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Travelmarvel

Douro Discovery

Porto Return

Trip Code: EUTCOP08
8 Days
20 Meals
2 Countries
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Trip Inclusions

  • Seven nights on a brand-new river ship, the MS Estrela
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Cruise Director and local guides
  • 20 meals - 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Onboard water stations, plus tea and coffee, soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise
  • Explore 11 towns, villages and cities
  • Kick off your love affair with port in the sun-drenched city of Porto
  • Enjoy a Flamenco show and lunch and be entranced by captivating Flamenco dancers
  • In Pinhao, enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional dishes and dessert at a picturesque local quinta

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Prices include transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Low or high-water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • Prices are for cruise only. Flights not included
  • Extend your journey with a pre-tour City Stay in Lisbon. Refer tour code EUTCOPL11
  • Extend your journey with a pre-tour journey of Spain. Refer tour code EUTCOPS21
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Porto Return

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Insider Experience

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Fly into Porto today, a perfect introduction to sunny Portugal. Spain’s smaller, but no less magnificent, neighbour, Portugal is one of Europe’s warmest countries and boasts a mix of vibrant art, music, wine and food, as well as endless sunny days. Be met at the airport and transferred to your river ship. Tonight meet your fellow travellers and Travelmarvel Cruise Director at a Welcome Reception as you take in the sights along the Douro River on a sunset cruise.

Stay: Seven Nights, aboard your river ship the MS Estrela

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional dishes and dessert at a picturesque local quinta, a Portuguese winery.


Begin cruising along the spectacular Douro River. Flowing from the northern reaches of Spain, through Portugal and into the Atlantic, this river is bordered by countless vineyards. As you cruise this morning, you’ll take part in a Portuguese language lesson, during which you’ll learn some essential phrases of this beautiful language.

This afternoon you’ll visit the picturesque village of Lamego and the elaborately decorated baroque cathedral, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. While in Lamego, visit one of Portugal’s best museums. You may also like to sample one of the town’s famous specialties, Bola de Lamego, a delicious smoked ham roll.

On arrival in Pinhao, you will enjoy an Insider Experience.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
River flowing through Douro Valley, Pinhao in Portugal

Today, cruise across the border into Vega de Terron in Spain. Enjoy some time at leisure before joining an excursion to Castelo Rodrigo. This tiny village sits atop a hill overlooking both Spain and Portugal, and features a number of well-preserved ruins, an impressive castle and a magnificent stone statue of Santiago Matamoros. After exploring this charming little town, you’ll board a coach and return to your ship.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a Flamenco show and lunch and be entranced by captivating Flamenco dancers as they astound you with their stomping feet in a fiery performance.


Today you’ll disembark and board a coach to set off for the glorious Spanish city of Salamanca. This gorgeous city is arguably one of the most beautiful in Spain, and boasts sunlit sandstone buildings along with a majestic city square and an ancient university. After your Insider Experience, return by coach back over the border to Barca d’Alva, the last Portuguese village along the Douro, where your ship awaits. Back on board this evening, enjoy a traditional Portuguese BBQ dinner.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

On arrival, head to a local quinta, which boasts outstanding views over the Douro Valley. Here, you’ll enjoy a tasting of local port wine, Portugal’s most famous tipple.


This morning, enjoy a fascinating history lecture as your ship cruises past Pinhão to Régua. After your Insider Experience on arrival in Régua, this afternoon, enjoy a guide tour in Régua followed by free time to visit the Douro Museum.

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Join an excursion to the splendid Gardens and Palace of Mateus. Tour this living museum which is still owned by the Count of Vila Real. Discover the connection between this beautiful 18th Century palace and Mateus Rose wine for yourself. Afterwards, continue to the riverside town of Entre-os-Rios. On arrival, enjoy free time to explore this gorgeous, vibrant town as you please. Tonight, be treated to an energetic performance of traditional Portuguese folk music back on board at a special Captain’s Dinner.

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After breakfast, cruise back to the enchanting city of Vila Nova de Gaia. On arrival, join a fascinating tour of nearby Porto, which sits just across the river. Here, you’ll be led past a collection of the city’s most famous attractions, and visit a local port winery for a tour and tasting. This afternoon, there’s ample time for you to step back out to explore Porto at leisure. You may like to visit a Portuguese boutique to buy authentic, local souvenirs. Or perhaps take a stroll through the city’s old-fashioned Bolhao food market. Alternatively, you might choose to take an optional excursion to the World Heritage-listed city of Guimaraes. This evening back on board your ship, enjoy a final Farewell Dinner with your new-found friends.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Porto, Portugal cityscape, buildings and river

After enjoying a final breakfast on board, transfer to the airport in Porto for your onward flight.

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