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Portugal to Spain - Porto, the Douro Valley (Portugal) and Salamanca (Spain)

7 Nights Cruise Porto - Porto

Douro Cruise
POP Map

Porto to Porto (POP) - 8 days

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Ship - Vasco de Gama

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Detailed Itinerary:

 

DAY 1: PORTO (Embarkation)

 

Passengers are welcome to board starting at 5:00 p.m. After you've comfortably settled in your cabin, we'll introduce our crew during our welcome cocktail party, followed by dinner. In the evening, you can join us on an optional excursion by coach to explore Porto by night.

 

DAY 2: PORTO  - REGUA

 

After a breakfast buffet on board, you can join us on an optional guided tour of Porto. You will discover one of the oldest cities in Europe, with a historic center that is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will marvel at its old districts, veritable maze of narrow winding lanes, arcaded houses, and beautiful little churches. However, Porto is known first and foremost for its famous port wines from vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see along the banks of the Douro River. In Vila Nova de Gaia, we will visit a wine cellar where this exceptional wine is mellowed and matured slowly and in great secrecy, followed by a tasting of this “precious nectar”. After our tour, we'll return on board for lunch, while our boat casts off and cruises to Régua. You will be able to admire the fabulous landscapes as we sail by. Relax and enjoy the ride as we sail past the gigantic locks at Crestuma and Carrapatello, the highest in Europe at 35 m (115 ft). Our boat will arrive in port around 8:00 p.m. At the end of the day, you'll enjoy dinner followed by dancing on board, or an evening walk in Régua.

 

DAY 3: REGUA - BARCA D' ALVA

 

After a breakfast buffet on board, you can join us on an optional excursion to Vila Réal, a town with a great variety of religious buildings and architecture. We will continue our tour with a wonderful walk through the beautiful gardens of the Solar de Mateus. During our excursion, the boat will raise anchor and cruise to Pinhão, where we will join it for lunch on board as we cast off and continue to the next port. We will be sailing into the very heart of the most famous vineyards in Porto, past magnificent hills covered with vine trellises, and planted in terraces up to 700m (2300 ft) high, plunging majestically down towards the river. We will pass through the Valeira and Pocinho locks before arriving in Barca d'Alva during the evening. You will enjoy dinner on board, followed by an evening of Flamenco entertainment .

 

DAY 4: VEGA DE TERON (optional excursion to Salamanca)

 

You'll begin your day with a breakfast buffet on board. In the morning, you can join us on an optional excursion to Salamanca, awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO. This town of dazzling beauty houses some extraordinary Roman, Arabic, and Christian architectural treasures. After our tour, we'll enjoy lunch in Salamanca, and then return to the boat at the end of the afternoon. You'll enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment on board in Vega de Teron.

 

DAY 5: VEGA DE TERON - FERRADOSA - PINHAO

 

We'll set off early in the morning and have a breakfast buffet on board as we cruise through the locks in Pocinho and Valeira. Our boat will continue cruising while you enjoy a relaxing lunch on board. We'll arrive in Ferradosa around 2:00 p.m. where you can join us on the optional “wines of Porto” excursion. You will follow the road through the vineyards and stop at an overlook surrounded by vines. We'll then continue our trip to a “quinta” where we will sample the wines of Porto. After the tour, you'll return back on board in Pinhão around 6:00 p.m. You will also have the opportunity to explore the old Pinhao train station, with its splendid “azulejos” (traditional Portuguese tiles). We'll cruise through the night and enjoy our gala dinner and evening on board.

 

DAY 6: PINHAO - PORTO

 

You'll begin your day with a breakfast buffet on board in Pinhao. In the morning, you can join us on our optional guided tour by coach of Lamego. During this tour, you will discover the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary and the cathedral. After our tour, we'll return on board in Régua for lunch, while our boat casts off and cruises to Porto, passing through a number of large locks. Our boat will arrive in port towards the end of the evening. You'll enjoy our dinner and Fado-themed evening on board.

 

DAY 7: PORTO (optional excursion to Braga)

 

After enjoying a breakfast buffet on board, you can take advantage of a free morning to explore Porto. You will return to the boat for lunch. In the afternoon, you will be able either to take some time to stroll around Porto, or take part in the optional excursion to Braga. This city is nicknamed the “Rome of Portugal” because of its high quality religious architecture. In the evening, you'll return to the boat and enjoy dinner followed by an evening of traditional folk entertainment.

 

DAY 8: PORTO (Disembarkation)

 

Buffet breakfast on board, disembarkation at around 9:00am. End of our journey.

Advisements:

  • Please check with us the availability of English shore excursions.
  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
  • The number of moorings on the Douro is limited. Our boats may be moored side by side.

2014 Departure Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin and the SINGLE TRAVELER rate.
From Porto
Cruise Embarkation Date
Lower Deck Cabin w/ large fixed window - 2 twin beds
Middle Deck Cabin w/ large fixed window - 2 twin beds
Upper Deck Cabin w/ large fixed window - 2 twin beds
Lower Deck Cabin w/ large fixed window - Single Traveler
Middle Deck Cabin w/ large fixed window - Single Traveler
Upper Deck Cabin w/ large fixed window- Single Traveler
7-Apr-2014
$1,891
$2,121
$2,174
$2,645
$2,875
$2,928
14-Apr-2014
$1,891
$2,121
$2,174
$2,645
$2,875
$2,928
21-Apr-2014
$1,891
$2,121
$2,174
$2,645
$2,875
$2,928
28-Apr-2014
$1,891
$2,121
$2,174
$2,645
$2,875
$2,928
5-May-2014
$2,197
$2,427
$2,480
$2,951
$3,181
$3,234
12-May-2014
$2,197
$2,427
$2,480
$2,951
$3,181
$3,234
19-May-2014
$2,197
$2,427
$2,480
$2,951
$3,181
$3,234
26-May-2014
$2,197
$2,427
$2,480
$2,951
$3,181
$3,234
2-Jun-2014
$2,197
$2,427
$2,480
$2,951
$3,181
$3,234
9-Jun-2014
$2,197
$2,427
$2,480
$2,951
$3,181
$3,234
16-Jun-2014
$2,197
$2,427
$2,480
$2,951
$3,181
$3,234
23-Jun-2014
$2,197
$2,427
$2,480
$2,951
$3,181
$3,234
30-Jun-2014
$2,197
$2,427
$2,480
$2,951
$3,181
$3,234
7-Jul-2014
$1,807
$2,037
$2,089
$2,561
$2,791
$2,843
14-Jul-2014
$1,807
$2,037
$2,089
$2,561
$2,791
$2,843
21-Jul-2014
$1,807
$2,037
$2,089
$2,561
$2,791
$2,843
28-Jul-2014
$1,807
$2,037
$2,089
$2,561
$2,791
$2,843
4-Aug-2014
$1,807
$2,037
$2,089
$2,561
$2,791
$2,843
11-Aug-2014
$1,807
$2,037
$2,089
$2,561
$2,791
$2,843
18-Aug-2014
$1,807
$2,037
$2,089
$2,561
$2,791
$2,843
25-Aug-2014
$1,807
$2,037
$2,089
$2,561
$2,791
$2,843
1-Sep-2014
$2,197
$2,427
$2,480
$2,951
$3,181
$3,234
8-Sep-2014
$2,197
$2,427
$2,480
$2,951
$3,181
$3,234
15-Sep-2014
$2,197
$2,427
$2,480
$2,951
$3,181
$3,234
22-Sep-2014
$2,197
$2,427
$2,480
$2,951
$3,181
$3,234
29-Sep-2014
$2,197
$2,427
$2,480
$2,951
$3,181
$3,234
6-Oct-2014
$2,197
$2,427
$2,480
$2,951
$3,181
$3,234
13-Oct-2014
$2,197
$2,427
$2,480
$2,951
$3,181
$3,234
20-Oct-2014
$2,197
$2,427
$2,480
$2,951
$3,181
$3,234

Prices Include:

Accommodation in double cabin with air conditioning, shower/WC • Full board cruise from dinner of the first day to the breakfast of  the last day • Drinks included with onboard meals (wine, water, beer, fruit juices, coffee) • Drinks consumed at the bar (excluding champagne & drinks from the wine list) • Onboard entertainment • Welcome Cocktail • The Gala Evening • The Flamenco, fado and traditional evenings onboard • The assistance of our hostess on board • Port taxes

Prices Do Not Include:

Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers) • Travel Cancellation Insurance • Optional excursions • Gratuities • Personal expenses

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