A Week on the River Douro

Resort: A Week on the River Douro
Operator: Titan Travel
Destination: Europe
Price From: £4299.00

Overview

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.

Whats Included

  • 7 nights cruise on S.S. São Gabriel
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with a leading airline from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • All meals on board, impeccably prepared using the freshest and finest local ingredients

6 excursions and visits

  • Choice of Porto city tour or Do as the Locals Do Porto walking tour
  • Douro Museum and dinner at Quinta da Avessada wine estate
  • Choice of Quinta do Seixo guided tour with tasting or vineyard hike and wine tasting at a local quinta
  • Salamanca – the Golden City and Spain's oldest university
  • Choice of Castelo Rodrigo or Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley
  • Choice of Guimarães city tour or Porto surprise discovery tour

Plus

  • The finest riverview cabins afloat, with included robes and slippers
  • Unlimited drinks on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and mineral water (excludes premium wine and premium spirits)
  • Gala dinner
  • Award-winning service, with the highest staff to guest ratio in the industry
  • All gratuities on board and ashore
  • All entertainment plus signature lectures
  • Shore excursions in the company of English-speaking local expert guides
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Complimentary use of bicycles/Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Titans VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Uniworld cruise manager

Itinerary

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.
Please note: Exploring these sites will require considerable physical fitness.

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.

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