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Porto & The Douro Valley – Nicko River Cruise

  • Portugal - Douro River ©Antonio Sacchetti-imagesofportugal

    Portugal Douro River
  • Porto, Ribeira ©Photo by João Paulo, Turismo de Portugal

    Porto,Ribeira ©Photo by João Paulo, Turismo de Portugal
  • Salamanca by night, Spain

    Salamanca by night, Castille, Spain Castilian
8 Day River Cruise
Prices available on request

The Douro Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, characterised by steep slopes and stunning wine terraces. On this cruise you will explore the beauty of Porto’s architecture and be transported back to the Middle Ages in the charming cities of the Portuguese hinterland. The Spanish city of Salamanca is a “living museum” where you can practically touch history in the form of centuries-old buildings. You will also be able to take a guided tour through the tranquil city of Pinhão, for dinner at a traditional vineyard, before visiting charming city of Guimarães.

 


Dates

Dates available throughout 2023


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to Porto

Fly from the UK to Porto airport, transfer to the port and embark on the ship.

Day 2

Porto

City tour/walk through port wine’s namesake Porto. The introductory tour begins with a scenic drive through the city’s narrow streets to see its 16th-century arcaded buildings and Baroque churches and chapels, before crossing Gustav Eiffel’s iconic 19th-century iron bridge to reach the cathedral atop Penaventosa hill, which boasts some amazing views across the city. The tour ends with a visit to a Port Wine Lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia, for an opportunity to see some traditional casks full of Port, before enjoying a sample of this delicious, world-famous Portuguese tipple.

 

Day 3

Pinhão

Visit a traditional Quinta (vineyard) and have lunch before visiting the magnificent Baroque Mateus Palace and park-like garden in Vila Real. Then attend a guided tour of tranquil Pinhão, including a visit to the famous station, decorated with blue and white ceramic tiles.

Day 4

Barca d’Alva

Arrive in Barca d’Alva early afternoon and visit the ruins of Castelo Rodrigo. Located at about 670m above sea level, Castelo Rodrigo is one of Portugal’s twelve historical Parishes and is home to a castellated medieval village from which it derives its name. Thanks to its lofty hilltop position, the streets are steep and narrow, but there are plenty of 16th-century facades and Manuelino style windows to admire during a guided walking tour.

Day 5

Salamanca

Day trip to the Spanish university town of Salamanca, formerly a site of bullfighting and now a popular gathering point for locals and visitors alike. During our time here we will also visit the Gothic ‘New’ Cathedral – a name which stands as testimony to the city’s age and history – since this ‘new’ building was actually constructed between the 16th and 18th-centuries.

Of course, no visit to the region would be complete without a traditional flamenco show, which we will enjoy in a local restaurant during an authentic Spanish lunch.

(Optional excursion, supplements may apply)

Day 6

Lamego

Excursion to the pilgrimage site Lamego, with its impressive open-air staircase and Gothic cathedral.

Warm and charming, Lamego is a town with a rich history, not least as home to one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Portugal: the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. This stunning Portuguese baroque church was built during the second half of the 18th-century over the remains of a 14th-century chapel and is particularly famous for its iconic zig-zagging staircase, which is composed of 691 steps rising up through nine levels, each one lined with pyramids and statues.

Day 7

Guimarães

Arrive back in Porto after lunch and attend the “Cradle of the Nation of Portugal”  excursion in Guimarães. This tour will take you on a relaxing walk through its narrow winding streets, to see the exterior of the 15th-century Palace of Dukes, which belonged to the fourth and last Portuguese monarchy.

(Optional excursion, supplements may apply)

Day 8

Travel back to the UK

Disembark the ship and transfer to Porto airport for your return journey home.


MS Douro Serenity

Purpose built to comfortably navigate the River Douro’s five locks, Douro Serenity’s sleek tinted glass makes for a modern looking ship that’s also a charming place to relax and enjoy the beauty of this spectacular wine-growing region. On-board amenities include a small fitness room, spa and sun deck, with a swimming pool and comfortable loungers.

On the upper deck, the stylish lounge bar is located at the heart of the ship. The main deck is where you will find the souvenir shop and the ship’s chic restaurant, large enough to accommodate all passengers in one sitting.


All prices are per person based on sharing a 2 berth cabin and with coach driver's free place in a single cabin both are based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Picture is for illustrative purposes only. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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