13-Day Portugal River Cruise with Flights

Price
$7259 per person
Duration
13 days
Destination
Portugal

4-STAR HOTELS Douro River Cruise with Lisbon, Porto & Flights

Experience picturesque Portugal on a beautiful river cruise to historic cities, medieval villages and terraced vineyards. This European journey is a treat for all the senses, capped off with luxe hotel stays in Lisbon and Porto. Plus, flights from Australia are included with this special deal.
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What a wonderful way to explore Portugal as you cruise its magnificent Douro River. Visit charming cities and castles, discover heritage-listed sites and medieval wonders. Enjoy the pleasures of a cabin with a changing view each day and you only have to unpack once while cruising. Plus, enjoy a two-night stays in Lisbon and Porto. Now's the time to book our early bird deals, because the ever-popular river cruises are filling quickly!

What's included

Destination
Departure Location
Fly to Lisbon, Portugal from Australia
Return Location
Fly from Lisbon to Australia
Tour Start Date & Time
April 13, 2024 12:00 am View other Times
Additional Information
Booking Code: PRCLPG13M
Price includes
  • Accommodation based on twin share room
  • Cruise as per itinerary
  • Cruise meals and non-chargeable entertainment
  • Escorted tour
  • First class hotels
  • International flights from Australia
Price does not include
  • Airport transfers
  • Any items or services not specified in the itinerary
  • Cruise gratuities
  • Cruise transfers
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal expenses
Additional Prices
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation: Ask us about extended hotel stays in Europe. Optional Tours: Optional tour package can be booked in advance to save. Contact us for details. Travel Insurance: Insurance is essential for this tour - please ask for a quote. Single Supplement: Please contact us for solo traveller rates that include your own cabin.

River Cruise Tour Overview

Begin the beautiful journey in the capital city of Lisbon, where you’ll view the treasured 16th century Belem Tower and enjoy the 2-night stay. As you travel to Porto/Afurada to embark the ship, stop en route in the Medieval town of Obidos that’s encircled by fortified walls.

Sail the Douro River from Porto to the heart of Portugal’s wine region, as well as UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Salamanca. Continue the scenic cruise to picturesque Pinhao, where the ship spends the night for time to explore at your leisure or you can take an optional tour to elaborate Mateus Palace. Then enjoy a two-night stay in Porto, to discover the city’s vibrant nightlife, rich culture and fascinating history.

River cruising offers the unique opportunity to visit historic cities and charming villages as you sail Europe’s scenic waterways. Cruise aboard an intimate floating hotel, equipped with features and amenities to make your voyage comfortable and carefree.

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Inclusions at a glance

  • Return economy airfares from Australian capital cities to Lisbon
  • 11 nights accommodation
    • 2 nights Lisbon 4-star hotel
    • 7 nights outside cabin aboard MS Douro Cruiser
    • 2 nights Porto 4-star hotel
  • Cruise & hotel porterage
  • 24 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Tour managers in Lisbon & Porto
  • Cruise director & activity host throughout cruise
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special features

  • View the treasured 16th century Belem Tower, a monument to Portugal’s Age of Discovery
  • Stop at the medieval town of Obidos, encircled by fortified walls
  • See magnificent panoramic views of Douro River
  • Tour the Douro Museum, and learn about the wine making industry of the area
  • Discover the medieval village of Castelo Rodrigo, perched on a hilltop and surrounded by imposing walls
  • Visit Salamanca with its ancient sandstone buildings, a UNESCO World Heritage City
  • Embark on a tour of Porto and view the Cathedral, S. Bento Train Station, famous for its azulejos tiles, and the Stock Exchange
  • Visit Aveiro, a charming coastal city known as the “Venice of Portugal”

 

Salamanca University, Spain
Sneak across the border into Spain to discover the wonders of Salamanca, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city.
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  • DAY 11
  • DAY 12
  • DAY 13
DAY 1

Fly to Portugal

At last, the day is here to board your flights to Europe.

DAY 2

Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal

Arrive in Portugal's capital city, Lisbon, and catch taxi to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at the hotel at approximately 6 PM. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Lisbon

DAY 3

Lisbon City Tour

Begin the tour of Lisbon with a stop at the top of Edward VII's Park to enjoy panoramic views over the hills of Lisbon and the River Tagus. Next, view the treasured 16th century Belem Tower, a monument to Portugal's Age of Discovery and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Tonight, attend the optional Fado Dinner. While dining, listen to the popular performances of local songs accompanied by guitar playing Portuguese melodies. Savour dinner with wine before a brief drive through the illuminated city
Optional: Fado Dinner
Overnight: Lisbon
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4

Obidos en route to Porto/Afurada, Cruise Embarkation

This morning, depart Lisbon and begin a lovely drive to Porto; you will embark the ship in Afurada, a charming place outside Porto. Along the way, stop at the medieval town of Obidos, encircled by fortified walls for lunch on your own. Spend free time to explore the town with its many Gothic and Renaissance churches, before continuing to Porto. Arrive at the port for embarkation. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy dinner, as it sets the mood for your lovely Douro river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5

Sail to Regua, Douro Museum

This morning, sail along the Douro towards Regua. This historic town in the heart of Portugal's most famous wine region, has been the centre of port wine industry for centuries. After a light lunch, disembark and visit the Douro Museum, housed in a restored former wine warehouse, learn about the wine making industry of the area. Stroll through the exhibits providing information on the history of the Douro region, including the geography, climate and people. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure or participate in the optional tour to a renowned wine estate. Visit the vineyard and learn about Porto and red wine production, aging, and bottling. The ship docks overnight in Regua
Optional: Half Day Winery Tour & Tasting
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6

Castelo Rodrigo

This morning sail towards Pocinho. After lunch, disembark in Pocinho and transfer to the medieval village of Castelo Rodrigo, perched on a hilltop and surrounded by imposing walls. Stroll along the steep narrow cobblestone alleys and learn about its fascinating history. You may also choose to stay onboard and continue cruising. Re-join the ship late this afternoon in Vega de Terrón, where it overnights
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7

Explore Salamanca

After an early breakfast, embark on a full day excursion to Salamanca, Spain. Travel through the Spanish countryside to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the prestigious university, founded in the early 1200s. View ancient sandstone buildings, Plaza Mayor, the Clergy, the striking 12th century old Cathedral with its mysterious carvings, Casa de las Conchas, and the historic centre of the city. Free time for your own lunch, before transferring to the ship
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8

Cruise to Pinhao

Continue your scenic cruise, admiring the region's beautiful landscapes of terraced vineyards and lush valleys. This afternoon, stop in Pinhao, where passengers may depart for the optional Mateus Palace and dinner at Quinta da Avessada. Embark on a tour of Mateus Palace, located in the city of Vila Real. Explore the beautiful Baroque palace with its elaborate carved ceilings and stroll through the manicured gardens. Afterward, savour dinner at Quinta da Avessada. Re-join the ship later in the evening in Pinhao where it remains overnight
Optional: Mateus Palace & dinner at Quinta da Avessada
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9

Sail to Porto/Afurada & City Tour of Porto

Spend the morning at leisure, taking in the beautiful scenery. In the afternoon, enjoy the views of Porto as the ship enters the city. Disembark and transfer for a city tour of Porto. Take a panoramic drive to the city centre to Clerigos Tower, next to the former Jewish Quarter. Then, embark on a walking tour. View Porto Cathedral, Bento Train Station, famous for its azulejos tiles, the Stock Exchange, and the medieval S. Francisco Church. The tour ends at Ribeira Quarter with free time to shop for souvenirs. Afterward head back to the ship
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10

Porto/Afurada

Spend the morning and the afternoon at leisure in Porto/Afurada or join the optional Medieval city of Guimarães. Explore the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its wealth of architectural treasures. Walk by the Guimarães Castle where Alfonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal was born. View and learn about the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza. End the tour at the historical main square Oliveira and spend some free time before returning to the ship
Optional: Medieval City of Guimarães
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11

Disembarkation, Visit Aveiro

This morning, disembark and head to Aveiro, a charming coastal city known as the "Venice of Portugal." The city features picturesque canals, colourful moliceiro boats and rich cultural heritage. The guided tour will take you through Aveiro's highlights, allowing you to immerse yourself in the city's unique ambience. Savour a delightful lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, return to Porto and check into your hotel. Free time to discover Porto's vibrant nightlife on your own
Overnight: Porto
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12

Full Day in Porto

Spend the day at leisure in Porto. Perhaps, join the full day optional Braga & Barcelos tour. Soak up the rich history and vibrant culture of these two cities. Visit the historic city of Braga, often referred to as the "Rome of Portugal." The city has over 2,000 years of history and a lot of ancient Roman influence. Then, head to Barcelos, a city famous for its pottery and folklore. Discover the legend of the Barcelos Rooster an emblematic symbol of Portugal and explore the historic centre with its medieval castle ruins and charming squares. Later, enjoy the scenic drive back to Porto
Optional: Full Day Braga & Barcelos Tour
Overnight: Porto
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13

Depart Portugal, Fly to Australia

After breakfast, it's time to check out of the hotel and make your own way to the airport for your departure flights to Australia.
Meals: Breakfast

More about Portugal

What a wonderful way to explore Portugal as you cruise its magnificent Douro River. Visit charming cities and castles, discover heritage-listed sites and medieval wonders. Enjoy the pleasures of a cabin with a changing view each day and you only have to unpack once while cruising. Plus, enjoy a two-night stays in Lisbon and Porto. Now's the time to book our early bird deals, because the ever-popular river cruises are filling quickly!

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Tour departures

This special river cruise deal is based on the following tour departures:

2024 – 13, 20, 27 April; 04, 11, 18, 25 May; 31 August; 07, 14 September; 12, 19, 25 October; 02 November

Price may vary or change without notice, depending on your departure date.
Please ask us for your preferred departure date and we will advise availability and current cost.

Tour start time

The start time listed for this river cruise package is just a guide and details will be confirmed upon confirmation.

If you book international flights, you will be advised of the flight details and check-in times when your reservation is confirmed.

Is this tour right for you?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.

Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. There are no elevators or chair lifts on board.

Important to remember...

The day-by-day tour descriptions are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, sea or river conditions, road accessibility, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that are ultimately for the client's benefit. It is essential that travellers are flexible and open minded in this regard.

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      13-Day Portugal River Cruise with Flights

      Price
      $7259 per person
      Duration
      13 days
      Destination
      Portugal

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