The Douro, Oporto and Salamanca River Cruise

8 days from only $1,769pp

One of Europe’s best kept secrets in one of its most undiscovered corners, explore the sleepy villages and medieval towns unchanged for centuries, amongst the breathtaking rolling hills and terraced vineyard slopes of the stunning Douro Valley.

PERFECT FOR... Exploring what is possibly Europe’s most undiscovered river through the stunning Douro Valley, dotted with charming villages, age-old traditions and wonderful wines.

  • Guided tour of Oporto with visit to Port Wine cellars
  • Scenic cruising through the picturesque Douro Valley with its dramatic cliffs and vineyards
  • Enjoy a full day excursion to Salamanca with guided tour and Flamenco show
  • Tour to the castle and medieval village of Castelo Rodrigo
  • Traditional music recital with dance display
  • Guided tour of Mateus Palace and gardens
  • Experience dinner at a typical Portuguese quinta
  • Visit to the picturesque town of Lamego and its Sanctuary of Our Ladies of Remedy church
  • Price includes full-board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day
  • Services of a cruise director
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At a Glance
Currencies: Euro
Deposit: $400 per person
Languages: Portuguese
 

Overview

Commencing in the Roman city of Oporto, the home of Port wine, Portugal’s once wild river Douro has been tamed by locks into resembling a series of finger lakes, adding greatly to the valley's ambience. Leaving behind the Atlantic influenced greenery of the coast you are soon immersed in a Mediterranean land of olives, vines, and picturesque, medieval hilltop villages. Our destination is the higher reaches of the valley from where we visit Salamanca - home of one of Europe’s oldest universities, two of its finest cathedrals, Spain’s finest city square and even the Inquisition! You will adore the away-from-it-all experience and visit some of Iberia’s most beautiful medieval towns, monasteries and vineyards, and feel you have been away for months!

Your Itinerary

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Price Includes

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement. The price includes full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant; morning/afternoon tea and coffee; all visits and excursions as mentioned in the brochure, coach travel as mentioned and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Drinks Package

We offer a selection of drinks packages available to purchase and the price is $129pp for this cruise. This includes the following with lunch and dinner: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rose house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu. 

If you choose not to purchase a drinks package, there is a vast selection of drinks on board each ship available for individual purchase. To see an example wine list please see our information regarding life on board.

This must be pre-booked through the reservations department before you travel.

Relax, all this is included

  • 7 nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, all with river views
  • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival to breakfast on your day of departure, including welcome cocktails, a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner
  • 8 visits and tours including a full-day excursion to Salamanca with a walking tour; lunch and a flamenco show; a guided tour of Oporto with a wine-tasting; dinner at a typical Portuguese quinta; and visits to Castelo Rodrigo, Mateus Palace gardens and Lamego
  • Traditional Portuguese folk music show
  • Complimentary coffee and tea on board all day
  • Complimentary water in your cabin replenished daily
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • 5-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and tour manager
  • All port charges
  • No surcharges guaranteed

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