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Porto, the Douro Valley (Portugal), and Salamanca (Spain)

8-day River Cruise with CroisiEurope

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1: PORTO
Boarding in the end of the afternoon. Presentation of the crew and welcome cocktail. Dinner on board. In the evening, if weather permits, cruise to the mouth of the Douro River. Discovery of Porto illuminated by night from the boat: a truly magnificent sight.
 
DAY 2: PORTO - REGUA
Full board on board. Guided visit of Porto with our accompanist. Afternoon spend sailing: relax and admire the wonderful landscapes and scenery as we cruise. Dancing evening.
 
DAY 3: REGUA - PINHAO - VEGA DE TERON
Full board on board.
 
Hikers' Program: Hike through the heart of the Natural Park of Alvão. Mountainous scenery, granite statues, deep valleys, and remote villages line our route. (Duration 2½ - 3 hours, distance of 7km (4.5miles), with about 320m (1,050 feet) of elevation gain).
 
Non-hikers' Program: Trip to Vila Réal, a town with a great variety of religious architecture. We will continue our tour with a wonderful walk through the beautiful gardens of the Solar de Mateus.
 
Afternoon spend sailing through the very heart of the most famous vineyards in Porto, passing alongside magnificent hills covered with vine trellises. Evening of entertainment by our crew.
 
DAY 4: VEGA DE TERON (excursion to Salamanca) - BARCA D'ALVA
Full board on board. Guided excursion to Salamanca. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this beautiful town boasts many extraordinary Roman, Arabic and Christian architectural treasures. Return on board in the end of the afternoon. Evening of Flamenco entertainment. Overnight.
 
DAY 5: BARCA D'ALVA - SENHORA DA RIBEIRA
Full board.
 
Hikers' Program: “Vultures' Cliff” This hike begins in a wild mountainous setting with magnificent panoramic views of the Douro River and Spain. Picnic lunch. [Duration 3 hours, 8km (5 miles) with about 530m (1,740 ft) of elevation gain]
 
Non-hikers' Program: Excursion to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. Set high upon a rocky peak, in the middle of flat cultivated plains, this restored village has managed to keep its authentic charm.
 
Return on board. Afternoon spend sailing on the Douro River to Senhora da Ribeira. Gala evening.
 
DAY 6: SENHORA DA RIBEIRA - FERRADOSA - PINHAO - REGUA - BITETOS
Full board.
 
Hikers' Program: Hike through the vineyards. Discovery of a real paradise where nature has been protected (picnic lunch). [Duration 4 hours, 14km (8.6 miles) with about 500m descent (1,650 ft)]
 
Non-hikers' Program: “Wines of Porto” excursion. We will follow the wine route and stop at a panoramic overlook in the middle of the vineyards for a tasting of Porto wines in a “quinta”.
 
Non-hikers will return to the boat at Pinhão for lunch, while the hikers will return on board in the afternoon in Régua. Cruise to Bitetos, arrival in the evening. Evening of Fado entertainment on board.
 
DAY 7: BITETOS - PORTO
Full board on board. Morning spend sailing to Porto.
 
Hikers' Program: Hike along the banks of the Douro River to its estuary, admiring breathtaking views of the city and the ocean. [Duration 2 to 2½ hours, 8km (5 miles) on flat, level ground]
 
Non-hikers' Program: Excursion to Braga, often nicknamed “Portugal's Rome”, thanks to its magnificent, religious architecture.
 
Traditional folk entertainment.
 
DAY 8: PORTO
Buffet breakfast on board. Disembark. End of our services.
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Its own ship terminal Oporto 
  • Walking tours with a qualified mountain guide to visit: the Alvao National Park, the Douro National Park, the many vineyards along the coastline at Porto

All This Included
  • Unlimited complimentary onboard beverages, including beer, fine wine, spirits, mineral bottled water, soft drinks specialty coffees and tea. 
  • All meals onboard for Superb French Cuisine 
  • Farewell Gala dinner 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Complimentary Samsung Galaxy Tablet for guests' use Shore excursions with wireless audio system 
  • Port Talk 
  • Captain Welcome cocktail Reception 
  • Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess 
  • Entertainment : On board professional entertainment & Crew Team show 
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance 
  • All port fees
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Infante don Henrique
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. 
  • The number of moorings on the Douro is limited. Vessels may be moored side by side.
  • (1) On the port-to-port package, passenger board in Porto at 5:00 p.m. on Day One and disembark at 9:00 a.m. on the last day in Porto. Port-to-port package places are strictly limited in number.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.


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