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The Douro River, The Spirit of Portugal

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard MS Fernao de Magalhaes
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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 Palace
  • 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
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

Full Itinerary

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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

  • Ship
  • 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

  • Ship
  • 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

  • Ship
  • 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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Porto, Portugal Old Town Mateus Palace Lamego Sanctuary Nossa Senhora Mateus Palace Garden Sail across the heart of Porto vineyards



MS Fernao de Magalhaes

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Main Deck
15 cabins (13 twins, 2 cabins with 2 single beds) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
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Middle Deck
18 cabins (16 twins, 2 cabins with 2 single 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.


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

For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. Alcohol can be dangerous to your health

This offer includes :
  • All meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day
  • Onboard drinks included (except for drinks from our special lists)
  • Double-occupancy cabin with a shower in the bathroom
  • The excursions mentioned in the program
  • Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Gala dinner
  • Onboard entertainment 
  • Flamenco entertainment –
  • Fado entertainment Traditional folk entertainment
  • 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
  • Airport taxes
  • Transfers between airport, hotel, and port
  • Personal expenses
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.

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. The number of moorings on the Douro is limited. Our boats may be moored side by side. Arrival times at ports of call and the order of the excursions can change. *Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.


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