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 – Porto / Caldas de Aregos

Porto: Casting off 2:30 p.m.

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.

Caldas de Aregos: Mooring 7:00 p.m

Day 3 – Caldas de Aregos - Pinhão

Caldas de Aregos: Casting off 7:00 a.m.

Pinhão: Mooring 11:00 a.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 lunch.

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.

Day 4 – Pinhão / Barca d’Alva

Pinhão: Casting off 8:00 a.m.

Barca d’Alva: Mooring 2:00 p.m. 
Excursion to Castelo Rodrigo, one of the historic parishes of Portugal, with its castle ruins steeped in history. 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. 

Day 5 – Barca d’Alva / Pocinho

Barca d’Alva: Day excursion to the Spanish university town Salamanca with its impressive cathedral and Plaza Mayor (including lunch).

Barca d’Alva: Casting off 6:00 p.m.

Pocinho: Mooring 8:00 p.m.


Day 6 - Pocinho / Régua

Pocinho: Casting off 7:00 a.m.

Régua: Mooring 2:30 p.m. 

Excursion to the pilgrimage site Lamego, with its impressive open-air staircase and Gothic cathedral.


Day 7 – Régua / Porto

Régua: Casting off 7:00 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 9:00 a.m. Transfer to Porto Airport for return journey home or extend your stay in Porto or Lisbon with a City Stay Package (prices on request).

The excursions marked in bold are optional and can be booked individually on board at extra cost. All other guided tours as described in the itinerary are included in the price. Arrival and departure times are for guidance only and subject to change without notice. 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 Serenity

2022 Sailing Dates

29.03. - 05.04.22
10.05. - 17.05.22
24.05. - 31.05.22
21.06. - 28.06.22 
12.07. - 19.07.22
09.08. - 16.08.22
16.08. - 23.08.22
08.11. - 15.11.22
15.11. - 22.11.22

Dates

29 Mar, 08, 15 Nov £1,645 £1,775 £1,970 £2,105 £2,330 £2,600 £3,135
10, 24 May, 21 Jun £2,060 £2,180 £2,375 £2,510 £2,735 £3,005 £3,540
09 Aug £1,795 £1,910 £2,105 £2,240 £2,465 £2,735 £3,270
12 Jul, 16 Aug £1,925 £2,045 £2,240 £2,375 £2,600 £2,870 £3,405

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin and are correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change. Single supplements vary depending on cabin and date of travel. Please call our Reservations team for up to date pricing and availability.

2023 Sailing Dates

28.03. - 04.04.23
09.05. - 16.05.23
23.05. - 30.05.23
13.06. - 20.06.23
20.06. - 27.06.23 
11.07. - 18.07.23
08.08. - 15.08.23
15.08. - 22.08.23
05.09. - 12.09.23
12.09. - 19.09.23
19.09. - 26.09.23
03.10. - 10.10.23
10.10. - 17.10.23
07.11. - 14.11.23
14.11. - 21.11.23

Dates

28 Mar, 07, 14 Nov £1,645 £1,810 £2,010 £2,150 £2,380 £2,660 £3,210
25 Apr, 11 Jul, 15 Aug £1,965 £2,085 £2,290 £2,425 £2,660 £2,935 £3,490
09, 23 May, 13, 20 Jun £2,105 £2,225 £2,425 £2,565 £2,795 £3,070 £3,625
08 Aug £1,825 £1,945 £2,150 £2,290 £2,520 £2,795 £3,350
05, 12, 19 Sep £2,105 £2,225 £2,425 £2,565 £2,795 £3,070 £3,625
03, 10 Oct £1,965 £2,085 £2,290 £2,425 £2,660 £2,935 £3,490

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin and are correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change. Single supplements vary depending on cabin and date of travel. Please call our Reservations team for up to date pricing and availability.

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
  • Five 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)

For more information call: 01223 568907 or email: sales@lightbluetravel.co.uk

 

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