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    The famous port cellars of Oporto
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    Explore UNESCO Salamanca
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    Visit the ancient city of Lamego
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    Casa de Mateus Palace gardens

Douro Discovery

Portugal and Spain

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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 Portugal river cruise, which includes a visit to Salamanca in Spain.


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 (2023 departures only)

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  • Return flights and transfers
  • Captain’s dinner and drinks reception
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Gratuities on board (2023 departures only)

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 Oporto including a port wine cellar visit

The free bar on board is open from 11am to 11pm serving non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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Day 1 UK to Oporto


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.

Porto Portugal Europe Douro Oporto

Day 2 Oporto to Régua to Pinhão

Pinhão vilage in Portugal

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.

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 the Douro Spirit 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

Duoro Valley

Depart Barca d’Alva and enjoy the panoramic 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

Mateus Palace

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.

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.

Douro Discovery

Portugal and Spain