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Five-Star Douro Cruise and Lisbon

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(Tour code: DOR18)

Undulating idylls and verdant vistas of the Douro River

Take in the undulating idylls and verdant vistas of the Douro River region on this marvellous cruise. Delve into the popular wine culture of Portugal on a tour that mixes beautiful scenery with outstanding cities.

  • Guided tour of Lisbon
  • Pasteis de Belem tasting
  • Excursion to Sintra by rail
  • Guided tour of Porto
  • Vila Real with time at the Solar de Mateus Manor
  • Wines of Porto’ excursion by coach
What’s Included
  • Optional Bag Concierge
  • Return Scheduled Flights
  • 7-night cruise aboard the MS Miguel Torga

Five-Star Douro Cruise and Lisbon 2018Tour Details

Print Itinerary
Day 1 To Lisbon
To Lisbon

London to Lisbon

Our tour begins with our flight out of London Gatwick to Lisbon. On arrival we transfer to our hotel for the next three nights. We enjoy dinner in the hotel together this evening.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Lisbon

Exploring Lisbon

Today we take a guided tour of Lisbon, through historic, picturesque neighbourhoods, passing through the steep and narrow streets of Lisbon's traditional quarters. We pass beautiful squares and grand architecture as we travel in restored carriages dating from the 1930s and 1940s. We end the tour in Belem, Lisbon's natural harbour that was regarded as "the historical heart and soul of Portugal".

We visit the historic Pasteis de Belem café, where we enjoy coffee and the famous cakes which give the place its name. Continue exploring independently this afternoon - perhaps visiting the Columbus monument and Jeronimo's Monastery.

  • Breakfast
Day 3 Sintra

Sintra by rail

This morning we take the train to Sintra, nestled high in the hills above Lisbon, the favoured former summer residence of the Portuguese royal family for generations. Sintra is a beautiful village surrounded by wooded hills and is also the home of the spectacular and colourful Pena Palace. Your time here is at leisure, and you may like to venture into the Palace (payable locally) or perhaps explore one of Sintra's other exquisite estates. We enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Porto

To Porto

We head to Porto today by rail to board our ship, the MS Gil Earns/MS Infante. On arrival you are welcomed by the crew with a cocktail on board. You take dinner for the first time on the ship tonight. You also have the chance to take an optional excursion to explore Porto by night.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Porto

Discovering Porto

We enjoy a guided tour of Porto today, famous for its fortified wine. Its historic centre is UNESCO listed and provides a fantastic place to walk around. While in Porto, we enjoy a visit to a traditional wine cellar and try the local produce. Later this evening we enjoy a Fado-themed night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Regua


Today our cruise includes an excursion to Guimaraes, reboarding in Leverinho. Following our stop we continue sailing towards Regua. On our way we pass through the colossal Carrapatello lock. After we moor in Regua you can enjoy a dancing evening on board.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Solar de Mateus
Solar de Mateus

Vila Real

Today we moor at Vila Real, the capital of the Vila Real district in northern Portugal. While here we visit the delightful Baroque manor house, Solar de Mateus and walk through its beautifully manicured gardens. The interior of this property is certainly worth a closer look with delightful carved wood ceilings, furniture from several historical periods and 17th and 18th century paintings. Following our time here we continue cruising through some of Portugal's prime wine real estate towards Vega de Teron. As the ship moors we are treated to an evening of Flamenco entertainment.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Barca d’Alva

We arrive in the last Portuguese village along the Douro today, Barca d'Alva. You enjoy time here at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Wine


We moor at Ferradosa today and take a splendid excursion delving deep into the fascinating culture of the wines of Porto. We take the coach towards San Salvador do Mundo and San Joao da Pesqueira. Two idyllic towns set amidst the verdant and sweeping vineyard region of the Rio Torto Valley. Our time in Sao Joao de Pesqueira is spent exploring the town's arcaded main square, its attractive chapel and visiting a local 'quinta' to sample some of the famous Porto wine. Following our wine excursion you have time at leisure in the afternoon to enjoy Pinhão, we rejoin our ship here as it moors.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 Porto

Return to Porto

Today we continue sailing on our return leg to Porto. We stop off at Lamego with a guided tour. At Porto, we spend our final night on board and are treated to a traditional folk evening.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Journey home
Journey home

Journey home

Following breakfast on board we disembark our ship and transfer to the airport for our flight home to London.

  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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 start to finish
  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Lisbon and Porto to London Gatwick

Comfortable accommodation

  • 3 nights' hotel accommodation
  • 7-night cruise aboard the MS Gil Earnes or MS Infante (Departure Dependant)

Delicious meals included

  • 25 meals including 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners
  • All-inclusive selection of complimentary beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks included on board


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided tour of Lisbon with Pasteis de Belem tasting
  • Excursion to Sintra by rail
  • Night cruise in Porto
  • Guided tour of Porto with a visit to a local wine cellar
  • City tour of Salamanca
  • Excursion to Vila Real including time at the Solar de Mateus Manor
  • Visits to Guimaraes and Lamego
  • 'Wines of Porto' excursion by coach

Enhancing your experience

  • Upgrade to a Middle Deck cabin from £145 per person, or to an Upper Deck cabin from £185 per person
  • Luggage transport available from as little as £200 per person return

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

Helen Laverack
Julie Pacalon
Kathryn Cambridge
Lynne Broadley
Five-Star Douro Cruise and Lisbon

Undulating idylls and verdant vistas of the Douro River


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