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In a sundrenched corner of Europe blessed with the River Douro, we wind our way through Portugal on a journey to Spain on this magical itinerary. It’s here in the beautiful city of Porto that we join our ship and set off through miles of rural scenery, endless rows of neatly terraced vineyards and clusters of almond and olive trees. With tiny villages dotted along the river banks, every moment provides opportunity for breathtaking photography. One of the highlights is a trip to Porto, to explore the place that gave Portugal, and port wine, their very names.
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We fly to Porto in Portugal and are transferred to our ship where you can enjoy a welcome cocktail before dinner. This evening you can join our included tour of Porto by night, where you can take in the city’s unique historic centre. We will also make a stop at the Sao Bento railway station where we will see the magnificent azulejos (ceramic tiles).
This morning you can join our included excursion to Porto, the second largest city in Portugal. Our visit will take in this colourful city’s unique architecture, as we discover the Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Building), built in 1834. We'll also visit the Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis), known as the "Golden Church”. The church is the most prominent Gothic monument in Porto and is known for its outstanding Baroque interior. We also visit a wine cellar where you’ll have the chance to sample beautiful local wine. In the afternoon we return to the ship and cruise through the Douro Valley with it’s fabulous landscapes to Regua. This evening, you have free time to relax on board or spend some time exploring Regua at your own leisure.
This morning you can join our included excursion to the lively city of Vila Real. Here we’ll enjoy a panoramic tour of the city by coach followed by a tasting of the local pastry, Cristas de Galo. We’ll then continue our tour with a visit to the magnificent Mateus Palace, considered by many to be one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture. Built in the 18th century, this beautiful manor is set against a backdrop of delightful gardens and overlooks the grape terraces or the Douro river valley. We return to the ship and our cruise continues to the heart of the most famous vineyards in Porto to Vega de Terron where we arrive later this evening. Tonight, we enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.
Today’s full day excursion visits the Spanish city of Salamanca. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Salamanca is made up of carved golden sandstone churches, palaces and plazas. Our tour will take in the cathedral as well as one of the world’s oldest Universities, which first opened in 1218. Lunch is included on our excursion, after you are free to explore Spain’s ‘golden city’ at leisure. We re-join our ship in Barca d'Alva and enjoy an evening of entertainment.
This morning will be spent cruising towards the tiny wine town of Ferradosa. This afternoon there’s an included excursion along the Porto wine route, where we'll discover the incredible vineyards that extend over 100 km along the Douro river all the way to the Spanish border. We'll also explore San Salvador do Mundo and Sao Joao da Pesqueira, two small towns set amongst the vineyards in the Rio Torto valley. In Sao Joao da Pesqueira you will have the opportunity to explore the quaint arcaded square, chapel and traditional white houses. We return to the ship in Pinhão where we enjoy a gala dinner this evening.
This morning our included excursion takes us by coach to the charming Episcopal town of Lamego for a guided tour of the city centre. Here we’ll explore the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios Sanctuary, a beautiful 18th century church with white façade and baroque staircase made up of 686 steps. The first stone was laid on 14th February 1750 and gave way to the construction of a massive temple overlooking the city, providing a breath-taking views over the misty mountains of the surrounding landscape. Enjoy another relaxing afternoon onboard as we cruise towards Porto. This evening we enjoy dinner onboard followed by some traditional Fado entertainment.
Today, join our included excursion by coach for a guided tour of the historic city of Guimarães in northern Portugal. The medieval heart of Guimarães is a labyrinth of lanes and picturesque plazas framed by 14th century buildings. Here, we’ll also discover the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, a medieval estate and former residence of the first Dukes of Braganza and a striking example of early medieval architecture. This evening we enjoy dinner onboard followed by some traditional Folk entertainment.
After breakfast we bid farewell to the crew onboard and are taken to the airport for our return flight
Sailing on Portugal’s River Douro, the MS Infante Don Henrique, with its modern design, excellent facilities and friendly service, promises guests a beautifully relaxed ambience that mirrors the tranquillity of this river’s glorious landscape. Whether its dining on delicious French-inspired cuisine in the stylish restaurant, relaxing with a good book in the comfort of the lounge bar, or soaking up the sunshine and scenery on the sun deck, guests will find MS Infante Don Henrique is the perfect choice for a relaxing river cruising experience.
When it comes to getting you to your destination. Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from
For complete flexibility, make your own transport arrangements to and from the ship. We will provide you with times and locations as well as some useful information for you to make your own arrangements to join your cruise.
If you require any further information to assist with your travel plans, please contact our Holiday Advisors who will be happy to help.
Travel down to Dover and jump onboard your coach for your ferry crossing.
Alternatively, travel the day before your departure and enjoy an overnight stay, with complimentary parking for the duration of your cruise, before being collected after breakfast the following morning.
Step aboard Eurostar at London St Pancras for a fast and comfortable journey to mainland Europe. You can even upgrade your reserved seat to Standard Premier – speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information. On arrival in Paris, Lille or Brussels, you will then join connecting services for your onward journey.
Return flights from London Heathrow with transfers to and from the ship are included in our package on our specific arrival and departure dates. We also include one item of checked in luggage per person.
If our included flights are not suitable, alternative flights may also be available from other airports on our arrival and departure dates. These may have an additional supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.
For those travelling from further afield, you can also book overnight accommodation in London, before and after your holiday. Speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information.
For an even more relaxed start to your European holiday, why not stay overnight in Dover or nearby Ashford the night before your cruise from only £65pp? All our quoted prices include car parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise and cooked breakfast the following morning. Our coach will collect you and return you to the hotel on its way to/from the port of Dover. And if you don’t want that holiday feeling to end, why not do the same on your return journey?