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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 discount 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

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.

Vila Nova de Gaia (Oporto) Porto 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 excursion visiting the ancient city of Lamego, one of the most attractive cities in Portugal. See the elaborate Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, which is set atop nine steep terraces overlooking the town. Sail to Pinhão, where you moor for the night, and look forward to a wine tasting at nearby Quinta do Seixo.

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

Go ashore this afternoon and be treated to a tour and lunch at the family-owned winery of Quinta da Avessada in the heart of the Douro region. Then an included tour 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. Moor for the night in Régua.

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.

2016

View Full Itinerary

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 excursion visiting the ancient city of Lamego, one of the most attractive cities in Portugal. See the elaborate Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, which is set atop nine steep terraces overlooking the town. Sail to Pinhão, where you moor for the night, and look forward to a wine tasting at nearby Quinta do Seixo.

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

Go ashore this afternoon and be treated to a tour and lunch at the family-owned winery of Quinta da Avessada in the heart of the Douro region. Then an included tour 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. Moor for the night in Régua.

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.


2 nights

Oporto extension 2015

2-night post-extension at NH Collection Porto Batalha (2015 only)

Spend two nights after your cruise in Oporto, at the locally rated 4-star NH Collection Porto Batalha (4Q),with breakfasts included. It overlooks Batalha Square and it's just a short walk to the Ribeira district and Torre dos Clérigos bell tower. There are 107 guest rooms, all with air-conditioning, cable and satellite television, safe and complimentary Wi-Fi. Breakfast is served buffet-style in the restaurant and there is also a bar in which to relax – perhaps with a glass of port! A local Saga-appointed representative will visit the hotel during your stay. Transfers between the ship and hotel, and between the hotel and Oporto airport, are included. The distance from the hotel to the airport is approximately 17 kilometres.

2-night post-extension at Mercure Hotel Porto Centro (2016 only)

On selected departures you have the opportunity to spend two nights after your cruise in Oporto, at the Mercure Hotel Porto Centro (4Q) staying on a bed-and-breakfast basis. The hotel is in the city centre, near São João Theatre, about 200 metres from São Bento railway station and 500 metres from the cathedral. It has a lounge, bar and restaurant. All 149 rooms have a television, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer and minibar (extra charge). Room service and laundry service are available for an extra charge. A local Saga-appointed representative will visit the hotel during your stay. Transfers between the ship and hotel, and between the hotel and Oporto airport, are included. The distance from the hotel to the airport is approximately 16 kilometres.

2 nights

Oporto

Post-holiday extension

On selected departures you have the opportunity to spend two nights after your cruise in Oporto, at the Mercure Hotel Porto Centro (4Q) or the HF Ipanema Porto (4Q), staying on a bed-and-breakfast basis. A local Saga-appointed representative will visit the hotel during your stay. Transfers between the ship and hotel, and between the hotel and Oporto airport, are included.

Mercure Hotel Porto Centro

The hotel is in the city centre, near São João Theatre, about 200 metres from São Bento railway station and 500 metres from the cathedral. It has a lounge, bar and restaurant. All 149 rooms have a television, telephone, hairdryer and minibar (extra charge). Room service and laundry service are available for an extra charge. The distance from the hotel to the airport is approximately 16 kilometres.

HF Ipanema Porto

The hotel is in the city centre, just a five-minute walk from the bank of the river and close to one of the main shopping districts. It has a bar and restaurant. Each of the 150 rooms has free Wi-Fi, a television, telephone, and safe. The distance from the hotel to the airport is approximately 15 kilometres.

Oporto Porto Portugal Europe

Upgrade to all inclusive †

†All-inclusive upgrades, with a free bar open from 11am to 11pm for non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, are available on selected dates


Douro Discovery

Portugal and Spain

from £999 7 2

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