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Douro Cruise onboard the Spirit of Chartwell (Fly & Cruise)

Douro Cruise onboard the Spirit of Chartwell (Fly & Cruise)

8 Days from £2,595per
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(Tour code: DUZ19)

The golden Douro on board the excellent Spirit of Chartwell

Iconic port wine, enigmatic cities and Portuguese charm, all on a boat used by Her Majesty the Queen, makes this cruise one to remember. Discover the unique culture of the golden Douro river on board the excellent Spirit of Chartwell.

  • Dinner at the Vinum restaurant
  • City tour of Porto
  • On board vintage port wine celebration
  • Guided tour of Lamego
  • Excursion to Castelo Rodrigo
  • City tour of Salamanca
  • Visit to the Casa de Mateus villa
  • Excursion to Quinta da Aveleda with lunch
  • Sunset harbour cruise in Porto
What’s Included
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    6 Lunches
  • Return Scheduled Flights
  • All Excursions
    7-night cruise onboard The Spirit of Chartwell

Douro Cruise onboard the Spirit of Chartwell (Fly & Cruise) 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 Spirit of Chartwell
Spirit of Chartwell

To Porto

After meeting at the airport, we board our flight today from London to Porto. On arrival into this classic Portuguese city, transfer to the dock where you board your ship, the exquisite Spirit of Chartwell. After settling in to your elegant cabin, enjoy an exotic cocktail while the captain and his crew welcome you aboard as the upper deck is bathed in the golden glow of the Portuguese sunset. Enjoy a delicious dinner together on board this evening

  • Dinner
Day 2 Porto

Exploring Porto

This morning begins with a city tour of Porto. Enjoy the sights of this charming city including the city bridge, the manors of the Foz district and the cathedral with its commanding views from the top of the Penaventosa Hill. Our tour also includes a visit to a Port Wine Lodge, where we will see old casks full of Port and have the opportunity to sample the famous Portugese wine. The Spirit of Chartwell sets sail in the afternoon, on its way to Entre-os-Rios. We enjoy a vintage port wine celebration on board this evening.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Lamego


Today, your ship docks at Regua. This morning, you are given a culinary demonstration introducing you to the gastronomic traditions of this part of the world. In the afternoon, you pay a visit to Lamego, a picturesque village near the banks of the Douro where you take a guided tour. The Cathedral is the centrepoint of Lamego, a remarkable example of Baroque architecture with superb panoramas across the white buildings below. Arguably more impressive however, are 700 steps which lead up to its doors, decorated as they are in cheerful white and blue tiles. As part of the tour, enjoy tastings of the local produce, including regional bread, cakes and a sparkling wine known as 'Raposeira'. Enjoy dinner at a local wine 'quinta' or wine estate later.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Castelo Rodrigo
Castelo Rodrigo

Castelo Rodrigo

Barca d'Alva is today's docking point and from here, you take an excursion to Castelo Rodrigo. A fascinating medieval town, hidden in the hills, Castelo Rodrigo has seen a variety of different peoples and civilisations come and go. Enjoy a historical tour here along with a tasting of local almonds. Later on board, you take dinner with the Captain at the Captain's Dinner before a Portuguese Music Show which features a delightful performance of folk music.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Salamanca


Your excursion today sees you venture into neighbouring Spain by coach, where you visit the magnificent city of Salamanca. This honey-coloured city is home to some stunning buildings and architecture, which you discover on your tour here. We see the oldest university in Spain, the decorous House of Shells and the grand Plaza Mayor.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Palacio De Mateus
Palacio De Mateus

Casa de Mateus

The Spirit of Chartwell departs Barca d'Alva today, sailing back to Regua. On arrival, you pay a visit to the Vila Real and the Casa de Mateus. This romantic villa was owned by the Count of Vila Real, and features a chapel and gracefully manicured gardens. After the dinner tonight, we enjoy a tasting of Graham's Six Grapes, Winston Churchill's favourite port.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Porto Skyline at Night
Porto Skyline at Night

Quinta da Aveleda

Sail today to Entre-os-Rios this morning for your excursion to Quinta da Aveleda. One of the notable wine estates which sit near the banks of the Douro, the Quinta da Aveleda belongs to the Guedes family who have been in operation since the mid-19th century. Tonight, the Spirit of Chartwell returns to Porto and it is here where you are treated to a sunset cruise across the harbour.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Return Home
Return Home

Return home

Disembark the Spirit of Chartwell today for your transfer to the airport and your flight to London.

  • Breakfast
Guest Speaker Nicholas Owen
Guest Speaker - Nicholas Owen

Nicholas Owen

On the evening of Day 1, on selected tours we are joined by our special guest speaker, former ITN Royal Correspondent Nicholas Owen. Nicholas' gives a talk on the Royal Family, a suitable topic given the Spirit of Chartwell's impressive royal connection.

Please note

Please note: The departures on the 17th and 24th of September, and the 1st of October, are special harvest sailings, featuring a harvest experience in a quinta along the Douro river, with a presentation, lunch and a local wine tasting. The rest of the itinerary may also differ.

Please call for more details.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from the UK until you board your ship
  • Flights to and from London to Porto
  • A small group with a maximum of 30 passengers

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 7-night cruise on board the exclusive Spirit of Chartwell

Delicious meals included

  • 20 meals including 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners, including the Captain's Dinner with live music, and Portuguese barbecue

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • On board vintage port wine celebration
  • Guided tour of Lamego
  • Excursion to Castelo Rodrigo with a guided tour
  • City tour of Salamanca
  • Visit to the Casa de Mateus villa
  • Excursion to Quinta da Aveleda with lunch
  • Sunset harbour cruise in Porto
  • City tour of Porto
  • Tasting of Graham's 6 Grapes Port, the favourite port of former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill
  • Exclusive talk by Nicholas Owen, former Royal Correspondent on selected dates


Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Julie Pacalon
Helen Laverack
Lynne Broadley
Douro Cruise onboard the Spirit of Chartwell (Fly & Cruise)

The golden Douro on board the excellent Spirit of Chartwell


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