A Week on the River Douro
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Cruising a scenic river valley is a thoroughly relaxing way to spend a week, especially when its nestled in a renowned wine region. Beginning in Porto, youll explore the citys sights beyond its famous tipple. Heading down the beautiful River Douro, youll learn about port, sampling it over a delicious wine-estate dinner. Choose from delights like exploring hilltop castle ruins, or the lovely sand-coloured city of Salamanca; and perhaps visit UNESCO-listed Guimarães, birthplace of Portugal.
6 excursions and visits
Day 1 UK – Porto
Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Porto. Transfer to the port to embark S.S. São Gabriel (5-star).
Day 2 Porto – Cruising the River Douro – Entre-os-Rios
Theres much more to Portugals second city than its eponymous fortified wine – historic architecture, cutting-edge design, fabulous food and wine, and a hip, laid-back vibe. Discover its many charms with your choice of distinctively different tours today. Later, we cruise up the Douro towards Entre-os-Rios.
Day 3 Cruising the River Douro – Rgua – Pinho
Today is all about wine, which has been cultivated in the Douro River Valley since ancient Roman times. Learn the history of Port during your visit to the Douro Museum, then treat yourself to a tasting and a hearty, rustic-style lunch at a family owned wine estate.
Day 4 Pinho – Vega de Terrn
Feel the centuries fall away as your ship winds its way through the pristine, dramatic, UNESCO-protected landscapes of the Douro River Valley. Head ashore for a choice of excursions: a tasting at a prestigious port wine estate or a vineyard hike with a wine tasting at a local quinta.
Day 5 Vega de Terrn (Salamanca) – Barca dAlva
Visit the historic university town of Salamanca – the Golden City – famous for its sand-coloured buildings and abundance of churches. Rejoin the ship in Barca dAlva.
Day 6 Barca dAlva – Rgua
A tiny village surrounded by mountains, Barca dAlva is your base for today's adventures. Castelo Rodrigo has been singled out as one of Portugals 12 historic villages for its medieval beauty. The view from the top is incredible and the village is a charming place to ramble, relax and replenish. Or, if you wish, you can view some prehistoric carvings during a visit to Portugals first archaeological park, Foz Côa.
Day 7 Cruising the River Douro – Porto (Guimares)
Choose to visit Guimarães, the town where Portugal was born, with well-preserved architecture and stylish young residents. Or opt to explore one of Portos oldest areas, picturesque Ribeira, considered the soul of the city. In the evening, a special gala dinner will be prepared for you.