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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

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 £838pp

Fly-Cruise Package
5 nights from £1145pp

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

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Save 15% on 2021 departures! Book by 31 Aug 2020. Prices shown include discounts

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

  • September
    • Sep 1st - Porto and back - Sailing on: Gil Eanes From: £998
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Middle Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £998 Cruise Only from: £1174 Cruise Only from: £1192 Cruise Only from: £1368 Cruise Only from: £1386 Cruise Only from: £1457 Cruise Only from: £1633 Cruise Only from: £1651
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1305 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1481 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1499 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1675 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1693 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1764 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1940 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1958
    • Sep 13th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Gil Eanes From: £998
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Middle Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £998 Cruise Only from: £1174 Cruise Only from: £1192 Cruise Only from: £1368 Cruise Only from: £1386 Cruise Only from: £1457 Cruise Only from: £1633 Cruise Only from: £1651
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1305 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1481 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1499 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1675 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1693 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1764 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1940 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1958
    • Sep 18th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Gil Eanes From: £998
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Middle Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £998 Cruise Only from: £1174 Cruise Only from: £1192 Cruise Only from: £1368 Cruise Only from: £1386 Cruise Only from: £1457 Cruise Only from: £1633 Cruise Only from: £1651
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1305 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1481 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1499 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1675 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1693 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1764 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1940 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1958
    • Sep 30th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Gil Eanes From: £998
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Middle Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £998 Cruise Only from: £1174 Cruise Only from: £1192 Cruise Only from: £1368 Cruise Only from: £1386 Cruise Only from: £1457 Cruise Only from: £1633 Cruise Only from: £1651
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1305 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1481 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1499 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1675 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1693 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1764 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1940 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1958
  • October
    • Oct 5th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Gil Eanes From: £998
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Middle Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £998 Cruise Only from: £1174 Cruise Only from: £1192 Cruise Only from: £1368 Cruise Only from: £1386 Cruise Only from: £1457 Cruise Only from: £1633 Cruise Only from: £1651
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1305 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1481 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1499 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1675 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1693 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1764 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1940 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1958
    • Oct 9th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Miguel Torga From: £998
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Middle Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £998 Cruise Only from: £1174 Cruise Only from: £1192 Cruise Only from: £1368 Cruise Only from: £1386 Cruise Only from: £1457 Cruise Only from: £1633 Cruise Only from: £1651
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1305 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1481 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1499 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1675 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1693 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1764 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1940 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1958
    • Oct 21st - Porto and back - Sailing on: Miguel Torga From: £936
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Middle Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £936 Cruise Only from: £1112 Cruise Only from: £1130 Cruise Only from: £1306 Cruise Only from: £1324 Cruise Only from: £1395 Cruise Only from: £1571 Cruise Only from: £1589
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1243 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1419 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1437 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1613 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1631 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1702 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1878 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1896

2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 14th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Infante Don Henrique From: £863
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £863 Cruise Only from: £1003 Cruise Only from: £1039 Cruise Only from: £1282 Cruise Only from: £1422 Cruise Only from: £1458
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1170 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1310 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1346 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1646 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1786 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1822
    • Apr 16th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Amalia Rodrigues From: £838
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £838 Cruise Only from: £1014 Cruise Only from: £1032 Cruise Only from: £1297 Cruise Only from: £1473 Cruise Only from: £1491
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1145 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1321 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1339 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1661 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1837 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1855
  • October
    • Oct 10th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Gil Eanes From: £1056
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £1056 Cruise Only from: £1232 Cruise Only from: £1250 Cruise Only from: £1515 Cruise Only from: £1691 Cruise Only from: £1709
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1363 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1539 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1557 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1879 Fly-Cruise Package from: £2055 Fly-Cruise Package from: £2073
    • Oct 22nd - Porto and back - Sailing on: Miguel Torga From: £838
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £838 Cruise Only from: £1014 Cruise Only from: £1032 Cruise Only from: £1297 Cruise Only from: £1473 Cruise Only from: £1491
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1145 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1321 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1339 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1661 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1837 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1855
    • Oct 22nd - Porto and back - Sailing on: Gil Eanes From: £838
      Main Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Middle Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Cruise Only from: £838 Cruise Only from: £1014 Cruise Only from: £1032 Cruise Only from: £1297 Cruise Only from: £1473 Cruise Only from: £1491
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £1145 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1321 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1339 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1661 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1837 Fly-Cruise Package from: £1855
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