Portugal's Douro River Cruise 8 Day

River

8 Days from $2,899

Jul 2019 - Jul 2019 Departures

​From the calm waters of the Douro River, Portugal's splendid sights come into view, from lush vineyards to medieval towns. 

Overview

What's included

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host 
  • 7 nights all-inclusive on board 4 and 4* premium ships
  • 8 days, 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners & all drinks 

Included excursions

  • ​Specialist Local Guide 
  • Captain's welcome cocktail reception
  • Farewell gala dinner
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage 
  • Onboard entertainment on some evenings
  • Complimentary wi-fi on board

Optional excursions

  • ​Oporto by night
  • Oporto 
  • Guimaraes
  • Vila Real 
  • Salamanca 
  • Port wine tasting & vineyards 
  • Lamego

The above optional excursions can be pre-booked as a package

Itinerary

Make your own way to Oporto, where your river cruiser will be waiting for you. This evening get to know your fellow travellers over a drink and dinner. You might also choose to join an optional tour of the city by night.​​

UNESCO-listed Oporto is famed as the home of port wine. An optional walking tour will show you its highlights before we head to nearby Vila Nova de Gaia for a tasting of this sweet red fortified wine.  If you have chosen our Discovery excursions package you'll explore Oporto by tram and visit the Tramway Museum.

This morning step ashore and join your chosen optional excursion. The charming UNESCO-listed city of Guimarães is regarded as the birthplace of Portugal and its fascinating history is reflected in the variety of monuments and historic buildings you'll see on your guided walking tour.  Alternatively, you'll head off on a hike along the Douro Coast, starting at the traditional fishing village of São Pedro da Afurada , and taking in amazing views of Oporto along the way. End your hike at the Vila Nova de Gaia, where you'll enjoy a well-earned rest and a tasting of Portugal's famous port wine. 
This afternoon we'll rejoin the ship and sail the Douro Valley to Regua.

On an optional excursion to Vila Real, you can take in the beautiful landscaped gardens of the 18th century Mateus Palace. This elegant manor house may be familiar, as it appears on the labels of the famous Mateus rosé wine.
We rejoin the ship in Pinhão, and as we set sail for Vega de Teron, perhaps head out on deck to admire the steep, terraced vineyards lining the banks of the river.

Enjoy the views and your ship's facilities this morning, before we arrive at Vega de Teron. From here you can explore Salamanca on an optional excursion on foot or by bicycle. The University here was founded in 1218 and is one of the oldest in Europe , while Plaza Mayor is regarded as one of Spain's most beautiful squares, so there's plenty to see.
Back on board, we sail towards Barca D'Alva this evening.

This morning we sail via the Valeira and Pocinho locks to the tiny town of Ferradosa. It's all about wine here, so let's step ashore and taste some on an optional excursion.
On board the ship tonight, get together with your travelling companions to enjoy a gala evening.

The medieval town of Lamego, with the spectacular Nossa Senhora de Remedios sanctuary and the impressive Gothic cathedral, is a wonderful place to visit on an optional excursion this morning.
We'll return to the ship for lunch and then relax on board as we cruise back to Oporto. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner on board followed by traditional entertainment.

At the end of your tour, you can join your fellow travellers on a transfer to the airport or choose to make your own arrangements.

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your vacation before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your vacation information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Portugal - Explorer Package - Portugals Douro River cruise (8 days)

Portugal - Explorer Package - Portugals Douro River cruise (8 days)

from $549

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Porto by Night

A unique opportunity to admire the city of Porto by night during a panoramic tour by bus. You will love the old, preserved districts of this city of immense character, classed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Porto is not only a city rich in vestiges from a glorious past, but also the young-spirited, warm capital city of a region marked by its winemaking as well as its closeness to the ocean. During the tour of the historic centre, your guide will schedule a stop at the Sao Bento railway station to look at its magnificent azulejos. Return on board by coach.

1.15 hour - Panoramic tour by coach

Guided tour of Oporto

Departure by coach from the Villa Nova de Gaia Quay. Porto, the second largest city in Portugal, stands out from the steep banks of the Douro river with its mixture of grey facades and red tiles interspersed with unusual architectural masterpieces.
Its historical centre was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. We'll discover The Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Building), built in 1834 by the city's Commercial Association. It has remained their headquarters to this day. After climbing up the beautiful granite and marble stairway, we'll visit the former Tribunal Room, the Golden Room and the Arab Room, decorated in the exotic Moorish Revival style. Afterwards, we'll visit the Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis), also known as the "Golden Church”. It was originally a modest convent founded by Franciscan monks in the 12th century, before being further altered by prominent Porto families in the 15th and 16th centuries. They were responsible for the Baroque style interior which mingles with the large, elaborate rose window in Gothic style on the main façade in a fascinating mixture of styles reflecting the various eras it went through.
We'll cross the Dom Luis I Bridge again back to Villa Nova de Gaia for the visit of a wine cellar. Porto's pride notably stems from its famous wine known the world over, which you will get to taste*. We'll return on board by coach.

Half day – Moderate walking (Good walking shoes are recommended)

Guimarães

We'll leave by coach from Porto for Guimarães. With our guide, we'll begin the tour of this university town on foot to discover its historical treasures. We'll get the chance to discover the Nossa Senhora de Oliveira Church (outdoors), the most important religious building in the city. The medieval heart of Guimarães is a labyrinth of lanes and picturesque plazas framed by 14th-century buildings. We'll continue on to the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, a medieval estate and former residence of the first Dukes of Braganza with striking architecture. The palace is closed on May 1 and Easter Day.
At the end of our visit, we'll return on board in Porto.

Half day – Moderate walking (wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes)

Vila Real

We'll leave from Regua or Pinhão for Vila Real, where aristocrats built grand palaces during the 16th and 17th centuries. The architecture of the religious buildings is here extremely varied. We'll take a panoramic tour of the city by coach, followed by a tasting of the local pastry, Cristas de Galo.
We'll then set out to explore Mateus Palace, the most beautiful and astonishing manor in all of Northern Portugal. This 18th-century beauty is set in a hilly landscape reminding us of Mexico. The subtle mixture of granite, white walls and extravagance from the Age of Enlightenment such as ledges covered in statues and Baroque style pilasters is a striking feature. Behind the manor is a delightful garden with box hedges, more statues, and a spectacular 115-foot cedar tunnel. After our tour, we'll return to our ship in Regua or Pinhão.

Half day – Moderate walking (Good walking shoes are recommended)

Salamanque

Departure by coach towards Salamanca where you'll meet up with your guides.
Since 1988, the Old Town of Salamanca has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The classified area extends on the major part of the city as it used to be until the middle of the 20th century and is responsible for its growing popularity. We'll visit the cathedral whose successive extensions created a mixture of styles going from late Gothic to Baroque, including Renaissance. Afterwards, we'll visit one of the world's oldest Universities which first opened in 1218. Also known as "Escuelas Mayores”, the University building has a sumptuous gate adorned with the city's most famous design: a frog atop a skull - symbolic of the sin of lust being punished after death. Its wonderful library brims with old manuscripts dating back from prior to the 19th century. You'll enjoy lunch and be free to discover the city on your own. Return on board in Vega de Teron.

Full day – Moderate walking (Good walking shoes are recommended)

Wine trails of Porto

Departure from Ferradosa for our excursion along the Porto wine route.
We'll discover this incredible vineyard extending over 100 km along the Douro river all the way to the Spanish border. We'll visit San Salvador do Mundo and Sao Joao da Pesqueira, two small towns set among the vineyards in the Rio Torto valley. In Sao Joao da Pesqueira, you will have the opportunity to explore the arcaded main square, the chapel and the white houses with their balconies. You will visit a quinta (wine cellar) to taste the famous Porto*. We'll return on board in Pinhao or Folgosa.

Half day – Moderate walking

Lamego

Departure by coach from Regua to Lamego for a guided tour of the city centre by coach and on foot. Lamego is a charming episcopal and commercial town where you'll get to discover the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Sanctuary. This 18th century church stands out with its white façade dominating a baroque staircase with 686 steps ending in a shrine built in the rocaille style and adorned with azulejos. The first stone was laid on February 14th, 1750 and gave way to the construction of a massive temple overlooking the city and providing a breath-taking view over the misty mountains of the surrounding landscape. Return on board in Regua.

Half day – Moderate walking (Good walking shoes are recommended / Access to the sanctuary requires climbing up 700 steps)

Explorer Package - If you have booked the Explorer Excursion Package please note you cannot book the Discovery Excursion Package

Portugal - Discovery Package - Portugals Douro River cruise (8 days)

Portugal - Discovery Package - Portugals Douro River cruise (8 days)

from $569

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Porto by Night

A unique opportunity to admire the city of Porto by night during a panoramic tour by bus. You will love the old, preserved districts of this city of immense character, classed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Porto is not only a city rich in vestiges from a glorious past, but also the young-spirited, warm capital city of a region marked by its winemaking as well as its closeness to the ocean. During the tour of the historic centre, your guide will schedule a stop at the Sao Bento railway station to look at its magnificent azulejos. Return on board by coach.

1.15 hour - Panoramic tour by coach

Touring Porto via tram and visiting the Tram Museum

We'll leave from Vila Nova de Gaia by coach for downtown Porto. Once we arrive, we'll board one of the city's trams and partake in this urban-tourism experience all the way to the mouth of the Douro. Our visit will include a stop at the tram museum (Museu do Carro Eléctrico), housed in a former thermo-electric power plant. The museum collection comprises the oldest cars pulled by horses, called "Americanos,” to the last trams from the 1950s and 1960s. We'll finish up our excursion with a tasting of some of the local specialties*. At the end of our tour, we'll return to the ship by coach.

Half day - Moderate walking (Good walking shoes are recommended)

Hiking along the Douro

We'll leave by coach for the mouth of the Douro River. Here, you'll set out with your guide for a hike along the Douro, passing through the traditional fishing village of São Pedro da Afurada. We'll have a great view of Porto and its famous Ribeira Square before arriving in Vila Nova de Gaia, where the prestigious wine is aged in renowned cellars. We'll visit a wine cellar and enjoy a tasting. After our hike, we'll return to the ship on foot.

Half day – Moderate walking (wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes)

Vila Real

We'll leave from Regua or Pinhão for Vila Real, where aristocrats built grand palaces during the 16th and 17th centuries. The architecture of the religious buildings is here extremely varied. We'll take a panoramic tour of the city by coach, followed by a tasting of the local pastry, Cristas de Galo.
We'll then set out to explore Mateus Palace, the most beautiful and astonishing manor in all of Northern Portugal. This 18th-century beauty is set in a hilly landscape reminding us of Mexico. The subtle mixture of granite, white walls and extravagance from the Age of Enlightenment such as ledges covered in statues and Baroque style pilasters is a striking feature. Behind the manor is a delightful garden with box hedges, more statues, and a spectacular 115-foot cedar tunnel. After our tour, we'll return to our ship in Regua or Pinhão.

Half day – Moderate walking (Good walking shoes are recommended)

Salamanca by Bike

You'll leave by coach with your host/hostess from Barca d'Alva for Salamanca where you'll meet up with your guides.
Is there a more unusual way to tour this Spanish city than on a comfortable bike? Along with your guide, you will ride along the banks of the Tormes river before discovering Salamanca's Old Town, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will get to know all the must-see sites but also the places off the typical touristic paths. The tour includes a visit of the gothic cathedral whose successive extensions created a mixture of styles going from late Gothic to Baroque, including Renaissance. Afterwards, we'll visit one of the world's oldest Universities which first opened in 1218. Also known as "Escuelas Mayores”, the University building has a sumptuous gate adorned with the city's most famous design: a frog atop a skull - symbolic of the sin of lust being punished after death. Its wonderful library brims with old manuscripts dating back from prior to the 19th century. We'll have lunch in a local restaurant before enjoying some free time to wander the city alone. After our long day, we'll return to the ship in Vega de Terron.

Full day – Moderate walking (Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes

Wine trails of Porto

Departure from Ferradosa for our excursion along the Porto wine route.
We'll discover this incredible vineyard extending over 100 km along the Douro river all the way to the Spanish border. We'll visit San Salvador do Mundo and Sao Joao da Pesqueira, two small towns set among the vineyards in the Rio Torto valley. In Sao Joao da Pesqueira, you will have the opportunity to explore the arcaded main square, the chapel and the white houses with their balconies. You will visit a quinta (wine cellar) to taste the famous Porto*. We'll return on board in Pinhao or Folgosa.

Half day – Moderate walking

Lamego

Departure by coach from Regua to Lamego for a guided tour of the city centre by coach and on foot. Lamego is a charming episcopal and commercial town where you'll get to discover the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Sanctuary. This 18th century church stands out with its white façade dominating a baroque staircase with 686 steps ending in a shrine built in the rocaille style and adorned with azulejos. The first stone was laid on February 14th, 1750 and gave way to the construction of a massive temple overlooking the city and providing a breath-taking view over the misty mountains of the surrounding landscape. Return on board in Regua.

Half day – Moderate walking (Good walking shoes are recommended / Access to the sanctuary requires climbing up 700 steps)

Discovery Package – If you have booked the Discovery Excursion Package please note you cannot book the Explorer Excursion Package

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Sunday 07 Jul 2019

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$3,049

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Wednesday 24 Jul 2019

8 Days

$2,899

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