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Sail across the heart of Porto vineyards

Hike in Porto, the Douro Valley, and Salamanca

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard MS Infante Don Henrique
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Admire breathtaking views of cities and the ocean on this magnificent 8-day cruise on the Douro River. Relax and enjoy the wonderful landscapes and scenery as you cruise from Porto all the way to Salamanca, Spain, and back to Porto. Discover the mountainous scenery, granite statues, deep valleys, and remote villages that line your route. Sail through the very heart of the most famous vineyards in Porto, passing alongside magnificent hills covered with vine trellises. Visit Salamanca, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting many extraordinary Roman, Arabic, and Christian architectural treasures.

Our hiking and walking programs offer you the opportunity to contemplate the natural beauty of these magical places. Far from the hustle and bustle of city life, this cruise is ideal for nature and scenic enthusiasts.
Charming city of Porto at nightWoman hiking through the forestNossa Senhora dos Remedios SanctuaryVisit the town of Pinhao, in the heart of the beautiful Douro ValleySail across the heart of Porto vineyards
Highlights
  • Discover Porto illuminated at night, a truly magnificent sight
  • Hike through the wonderful heart of the Natural Park of Alvão
  • Explore a real paradise as you enjoy a hike through famous vineyards
  • Join an excursion to Braga, often nicknamed “Portugal's Rome”
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Porto | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 5:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Presentation of our hiking program. In the evening, depending on the weather, we'll cruise to the mouth of the Douro River.

Day 2: Porto | Regua

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We'll set out for a guided tour of Porto. The afternoon will be spent sailing towards Regua. Enjoy an evening of dancing or a stroll through the city on your own.

Day 3: Pinhao | Vega De Teron

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hikers' Program: Hike to Provesende. You’ll wind your way up through the low brush, green forests, and rolling hills to one of the oldest villages in Portugal, Provesende. (2.5- to 3-hour hike, 4.3 miles (7 km), 1,050-foot elevation gain (320 m).)

Non-hikers' Program: Trip to Vila Réal and stroll through the beautiful gardens of the Mateus Palace.

The afternoon will be spent sailing through the very heart of the most famous vineyards in Porto. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 4: Vega De Teron | Salamanca | Barca D'alva

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join us on a guided tour of Salamanca, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We'll return on board in the end of the afternoon. Enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.

Day 5: Barca D'alva | Senhora Da Ribeira

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hikers' Program: "Vultures' Cliff¿ This hike begins in a wild mountainous setting with magnificent panoramic views of the Douro River and Spain. Picnic lunch. (Length 3 hours, 8 km (5 miles) with about 530m (1,740 ft) of elevation gain.)

Non-hikers' Program: Excursion to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo.

We'll return on board. The afternoon will be spent sailing to Senhora da Ribeira. Tonight's our gala evening and dinner

Day 6: Senhora Da Ribeira | Ferradosa | Pinhao | Regua | Bitetos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Hikers' Program: Hike through the vineyards. Discovery of a real paradise where nature has been protected (picnic lunch). (Length 4 hours, 14 km (8.6 miles) with about 500m descent (1,650 ft.))

Non-hikers' Program: "Wines of Porto excursion with a tasting* of Porto wines.

We'll cruise to Bitetos, reaching it in the evening. Enjoy an evening of Fado entertainment.

Day 7: Bitetos | Porto

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning will be spent sailing to Porto.

Hikers' Program: Hike along the banks of the Douro River to its estuary, admiring breathtaking views of the city and the ocean. (Length  2 to 2¿ hours, 8 km (5 miles) on flat, level ground)

Non-hikers' Program: Excursion to Guimaraes, the birthplace of Portugal in the 12th century.
Enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.

Day 8: Porto | Disembark

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

Ship/Hotel

MS Infante Don Henrique

MS Infante Don Henrique
MS Infante Don Henrique
MS Infante Don Henrique

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Main Deck
14 cabins (12 twins, 2 cabins with double beds) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Middle Deck
19 cabins (16 twins, 3 cabins with double beds) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Upper Deck
38 twin cabins equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.

Notes

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 on the 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
- Assistance from an onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
- Welcome cocktail
- Gala dinner and evening
- Spanish, Fado, flamenco, and traditional folk themed evenings on board
- All excursions and hikes listed in the itinerary
- Services of a qualified mountain guide
- 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
- All other services not specifically mentioned in the itinerary

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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