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Douro Discovery

Portugal and Spain

from £999 7 2

Including optional travel insurance or a discount of £17 if not required
  • Full Board Full board
  • Exclusive to Saga Exclusive to Saga
  • Extra benefits for free* Extras for free

Cathedrals, palaces and port – this Douro cruise explores the many sides of Portugal

Admire the beautiful landscapes and quaint towns of the Douro Valley on this cruise through Portugal and Spain, which includes a visit to Salamanca.

Your river cruise will be aboard the Douro Princess or the Douro Queen.

Including...

20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required 
  • UK travel service
  • Return flights and transfers.
  • Cocktail party and Captain's dinner
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship
  • Cruise escort

Excursions and visits

  • Tour and lunch at Quinta da Avessada
  • Tour of Lamego
  • Visit Figueira Castelo de Rodrigo
  • Sightseeing in Salamanca
  • Casa de Mateus Palace
  • A tour of beautiful Oporto including a port wine cellar visit

2017

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Day 1 UK to Oporto

Fly to Oporto on the north bank of the Douro and embark your ship at Vila Nova de Gaia on the south bank. You'll remain moored here overnight.

Porto Portugal Europe Douro Oporto

Day 2 Oporto to Régua to Pinhão

Pinhão vilage in Portugal

This afternoon travel by coach from Régua to Lamego, one of the most attractive cities in Portugal. On arrival, you’ll see the elaborate Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, which is set atop nine steep terraces overlooking the town. There’ll be free time to explore this impressive baroque church and walk down into the city from the Sanctuary using the ornate staircase – but be warned, there are almost 700 steps! Alternatively, take the coach down to the city and visit the lovely Gothic cathedral, which in parts dates back to the 12th century! Re-join your ship in Régua then continue your cruise to Pinhão.

Pinhão Alijo Vila Real Douro Portugal Europe

Day 3 Pinhão to Vega de Térron

Cruise comfortably aboard a Duoro ship

Depart Pinhão early this morning and take in the scenery as you sail towards Vega de Térron. This afternoon, join an included excursion to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a small medieval village with a stunning hilltop location. See the 18th-century baroque church and stroll around the village in your own time. Back on board ship look forward to a traditional Portuguese dinner.

Vega de Terron Castile and Leon Spain Europe

Day 4 Vega de Térron to Barca d'Alva

Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, Spain

An included full-day excursion into Spain reveals Salamanca, where the old town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the city’s twin cathedrals and pretty main square, the Plaza Mayor, then experience traditional Spanish culture with lunch at a local restaurant and a flamenco show. Rejoin your ship in Barca d'Alva and look forward to a traditional Portuguese dinner.

Pinhão Alijo Vila Real Douro Portugal Europe Barca dAlva Guarda

Day 5 Barca d'Alva to Pinhão

Duoro Valley

Depart Barca d’Alva and enjoy the wonderful views as you spend the morning sailing towards Pinhão, arriving after lunch. This afternoon pay a visit to Quinta do Seixo, a local winery. Here you’ll join an included tour of the estate, followed by an opportunity to taste their port wines. This evening there’ll be an included trip to another local vineyard for dinner, with wine and entertainment included. The ship remains moored in Pinhão overnight.

Regua Regua Vila Real Douro Portugal Europe Pinhão Alijo

Day 6 Pinhão to Regua to Entre-os-Rios

Cruising the Entre os Rios

Sail from Pinhão to Regua early this morning. From here an included excursion visits Mateus Palace gardens. Your guide will give you an introduction to the palace, one of the loveliest country houses in Portugal and which famously features on the Mateus rosé wine label. Explore these exceptional formal gardens as well as examining the exterior of the palace. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure on board as the Douro Queen departs Régua and look forward to a traditional Portuguese folk music show after dinner. Moor overnight in Entre-os-Rios.

Vega de Terron Castile and Leon Spain Europe Entre os Rios Douro Portugal

Day 7 Entre-os-Rios to Oporto

Oporto

Spend the morning at leisure as you sail back towards Oporto. Learn the history of Portugal’s second-largest city on an included tour. This famous centre of port wine production is beautifully located on the Douro estuary. The coach tour includes a visit to Sé Cathedral, which dates from the 12th century, and is where Phillipa of Lancaster married King Joao I of Portugal in 1387 becoming the first and only English queen of Portugal. Your tour also includes a visit to a port wine cellar where you’ll learn about the production of this famous drink and enjoy a tasting. Remain moored in Vila Nova de Gaia overnight.

Oporto Porto Portugal Europe

Day 8 Oporto to UK

Oporto

Disembark after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

2016

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Day 1 UK to Oporto

Oporto

Fly to Oporto on the north bank of the Douro and embark your ship at Vila de Gaia on the south bank. Your ship remains moored here overnight.

Vila Nova de Gaia (Oporto) Portugal Europe Douro

Day 2 Oporto to Régua

Oporto

This afternoon look forward to lunch at the 14th-century former Monastery of Alpendurada, with wine included. Your cruise continues to Régua, where you moor for the night.

Regua Regua Vila Real Douro Portugal Europe

Day 3 Régua to Pinhão

Pinhão vilage in Portugal

Enjoy an included tour that takes in the 18th-century Casa de Mateus Palace and gardens, one of the loveliest country houses in Portugal – you may recognise it from the Mateus rosé wine label. Cruise to Pinhão where you'll visit a local quinta for dinner, with wine included, and some live entertainment.

Pinhão Alijo Vila Real Douro Portugal Europe

Day 4 Pinhão to Vega de Térron

Duoro Valley

Join an included excursion to Figueira Castelo de Rodrigo, a small, medieval village set atop a hill beside the River Côa. The ship moors for the night in Vega de Térron.

Vega de Terron Castile and Leon Spain Europe

Day 5 Vega de Térron to Barca d'Alva

Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, Spain

An included full-day excursion into Spain reveals Salamanca, where the old town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the city’s twin cathedrals and pretty main square, the Plaza Mayor, then experience traditional Spanish culture with lunch at a local restaurant and a flamenco show. Rejoin your ship in Barca d'Alva and look forward to a traditional Portuguese dinner.

Pinhão Alijo Vila Real Douro Portugal Europe Barca dAlva Guarda

Day 6 Barca d'Alva to Pinhão to Régua

Mateus Palace Gardens, Peso da Régua

Look forward to a wine tasting at nearby Quinta do Seixo on arrival in Pinhão. Then visit the ancient city of Lamego, one of the most attractive cities in Portugal. See the elaborate

Regua Regua Vila Real Douro Portugal Europe

Day 7 Régua to Oporto

Oporto

Set off for an included tour of beautiful Oporto, beautifully located on the Douro estuary, which is crossed by several magnificent bridges, including the Dom Luis Bridge which was designed by Gustave Eiffel. See the cathedral, the profusion of bridges which cross the river and then enjoy a tour of one of the local port wine cellars. Moor in the city overnight.

Oporto Porto Portugal Europe

Day 8 Oporto to UK

Oporto

Disembark after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.


Douro Discovery

Portugal and Spain

from £999 7 2

Including optional travel insurance or a discount of £17 if not required