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Colours of Spain with Douro Discovery

Barcelona to Porto

Trip Code: EUTCOPS21
21 Days
39 Meals
2 Countries
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Trip Inclusions

  • Three nights in Lisbon; two nights in Barcelona, Madrid, Marbella and Seville; one night in Córdoba and Granada
  • Seven nights on a premium river ship, the MS Douro Serenity
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director, Cruise Director and expert local guides
  • 39 meals - 20 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 13 dinners
  • Daily bottled water, tea and coffee, as well as soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise
  • Explore 22 towns, villages and cities
  • Transfers, port charges and tipping

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Douro Serenity journeying on the river through the valley

Portugal River Cruising

Wind your way through the Douro Valley's heavenly scenery on as seven-night river cruise aboard the ms Douro Serenity.

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A man playing Fado music

Sunset Cruising

Enjoy a sunset harbour sailing accompanied by the soulful sounds of traditional fado music

Hotel lobby with arched entrances, detailed fret work and sitting areas

Stay at Alhambra Palace

Discover a living history as you stay at the Alhambra Palace Hotel, experiencing grand Spanish hospitality

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • Order of touring is subject to change
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included
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Barcelona to Porto

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

On arrival at the airport in Barcelona, be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner tonight.

Stay: Two Nights, Barcelona, NH Podium

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  • Dinner

Explore Barcelona’s famous landmarks on a city tour today. Drive to the famous hill of Montjuic, stop at the Catalunya National Art Museum and continue down to Placa d’Espanya on your way to the iconic Sagrada Familia. On foot, your guide will take you through the Old Town and show you the wonders of this beautiful city.

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  • Breakfast
Sagrada Família Basílica, Barcelona, Spain

Today, travel by train to Madrid, Spain’s lively capital. On arrival, enjoy free time to explore before sitting down to a tapas dinner at a local restaurant.

Stay: Two Nights, Madrid, NH Paseo del Prado

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  • Dinner

On a guided tour this morning, visit Palacio Real, residence of the Spanish Royal Family, then see a selection of Madrid’s best-loved attractions. With the rest of your day at leisure, perhaps wander the lawns of Parque del Retiro or browse the Prado Museum.

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Today, travel to Toledo for a guided tour. Explore the Old Town’s winding cobbled streets and its majestic 13th-century cathedral before continuing to Córdoba.

Stay: Córdoba, NH Amistad

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Experience a revival of grand Spanish hospitality at Hotel Alhambra Palace.


Enjoy a guided tour of Córdoba, during which you’ll admire the Mezquita of Córdoba, a medieval mosque converted to a cathedral. Continue to Granada, where you’ll pay a visit to the magnificent Alhambra Palace.

Stay: Granada, Alhambra Palace Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
View of a spire tower through an archway, Cordoba

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Savour a lovingly home-cooked meal with a local Spanish family surrounded by olive groves and charming villages.


Take a guided tour of Granada then enjoy a picturesque drive to Marbella.

Stay: Two Nights, NH Marbella

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Today, journey to the British overseas territory of Gibraltar for a guided tour. Here, you’ll marvel at the famous Rock of Gibraltar and discover its fascinating history.

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  • Breakfast

This morning after breakfast, travel to Ronda and see the Puente Nuevo and the Plaza de Toros. Then, continue to Seville.

Stay: Two Nights, Melia Seville

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  • Dinner

Today experience the beauty of Seville with a local guide. Then, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

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Enter Portugal and stop to admire the architecture of World Heritage-listed Évora before arriving in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.

Stay: Three Nights, Lisbon, Hotel Altis

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Explore the Alfama district and marvel at the World Heritage-listed Jerónimos Monastery. Then, visit the gorgeous Belém Tower and see the Castelo de São Jorge.

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  • Dinner
Get to know the colourful city of Lisbon.

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps enhance your journey with an optional visit to nearby Sintra.

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After breakfast, travel by coach to Vila Nova de Gaia and board the MS Douro Serenity.

Stay: Seven Nights, aboard your river ship, the MS Douro Serenity

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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


Today you begin your cruise 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. Disembark your ship in Régua and join an excursion by coach to the splendid Gardens and Palace of Mateus. Tour this living museum which is still owned by the Count of Vila Real. Discover for yourself the connection between this beautiful 18th-century palace and the famous Mateus Rose wine. Afterwards, travel by coach to Pinhão for a special dinner.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today, cruise across the border into Vega de Terrón 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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  • Breakfast
  • 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. Here you’ll enjoy an Insider Experience. Afterwards, 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 barbecue dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a tasting of local port wine, Portugal’s most famous tipple.


This morning after breakfast, enjoy a Portuguese cooking demonstration on board as your ship cruises past Pinhão to Régua. On arrival, head to a local quinta, which boasts outstanding views over the Douro Valley. Afterwards, board a coach and take a scenic drive past swathes of expansive vineyards visiting the picturesque village of Lamego and the elaborately decorated baroque cathedral, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, an important Portuguese place of pilgrimage. While in Lamego, visit one of Portugal’s best museums. Once an episcopal palace, this beautiful building is home to a vast collection of paintings, tapestries and jewellery. You may also like to sample one of the town’s famous specialties Bola de Lamego, a delicious smoked ham roll.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, enjoy free time to explore Régua — you may like to wander along the riverfront, or venture into the lovely Old Town. Afterwards, continue on 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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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 Guimarães. This evening back on board your ship, enjoy a final Farewell Dinner with your new-found friends.

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  • Dinner

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

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