- Discover the city of Oporto
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.
- Casa de Mateus Palace
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.
Douro Discovery for solo travellers
The Dourofrom £1,899 per person
1 passenger 7 nights Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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- Exclusive to Saga
- Solo Travellers
- All Inclusive on board ship
Cathedrals, palaces and port – this Douro cruise reserved exclusively for solo travellers 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 exclusively for the solo travellers on board.
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- Free bar open 12 hours a day†
- Included travel insurance
- 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
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on the ship
- Welcome dinner and drinks reception
- Farewell dinner
- Solos Host
- Social activities
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Saga Cruise Assistant
- Dinner at a local quinta
- 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
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 Queen at Vila Nova de Gaia on the south bank of the Douro. You'll remain moored here overnight.
Day 2 Oporto to Régua to Pinhão
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.
Day 3 Pinhão to Vega de Térron
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.
Day 4 Vega de Térron to Barca d'Alva
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 the Douro Queen which will now be in Barca d’Alva and moor overnight.
Day 5 Barca d'Alva to Pinhão
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.
Day 6 Pinhão to Regua to 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.
Day 7 Entre-os-Rios to 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.
Day 8 Oporto to UK
Disembark after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Post-holiday extension including breakfasts
On selected departures you can spend two nights after your cruise in Oporto, at the locally rated 4-star Eurostars Heroismo (4Q). The modern hotel is just a short walk from Oporto’s historic centre. It has a lounge, bar and restaurant. All 153 air-conditioned rooms have a television, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer, minibar (extra charge) and complimentary Wi-Fi. Transfers between the ship and hotel, and the hotel and Oporto airport, are included.
†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.
The Dourofrom £1,899 per person
7 nights Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required