Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca

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    Discover World Heritage sites, extraordinary culture and tempting gastronomy on this special cruise.  Explore Porto, a city between vineyards and the sea, Vila Real and the beautiful gardens of Solar de Mateus, Salamanca and its radiant beauty, the Porto wine roads, Lamego the Epicsopal Town, and Braga the ‘Portuguese Rome’.


    Day 1 – PORTOcroisi-pph-map
    Welcome on board from 5.00 pm. Settling into your cabin and presentation of the crew followed by a welcome cocktail served in the lounge and dinner on board. In the evening, an excursion by coach to explore Porto by night.

    Day 2: PORTO
    After a buffet breakfast on board, we will set off to explore Porto on a guided tour. One of the oldest cities in Europe, whose historic centre is classed as a world heritage site by UNESCO: unspoilt old quarters, a maze of winding narrow streets, arcaded houses, superb churches… But above all, Porto is Port wine: among the wine properties that extend as far as the eye can see along the Duoro in Vila Nova de Gaia, we will visit a famous cellar where this exceptional wine slowly ages in the greatest secrecy. Tasting of the “precious nectar”*. Back on board for lunch, followed by a free afternoon to discover Porto at your own pace, or ask to be transferred downtown by rabello. Return on board for dinner and a fado evening.

    Day 3: PORTO-REGUA
    Buffet breakfast on board. Free morning in Porto or take the excursion to Braga, nicknamed the “Rome of Portugal” because of its religious architecture of very high quality. Return on board for lunch, during which you will be able to admire the fabulous landscapes to be seen during the cruise to Regua. We will go through the locks in Crestuma and Carrapatelo, the highest in Europe at 36 metres. Arrival in Regua around 8.00 pm. Dinner on board followed by a dinner-dance or enjoy a free stroll through Regua by night.

    Buffet breakfast on board and departure for the excursion to Vila Real, a town in which the religious architecture is very varied. A little further down, you will get the chance to take a beautiful walk in the gardens of Solar de Mateus. During this time, the boat will sail to Pinhao where we will join it for lunch. Continuation of the cruise. We will be sailing into the heart of the vineyards of Porto, past magnificent hillsides covered in trellised vines planted in terraces up to 700m plunging majestically down towards the river. We will go through the locks in Valeira and Pocinho to reach Barca d’Alva during the evening. Dinner followed by a flamenco evening on board.

    Day 5: VEGA DE TERON (excursion to Salamanca)
    Buffet breakfast on board. Departure for the excursion to Salamanca, awarded world heritage status by UNESCO. This town of dazzling beauty houses some extraordinary Romanesque, Arab and Christian architectural treasures. Lunch in Salamanca. Back to the boat. Dinner and an evening’s entertainment on board in Vega de Teron.

    Departure early in the morning and buffet breakfast during the cruise. Through the locks in Pocinho and Valeira. Morning’s sailing. Lunch during the cruise. Stop in Ferradosa around 2.00 pm. Departure for the “wines of Porto” excursion. You will follow the road through the vineyards and stop at a belvedere in the heart of the vines. You will then take part in a tasting of the wines of Porto in a quinta. Back on board in Pinhao around 6.00 pm. You will also be able to explore the old station in Pinhao at your own pace, with its splendid “azulejos” (typical Portuguese tiles). Dinner and gala evening on board.

    Day 7: PINHAO – PORTO
    Buffet breakfast on board. Departure from Pinhao by coach for the guided tour of Lamego. You will discover the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary and the cathedral. Back on board in Regua. Lunch during the cruise. An afternoon’s sailing, passing through a number of large locks. Arrival in Porto at the end of the evening. Dinner and traditional evening on board.

    Day 8: PORTO
    Buffet breakfast on board, disembarkation.  End of our journey.

    This itinerary is a guide only. For reasons of navigational safety, the captain and crew of the boat alone may decide to modify the itinerary.

    This offer includes: The cruise on full board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day, local wine, beer and fruit juice at lunch and dinner (on board meals only), Open bar including a variety of French and regional wine and spirits  (excluding Champagne and premium drinks),  accommodation in a twin air conditioned cabin with shower and WC, entertainment, the assistance of our hostess on board, the welcome cocktail, the gala evening, port taxes and pre-paid English sightseeing (subject to minimum numbers)