The Enchanting River Douro

Resort: The Enchanting River Douro
Operator: Titan Travel
Destination: Europe
Price From: £2349.00

Overview

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.

Whats Included

  • 7 nights cruise on MS Gil Eanes or MS Amalia Rodrigues
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways or TAP Portugal from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 6 lunches (days 2-7) 7 dinners (days 1-7)

6 excursions and visits

  • City tour of Porto, including wine tasting in a winery
  • Tours of Guimarães; Casa de Mateus Palace; Salamanca; and Lamego
  • Port tasting on the Port Wine Road

Plus

  • All-inclusive drinks (excludes champagne, premium alcohol or wines)
  • Welcome cocktail reception & a gala dinner
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Portable audio headset system on cruise excursions
  • Titans VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Titan tour manager
  • Porterage

Itinerary

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.

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