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Important pilgrimage routes.

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Picturesque little towns.

12 Days Porto-Douro Valley-Porto & Galicia

Enjoy the fine ambience in one of the most impressive river landscapes in Europe – the unique Douro Valley. Our modern new addition MS DOURO SERENITY stands out with its elegant design and tasteful interior, enhancing the feel-good factor for you even more as you glide through the spectacular home of port. Enjoy the lively flair of Porto in the enchanting lanes of the old town. In Guimarães, stroll through the “cradle of Portugal” or discover the wonderful little pilgrim town of Lamego with its Gothic cathedral and impressive flight of stairs. One of the special charms of this route is the optional cruise extension to the northwest of Spain, where you can walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims.

Why this river cruise?

  • Travel the Douro on a modern, tasteful 5-star ship (company’s classification)
  • Porto with its famous bridges and delightful old town
  • Pleasure combined with a wealth of information on a visit to a traditional Quinta (vineyard)
  • Optionally: discover the beauty of Galicia and Santiago de Compostela at the end of the Wayof St James
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The first impressions of your trip.

Erleben Sie die schönsten Landschaften bei dieser Flusskreuzfahrt!

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The services provided during your trip

  • 8-day cruise in an outside cabin of the category booked
  • nicko cruises full board with 3 meals (dinner on day of arrival to breakfast on day of departure)
    • Generous breakfast buffet with coffee/tea and juices
    • Generous lunch buffet
    • 4-course dinner menu served at table
    • Coffee/tea after lunch and dinner
    • Festive Gala Dinner
    • Welcome and farewell reception by the captain
    • Table reservation on board
  • nicko Cruise Director and local tour guide
  • Comfortable Sennheiser audio system on all excursions
  • Entertainment programme on board
  • Use of the swimming pool
  • Luggage service between landing stage and cabin on embarkation and disembarkation
  • All port and passenger fees
  • Use of SPA and swimming pool

Additional benefits during the follow-up programme:

  • 3-night stay, including half board at the Tryp Santiago Hotel**** in Santiago de Compostela (or comparable hotel)
  • 1-night stay, including half board at the Vila Gale Porto Hotel**** in Porto (or comparable hotel)
  • Catering inclusions as per itinerary
  • Local tour guide
  • Comfortable audio guides on all excursions
  • All transfers on site

Important travel information

Important travel information: Please note that daily on-board information and excursions will be provided in German language only for individual travellers. Except for the marked dates, that indicate our guaranteed English departures. Different languages are available on request for groups and charterers. Minimum number of participants for this cruise up to 30 days before departure: 100 people. Minimum number of participants for the post-cruise land programme: 25 people (see section 8.1. of our travel terms).

Your itinerary

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Porto
Embarkation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Porto
Casting off 2:30 pm Guided tour of Porto, the birthplace of port wine, including wine-tasting in a winery Excursion Package

Guided tour of Porto, the birthplace of port wine, including wine-tasting in a winery.

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2

Caldas de Aregos
Mooring 7:00 pm

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Pinhão
Visit to a traditional Quinta (vineyard) including lunch.

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Caldas de Aregos
Casting off 7:00 am

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Pinhão
Mooring 11:00 am Guided tour through the tranquil town of Pinhão with a visit to the famous railway station adorned with blue and white tiles. Excursion Package

Lamego entstand im portugiesischen Barock. Der Heilige von Remedies fand in Lamego seine letzte Ruhestätte. Wer mag, kann von der Pilgerstätte auf der Freitreppe rund 600 Stufen zur Stadt hinunterlaufen. Dort ist besonders die gotische Kathedrale und das örtliche Museum mit einer beeindruckenden Gemäldesammlung sehenswert. Bekannt ist Lamego auch für diverse Spezialitäten: geräucherter Schinken, Bola de Lamego (Brot gefüllt mit geräuchertem Schinken), geräuchertes Zicklein und den Sekt Raposeira.

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Pinhão
Excursion to the magnificent, baroque Mateus Palace in Vila Real with its beautiful, park-like gardens.

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Pinhão
Casting off 8:00 am

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4

Barca d'Alva
Mooring 2:00 pm Excursion to Castelo Rodrigo, one of the historical parishes in Portugal, with its historic castle ruins.

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Barca d'Alva
Casting off 6:00 pm Day trip to the Spanish university town of Salamanca with its impressive cathedral and Plaza Mayor (includes lunch).

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Pocinho
Mooring 8:00 pm

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Pocinho
Casting off 7:00 am

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6

Régua
Mooring 2:30 pm Excursion into the pilgrim city of Lamego with its impressive “Stairway to Heaven” and Gothic cathedral. Excursion Package

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Régua
Casting off 7:00 am

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Porto
Mooring 2:00 pm Excursion to the “Cradle of the Nation of Portugal” Guimarães.

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Porto
Experience Porto from lofty heights on the “6 Bridges” tour by helicopter.

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Porto
Disembarkation until 9:00 a.m.

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Porto
Ausschiffung bis 09:00 Uhr.

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Santiago de Compostela
Bus transfer to your hotel in Santiago de Compostela. En route visit Pontevedra, the car-free provincial capital of Galicia and the small fishing village of Combarro.

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Santiago de Compostela
Visit to Santiago de Compostela with its wonderful old town, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its famous cathedral. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to make your own discoveries.

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Santiago de Compostela
Excursion to A Coruña and a guided tour, including a visit to the Tower of Hercules, the oldest, preserved still operating lighthouse in the world and the old town with its medieval-style alleys.

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Santiago de Compostela
Check out after breakfast and continue on to Tui; visit this city, one of the oldest in Galicia.

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Valença do Minho
After lunch, the onward journey goes to Valença do Minho, the Portuguese border town with its imposing Fortaleza.

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Porto
Mooring 12:00 am Casting off 12:00 am Return journey to the hotel in Porto.

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Porto
Hotel check out.

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Die An- und Ablegezeiten sind Richtzeiten. Änderungen der Reiseverläufe und Ausflugsprogramme bleiben vorbehalten. Wenn wegen Niedrig- / Hochwasser oder Schiffsdefekt eine Strecke nicht befahren werden kann, behält sich die Reederei das Recht vor, die Gäste auf dieser Strecke mit Bussen zu befördern, in Hotels unterzubringen und /oder den Streckenverlauf zu ändern. Unter Umständen ist der Umstieg auf ein anderes Schiff nötig.

The itinerary of your river cruise on the map

Your ship on its journey: MS DOURO SERENITY

 

Discover the history and secrets of the centuries-old cities in the most spectacular wine-growing region in the world on board MS DOURO SERENITY. From spacious cabins with floor-to-ceiling windows to panoramic fronts in the restaurant and in the bar, you’ll get unparalleled views of the unique countryside of the Douro Valley. The comfort on the ship, its natural charm, the professional crew and the comprehensive amenities including pool, fitness room and spa all combine to ensure you have an unforgettable experience on your cruise.

 

Further details about your ship
  • At a glance

    nicko modern 126 Passagiere 30 79,9 m 11,4 m 1,80 m 220 Volt

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09.11. - 20.11.2021

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