At a glance
9 Day Cruise on MS AmaVida, APT from £4,295 pp
Departure 11 May 2021 | Douro Delights
Fares are cruise-only unless otherwise stated. Contact us to add flights and tailor-make your holiday.
- Barca d’Alva
All departures (2)
Includes return flights from the UK. Board your luxury ship at Porto to cruise along the Douro River and explore vineyards, castles and villas. Finish in Spain with a stay in Madrid.
Day by day itinerary
Fly from the UK to Porto. On arrival, be met and transferred to your river ship for a Captain’s Welcome Reception.
Today is the chance to do what strikes your fancy the most.
This morning we’ve lined up an excursion for you to Guimarães. The evolution of medieval settlement is on show here, and you will learn all about it with a tour. Back on board, cruise through the Douro Valley on your way to Entre-Os-Rios. When you arrive, take the chance to visit Quinta da Avelada, a family business that has been producing wine in the Douro region since the 1870s. Explore their gardens, and tie off the day with a sampling of wine and cheese.
Cruising to Régua this morning, take some time to soak up the sun. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll visit the Douro Museum which provides an incredible insight into the culture of the Douro Valley wine region.
After your morning activity, kick back on board and continue cruising to Pinhão.
Take a trip to Palacio de Mateus, located near the city of Vila Real. Portuguese architect, Nicolau Nasoni, played a pivotal role in the palace’s construction in the 18th century. It is also well-known courtesy of the bottles of Mateus Rosé wine that feature the palace on its label. At the end of it all, you’ll be treated to the captain’s farewell dinner.
On a tour of the town of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, you’ll stop for to visit the castle ruins. Returning on board, dig in to a delicious dinner. Your thoughts will be fixed on Spain during your final night on board.
In Barca d’Alva you’ll disembark your ship and say goodbye to life on board. Hit the road and travel to the ancient city of Salamanca for a tour. You’ll see the University of Salamanca and the House of Shells before continuing to your hotel in Madrid. Tonight is yours to spend as you please.
This morning, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Sailing on MS AmaVida
One of the newest ships touring the Douro River, this ship provides luxury cruising with gourmet dining and the highest levels of service.