- The famous port cellars of Oporto
- Explore UNESCO Salamanca
- Visit the ancient city of Lamego
- Casa de Mateus Palace gardens
Portugal and Spain
- Return UK travel service
- Exclusive to Saga
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 2023 river cruise through Portugal which includes a visit to Salamanca in Spain.
Fly to Oporto on the north bank of the Douro and embark your ship the Douro Spirit at Vila Nova de Gaia on the south bank.
You'll remain moored here overnight.
Spend the morning cruising, arriving in Régua this afternoon 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.
Rejoin your ship, and continue your cruise to Pinhão, where you’ll arrive later this evening.
Look forward to a traditional Portuguese folk music show after dinner.
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.
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 Spirit which will now be in Barca d’Alva and moor overnight.
Depart Barca d’Alva and enjoy the panoramic views as you spend the morning sailing towards Cais Foz do Tavora, arriving after lunch.
This afternoon, visit Quinta do Seixo for an included tour 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.
Cruise to Régua and travel by coach to Lamego, one of the most attractive cities in Portugal. You’ll see the elaborate Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, set atop nine steep terraces overlooking the town. There’ll be free time to explore this baroque church and walk down into the city using the ornate staircase – but be warned, there are almost 700 steps!
Alternatively, take the coach down to the city and visit the Gothic cathedral, which in parts dates back to the 12th century!
Rejoin your ship in Régua and cruise to Bitetos for an overnight mooring.
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.
Disembark after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
- Return flights and transfers
- Farewell dinner and drinks reception
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Gratuities on board
- Tour of Lamego
- Visit Figueira Castelo de Rodrigo
- Sightseeing in Salamanca
- Dinner at a local quinta
- Tour of a wine estate
- Casa de Mateus Palace
- A tour of Oporto including a port wine cellar visit
†The included drinks are available on board from 11am to 11pm and include non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.