Douro Discovery 2021 APT Travelmarvel River Cruise
Wind your way through the Douro Valley’s heavenly scenery journey aboard the MS Douro Serenity. Stop to visit villages where time has stopped, family-owned quintas and sun-drenched cities.
Fly into Porto from the UK today. On arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to Vila Nova de Gaia to board the MS Douro Serenity. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception.
Today you begin your cruise along the spectacular Douro River. Flowing from the northern reaches of Spain, through Portugal and into the Atlantic, this river is bordered by countless vineyards. As you cruise this morning, you’ll take part in a Portuguese language lesson, during which you’ll learn some essential phrases of this beautiful language. Disembark your ship in Régua and join an excursion by coach to the splendid Gardens and Palace of Mateus. Afterwards, travel by coach to Pinh\xC3£o.
INSIDER EXPERIENCE: In Pinhao, enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional dishes and dessert at a picturesque local quinta, a Portuguese winery.
Today, cruise across the border into Vega de Terrón in Spain. Enjoy some time at leisure before joining an excursion to Castelo Rodrigo. This tiny village sits atop a hill overlooking both Spain and Portugal, and features a number of well-preserved ruins, an impressive castle and a magnificent stone statue of Santiago Matamoros. After exploring this charming little town, you’ll board a coach and return to your ship.
Today you’ll disembark and board a coach to set off for the glorious Spanish city of Salamanca. This gorgeous city is arguably one of the most beautiful in Spain, and boasts sunlit sandstone buildings along with a majestic city square and an ancient university. After your Insider Experience, return by coach back over the border to Barca d’Alva, the last Portuguese village along the Douro, where your ship awaits. Back on board this evening, enjoy a traditional Portuguese BBQ dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE: Enjoy a Flamenco show and lunch and be entranced by captivating Flamenco dancers as they astound you with their stomping feet in a fiery performance.
This morning after breakfast, enjoy a Portuguese cooking demonstration on board as your ship cruises past Pinhao to Régua. After your Insider Experience, board a coach and take a scenic drive past swathes of expansive vineyards. You’ll visit the picturesque village of Lamego and the elaborately decorated baroque cathedral, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, an important Portuguese place of pilgrimage. While in Lamego, visit one of Portugal’s best museums. Once an episcopal palace, this beautiful building is home to a vast collection of paintings, tapestries and jewellery. You may also like to sample one of the town’s famous specialties, Bola de Lamego, a delicious smoked ham roll.
INSIDER EXPERIENCE: On arrival, head to a local quinta, which boasts outstanding views over the Douro Valley. Here, you’ll enjoy a tasting of local port wine, Portugal’s most famous tipple.
This morning, enjoy free time to explore Régua — you may like to wander along the riverfront, or venture into the lovely Old Town. Afterwards, continue on to the riverside town of Entre-os-Rios. On arrival, enjoy free time to explore this gorgeous, vibrant town as you please. Tonight, be treated to an energetic performance of traditional Portuguese folk music back on board at a special Captain’s Dinner.
After breakfast, cruise back to the enchanting city of Vila Nova de Gaia. On arrival, join a fascinating tour of nearby Porto, which sits just across the river. Here, you’ll be led past a collection of the city’s most famous attractions, and visit a local port winery for a tour and tasting. This afternoon, there’s ample time for you to step back out to explore Porto at leisure. You may like to visit a Portuguese boutique to buy authentic, local souvenirs. Or perhaps take a stroll through the city’s old-fashioned Bolhao food market. Alternatively, you might choose to take an optional excursion to the World Heritage-listed city of Guimar\xC3£es. This evening back on board your ship, enjoy a final Farewell Dinner with your new-found friends.
After enjoying a final breakfast on board, transfer to the airport in Porto for your return flight to the UK.
|7 September 2021||£1,995|
- Extend your River Cruise with a 3 night stay in Lisbon. Ask the team for more details
- Return scheduled flights from the UK
- 7 nights on board MS Douro Serenity
- Unique cultural experiences in up to 11 towns, villages and cities
- Insider Experiences
- 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 7 Dinners
- Complimentary soft drinks, beer and local wine with lunch and dinner on board
- Travelmarvel Cruise Director & expert local guides
- Overseas transfers, port charges and tipping