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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500
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Porto and the Douro River

This short-break Douro river cruise in Spring and Autumn cruises from Porto upriver through the scenic Douro valley. Time to explore Porto plus a range of optional excursions including Lamego and Mateus, and calls at Regua, Pinhao and Porto Antigo

Cruise Only
5 nights

River Cruise Holiday
  • Vineyards along the River Douro
  • Rabelo port wine barges at Porto
  • Solar de Mateus

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Flight-inclusive package from just £1357pp!

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Porto and the Douro River Special Offer

Join this cruise through the beautiful Douro Valley in the spring or autumn, following the Douro River as it winds through a landscape of vines and green rolling hills.

From Porto your ship negotiates Europe's deepest lock at Carrapatelo on the way to Regua for an optional visit to Lamego and the magnificent shrine of Nossa Senhora Dos Remedios. The next day the ship sails on to Pinhao at the centre of the wine-making region. Perhaps visit the magnificent Solar de Mateus, as pictured on the label of the famous rosé wine.

Cruise onwards to Porto Antigo and return to historic Porto for a full day to explore. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and a World Heritage Site, with medieval streets, magnificent churches and amazing bridges. Moored near the famous Port wine shippers' warehouses are rabelos, the colourful boats once used for bringing the Port to Porto.

E180 Operated by CroisiEurope


POB - Porto and the Douro River 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. This evening, there is an optional coach tour of Porto by night.

Day 2 - Porto - Regua

After breakfast on board we cruise towards Regua along the Douro Valley passing wooded landscapes and Carrapatelo, the highest lock in Europe (35metres). Arrive in Regua around 2pm where the optional coach tour visits Lamego and the Nossa Senhora Dos Remedios sanctuary and the cathedral. Return to the ship for dinner around 6.30pm.

Day 3 - Regua - Pinhao - Porto Antigo

Today there is an optional excursion to Mateus Palace and Vila Real with its grand 16th and 17th century palaces. Enjoy a guided city tour followed by a tasting of a local pastry. Later, rejoin the ship and cruise into the heart of Porto's vineyards.

Day 4 - Porto

The morning is spent cruising. This afternoon, there is an an optional tour of the city with its historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is an additional optional excursion. Board a tram and enjoy a visit to the Tram Museum, before sampling some of the local specialties. Return to the ship for dinner.

Day 5 - Porto

Breakfast on board is followed by a free morning to explore Porto before lunch on board. In the afternoon, depart on an optional excursion to Guimaraes, an historic town with beautifully preserved medieval monuments. There is an optional hike is available which includes a visit to a wine cellar and a tasting. Return to the ship for a gala dinner and folk evening.

Day 6 - Porto

Breakfast on board. Disembark at 9am.

The Captain reserves the right to modify the itinerary if necessary

Price Includes

  • Full board with all meals on board ship and en suite accommodation
  • Unlimited complimentary house wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks on board
  • On-board entertainment
  • Gala Evening and welcome cocktail
  • On-board hostess
  • Port Taxes

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.
Map for Porto and the Douro River