Cruising Portugal’s River Douro by Air

8 days from £1329pp.


Vineyards on the River Douro

Visit: Vineyards on the River Douro, Portugal

Cruising Down the River Douro

Visit: Cruising Down the River Douro, Portugal

About the Tour

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 onboard (excluding Champagne, premium brand spirits and wines), entertainment, welcome cocktail
  • Return flights to Porto
  • Airport transfers in Porto
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Your Itinerary

    Porto By Night

    Porto By Night

    Fly to Porto, and transfer to your cruise ship the MS Infante Don Henrique, for seven nights. Depending on flight arrival time, you may wish to join our Porto by Night excursion.

    • Included meals: Dinner
    Porto

    Porto

    Free time or join our sightseeing tour. Porto is one of the oldest cities in Europe, its unspoilt old quarter in the historic centre, with its maze of winding narrow streets, arcaded houses and beautiful churches, has been awarded UNESCO world heritage status. Known for its famous port wine made from local grapes grown along the banks of the Douro, we visit a port wine cellar to taste the ‘precious nectar’. Tonight, we enjoy a Fado Themed Evening.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Guimaraes

    Guimaraes

    Today, we offer an excursion to Guimaraes. This charming Portuguese town boasts winding cobbled streets, lined with bars and cafés, which lead to pretty squares. Return on board in Leverinho and sail to Régua, through fabulous scenery. We pass through the gigantic lock at Carrapatello.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Solar de Mateus

    Solar de Mateus

    Join our 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. Stroll through the beautiful gardens of Solar de Mateus before returning to the ship in Pinhao. The cruise continues into the heart of the most famous vineyards in the Douro Valley, past magnificent hills covered with vine trellises. Arrival in Vega de Teron. Tonight, enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Salamanca

    Salamanca

    Join our excursion, as we travel by coach to Salamanca, awarded UNESCO world heritage status. This town of dazzling beauty houses some extraordinary Romanesque, Arab and Christian architectural treasures. Return to the ship in Barca d’Alva for dinner and an evening of entertainment.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Wines of Porto

    Wines of Porto

    We spend the morning sailing. We stop in Ferradosa, where we offer you an excursion to visit the ‘Wines of Porto’, follow the road through the vineyards, stop at an overlook surrounded by vines and enjoy a tasting of wines of Porto. Return on board in Pinhão. Enjoy a free afternoon, exploring Pinhão at your own pace, with its splendid ‘azulejos’ (typical Portuguese tiles). Tonight is our Gala evening on board ship.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    The Church of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios

    The Church of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios

    Join our guided tour of Lamego and discover the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary and the cathedral. Return on board in Régua. We spend the afternoon sailing back to Porto, through a number of large locks. Tonight we enjoy a traditional folklore-themed evening.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Porto
    • Régua
    • Vega de Teron
    • Salamanca
    • Barca d’Alva
    • Pinhão

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Porto by Night Tour
    • Porto Sightseeing Tour
    • Guimaraes
    • Vila Real
    • Wines of Porto
    • Lamego

    Notes

    Cabin Upgrades (per person)Twin 
    Middle Deck Cabin £150 
    Upper Deck Cabin£180 

     No single rooms/cabins available.

    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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    Accommodation

    You will spend seven nights aboard the 3-star plus ‘MS Infante d’Henrique’ of the CroisiEurope fleet.

    River Cruising

    Ms Infante Don Henrique

    Ms Infante Don Henrique

    Ms Infante Don Henrique


    The MS Infante Don Henrique is a 3-deck ship which sails on the Douro river in Portugal. The vessel is air-conditioned and has three decks. Facilities include a restaurant, bar with dance floor, large Sun Deck and boutique. All cabins have shower and toilet, T.V., hairdryer, safe and radio.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower

    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.

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    Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

    Flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

    Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
    Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
    We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long haul flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

    Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

    For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
    This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.

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