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Douro Discovery

Sail through the famous port wine regions of the picuresque Douro Valley on this superb value premium cruise. Includes return flights from the UK, excursions and unique Insider Experiences

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £2445pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Douro vineyards
  • Porto
  • Salamanca
  • Regua
  • Pinhao
  • Chain Bridge, Budapest

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

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Save £500 per couple! Book by 31 Oct 2017. Subject to availability

Douro Discovery Special Offer

Cruise along the River Douro through an untouched landscape of high hills and vineyards famous for producing Port wine.

Take part in a Portuguese language lesson whilst sailing upriver to the riverside town of Regua. Cross the border into Spain with a trip to Vega de Terron then spend the day in the beautiful city of Salamanca.

Enjoy an on-board cookery demonstration then take part in a tasting of local wine at the Quinta de Seixo winery which also boasts stunning views over the Douro Valley before taking a guided tour of Porto. Visits to the Douro Museum, famous Mateus Palace and fascinating Lamego Museum offer an insight into the history and culture of this region.

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Douro Discovery Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Porto (Portugal)

Fly to Porto and transfer to Vila Nova de Gaia to embark Douro Serenity. Welcome Reception tonight. (D)

Day 2 - Regua - Pinhao

Cruise along the stunning Douro river this morning whilst enjoying an on-board Portuguese language lesson. In Regua join the excursion to the Douro Museum for an interesting presentation on the Douro wine region, then spend time at leisure in the village (2017 only). In 2018 there is a trip to the Gardens and Palace of Mateus. Set sail at sunset, accompanied by a traditional Fado performance, then savour a delicious dinner at a traditional quinta. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Vega de Terron (Spain) - Castelo Rodrigo

Explore the small Spanish town of Vega de Terron before taking a trip to medieval Castelo Rodrigo. Tonight on board there is a Portuguese folk music performance. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Salamanca

Travel by coach to the beautiful city of Salamanca for a guided tour and lunch. The city has been awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO for its outstanding beauty and its architectural treasures. In 2018 enjoy a traditional flamenco show. In 2017 there is a special Captain's Dinner on board tonight, in 2018 there is a Portuguese barbecue on board tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Cais Espinho or Pinhao - Regua or Lamego (Portugal)

In 2017 enjoy a Portuguese cookery demonstration on board before disembarking in Cais Espinho to explore the delightful town at leisure before taking a tour of the Quinta do Seixo winery and enjoy a tasting of local port wine. Travel by coach through pretty vineyards and rejoin the ship in Regua. This afternoon perhaps visit Mateus Castle, famously depicted on bottles of Mateus rosé wine. There is a Portuguese barbecue on board tonight. In 2018 enjoy a Portuguese cookery demonstration on board before disembarking in Pinhao to explore the delightful town at leisure before taking a tour of the Quinta do Seixo winery and enjoy a tasting of local port wine. Travel by coach through pretty vineyards to Lamego and explore this picturesque village, including one of Portugal's best museums, housed in a former episcopal palace. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Regua - Lamego - Entre-os-Rios

Explore Regua at leisure this morning then in 2017 travel to Lamego to explore one of Portugal's best museums, housed in a former episcopal palace. In 2018 there is an excursion to the Douro Museum. Return to the ship in Pinhao and sail to Entre-os-Rios where there is free time to explore this evening. In 2018 there is a performance of traditional Portuguese folk music at a special Captain's Dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Vila Nova de Gaia - Porto

From Vila Nova de Gaia, join the guided tour of nearby Porto. See the city's most famous attractions and indulge in a port tasting and tour of a local winery before enjoying time to explore Porto at leisure. In 2018 there is the option to tour the Palacio da Bolsa (extra cost). Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Porto - UK

Disembark Douro Serenity after breakfast and transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Key: B - Breakfast, L- Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 7 night full board cruising on Douro Serenity
  • Flights from London with transfers between ship and airport. Regional flights are available at a supplement.
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Cruise Director throughout your cruise
  • Included excursions accompanied by expert guides
  • Unique Insider Experiences
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • Soft drink, beer and local wine with lunch and dinner
  • Tea and coffee available 24 hours a day on board
  • All tipping, gratuities and port charges

Cruise Extensions

  • Lisbon Extension Enjoy a 3-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Lisbon. Contact us for more details.

Special Features

  • Insider Experiences:
  • Portuguese language lesson on board
  • Sunset sailing accompanied by traditional Fado performance
  • Enjoy dinner at a local quinta
  • Guided tour of Salamanca
  • Portuguese cookery demonstration on board
  • Port tasting and winery tour
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2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

Departure Date Brochure Price from Blue Water Price from
Douro Serenity
Jun 26; Jul 10; Aug 07£2695£2445

Price Information

  • Prices are per person based on two sharing a Cat E cabin. Single supplements are also available on request.
  • Cabin Upgrade Supplements:
  • Cat D: from £200pp
  • Cat C: from £550pp
  • Cat B: from £600pp
  • Cat A: from £650pp
  • Junior Suite: from £950pp
  • Master Suite: from £1100pp
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