regional and premium class flights may be available on request
Upon arrival, transfer to a hotel for your two night stay. The remainder of the afternoon will be spent at your leisure.
After breakfast, join a local guide and set off to explore Northern Portugal. Arrive in Guimarães for a quiet walk through the medieval city and enter the Castle, known as the birthplace of the kingdom of Portugal. After visit the Palace of the Dukes and be dazzled as your guide tells you of the history of Portugal.Later return to Porto and enjoy your afternoon at leisure. (B)
Spend the morning at leisure before transferring to the port to embark MS Douro Serenity for your seven night river cruise.
Tonight, meet your cruise director and enjoy a welcome reception as you take in the sights along the Douro River on a sunset cruise. (B)
Begin your cruise along the spectacular Douro River, bordered by countless vineyards. On board, take part in a Portuguese language lesson, during which you’ll learn some essential phrases. Disembark in Régua and join an excursion to the splendid Gardens and Palace of Mateus. Tour this living museum which is still owned by the Count of Vila Real. Afterwards, travel to Pinhão , where you will enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional dishes and dessert at a picturesque quinta, a traditional Portuguese winery. (B,L,D)
★Insider Experience – Enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional dishes and dessert at a picturesque local quinta, a Portuguese winery
Today, cruise across the border into Vega de Terrón in Spain. Enjoy some time at leisure before joining an excursion to Castelo Rodrigo. This tiny village sits atop a hill overlooking both Spain and Portugal, and features a number of wellpreserved ruins, an impressive castle and a magnificent stone statue of Santiago Matamoros (B,L,D)
Today set off for the glorious Spanish city of Salamanca, arguably one of the most beautiful in Spain, which boasts a majestic city square and an ancient university. Afterwards, travel to Barca d’Alva, the last Portuguese village along the Douro, where your ship awaits. Back on board this evening, enjoy a traditional Portuguese barbecue dinner (B,L,D)
★Insider Experience – Enjoy a Flamenco show and lunch and be entranced by captivating Flamenco dancers as they astound you with their stomping feet in a fiery performance
This morning, enjoy a Portuguese cooking demonstration on board as your ship cruises past Pinhão to Régua. On arrival, head to a local quinta winery, which boasts outstanding views over the Douro Valley, for a tasting of local port wine, Portugal’s most famous drink. Afterwards, take a scenic drive past swathes of expansive vineyards visiting the picturesque village of Lamego and the elaborately decorated baroque cathedral, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, an important Portuguese place of pilgrimage. While in Lamego, visit one of Portugal’s best museums (B,L,D)
★Insider Experience – Enjoy a tasting of local port wine, Portugal’s most famous tipple
This morning, enjoy free time to explore Régua — you may like to wander along the riverfront, or venture into the lovely Old Town. Afterwards, continue on to the riverside town of Entre-os-Rios. On arrival, enjoy free time to explore this vibrant town. Tonight be treated to an energetic performance of traditional Portuguese folk music back on board at a special Captain’s Dinner (B,L,D)
Cruise back to the enchanting city of Vila Nova de Gaia. On arrival, join a fascinating tour of Porto. Here, you’ll be led past a collection of the city’s attractions, and visit a local port winery for a tour and tasting. This afternoon, explore Porto followed by a final Farewell Dinner on board this evening (B,D)
After breakfast disembark the ship (B)
Transfer to the fishing village of Aveiro, known as Portugal's Venice. Learn about the town’s Roman and medieval history, and finish your tour discovering the sandy beach and typical houses of Costa Nova.Next, continue to the traditional fishing village of Nazare. Enjoy a walk around the town and along the beach with free time for lunch. Lastly, head to the medieval town of Obidos. Perhaps try some of the sweet cherry liqueur known as ginja and soak up the fairytale atmosphere of the cobbled paths. Finish the day in Praia D'El Rey, where you will spend the next two nights. (D)
After breakfast, enjoy exploring at your own leisure. Perhaps take a walk along the wild beach or relax by the pool. (B,D)
This morning your private chauffeur guide will take you to Sintra. On arrival enjoy a walking tour of this delightful town, followed by a visit to the Pena Palace which stands atop the mountains in Sintra and is a classic example of 19th-century Romantic architecture. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was once home to the nation’s royal family.After free time for lunch, visit the Regaleira Gardens, with its hidden cave passageways and secret spiral stairs leading down to a well, before heading out to Lisbon for a free evening. (B)
Today, explore at your leisure (B)
Enjoy free time before transferring to the airport for your return flight to London (B).regional and premium class flights may be available on request.
The 2022/23 Douro River & Portugal Discovery
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APT Cruise will be offering a flexible transfer policy for a limited time only. At no additional charge, receive increased protection and flexibility, including the flexibility to change the date of your 2022 & 2023 holiday when booked by 30th 2022 up to 100 days prior to departure and rebook to a new date with no change fee.
Airline fees may apply. Further Cruise lines terms & conditions will apply. This policy is not valid for APT’s Tailor made holidays.
Yes, you will need to have both of your COVID-19 vaccinations at least 14 days prior to travel, including a booster dose. You will be required to provide proof of vaccination prior to boarding. You may also need to provide this during your cruise depending on the port of call entry requirements.
Prior to embarkation, all guests must present a negative PCR test on the day of boarding, taken no earlier than 72 hours prior.
Medical exemptions are allowed when certified by a professional.
Whilst onboard guests are currently required to wear a face-covering while moving around the ship indoors and outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. Exceptions are made while guests are eating or drinking.
Booking conditions of APT Group and Reader Offers Limited Agency terms of business apply. This tour is operated by Travelmarvel, part of the APT group. Fares are per person based on two adults sharing, except single suites, may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to new bookings only. Ports may require a tender. Regional flights will incur supplementary costs and may require an additional overnight stay. Tours are subject to change, are non-transferable and may not be suitable for guests with mobility restrictions. Please note it may take up to 24 hours for the booking to be confirmed. Savings are based on two adults sharing. Itinerary is subject to change due to water levels. Some images used are for illustrative purposes. Names hotels are subject to change. Drink inclusions are with lunch & dinner & are subject to the cruise lines t&c's. Meals are included as stated B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner. Cruise Miles T&Cs apply. E&OE
***Please be aware that APT have a new health and safety policy for cruising. Customers will have to have both doses of the COVID vaccination to travel on a APT & Travelmarvel cruise. If a customer will not have had both doses of their covid vaccination prior to departure, customers will be able to transfer to a later date. If there are any medical reasons why customers cannot have the covid vaccination APT/Travelmarvel will look at these on a case-by-case basis. APT will be increasing sanitation practices in all public areas, such as dining rooms and outside railings. These areas will be cleaned regularly with hospital grade cleaning products. Dining will also be more socially aware – APT will be offering multiple dining options in their restaurants to give passengers more space.***
Pimm's Gift Set is for Ocean View cabins or above, based on one per booking, for UK mainland addresses only when booked by 8pm 10th July 2022.
Flexible booking terms are subject to the Cruise Lines terms and conditions. Airline fees may apply. Excludes exclusive ROL Cruise tailor-made packages.