Douro Discovery

Resort: Douro Discovery
Operator: Saga
Destination: Portugal
Price From: £1369.00

Cathedrals, palaces and port this Douro cruise explores the many sides of Portugal

Admire the beautiful landscapes and quaint towns of the Douro Valley on this cruise through Portugal and Spain, which includes a visit to Salamanca.

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Oporto

Fly to Oporto on the north bank of the Douro and embark your ship the Douro Queen at Vila Nova de Gaia on the south bank. You’ll remain moored here overnight.

Day 2
Oporto to Rgua to Pinho

This afternoon travel by coach from R gua to Lamego, one of the most attractive cities in Portugal. On arrival, you’ll see the elaborate Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Rem dios, which is set atop nine steep terraces overlooking the town. There’ll be free time to explore this impressive baroque church and walk down into the city from the Sanctuary using the ornate staircase but be warned, there are almost 700 steps! Alternatively, take the coach down to the city and visit the lovely Gothic cathedral, which in parts dates back to the 12th century! This evening there’ll be an included trip to a local vineyard for dinner, with wine and entertainment included. Re-join your ship in R gua then continue your cruise to Pinh£o.

Day 3
Pinho to Vega de Trron

Depart Pinho early this morning and take in the scenery as you sail towards Vega de Trron. This afternoon, join an included excursion to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small medieval village with a stunning hilltop location. See the 18th-century baroque church and stroll around the village in your own time. Back on board ship look forward to a traditional Portuguese dinner.

Day 4
Vega de Trron to Barca d’Alva

Today join an included excursion across the border to the city of Salamanca in Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its beautiful old university buildings of golden-coloured stone. The journey here usually takes about two hours, during which your guide will give an interesting commentary on Spanish history. After half an hour of free time join a walking tour with a local guide to the magnificent Plaza Mayor, one of the finest town squares in Spain. You also see the famous cathedral, built in two parts. The original Catedral Vieja, which dates from the 12th century, is now incorporated into the much larger 16th-century Catedral Nueva. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, followed by a flamenco show to give you a taste of traditional Spanish culture. Return to the Douro Queen which will now be in Barca dAlva and moor overnight.

Day 5
Barca d’Alva to Pinho

Depart Barca d’Alva and enjoy the wonderful views as you spend the morning sailing towards Pinh£o, arriving after lunch. This afternoon pay a visit to Quinta do Seixo, a local winery. Here you’ll join an included tour of the estate, followed by an opportunity to taste their port wines. The ship remains moored in Pinh£o overnight.

Day 6
Pinho to Regua to Entre-os-Rios

Sail from Pinho to Regua early this morning. From here
an included excursion visits Mateus Palace gardens. Your guide will give you an introduction to the palace, one of the loveliest country houses in Portugal and which famously features on the Mateus ros wine label. Explore these exceptional formal gardens as well as examining the exterior of the palace. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure on board as the Douro Queen departs Rgua and look forward to a traditional Portuguese folk music show after dinner. Moor overnight in Entre-os-Rios.

Day 7
Entre-os-Rios to Oporto

Spend the morning at leisure as you sail back towards Oporto. Learn the history of Portugals second-largest city on an included tour. This famous centre of port wine production is beautifully located on the Douro estuary. The coach tour includes a visit to S Cathedral, which dates from the 12th century, and is where Phillipa of Lancaster married King Joao I of Portugal in 1387 becoming the first and only English queen of Portugal. Your tour also includes a visit to a port wine cellar where youll learn about the production of this famous drink and enjoy a tasting. Remain moored in Vila Nova de Gaia overnight.

Day 8
Oporto to UK

Disembark after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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