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    Casa de Mateus Palace
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Douro Discovery for solo travellers

Douro Discovery for solo travellers

The Douro

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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 solos cruise through Portugal which includes a visit to Salamanca in Spain. A dedicated Solos Host will organise a drinks party and social activities for solo travellers on board.


A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

CocktailFree bar open 12 hours a day†

PersonSaga Cruise Assistant


  • Welcome dinner and drinks reception
  • Farewell dinner
  • Solos Host
  • Social activities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Meet and greet at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester airports
  • Airport lounge and fast-track security at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester airports

MapIncluded excursions

  • Tour of Lamego
  • Visit Figueira Castelo de Rodrigo
  • Sightseeing in Salamanca
  • Dinner at a local quinta
  • Casa de Mateus Palace
  • A tour of beautiful Oporto including a port wine cellar visit

†The free bar, open from 12pm to 12am, serves non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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Day 1 UK to Oporto


Take Saga’s included VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport. After your meet and greet service at the gate, enjoy a fast-track path through security and time in an airport lounge before you fly to Oporto - when flying from Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester.

Upon arrival transfer to embark your ship the Douro Spirit at Vila Nova de Gaia on the south bank of the Douro. You'll remain moored here overnight.

Porto Portugal Europe Douro Vila Nova de Gaia (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

Hilltop village of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo

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

Today join an included excursion across the border to the city of Salamanca in Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its beautiful old university buildings of golden-coloured stone.

The journey here usually takes about two hours, during which your guide will give an interesting commentary on Spanish history. After half an hour of free time join a walking tour with a local guide to the magnificent Plaza Mayor, one of the finest town squares in Spain. You also see the famous cathedral, built in two parts. The original Catedral Vieja, which dates from the 12th century, is now incorporated into the much larger 16th-century Catedral Nueva. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, followed by a flamenco show to give you a taste of traditional Spanish culture.

Return to your ship which will now be in Barca d’Alva and moor overnight.

Barca dAlva Guarda Portugal Europe

Day 5 Barca d'Alva to Cais de Espinho to Pinhão

Portugals vineyards

Depart Barca d’Alva and enjoy the wonderful views as you spend the morning sailing towards Cais de Espinho, arriving after lunch.

This afternoon visit Quinta do Seixo, a local winery, for an included tour of the estate, followed by an opportunity to taste their port wines.

Continue sailing to Pinhão late this afternoon and this evening you’ll visit a local quinta for dinner, with wine and entertainment included. The ship remains moored in Pinhão overnight.

Pinhão Alijo Vila Real Douro Portugal Europe

Day 6 Pinhão to Regua to Bitetos

Cruising the Entre os Rios

Cruise to Regua for an included visit to Mateus Palace gardens. Your guide will give you an introduction to the palace which features on the Mateus rosé wine label. Admire the exterior and explore the exceptional formal gardens.

This afternoon relax on board as your ship departs Régua. Look forward to a traditional Portuguese folk music show after dinner. Moor overnight in Bitetos.

Bitetos Douro Portugal Europe

Day 7 Bitetos to Oporto


Sail back to Oporto this morning.

Discover the history of Portugal’s second-largest city on an included tour. This famous centre of port wine production is located on the Douro estuary. The coach tour includes a visit to Sé Cathedral, which dates from the 12th century and 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


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

†The free bar is open from 11am to 11pm for non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at additional cost, or by exploring independently.

Douro Discovery for solo travellers

The Douro