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Douro River Vineyards, Portugal

Portugal to Spain - Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard MS Infante Don Henrique
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Taste Europe's high culture, delicious cuisine, rich history, and stunning landscapes on this 8-day round-trip cruise along the beautiful Douro River. Cross the Iberian Peninsula aboard the MS Infante Don Henrique, a comfortable ship designed to accommodate 142 passengers. Visit a wine cellar and taste the wines of Porto in the Vila Nova de Gaia, tour the little town of Vila Real by coach, explore the Manor Solar of Mateus and walk through its gardens, and discover the ancient and new cathedral of Salamanca.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Porto | Embark
Day 2 : Porto
Day 3 : Guimarães | Regua
Day 4 : Vila Réal | Vega de Teron
Day 5 : Salamanca | Barca d'alva
Day 6 : Ferradosa | Pinhao
Day 7 : Lamego | Porto
Day 8 : Porto | Disembark

Highlights

  • Admire the city of Porto at night during a panoramic tour by bus
  • Taste Porto, a sweet fortified wine from the Douro region
  • Explore the old city of Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover the monumental Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary

Ship

MS Infante Don Henrique

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Douro River Vineyards, Portugal Historical transportation in Porto, Portugal Visit the town of Pinhao, in the heart of the beautiful Douro Valley Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Sanctuary New Cathedral, Salamanca

Day 1 Porto | Embark

Board the MS Infante Don Henrique at the end of the afternoon. Settle into 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
This morning set off on a guided tour of Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe, with a historic center that is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy some free time in the city and get back on the ship for a Fado-themed evening.

Day 3 Guimarães | Regua

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today join an excursion to Guimarães. Return on board and sail to Régua, passing through the gigantic lock at Carrapatello. Take part in a dancing evening on board or enjoy some free time to stroll through Régua by night.

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 | Barca d'alva

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today enjoy an excursion to Salamanca, a town of dazzling beauty houses, part of the extraordinary Roman, Arabic, and Christian architectural treasures. Return on board in Barca d'Alva and relax over an evening of entertainment on board.

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. 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 Infante Don Henrique

Per person starting at
$2,071
Cabin aboard the 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.
Cabin aboard the MS Infante Don Henrique
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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.
Cabin aboard the MS Infante Don Henrique
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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 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

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.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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