Riviera River Cruise on the MS Douro Elegance
This will be a solo only cruise with no single supplement. Total number of passengers will be just 63 people on the ship.
I will be going to Portugal 3 days early to explore more of Portugal before the cruise and you are welcomed to join me.
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.
Commencing in the Roman city of Porto, 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 ambiance. 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!
Lower Deck $3339.00 total single occupancy
Middle Deck $3959.00 total single occupancy
Upper Deck $4299.00 total single occupancy
Deposit will be $400.00 per person to confirm your cabin.
Call Libby at 678 325 8351 to confirm your reservation.
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Included in the price of your cruise:
Seven nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, with river views
Eight guided visits and tours including a full-day excursion to Salamanca with a walking tour; lunch and a flamenco show; a guided tour of Porto with a wine-tasting; tasting at a typical Portuguese quinta; and visits to Castelo Rodrigo, Mateus Palace gardens and Lamego
Traditional Portuguese folk music show
All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure, including welcome cocktails, a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner
Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
Complimentary on-board tea and coffee
Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
Services of a Riviera River Cruises cruise director
Day 1 PORTO Embark the ship in Porto, where we’ll meet and transfer to your five-star cruise ship in Porto.
Day 2 MATEUS PALACE GARDENS We cruise into the small town of Peso da Régua, from where we visit the grounds of the splendid Mateus Palace. This evening we take the short drive to the 126-acre Quinta da Pacheca for dinner. Later we will see a celebratory vintage port wine opened in the traditional way. We are moored in Pinhao overnight.
Day 3 CASTELO RODRIGO his afternoon we visit Castelo Rodrigo, a delightful 12th-century walled village tucked away in the picturesque highland ranges bordering Spain. Its church was a resting place on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela and it is said that Saint Francis himself stayed here. The views are simply stupendous, stretching across almost-deserted ochre hillsides.
Day 4 SALAMANCA On arrival in Salamanca you are free to explore as you wish. Over lunch you enjoy a traditional flamenco show. This afternoon we enjoy a guided tour of the city seeing the main sights.
Day 5 PESO DA RÉGUA We enjoy a visit to a local historic quinta to learn all about the stages of wine production, from the planting of the vines, harvesting, the wine-making process and finally tasting and labelling. No visit would be complete without sampling some of their excellent produce of course, so we enjoy a tasting before returning to the ship.
Day 6 LAMEGO This morning after breakfast we take a short drive to historic Lamego, home of Portugal’s sparkling wine, Raposeira, and one of the first places to be reclaimed from the Moors in the 12th century. Situated atop the hill overlooking this lovely town is the ancient Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies church, its stairways adorned with attractive azulejos, the country’s characteristic painted ceramic tiles.
Day 7 PORTO Our ship makes a graceful arrival in Porto once more, passing under the city’s spectacular bridges. Porto is of course synonymous with wonderful port wine and all the famous port producers are here, such as Cálem, Sandeman and Ferreira, so a visit here would not be complete without a tour of one of them.
After lunch on board, we enjoy a guided tour of Porto. Strategically overlooking the Douro as it empties into the Atlantic, Portugal’s second largest city was originally a Roman town.
This evening, enjoy a final dinner on board expertly served by our restaurant staff.
Day 8 PORTO After breakfast, you’ll disembark the ship, leaving with memories of one of the most beautiful corners of Europe.
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