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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 £874pp

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

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Book by 31 December 2021 and save 5% on 2022 departures!

Flight-inclusive package from just £1274pp!

Flexible booking policy – Ask for details! All offers subject to terms and conditions

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.

E181 Operated by CroisiEurope

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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
  • Fly-cruise package prices include return flights from the UK and overseas 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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2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • October
    • Oct 22nd - Porto and back - Sailing on: Gil Eanes
    • Oct 22nd - Porto and back - Sailing on: Miguel Torga

2022 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 20th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Gil Eanes From: £1027
      Main Deck Cat B Main Deck Cat A Middle Deck Cat B Upper Deck Cat A
      Cruise Only from: £1027 Cruise Only from: £1083 Cruise Only from: £1177 Cruise Only from: £1268
    • Apr 21st - Porto and back - Sailing on: Amalia Rodrigues
  • September
    • Sep 11th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Amalia Rodrigues From: £1285
      Upper Deck Cat B
      Cruise Only from: £1285
  • October
    • Oct 6th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Gil Eanes From: £1064
      Main Deck Cat C Main Deck Cat B Main Deck Cat A Middle Deck Cat C Middle Deck Cat B Middle Deck Cat A Upper Deck Cat B Upper Deck Cat A
      Cruise Only from: £1064 Cruise Only from: £1100 Cruise Only from: £1163 Cruise Only from: £1213 Cruise Only from: £1249 Cruise Only from: £1311 Cruise Only from: £1285 Cruise Only from: £1348
    • Oct 14th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Miguel Torga From: £1064
      Main Deck Cat C Main Deck Cat B Middle Deck Cat C Middle Deck Cat B Upper Deck Cat B Upper Deck Cat A
      Cruise Only from: £1064 Cruise Only from: £1100 Cruise Only from: £1213 Cruise Only from: £1249 Cruise Only from: £1285 Cruise Only from: £1348
    • Oct 19th - Porto and back - Sailing on: Fernao de Magalhaes From: £874
      Main Deck Cat C Main Deck Cat B Main Deck Cat A Upper Deck Cat C Upper Deck Cat B Upper Deck Cat A
      Cruise Only from: £874 Cruise Only from: £907 Cruise Only from: £956 Cruise Only from: £1050 Cruise Only from: £1083 Cruise Only from: £1132

Price Information

  • Single Supplement - 2021: £459; 2022: £485
Map for Kingdom of the Golden River