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Portugal's Douro River Cruise 6 Day - Specially Created Holiday for Single Travellers

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Here are a few reasons why you'll be able to travel with confidence with Just You:

 You will be met at the airport by a dedicated Just You representative
A friendly Tour Manager will host your holiday and make sure it runs smoothly
 We'll show you the must-see sights and some of the hidden gems too
 You'll always stay in a room of your own with no single supplement to pay
 Many meals are included, allowing you to dine with your fellow travellers
 You can join in as much or as little as you like - the choice is always yours
 All of our holidays are protected by ATOL or our financial protection insurance
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Portugal's Douro River Cruise video

River

6 Days from £1,349

Oct 2017 - Oct 2017 Departures

From the calm waters of the Douro River, Portugal’s splendid sights come into view, from lush vineyards to medieval towns.

Overview

What's included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Gatwick with TAP Air Portugal
  • 5 nights on board 4* ship 
MS Vasco de Gama
  • 14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners and all drinks 
(excluding Champagne and selected wines)
  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail reception
  • Farewell gala dinner
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
  • A full programme of optional shore excursions
  • Onboard entertainment on some evenings
  • Complimentary wi-fi on board

Optional excursions

  • Oporto by night
  • Nossa Senhora de Remedios sanctuary and Gothic cathedral 
in Lamego
  • Vila Real
  • Oporto
  • Guimaraes

Itinerary

Fly to Oporto, Portugal’s second city, where your river cruiser awaits. This evening get to know your fellow travellers over a drink and dinner. You might also choose to join an optional tour of the city by night.
After breakfast, relax and enjoy views of stunning wooded landscapes as you cruise through the spectacular Douro valley to the town of Regua. This afternoon you may choose to join our optional excursion to the medieval town of Lamego, for a chance to admire the spectacular Nossa Senhora de Remedios sanctuary and impressive Gothic cathedral.
Today you could choose to join our optional excursion to Vila Real. Here, you can take in the beautiful gardens of Solar de Mateus, the 18th century country house featured on bottles of Mateus rosé wine. Rejoining the ship in Pinhão, this afternoon we sail through the heart of the famous Porto vineyards, planted in steep terraces on the hills of the river valley, before arriving at Porto Antigo.
This morning you will enjoy a leisurely cruise back to Oporto. This is the second-largest city in Portugal and its historic centre is registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Today, the city is mostly known as the home of port wine and after lunch, an optional guided tour of the city will take you to one of its most famous cellars for an opportunity to enjoy a tasting.
Today you are free to explore Oporto at leisure, before returning to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, our optional excursion takes you to the historic town of Guimaraes, birthplace of the first independent king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques. Admire the beautifully preserved medieval centre of Guimaraes with its narrow streets and pretty plazas, before continuing on to Braga. This elegant city is considered to be the oldest Christian archdiocese in Portugal and one of the oldest in the world.


This evening you’ll enjoy a lovely farewell dinner and traditional show with your travelling companions as your cruise comes to an end.
We disembark the ship and fly back to the UK today.

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Prebookable Package

Prebookable Package

from £185

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You can save money and enhance your holiday with this prebookable package...

Oporto by Night
This is a unique opportunity to admire the city of Porto by night during a panoramic coach tour. You will love the old, conserved districts in this city of immense character, classed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. During the tour of the historic centre, your guide will schedule a stop at the Sao Bento railway station to look at its magnificent azulejos.

Evening tour – Minimal Walking – Historical

Oporto
During a guided tour of the city you will discover the Stock Exchange Building and the Sao Francisco Church. You will also see the famous Dom Luis Bridge, built between 1881 and 1886 by Theophile Seyrig, Gustave Eiffel’s disciple. We also include a visit to a wine cellar with a Port wine tasting in Vila Nova de Gaia, a town situated on the south bank of the Douro.

Half day – Moderate Walking – Cultural

Please note to visit the São Francisco Church you will need to climb 50 steps.

Vila Real
You will set out for Vila Real by coach, a pleasant little town situated amongst the foothills of the majestic slopes of Serra do Marão. Enjoy a tour of the town before continuing towards Mateus, where you will visit the Palácio de Mateus. This splendid manor house is depicted on the labels of the famous Mateus rosé wine. Built in the 18th century, the building has an impressive baroque façade and ornate pinnacles on the roof. The beautifully landscaped gardens feature elegant statues as well as a stunning reflecting pond in the front of the palace.

Half day - Moderate Walking – Scenic

Lamego
Depart from Regua by coach for a guided tour of Lamego. During this excursion, you will discover the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios sanctuary and Lamego Cathedral. The sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios is one of Portugal’s most famous places of pilgrimage. The awe-inspiring 686 step double stairway, which many pilgrims climb on their knees in September each year, has 9 terraces leading to the twin-towered church. The commanding views alone make the climb worthwhile. Your excursion then continues onto Lamego Cathedral, Founded in 1129 by Afonso Henriques, the imposing Gothic Lamego Cathedral has been considerably altered over the years, particularly in the 16th to 18th centuries. Only the square tower remains of the original.

Half day – Minimal Walking - Not to be missed

Please note that the coach drives up to the sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and you do not have to walk up/down the stairway unless you would like to.

Guimarães
This afternoon we will journey by coach from Porto to charming city of Guimarães whose historic town centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. Guimarães is regarded as the birth place of Portugal and its extensive history is reflected in the variety of national monuments and historic buildings found within the city. With our guide, we'll begin the tour of this university town on foot to discover its historical treasures.
Afternoon tour – moderate walking – historical interest

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PARTICULAR EXCURSION PACKAGE MUST BE PREBOOKED ATLEAST 18 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE.

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MS Vasco De Gama

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Dates and Prices

Departing from

Departure date

Duration

Price from

Status

 

London (Gatwick)

Monday 23 October 2017

6 Days

£1,349

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

Outbound
Tap Air Portugal

Monday 23 October 2017

Departs

11:55 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

14:00 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

Inbound
Tap Air Portugal - TP

Saturday 28 October 2017

Departs

17:55 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

Arrives

20:05 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Tap Air Portugal

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