Port wine, perhaps Portugal’s most internationally famous export, takes its name from the city of Oporto, situated in the estuary of the Douro river, where it is both produced and shipped from.
The city's historic centre, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, has important Romanesque, Gothic, Moorish, Renaissance and baroque monuments. The Plaza Mayor, with its galleries and arcades, is particularly impressive.
Enjoy an incuded excursion to this 17th century manor house, considered to be Portugal's most beautiful baroque building. Today, Casa de Mateus Palace is most known for its beautiful gardens and the production of Mateus Rosé.
- Full board
- Extras for free
Explore 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.
- 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 Saga dinner
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Cruise director
- Visit beautiful Oporto
- Sightseeing in Salamanca
- Visit Figueira Castelo de Rodrigo
- Lunch at Quinta de Avessada
- Casa de Mateus Palace
- Tour of Lamego
Day 1 UK to 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.
Day 2 Entre-os-Rios
Set sail this afternoon for Entre-os-Rios where you moor overnight. Perhaps join an optional tour of Guimarães.
You might like to join an optional excursion to visit the historic city of Guimarães where a walking tour will reveal its medieval quarter.
Day 3 Entre-os-Rios to Régua
Join an included tour of the 18th-century Casa de Mateus Palace gardens. This evening enjoy the Captain's dinner and a Portuguese folk show on board.
Day 4 Regua to Pinhao to Vega Térron
Enjoy an included excursion visiting the ancient city of Lamego. Depart for Pinhao where you'll visit a quinta for a port wine tasting.
Day 5 Vega Terron to Barca d’Alva
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 Vega Terron.
Day 6 Barca d’Alva to Pinhão
Cruise through the beautiful Douro valley, before joining an included excursion to the medieval town of Figueira Castelo de Rodrigo.
Day 7 Entre-os-Rios to Oporto
After lunch join an included tour of the beautiful city of Oporto, where you'll visit a port wine cellar – this is sure to be a highlight of your cruise.
Day 8 Oporto to UK
Disembark after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Oporto extension 2014
Post-extension including breakfasts
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, minibar and hairdryer. Room service and laundry service are available for an extra charge.
A local Saga-appointed representative will visit the hotel during your stay. Transfers will be provided between the ship and hotel, and between the hotel and Oporto airport. The distance from the hotel to the airport is approximately 16 kilometres.
Oporto extension 2015
2-night post-extension with breakfasts included
After your cruise, stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Pestana Porto (4Q), in the historic Ribeira Square on the Douro River. The hotel occupies part of a 16th-century building which is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and the cathedral and Torre dos Clérigos Bell Tower are within a 10-minute walk. There are 48 guest rooms, all with air-conditioning, a flatscreen television, minibar (extra charge), safe and a hairdryer. Breakfast is served in the Agua D’Ouro restaurant and there is also a bar in which to relax – perhaps with a glass of port!
Please note: This extension is only available in 2015.
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 2016 departures only