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Portugal to Spain - Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca

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Be carried away by the charm of the Mediterranean countries. From Portugal to Spain, you will visit Porto, a lively and fascinating city where you can taste its famous wine, or Guimarães, the beating heart of Portugal with a remarkable history that gives it today all its charm. We will guide you throughout this journey through the unique landscapes of the Douro but also cities with a rich heritage such as Lamego, Salamanca or Vila Real.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Porto | Embark
Day 2 : Porto
Day 3 : Porto | Regua
Day 4 : Vila Réal | Vega de teron
Day 5 : Salamanca
Day 6 : Ferradosa | Pinhao
Day 7 : Lamego | Porto
Day 8 : Porto | Disembark

Highlights

  • CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS
  • Intoxicating getaway between vineyards and the river
  • Heritage, flavors, dances and traditional songs
  • Fado, flamenco, and traditional evenings on board

Ship

MS Gil Eanes

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Charming city of Porto at night Visit the town of Pinhao, in the heart of the beautiful Douro Valley Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Sanctuary Plaza Mayor by night, Salamanca Douro River Vineyards, Portugal

Day 1 Porto | Embark

Board the MS Gil Eanes at the end of the afternoon. Settle in your cabin and attend the crew introduction over a welcome cocktail. Enjoy a delightful dinner on board followed by an excursion to explore Porto by night.

Day 2 Porto

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Excursions proposed :

CLASSIC: Guided tour of Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe.

DISCOVERY: Touring Porto via tram and visiting the tram museum.

The afternoon is free to do as you please, or you can ask to be dropped off to the city center via rabelo boat. Return on board for dinner and an evening of Fado entertainment.

Day 3 Porto | Regua

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Excursions proposed :

CLASSIC: Tour of Guimaraes.

DISCOVERY: Hiking along the Douro River. 

Enjoy an evening of dancing or a stroll through Regua by night on your own.

Day 4 Vila Réal | Vega de teron

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning set off on an excursion to Vila Réal: visit the Solar de Mateus Manor and walk through its beautiful gardens. Return on board in Pinhão and cruise through the heart of the most famous vineyards in Porto, passing by magnificent hills covered with vine trellises. Arrive in Vega de Teron and enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.

Day 5 Salamanca

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Excursions proposed :

CLASSIC: Discover Salamanca and its unusual cathedral.

DISCOVERY: Discover Salamanca's old town by bike.

Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 6 Ferradosa | Pinhao

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning sailing toward Ferradosa. Join a “wines of Porto” excursion: follow the road through the vineyards and stop at an overlook surrounded by vines. Taste the wines of Porto and return on board in Pinhão. Get off the ship for a free afternoon in the town followed by a gala evening on board.

Day 7 Lamego | Porto

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today join a guided tour of Lamego to discover the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary and the cathedral. Return on board in Régua and spend the afternoon sailing to Porto. Tonight enjoy a traditional folklore-themed evening on board.

Day 8 Porto | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before you disembark and begin your journey back home.

MS Gil Eanes

Per person starting at
$2,610
Cabins on the MS Gil Eanes
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Main Deck
8 double-occupancy cabins equipped with shower, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, safe, and closet.
Cabins on the MS Gil Eanes
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Middle Deck
24 double-occupancy cabins equipped with shower, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, safe, and closet.
Cabins on the MS Gil Eanes
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Upper Deck
34 double-occupancy cabins equipped with shower, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, safe, and closet.

Notes

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

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

Note: The number of moorings on the Douro is limited. Boats may be moored side by side.

This offer includes:
- All meals from dinner the D1 to breakfast 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
- Excursions mentioned in the program
- Onboard entertainment
- Assistance from an onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
- Welcome cocktail
- Gala dinner and evening
- Fado, flamenco, and traditional folk themed evenings on board
- Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
- All port fees
-Excursions for the Classic or Discovery package. Passengers will need to choose one package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.

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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