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Pleasant Portugal, Porto and the Douro Valley 

PORTO - REGUA – LAMEGO – VILA REAL - PINHAO – PORTO – GUIMARAES - BRAGA – PORTO

 

 
 

 Discover world heritage sites on this 6-day cruise from Porto through the Douro Valley, with excursions to Porto (the 2nd largest city of Portugal, and one of the oldest in Europe); Vila Real (a 16th century manor house); Lamego (known for its sanctuary and cathedral); Guimaraes (12th century historic medieval town) and Braga (one of the most attractive cities in Portugal).


Days: 6 Days
Code -  POB
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE
Itinerary

Day 1 PORTO

Welcome on board from 5.00 pm and time to settle comfortably in your cabins before being presented to the crew during a welcome cocktail reception in the lounge. Dinner on board. In the evening coach trip to see the Porto by night.

   
Day 2 PORTO – REGUA
 

Breakfast on board then cruise off towards Regua along the Douro valley and admire the outstanding wooded landscapes and meanders on the way. You will pass Carrapatelo, the highest lock in Europe (35 m), before arriving in Regua around 2.00 pm. Departure by coach for guided visit to Lamego and discover Nossa Senhora Dos Remedios sanctuary and the cathedral. Return to the ship in Regua for dinner around 6.30 pm followed by a dance.

   
Day 3 REGUA – PINHAO – PORTO ANTIGO
 

Buffet breakfast on board before leaving on an excursion to visit the Solar de Mateus in Vila Real, a magnificent 16th century manor house owned by a noble Portuguese family with its beautiful French gardens. Return to the ship in Pinhao around 1.00 pm. Lunch before continuing sailing along the river towards Porto Antigo, through the very heart of the famous Porto vineyards planted in terraces on the magnificent rolling hills which rise to 700 m before falling steeply down to the river again. Arrive in Porto Antigo around 6.00 pm. Dinner on board followed by an entertaining evening. Overnight stop.

   
Day 4 PORTO ANTIGO – PORTO
 

Buffet breakfast on board before sailing off towards Porto. Morning spent cruising along the charming Douro river. Aperitif games will be organised in the lounge. Lunch on board before reaching Porto at the end of the morning. Then visit the city. Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and one of the oldest in Europe. Discover one of the most famous wine cellars and taste the delicious wines*. Return to the ship for dinner. Enjoy a free evening in Porto. 

   
Day 5 PORTO – GUIMARAES* - BRAGA* - PORTO
 

Breakfast on board then a free morning to stroll around Porto before returning on board for lunch. In the afternoon, depart on an excursion by coach to Guimaraes, historic town associated with Portuguese national identity in 12th century and its beautifully preserved monuments which date back to medieval times. Then on to Braga known under the name of the "Portuguese Rome", one of the most attractive cities in Portugal. Return to the ship for a gala dinner and folk evening.

   
Day 6 PORTO

Breakfast on board. Disembark at 9.00 am. End of the cruise.

   
 

This itinerary is a guide only. For reasons of navigational safety, the captain and crew of the boat alone may decide to modify the itinerary.

Please note Croisi cruises are bilingual with on board commentaries in both French & English. Sightseeing tours are guaranteed in English with either bilingual guides or audiphones.

   
INCLUSIONS





This offer includes: The cruise on full board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day, local wine, beer and fruit juice at lunch and dinner (on board meals only), Open bar including a variety of French and regional wine and spirits  (excluding Champagne and premium drinks),  accommodation in a twin air conditioned cabin with shower and WC, entertainment, the assistance of our hostess on board, the welcome cocktail, the gala evening, port taxes and pre-paid English sightseeing (subject to minimum numbers)

                       
 
EXCLUSIONS

This offer does not include:  insurance, personal expenses, Drinks - wine selected from the premium drinks list and those purchased on shore excursions, shore excursions.

   
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