Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Cruise and Hike the Douro Valley

Explore the unspoilt Douro Valley on this hiking-themed cruise with guided walks in the Alvao and Douro National Parks, along the coast in Porto and through beautiful Portuguese vineyards

Cruise Only
7 nights from £1503pp

Fly-Cruise Package
7 nights from £1813pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Douro Valley vineyards
  • Castelo Rodrigo
  • Guimaraes
  • Mateus Palace
  • Porto

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Cruise through the heart of authentic Portugal and explore unspoilt areas with hiking and walking programmes for all abilities. Non-hikers can enjoy excursions to historic villages and wine-producing towns.

Enjoy a guided tour of Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe with medieval streets, magnificent churches and amazing bridges then sail to Regua where there is chance to explore the town in the evening. Hikers will enjoy a walk through Alvao National Park while the less active will visit Vila Real to stroll through the beautiful gardens of Mateus Palace. There is a guided tour of the World-Heritage listed city of Salamanca followed by Flamenco entertainment on board.

Hike through the wild landscapes of Vultures' Cliff or join the excursion to the beautiful 12th-century walled hilltop village of Castelo Rodrigo. Hikers can walk through the vineyards of the Douro Valley while the less active enjoy wine tasting, before an evening of Fado entertainment on board. Walk along the banks of the Douro towards Porto or join the excursion to Guimaraes, birthplace of Portugal in the 12th century, then enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.

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ROP_PP: Cruise and Hike the Douro Valley Itinerary

Day 1 - Porto (Portugal)

Welcome on board from 5pm. Settle into your cabin before meeting the crew over a welcome cocktail followed by dinner on board. Learn more about the hiking programme. This evening, weather permitting, cruise to the mouth of the Douro River.

Day 2 - Porto - Regua

This morning there is a guided tour of Porto whose highlights include the Cathedral and the São Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. Spend this afternoon sailing towards Regua where there will be time to spend ashore at leisure in the city.

Day 3 - Regua - Pinhao - Vega de Terron

Hikers' Programme: Hike through the mountainous scenery of Alvao National Park. Length 2.5 - 3 hours, 4.5 miles, 1050 feet elevation gain.
Non-hikers' Programme: Enjoy a trip to Vila Real and wander through the beautiful gardens of Mateus Palace.
Spend this afternoon sailing through the heart of the Douro's famous vineyards. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 4 - Vega de Terron - Salamanca - Barca d'Alva

Today there is a guided excursion to Salamanca. This town of dazzling beauty houses some extraordinary Romanesque, Arab and Christian architectural treasures. Return to the ship late afternoon and enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.

Day 5 - Barca d'Alva - Senhora da Ribeira

Hikers' Programme: Hike to Vultures' Cliff for magnificent panoramic views of the Douro River and Spain. Picnic lunch. Length 3 hours, 5 miles, 1740 feet elevation gain.
Non-hikers' Programme: Enjoy an excursion to the beautiful 12th-century walled hilltop village of Castelo Rodrigo.
Back on board sail towards Senhora da Ribeira then enjoy a gala evening and dinner on board.

Day 6 - Senhora da Ribeira - Ferradosa - Pinhao - Regua - Bitetos

Hiker's Programme: Hike through beautiful vineyards. Picnic lunch. Length 4 hours, 8.6 miles, 1650 feet descent.
Non-hikers' Programme: Enjoy a Wines of Porto excursion with a tasting of Porto wines.
Later, cruise to Bitetos. Enjoy an evening of Fado entertainment.

Day 7 - Bitetos - Porto

Spend this morning cruising towards Porto. Hikers' Programme: Hike along the banks of the Douro to its estuary for breathtaking views of the city and the ocean. Length 2 - 2.5 hours, 5 miles, on level ground.
Non-hikers' Programme: Join the excursion to Guimaraes, a historic town with beautifully preserved medieval monuments.
This evening there is traditional folk entertainment.

Day 8 - Porto

Breakfast on board. Disembark at 9am.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full-board cruise
  • Unlimited complimentary house wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks on board
  • Cruise itinerary as described including guided walking tours
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Entertainment on board
  • Cruise Manager
  • Gala farewell dinner
  • Port taxes
  • Flight inclusive package prices include return flights from the UK and transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • Cruise only prices do not include flights or transfers
  • Optional Excursions (must be pre-booked at least 4 weeks before departure or bookable on board subject to availability)
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance and expenses

Special Features

  • CroisiEurope is the leading French river cruise company. Their ships have a distinctly French flavour, the service and the food having received much praise from Blue Water Holidays customers. Staff and passengers come from many European countries and there may be other English speaking passengers on board.
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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    • Apr 20th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Infante Don Henrique From: £1503
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      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1813 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1966 Fly-Cruise Package from: £2002 Fly-Cruise Package from: £2340 Fly-Cruise Package from: £2493 Fly-Cruise Package from: £2529
Map for Cruise and Hike the Douro Valley