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.
Starting at only $5029 ($4349 + taxes of $680) per person based on double occupancy, Travac’s river cruise includes round trip airfare from Canada, one 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 if you want to take part in this adventure!
This afternoon we will depart from Ottawa by chartered coach for Montreal and our flight to Porto.
Day 2- Porto
Upon our arrival in Porto 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.
Day 3- Porto
This morning you have free time in Porto before checking out of the hotel. In the afternoon we will board our ship and settle into our cabins.
CLASSIC and DISCOVERY: Tour of Porto “by night”**
Day 4- Porto
While in Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe, you will have a chance to enjoy a guided tour this morning.
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe**
DISCOVERY: Touring Porto via tram and visiting the tram museum**
Your afternoon will be free. After dinner you can enjoy some Fado entertainment aboard the ship.
Day 5- Porto- Regua
If you have a taste for port wine Peso da Régua, a UNESCO site, the Douro Valley is somewhere you’ll love.
Until the 20th century Peso da Régua was where port wine barrels would be loaded onto wooden boats known as rabelos and shipped down to Vila Nova de Gaia at the mouth of the Douro where they would make their way around the world. The region itself is the base of the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, the Douro DOC, regulated since 1756. The landscapes that you will encounter are absolutely stunning.
CLASSIC: Tour of Guimaraes**
DISCOVERY: Hiking along the Douro River**
Day 6- Regua- Vega de Terron
As we reach the border between Portugal and Spain we will stop at the small Spanish port town of Vega de Terron. This town is a popular passageway to the ancient university city of Salamanca. With both Portuguese and Spanish influences, Vega de Terron is a charming settlement dotted on the banks of the fascinating waterway across from beautiful Douro International Nature Park.
CLASSIC and DISCOVERY: Discover the formal gardens at the Mateus Palace and Vila Real **
The afternoon will be spent cruising. Enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.
Day 7- Salamanca
Today we travel to Salamanca. Salamanca is located in northwestern Spain. It is the capital of Salamanca province and is part of the Castile and León region. With a history dating back to the Celtic era, it’s known for its ornate sandstone architecture and for the Universidad de Salamanca. This small town has a vibrant atmosphere with picturesque parks and squares.
CLASSIC: Discover Salamanca and its unusual cathedral**
DISCOVERY: Discover Salamanca’s old town by bike**
Tonight, enjoy an evening of entertainment.
Day 8- Barca D’Alva- Ferradosa- Pinhao
The morning will be spent cruising. We travel between Barca D’Alva, Ferradosa and ultimately arriving in Pinhao. Some of the best Port wines are produced in Pinhao. The picturesque town offers more than wines. Pinhão sits on a particularly lovely bend of the Rio Douro. Its shops are quaint and the atmosphere around town is particularly vibrant.
CLASSIC and DISCOVERY: Discover the Porto wines, including tasting**
Tonight, is our gala dinner and evening aboard our ship.
Day 9- Pinhao- Porto
On our return to Porto we will stop in Lamego. Lamego is nestled among the terraced slopes of the Douro valley and its port wine-growing region. The town itself is overlooked by an ornate shrine done in a Baroque style. The art is everywhere and will turn your heads in wonderment. Its gardens are exquisite and its lifestyle typical of the Douro. CLASSIC and DISCOVERY: Discover Lamego**
This afternoon will be spent cruising. Tonight, you will be able to enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.
Day 10- Porto
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. We will travel south from Porto to Lisbon. Along the way will be stopping in Fatima for a visit to this religious facility.
Day 11- 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 12- 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.
Day 13- Lisbon
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.