The Enchanting River Douro
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The tranquil Douro River meanders through the north of Portugal, flanked by miles of vineyards which rise in steep terraces from the shoreline. Its easy to see why the spectacular Douro River Valley has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status and this cruise allows you to experience this enchanting river with an itinerary that encompasses a mixture of sightseeing, local traditions and relaxation.
6 excursions and visits
Day 1 UK – Porto
Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Porto. On arrival, we transfer to the port to embark our ship for a welcome cocktail. We remain here overnight.
Day 2 Porto
This morning we take a sightseeing tour of Porto, which will showcase the citys wealth of historic sights. Wonderfully charming pathways lead you over the undulating centre of this beautiful city to magnificent medieval landmarks and flamboyant ornamentation. A visit to a local port winery with a wine tasting is included. Enjoy a free afternoon, and return to the ship aboard a traditional Rabelo boat. An evening of Fado entertainment awaits.
Day 3 Porto – Guimares – Rgua
This morning, visit historic Guimarães, which has been called the Cradle of the Portuguese Nation. The wonderfully preserved Old Town is dominated by Afonso Henriques grand castle. We visit the 15th-century Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, before returning to the river to sail through the beautiful Douro Valley, passing sleepy villages and tranquil countryside to Régua and dock overnight.
Day 4 Rgua – Vega de Terrn
This morning we visit the sleepy university town of Vila Real and the 18th-century Casa de Mateus Palace, with a beautiful Baroque façade that reached fame on the label of Mateus Rosé wine, and its attractive gardens that are considered some of the countrys finest. We rejoin the ship and sail onwards to Vega de Terrón for an overnight stop.
Day 5 Vega de Terrn – Salamanca – Barca dAlva
Following breakfast, we take a full-day included excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Salamanca. On arrival, we take a guided walking tour of this city of copper and golden stone architecture, narrow cobbled streets, majestic cathedrals, palaces, churches and one of Spains most magnificent squares, the Plaza Mayor. We cross the border back to Portugal and return to our ship in Barca dAlva to stay overnight.
Day 6 Barca dAlva – Ferradosa – Pinho
Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Douro, before we step ashore for an excursion into terraced hillsides, covered in the vines that produce some of the worlds best port. After a guided tour of the port wine road, we taste a selection of delicious, locally produced port. Dock overnight in Pinhão.
Day 7 Pinho – Lamego – Porto
Visit one of the most attractive cities in Portugal, Lamego, nestled among the terraced slopes of the Douro Valley. The ruins of a 12th-century castle give an indication to the ancient citys importance, as this is where Afonso Henriques was officially declared Portugal's first king. At the top of the citys second hill is the elaborate Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, which is set atop nine steep and beautifully crafted terraces. The ship will sail to Porto, where we dock overnight.