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The Douro River, The Spirit of Portugal

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Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, 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's historic center listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 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
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Day 1: Porto | Embark

Board MS Fernao de Magalhaes and settle into your designated cabins. A welcome cocktail awaits to start the cruise. After dinner, the evening is free to do as you please.

Day 2: Porto | Regua

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. Continue sailing in the afternoon. Enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.

Day 4: Salamanca | Barca D' Alva

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
MS Fernao de Magalhaes 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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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MS Fernao de Magalhaes

MS Fernao de Magalhaes
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Main Deck-Cat A
15 cabins (13 twins, 2 cabins with 2 single beds) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Main Deck- Cat B
4 double cabins - equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Main Deck- Cat C
4 double cabins - equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Middle Deck-Cat A
18 cabins (16 twins, 2 cabins with 2 single beds) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Middle Deck-Cat B
4 double cabins - equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Middle Deck-Cat C
2 double cabins - equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Upper Deck-Cat A
38 cabins- equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Upper Deck-Cat B
14 double cabins - equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Upper Deck-Cat C
2 double cabins - equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Onboard drinks included (except for drinks from the special lists)
  • Tips paid in full to the local staff of the country of destination
  • Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
Excluded
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Arrival & Departure Transfers
  • Drinks from the special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Tips for the Boat and Lodge staff

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