The Iberian Experience: MS Douro Serenity

8 days Porto-Douro Valley-Porto

Fares From £1,645 pp

THE 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

Porto:
Fly from London to Porto and transfer to vessel. Embarkation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Day 2: Porto / Caldas de Aregos the Iberian Experience Nicko Cruises UK

Porto: Casting off 2:30 p.m.

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: Mooring 7:00 p.m.

 

 

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

Caldas de Aregos: Casting off 7:00 a.m.

Pinhão: Mooring 11:00 a.m.
Visit to a traditional Quinta (vineyard) with lunch. Excursion to the magnificent Baroque Mateus Palace and park-like garden in Vila Real. Guided tour of tranquil Pinhão, including a visit to the famous station, decorated with blue and white ceramic tiles.

 

 

 

Day 4: Pinhão /  Barca d’Alva the Iberian Experience Nicko Cruises UK

Pinhão: Casting off 8:00 a.m.

Barca d’Alva: Mooring 2:00 p.m. 

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

 
 

Day 5: Barca d’Alva / Pocinho the Iberian Experience Nicko Cruises UK

Barca d’Alva: Casting off 6:00 p.m.

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

Pocinho: Mooring 8:00 p.m. 

 

Day 6: Pocinho / Régua the Iberian Experience Nicko Cruises UK

Pocinho: Casting off 7:00 a.m.

Régua: Mooring 2:30 p.m. 

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

 

Day 7: Régua / Porto the Iberian Experience Nicko Cruises UK

Régua: Casting off 7:00 a.m.

Porto: Mooring 2:00 p.m.

Excursion to the “Cradle of the Nation of Portugal” Guimarães.

 

Day 8: Porto the Iberian Experience Nicko Cruises UK

Disembarkation until 9:00am. 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.

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

Call our Reservations Team on

01223 568907

or email

[email protected]

 

THE IBERIAN EXPERIENCE 2022 SAILING DATES 

2022 dates

           
MS Douro Serenity Cabin Categories    
 
Dates              
29 Mar, 08, 15 Nov £1,645 £1,775 £1,970 £2,105 £2,330 £2,600 £3,135
10, 24 May, 21 Jun £2,060 £2,180 £2,375 £2,510 £2,735 £3,005 £3,540
09 Aug £1,795 £1,910 £2,105 £2,240 £2,465 £2,735 £3,270
12 Jul, 16 Aug £1,925 £2,045 £2,240 £2,375 £2,600 £2,870 £3,405

 

  2 Bed Main Deck Rear   2 Bed Middle Deck Front   2 Bed Deluxe Upper Deck Front
  2 Bed Main Deck   2 Bed Middle Deck   2 Bed Junior Suite Upper Deck
  2 Bed Middle Deck Rear    
THE IBERIAN EXPERIENCE 2022 SAILING DATES 

2023 dates

           
MS Douro Serenity Cabin Categories    
 
Dates              
28 Mar, 07, 14 Nov £1,645 £1,810 £2,010 £2,150 £2,380 £2,660 £3,210
25 Apr, 11 Jul, 15 Aug £1,965 £2,085 £2,290 £2,425 £2,660 £2,935 £3,490
09, 23 May 13, 20 Jun £2,105 £2,225 £2,425 £2,565 £2,795 £3,070 £3,625
08 Aug £1,825 £1,945 £2,150 £2,290 £2,520 £2,795 £3,350
05, 12, 19 Sep £2,105 £2,225 £2,425 £2,565 £2,795 £3,070 £3,625
03, 10 Oct £1,965 £2,085 £2,290 £2,425 £2,660 £2,935 £3,490

 

  2 Bed Main Deck Rear   2 Bed Middle Deck Front   2 Bed Deluxe Upper Deck Front
  2 Bed Main Deck   2 Bed Middle Deck   2 Bed Junior Suite Upper Deck
  2 Bed Middle Deck Rear    
Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin. Prices may be subject to change due to flight availability/pricing. Please call our Reservations Team on 01223 568907 for up to date pricing and availability. Single supplements vary depending on cabin category and date of travel, please call for details.

Cruises For Other Durations
We also offer a number of cruises on the Rhine and Danube for different durations from 4-13 days

Cruise Only Prices
We appreciate that you may want to make your own travel arrangements and can provide cruise only prices on request

City Hotel Stays
We can tailor-make any cruise itinerary with additional pre or post cruise hotels. Please enquire for our recommended hotels and prices.

MS Douro Serenity

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Economy flight from London and overseas transfer to and from vessel
  • 7 nights cruise including all meals
  • Unlimited drinks inc wine, beer, cocktails and all non alcoholic drinks
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • 5 Guided Excursions
  • Wifi
  • Gratuities
  • Port fees and taxes
  • Full ATOL financial protection
  • Baggage handling fee
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