotton bed linen
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen television, radio alarm clock, iPod/iPhone dock
  • Telephone, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Plush towels, waffle bathrobes and slippers

Grand Suite

307 ft² – Upper Deck

  • French balcony
  • Separate sitting room
Uniworld - SS Sao Gabriel - Grand Suite
Uniworld - SS-Sao Gabriel - Suite

Suite

220 ft² – Upper Deck

  • French balcony
  • Enhanced sitting area

French Balcony Stateroom

156 ft² – Middle Deck

  • French Balcony
Uniworld Queen Isabel Cat 2
Uniworld Queen Isable Cat 4

Deluxe Staterooms

156 ft² – Lower Deck

  • Smaller Fixed Window

Classic Staterooms

135 ft² – Lower Deck

  • Smaller Fixed Window
Uniworld Queen Isable Cat 4
Uniworld - SS Sao Gabriel - Deck Plan

Lisbon Extension from £600 pp

Please call for prices
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Apr 3SS São Gabriel Porto£2639SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£2639 Was £2999  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£2903 Was £3299  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£4751 Was £5399  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£5719 Was £6499  
Apr 17SS São Gabriel Porto£2639SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£2639 Was £2999  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£2903 Was £3299  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£4751 Was £5399  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£5719 Was £6499  
Apr 24SS São Gabriel Porto£4487SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£4487 Was £5099  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4751 Was £5399  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£6599 Was £7499  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£7567 Was £8599  
May 1SS São Gabriel Porto£4487SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£4487 Was £5099  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4751 Was £5399  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£6599 Was £7499  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£7567 Was £8599  
May 8SS São Gabriel Porto£4487SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£4487 Was £5099  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4751 Was £5399  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£6599 Was £7499  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£7567 Was £8599  
May 22SS São Gabriel Porto£4487SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£4487 Was £5099  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4751 Was £5399  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£6599 Was £7499  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£7567 Was £8599  
May 29SS São Gabriel Porto£4487SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£4487 Was £5099  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4751 Was £5399  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£6599 Was £7499  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£7567 Was £8599  
Jun 12SS São Gabriel Porto£4487SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£4487 Was £5099  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4751 Was £5399  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£6599 Was £7499  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£7567 Was £8599  
Jun 19SS São Gabriel Porto£4487SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£4487 Was £5099  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4751 Was £5399  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£6599 Was £7499  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£7567 Was £8599  
Jun 26SS São Gabriel Porto£4487SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£4487 Was £5099  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4751 Was £5399  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£6599 Was £7499  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£7567 Was £8599  
Jul 3SS São Gabriel Porto£3871SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£3871 Was £4399  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4135 Was £4699  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£5983 Was £6799  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£6951 Was £7899  
Jul 10SS São Gabriel Porto£3871SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£3871 Was £4399  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4135 Was £4699  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£5983 Was £6799  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£6951 Was £7899  
Jul 17SS São Gabriel Porto£3871SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£3871 Was £4399  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4135 Was £4699  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£5983 Was £6799  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£6951 Was £7899  
Jul 24SS São Gabriel Porto£3167SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£3167 Was £3599  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£3431 Was £3899  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£5279 Was £5999  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£6247 Was £7099  
Jul 31SS São Gabriel Porto£3167SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£3167 Was £3599  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£3431 Was £3899  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£5279 Was £5999  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£6247 Was £7099  
Aug 7SS São Gabriel Porto£3871SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£3871 Was £4399  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4135 Was £4699  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£5983 Was £6799  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£6951 Was £7899  
Aug 14SS São Gabriel Porto£3871SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£3871 Was £4399  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4135 Was £4699  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£5983 Was £6799  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£6951 Was £7899  
Aug 21SS São Gabriel Porto£3871SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£3871 Was £4399  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4135 Was £4699  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£5983 Was £6799  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£6951 Was £7899  
Aug 28SS São Gabriel Porto£3871SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£3871 Was £4399  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4135 Was £4699  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£5983 Was £6799  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£6951 Was £7899  
Sep 4SS São Gabriel Porto£4487SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£4487 Was £5099  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4751 Was £5399  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£6599 Was £7499  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£7567 Was £8599  
Sep 11SS São Gabriel Porto£4487SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£4487 Was £5099  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4839 Was £5499  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£6687 Was £7599  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£7743 Was £8799  
Sep 18SS São Gabriel Porto£4487SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£4487 Was £5099  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4751 Was £5399  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£6599 Was £7499  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£7567 Was £8599  
Sep 25SS São Gabriel Porto£4487SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£4487 Was £5099  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4751 Was £5399  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£6599 Was £7499  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£7567 Was £8599  
Oct 2SS São Gabriel Porto£4487SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£4487 Was £5099  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4751 Was £5399  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£6599 Was £7499  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£7567 Was £8599  
Oct 9SS São Gabriel Porto£4487SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£4487 Was £5099  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4751 Was £5399  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£6599 Was £7499  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£7567 Was £8599  
Oct 16SS São Gabriel Porto£4487SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£4487 Was £5099  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4751 Was £5399  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£6599 Was £7499  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£7567 Was £8599  
Oct 23SS São Gabriel Porto£4487SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£4487 Was £5099  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4751 Was £5399  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£6599 Was £7499  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£7567 Was £8599  
Oct 30SS São Gabriel Porto£4223SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£4223 Was £4799  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4487 Was £5099  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£6335 Was £7199  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£7303 Was £8299  
Nov 6SS São Gabriel Porto£4223SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£4223 Was £4799  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4487 Was £5099  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£6335 Was £7199  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£7303 Was £8299  
Nov 13SS São Gabriel Porto£3871SAVE 12%Cabin Upgrades
ClassicLower Deck135ft², Fixed Windows£3871 Was £4399  
French BalconyMiddle Deck156ft², French Balcony£4135 Was £4699  
SuiteUpper Deck220ft². Outside Balcony£5983 Was £6799  
Grand SuiteUpper Deck307ft², Outside Balcony£6951 Was £7899  


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