We Love —
- Set sail for an immersive trip from Porto along the Douro River where you will discover impressive landscapes and fantastic architecture.
- Hop on board the MS Gil Eanes for visits to Régua, Vega de Terron, Barca d'Alva, Salamanca, Ferradosa and Pinhão.
- Our members will stay in an Upper Twin Cabin on an All Inclusive board basis with a variety of excursions included!
New Voyage Privé —
Carefully selected by our experts especially for you
Your Destinations —
Straddling the River Douro just a few kilometres inland from the Atlantic, Porto, in the country's northwest, is closer to Spanish Galicia than it is to Lisbon. Porto possesses an appealing pan-Iberian atmosphere to complement its many historic charms. Porto's historic centre is the Ribeira district, full of UNESCO World Heritage sites and monuments. Old churches and staircases peer around every corner, and the friendly, inviting locals make discovering this fascinating city a pleasurable experience.
Our Offer —
Your cruise itinerary and excursions is as follows:
Day 1: Porto - Porto by night
Day 2: Porto - Guided tour of Porto and wine tasting
Day 3: Porto to Régua - Guimaraes
Day 4: Régua to Vega de Terron - Vila Real and Mateus Palace
Day 5: Barca d'Alva to Salamanca - Guided tour of Salamanca
Day 6: Barca d'Alva to Ferradosa to Pinhão - Wines trail of Porto
Day 7: Pinhão to Porto - Guided tour of Lamego
Your Cruise Itinerary —
Experience the historic cities and verdant countryside of Portugal as you cruise on one of the Iberian Peninsula's major rivers: stop in the wine-growing districts to taste the local Port, roam around 18th-century palaces and get lost in the winding lanes of Porto along the way.
Please note: the order of visits and excursions may change and times are approximate. Some excursions may have a minimum number of participants to take place. Comfy and sturdy walking shoes are recommended for excursions.
Day 1: UK - Porto
Travel to Porto where you will be met and transferred to your ship. Enjoy a welcome cocktail party and the chance to meet the crew. With your excursion packages, you will join a tour to explore the charms of Porto by night.
Day 2: Porto
This morning, take an optional guided tour of historic Porto either on foot. The afternoon is at leisure - you can ask to be dropped off in the city centre via Rabelo boat. Tonight, enjoy an evening of Fado entertainment on board.
You'll then discover The Palacio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Building), built in 1834 by the city's Commercial Association. It has remained their headquarters to this day. After climbing up the beautiful granite and marble stairway, we'll visit the former Tribunal Room, the Golden Room and the Arab Room, decorated in the exotic Moorish Revival style. Afterwards, you'll visit the Igreja de Sao Francisco (Church of Saint Francis), also known as the 'Golden Church'. It was originally a modest convent founded by Franciscan monks in the 12th century, before being further altered by prominent Porto families in the 15th and 16th centuries. They were responsible for the Baroque style interior which mingles with the large, elaborate rose window in Gothic style on the main facade in a fascinating mixture of styles reflecting the various eras it went through.
We'll then cross the Dom Luis I Bridge again back to Villa Nova de Gaul for the visit of a wine cellar. Porto's pride notably stems from its famous wine known the world over, which you will get to taste. We'll return on board by coach (Duration: approx. 4hrs).
Day 3: Porto - Régua
The morning is at leisure, or perhaps join an optional excursion to Guimarães - the birthplace of Afonso Henriques and renowned for its historical treasures and museums. Return on board and cruise to Régua, passing through the gigantic lock at Carrapatello.
The medieval heart of Guimaraes is a labyrinth of lanes and picturesque plazas framed by 14th-century buildings. You'll then continue on to the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, a medieval estate and former residence of the first Dukes of Braganza with striking architecture. At the end of your visit, you'll return on board. (Duration: approx. 4hrs. Please note: The palace is closed on May 1 and Easter Day).
Day 4: Régua - Vega de Terron
This morning's optional excursion is to Vila Real to visit the beautiful manor and gardens of Solar de Mateus. Later, your ship continues cruising amid the steep, terraced vineyards that line the banks of the river, en route to Vega de Terron. Enjoy a flamenco evening on board.
You'll then set out to explore Mateus Palace, the most beautiful and astonishing manor in all of Northern Portugal. This 18th-century beauty is set in a hilly landscape reminding us of Mexico. The subtle mixture of granite, white walls and extravagance from the Age of Enlightenment such as ledges covered in statues and Baroque style pilasters is a striking feature. Behind the manor is a delightful garden with box hedges, more statues, and a spectacular 115-foot cedar tunnel. After the tour, you'll return to the ship in Regua or Pinhao (Duration: approx. 4hrs).
Day 5: Barca d'Alva - Salamanca
After breakfast, join us for an optional full-day excursion to the Spanish city of Salamanca, home to one of the oldest universities in the world. The city has been well-preserved and has beautiful stone-built noblemen's houses, convents and palaces scattered among the faculty buildings. Discover the city on foot. Enjoy an evening of entertainment on board this evening.
Day 6: Barca d'Alva - Ferradosa - Pinhão
Continue your voyage through the stunning countryside of the Douro Valley, arriving in Ferradosa after lunch. Today's optional excursion in the afternoon takes you along the Porto Wine Route, through pretty vineyard towns and to a Quinta for a traditional port tasting. Back on board, enjoy a gala evening tonight.
Day 7: Pinhão - Porto
The optional excursion today takes you the ancient town of Lamego, 12km from the banks of the Douro. This includes a visit to the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary, 600 metres above the town, the medieval castle, the church of Almacave with its azulejo lined walls and gilded woodwork on the altars, and the Cathedral. After lunch on board, the ship continues its journey to Porto. Tonight, there is a fado evening on board, where you can hear the traditional folk songs of Portugal.
Day 8: Porto - UK
After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Your Ship —
Our guests will enjoy a 7-night cruise on MS Gil Eanes, in an Upper Deck Cabin with large floor to ceiling window on an All Inclusive Board Basis (breakfast, lunch and evening meal with a selection of snacks and drinks).
Located on the main deck, you will find the restaurant serving delicious cuisine and large panoramic windows for gazing out over the beautiful landscapes. This is where all your meals will be served during the cruise. After a day of exploring, head to the bar which offers an array of aperitifs with evening entertainment as an accompaniment.
Need some time to relax? Head up to the sun deck where you will be able to lounge on the deck chairs around the ship's idyllic pool whilst taking in sensational views, or taking part in a morning gym session. The choice is up to you!
Please note: some dining outlets/menu items and premium, branded and international drinks may not be included and may incur a surcharge payable locally. Meals, snacks and drinks may be available at selected times only
This offer is based on a Double Upper Deck Cabin (13m2).
Double Upper Deck Cabin
Sleeps up to
Please note: Views from some staterooms may be obstructed
Your Journey —
Flights: Included with Easyjet
Depart: London Gatwick Airport (LGW) 20-Apr-2019 - 05:35
Arrive: Porto Airport (OPO) 20-Apr-2019 - 08:00
Depart: Porto Airport (OPO) 27-Apr-2019 - 08:40
Arrive: London Gatwick Airport (LGW) 27-Apr-2019 - 10:55
Depart: London Gatwick Airport (LGW) 18-May-2019 - 05:35
Arrive: Porto Airport (OPO) 18-May-2019 - 08:00
Depart: Porto Airport (OPO) 25-May-2019 - 07:05
Arrive: London Gatwick Airport (LGW) 25-May-2019 - 09:25
Depart: London Gatwick Airport (LGW) 15-Jun-2019 - 05:35
Arrive: Porto Airport (OPO) 15-Jun-2019 - 08:00
Depart: Porto Airport (OPO) 22-Jun-2019 - 07:05
Arrive: London Gatwick Airport (LGW) 22-Jun-2019 - 09:25
Luggage: 23kg checked baggage is included.
Transfers: Return shared transfers from the airport to port are included.
Please note: flight details are given as a guide only and may change. We will however notify you in advance if flights are more than 2 hours outside the time range given. Specific flights cannot be selected and confirmed timings will be shown on your official documentation from the tour operator. Flights are non-changeable and non-refundable at time of booking.