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Porto Cityscape, Portugal

Douro River Valley

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As you follow the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain, you’ll cruise past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards. Enjoy private tastings of port. Explore Porto’s historic Ribeira district, home to iconic rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene. Wind your way through the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, heading ashore to visit charming quintas and meet the winemakers who operate them. In Salamanca, Spain, you’ll see the city’s famous university. Return to Portugal with a visit to the fortified village of Castelo Rodrigo and historic Guimarães.
Porto, Portugal Old TownTerraced vineyards of the Douro River ValleyExplore the vineyards of the Douro river valleyGo for a stroll through colorful SalamancaCruise the beautiful Douro riverPorto Cityscape, Portugal
  • Explore Porto’s historic Ribeira district
  • Visit the fortified village of Castelo Rodrigo
  • Enjoy private tastings of Port wine
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Porto | Embark

Arrive in Porto, the port city at the mouth of the Douro.

Day 2: Porto | Entre-os-Rios

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Portugal’s second city (after Lisbon), Porto gave its name to the nation’s most famous export, Port wine, and to the nation itself. Today, choose between two distinctively Portuguese ways to explore Porto.

In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 3: Entre-os-Rios | Régua | Pinhão

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today is all about wine, which has been cultivated in the Douro River Valley since ancient Roman times. Get a crash course on the history of Port during your visit to the Douro Museum.

Day 4: Pinhão | Vega de Terrón

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Head ashore for a choice of excursions, including a tasting at a prestigious Port wine estate or a vineyard hike with a wine tasting at a local quinta.

Day 5: Vega de Terrón (Salamanca) | Barca d’Alva

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you can visit the historic university town of Salamanca—the “Golden City”—famous for its sand-colored buildings and abundance of churches. Feel the centuries fall away as your ship winds its way through the pristine, dramatic UNESCO-protected landscapes of the Douro River Valley.

Day 6: Barca d’Alva | Régua

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Go medieval today at Castelo Rodrigo, both the name of a hilltop castle as well as the village that surrounds it. The view from the top is incredible and the village is a charming place to ramble, relax and replenish. Or if you wish, you can also lace up your hiking boots and unleash your inner Indiana Jones with an up-close gander at some prehistoric carvings at an archaeological park.

Day 7: Régua (Guimarães) | Porto

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Guimarães, the town where Portugal was born. Its well-preserved architecture and stylish young residents make it a pleasure to visit. Or opt for a leisurely walking tour through Ribeira’s quaint cobbled streets.

In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 8: Porto | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After disembarking the ship, you will be transferred to Porto Airport for your flight home.


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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Bilingual English-speaking guide
  • Unlimited Wifi
  • All gratuities, shipboard and shoreside 
  • Bicycles & Hiking Sticks equipment if needed
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks, and mineral water
  • Guided “Do as the Locals Do” and “Let's Go” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture
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  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Port Fees
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