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Douro Discovery
Porto to Porto
8 days
Tour code: EUTCOP08F

Includes return flights from the UK. Wind your way through the Douro Valley’s heavenly scenery journey aboard the ms Douro Queen. Stop to visit villages where time has stopped, family-owned quintas and sun-drenched cities.

What's included?

  • Return scheduled flights from the UK*
  • Unique cultural experiences in up to 8 towns, villages & cities
  • Insider Experiences
  • 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 7 Dinners
  • Complimentary soft drink, beer and local wine with lunch and dinner on board
  • Travelmarvel Cruise Director & expert local guides
  • Overseas transfers, port charges and tipping

Accommodation

Stylish River Ships

Room types available

  • Twin - 2 Adults, 2 Beds
  • Single - 1 Adult, 1 Bed
  • Double - 2 Adults, 1 Beds

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Embark Ship
Fly into Porto from the UK today. On arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to Vila Nova de Gaia to board the MS Douro Serenity. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception.

Stay: Seven Nights: the MS Douro Serenity

Meals: dinner

Day 2
Régua, Mateus Palace, Pinhão
Today you begin your cruise along the Douro River. Disembark your ship and join an excursion to the Gardens and Palace of Mateus. Tour this living museum which is still owned by the Count of Vila Real.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 3
Vega de Terrón, Castelo Rodrigo
Today, cruise across the border into Vega de Terrón in Spain. Enjoy some time at leisure before joining an excursion to Castelo Rodrigo. This tiny village sits atop a hill overlooking both Spain and Portugal, and features a number of very well-preserved ruins, an impressive castle and a magnificent stone statue of Santiago Matamouros. Afterwards, board a coach and return to your ship. Back on board, you’ll be treated to an entertaining Portuguese folk music show.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 4
Salamanca, Barca d’Alva
After your Insider Experience, return to the ship over the border in Barca d’Alva. Tonight, back aboard your ship enjoy a traditional Portuguese barbecue dinner.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 5
Lamego, Régua
On arrival in Pinhão, you will disembark and enjoy time at leisure. After your Insider Experience, board a coach and take a scenic drive past swathes of expansive vineyards visiting the picturesque village of Lamego and the elaborately decorated baroque cathedral the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, an important Portuguese place of pilgrimage. While in Lamego, visit one of Portugal’s best museums. Once an episcopal palace, this beautiful building is home to a vast collection of paintings, tapestries and jewellery. While here, why not try the famous Bola de Lamego, a sumptuous smoked ham roll.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 6
Régua, Entre-os-Rios
This morning, enjoy free time to explore Regua — you may like to wander along the riverfront, or venture into the Old Town before joining an excursion to the Douro Museum, which presents a fantastic exhibition on the history of the Douro wine region, the first protected wine-growing region on the planet. Afterwards, continue on to Entre-os-Rios. On arrival this evening, enjoy free time to explore this town as you please. Tonight be treated to an energetic performance of traditional Portuguese folk music back on board at a special Captain’s Dinner.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 7
Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto
This morning, cruise back to Vila Nova de Gaia. On arrival, join a tour of Porto. Here, you’ll be led past a collection of the city’s famous attractions, and visit a local port winery for a tour and tasting. This afternoon, there’s ample time to explore at leisure. You may like to visit a Portuguese boutique to buy authentic, local souvenirs. Or perhaps you’d enjoy taking a stroll through Porto’s old-fashioned Bolhão food market. Alternatively, you may like to take an optional tour to Palácio da Bolsa (own expense). Tonight, enjoy a final Farewell Dinner on board.

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 8
Disembark Ship, Depart Porto
After enjoying a final breakfast on board, transfer to the airport in Porto for your return flight to the UK.

Meals: breakfast

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