River Douro Cruise Itinerary -
14 May 2018 on the Douro Spirit

Day 8: Porto – UK

After breakfast we bid farewell to the team onboard our ship and are taken to the airport for our return flight.

Day 1 UK – Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia

We fly to Porto in Portugal and are transferred to Vila Nova de Gaia where we board our ship.

Day 2 Vila Nova de Gaia – Régua

Enjoy the beautiful surroundings with a welcoming cocktail. In the afternoon you can join the excursion to Lamego. This elegant city is filled with Renaissance and baroque mansions and is where we find one of Portugal’s best museums, we then drive to Quinta do Seixo winery, where we enjoy port wine and stunning views across the Douro. We arrive back for dinner onboard the ship, which is in Régua for the night.

Day 3 Régua – Pinhão

This morning our ship sails from Régua to Pinhão. Join our full day excursion; we begin with a detour to the tiled railway station of Pinhão. In the Quinta Avessada you will enjoy lunch as well as a wine tasting. We take in the beautiful landscape and the charming city Sao Joao da Pesqueira until we reach the vessel again in Ferradosa. From here on we continue to Terra Vegon.

Day 4 Vega de Terrón – Barca d’Alva

Today’s excursion visits the Spanish city of Salamanca, where you can enjoy a sightseeing walk, lunch and a flamenco show. We return to our ship back over the border in Barca d’Alva, the last Portuguese village along the Douro, and enjoy a traditional barbecue onboard.

Day 5 Vega de Terrón, Spain - Pinhão

After a leisurely morning you can join our excursion visiting Castelo Rodrigo, which ranks among the 12 historic villages in Portugal and has landmark status. We take a walk around the village to admire the medieval treasures and panoramic views before returning to our ship. The afternoon is spent relaxing on board as we cruise to Pinhão. The captain joins us for dinner this evening.

Day 6 Regua – Vila Nova de Gaia

This morning we sail to Regua early in the morning. Our excursion this morning is sightseeing to the Palace Mateus including a promenade in the park as well as through the lovely historic centre of Vila Real. The return journey to the ship leads us through vineyards, gorges and olive groves. Just in time for the sunset, we reach the river-mouth, where the Douro turns into the Atlantic. For the next two nights we will be moored in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Day 7 Porto,Vila Nova de Gaia

Vila Nova de Gaia offers an overwhelming view across the Douro of the second major city of Portugal, Porto with its labyrinth of colourful streets and houses. Your visit to Porto starts at the Cais da Ribeira and onto the historical Alfandega before visiting one of the local port wineries for a tour and tasting. After lunch there is an excursion to Guimaraes, often referred to as the birthplace of Portugal, where you can explore the narrow alleys lined with medieval houses, along with an old castle complex set against the deep green hills surrounding the Pena Palace

Day 8 Porto – UK

After breakfast we bid farewell to the team onboard our ship and are taken to the airport for our return flight.