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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Delights of the Douro River

Discover the highlights of Portugal including Porto, Lamego and Regua as you journey along the picturesque River Douro on this 8-night all-inclusive cruise with an overnight hotel stay in Madrid. Includes return from the UK, private home to airport transfers, complimentary drinks on board, excursions and signature experiences

Fly Cruise
8 nights from £3345pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal
  • Cathedral of our Lady of the Assumption in Lamego
  • Oporto Cathedral
  • Porto Bridge
  • Salamanca Cathedral
  • Casa de Mateus, Vila Real
  • Douro Valley, Portugal

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Delights of the Douro River Special Offer

Cruise along the amazing River Douro through an untouched landscape of rolling hills and vineyards which are famous for producing Port wine.

Begin your cruise in the 16th-century Old Town of Porto and enjoy a Port wine tasting or cooking demonstration at a traditional restaurant before heading to the Palácio da Bolsa for a cocktail reception and traditional Fado performance. Explore the medieval settlement of Guimarães and enjoy a wine and cheese tasting in Entre-os-Rios' beautiful Quinta da Avelada.

In Regua, gain an insight into the culture of the Douro Valley wine region at the Douro Museum and visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies in Lamego before visiting the spectacular Palacio de Mateus of Pinhao.

Stroll through the charming, narrow streets of Castelo Rodrigo before disembarking your ship in Barca d'Alva and transferring to the Spanish city of Salamanca. An overnight hotel stay in lively Madrid makes for the perfect end to this amazing adventure.

A159 Operated by APT Luxury Cruises

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Delights of the Douro River Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Porto (Portugal)

Fly from the UK to Porto and embark your luxury river cruise. Enjoy the Captain's Welcome Reception with your fellow guests this evening. (D)

Day 2 - Porto

Spend the morning exploring Porto's 16th-century Old Town, or enjoy a cable ride before sampling a selection of Port wines. Alternatively, enjoy a cooking demonstration in a traditional restaurant in Matosinhos or perhaps join a walking tour through the medieval streets and the old harbour quarter of Ribeira. APT Signature Experience - This evening, head to Palácio da Bolsa for a guided tour, followed by a cocktail reception and traditional Fado performance in the Arabian Hall. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Porto - Guimaraes - Entre-Os-Rios

From Porto, head to Guimarães and learn about the evolution of the medieval settlement on a guided tour. This afternoon, cruise through the beautiful Douro Valley to Entre-Os-Rios where you will have the opportunity to visit Quinta da Avelada, a family business that has been producing wine in the Douro region since the 1870s. Stroll through their lovely gardens and enjoy a wine and cheese tasting. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Régua

Relax on board as you cruise to Regua this morning. Upon arrival, gain an insight into the culture of the Douro Valley wine region at the Douro Museum. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Regua - Pinhao

From Regua, head to Lamego and visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies before sampling a local speciality, bola de Lamego which consists of smoked ham, home-baked bread, and gooey cheese. Alternatively, visit Quinta da Pacheca for a picnic and admire the views over the Douro River and Régua. Spend the afternoon cruising to Pinhão. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Pinhao

This morning, visit the Palacio de Mateus, located near the city of Vila Real. The palace was built in 1745 and offers a great insight into Portuguese aristocracy. Afterwards, visit the vineyard, Quinta da Roêda for a traditional lunch and tasting of port. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Barca d'Alva

From Barca d'Alva, enjoy a tour of Castelo Rodrigo with its narrow streets and charming houses which still present 16th-century facades. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Barca d'Alva - Salamanca (Spain) - Madrid

After breakfast, disembark your ship in Barca d'Alva and journey to the ancient city of Salamanca for a guided tour. See the University of Salamanca and the House of Shells before heading to your hotel in Madrid. Spend the evening exploring Madrid at leisure. Stay at the Westin Palace hotel or similar. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Madrid - UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

Due to navigational reasons, the Captain reserves the right to modify the itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night all-inclusive cruise in an outside cabin aboard a luxurious ship
  • Overnight hotel stay in Madrid
  • Home-to-airport transfers by private car within 75 miles of your chosen airport
  • Flights from regional UK airports with transfers between ship and airport
  • Complimentary beverages throughout the cruise
  • Room service and champagne on arrival for selected suite categories
  • Freedom of Choice Touring and Signature Experience
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
  • Butler service for selected suite categories
  • In-cabin entertainment system with flat screen TV, keyboard, free internet access, film and music library
  • Choice of open seating dining venues including main restaurant, casual lounge and alfresco on selected evenings
  • Welcome Reception, Captain's Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Evening entertainment including music performances, folklore dances, lectures and piano interludes
  • Guided excursions in small groups with personal headsets
  • All tipping and gratuities included
  • Complimentary use of bicycles
  • Port taxes

Special Features

  • Signature Experiences:
  • Visit Palácio da Bolsa for a Cocktail Reception and Fado performance
  • Enjoy lunch at the vineyard of Quinta da Roêda, followed by a port tasting
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • May
    • May 12th - Porto to Madrid - Sailing on: AmaVida From: £3595
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  • June
    • Jun 9th - Porto to Madrid - Sailing on: AmaVida From: £3595
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  • July
    • Jul 7th - Porto to Madrid - Sailing on: AmaVida From: £3345
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  • August
    • Aug 18th - Porto to Madrid - Sailing on: AmaVida From: £3595
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  • September
    • Sep 15th - Porto to Madrid - Sailing on: AmaVida From: £3595
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