About the tour: Cruising Portugal’s River Douro by Air

Fly in to picturesque Portugal for a scenic river cruise along the famous Douro River. Begin your holiday sightseeing in Porto, then set sail into the world renowned wine region enjoying the delights of the Douro valley. Get a taste of true Iberian serenity as we flow through stunning settings taking time to visit towns such as Régua, Salamanca and Ferradosa for the chance to visit the vineyards and enjoy a spot of wine tasting.

Tour Includes


  • 7 nights cruising with full board
  • Included on board ship - all meals, tea or coffee after each meal, all drinks during meals onboard (excluding Champagne, premium brand spirits and wines), entertainment, welcome cocktail
  • Return flights to Porto with one checked-in suitcase
  • Airport transfers in Portugal

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  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Fly to Porto, and transfer to your cruise ship the MS Infante Don Henrique, for seven nights. Depending on your flight arrival time you may wish to join an optional Porto by Night excursion (subject to availability on arrival), a unique opportunity to admire the city of Porto by night during a panoramic tour by coach.

    During the tour, your guide will schedule a stop at the Sao Bento railway station to look at its magnificent azulejos.

    • Included meals: Dinner
    Porto
    Porto By Night

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    • Porto By Night
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

    Enjoy free time this morning or join an optional sightseeing tour of Porto (subject to availability on arrival). Porto is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. It stands out from the steep banks of the Douro river with its mixture of grey facades and red tiles interspersed with unusual architectural masterpieces.

    We will discover The Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Building), built in 1834 by the city's Commercial Association. After climbing up the beautiful granite and marble stairway, we’ll visit the former Tribunal Room, the Golden Room and the Arab Room, decorated in the exotic Moorish Revival style.

    We will also visit the Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis), known as the “Golden Church”, and visit a port wine cellar to taste the ‘precious nectar’ made from local grapes grown along the banks of the River Douro. Tonight, we enjoy an evening of Fado entertainment.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Porto
    Porto

    Included Highlights

    • Porto

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    • Porto Sightseeing Tour
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

    Today, why not join an optional excursion to Guimaraes? This charming Portuguese town boasts winding cobbled streets lined with bars and cafes. We explore on foot to discover Nossa Senhora de Oliveira Church, the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, a medieval estate and former residence of the first Dukes of Braganza with striking architecture, as well as the labyrinthine lanes and picturesque plazas of the medieval heart of Guimaraes.

    We return to the ship and sail to Régua, through fabulous scenery and the gigantic lock at Carrapatello. We enjoy dinner on board this evening.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Porto
    Régua

    Included Highlights

    • Régua

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    • Guimaraes
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

    Join an optional excursion to Vila Real, which enjoys a spectacular location between the gorges of the Corgo and Cabril Rivers and is famed for the diversity of its religious architectural styles. Aristocrats built grand palaces here during the 16th and 17th centuries.

    We will take a panoramic tour of the city by coach, followed by a tasting of the local pastry, Cristas de Galo. We will then set out to explore Mateus Palace, the most beautiful and astonishing manor in all of northern Portugal. Behind the manor is a delightful garden with box hedges, more statues, and a spectacular 115-foot cedar tunnel. After our tour, we will return to our ship, and enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Vila Real
    Vila Real

    Included Highlights

    • Vega de Terron

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    • Vila Real
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

    Join our included excursion to Salamanca; another UNESCO World Heritage site, the Old Town of Salamanca has been listed since 1988. We will visit the cathedral which is a mixture of styles from late Gothic to Baroque, created its successive extensions.

    Afterwards, we will visit one of the world’s oldest Universities which first opened in 1218. Also known as ‘Escuelas Mayores’, the university building has a sumptuous gate adorned with the city’s most famous design: a frog atop a skull, and the library brims with old manuscripts dating back to before the 19th century.

    You will enjoy lunch in a restaurant (drinks are not included) and have some time to explore before returning to the ship and enjoying your evening meal and entertainment.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Salamanca
    Salamanca & Barca d’Alva

    Included Highlights

    • Salamanca

    After a morning of sailing, we depart for an optional excursion along part of the ‘Wine Trail of Porto’. We will discover this incredible vineyard extending over 100km along the Douro river, all the way to the Spanish border.

    We will visit San Salvador do Mundo and Sao Joao da Pesqueira, two small towns set among the vineyards in the Rio Torto valley. In Sao Joao da Pesqueira, you will have the opportunity to explore the arcaded main square, the chapel and the white houses with their balconies. You will visit a quinta (wine cellar) to taste the famous Porto. (Please note that the excursion follows winding, and sinuous roads – please be aware if you suffer from travel sickness.)

    We return to the ship in Pinhao to enjoy free time exploring at your own pace, see Pinhao’s splendid ‘azulejos’ (typical Portuguese tiles) before returning to the ship for tonight’s gala dinner.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Pinhão
    Pinhao

    Included Highlights

    • Pinhão

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    • Wines of Porto
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

    Join an optional guided tour of Lamego and discover the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary. This 18th century church stands out with its white façade dominating a baroque staircase with 686 steps, ending in a shrine built in the rocaille style and adorned with azulejos. The first stone was laid in 1750 and gave way to the construction of a massive temple overlooking the city and providing a breathtaking view over the misty mountains and of the surrounding landscape.

    We return to the ship and spend the afternoon sailing back to Porto through a number of large locks. Tonight we enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lamego
    Lamego

    Included Highlights

    • Traditional Folk Entertainment

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    • Lamego
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

    Disembark this morning. Transfer to Porto airport for our return flight to the U.K.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Cabin Upgrades (per person from)Twin 
    Middle Deck Cabin £169
    Upper Deck Cabin£199

     No single rooms/cabins available.

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for seven nights aboard MS Infante Don Henrique





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