The Douro River Cruise

River

6 Days from £1,799

Aug 2019 - Aug 2019 Departures

You can choose to discover the home of port wine, Oporto, the beautiful gardens of the Mateus Palace and the ancient city of Salamanca as you cruise the peaceful waters of the Douro River.

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Your holiday at a glance

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What's included

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Gatwick with TAP Air Portugal
  • 5 nights' on board 4* ship premium MS Amalia Rodriguez or MS Miguel Torga 
  • 6 days, 14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners and all drinks (excluding Champagne & selected wines) 


 

Optional excursions

  • ​Oporto by night 
  • Oporto tour
  • Vila Real
  • Salamanca on foot
  • Port wine tasting & vineyards

The above optional excursions can be pre-booked from just £225 per person 

Your itinerary

​Today you'll fly to Oporto, Portugal's second city, where we'll transfer you to your ship. Once you've settled into your cabin, join your fellow travellers for a drink before dinner. You can then enjoy the facilities on board or head ashore for an optional tour of the city by night. ​

​UNESCO-listed Oporto is famed as the home of port wine. An optional walking tour will show you its highlights before we head to nearby Vila Nova de Gaia for a tasting of this sweet red fortified wine.

​On an optional excursion to Vila Real, you can take in the beautiful landscaped gardens of the 18th century Mateus Palace. This elegant manor house may be familiar, as it appears on the labels of the famous Mateus rosé wine.
We rejoin the ship in Pinhão, and as we set sail for Vega de Teron, perhaps head out on deck to admire the steep, terraced vineyards lining the banks of the river. ​

Today you can explore Salamanca on an optional excursion, depart by coach and then enjoy a tour on foot. The University here was founded in 1218 and is one of the oldest in Europe , while Plaza Mayor is regarded as one of Spain's most beautiful squares, so there's plenty to see., your return on board in Vega de Teron.
On board the ship tonight, get together with your travelling companions to enjoy a gala evening.

​This morning we sail to the tiny town of Ferradosa. It's all about wine here, so let's step ashore and taste some on an optional excursion.  We'll return to the ship and then relax on board as we cruise back to Oporto. 
This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner on board followed by traditional entertainment.  

​We'll disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for our flight 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.

Portugal - The Douro River Cruise Explorer Package

Portugal - The Douro River Cruise Explorer Package

from £225

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Porto by Night

A unique opportunity to admire the city of Porto by night during a panoramic tour by bus. You will love the old, preserved districts of this city of immense character, classed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Porto is not only a city rich in vestiges from a glorious past, but also the young-spirited, warm capital city of a region marked by its winemaking as well as its closeness to the ocean. 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. Return on board by coach.

1.15 hour - Panoramic tour by coach

Guided tour of Oporto

Departure by coach from the Villa Nova de Gaia Quay. Porto, the second largest city in Portugal, stands out from the steep banks of the Douro river with its mixture of grey facades and red tiles interspersed with unusual architectural masterpieces.
Its historical centre was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. We'll discover The Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Building), built in 1834 by the city's Commercial Association. It has remained their headquarters to this day. After climbing up the beautiful granite and marble stairway, we'll visit the former Tribunal Room, the Golden Room and the Arab Room, decorated in the exotic Moorish Revival style. Afterwards, we'll visit the Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis), also known as the "Golden Church”. It was originally a modest convent founded by Franciscan monks in the 12th century, before being further altered by prominent Porto families in the 15th and 16th centuries. They were responsible for the Baroque style interior which mingles with the large, elaborate rose window in Gothic style on the main façade in a fascinating mixture of styles reflecting the various eras it went through.
We'll cross the Dom Luis I Bridge again back to Villa Nova de Gaia for the visit of a wine cellar. Porto's pride notably stems from its famous wine known the world over, which you will get to taste*. We'll return on board by coach.

Half day – Moderate walking (Good walking shoes are recommended)

Vila Real

We'll leave from Regua or Pinhão for Vila Real, where aristocrats built grand palaces during the 16th and 17th centuries. The architecture of the religious buildings is here extremely varied. We'll take a panoramic tour of the city by coach, followed by a tasting of the local pastry, Cristas de Galo.
We'll then set out to explore Mateus Palace, the most beautiful and astonishing manor in all of Northern Portugal. This 18th-century beauty is set in a hilly landscape reminding us of Mexico. The subtle mixture of granite, white walls and extravagance from the Age of Enlightenment such as ledges covered in statues and Baroque style pilasters is a striking feature. Behind the manor is a delightful garden with box hedges, more statues, and a spectacular 115-foot cedar tunnel. After our tour, we'll return to our ship in Regua or Pinhão.

Half day – Moderate walking (Good walking shoes are recommended)

Salamanque

Departure by coach towards Salamanca where you'll meet up with your guides.
Since 1988, the Old Town of Salamanca has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The classified area extends on the major part of the city as it used to be until the middle of the 20th century and is responsible for its growing popularity. We'll visit the cathedral whose successive extensions created a mixture of styles going from late Gothic to Baroque, including Renaissance. Afterwards, we'll visit one of the world's oldest Universities which first opened in 1218. Also known as "Escuelas Mayores”, the University building has a sumptuous gate adorned with the city's most famous design: a frog atop a skull - symbolic of the sin of lust being punished after death. Its wonderful library brims with old manuscripts dating back from prior to the 19th century. You'll enjoy lunch and be free to discover the city on your own. Return on board in Vega de Teron.

Full day – Moderate walking (Good walking shoes are recommended)

Wine trails of Porto

Departure from Ferradosa for our excursion along the Porto wine route.
We'll discover this incredible vineyard extending over 100 km along the Douro river all the way to the Spanish border. We'll visit San Salvador do Mundo and Sao Joao da Pesqueira, two small towns set among the vineyards in the Rio Torto valley. In Sao Joao da Pesqueira, you will have the opportunity to explore the arcaded main square, the chapel and the white houses with their balconies. You will visit a quinta (wine cellar) to taste the famous Porto*. We'll return on board in Pinhao or Folgosa.

Half day – Moderate walking

Please Note: This excursion must be booked at least 45 working days prior to departure

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MS Amalia Rodrigues

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6 days

Friday 02 August 2019

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£1,599

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Saturday 17 August 2019

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Friday 02 August 2019

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£2,028

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Friday 02 August 2019

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06:05 Birmingham (Intl)

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08:20 Brussels Midi

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Friday 02 August 2019

Departs

10:35 Brussels Midi

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12:05 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

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Wednesday 07 August 2019

Departs

15:50 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

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19:10 Brussels Midi

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Wednesday 07 August 2019

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21:20 Brussels Midi

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21:35 Birmingham (Intl)

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Friday 02 August 2019

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Friday 02 August 2019

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06:05 Manchester

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08:30 Brussels Midi

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Friday 02 August 2019

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10:35 Brussels Midi

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12:05 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

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Wednesday 07 August 2019

Departs

15:50 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

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19:10 Brussels Midi

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Wednesday 07 August 2019

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21:20 Brussels Midi

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21:35 Manchester

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Bristol

Friday 02 August 2019

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Friday 02 August 2019

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06:05 Bristol

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08:20 Brussels Midi

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Friday 02 August 2019

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10:35 Brussels Midi

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12:05 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

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Wednesday 07 August 2019

Departs

15:50 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

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19:10 Brussels Midi

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Wednesday 07 August 2019

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21:15 Brussels Midi

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21:25 Bristol

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Friday 02 August 2019

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Friday 02 August 2019

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06:05 Edinburgh

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08:40 Brussels Midi

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Friday 02 August 2019

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10:35 Brussels Midi

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12:05 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

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Wednesday 07 August 2019

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15:50 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

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19:10 Brussels Midi

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21:20 Brussels Midi

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22:00 Edinburgh

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Friday 02 August 2019

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Friday 02 August 2019

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10:15 London (City)

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12:50 Lisbon (General Humberto Delgado)

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Friday 02 August 2019

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14:00 Lisbon (General Humberto Delgado)

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14:55 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

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Wednesday 07 August 2019

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11:40 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

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14:00 London (City)

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Friday 02 August 2019

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Wednesday 07 August 2019

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Saturday 17 August 2019

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10:40 Brussels Midi

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12:10 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

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Thursday 22 August 2019

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15:45 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

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19:05 Brussels Midi

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Thursday 22 August 2019

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Thursday 22 August 2019

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Thursday 22 August 2019

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Saturday 17 August 2019

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14:00 Lisbon (General Humberto Delgado)

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14:55 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

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Thursday 22 August 2019

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11:40 Oporto (F Sa Carneiro)

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Thursday 22 August 2019

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