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Trip Type : River Cruise
River Douro view of Porto, Europe

Pleasant Portugal – Porto and the Douro Valley

CroisiEurope
4.9 . Excellent
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
6 days
From: $ 1,447 $ 241 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Discover some of the most beautiful Portuguese cities : Porto, Braga, Guimarães
  • Enjoy the cruise through Douro River.
  • Explore Solar de Mateus in Vila Real, a magnificent 16th century manor house.

Short Description

Discover some of the most beautiful Portuguese cities: Porto, Vila Real, Lamego, Guimarães and Braga and enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment on board. 

Stride Take

CroisiEurope, one of Europe’s largest river cruise lines yet little-known in the U.S., is French-owned with French as its primary onboard language, though English is widely spoken by the crew. It’s a “no superfluous frills” line, yet with high standards of cuisine and comfort. This cruise starts at under $150 per day per person and includes beverages in the price, though not shore excursions. Sailing from the hillside city of Porto in northern Portugal to the Spanish border and back, this scenic Douro Valley cruise presents plenty of opportunities to taste and learn about the Porto region’s celebrated wines

These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Trip Type River Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Porto
End City Porto

Trip Includes

  • Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served by CroisiEurope during meals on board, drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
  • Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
  • The excursions mentioned in the program
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
  • The gala dinner and evening
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Porto

Welcome on board in the end of the afternoon. Presentation of the crew and welcome cocktail. Dinner on board. Excursion to explore Porto by night.

Day 2: Porto - Regua

Full board on board. Cruise to Régua through the Douro valley which will enchant you with its wooded landscapes and picturesque banks. Arrival in Régua. Guided tour of Lamego and the Nossa Senhora Dos Remedios sanctuary. Dancing evening on board.

Day 3: Regua - Pinhao - Porto Antigo

Full board on board. Excursion to explore Solar de Mateus in Vila Real, a magnificent 16th century manor house with is beautiful French gardens, owned by a family of the Portuguese aristocracy. Visit of the manor (exterior only) and the French gardens. In the afternoon, cruise to Porto Antigo, through the heart of the famous Porto vineyards planted in terraces on the magnificent rolling hills. Evening of entertainment. Overnight.

Day 4: Porto Antigo - Porto

Full board on board. Morning spend sailing through the charming Douro River to Porto. Arrival and tour of the city, the second largest city in Portugal and one of the oldest cities in Europe. Free evening.

Day 5: Porto - Guimaraes - Braga - Porto

Full board on board. Free morning in Porto. In the afternoon, excursion to Guimarães, a historic town which has preserved monuments dating back to medieval times, and Braga, also known as the “Rome of Portugal”. Gala evening. Evening of traditional folk entertainment.

Day 6: Porto

Buffet breakfast on board. Disembark in the morning. End of our services.

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Price Per Day: $ 241 per day
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Activities
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Lodging
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Transportation
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Meals
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Pleasant Portugal – Porto and the Douro Valley

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We really enjoyed our cruise

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We really enjoyed our cruise with CroisiEurope, we were on MS Gerard Schmitter for 7 nights. The food was lovely and the rooms were nicely decorated and comfortable. The staff were all very friendly and helpfull. The excursions were also very nice, the only problem sometimes experienced was that the tour guide on the excursions sometimes gave their speaches mainly in french and not a lot of english.
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We really enjoyed our cruise with CroisiEurope, we were on MS Gerard Schmitter for 7 nights. The food was lovely and the rooms were nicely decorated and comfortable. The staff were all very friendly and helpfull. The excursions were also very nice, the only problem sometimes experienced was that the tour guide on the excursions sometimes gave their speaches mainly in french and not a lot of english.
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Loved our Seville cruise.

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Loved our Seville cruise. Excellent food and wine and wonderful staff (except the Saga Rep)

Excellent service

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Could not fault MS Beethoven and staff. Excellent service, superb food, multi lingual staff, very relaxed atmosphere. Tres bien !!

Excellent service

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Could not fault MS Beethoven and staff. Excellent service, superb food, multi lingual staff, very relaxed atmosphere. Tres bien !!

the best French Cuisine ! I love it

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CroisiEurope River Cruise have the best French Cuisine ! I love it

Details

Ship Name

MS Vasco de Gama

Ship Stats

  • Built: 2002 - refurbished in 2009
  • Length: 75 m long
  • Width: 11.40 m wide
  • Cabins: 71 cabins
  • Passengers: 142 passengers
  • Facilities: lounge-bar with a dance floor - bar - dining room - large sundeck with deckchairs - gift shop - lift. Central heating, 220V electricity, air-conditioning, radar, radiophone, wifi on board.

Ship Description

MS Vasco de Gama sails on the Douro (Portugal).

Deck & Cabin Plans

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Optional Activities

Guided tour of Braga and Guimaraes

Departure by coach for Guimaraes and Braga. You will start by visiting Guimaraes on foot. You will get the chance to discover the "cradle of...

Guided tour of Lamego

You will leave Regua by coach for a guided tour of Lamego by coach and on foot. During this excursion, you will discover the Nossa Senhora dos...

Porto by night

A unique opportunity to admire the city of Porto by night during a panoramic tour by bus. You will love the old, conserved districts of this city...

Guided tour of Porto and wine tasting

During a guided tour of the city you will discover the Stock Exchange Building and the Sao Francisco Church. Visit of a wine cellar with a Porto...

Vila Real and Casa de Mateus

You will set out for Vila Real by coach, a pleasant little town set among the vineyards. You will tour this town and continue towards Mateus, a...

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group - 25 + people

Cancellation Policy:

Should the customer cancel, the refund of amounts paid will be made after deduction of the amounts (cancellation costs) stipulated in the contract. If canceled made by the customer, the refund of amounts paid will be made deducting the cancellations fees per person specified in the contract, according to the cancellation date from the departure date, and costs that are non-refundable insurance fees, booking fees, visa fees and any other cancellation fees charged by our suppliers.

If one of the passengers in a double room or cabin cancels his booking, the remaining passenger shall pay the single cabin supplement. All cancellations must be sent to us by written (email or mail).

IMPORTANT: All all-in prices including air transport are subject to the general and special terms and conditions of cancellation of the designated airline companies. In the event of cancellation of one or more passengers, the following terms and conditions of cancellation shall be applied

Trip ID#:

PlePorCro

Trip Excludes

  • Drinks on the wine list
  • Champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions or transfers
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Personal expenses

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