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Bordeaux and Basque Country with Douro Discovery

London to Porto

Trip Code: EUTCOSJJ20
20 Days
41 Meals
4 Countries
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Trip Inclusions

  • 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

Travel & Accommodation

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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Rows of trees in a vineyard with mountains in the background, France

Visit a Bordeaux Wine Estate

Learn about local wine-producing techniques and enjoy a lunch of local specialties at a wine estate in Bordeaux.

Multi coloured building at sunset, Spain

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

Trip Notes

  • 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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London to Porto

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Insider Experience

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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 Hotel

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  • Dinner

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 Chartrons

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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 :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
View of rooftops of town, France

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 hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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.

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  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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 :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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 Compostela

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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.

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  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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 :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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 Vergara

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  • Breakfast

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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cross the Spanish border to Vega de Terrón. Enjoy free time before visiting Castelo Rodrigo.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy free time in Régua then continue on to Entre-os-Rios. Explore at leisure before a Portuguese folk music back on board.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruise back to Vila Nova de Gaia and tour Porto. Perhaps visit Guimarães (own expense). Enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

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

Be transferred to Porto Airport.

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  • Breakfast

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