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- 12 nights in premium accommodation
- Seven nights on a premium river ship, the MS Douro Serenity
- Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort, expert local guides and a Travelmarvel Cruise Director
- 41 meals – 19 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 14 dinners
- Daily bottled water, tea and coffee, as well as soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise
- Airport transfers, port charges and tipping
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Visit a Bordeaux Wine Estate
Learn about local wine-producing techniques and enjoy a lunch of local specialties at a wine estate in Bordeaux.
Dine at Marques de Riscal
Be treated to lunch at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Marqués de Riscal in northern Spain, designed by Frank Gehry.
Map & Itinerary
- Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
- Prices include a flight from Madrid to Porto
- Porterage is not included
- Itinerary operated by Travelmarvel’s partner Great Rail Journeys
- Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
- Prices are for land/rail/cruise and flights as specified only
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On arrival in London, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of today is yours at leisure before dinner this evening.
Stay: London, Pullman St Pancras HotelDaily :
Meet your Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and fellow guests this morning at London’s St Pancras railway station. Board the Eurostar and travel in Standard Premier class to the Paris, where you’ll travel by train to Bordeaux.
Stay: Two Nights, Bordeaux, Mercure Bordeaux Château ChartronsDaily :
Venture into the countryside for a visit to one of Bordeaux’ esteemed wine estates. Learn about local wine-producing techniques during a tour, then indulge in a delicious lunch with the owners.
This afternoon, travel to Saint-Émilion and enjoy a guided walk through this medieval village before free time.Daily :
Bordeaux, San Sebastián, Bilbao
Departing Bordeaux, travel by train to Hendaye before continuing to San Sebastián, set on the Bay of Biscay in Spain’s Basque Country.
Stay: Three Nights, Bilbao, selected premium four-star hotelDaily :
Today visit the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. After ample time to explore, ride the city tram to the Ribera Market, set next to Casco Viejo – the city’s atmospheric old quarter. Here, enjoy a guided walk before free time.Daily :
Bilbao, Laguardia, Haro
Experience a Frank Gehry creation – the Marqués de Riscal. This unique Michelin-starred restaurant overlooks its own vineyard and is a perfect setting for lunch.
Spend today exploring the Basque countryside and visiting vineyards in La Rioja wine region.Daily :
A wonderful rail journey takes you today from Bilbao to León. See the brass scallop shells that mark the route of the Camino through the city, as well as the Gothic 13th-century Catedral de Léon.
Stay: León, NH Collection Plaza Mayor.Daily :
León, Santiago de Compostela
Following a free morning, you’ll depart León by train, passing through Ponferrada and Ourense, among other cities, on the way to Santiago de Compostela. On arrival, settle in to your hotel and enjoy dinner.
Stay: Three Nights, NH Collection Santiago de CompostelaDaily :
Santiago de Compostela
During a guided tour today, you’ll start to become familiar with Santiago de Compostela, the walled medieval cathedral town that marks the end of the Camino de Santiago. Afterwards, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to further explore the city’s grand plazas and back alleys.Daily :
Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra, Combarro, O Grove, Cambados
In O Grove, board a catamaran for a cruise on the Ria de Arousa, a salt-water estuary and one of the richest mussel-producing waterways in the world. Naturally, you’ll stop to visit a mussel farm, before returning to land.
Explore the towns and villages of the Galician coast today. Visit Pontevedra and visit the fishing village of Combarro before continuing to the peninsula town of O Grove.Daily :
Rise early this morning and set off on your last rail journey, this time taking you to the bustling Spanish capital of Madrid.
Stay: Two Nights, Hotel NH Madrid Príncipe de VergaraDaily :
Today discover the city’s elegant boulevards and vast parks by coach and on foot, visiting a selection of the city’s most intriguing attractions.Daily :
Depart Madrid, Vila Nova de Gaia, Embark Ship
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 SerenityDaily :
Régua, Mateus Palace, Pinhão
Travel by coach to Pinhão. Here, you’ll enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional dishes and dessert at a picturesque local quinta, a Portuguese winery.
Take part in a Portuguese lesson then tour the Palace of Mateus.Daily :
Vega de Terrón, Castelo Rodrigo
Cross the Spanish border to Vega de Terrón. Enjoy free time before visiting Castelo Rodrigo.Daily :
Salamanca, Barca d’Alva
Discover the golden sandstone beauty of Salamanca on a tour, and take in a Flamenco performance.
Today you’ll disembark and board a coach to set off for the glorious Spanish city of Salamanca. Back on board, this evening enjoy a traditional Portuguese barbecue dinner.Daily :
In Régua, visit a local quinta overlooking the Douro Valley while enjoying a tasting of local port wine.
Take part in a Portuguese cooking demonstration on board as your ship cruises past Pinhão to Régua. In Lamego, visit one of Portugal’s best museums.Daily :
Enjoy free time in Régua then continue on to Entre-os-Rios. Explore at leisure before a Portuguese folk music back on board.Daily :
Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto
Cruise back to Vila Nova de Gaia and tour Porto. Perhaps visit Guimarães (own expense). Enjoy a Farewell Dinner.Daily :
Disembark Ship, Depart Porto
Be transferred to Porto Airport.Daily :
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