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Portugal, Cruising The Delightful Douro

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  • Duration: 8 days
  • Board Basis: All Inclusive
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS9069

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

8 days

Cruise 2021

PRICE FROM ? £1999 per person
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Description

Discover the beauty and awe-inspiring landscapes of the Douro Valley in northern Portugal, renowned for the vineyards which produce the region’s famous port wine. We glide through a landscape of spectacular natural scenery, with sloping terraced hillsides and steep valleys punctuated by historic towns and sleepy villages. Our all-inclusive cruise starts and ends in Portugal’s second city of Porto, dramatically perched at the mouth of the River Douro, with narrow cobbled streets, merchants’ houses and elegant bridges adding to its charm and character. 

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  • Return flights to Porto
  • Return transfers from the airport to the ship
  • 7 nights round-trip cruise from Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto), Portugal on a premium all-inclusive basis:
    - Extensive breakfast, lunch and gourmet buffet dining
    - Embarkation snacks
    - Cakes and treats at tea and coffee time
    - High-quality drinks (11am-midnight): tea, coffee and coffee specialities, soft drinks, beers, sparkling wine and a selection of wines, cocktails and long drinks (exceptions are specialities subject to surcharges and champagne)
    - 15% discount on spa treatments
    - Bottled water, bathroom products and bathrobe in the cabin
    - Free Wi-Fi
  • Free use of all on-board facilities such as sauna and fitness room
  • On-board entertainment
  • Port taxes

    Please note: there is no seating or dress code; free table times ensure a relaxed atmosphere among guests.
Departure date: 09/06/2021 & 29/09/21

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Flight to Porto, Portugal & embarkation in Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto)
Fly to Porto in Portugal and transfer to the A-ROSA ALVA in Vila Nova de Gaia for the start of our Douro cruise.

Day 2 – Régua & Pinhão
Picturesque Régua is the largest town on the banks of the Douro in this wine-growing valley. It is such a beautiful place that the Alto Douro region was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. The town played a fundamental role in the production and marketing of port wine – which was transported away by sailing boat – as early as the 18th century. The quaint old town and waterside promenade are both perfect for a stroll.

Next stop is the peaceful town of Pinhão. Located in the famous port wine region, in an area where the Douro and its surrounding landscape are at their most picturesque, the town is encircled by enchanting vineyards and the quintas that produce the wine. From Pinhão you can visit the vineyards to enjoy tours and wine tasting. The town is also famed for its train station covered in blue and white azulejo tiles depicting various scenes of Portuguese life.

Day 3 – Vega de Terron
The Spanish port town of Vega de Terron lies on the Portuguese border, surrounded by lush landscapes. Beautifully unspoiled, the town has a charming laid-back atmosphere and boasts a mix of Portuguese and Spanish influences. The beautiful Chafariz dos Pretos fountain, set in the market square, is the ideal place to relax with a glass of port.

The town also serves as a gateway for excursions to the ancient city of Salamanca, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, dating back to the 13th century. The city is full of intricately carved golden sandstone churches, palaces and plazas, giving it the nickname La Dorada, the golden city, while its historic centre has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 4 – Barca d'Alva
Beginning our journey back east, we moor up in Barca d’Alva, a quaint Portuguese river port near the Spanish border. This tranquil town is shadowed by mountains and bordered by terraced vineyards and attractive olive and almond groves.


Day 5 – Pocinho & Pinhão
Leaving Barca d’Alva, we make a short stop in the small village of Pocinho, close to Pocinho Dam. We then continue our scenic journey, arriving back in Pinhão in the late afternoon.

Day 6 – Régua & Bitetos
We moor up back in Régua in the morning, with free time to explore at leisure. In the evening we arrive in Bitetos, a tiny port nestled in the Douro Valley built over the ruins of a Roman settlement. As well as Roman ruins, the most popular attraction of Bitetos is Alpendurada, an 11th-century Benedictine monastery.

Day 7 – Cais da Lixa & Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto)
After a short stop in Cais da Lixa, we arrive back in Vila Nova de Gaia. The day is left free to explore at leisure. Perhaps visit one of the famous port wine lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia or head across to the north bank of the river to Porto. Portugal’s second largest city offers exciting perspectives at every turn. Discover the shining azulejo facades on Baroque church walls and town houses or wander the tiny alleyways that run up and down the hills of Porto. The old town, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is pure poetry.

Day 8 – Disembarkation in Vila Nova de Gaia & flight home from Porto
We disembark in Vila Nova de Gaia and transfer back to Porto airport and our flight home.

Optional Excursions
A range of optional excursions is bookable on-board; from tours through metropolises and trips through impressive landscapes to action-packed and fun-filled excursions. In many cities you have the opportunity to visit the country and its people with a personal guide and driver. Your on-board host will happily provide you with more information.

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  • Return flights to Porto
  • Return transfers from the airport to the ship
  • 7 nights round-trip cruise from Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto), Portugal on a premium all-inclusive basis
  • Free use of all on-board facilities such as sauna and fitness room
  • On-board entertainment
  • Port taxes

Club Class Home Collection Service

Free* Club Class Home Collection Service

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip MileagePrice (pp)
Up to 150 milesFREE
151+please call
Single Traveller SupplementAdditional 75%
*Up to a maximum of 150 miles from your home postcode to the Cruise Terminal and back. Terms and conditions apply. Please call for additional mileage costs.

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Accommodation

A-ROSA ALVA

Built in 2018 and accommodating a maximum of 126 passengers, the A-ROSA ALVA offers comfortable outside-facing cabins with shower/WC, safe, air-conditioning, TV, hairdryer, telephone and free Wi-Fi. On-board facilities include a restaurant, panoramic lounge with bar and dance floor, spacious sun deck, heated outdoor pool, putting green and a spa with sauna and fitness room (spa treatments at extra cost).

Price shown is based on two people sharing a twin outside cabin with port holes. Single cabins on request.

Cabin upgrades available, subject to availability.

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