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The Douro River

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard MS Vasco de Gama
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Join the MS Vasco de Gama and travel along the Douro River on this exceptional 8-day cruise. Visit this beautiful, natural part of the world where steep terraced hillside vineyards, typical villages, and “quintas” with their fragrant wines appear along the banks throughout the cruise. Explore Salamanca, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, rich in architectural treasures dating back through the ages. Enjoy all of this and more as you experience the luxury of a fully equipped ship.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Porto, Portugal | Embark
Day 2 : Régua
Day 3 : Pinhão | Barca D'alva
Day 4 : Salamanca | Senhora De Ribeira
Day 5 : Entre Os Rios
Day 6 : Porto
Day 7 : Porto | Aveiro | Porto
Day 8 : Porto | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Aveiro, nicknamed the “Venice of Portugal”
  • Admire the wonderful landscapes and scenery of Régua
  • Discover a great variety of religious buildings at Vila Real
  • Explore the unique and exclusive Senhora de Ribeira

Ship

MS Vasco de Gama

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Sanctuary Wander the quaint streets of Portugal Culture comes alive in the form of Flamenco Boats moored in Portugal Sail across the heart of Porto vineyards

Day 1 Porto, Portugal | Embark

Be welcomed on board at the end of the afternoon in Porto. Enjoy the presentation of the crew and welcome cocktail followed by dinner and a free evening in the city.

Day 2 Régua

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning sailing, admiring the wonderful landscapes and scenery. Arrive in Régua in the beginning of the afternoon. Join a guided excursion to Lamego, where you can explore the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary and the cathedral. 

Day 3 Pinhão | Barca D'alva

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take an excursion to Vila Real, a town with a great variety of religious buildings and architecture. Return on board in Pinhão. The cruise continues along the Douro River. Arrive in Barca d'Alva in the evening and enjoy Flamenco entertainment.

Day 4 Salamanca | Senhora De Ribeira

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join an exceptional excursion to Salamanca, a beautiful town boasting many extraordinary Roman, Arabic, and Christian architectural treasures. Return on board and continue the cruise to Senhora de Ribeira. Enjoy an evening of entertainment on board. 

Day 5 Entre Os Rios

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This day join an excursion to discover the “Wines of Porto”, following the famous port vineyard route and tasting Porto's wines. In the afternoon, cruise to Entre Os Rios. This is an ideal opportunity to relax on board and admire the wondrous scenery of the Douro Valley. Be part of an exclusive gala evening.

Day 6 Porto

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning sailing through the Douro Valley. Arrive in Porto in the early afternoon and enjoy a guided tour of one of the oldest towns in Europe. The old districts are still largely intact, with a veritable maze of narrow winding lanes, houses with arches, and beautiful little churches. In the evening enjoy some Fado music and entertainment on board. 

Day 7 Porto | Aveiro | Porto

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a free morning to discover Porto at your own pace. In the afternoon join an excursion to Aveiro, nicknamed the “Venice of Portugal”. Return to Porto and discover traditional folklore entertainment. 

Day 8 Porto | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy a buffet breakfast on board followed by disembarkation.

MS Vasco de Gama

Per person starting at
$2,322
Cabins on the MS Vasco de Gama
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Main Deck
15 cabins (13 twins, 2 cabins with single beds) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
Cabins on the MS Vasco de Gama
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Middle Deck
18 cabins (15 twins, 3 cabins with single beds) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
Cabins on the MS Vasco de Gama
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Upper Deck
38 twin cabins equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. 

This offer includes:
- All meals from dinner the D1 to breakfast buffet on D8
- Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served during meals on board, drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
- Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
- All excursions mentioned in the itinerary
- Onboard entertainment
- Assistance from an onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
- Welcome cocktail
- Gala dinner and evening
- Flamenco-themed entertainment
- Fado-themed entertainment
- Traditional folk entertainment
- Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
- All port fees

This offer does not include:
- Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions or transfers
- Cancellation and baggage insurance
- Personal expenses

Formalities:
Valid passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate. Please note: Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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