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

Kingdom of the Golden River

Cruise the Douro Valley from Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s oldest towns, to the Spain border. Full range of optional excursions including the Spanish World Heritage city of Salamanca.

Cruise Only
5 nights from £885pp

Fly-Cruise Package
5 nights from £1192pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • The beautiful River Douro
  • Solar de Mateus
  • Blue Tile frescos at the Pinhao railway station

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Save 5% on 2020 departures! Discount applies to cruise cost. Prices shown include discount. Book by 30 Nov 2019

Kingdom of the Golden River Special Offer

Sail the River Douro through an untouched landscape of high hills, vineyards famous for producing Port wine, and onwards through the amazing cliffs and gorges of the upper Douro river.

After exploring Porto, with an optional visit and tasting at a Port wine shippers, cruise upriver through the deepest lock in Europe to the riverside town of Regua. From there maybe visit Vila Real and the Solar de Mateus, famous for its portrayal on the Mateus wine bottles but also noted for beautiful gardens.

The ship calls at the riverside village of Pinhao, whose railway station has blue-tiled frescos of riverside scenes, before cruising upriver through stunning scenery to the Portuguese border. Next day join the optional excursion to Salamanca, noted for its beauty and architecture, before cruising back downriver to Porto.

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POF: Kingdom of the Golden River Itinerary

Day 1 - Porto (Portugal)

Embark your cruise ship in Porto from 5pm. This evening enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner onboard, followed by an optional coach tour of Porto by night.

Day 2 - Porto - Regua

After a buffet breakfast onboard, you may wish to join the optional tour of Porto, Portugal's second largest town, and one of Europe's most ancient and historic towns. Porto is the home of Port wine, with Port vineyards all along the Douro. There is a second optional excursion available - a tram tour through the city concluding with a tasting of some of the local specialties. After the tours, back on board for lunch and an afternoon of relaxed cruising as we admire the wonderful landscapes of the Douro Valley.

Day 3 - Regua - Pinhao - Vega de Teron (Spain)

Today there is an optional excursion to discover the formal gardens at the Mateus Palace and Vila Real. Enjoy an evening with a Spanish flair.

Day 4 - Barca d'Alva - Salamanca (Spain)

After breakfast on board there will be an optional tour of Salamanca, awarded world heritage status by UNESCO for its outstanding beauty and its Roman, Arabic and Christian architectural treasures. There is an additional optional excursion available - Salamanca by bike. Return to the ship in Barca d'Alva and cruise to Senhora da Ribeira. Dinner and gala evening on board.

Day 5 - Senhora da Ribeira - Ferradosa - Folgosa - Leverinho (Portugal)

This morning there is an optional excursion discovering the Porto wine route. Spend the afternoon cruising before enjoying an evening of traditional folk entertainment.

Day 6 - Leverinho - Porto

Early this morning our ship sets sail for Porto, where we disembark after breakfast.

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

Price Includes

  • Five nights accommodation on board on a full-board basis
  • Unlimited complimentary house wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks on board
  • Cruise itinerary as described
  • 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

Additional Information

  • Optional Excursions Porto by night; Porto half day city tour; Vila Real and Solar de Mateus; Salamanca full day tour, including lunch; Wines of Porto half day excursion. These excursions can either be pre-booked with your cruise or booked on board.

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

  • April
    • Apr 7th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Miguel Torga From: £885
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £885 Cruise Only from: £1061 Cruise Only from: £1079 Cruise Only from: £1079 Cruise Only from: £1255 Cruise Only from: £1273 Cruise Only from: £1344 Cruise Only from: £1520 Cruise Only from: £1538
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1192 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1368 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1386 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1386 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1562 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1580 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1651 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1827 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1845
    • Apr 12th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Amalia Rodrigues From: £885
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £885 Cruise Only from: £1061 Cruise Only from: £1079 Cruise Only from: £1079 Cruise Only from: £1255 Cruise Only from: £1273 Cruise Only from: £1344 Cruise Only from: £1520 Cruise Only from: £1538
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1192 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1368 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1386 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1386 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1562 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1580 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1651 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1827 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1845
    • Apr 19th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Miguel Torga From: £885
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £885 Cruise Only from: £1061 Cruise Only from: £1079 Cruise Only from: £1079 Cruise Only from: £1255 Cruise Only from: £1273 Cruise Only from: £1344 Cruise Only from: £1520 Cruise Only from: £1538
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1192 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1368 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1386 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1386 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1562 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1580 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1651 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1827 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1845
    • Apr 24th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Amalia Rodrigues From: £885
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £885 Cruise Only from: £1061 Cruise Only from: £1079 Cruise Only from: £1079 Cruise Only from: £1255 Cruise Only from: £1273 Cruise Only from: £1344 Cruise Only from: £1520 Cruise Only from: £1538
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1192 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1368 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1386 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1386 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1562 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1580 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1651 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1827 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1845
  • September
    • Sep 1st - Porto and back - Sailing on: Gil Eanes From: £948
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £948 Cruise Only from: £1124 Cruise Only from: £1142 Cruise Only from: £1142 Cruise Only from: £1318 Cruise Only from: £1336 Cruise Only from: £1407 Cruise Only from: £1583 Cruise Only from: £1601
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1255 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1431 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1449 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1449 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1625 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1643 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1714 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1890 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1908
    • Sep 13th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Gil Eanes From: £948
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £948 Cruise Only from: £1124 Cruise Only from: £1142 Cruise Only from: £1142 Cruise Only from: £1318 Cruise Only from: £1336 Cruise Only from: £1407 Cruise Only from: £1583 Cruise Only from: £1601
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1255 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1431 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1449 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1449 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1625 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1643 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1714 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1890 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1908
    • Sep 18th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Gil Eanes From: £948
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £948 Cruise Only from: £1124 Cruise Only from: £1142 Cruise Only from: £1142 Cruise Only from: £1318 Cruise Only from: £1336 Cruise Only from: £1407 Cruise Only from: £1583 Cruise Only from: £1601
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1255 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1431 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1449 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1449 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1625 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1643 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1714 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1890 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1908
    • Sep 30th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Gil Eanes From: £948
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £948 Cruise Only from: £1124 Cruise Only from: £1142 Cruise Only from: £1142 Cruise Only from: £1318 Cruise Only from: £1336 Cruise Only from: £1407 Cruise Only from: £1583 Cruise Only from: £1601
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1255 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1431 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1449 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1449 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1625 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1643 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1714 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1890 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1908
  • October
    • Oct 5th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Gil Eanes From: £948
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £948 Cruise Only from: £1124 Cruise Only from: £1142 Cruise Only from: £1142 Cruise Only from: £1318 Cruise Only from: £1336 Cruise Only from: £1407 Cruise Only from: £1583 Cruise Only from: £1601
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1255 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1431 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1449 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1449 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1625 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1643 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1714 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1890 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1908
    • Oct 9th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Miguel Torga From: £948
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £948 Cruise Only from: £1124 Cruise Only from: £1142 Cruise Only from: £1142 Cruise Only from: £1318 Cruise Only from: £1336 Cruise Only from: £1407 Cruise Only from: £1583 Cruise Only from: £1601
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1255 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1431 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1449 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1449 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1625 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1643 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1714 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1890 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1908
    • Oct 21st - Porto and back - Sailing on: Miguel Torga From: £889
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Suite Middle Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £889 Cruise Only from: £1065 Cruise Only from: £1083 Cruise Only from: £1083 Cruise Only from: £1259 Cruise Only from: £1277 Cruise Only from: £1348 Cruise Only from: £1524 Cruise Only from: £1542
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1196 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1372 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1390 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1390 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1566 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1584 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1655 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1831 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1849
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