Douro Discovery – Premium River Cruise

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This 8 day premium river cruise visits 11 towns, villages and cities in central regions of Portugal and Spain.

Why you’ll love this trip

  • Seven nights cruising aboard the river ship, MS Douro Serenity
  • Spend time exploring historic Porto
  • Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at a picturesque Portuguese winery
  • Explore the castle and ruins of Castelo Rodrigo
  • Watch a Flamenco show
  • Return scheduled flights from the UK*
  • 19 Meals – 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 7 dinners, plus onboard water stations, complimentary soft drink, beer and local wine with lunch and dinner on board your cruise


Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Embark Ship

Fly into Porto from the UK today. Be met at the airport and transferred to your river ship, the MS Douro Serenity. Tonight meet your fellow travellers and Travelmarvel Cruise Director at a Welcome Reception as you take in the sights along the Douro River on a sunset cruise.

Stay: Seven Nights, the MS Douro Serenity

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Arrive Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Embark Ship

Today you begin your cruise along the spectacular Douro River. As you cruise this morning, you’ll take part in a Portuguese language lesson, during which you’ll learn some essential phrases of this beautiful language. Disembark your ship in Regua and join an excursion by coach to the splendid Gardens and Palace of Mateus. Tour this living museum which is still owned by the Count of Vila Real. Afterwards, travel by coach to Pinhao for a special dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 3: Vega de Terron, Castelo Rodrigo

Today, cruise across the border into Vega de Terron in Spain. Enjoy some time at leisure before joining an excursion to Castelo Rodrigo. This tiny village sits atop a hill overlooking both Spain and Portugal, and features a number of well-preserved ruins, an impressive castle and a magnificent stone statue of Santiago Matamoros. After exploring this charming little town, you’ll board a coach and return to your ship.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 4: Salamanca, Barca d’Alva

Today you’ll disembark and board a coach to set off for the glorious Spanish city of Salamanca. This gorgeous city is arguably one of the most beautiful in Spain, and boasts sunlit sandstone buildings along with a majestic city square and an ancient university. After your Insider Experience, return by coach back over the border to Barca d’Alva, the last Portuguese village along the Douro, where your ship awaits. Back on board this evening, enjoy a traditional Portuguese barbecue dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 5: Regua, Lamego

Enjoy a Portuguese cooking demonstration on board as your ship cruises past Pinhao to Regua. On arrival, head to a local quinta, which boasts outstanding views over the Douro Valley. Afterwards, board a coach and take a scenic drive past swathes of expansive vineyards, visiting the picturesque village of Lamego and the elaborately decorated baroque cathedral, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, an important Portuguese place of pilgrimage. While in Lamego, visit one of Portugal’s best museums, home to a vast collection of paintings, tapestries and jewellery.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 6: Regua, Entre-os-Rios

This morning, enjoy free time to explore Regua. You may like to wander along the riverfront, or venture into the lovely Old Town. Continue on to the riverside town of Entre-os-Rios. On arrival, enjoy free time to explore this gorgeous, vibrant town as you please. Tonight, be treated to an energetic performance of traditional Portuguese folk music back on board at a special Captain’s Dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 7: Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto

After breakfast, cruise back to the enchanting city of Vila Nova de Gaia. On arrival, join a tour of nearby Porto, where you’ll be led past a collection of the city’s most famous attractions, and visit a local port winery for a tour and tasting. This afternoon, there’s ample time for you to step back out to explore Porto at leisure. You might choose to take an optional excursion to the World Heritage-listed city of Guimarães. This evening back on board your ship, enjoy a final Farewell Dinner.

Meals: Breakfast dinner

Day 8: Disembark Ship, Depart Porto

After enjoying a final breakfast on board, transfer to the airport in Porto for your return flight to the UK.

Meals: Breakfast

Departures & Prices

SAVE up to £500 on this incredible 8 day premium river cruise with prices starting at £2,295 per person and operated by one of specialist travel partners Travelmarvel.

August, September & October 2022 and April, July, August, & October 2022 departures from £2,295pp (SAVE up to £500pp)

May 2023 departures from £2,395pp (SAVE up to £500pp)

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