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Cruising the Douro Valley

From $6,099
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: May 2024 - Jul 2024
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From $6,099
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: May 2024 - Jul 2024
Tour Overview
Characterised by steep slopes and stunning wine terraces, the Douro Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the beauty of Porto's architecture and be transported back to the Middle Ages in the charming cities of the Portuguese hinterland whilst relaxing on this river cruise.
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Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director
  • Transportation excluding overseas transfers to and from the airport
  • 7 nights onboard Nicko cruises - Douro Queen
  • 20 included meals 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Unlimited drinks package*
  • All gratuities and WIFI on the cruise
  • Porterage
  • All port fees

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Guided walking city tour of Porto
  • Visit to a traditional vineyard with lunch
  • Visit to the magnificent Baroque Mateus Palace
  • Tour tranquil Pinhâo and visit the famous station, decorated with blue and white ceramic tiles

Itinerary

Day 1 Porto

Make your own way to Porto where you will join your Nicko Cruises ship. After time to settle into your cabin, meet your traveling companions over a welcome drink prior to dinner onboard this evening. Meals included: D

Day 2 Porto - Caldas de Aregos

After breakfast on board, enjoy a city tour of Porto. Starting with a drive through the narrow streets to see its 16th century arcaded buildings and Baroque churches and chapels we then cross Gustav Eiffel's iconic 19th century iron bridge to reach the cathedral atop Penaventosa hill, which boasts some amazing views across the city. This tour ends with a visit to a typical port wine cellar for an opportunity to see some casks full of port and to taste a sample of the world famous Portuguese tipple. Return to the cruise for lunch and sail to Caldas de Aregos, arriving this evening. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 3 Caldas de Aregos - Pinhão

This morning arrive into the picturesque little town of Pinhão situated on a particularly scenic bend on the River Douro, deep in the heart of one of Portugal's most established port wine growing regions. This afternoon visit Mateus Palace, a fine example of baroque architecture, with an impressive facade made up of beautiful pinnacles before returning to the ship. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 4 Pinhão - Barca d'Alva

Enjoy a leisurely morning whilst sailing to Barca d'Alva. On arrival, enjoy an excursion to Castelo Rodrigo one of Portugal's twelve historical parishes and home to a castellated medieval village from which it derives its name. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 5 Barca d'Alva - Pocinho

A day at leisure to enjoy the facilities of your cruise or to wander around Barca d'Alva, the last Portuguese village along the Douro, close to the Spanish border and overlooked by mountains. Alternatively you could take the optional excursion to the Spanish city of Salamanca including lunch, (book and pay onboard the cruise). Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Pocinho - Regua

A leisurely morning before arriving early this afternoon into Regua. This afternoon a visit to the warm and charming town of Lamego, rich in history and home to one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Portugal - The Sanctuary of our Lady of Remedies. The Sanctuary is a stunning baroque church built in the 18th century ,over the remains of a 14th century chapel. There will also be a visit to the Gothic Cathedral and town's museum. Return to the cruise for dinner this evening. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 7 Regua - Porto

Enjoy a day at leisure cruising back to Porto where you will arrive in the early afternoon. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Departure

After breakfast onboard, it's time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers as your cruise comes to an end. Meals included: B
  1. Unlimited Drinks Package

    Enjoy unlimited drinks on your cruise - including selected house wine, house sparkling wine, draught and bottled beers, non-alcoholic beer, Cocktails and long drinks, house spirits, bottled water for the cabin and daily excursions, all specialty coffees (non-alcoholic), hot chocolate and tea

Accommodation

Nicko River Cruise - Douro Queen

Recently refurbished, the Douro Queen has brightly decorated, modern outside cabins, with individually controlled air-conditioning/heating, private facilities, satellite TV, hairdryer and safe. Cabins on the main deck have large, non-opening windows that offer superb views. A spacious sun deck with swimming pool, comfortable loungers, table and chairs runs the length of the ship where you take advantage of the warm Portuguese weather. Sit back with a cocktail in the panorama salon and bar which offers live music in the evenings and the charming restaurant offers international cuisine and traditional Portuguese delicacies.