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Special Interest - Music

Lisbon and the Douro Valley Jazz

Lisbon and the Douro Valley Jazz


  • A plane Fly cruise
  • Special interest - Jazz Jazz
  • A moored ship Cruise & stay

See Lisbon and cruise the Douro

Spend three nights in historic Lisbon, then join an upbeat river cruise through the Douro Valley on down into Spain. Sail past the beautiful landscapes and quaint towns that dot the valley and join a visit to historic Salamanca. Throughout you'll be treated to lively sets of top-tapping jazz.

Your river cruise will be aboard the Douro Queen.


3 nights in a hotel, 7 aboard the ship

25 meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners

  • Included travel insurance
  • Five live jazz performances and two jazz talks
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Drinks reception
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship
  • Jazz host and Saga Cruise Assistant


  • Tour of Lisbon
  • Coimbra tour with lunch
  • Tour of Lamego
  • Visit Figueira Castelo de Rodrigo
  • Sightseeing in Salamanca
  • Tour of Quinta do Seixo winery
  • Casa de Mateus Palace
  • Oporto tour and port wine cellar visit

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Day 1 UK to Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal

Fly to Lisbon and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Hotel Mundial for a three-night stay on a bed-and-breakfast basis, with dinner included tonight. The hotel is set right in the heart of Lisbon in the elegant Baixa Pombalina district, overlooked by medieval St George's Castle. 

Lisbon Lisboa Municipality Lisbon Portugal Europe

Day 2 Lisbon

The Moorish Belem Tower, Portugal

Discover this historic city on an included morning tour. See the Belém Tower, a Moorish fortification on the banks of the Tagus river that once protected the city from pirates, and the nearby Monument to the Discoveries featuring 33 figures from the Portuguese Age of Exploration on the prow of a ship. This evening you have the opportunity to treat yourself to a traditional Fado dinner and show.

Lisbon Lisboa Municipality Lisbon Portugal Europe

Day 3 Lisbon at leisure


Perhaps visit the intricate Jerónimos Monastery, or stroll through the quirky sloping streets of the Bairro Alto district or set off an optional excursion to Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais.

Lisbon Lisboa Municipality Lisbon Portugal Europe

Day 4 Lisbon to Coimbra to Oporto


Journey north to Oporto, stopping at the historic city of Coimbra for an included tour and lunch. The city was once the capital of Portugal and the university here is one of the oldest in Europe. Continue your journey to Oporto where you'll board your ship, the Douro Queen, moored in Vila Nova de Gaia on the south bank of the Douro.

There will be a special welcome from your jazz host Margaret Saddington, who is looking forward to ensuring you get the most enjoyment from your jazz events. Tonight you'll have your first live set from your jazz quartet, who'll give five performances over the course of your cruise.

Vila Nova de Gaia (Oporto) Porto Portugal Europe Douro

Day 5 Oporto to Régua to Pinhão

Cruise comfortably aboard a Douro ship

Your cruise continues to Régua, arriving before lunch. This afternoon, travel by coach to Lamego, one of the most attractive cities in Portugal. 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 visit the lovely Gothic cathedral, which in parts dates back to the 12th century! Re-join your ship in Pinhão. 

Regua Regua Vila Real Douro Portugal Europe

Included excursions

An afternoon tour visits the ancient city of Lamego, one of the most attractive cities in Portugal. See the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and admire fine views over the town. There will be free time to explore the impressive baroque church before rejoining the coach to visit the cathedral, which dates back in part to the 12th century.

Nossa Senhora dos Remédios

Day 6 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

Included excursions

A morning excursion shows you the historic sights of this medieval town.

Figueira Castelo de Rodrigo

Day 7 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 talk 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

Included excursions

A full-day excursion takes you across the border to Salamanca in Spain. The Old Town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the city’s twin cathedrals and pretty main square, the Plaza Mayor, then experience traditional Spanish culture with lunch at a local restaurant and a flamenco show.


Day 8 Barca d'Alva to Pinhão

wine tasting

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.

The ship remains moored in Pinhão overnight.

Pinhão Alijo Vila Real Douro Portugal Europe

Day 9 Pinhão to Régua 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 admiring 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.

Entre os Rios Douro Portugal Europe

Day 10 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 with a rousing farewell concert from the band on board tonight.

Vila Nova de Gaia (Oporto) Porto Portugal Europe Douro Oporto

Day 11 Oporto to UK

Cruise comfortably aboard a Douro ship

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

Vila Nova de Gaia (Oporto) Portugal Europe Douro
Lisbon and the Douro Valley Jazz