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Cruise Portugal's Douro Valley and discover some of its highlights, enjoying live jazz along the way

Enjoy five live jazz performances as you admire the beautiful landscapes and quaint towns of the Douro Valley on this cruise through Portugal and Spain, which includes a visit to historic Salamanca. The band is the fabulous Richard Leach’s Jazz Quartet, with Richard also giving two talks about jazz music.

Your river cruise will be aboard the Douro Queen.

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Day 1 UK to Oporto

Oporto

Fly to Oporto on the north bank of the Douro and embark your ship the Douro Queen at Vila Nova de Gaia on the south bank. You'll remain moored here overnight. 


Vila Nova de Gaia (Oporto) Porto Portugal Europe Douro

Day 2 Oporto to Régua to Pinhão

Douro Valley near Régua

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 and cruise on to Pinhão where you will moor overnight.

Portugal Europe Pinhão Alijo Vila Real Douro

Day 3 Pinhão to Vega de Térron

Pinhão vilage in Portugal

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.

Pinhão Alijo Vila Real Douro Portugal Europe Vega de Terron Castile and Leon Spain

Day 4 Vega Terron to Barca d’Alva

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 Queen which will now be in Barca d’Alva and moor overnight. 


Barca dAlva Guarda Portugal Europe

Day 5 Barca d’Alva to Pinhão

Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios

 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.

Regua Regua Vila Real Douro Portugal Europe Pinhão Alijo

Day 6 Pinhão to Regua to Entre-os-Rios

Mateus Palace Gardens, Peso da Régua

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. 

Vega de Terron Castile and Leon Spain Europe Entre os Rios Douro Portugal

Day 7 Entre-os-Rios to Oporto

Wine barrels

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. 

Oporto Porto Portugal Europe

Day 8 Oporto to UK

Oporto

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

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All-inclusive upgrades, with a free bar open from 11am to 11pm for non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, are available on selected dates.

Meet the band

Richard Leach’s Jazz Quartet

Well known jazz trombonist Richard Leach has played with a host of esteemed jazz musicians. In 2004 he formed his 7 Stars of Jazz band which was received to acclaim in the UK jazz scene, as well as playing with his Clubhouse 6, and Street Band. Sit back and enjoy music from his jazz quartet where Richard is joined by three other great musicians for sparkling renditions of a variety of great jazz music.

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from £1,729 per person
2 passengers
7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required