8 days Porto-Douro Valley-Porto

The Iberian Experience: MS Douro Serenity

Fares From £1,695 pp

ms Douro Serenity

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

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

Porto: Casting off 2:30 p.m.
Guided tour of Porto, the birthplace of port wine, including wine-tasting in a winery.

Caldas de Aregos: Mooring 7:00 p.m.

Day 3: Caldas de Aregos / Pinhão

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

Pinhão: Mooring 11:00 a.m.
Guided tour of tranquil Pinhão, including a visit to the famous station, decorated with blue and white ceramic tiles.

Visit to a traditional Quinta (vineyard) with lunch.

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

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 /  Barca d’Alva

Pinhão: Casting off 8:00 a.m.

Barca d’Alva: Mooring 2:00 p.m. 

Excursion to Castelo Rodrigo, one of the historic parishes of Portugal, with its castle ruins steeped in history.

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 5: Barca d’Alva / Pocinho

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

Barca d’Alva: Casting off 6:00 p.m.

Pocinho: Mooring 8:00 p.m. 

Day 6: Pocinho / Régua

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

Régua: Casting off 7:00 a.m.

Porto: Mooring 2:00 p.m.
Excursion to the “Cradle of the Nation of Portugal” Guimarães or walk in the footsteps of the Portuguese explorers at the “World of Discoveries” museum.
Experience Porto from lofty heights on the “6 Bridges” tour by helicopter.

Day 8: Porto

Porto:
Disembarkation until 9:00 a.m. Transfer to Porto Airport or add a city stay (prices on request).

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

SPECIAL OFFER

£100 per person off all the Douro cruises (8 days) in 2021. Book by 30 November 2021.

2022 Guide prices per person in £

Cabin category Season A Prices From Season B Prices From Season C Prices From Season D Prices From Cabin Code
2 Bed Main Deck Rear £1,695 £1,845 £1,945 £2,095
2 Bed Main Deck £1,795 £1,995 £2,095 £2,245
2 Bed Middle Deck Rear with French Balcony £2,045 £2,195 £2,295 £2,445
2 Bed Middle Deck Front with French Balcony £2,145 £2,345 £2,445 £2,595
2 Bed Upper Deck with French Balcony £2,395

 

£2,595

£2,695 £2,845
2 Bed Deluxe Upper Deck with French Balcony £2,695 £2,845 £2,995 £3,145
2 Bed Junior Suite Upper Deck with French Balcony £3,245 £3,395 £3,545 £3,695

 

2022 Travel dates / Season

MS Douro Serenity

  • 29.03. – 05.04.22 A
  • 10.05. – 17.05.22 D
  • 24.05. – 31.05.22 D
  • 21.06. – 28.06.22 D
  • 12.07. – 19.07.22 C
  • 09.08. – 16.08.22 B
  • 16.08. – 23.08.22 C
  • 15.11. – 22.11.22 A

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
  • 4 Guided Excursions
  • Free Wifi
  • Gratuities
  • Port fees and taxes

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 Deck Plan

MS Douro Serenity

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