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    The university city of Coimbra
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    The Douro Valley
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    Lamego and the stairway from heaven

Lisbon and the Douro Valley

The Douro

  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises
  • A moored ship Cruise & stay

Mix city and countryside on this leisurely cruise

This holiday combines a three-night stay in Lisbon with a scenic river cruise through the Douro Valley, taking in the best the region has to offer – from the wine cellars of Oporto, to the exquisite gardens of Mateus Palace.


A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed1 night Half Board and 2 nights Bed and Breakfast in a hotel, 7 nights Full Board on board

Dinner plate25 meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners

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  • Return flights and transfers
  • Captain’s dinner and drinks reception
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship

MapIncluded excursions

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

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Day 1 UK to Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal

Fly to Lisbon and transfer to the 3-star My Story Hotel Tejo (3Q) 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.

Day 2 Lisbon

Belem Tower

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’ll have the opportunity to enjoy an optional Fado dinner and show.

Day 3 Lisbon


At leisure.

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

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 Spirit, moored in Vila Nova de Gaia, on the south bank of the Douro.

Oporto Porto Portugal Europe Douro

Day 5 Oporto to Régua to Pinhão

Douro Valley near Régua

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 formal gardens.

Rejoin your ship, and continue your cruise to Pinhão, arriving later this evening. Look forward to a traditional Portuguese folk music show after dinner.

Pinhão Alijo Vila Real Douro Portugal Europe

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.

Vega de Terron Castile and Leon Spain Europe

Day 7 Vega de Térron to Barca d'Alva

Plaza Mayor de 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 Spirit which will now be in Barca d’Alva and moor overnight.

Barca dAlva Guarda Portugal Europe

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.

This evening there’ll be an included trip to a local vineyard for dinner, with wine and entertainment included.

The ship remains moored in Pinhão overnight.

Pinhão Alijo Vila Real Douro Portugal Europe

Day 9 Pinhão to Régua to Entre-os-Rios

Cruising the Entre os Rios

Cruise to Régua and travel by coach to Lamego, where you’ll see the 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 Gothic cathedral, which in parts dates back to the 12th century!

Return to your ship in Régua and cruise to Bitetos, where you remain moored overnight.

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.

Oporto Porto Portugal Europe

Day 11 Oporto to UK

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

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

Lisbon and the Douro Valley

The Douro