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Luxury Douro Cruise

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(Tour code: DRZ18)

From vibrant Porto along the Douro

Flowing from northern Spain to the ocean in Porto, the Douro River carves a route through a rolling landscape of vineyards, gorges and villages. From vibrant Porto, you embark on a magnificent 8-day cruise enjoying Port wine tastings at renowned plantations, visits to historic Portuguese cities and excursions into Spain as well as an on board Flamenco performance.

Highlights
  • 3 Port wine tastings
  • Visits to Lamego and Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
  • Guided tours of Salamanca in Spain and Porto
  • Régua wine museum & a Spanish Flamenco show
  • Excursion to the Palacio de Mateus
  • 7-night cruise on the AmaVida
What’s Included
  • • Return Scheduled Flights
    • Transfers to and from your ship
  • • 7-night cruise on the AmaVida
  • • All Excursions
    • Cocktail reception your first night
    • "Sip & Sail" daily cocktail hour

Luxury Douro Cruise 2018Tour Details

Print Itinerary
Day 1 Porto
Porto

To Porto

Arrive at the airport today for your flight from London to Porto. On arrival, transfer by coach to your ship, the excellent AmaVida. Once settled in, enjoy a drinks reception in which you are introduced to the captain and the crew, before dinner later tonight. Your ship remains docked in Porto overnight.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Lamego
Lamego

Lamego

The AmaVida spends today cruising down the enchanting Douro River. One of the largest of the Iberian rivers, the Douro tracks through some magnificent scenery, past fruitful vineyards and forest valleys. This afternoon, you arrive into Régua, one of the capitals of wine production across the Douro Valley.

From here, your first option is to pay a visit to nearby Lamego. The highlight here is the beautiful Nossa Senhora dos Remédios shrine which boasts a glorious staircase of 700 steps, all lovingly decorated with blue and white tiles. You have free time here. Your second option gives you the opportunity to sample several local delicacies including Presunto ham and sparkling Portuguese wine known as Espumante. Later this evening, you take an excursion to a wine museum in Régua which details the extraordinary wine culture of this region. Tonight, relax at dinner with other passengers as the ship continues along The gentle Douro on its way to Barca d'Alva.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 AmaVida
AmaVida

Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo

This morning, perhaps take in the remarkable natural beauty of the Douro River from the lounge or sun deck. Then later this afternoon, your excursion takes you to the rural village of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. Found on a hilltop amongst the spectacular scenery, Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo boasts some impressive ancient walls and even more memorable views. Enjoy a tour here, seeing the Chafariz dos Pretos fountain and sampling some delectable local produce. The AmaVida docks in Barca d'Alva tonight.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Salamanca
Salamanca

Salamanca

Today sees you venture out of Barca d'Alva for an all-day excursion into Spain, to historical Salamanca. A city of romantic architecture and serious academic prowess, Salamanca has a long history as one of the major Spanish cities. Your time here sees you take a guided tour of the sandstone buildings. You reunite with your ship later on and, back on board, you enjoy an authentic Flamenco show before dinner. There are few dances as passionate or as fiery as the Flamenco - originating from the south of Spain in Andalucía, it features a guitar backing and magnificent outfits of classic Spanish design. The ship sails on to Vega Terron where it docks overnight.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Pinhao
Pinhao

Quinta de Roeda

Spend this morning on board as you continue through the Portuguese landscapes to Pinhao, one of the world's leading Port producing towns with breathtaking views across its valley. On arrival, your excursion is a highlight of the cruise. You pay a visit to one of the biggest names in Portuguese Port culture, the distinguished vineyards of Quinta de Roeda. The main estate of the prestigious Croft Port Company since 1889, this vineyard produces some of the best Port wine in the world. You taste some of these exceptional vintages during your lunch here. After dinner tonight on board, your ship makes the return journey to Régua.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Palacio de Mateus
Palacio de Mateus

Régua

On arrival back into Régua, you have a choice of three excursions. Your first option is a visit to the majestic Palacio de Mateus, a charming Baroque mansion set amongst tranquil fountains and verdant gardens in the Trás-os-Montes region of Portugal. Your second choice is a visit to Quinta da Pacheca wine centre, where you enjoy a picnic against the stunning backdrop of the winding Douro River, while the third option takes you to Quinta do Seixo. Here you try some of the outstanding Port of the Sandeman firm.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Porto
Porto

Porto

Your ship today arrives into Porto. The capital of Northern Portugal, this wonderful city was once a departure point for adventurers across Europe who wished to travel to the New World. You take a guided tour of Porto, taking in many of the historical quarter's best sights including the grand Cathedral. Afterwards, you have a choice between two excursions. You can either take a walking tour of Porto, exploring the old harbour quarter. The tour is then followed by a Port wine tasting, a drink which takes its name from this very city. Or you could take a walk on the promenade and the glorious Atlantic seafront, stopping on your way for Portuguese coffee.

Later today, you visit Matosinhos, a coastal village where you enjoy a cooking demonstration of local Portuguese foods.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Return home
Return home

Return home

Today you disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Please Note

Please Note

Itineraries may be subject to change by the cruise operator and may be affected by tidal and general river conditions.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise arrival and departure times.

What’s included
It’s all included in the price

The River Cruise and All Transfers

  • Return flights from the UK to Porto
  • Transfers to and from your cruise ship
  • 7-night cruise on the AmaVida

All Meals and Drinks

  • 20 meals including 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners, including the Captain's gala dinner
  • 24-hour complimentary tea and coffee
  • Cocktail reception your first night on board
  • "Sip & Sail" daily cocktail hour each day with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Complimentary house wines, beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
All Excursions
  • A range of flexible excursions are included at many ports of call, allowing you a variety of ways to explore your destination
  • 3 Port wine tastings
  • Visits to Lamego and Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
  • Guided tours of Salamanca in Spain and Porto
  • Régua wine museum & a Spanish Flamenco show
  • Excursion to the Palacio de Mateus
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