Through the home of port to the heart of the Iberian peninsula

The scent of dried spices and grasses hangs in the air. You look out onto an intoxicating countryside landscape of towering slopes and wine terraces of different shapes and sizes, where bulging vines stretch out towards the sun. The river makes its way gracefully through what is probably the most spectacular wine-growing region in the world – the home of port wine. Coming from Spain, the Douro flows from east to west across Portugal, then out into the Atlantic at Porto. In the old days, skippers still transported barrels to the wineries by boat but today proud vineyards still adorn the river banks and along the river, medieval towns captivate with their beauty. This region attracted Romans, pilgrims and aristocrats, all of whom created idyllic gems here. Then there’s Porto: the origin of the illustrious Portuguese fleet, with its mix of traditional and modern architecture.

Departure Dates

2020 - MS Douro Cruiser

16, 23 April
14, 28 May
25 June
09 July
20 August
03 September
08, 15, 22 October

The Iberian Experience

Porto - Douro Valley - Porto (8 days)

The Douro Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, characterised by steep slopes and stunning wine terraces. On this cruise you will explore the beauty of Porto’s architecture and be transported back to the Middle Ages in the charming cities of the Portuguese hinterland. The Spanish city of Salamanca is a “living museum” where you can practically touch history in the form of centuries-old buildings. You will also be able to take a guided tour through the tranquil city of Pinhão, for dinner at a traditional vineyard, before visiting charming city of Guimarães.

For more information call: 01223 568904 or email: sales@lightbluetravel.co.uk

 

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