- Explore UNESCO Salamanca
The city's historic centre has important Romanesque, Gothic, Moorish, Renaissance and baroque monuments.
- Sample the produce of a local winery
Enjoy a tour and tasting at the Quinta das Carvalhas.
- The famous port cellars of Oporto
Port wine takes its name from the city of Oporto, at the estuary of the Douro river.
- The undulating scenery of the Douro
A river cruise is a great way to see more of the scenery.
- VIP on selected river cruises
- Exclusive to Saga
- Full board
Cathedrals, palaces, walks and port…
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
Plus all this…
- Return flights and transfers
- Captain’s dinner and drinks reception
- Entertainment and activities on the ship
- Walking expert
- Saga Cruise Assistant
Included excursions and visits
- Visit to the Douro Museum in Régua
- Wine tastings and dinner at a local quinta
- Sightseeing in Salamanca
- Walking tour of Quinta das Carvalhas
- A walking tour of beautiful Oporto with visit to the House of Filigree, the São Bento train station and the Church of St Anthony’s Congregation
Interactive maps and audio headsets
Day 1 UK - 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.
Day 2 Oporto to Régua to Pinhão
This afternoon enjoy an included visit to the Douro Museum in Régua.
The museum is housed in the historic Casa da Companhia Velha and documents the region’s history of wine production from the growing of vines and harvesting of the grape to the fortification of port wine. Following your visit you will venture across Régua’s pedestrian bridge designed by Gustavo Eifel before continuing by coach to a local Quinta for a wine tasting.
After re-embarking your ship you will continue cruising towards Pinhão this evening.
Today’s walk covers approximately four-and-a-half kilometres.
Day 3 Pinhão to Vega de Térron
After a morning on the water you’ll disembark in the afternoon and travel by coach to the traditional village of Provesende.
From here you’ll set off on a seven kilometre walk through lush vineyards and along a historic Roman road before arriving back at your ship. Look forward to a traditional Portuguese dinner on board this evening.
Day 4 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 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.
Day 5 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 das Carvalhas, 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 quinta for dinner, with wine and entertainment included.
The ship remains moored in Pinhão overnight.
Today’s walk covers approximately five kilometres.
Day 6 Pinhão to Régua to Entre-os-Rios
Sail from Pinhão to Régua early this morning.
From here you’ll continue to Ribadouro from where you will set off on a five kilometre walk along the banks of the river. You’ll re-board Douro Queen in Entre-os-Rios and will be treated to a traditional Portuguese folk music show after dinner.
Your ship moors here overnight.
Day 7 Entre-os-Rios to Oporto
Spend the morning at leisure as you sail back towards Oporto.
An included four kilometre walking tour heads along the banks of the River Douro, across the double-decker Luis I Bridge and into Portugal’s second-largest city, Oporto. This famous centre of port wine production is beautifully located on the Douro estuary. The tour includes visits to the House of Filigree, where you’ll learn more about this specialised Portuguese art; the 20th-century São Bento train station with its elaborate tiling; and the 18th century Church of St Anthony’s Congregation. You’ll also walk along Santa Catarina street, home to the famous Majestic Cafe with its Art Nouveau influences, and the atmospheric flower street, which leads you back to your ship.
Remain moored in Vila Nova de Gaia overnight.
Day 8 Oporto to UK
Disembark after breakfast and travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
†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.
2 – Minimal walking. Up to approximately 1,640 feet (500 metres) on mainly flat terrain
3 – Moderate walking. Between 1,640-4,920 feet (500-1500 metres) over mixed terrain with the possibility of some steps
4 – Considerable walking. More than 4,920 feet (1500 metres) over uneven terrain with many steps
5 – Strenuous walking. Long distances over rough terrain with climbing, steps and trekking