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 Porto and the Douro

PORTO - REGUA - PINHAO - VEGA DE TERON (Spain) - BARCA D'ALVA - SENHORA DA RIBEIRA - FERRADOSA - FOLGOSA - LEVERINHO - PORTO

 

   

 
Visit Porto - a city between vineyards and the city, The Porto wine road, Salamanca and its architectural treasures, Vila Real and the gardens of Solar de Mateus.
Days: 6 Days
Code -  POF
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE
Itinerary

Day 1 PORTO
  Boarding from 5.00pm and time to settle comfortably in your cabins before being presented to the crew during a welcome cocktail reception served in the lounge. Dinner on board followed by a trip by coach to see the Porto by night.
   
Day 2 PORTO – REGUA
  Buffet breakfast on board then set off to visit Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe, awarded World heritage status by Unesco, with its unspoiled old quarters, maze of narrow win-ding streets, houses with archways and splendid churches. However, Porto is known first and foremost for its famous porto wines from the vineyards which stretch as far as the eye can see along the banks of the Douro. In Vila Nova de Gaia, visit a wine cellar where this exceptional wine is mellowed and matured slowly and secretly. Return to the ship for lunch and then cruise onto Regua, admiring the marvellous scenery that the cruise offers. You will pass the locks of Crestuma and Carrapelato, which is the highest in Europe at 36 m. Arrive at around 7.30 pm. Dinner followed by a crew show.
   
Day 3 REGUA - PINHAO - VEGA DE TERON (Spain)
  Buffet breakfast on board followed by an excursion to Vila Réal, famous for the variety of its religious architecture. Stroll through the beautiful gardens of Solar de Mateus. Join the ship again in Pinhao. Lunch on board. Afternoon spent cruising through the heart of the famous Porto vineyards, passing the locks of Valeria and Pocinho, arriving in Vega de Teron in the evening. Dinner and a Spanish evening on board.
   
Day 4 BARCA D'ALVA - SENHORA DA RIBEIRA
  Buffet breakfast on board. Excursion to Salamanca awarded World heritage status by Unesco for the outstanding beauty of its Roman, Arabic and Christian architectural treasures. Lunch in Salamanca. Return to the ship in Barca d'Alva at the end of the afternoon and continuation to Senhora da Ribeira. Dinner and gala evening on board.
   
Day 5 SENHORA DA RIBEIRA - FERRADOSA - FOLGOSA - LEVERINHO
  Breakfast on board. Early morning start cruising to Ferradosa. Excursion to a porto wine tasting.  Follow the wine road which runs through the heart of the vineyards before stopping to taste some of these vintages in a quinta (winecellar). Back on board at Folgosa for lunch. Cruise towards Leverinho. Admire the wild landscapes and impressive rocky outcrops along the way. Dinner on board followed by a folk evening.


Day 6 LEVERINHO - PORTO
  Early morning start cruising towards Porto. Breakfast on board. Arrival around 9.00am in Porto before disembarking. End of our journey.
   
 

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.

   
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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)

                        
 
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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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