- Lovely Lisbon
- Figueira da Castelo Rodrigo
- Lamego and the stairway from heaven
- The Douro Valley
- The university city of Coimbra
The Party Spirit of Lisbon and the Douro Valley
- VIP on selected river cruises
- Half board at hotel/Full board on ship
Mix city and countryside on this leisurely cruise
This holiday aboard Douro Queen includes a three-night stay in Lisbon, followed by a scenic journey 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. Your cruise is set to the soundtrack of classic 60s and 70s music, performed live on board by Party Spirit Duo on five nights of your cruise.
3 nights in a hotel, 7 aboard the ship
25 meals: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners
- Included travel insurance
- Return flights and transfers
- Captain’s dinner and drinks reception
- Five live music performances from Party Spirit Duo
- Two briefings from your band leader
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Saga Cruise Assistant
- Sightseeing tour of Lisbon
- City tour with lunch in Coimbra
- Tour of Lamego
- Visit Figueira Castelo de Rodrigo
- Sightseeing in Salamanca
- Tour of Quinta do Seixo winery
- Casa de Mateus Palace
- A tour of beautiful Oporto including a port wine cellar visit
- Day 1 UK to Lisbon
- Day 2 Lisbon
- Day 3 Lisbon
- Day 4 Lisbon to Coimbra to Oporto
- Day 5 Oporto to Régua to Pinhão
- Day 6 Pinhão to Vega de Térron
- Day 7 Vega de Térron to Barca d'Alva
- Day 8 Barca d'Alva to Pinhão
- Day 9 Pinhão to Régua to Entre-os-Rios
- Day 10 Entre-os-Rios to Oporto
- Day 11 Oporto to UK
Day 1 UK to Lisbon
Fly to Lisbon and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Hotel Mundial (4Q) 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.
Day 2 Lisbon
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.
Day 3 Lisbon
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.
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. You’ll get the chance to Meet the Band tonight and find out how they got into the business before your first concert, entitled Welcome to the Swinging 60s and Rocking 70s. Look forward to hearing music including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Stevie Wonder and Elton John.
Day 5 Oporto to Régua to Pinhão
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!
Rejoin your ship in Pinhão. Tonight’s second concert - 60s Top of the Pops - features chart-toppers from the 60s including Elvis, The Beatles, The Kinks, Tom Jones and The Monkees.
Day 6 Pinhão to Vega de Térron
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 before another concert - 70s Top of the Pops - featuring the music of Rod Stewart, Barry White, David Bowie, The Carpenters and more.
Day 7 Vega de Térron to Barca d'Alva
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. You can enjoy a talk entitled Disco Fever to get an overview of the music and artists that fuelled the Disco craze of the 1970s before another concert, with music from The Jacksons, The Bee Gees, Earth, Wind and Fire and Gloria Gaynor, among others.
Day 8 Barca d'Alva to Pinhão
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 where you can listen to your final concert, the uplifting Musical Kaleidoscope mixing hits from throughout the two decades in a spectacular finale.
Day 9 Pinhão to Régua to Entre-os-Rios
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.
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.
Day 11 Oporto to UK
Disembark after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight home.
Traditional Fado Dinner and Show
Since the early 20th century Fado music has played an integral part in the everyday life of Lisbon’s working class. This evening you will sit down to a traditional Portuguese dinner, while listening to the soulful sounds of Fado music.
Walking Grade 3
Optional on 10 nights itinerary
Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Cascais
Head to the charming town of Sintra, listed by UNESCO on account of its 19th century European Romantic architecture. On arrival you will visit Sintra National Palace, also known as Palácio da Vila, famous for its magnificent painted ceilings and one of the best preserved medieval Royal palaces in Portugal. The kitchen is among the palace’s highlights as it features huge conical chimneys, so large they can be seen from the exterior of the building.
After exploring the palace you’ll have some free time in the town to stroll through it’s labyrinthine streets and arcades. From Sintra you’ll continue to Cabo da Roca, the most western point of Europe, where you will enjoy the opportunity to photograph the stunning views (weather permitting). Your tour concludes with a visit to Cascais, a popular resort with a picturesque bay lined with elegant houses.
Walking Grade 3
Optional on 10 nights itinerary
Jeremy Huggett – Saxes, Keyboards & Vocals
‘Jez’ started his musical career at an early age when he learnt flute and piano, later adding saxes and clarinet to his repertoire. Jeremy now plays tenor, alto, soprano and baritone saxes, as well as flute, clarinet, vocals & keyboards. He also writes his own compositions.
His early musical career saw him receive a number of awards including Best Reed Player in the UK. Since then, Jeremy's gone from strength to strength playing a wide range of musical styles including 60s, 70s, Rock & Roll, Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock & Pop both in the UK and abroad. During his career Jeremy has played at Celebrity Weddings and Parties and appeared live on BBC national television and radio. As well as leading his own bands Jeremy’s musical skills and versatility have been in great demand from other bands. Since December 2000, Jeremy has been guesting on saxes and flute with legendary rock group, Hawkwind.
Kevin Grenfell – Trombone, Trumpet & Vocals
Kevin started his musical career as a boy with the Cornwall Youth Orchestra and brass bands in Cornwall. With this firm grounding Kevin enlisted at the age of 18 as a musician in the Queen's Own Hussars, Royal Amour Corps and studied for two years at The Royal Military School of Music. On completion he returned to the QOH as principal trombone and featured soloist, which involved extensive touring and concert engagements all over Europe.
After leaving the army Kevin obtained a B.A. in Music and the Performing Arts. Since that time Kevin has become well-established and respected as a trombonist, trumpet player and vocalist in the UK and tours extensively across Europe with a wide variety of bands playing everything from Rock & Roll, 60s and 70s to Jazz and Swing.