The Iberian Experience

8-days Porto-Douro Valley-Porto

Fares From £1,695 pp

Single Supplement From 25%

Iberian Experience – Cruise Summary

The Douro Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, characterised by steep slopes and stunning wine terraces. On this cruise you will explore the beauty of Porto’s architecture and be transported back to the Middle Ages in the charming cities of the Portuguese hinterland. The Spanish city of Salamanca is a “living museum” where you can practically touch history in the form of centuries-old buildings. You will also be able to take a guided tour through the tranquil city of Pinhão, for dinner at a traditional vineyard, before visiting charming city of Guimarães.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Porto the Iberian Experience Nicko Cruises UK

Fly from London to Porto and transfer to vessel. Embarkation from 17:00 to 19:00



Day 2: Porto the Iberian Experience Nicko Cruises UK

Departure 14:30

City tour/walk through port wine’s namesake Porto finishing with a visit to one of the oldest port houses in Gaia complete with port wine tasting.

Caldas de Aregos

Arrival 19:00



Day 3: Caldas de Aregos the Iberian Experience Nicko Cruises UK

Departure 07:00


Arrival 11:00

Walk around pretty Pinhão and visit the famous rail station decorated with blue & white ceramic tiles. Visit to a traditional quinta (wine estate) with lunch.

Excursion to the magnificent Baroque Mateus Palace in Vila Real with its beautiful park-like garden.


Day 4: Pinhão the Iberian Experience Nicko Cruises UK

Departure 08:00

Barca d’Alva/Vega Terrón

Arrival 14:00

Excursion to the ruins of Castelo Rodrigo in one of the historic parishes of Portugal.


Day 5: Barca d’Alvathe Iberian Experience Nicko Cruises UK

Departure 18:00

Day trip to the Spanish university town of Salamanca for a visit to the impressive cathedral and Plaza Mayor (includes lunch).


Arrival 20:00


Day 6: Pocinho the Iberian Experience Nicko Cruises UK

Departure 07:00


Arrival 14:30

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


Day 7: Régua the Iberian Experience Nicko Cruises UK

Departure 07:00


Arrival 14:00

Excursion to the “Cradle of the Nation of Portugal” Guimarães. Or a visit to Braga, the country’s modern and vibrant religious centre.


Day 8: Porto the Iberian Experience Nicko Cruises UK

Disembarkation until 09:00

Transfer to Porto Airport for return journey home or extend your stay in Porto with a City Stay package (pricing on request)

The excursions marked in blue are included in your cruise package. The excursions marked in red can only be booked on board. Mooring and casting off times are guidance times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high water or a ship 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.


  • Colourful cities, picturesque villages and spectacular countryside – a diverse cruise in the Portuguese sun
  • The golden city centre of Salamanca, the oldest university town in Spain
  • Ready for all temperatures: Ship with a pool to cool off in the summer
  • UNESCO World Heritage Guimarães
  • Explore Porto, namesake of the world famous port wine, with the chance to enjoy a tasting

Sailing Dates

Fares from £1,695pp

Single Supplement From 20%

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  • Economy flight from London and overseas transfers to and from vessel
  • Welcome and farewell reception with the Captain
  • 7-night cruise including all meals
  • Unlimited drinks inc wine, beer, cocktails and all non alcoholic drinks
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • Sennheiser audio sets on all excursions
  • Services of the Cruise Director and local guides
  • 4 Guided Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Gratuities
  • Port fees and taxes
  • Full ATOL financial protection
  • Baggage handling fee

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