Portugal's Douro River Cruise 6 Day - Specially Created Holiday for Single Travellers
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Portugal effortlessly blends the old with the new, as vibrant modern cultures collide with peaceful sanctuaries and ancient landmarks of historical intrigue. From the calm waters of the Douro river, Portugal’s splendid sights come into view - terraced vineyards, intricate architecture and impressive cathedrals and churches are just a few of its many charms. Fascinating buildings are abundant, from the remarkable Roman architecture of Oporto to the peaceful refuge of Lamego’s Nossa Senhora de Remedios sanctuary, which all add to this diverse travel experience.
- The services of a Just You Tour Manager & Local Guides
- Scheduled flights
- Overseas transfers & other transportation
- 5 nights’ accommodation in your own cabin on a full-board basis
- All-inclusive drinks (excluding champagne and selected wines)
- Onboard entertainment on some evenings
- Welcome drink & farewell get-together
- Porterage (1 bag per person)
- A representative to greet you at all UK airports
- All airport taxes & security charges, UK Airline Passenger Duty, all state & local taxes, ATOL protection fee
- Oporto by night
- Oporto (half day)
- Vila Real (half day)
- Lamego (half day)
Please note: To maximise your enjoyment of this holiday a certain amount of walking is essential.
On arrival at Oporto Airport you will be transferred to your river cruiser for a 5 night stay. A welcome drink and dinner will be provided this evening. This evening an optional excursion to explore Porto by night is available.
After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely morning afloat admiring the outstanding wooded landscapes and meanders as your ship cruises along the Douro valley. You will also pass Carrapatelo, the highest lock in Europe before arriving into Regua. Enjoy lunch onboard before this afternoon’s optional excursion to Lamego. This evening, dinner is followed by dancing and folk music.
After breakfast this morning you are free to make your own discoveries. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to visit the Solar de Mateus in Vila Real, a magnificent 16th century manor house owned by a noble Portuguese family with beautiful French gardens. During this time, your ship will sail to Pinhao where we will join it for lunch where our cruise continues. This afternoon continue sailing along the river towards Porto Antigo, through the heart of the famous Porto vineyards planted in terraces on the magnificent rolling hills which rise to 700m before falling steeply down to the river again. Dinner is served onboard this evening followed by evening entertainment.
This morning is free for you to make your own discoveries of Oporto, before returning onboard for lunch. This afternoon, depart on an optional excursion to Guimaraes, an historic town associated with Portuguese national identity in the 12th century which features beautifully preserved monuments dating back to medieval times. Return to the ship for a gala dinner followed by traditional folk entertainment.
After breakfast onboard it is time to disembark the ship this morning, for your return flight to the UK
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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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Dates and Prices
Monday 23 October 2017
Monday 23 October 2017
11:55 London (Gatwick)
14:00 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)
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Saturday 28 October 2017
17:55 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)
20:05 London (Gatwick)
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