Unforgettable Douro

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Unforgettable Douro



Tour Description:

Cruise the beautiful Douro Valley on an 11 day river cruise. Discover the treasures of Porto, the vineyards in Regua, Vinhateiro & the Côa Valley.
Itinerary also travels in reverse.

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Dates & Pricing

Friday 01 Jul 22 — Monday 11 Jul 22Starting at $7,695Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Monday 18 Jul 22 — Thursday 28 Jul 22Starting at $7,195Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Thursday 28 Jul 22 — Sunday 07 Aug 22Starting at $7,195Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Sunday 07 Aug 22 — Wednesday 17 Aug 22Starting at $7,195Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Wednesday 17 Aug 22 — Saturday 27 Aug 22Starting at $10,395Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Tuesday 20 Sep 22 — Friday 30 Sep 22Starting at $7,595Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Monday 10 Oct 22 — Thursday 20 Oct 22Starting at $7,695Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Thursday 20 Oct 22 — Sunday 30 Oct 22Starting at $7,695Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Sunday 13 Nov 22 — Wednesday 23 Nov 22Starting at $6,595Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Saturday 01 Apr 23 — Tuesday 11 Apr 23Starting at $7,020Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Tuesday 11 Apr 23 — Friday 21 Apr 23Starting at $7,620Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Sunday 11 Jun 23 — Wednesday 21 Jun 23Starting at $8,120Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Saturday 01 Jul 23 — Tuesday 11 Jul 23Starting at $7,020Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Tuesday 18 Jul 23 — Friday 28 Jul 23Starting at $7,020Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Friday 28 Jul 23 — Monday 07 Aug 23Starting at $7,620Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Monday 07 Aug 23 — Thursday 17 Aug 23Starting at $7,620Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Thursday 17 Aug 23 — Sunday 27 Aug 23Starting at $8,120Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Sunday 10 Sep 23 — Wednesday 20 Sep 23Starting at $8,120Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Wednesday 20 Sep 23 — Saturday 30 Sep 23Starting at $8,120Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Saturday 30 Sep 23 — Tuesday 10 Oct 23Starting at $8,120Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Friday 20 Oct 23 — Monday 30 Oct 23Starting at $7,620Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Monday 13 Nov 23 — Thursday 23 Nov 23Starting at $7,020Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Check Mark Icon Disclaimer: Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy, and in USD. All promotions are valid for new bookings only, capacity controlled and valid on select dates and departures. Individual Terms and Conditions will apply to all promotions. Any promotion can be withdrawn at any time without notice. Please speak with your Pavlus Travel Planner for complete vendor terms and conditions, including eligible tour and cruise dates.


ITINERARY

Porto
Welcome to Portugal. Enjoy a warm welcome reception on board the luxurious Scenic Azure. Tonight, as an introduction to Portugal you will be seduced by a soulful Fado performance on board.

Porto > Entre-os-Rios
Freechoice: Discover the historic treasures of Porto, including a visit to Palacio da Bolsa, a neoclassical style building which started construction in 1842 and took over 65 years to complete. Instead, if you’re feeling more active, join a walking tour that includes a cable car ride allowing you to see Porto from a different perspective. Decorative blue tiles are synonymous with Portugal and this afternoon you will learn about their history while creating a masterpiece of your own during a tile painting workshop. Alternatively, simply enjoy a relaxing afternoon of cruising as your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship meanders its way to Entre-os-Rios.

Entre-os-Rios
Freechoice: Guimarães was the seat of the first King of Portugal and is dominated by the impressive Ducal Palace, which dates back to medieval times, or tour Paiva Walkways located along the Paiva River in the Arouca Geopark. Alternatively, you could choose a tasting at the fairytale property of Quinta da Aveleda. Located in the famous Vino Verde region and a renowned regional sparkling wine producer, the incredible gardens alone make the excursion worthwhile. Later, enjoy a blissful cruise to Regua where you have the chance to explore the Douro Museum at your leisure. Learn about the culture, history and identity of the people living in this wine growing region of the Douro Valley.

Regua
This morning, discover the captivating Varosa Valley and visit the charming village of Tarouca where you’ll explore the restored Monastery of Saint John of Tarouca. En route, walk the fortified bridge of Ucanha, Portugal’s first toll bridge, spanning the crystal-clear waters of the Varosa River. Freechoice: Tour the elegant town of Lamego, with its many fine Baroque structures such as the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and the Lamego Museum, or enjoy a guided visit of Mateus Palace, the historic icon depicted on the labels of Portugal’s famous Mateus rosé wine.

Regua > Vega de Terron
Enjoy a full day cruising the Douro Valley’s Vinhateiro wine growing region. A World Heritage-listed Site, Vinhateiro has a history of wine production that stretches back for 2,000 years. In fact, its impeccable port wines have been world-famous since at least the 18th century. As you cruise towards the Spanish border be introduced to an integral part of Spanish culture during a colourful and passionate Flamenco performance.

Vega de Terron
Today you have the opportunity to cross the Spanish border. Freechoice: Take your time absorbing the architectural splendour of Salamanca, a city as visually striking as it is historically intriguing. From humble beginnings during the Iron Age to darker times, such as the economic crises and the War of the Spanish Succession, Salamanca has been shaped over time to become the fascinating beauty it is today. Explore the city on a guided tour before free time to explore at your leisure. Alternatively, you may choose to visit the Portuguese village, Freixo de Espada à Cinta for a guided tour and visit to their silk museum. Freixo de Espada à Cinta is the only municipality where handcrafted silk is still processed entirely by hand.

Pocinho > Pinhão
Freechoice: Visit the award-winning Côa Valley Museum and enjoy a pre-historic workshop. Alternatively, you could join the ‘Tastes of the Côa Valley’ excursion and visit Casa Painova for a sweet almond workshop and a tasting of their almond, olive and fruit products. Tonight, be entertained by a traditional Portuguese musical performance on board.

Pinhão
Visit the remarkable village of Provesende,  showcasing the Portugal of yesteryear, and wander the quaint streets as you gain an insight into the locals way of life. Freechoice: Top off a truly unforgettable day with a visit to a local estate for a tasting of their famous export, or if you’re feeling energetic, you could choose a walk through the hillside vineyard for a tasting among the vines. Alternatively, you may choose to go kayaking along the Pinhão River.

Pinhão > Porto
Having spent the previous eight days discovering the treasures of the Douro, Varosa and Côa Valleys, enjoy an exclusive Douro Valley Wine Review. Otherwise, simply enjoy the beauty of the region as you cruise back into Porto. Enrich The sheer beauty of São Francisco Church is sure to impress. The façade is a mix of Gothic and Baroque architecture, while the interior glows with intricate wood carvings swathed in gold. Immerse yourself in the heart and soul of Portuguese music as you witness a spectacular private concert in these wondrous surroundings.

Porto
Freechoice: Visit a local corking factory and learn how cork is produced as well as its multitude of uses, or visit Vila Nova de Gaia, the historic district set on the banks of the Douro River, for a tasting of the region’s famed drop in one of Porto’s most renowned port wine aging cellars. Alternatively, step outside of Porto and join an excursion to Aveiro for a guided tour including a cruise on the waterways that meander through this historic and colourful city. You have the opportunity to explore Porto at your leisure this afternoon, or simply make the most of the remainder of your time on board Scenic Azure.

Porto
Your cruise concludes after breakfast as you’re transferred to Porto airport. Your time in Portugal’s Douro Valley may have come to an end, but you’ll leave with wonderful memories and newfound friends. This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

Check Mark Disclaimer: Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy, and in USD. All promotions are valid for new bookings only, capacity controlled and valid on select dates and departures. Individual Terms and Conditions will apply to all promotions. Any promotion can be withdrawn at any time without notice. Please speak with your Pavlus Travel Planner for complete vendor terms and conditions, including eligible tour and cruise dates.