Comfort Cruise Escorted Tour Europe Portugal River Cruise

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Price
$999 per person
Duration
8 days
Destination
Portugal

NEW ITINERARY Cruise the Douro River through Portugal

Discover the wonders of Portugal on this stunning Douro River cruise that introduces you to historic cities, medieval villages and verdant valleys landscaped with terraced vineyards. This European experience is a treat for all the senses and a magical river voyage.
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Cruise Portugal's famous Douro on this impressive river experience. Visit picturesque cities and castles, discover historic sights and medieval wonders, enjoy the thrill of a cabin with an ever-changing view and only having to unpack once on a river cruise from Porto. Now's the time to book to take advantage of early bird deals, because Europe River Cruises are already filling quickly!

What's included

Destination
Departure Location
Porto, Portugal
Return Location
Porto, Portugal
Tour Start Date & Time
October 30, 2022 3:00 pm View other Times
Additional Information
Book Early to Save: Save up to $500 per person, subject to availability. Booking Code: PRCG8M
Price includes
  • Accommodation based on twin share room
  • Cruise as per itinerary
  • Cruise meals and non-chargeable entertainment
  • Professionally guided local tours
Price does not include
  • Airport transfers
  • Any items or services not specified in the itinerary
  • Cruise gratuities
  • Cruise transfers
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • International flights
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal expenses
Additional Prices
Special Upgrade: Balcony cabin upgrades from $300 per person 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. Flights from Australia: Please request a quote for special international airfares. 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. Health Information: A COVID-19 PCR test may be required for international travel & travellers may be required to be fully vaccinated

Tour overview

Book quickly to save up to $1000 per couple on an exciting new European river cruise!

Sail the Douro River from Porto to the heart of Portugal’s wine region, as well as UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Salamanca, picturesque Pinhao, the medieval city of Guimaraes with its architectural treasures and Villa Nova de Gaia.

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

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River Cruise Sale

Book our special Douro River Cruise sale before it’s sold out!

Outside cabin with window (Category D):
From $999 per person (normally $1499pp)
– departs 10 July, 30 October or 6 November, 2022

Upgrade to a full Balcony cabin:
Category C just $300 more per person
Category B extra $800 per person
Category A extra $999 more per person

Cost-saving Tips: Ask us about adding a drinks package from $140 per adult or pre-pay the optional tours package for approximately $420 per person.

*Prices are per person, based on twin share. This special is subject to availability and prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Departures are from Porto, Portugal.

Inclusions at a glance

  • 7 nights outside cabin aboard MS Douro Cruiser
  • Cruise porterage
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Cruise director throughout cruise
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special features

  • See magnificent panoramic views of Douro River
  • Dock at the historic town of Régua, in the heart of Portugal’s famous wine region
  • Visit Salamanca with its ancient sandstone buildings
  • Stop at the picturesque town of Pinhao, surrounded by terraced vineyards
  • Explore the medieval Guimarães Castle and Palace of the Dukes of Braganza

River Cruise features & amenities

  • Gala Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Late night snack
  • Complimentary basic Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Non-smoking ship interior
  • All cabins are outside & meals are included on board the ship

 

Salamanca University, Spain
Sneak across the border into Spain to discover the wonders of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city.

 

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  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • DAY 6
  • DAY 7
  • DAY 8
DAY 1

Arrive in Porto, Cruise Embarkation

Arrive in Porto and make your own way to the port in Covelo. Embarkation begins at 3 PM. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy a gala dinner, as it sets the mood for your lovely Douro river cruise.
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2

Cruise to Regua

Sail along the Douro, and arrive in Regua, a historic town in the heart of Portugal's most famous wine region, in early afternoon. Passengers joining the optional Quinta Do Vallado tour will debark and visit a well-known vineyard and taste some of the finest wines of the region. If you choose to remain onboard the ship, continue sailing this afternoon and arrive to Pinhao in the late afternoon
Optional: Douro River Optional Shore Excursion Package - Visit Quinta Do Vallado
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3

Arrive in Pocinho

Continue your scenic cruise, admiring the region's beautiful landscapes of terraced vineyards and lush valleys. This afternoon, make a brief stop in Pocinho, where passengers may depart for the optional Feigueira Castelo Rodrigo tour. Visit 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. The ship sails this afternoon to Vega de Terrón for overnight
Optional: Douro River Optional Shore Excursion Package - Feigueira Castelo Rodrigo
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4

Explore Salamanca

Today, embark on a full day excursion to Salamanca, Spain which includes a traditional lunch.

Travel through the Spanish countryside to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View ancient sandstone buildings, Plaza Mayor, the Clergy, the University, the striking 12th-century Old Cathedral with its mysterious carvings, Casa de las Conchas, and the historic centre of the city. Afterward, return to the ship
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5

Arrive in Pinhao

Spend time absorbing the beauty of the Douro River before docking at Pinhao. You may remain onboard the ship and continue cruising, or participate in the optional Avassada Farm with lunch. Arrive at the Avessada Farm where you will be treated to tasty appetizers and live music. Then, take a guided tour to the Enoteca Museum and learn about the methods used for making muscatel and port wine. Conclude the tour with a traditional lunch, where dishes are prepared in iron pots according to the old customs. This evening, arrive in Regua, where the ship docks for the night
Optional: Douro River Optional Shore Excursion Package - Avassada Farm with lunch
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6

Visit Guimaraes Castle

This morning, the ship sails towards Entre-os Rios, a town located at the confluence of two rivers, the Douro and Pavia. Arrive in the afternoon and head to the medieval city of Guimaraes, located in northern Portugal. Explore the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its wealth of architectural treasures. Visit the Guimaraes Castle where Alfonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal was born, and Palace of the Dukes of Braganza. Spend time at leisure before heading back. Continue sailing towards Porto. Tonight, the ship will dock at Villa Nova de Gaia
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7

Villa Nova de Gaia

Spend the day at leisure in Villa Nova de Gaia, located just a short distance from Porto. This afternoon, join the optional Cellar Tour in Porto with tasting. Discover the history of the renowned Burmester Cellars, overlooking the Douro River, offering views of Luiz I Bridge. Learn about the port wine production process and enjoy a unique wine tasting session with chocolates and an assortment of cheeses. In the late afternoon, sail for Covelo
Optional: Douro River Optional Shore Excursion Package - Cellar Tour in Porto with tasting
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8

Depart Portugal

This morning, disembark and make your way to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 10 AM
Meals: Breakfast

More about Portugal

Cruise Portugal's famous Douro on this impressive river experience. Visit picturesque cities and castles, discover historic sights and medieval wonders, enjoy the thrill of a cabin with an ever-changing view and only having to unpack once on a river cruise from Porto. Now's the time to book to take advantage of early bird deals, because Europe River Cruises are already filling quickly!

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The brochure includes details of the inclusions, itinerary (where applicable) and other relevant travel information. Information contained in the brochure is subject to change and at the time of booking you will be provided with an updated copy that includes the current details for your reservation.

Tour departures

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

2022 – 10 July; 30 October; 6 November

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

Tour start time

The start time listed for this tour is 3:00pm but this 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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Email [email protected]. Phone 1300 168 910 (in Australia) or +61 400 226 454 (from overseas or via mobile).

New safety measures, more flexibility and greater peace of mind.

The wellbeing and safety of our passengers and staff is always a priority, especially as we adjust to a new world for travellers. My Travel Experience is committed to ensuring your peace of mind with customer-friendly booking practices and enhanced health and safety standards on our trips.

We work closely with tour operators that have received the Safe Travels stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which enables travellers to recognise companies around the world that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.

To help you book with confidence, we will assist you if any unexpected situations arise and My Travel Experience also offers clients as much flexibility as possible when making bookings.

How to make a booking:

This travel deal is valid for a limited time. Please contact us for current rates.

Advertised price is based on lead-price departure(s) and rates will be advised for your preferred travel date prior to any payment being required.

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD). The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

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Portugal River Cruise

Price
$999 per person
Duration
8 days
Destination
Portugal

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