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2023 2024

Hike in Porto, the Douro Valley (Portugal), and Salamanca (Spain) (port-to-port cruise)

8 Days - ROP_PP
# Description



Embark on a cruise through the heart of authentic Portugal and explore beautiful and unspoilt areas such as the Douro Nature Park and the Portuguese vineyards. Our hiking and walking programs offer you the opportunity to contemplate the natural beauty of these magical places. Far from the hustle and bustle of city life, this cruise is ideal for the nature and scenic enthusiasts.

Croisi +
All inclusive on board


  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included


  • Walking tours with a qualified mountain guide:
    • Hike to Provesende
    • The Portuguese vineyard
    • The Douro National Park all the way to the Vultures' Cliff
    • Along the coastline in Porto
  • Non-walkers' program:
    • Porto and its historic riches
    • Vila Real and the formal gardens at the Mateus Palace
    • Salamanca, beautiful university city
    • The Porto Wine Route
    • Figueira de Castelo Rodriguo, one of the 12 historic villages in Portugal


Day 1


Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 5:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Presentation of our hiking program. In the evening, depending on the weather, we'll cruise to the mouth of the Douro River.

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Day 2


We'll set out for a guided tour of Porto. The afternoon will be spent sailing towards Regua. Enjoy an evening of dancing or a stroll through the city on your own.

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Day 3


Hikers' Program: Hike to Provesende. You’ll wind your way up through the low brush, green forests, and rolling hills to the one of the oldest villages in Portugal, Provesende. (2.5- to 3-hour hike, 4.3 miles (7 km), 1,050-foot elevation gain (320 m).)
Non-hikers' Program: Trip to Vila Réal and stroll through the beautiful gardens of the Mateus Palace.
The afternoon will be spent sailing through the very heart of the most famous vineyards in Porto. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

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Day 4


Join us on a guided tour of Salamanca, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We'll return on board in the end of the afternoon. Enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.

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Day 5


Hikers' Program: "Vultures' Cliff” This hike begins in a wild mountainous setting with magnificent panoramic views of the Douro River and Spain. Picnic lunch. (Length 3 hours, 8 km (5 miles) with about 530m (1,740 ft) of elevation gain).
Non-hikers' Program: Excursion to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo.
We'll return on board. The afternoon will be spent sailing to Senhora da Ribeira. Tonight's our gala evening and dinner.

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Day 6


Hikers' Program: Hike through the vineyards. Discovery of a real paradise where nature has been protected (picnic lunch). (Length 4 hours, 14 km (8.6 miles) with about 500m descent (1,650 ft))
Non-hikers' Program: "Wines of Porto” excursion with a tasting of Porto wines.
We'll cruise to Bitetos, reaching it in the evening. Enjoy an evening of Fado entertainment.

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Day 7


This morning will be spent sailing to Porto.
Hikers' Program: Hike along the banks of the Douro River to its estuary, admiring breathtaking views of the city and the ocean. (Length  2 to 2½ hours, 8 km (5 miles) on flat, level ground)
Non-hikers' Program: Excursion to Guimaraes, birthplace of Portugal in the 12th century.
Enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.

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Day 8


Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

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Dates & Prices

On request
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  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%
Included :
Not included

Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - onboard drinks included (except for drinks from our special lists) - double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom - all excursions and hikes listed in the itinerary - services of a qualified mountain guide - assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess - welcome cocktail - gala dinner - onboard entertainment - Flamenco entertainment - Fado entertainment - traditional folk entertainment - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - all port fees.

Drinks from our special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points - personal expenses - all other services not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.

Shore Excursions

Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo

Situated in the northern foothill of Marofa Mountain, in the middle of cultivated plains, this once-medieval town is a historic treasure thanks to the outstanding renovations that preserved the houses and important buildings. Here, we'll visit th...

Duration 3h30 Classic
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We'll leave by coach from Porto for Guimarães. With our guide, we'll begin the tour of this university town on foot to discover its historical treasures. We'll get the chance to discover the Nossa Senhora de Oliveira Church (outdoo...

Duration 4h00 Classic
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Guided tour of Porto and wine tasting

Departure by coach from the Villa Nova de Gaia Quay, facing Porto from across the Douro river and the famous Dom Luis I Bridge, built between 1881 and 1886 by French engineer Theophile Seyrig, one of Gustave Eiffel's pupils. Porto, the second lar...

Duration 4h00 Classic
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Vila Real and Mateus Palace

We'll leave from Regua or Pinhão for Vila Real, where aristocrats built grand palaces during the 16th and 18th centuries. The architecture of the religious buildings is here extremely varied. We'll take a panoramic tour of the city by...

Duration 4h00 Classic
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Guided tour of Salamanca (lunch included)

Departure by coach towards Salamanca where you'll meet up with your guides. Since 1988, the Old Town of Salamanca has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The classified area extends on the major part of the city as it used to be until...

Duration 10h30 Classic
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Wines trail of Porto

Departure from Ferradosa for our excursion along the Porto wine route. We'll discover this incredible vineyard extending over 100 km along the Douro river all the way to the Spanish border. We'll visit San Salvador do Mundo and Sao Joao da Pe...

Duration 4h00 Classic
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Several ships available for this cruise

Valid national identity card or passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.

The hikes that are proposed during our cruises are 2 to 5 hours walks, implying changes in altitude that range between 150 and 850 meters (500 to 2800 ft) depending on the destination. During the hike, you'll get a chance to see and discover some of the natural and cultural areas on your cruise's program.
The lengths of time indicated for the hikes in the program are given as rough estimates and do not include time taken for breaks.
No athletic training is necessary for these hikes, but you should be in good shape and well-rested to fully enjoy this cruise.

Equipment needed

You'll need to bring a backpack (max 30 liters / 1,830 cubic inches) to carry the things you'll need for the hike: sweater, raincoat, picnic, bottle of water and sunscreen.
So that you'll be comfortable and enjoy your hike, make sure that you choose a good backpack. We recommend a backpack that is well-made and of the appropriate size, with padded straps, and made of strong fabric that is waterproof. You must carry all materials for your hike yourself, as no porter services are provided.

Most importantly, you should bring a pair of good-fitting, comfortable shoes. It is best that you use these shoes prior to leaving for your cruise. It is important that you be comfortable in them.
Regardless of the level of difficulty of the hike, your shoes should have a good quality, well sewn-on and non-slip sole for wet or uneven terrain. It is best to choose shoes that provide ankle support and that have shock-absorbing soles to prevent injury to ankles, and back and joint problems.

You'll be well-prepared for your hike with these essentials:
Undergarments / base layers that are appropriate for the planned hike
Lightweight, quick-drying pants
Warm sweater or fleece jacket
Rain poncho or raincoat
Hat or cap
Thin gloves and a knit cap for the beginning and the end of the season

Do not forget to bring:
Small personal first-aid kit (refer to the following paragraph)
Water bottle
Toilet paper
Folding knife
Telescoping hiking poles if you are used to using them

First-aid needs
Your guide will have a first-aid kit for each hike.
Even so, you must bring your own first-aid kit, which differs according to the destination, but will at least include:
Plastic strip bandages
"2nd Skin” or similar blister treatment bandages
Pain reliever
If necessary, mosquito repellent
Eye drops
Anti-diarrhea medication, etc.
You should also include any of your personal medication that you require (prescriptions, for example).


For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. The number of moorings on the Douro is limited. Our boats may be moored side by side. Arrival times at ports of call and the order of the excursions can change.

Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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