June 19-30, 2024
The Douro river offers some of the best scenery of any river cruise in Europe.
Travac Tours is pleased to be offering a special cruise on the Douro and into the heart of Portugal and Spain’s wine country at an incredible price.
Travac’s river cruise includes round trip airfare from Canada, 1 night accommodation in Porto with breakfast, an eight day seven night river cruise on the Douro River with refined French cuisine (three meals a day), all your drinks with meals and at the bar (specialty drinks excluded), a gala dinner and evening, a host of onboard activities, a visit to Fatima, three nights’ accommodation in the vibrant city of Lisbon with breakfast daily, and the services a Travac Tours Director.
Early booking is essential to take part in this fabulous adventure!
This afternoon we will depart from Ottawa by chartered coach for Montreal and our overnight flight to Lisbon.
Day 2- Lisbon
Upon our arrival in Lisbon, we will be transferred to our hotel. Check in is not available until mid-afternoon. Your tour director will have a few options to help you discover this fabulous city.
Hotel Turim Marquês Lisboa or similar.
Day 3- Lisbon
This morning you will have the chance to enjoy a tour of Lisbon conducted by a qualified local tour professional. Your afternoon will be at your leisure.
Day 4- Lisbon
Today is a free day. There will be plenty of options and your tour director will be happy to go over them with you. You also have the option to take a guided tour down to Sintra.
Day 5- Lisbon to Porto
We will travel North from Lisbon to Porto. Enroute, we will stop in Fatima, a religious pilgrimage site, for a visit and an included lunch. You will board your ship, MS Gil Eanes, in Porto at 5:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, you will be introduced to the crew with a welcome cocktail before dinner. In the evening, we will set out on an excursion by coach to see Porto by night.
Day 6- Porto to Regua
Join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Porto. Discover one of the oldest cities in Europe, with a historic center that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
DISCOVERY: Touring Porto via tram and visiting the tram museum followed by a tasting of some of the local specialties in the old city.
In the afternoon, we’ll cruise through the Douro Valley with its fabulous landscapes. Enjoy an evening of dancing or time at leisure in Regua tonight.
Day 7- Regua - Vega de Terron
Join us as we visit Vila Réal, a town with a great variety of religious buildings and architecture. In the afternoon, the cruise continues to the heart of the most famous vineyards in Porto to Vega de Terron. We’ll arrive in the evening. Enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.
Day 8- Barca D’Alva - Salamanca
Join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Salamanca. This town of dazzling beauty houses some extraordinary Roman, Arabic, and Christian architectural treasures.
DISCOVERY: Salamanca tapas tour.
We’ll return on board in Barca d’Alva. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.
Day 9- Barca D’Alva- Ferradosa- Pinhao
This morning will be spent cruising. This afternoon, join us on an excursion to Pinhão and tasting of port wine. Tonight’s our gala dinner and evening.
Day 10- Pinhao - Porto
Join us on an excursion for both packages: Guided tour of Lamego. This afternoon will be spent cruising. Enjoy an evening of Fado-themed entertainment.
Day 11- Porto
This morning, enjoy time at leisure in Porto. In the afternoon, join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Discover Guimaraes.
DISCOVERY: Hiking along the Atlantic coast all the way to Villa Nova de Gaïa, followed by a wine-tasting session.
Enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.
Day 12- Return to Canada
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Montreal. On arrival in Montreal, there will be a chartered coach for your return to Ottawa.
Cruise itinerary is subject to change by cruise line.
Turim Marquês Hotel Lisbon
Hotel AddressR. Mouzinho da Silveira 26, 1250-167
+351 21 049 5690