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Portugal’S Douro River & A Taste Of Porto

Europe
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8980

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

10 days

Cruise 2022

PRICE FROM ? £2059 per person
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Description

Calling all wine lovers! Are you ready to come and discover the beauty of the Douro Valley during this wonderful eight-day, all-inclusive cruise? The famous River Douro laces its way across the border between Portugal and Spain; its banks peppered with enchanting vineyards, unspoilt walled villages, peaceful hillsides and sun-drenched terraces crammed with olive groves. There will be plenty of opportunity to taste the local fine wine too! You’ll also have ample time to stroll through Porto’s splendid old town and take in the view from Portugal’s highest church tower.

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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
  • 2 nights at the 4-star NH Jardim Hotel, Porto with breakfast

    Please note: there is no seating or dress code on the ship; free table times ensure a relaxed atmosphere among guests.

Departure date: 01/06/2022, 20/07/2022, 14/09/2022 & 28/09/2022

Itinerary

Day 1 – Flight to Porto, Portugal & embarkation in Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto)

Fly to Porto in Portugal and transfer to the A-ROSAALVA in Vila Nova de Gaia for the start of our seven-day Douro cruise.

Das 2 – Régua & Pinhão

We head out of the city early this morning and make for Régua; the largest town on the banks of the Douro in this wine-growing valley. Being such a beautiful place it’s no wonder the Alto Douro region has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. The town played a fundamental role in the production and marketing of port wine, which was transported away by sailing boat from as early as the 18th century. Take the opportunity to join an excursion to the Mateus Palace – you may recognise it from the Mateus Rosé wine bottle labels.

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 thePortuguese 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 west, 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. Don’t miss the wonderful excursion to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo; surrounded by almond trees, whose blossom brightens the landscapes, this village is known as the "white city". Visit the ruins of the castle and explore the pretty, narrow streets. 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. Why not visit one of the area’s iconic wine-making institutions, take a stroll along the pretty riverside or explore the Douro Museum to learn more about the valley’s wine-producing history. The optional excursion to Lamego is definitely recommended; this charming little town is also one of Portugal’s most important pilgrimage sites.

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 – Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto)

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. The gleaming azulejo tiles adorning church walls and townhouse façades are one of the typical sights of Portugal’s second-largest city, with plenty of mesmerising landmarks at every turn.

 

Day 8 – Disembarkation in Vila Nova de Gaia& Porto

We disembark in Vila Nova de Gaia and transfer to our hotel in Porto, where we stay for two nights with breakfast included. The rest of the day is free to discover more of the city’s treasures.

 

Day 9 – Day at leisure

Enjoy a relaxing day at the hotel or why not venture into Porto’s old town? This stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site is plaited with atmospheric alleyways and historical buildings. 

 

Day 10 – Flight home from Porto

We check out of our hotel and transfer to Porto airport for our return flight home.

 

Optional Excursions

With A-Rosa, you can enjoy the flexibility of exploring the local sights at your leisure or choosing from a range of optional excursions, which are bookable on-board. From tours through metropolises and trips through impressive landscapes to action-packed and fun-filled experiences, there is so much choice! 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
  • 2 nights at the 4-star NH Jardim Hotel, Porto with breakfast

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Club Class Home Collection Service

Club Class Home Collection Service (Aug 21 onwards)

Club Class Home Collection Service

Take advantage of our 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 MPVs, then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Door to Door Service from just £140 per person

Please note: for return journeys over 350 miles, please call for a quote.

The round trip mileage is calculated from your home postcode to the hotel/airport/port postcode and back again using Google maps most direct routing.

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 yours plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottled 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 operated in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.

Round Trip MileagePrice (per person)
Up to 100 miles£140
101-150 miles£180
151-200 miles£245
201-250 miles£300
251-300 miles£360
301-350 miles£425
Single Traveller Supplement75%

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Accommodation

A-ROSA ALVA

With a maximum of 126 passengers, well-appointed cabins and a casual dress code throughout, A-ROSA ALVA offers a spacious sun deck with a heated outdoor pool, plenty of recliners, sunshades and even a putting green. The comfortable outside-facing cabins feature a shower/WC, safe, air-conditioning, TV, hairdryer, telephone and free Wi-Fi. There is a restaurant, plus a panoramic lounge with bar and dance floor. We can also make the most of the spa, gym and relaxation areas during our time on board (spa treatments at extra cost).

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

 

Cabin upgrades available (situated on higher decks and complete with Juliette balconies to enjoy watching the delightful riverscapes pass by). Subject to availability.

 

We spend the last two nights at the 4-star NH Jardim Hotel, situated in downtown Porto, which offers comfortable air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TV and tea and coffee-making facilities. Other amenities include a restaurant, bar, rooftop swimming pool, fitness centre and free Wi-Fi.

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