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The most spectacular wine-growing region in the world.

Douro Valley UNESCO World Heritage.

8 days Porto-Douro Valley-Porto

The Douro Valley is characterised by its steep slopes and stunning wine terraces. With good reason it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On our cruise, you can explore the beauty of Porto’s architecture and travel back to the Middle Ages in the charming cities of the Portuguese hinterland. In the Spanish city of Salamanca, a “living museum”, you can practically touch history in the form of centuries-old buildings. At the end of your cruise, the Portuguese capital of Lisbon awaits; a modern metropolis with historical charm.

Why this river cruise?

  • Colourful cities, picturesque villages and spectacular countryside – a diverse cruise in the Portuguese sun
  • Explore the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, one of the most beautiful cities on the continent
  • Salamanca, the oldest university town in Spain, with its golden city centre
  • Ready for all temperatures: ship with a pool for refreshing cooling in summer
  • Full cost control: 5 excursions already included in the travel price
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The first impressions of your trip.

Experience the most beautiful countryside on this river cruise!

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The services provided during your trip

  • 8-day cruise in an outside cabin in the booked category
  • 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
    • In the evening, 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
  • Excursions during the cruise marked in bold (see page 171)
  • 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 for embarking and disembarking
  • All port and passenger fees
  • 3-night stay with breakfast at the Olissippo Marquês de Sá Hotel**** in Lisbon (or comparable hotel)
  • Catering inclusions in Lisbon as per itinerary
  • Excursions in Lisbon marked in bold (see page 171)
  •  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. You will not be able to join the cruise without valid identification documents. Health: You need to find out in good time from your family physician about infection prevention and vaccinations as well as other prophylactic measures. Minimum number of participants for this trip to be reached up to 30 days before departure: 100 people, minimum number of participants for the follow-up programme: 25 people (see section 8.1. of our travel terms).

Your itinerary

Day

1

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

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Day

2

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.

Day

2

Entre-os-Rios/Bitetos
Mooring 6:30 pm

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Day

3

Entre-os-Rios/Bitetos
Casting off 8:30 am Excursion Package

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Day

3

Pinhão
Mooring 12:00 pm Excursion to the pilgrimage site Lamego, with its impressive open-air staircase and Gothic cathedral.

Excursion to the pilgrimage site Lamego, with its impressive open-air staircase and Gothic cathedral.

Day

4

Régua
Casting off 12:00 am Excursion to the magnificent Baroque Mateus Palace in Vila Real with its beautiful park-like garden. Excursion Package

Numerous members of the nobility settled in Vila Real between the 15th and 17th centuries. The main attraction of the city is the Mateus Palace, which was the mansion of the last Count of Vila Real. The Baroque building is located in a lovingly maintained park with bizarrely cut hedges and ancient trees. The Count's gardens are one of the most the most beautiful places in Europe. You will also enjoy sightseeing in the Palace.

Day

4

Pinhão
Mooring 11:30 am Casting off 12:30 pm

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Day

4

Vega Terrón / Barca d'Alva
Mooring 7:00 pm

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Day

5

Vega Terrón / Barca d'Alva
Day excursion to the Spanish university town Salamanca with its impressive cathedral and Plaza Mayor (including lunch).

Day excursion to the Spanish university town Salamanca with its impressive cathedral and Plaza Mayor (including lunch).

Day

6

Vega Terron / Barca d'Alva
Casting off 9:00 am Excursion to Castelo Rodrigo, one of the historic parishes of Portugal, with its castle ruins steeped in history. Excursion Package

Come with us to Castelo Rodrigo, one of the 12 historic parishes of Portugal, some 670 m above sea level. For centuries Jews, Arabs and Christians lived together here in peace. Because of the almond trees the medieval town is known as “the white city”. Come with us to view the ruins of the castle and the palace, wander through the cobbled alleyways and discover façades from the 16th century and window ornaments in the famous Manuelino style.

Day

6

Pinhão
Mooring 5:30 pm Guided tour of tranquil Pinhão, including a visit to the famous station, decorated with blue and white ceramic tiles.

Guided tour of tranquil Pinhão, including a visit to the famous station, decorated with blue and white ceramic tiles.

Day

6

Pinhão
Visit to a traditional quinta (vineyard) with dinner.

Visit to a traditional quinta (vineyard) with dinner.

Day

7

Pinhão
Casting off 6:00 am

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Day

7

Porto
Mooring 2:00 pm Excursion to Guimarães.

Discover Guimarães, the former medieval capital of Portugal, rich in history and magnificent buildings, The historical centre in the area that was within the Guimarães city walls is associated with the formation and identity of Portugal. The city still has a harmonious, well-preserved heritage that is evident in the graceful iron verandas, granite balconies and porticos, mansions, arches connecting the narrow streets, paving slabs smoothed by time, towers and cloisters. For a moment, you might imagine yourself to be in a mediaeval setting, where the nobility built their houses over time, such as the Mota Prego house, the Vila Flor and Toural palaces, and the many others that give Guimarães its unique atmosphere. Considered a “must visit” city by The New York Times for 2012. Travel through time as you visit the 15th century Dukes Palace, which houses a museum and art gallery with portraits, tapestries, fine furniture and porcelain. Walk towards the town’s centre, UNESCO heritage, to discover its quiet corners, narrow streets, a former manor house and a 10th-century church situated in the main square. There will be free time to browse around and discover more about this marvellous town. On your way back to the coach, take a glimpse at the castle’s tower bearing the inscription: “Portugal was born here”.

Trip duration:

04:00 h

Walking duration:

00:30 h

Stairs:

Wenig

Slope:

Wenig

Day

8

Porto
Disembarkation until 9:00 a.m.

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Arrival and departure times are target times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high tides or a boat defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.

The itinerary of your river cruise on the map

Your ship on its journey: MS DOURO CRUISER

 

Welcome on board our MS DOURO CRUISER. You are guaranteed the best views here! Relay on the sun deck and enjoy the magnificent landscape of the Douro valley with its terraced vineyards. The swimming pool on deck invites you to a refreshing cooling in-between. Comfort is a key factor on-board. The cabins furnished in style are even equipped with a private balcony with sitting accommodation on the upper deck. In the comfortable restaurant, you will be enjoying the excellent cuisine typical for the country and international dishes as well as fine wines from the world-famous wine region.

 

Further details about your ship
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    nicko classic 130 passengers 30 78.11 m 11.40 m 1.50 m 220 volts

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