Douro Discovery


Wind your way through the Douro Valley's heavenly scenery on as seven-night river cruise aboard the ms Douro Serenity.

Members from: $3,815 P.PNon-members from: $3,890 P.P

  • Type

    River Cruise

  • Destination

    United Kingdom & Europe

  • Supplier

    Travelmarvel

  • Booking Code

    EUTCOP08

  • Departs

    Multiple departures available. Enquire for more details.

  • Company

    Travelmarvel


Includes


  • Seven nights on a premium river ship, the MS Douro Serenity

  • 19 meals - 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners

  • Explore 11 towns, villages and cities

  • Services of a Travelmarvel Cruise Director, and local guides

  • Daily bottled water, tea and coffee, as well as soft drink, and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise

  • Transfers, port charges and tipping

  • Portugal River Cruising: Wind your way through the Douro Valley's heavenly scenery on as seven-night river cruise aboard the ms Douro Serenity.

  • Experience Pretty Porto: Gateway to the Douro, revive your senses and kick off your love affair with port in the sun-drenched city of Porto.

  • Sail into the Sunset: Watch the sun dip below lush hills and plunging valleys as you cruise to Pinhao to the tune of traditional fado music.


Itinerary

Arrive Porto, Vila Nova De Gaia, Embark Ship

Fly into Porto today, a perfect introduction to sunny Portugal. Spain’s smaller, but no less magnificent, neighbour, Portugal is one of Europe’s warmest countries and boasts a mix of vibrant art, music, wine and food, as well as endless sunny days. Be met at the airport and transferred to your river ship, the MS Douro Serenity. Tonight meet your fellow travellers and Travelmarvel Cruise Director at a Welcome Reception as you take in the sights along the Douro River on a sunset cruise.

Stay: Seven Nights, aboard your river ship, the MS Douro Serenity

Régua, Mateus Palace, Pinhão

INSIDER EXPERIENCE
Enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional dishes and dessert at a picturesque local quinta, a Portuguese winery.

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. Tour this living museum which is still owned by the Count of Vila Real. Discover for yourself the connection between this beautiful 18th-century palace and the famous Mateus Rose wine. Afterwards, travel by coach to Pinhão for a special dinner.

Vega De Terrón, Castelo Rodrigo

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.

Salamanca, Barca D’Alva

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.

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. Here you’ll enjoy an Insider Experience. Afterwards, 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 barbecue dinner.

Régua, Lamego

INSIDER EXPERIENCE
Enjoy a tasting of local port wine, Portugal’s most famous tipple.

This morning after breakfast, enjoy a Portuguese cooking demonstration on board as your ship cruises past Pinhão to Régua. On arrival, head to a local quinta, which boasts outstanding views over the Douro Valley. Afterwards, board a coach and take a scenic drive past swathes of expansive vineyards visiting 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.

Régua, Entre-Os-Rios

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.

Vila Nova De Gaia, Porto

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 Guimarães. This evening back on board your ship, enjoy a final Farewell Dinner with your new-found friends.

Disembark Ship, Depart Porto

After enjoying a final breakfast on board, transfer to the airport in Porto for your onward flight.


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