Porto - Douro Valley - Porto (8 days)

Day 1 – Arrive Porto

Fly from London to Porto and transfer to vessel. Embarkation from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Day 2 – Exploring Porto

Porto: Casting off 2:30 p.m.
Guided tour of Porto, the birthplace of port wine, including wine-tasting in a winery.

Guided city tour through port wine’s namesake Porto: Fishermen, seafarers, traders and ship builders from Porto were all part of the Portuguese explorers. In the 19th century, Porto gave its name to one of the finest wines in the world: the port wine that must be tried when visiting a typical port wine cellar. Discover the narrow streets and centuries-old buildings as well as the city's trademark, the iron bridge, built under the direction of Gustav Eiffel. From the cathedral on Penaventosa Hill is a breath taking view over the river. The view from the Pilar Monastery, which is located on a hill above the town of Vila Nova de Gaia, is just as unique.

Entre-os-Rios: Mooring 6:30 p.m.

Day 3 – Entre-os-Rios / Bitetos / Régua

Entre-os-Rios: Casting off 8:30 a.m.

Régua: Mooring 12:00 p.m.
Guided excursion into the pilgrim city of Lamego with its impressive flight of stairs and the Gothic cathedral: Lamego was created in the Portuguese Baroque. The Saint of Remedies found his final resting place in Lamego. If you like, you can walk around 600 steps down from the pilgrimage site to the city. The Gothic cathedral and the local museum with an impressive collection of paintings are particularly worth seeing. Lamego is also known for various specialties: smoked ham, bola de lamego (bread filled with smoked ham) and the Raposeira sparkling wine.


Day 4 – Régua / Pinhão / Vega Terrón / Barca d'Alva

Régua: Casting off 9:00 a.m.

Excursion to the magnificent Baroque Mateus Palace in Vila Real with its beautiful park-like garden.
Numerous members of the nobility settled in Vila Real between the 15th and 17th centuries. The main attraction of the city is the Mateus Palace, which was the mansion of the last Count of Vila Real. The Baroque building is located in a lovingly maintained park with bizarrely cut hedges and ancient trees. The Count's gardens are one of the most the most beautiful places in Europe. You will also enjoy sightseeing in the Palace.

Pinhão: Mooring 11:30 a.m. - Casting off 12:30 p.m.

Vega Terrón / Barca d'Alva: Mooring 7:00 p.m.


Day 5 – Vega Terrón / Barca d'Alva

Arrive 7:00pm (day before) - Depart 9:00am (next day)

Day trip to the Spanish university town of Salamanca with its impressive cathedral and Plaza Mayor (includes lunch).

Day 6 - Vega Terron / Barca d'Alva, Pocinho, Pinhão

Vega Terrón /Barca d’Alva: Casting off 9:00 a.m.

Come with us to Castelo Rodrigo, one of the 12 historic parishes of Portugal, some 670 m above sea level. For centuries Jews, Arabs and Christians lived together here in peace. Because of the almond trees the medieval town is known as “the white city”. Come with us to view the ruins of the castle and the palace, wander through the cobbled alleyways and discover façades from the 16th century and window ornaments in the famous Manuelino style.

Pocinho: Mooring 11:00 a.m. - Casting off 12:30 p.m.

Pinhão: Mooring 5:30 p.m.
Guided tour of tranquil Pinhão, including a visit to the famous station, decorated with blue and white ceramic tiles.

Visit to a traditional quinta (vineyard) with dinner.

Day 7 – Back to Porto

Pinhão: Casting off 6:30 a.m.

Porto: Mooring 2:00 p.m.
Excursion to the “Cradle of the Nation of Portugal” Guimarães or walk in the footsteps of the Portuguese explorers at the “World of Discoveries” museum.
Experience Porto from lofty heights on the “6 Bridges” tour by helicopter.

Day 8 – Porto

Disembarkation until 9:00am. Transfer to Porto Airport or add a city stay (prices on request).

The excursions marked in bold are optional and can be booked individually on board at extra cost or can be pre-paid as an inclusive package (prices available on request). All other guided tours as described in the itinerary are included in the price. Arrival and departure times are guidance times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high water or a ship defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.

MS Douro Cruiser

2022 Sailing Dates

  • 07.04. - 14.04.22 - Season B          
  • 14.04. - 21.04.22 - Season B  
  • 21.04. - 28.04.22 - Season C  
  • 05.05. - 12.05.22 - Season D  
  • 02.06. - 09.06.22 - Season D  
  • 16.06. - 23.06.22 - Season D  
  • 30.06. - 07.07.22 - Season C  
  • 07.07. - 14.07.22 - Season C  
  • 21.07. - 28.07.22 - Season C  
  • 28.07. - 04.08.22 - Season B  
  • 04.08. - 11.08.22 - Season B  
  • 25.08. - 01.09.22 - Season C  
  • 01.09. - 08.09.22 - Season D  
  • 15.09. - 22.09.22 - Season D  
  • 29.09. - 06.10.22 - Season D  
  • 06.10. - 13.10.22 - Season C  
  • 13.10. - 20.10.22 - Season C  
  • 27.10. - 03.11.22 - Season B  
  • 10.11. - 17.11.22 - Season A

What's Included

  • Economy flight from London and overseas transfers to and from vessel
  • Seven nights cruise including all meals
  • Unlimited drinks inc wine, beer, cocktails and all non alcoholic drinks
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • Four Guided Excursions
  • Onboard WiFi
  • Gratuities
  • All Port Charges
  • Full ATOL financial protection

Additional Charges

  • Additional Premium shore excursions
  • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)

Cabin Category / Prices From Season A Season B Season C Season D Cabin
Code

2 Bed Main Deck Rear

£1,395
£1,745
£1,845
£1,995

2 Bed Main Deck

£1,745
£1,895
£2,045
£2,145

2 Bed Upper Deck Rear with French Balcony

£2,095
£2,245
£2,395
£2,545

2 Bed Upper Deck Front with French Balcony

£2,245
£2,395
£2,495
£2,645

2 Bed Upper Deck with French Balcony

£2,345
£2,495
£2,645
£2,795

MS Katharina Von Bora

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

 

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