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DOURO CRUISES

The Douro valley, 8 days / 7 nights cruise

Leaving Porto, the boat passes under some of the famous high level bridges. The urbanisation of Porto is quickly left behind and the steep banks have villages and riverside homes.

Porto - Douro Valley - Douro Cruiser As the journey across Portugal takes place, the boat is raised by a series of locks, some being the highest in Europe. These locks and the dams through which they go have tamed the river from the dangerous rapids which sank many yachts when the river was used for wine transport.

Later the railway line runs alongside the river for its journey upstream. The arrival of the railway resulted in all the wine being carried by train and the carriage downriver by ship stopped. In recent years, the wine has been moved downstream by road tanker.

The river passes through the demarcated port wine region of steeply terraced hills and mountains and white painted quintas to Regua, the important Port Wine town.

The boat passes Pinhao to which the Port Wine trade is slowly moving. Soon after Pinhao the schist soil ends marking the end of the demarcated Port Wine region and the scenery turns wilder.

The boat reaches the Spanish border town of Vega Terron for a tour to Salamanca before returning to Portugal.

On this cruise ther are many tours visiting the places of interest near to the river.

Index of Douro cruisesAccommodation in the Oporto (Porto) area
Pousada de Porto - Palacio do Freixo
Hotel Infante Sagres
Pestana Porto Hotel
Douro Cruiser, 8 days / 7 nights
Description Departure dates / Rates - 2012
Saturday
Dates: 6, 13 April
Price per person
Cruise: € 895

Upper deck supplement: € 95
Single supplement: € 495
Tour package: € 209

Dates: 20, 27 July
Price per person
Cruise: € 795

Upper deck supplement: € 45
Single supplement: € 425
Tour package: € 209

Dates: 3, 10, 17, 24 August
Price per person
Cruise: € 745

Upper deck supplement: € 25
Single supplement: € 395
Tour package: € 209

Dates: 31 August
Price per person
Cruise: € 925

Upper deck supplement: € 105
Single supplement: € 505
Tour package: € 209

Dates: 26 October
Price per person
Cruise: € 895

Upper deck supplement: € 75
Single supplement: € 495
Tour package: € 209

Dates: 2, 9, 16 November
Price per person
Cruise: € 795

Upper deck supplement: € 45
Single supplement: € 435
Tour package: € 209

There is a supplement of € 15 per reservation.

RESERVATION FORM       MORE INFORMATION

meal
accommodation
Check-in Vila Nova de Gaia
Welcome cocktail
Dinner on board
Overnight at Vila Nova de Gaia
Sunday
boat
meal
accommodation
Departure to Regua
Breakfast service
Lunch on board
Arrival at Regua
Optional tour at Lamego
Dinner on board
Overnight at Regua
Monday
boat
meal
accommodation
Breakfast service
Departure to Barca D'Alva
Lunch on board
Arrival at Barca D'Alva
Dinner on board
Overnight at Barca D'Alva
Tuesday
boat
meal
accommodation
Breakfast service
Optional tour to Salamanca with Spanish lunch and Flamenco show
Arrival in Salamanca
Departure to the ship
Barbecue dinner on board
Overnight in Vega Terron (Spain)
Wednesday
meal
accommodation
Breakfast service
Optional tour to Figueira Castelo Rodrigo
Sail to Pinhao
Lunch on board
Arrival at Pinhao
Dinner at a local wine estate
Portuguese show
Overnight at Pinhao
Thursday
boat
meal
accommodation
Sail to Regua
Breakfast service
Optional tour to Palacio Mateus
Sail to Bitetos
Lunch on board
Dinner at Alpendurada Monastery
Overnight at Bitetos
Friday
boat
meal
Sail to Porto
Breakfast service
Sailing by Ribeira neighbourhood towards the mouth of the Douro river
Optional tour to Porto
Lunch on board
Farewell cocktail
Dinner on board
Overnight in Vila Nova de Gaia
Saturday
meal Breakfast service
Check-out


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