£1795pp – Douro River cruise w/excursions & wine, £200 off
"The Douro region is simply one of the most glorious spots on earth", according to Lonely Planet
Sail down the Douro River past steep hillsides of vineyard terraces, charming Portuguese towns, and ancient Spanish cities while sipping on glass of crisp vinho verde. This 7-night deal from Rail Discoveries is £1795 per person and saves £200 on the regular price.
- Return flights to Porto, with checked baggage
- Return airport transfers
- 7-night cruise on the Douro Serenity in a Classic Stateroom
- Seven breakfasts, six lunches, and seven dinners with drinks
- A vintage port wine tasting
- All excursions, including city tours of Lamego, Castelo Rodrigo, Salamanca, Mateus Palace, and Porto
Flights depart from London Gatwick on 17 August, 2021. Visit the Rail Discoveries website for more information.
The cruise begins in Porto, Portugal's second-largest city and the birthplace of port. You'll be welcomed with a cocktail and spend the first night on the ship.
You'll dock in Peso da Régua then travel to the pretty city of Lamego for a guided tour of the Baroque cathedral. Dinner will be held at a local wine quinta (vineyard).
The next port of call is Barca d'Alva, for an excursion to the Medieval Castelo Rodrigo. There you'll go on a historical city tour.
On day four, you'll leave Portugal and enter Spain, where you'll visit the ancient city of Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll see the 18th-century Plaza Mayor, then stop for a traditional Spanish lunch with live flamenco dancing. You'll then return to the ship to enjoy a BBQ dinner on the sun deck.
The next day you'll cruise through to Peso de Regua. After dinner, you will sample some of the region's vintage port following a traditional opening ceremony.
You'll visit the Baroque Mateus Palace and in the evening you will sit down with the captain for a gala dinner before enjoying a traditional folk dance performance from a local troupe.
On day seven you will arrive in Porto and choose between a tour exploring this famous port city and traveling to the nearby city of Guimarães, a Medieval centre with a warren of labyrinthine lanes and picturesque plazas. Your last evening includes a 4-course farewell dinner.
The Douro Serenity was built in 2017, has four decks and sleeps up to 124 passengers. It has a lounge bar, a small fitness room, a spa, a sun deck with lounge chairs, and a splash pool.
Transfers & baggage
Both are included in this package.
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