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2023

Portugal, Land of the Explorers (port-to-port cruise)

8 Days - POD_PP
# Description

Cruise

PORTO - RÉGUA - PINHÃO - VEGA DE TERRON - Salamanca - BARCA D'ALVA - SENHORA DA RIBEIRA - FERRADOSA - PINHÃO - RÉGUA - BITETOS - PORTO

Join us for a cruise on the Douro River and experience the heritage, flavors, and folklore that has sprung up along its banks. Get a real feel for Portugal and Spain by indulging in local cuisine and strolling through streets lined with fascinating mixes of medieval and modern architectural styles. Unequaled beauty awaits you at colorful ports of call along the legendary "Golden River."

Croisi +
All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • 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

Highlights

  • Explore the Douro Valley from Top to Bottom

THE MUSTS:

  • Porto and the wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia(1)
  • Vila Real and the Mateus Palace gardens(1)
  • Salamanca and its prestigious university, one of the oldest in Europe(1)
  • Guimarães and its Gothic Quarter(1)

Route

Day 1

PORTO

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. We'll cruise towards the mouth of the Douro River, weather permitting.

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Day 2

PORTO - REGUA

Regua is the second-largest city in Portugal. Although it's a dense, traffic-riddled metropolis, it also has its hidden secrets. Off the beaten path, we discover how the true inhabitants live among the steep street stairs and balconies covered in drying laundry, or in the market halls packed with daily shoppers. Many walls in the Ribeira District are covered with typical blue-tile frescoes that depict the city's past and the daily life and beliefs of the locals throughout the years.
This morning, the optional excursion is: Porto. Join us on a coach tour of Porto. Notable stops include Bolsa Palace—with a visit to the Golden Room and the lavishly decorated Arab Room—and the Church of Saint Francis, a Gothic and baroque masterpiece. At the end of our tour, we will visit a famous wine cellar for a tasting. After our excursion, we’ll return to the ship.
We’ll spend the afternoon cruising. Enjoy what the valley has to offer from the comfort of our ship. Vineyards and wild, preserved natural areas border the Douro River, which has been tamed by dams and locks. We will pass through the giant Carrapatello Lock, which has the highest water-level difference in Europe.
We’ll arrive in Peso da Régua during the evening. Our ship will remain in port overnight. Cut up the rug in the lounge or enjoy a free evening exploring the city on your own.

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Day 3

REGUA ¿ PINHÃO- VEGA DE TERON (Spain)

This morning, the optional excursion is: Vila Real and Mateus Palace. Built in the first half of the 18th century, this palace is considered one of the finest examples of baroque civil architecture in Portugal. Our tour includes a tasting of the famous Cristas de Galo wine and local pastries. Take a stroll through the magnificent gardens that surround the palace.
After our tour, we’ll return on board in Pinhão.
We’ll then spend the afternoon cruising to Vega de Terron. We’ll cruise through the celebrated Porto vineyards, where men carved the terraces in the mountains to grow the vines. Sustained through the river fog and bathed by the sun, they produce the famous Port wine. We’ll travel through the Valeira and Pocinho locks before arriving in Vega de Terron at the end of the day. Our ship will remain in port overnight.

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Day 4

VEGA DE TERRON - Salamanca - BARCA D¿ALVA

Optional excursion: Spend the day in Salamanca. Salamanca is a lively and dynamic place. Its architecture is second to none, and its historic center has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On foot, you'll discover the main parts of the city, including the cathedral and the internationally renowned university. Salamanca, a city you will want to return to again and again.
After our tour, we’ll return on board the ship in Barca d’Alva. Our ship will remain in port overnight. Enjoy an evening of flamenco entertainment on board.

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Day 5

BARCA D¿ALVA- SENHORA DA RIBEIRA

This morning, the optional excursion is: Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo and its famous medieval castle—a focal point for many of the country’s conflicts throughout the centuries. Cobblestone streets bring you up to the castle ruins and a view across the plains and hills that span for what seems forever. The charming church and pretty homes add to the mystique of the beautiful location. Enjoy a tasting and presentation of local products and delights during our visit to the castle.
We'll return on board the ship.
We’ll then spend the afternoon cruising to Senhora da Ribeira. We will once again cruise through the magnificent Douro Valley, covered in vineyards that plunge into the river, so sit back and enjoy the scenery.
Tonight is our festive gala evening.

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Day 6

SENHORA DA RIBEIRA - FERRADOSA - PINHÃO - RÉGUA - BITETOS

Optional excursion: The Wine Route in Porto. This is the ideal time to get a closer look at these incredible vineyards. We will travel on winding roads through sublime landscapes, passing through typical villages such as San Salvador do Mundo and Sao Joao da Pesqueira. At the end of our tour, we’ll enjoy a tasting of Port wine. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Bitetos.
Enjoy an evening of fado entertainment on board.

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Day 7

BITETOS - PORTO

We’ll spend the morning cruising to Porto. Head up to the Sun Deck to catch some rays and admire the scenery. In the afternoon, join us for an optional excursion to Guimarães. We will leave by coach for Guimarães. Guimarães was the birthplace of Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, so it remains a significant historical city. The medieval city center has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After our excursion, we’ll return to the ship. Our ship will remain in port overnight. Enjoy an evening of traditional entertainment on board.

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Day 8

PORTO

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

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Dates & Prices

START IN 2023
Departure 17/04/2023
Arrival 24/04/2023
Ship : MS Infante Don Henrique Ship category : STANDARD
Departure 02/10/2023
Arrival 09/10/2023
Ship : MS Infante Don Henrique Ship category : STANDARD

* Price based on double occupancy

Sales

  • 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 - 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
Price per pers. 42.00 € Before departure 47.00 € On board
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Guimaraes

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
Price per pers. 50.00 € Before departure 56.00 € On board
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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
Price per pers. 59.00 € Before departure 66.00 € On board
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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
Price per pers. 67.00 € Before departure 74.00 € On board
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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
Price per pers. 84.00 € Before departure 93.00 € On board
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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
Price per pers. 53.00 € Before departure 59.00 € On board
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Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

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


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.

(1) Optional excursions.

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

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