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The Douro River, the spirit of Portugal

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The Douro River, the “river of gold”, does not recognize country boundaries and flows majestically through both Portugal and Spain. Traveling along the Douro on this incredible 8-day cruise is the perfect way to 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. Visit Salamanca in Spain which is rich in architectural treasures dating back through the ages.
Mateus PalaceLamego Sanctuary Nossa SenhoraMateus Palace GardenSail across the heart of Porto vineyardsPorto, Portugal Old Town
Highlights
  • Discover Porto and experience the wine tasting session in the cellars
  • Explore Salamanca get to know the must-see & the unusual sites
  • Join a unique excursion to discover the “Wines of Porto”
  • Join a fun evening of Fado music and entertainment on board
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Porto | Embark

​Passengers board the ship at 5:00 pm. After setting into your cabins, you will be introduced to the crew with a welcome cocktail. After dinner, the evening is free to do as you please.

Day 2: Porto | Regua

Join the guided tour of Porto and experience the wine tasting session in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia. The afternoon will be spent sailing.

Day 3: Pinhao | Vega De Teron

Join the excursion to Vila Réal, a town with a great variety of religious buildings and architecture. Afterward, stroll through the gardens at the Mateus Palace. The afternoon will be spent sailing. Enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.

Day 4: Salamanca | Barca D' Alva

Today, sail and explore Salamanca. Visit its unusual cathedral and its famous university dating back to 1218, making it one of the oldest in the world. Return on board after your tour and enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 5: Ferradosa | Pinhao

MS Vasco de Gama continues cruising this morning. Set off on the excursion along the Porto Wine Route. Discover the vineyards famously arranged in rows as well as small typical villages, followed by a wine-tasting session in a true Portuguese quinta. Tonight's your gala dinner and evening.

Day 6: Pinhao

You will be transferred to a coach to join the excursion of Lamego. Lamego is a charming episcopal and commercial town where you'll get to discover the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Sanctuary. The afternoon will be spent sailing towards Porto. Enjoy an evening of Fado entertainment.
 

Day 7: Porto

Enjoy time at leisure this morning to discover Porto at your own pace. Afterward, join the tour to Aveiro, a charming medieval town surrounded by salt marshes, beaches, and lagoons. Enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.

Day 8: Porto | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast and continue your independent trip back home.
 

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Main Deck-Cat A
15 cabins (13 twins, 2 cabins with single beds) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Main Deck- Cat B
equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Main Deck-Cat C
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Middle Deck-Cat A
18 cabins (15 twins, 3 cabins with single beds) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Middle Deck-Cat B
equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Middle Deck-Cat C
equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Upper Deck-Cat A
38 twin cabins equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Upper Deck-Cat B
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
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • Double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom
  • Excursions included in the package selected
  • All port fees
  • Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day
  • Flamenco entertainment
  • Fado entertainment
  • Traditional folk entertainment
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Drinks from the special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance

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