CROISIEUROPE DOURO RIVER CRUISE
Discover the Douro Valley in northern Portugal, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Extending from the city of Porto to the eastern border, this is where Port wine production abounds and the stunning landscapes, sculpted by the Douro, are highlights not to be missed. Marvel at the breathtaking scenery on a sevennight cruise onboard CroisiEurope’s MS Ferano de Magalhaes. Cruise from Porto, Portugal to the Douro Valley and Salamanca, Spain. Discover Porto, a city between vineyards and the ocean, Braga, known as the “Rome of Portugal”, Vila Real and the Gardens of Solar de Mateus, Salamanca and its architectural treasures, the Porto wine trails as well as Lamego, an episcopal city. Package also includes two nights at Hotel Mundial in Lisbon and transfer to Porto.
Porto, a city between vineyards and ocean Braga, the “Rome of Portugal” Vila Real and the gardens of Solar de Mateus Salamanca, a dazzling beauty. The Porto wine trail and Lamego, an episcopal city. Lounge-bar with a dance floor | bar | dining room | large sundeck with deckchairs | gift shop | lift | wifi on board | central heating | 220V electricity | air-conditioning | radar | radiophone
• two nights accommodation at Hotel Mundial in Lisbon with breakfast and seven nights CroisiEurope Douro cruise onboard MS Ferano de Magalhaes
• transfer from Lisbon to Porto on day 3 and transfer from Porto at the end of the cruise on day 10 to Porto airport or train station
• unlimited complimentary onboard beverages, including beer, fine wine, spirits, mineral bottled water, soft drinks specialty coffees and tea. All meals onboard the cruise with superb French cuisine
• Farewell Gala dinner
• free wifi
• complimentary Samsung Galaxy Tablet for guests’ use
• shore excursions with wireless audio system
• Captain welcome cocktail reception
• entertainment: on board professional entertainment & crew team show
• all port fees and prepaid gratuities
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Day 1 | March 29, 2017 | LISBON
Today your entire day is at leisure in Lisbon to explore this fascinating city.
Day 2 | March 30, 2017 | LISBON (B)
Day 3 | March 31, 2017 | LISBON — PORTO (B, D)
Check out of your hotel and transfer to Porto to board your cruise. Welcome on board from 5 p.m. Settle into your cabin and enjoy a presentation from the crew followed by a welcome cocktail served in the lounge and dinner on board. In the evening, enjoy an excursion by coach to explore Porto by night.
Day 4 | April 1, 2017 | PORTO (B, L, D)
After a buffet breakfast on board, we will set off to explore Porto on an optional guided tour. One of the oldest cities in Europe, whose historic centre is classed as a world heritage site by UNESCO: unspoilt old quarters, a maze of winding narrow streets, arcaded houses, superb churches… But above all, Porto is famous for its Port wine. Among the wine properties that extend as far as the eye can see along the Douro in Vila Nova de Gaia, you will visit a famous cellar where this exceptional wine slowly ages in the greatest secrecy. Tasting of the “precious nectar”. Back on board for lunch, followed by a free afternoon to discover Porto at your own pace, or ask to be transferred downtown by rabello. Return on board for dinner and a fado evening.
Day 5 | April 2, 2017 | PORTO — REGUA (B, L, D)
Buffet breakfast on board. Enjoy an excursion to Braga, nicknamed the “Rome of Portugal” because of its religious architecture of very high quality. In the meantime, the boat will move to Leverinho. We will board there and have lunch. We will then enjoy the fabulous landscapes while we cruise to Regua. We will go through the lock in Carrapatelo, the highest in Europe at 36 m. Arrival in Regua around 8 p.m. Dinner on board followed by a dinner-dance or enjoy a free stroll through Regua by night.
Day 6 | April 3, 2017 | REGUA — VEGA DE TERON (B,L, D)
After breakfast on board, depart for the excursion to Vila Réal, a town in which the religious architecture is very varied. A little further down, you will get the chance to take a beautiful walk in the gardens of Solar de Mateus. During this time, the ship will sail to Pinhao where you will embark and enjoy lunch onboard. You will then continue sailling into the heart of the vineyards of Porto, past magnificent hillsides covered in trellised vines planted in terraces up to 700 m plunging majestically down towards the river. You will go through the locks in Valeira and Pocinho to reach Vega de Teron during the evening. Dinner followed by a flamenco evening on board.
Day 7 | April 4, 2017 | BARCA D’ALVA (B, L, D)
Buffet breakfast on board. Depart for the excursion to Salamanca, awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO. This town of dazzling beauty houses some extraordinary Romanesque, Arab and Christian architectural treasures. Lunch in Salamanca. Back to the boat in Barca d’Alva. Dinner and evening entertainment on board.
Day 8 | April 5, 2017 | BARCA D’ALVA — FERRADOSA — PINHAO (B, L, D)
Buffet breakfast on board. Depart early in the morning and sail through the locks in Pocinho and Valeira. Lunch onboard. Stop in Ferradosa around 2 p.m. for the “wines of Porto” excursion. You will follow the road through the vineyards and stop at a belvedere in the heart of the vines. You will then take part in a tasting of the wines of Porto in a quinta. Back on board in Pinhao around 6 p.m. You will also be able to explore the old station in Pinhao at your own pace, with its splendid “azulejos” (typical Portuguese tiles). Dinner and gala evening on board.
Day 9 | April 6, 2017 | PINHAO — PORTO (B, L, D)
Buffet breakfast on board. Depart from Pinhao by coach for the guided tour of Lamego. You will discover the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary and the cathedral. Back on board in Regua. Lunch onboard the cruise. An afternoon’s sailing, passing through a number of large locks. Arrival in Porto at the end of the evening. Dinner and traditional evening on board.
Day 10 | April 7, 2017 | PORTO (B)
Buffet breakfast on board, and disembark.
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*Price is in CDN$ per person, double occupancy, based on lower deck stateroom. Additional: Upgrade to middle deck stateroom $265. Upgrade to upper deck stateroom $320. Single Supplement $1,090. Subject to availability.