The Enchanting Douro Valley

The Enchanting Douro Valley

A lengthened itinerary on a brand new ship, cruise the River Douro. A CITO tour by boat.

A lengthened itinerary on a brand new ship offering a more relaxed pace with more daytime cruising along the River Douro from the coast at Porto, through the Portuguese countryside, to the Spanish border plus an excursions to Salamanca.

 

DAY 1: Your Door to Door service will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Portugal. Our local coach will meet us and transfer us to our ship the MS Amalia Rodrigues to enjoy a welcome cocktail and presentation by the crew. We have dinner on board and the evening at leisure.

 

During our cruise, the following excursions are included:

 

  • A guided tour of Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe, whose historic centre is full of unspoilt old quarters, narrow winding streets, arcaded houses and superb churches. We will also visit a famous wine cellar to taste the precious nectar.

 

  • Selection of on board entertainment, from traditional Fado singers to Flamenco dancers and local folk troupes.

 

  • Excursion to the City of Guimares which is regarded as the birth place of Portugal. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001, in recognition for being an "exceptionally well-preserved and authentic example of the evolution of a medieval settlement into a modern town" in Europe.

 

  • Cruise from Leverinho to Peso da Regua, admiring the scenery and landmarks.

 

  • Visit of the beautiful Mateus Palace Gardens, an impressive 18th century Baroque building, mirrored in its stunning pond, surrounded by landscaped French style gardens.

 

  • Sail through the heart of the vineyards of the Douro Valley, passing magnificent hillsides covered in trellised vineyards planted in terraces as high as 700 metres.

 

  • Full day coach excursion to the Spanish city of Salamanca, with a guided tour and lunch included. The old Romanesque Cathedral towers above the city and the Plaza Mayor central square. The old city has been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988 and you will have plenty of time to absorb the atmosphere.

 

  • Full day cruising from Barca D’Alva to Ferradosa and Pinhao. Subject to the sailing schedule, perhaps take an excursion into the vineyards for a tour and tasting.

 

  • Excursion to the town of Lamego. Here we will discover the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Sanctuary and the Cathedral with its stairways adorned with ‘azulejos’, Portugal’s famous painted blue ceramic tiles. Sail back to Porto for our final evening.

 

DAY 8: We disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK and your Door to Door Service home.

 

Price includes:

  • Door to Door service

  • Return flights

  • Airport transfers at the destination

  • Porterage

  • 7 nights All Inclusive accommodation on board MS Amalia Rodrigues (all breakfasts, lunches and 3 course set menu dinner, all local wines, beers and water during meals and at the bar)

  • Coach tours as mentioned in the itinerary

  • English speaking guide during excursions

  • All entrance fees mentioned

  • Services of a Tour Manager throughout

 

Please call our reservation team for available dates & prices.

MS Amalia Rodrigues

A brand new ship maunching in 2019 with 3 decks, 66 cabns, carrying 132 passengers. Facilities include lounge bar with dance floor, bar, dining room, sundeck with deck chairs, gift shop and lift. Cabins are en suite, air-conditioned and have hairdryer, satellite TV, window and safe. Wi-Fi is available on board.

 

 

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Name Address Contact Details
Ardleigh Crown Ardleigh Crown Public House
Bramford, Angel PH Bramford, Angel Public House
Brentwood George & Dragon George & Dragon PH, Roman Road, Mountnessing
(B1002) CM15 0TZ
Bury St Edmunds Bus Stn Bury St Edmunds, Bus Station, Stand 9
Capel St Mary (South) Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
Chelmsford Services Chelmsford Springfield Services
Lorry Park (Off A12)
Claydon Crown Claydon Crown Public House Lay By
Colchester North Rail Stn Colchester North Rail Station
Combs Bus Shelter Combs Bus Shelter, Ipswich Road (Opp. Esso Garage)
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
Debenham Angel Debenham Angel Public House
Diss Bus Station Diss Bus Station
Eye Town Hall Eye Town Hall
Felixstowe Coach Park Felixstowe Coach Park, Garrison Lane, Felixstowe,
IP11 7SJ
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Kelvedon - The Tavern Kelvedon The Tavern, High Street/Station Road
Long Stratton Long Stratton Police Station
Mendlesham Kings Head Mendlesham, Kings Head Public House,
Mendlesham, Denters Hill Mendlesham, Denters Hill
Needham Market - Swan Needham Market, Swan Public House,
Norwich - Castle Meadow Norwich, Castle Meadow,(Outside Galloway Office)
Redenhall/Station Road Junction of Redenhall Road/Station Road Harleston
(Old Duke William PH) IP20 0LB
Scole - Scole Engineering Outside Scole Engineering Garage, Scole
Sproughton Sproughton, Wild Man Public House
Stowmarket Railway Stn. Stowmarket Railway Station.
Stowupland Dents Corner Stowupland, Dents Corner,
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
Witham Old Post Office Witham Old Post Bus Stop - Sorting Office
(NOT McColls Store)
Woolpit Church Woolpit Church
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