Day 1 UK - Oporto
Make your own way ot Oporto where you can meet us for a scheduled group transfer to the ship. This evening, you'll get to know your fellow travellers over a drink and dinner. You might also take the opportunity to join an optional tour to see the fascinating city of Oporto by night.
Day 2 Oporto - Regua
After breakfast, join us on an guided excursion of Oporto, one of the oldest cities in Europe, whose historic centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will start off our tour with a visit to the Sé do Porto cathedral. It is the most important religious edifice in the city and has been declared a National Monument. The fortress-like building is in Batalha, in the upper part of Oporto, very close to the walls that once protected the city. Its construction began during the twelfth century, but it has been rebuilt and renovated numerous times throughout the centuries and while predominantly Baroque, is a mix of architectural styles. The cathedral square offers impressive views over the city, the Douro River and the wine cellars on the waterfront.
We'll continue on to the Palacio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Building), built in 1834 by the city's Commercial Association. 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 cross the Dom Luis I Bridge to Villa Nova de Gaia for the visit of a wine cellar. Oporto's pride notably stems from its famous wine known the world over, which you will get to taste. We'll return to our ship and start sailing towards Regua, reaching it towards the end of the day. Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.Meals included: B,L,D
Day 3 Regua - Pinhao
We'll spend this morning sailing through the wonderful vineyards of Porto. This afternoon, join us on an excursion along the Porto Wine Route with wine tasting. 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 Pinhão. Enjoy an evening of dancing on board.
Day 4 Pinhao - Porto Antigo
Join us this morning for a guided tour of Lamego. We'll enjoy a panoramic tour of the city before moving on to the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. We'll return on board and start sailing towards Porto Antigo, reaching it in the evening. Tonight's our gala dinner and evening.
Day 5 Porto Antigo - Aveiro -Oporto
We'll spend this morning sailing through the Douro Valley towards Porto, reaching it in the early afternoon. Join us for a guided tour of Aveiro. Often called the "Venice of Portugal", and known as the salt capital of Portugal, Aveiro is surrounded by salt marshes, beaches and lagoons and is dominated by the Central Canal that runs through the town. This little medieval town, built on a lagoon, expanded rapidly during the 15th and 16th centuries as a sea port thanks to cod fishing. It is also a centre for baroque art with its many buildings and monuments. Aveiro has kept several of its typical boats with half-moon shaped prows, the "moliceiros". Nowadays, Aveiro and its surroundings form a very significant industrial region with naval shipyards, engineering, iron and steel works, cellulose-producing factories, porcelain and pottery, and where salt production and fishing are still important activities. Its university is one of the largest in Portugal and there are also several further higher studies buildings. Aveiro is a bright and friendly little town with art-nouveau style architecture, brightly colored houses and charming little alleyways for you to take a lovely stroll. Afterwards, we'll set off for Costa Nova, a typical little fishermen town and former family-friendly resort which has now been restored. The resort is located between the beaches on the Atlantic coast and the lagoon and is open onto the ria. Here there are lots of traditional multi-colored, striped wooden houses lining the promenade which is also planted with palm trees. Return on board by coach in Oporto. This evening, you'll enjoy a lovely farewell dinner and traditional show with your travelling companions as your cruise comes to an end.
Day 6 DepartureYour tour comes to an end today. Scheduled Group transfers are available to the airport.
Meals included: B
Please note: Due to changes in water levels this itinerary may occasionally be modified