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COSMOS tours & cruises – Portugal’s Douro River Cruise – 8 days

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DAY 1 : UK – Oporto.

Fly to Oporto where you will be met and transferred to your ship for embarkation. Enjoy a welcome cocktail party and a chance to meet the crew. In the evening there will be an optional excursion to see Oporto by night. Includes Dinner

DAY 2 : Oporto.

After breakfast, there will be an optional guided tour of medieval Oporto, Portugal’s second largest city. Venture the steep, winding lanes of the town, edged by grand archways and magnificent churches, before travelling to Vila Nova de Gaia. Visit one of the producers of the port wine that the region is famous for, followed by wine tasting. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover Oporto at leisure, or perhaps join an optional trip on the river in a traditional rabello. After dinner there will be a folk evening on board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 : Oporto – Regua.

The morning is yours to discover Oporto at leisure or for you to take an optional excursion to Portugal’s religious centre, Braga. Here you will have a chance to see the remains of the medieval city walls, city gates and towers, and various examples of imposing Baroque architecture that embellish the palaces and monuments built by archbishop Rodrigo de Moura Teles. After lunch, begin cruising through the spectacular scenery of the Douro Valley to Regua. In the evening you can take part in the organised entertainment, or enjoy an evening stroll at leisure through Regua. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 : Regua – Barca d’Alva.

This morning, enjoy an optional excursion to Vila Real for a visit to the beautiful manor and gardens of Solar de Mateus. In the afternoon, rejoin your ship in Pinhão, the geographical centre of the demarcated port wine making region. Later, your ship continues cruising amidst the steep, terraced vineyards that line the banks of the river, en route to Barca d’Alva. Enjoy a flamenco evening on board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 : Barca d’Alva – Vega de Teron.

After breakfast, there is a full day optional excursion to the Spanish city of Salamanca, home to one of the oldest universities in the world. The city has been well-preserved and has beautiful stone-built noblemen’s houses, convents and palaces scattered among the faculty buildings. The architecture reflects its Roman, Arabic and Christian past, and it is also said to have the most impressive town square in the whole of Spain. You rejoin the ship in Vega de Teron for an evening of entertainment. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : Vega de Teron – Ferradosa – Pinhão.

Continue your journey through the stunning countryside of the Douro Valley, arriving in Ferradosa after lunch. There is an optional excursion in the afternoon that takes you through vineyards where grapes are grown for the production of local wines before heading to a Quinta to taste Port wine. You rejoin the ship in Pinhão before dinner, where you will have time to look at the local train station, built at the end of the 19th century, the inside of which is entirely lined with panels of patterned tiles, or azulejos. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 : Pinhão – Oporto.

This morning, there is an optional excursion to the ancient town of Lamego, 12km from the banks of the Douro. This includes a visit to the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary, 600m above the town, the medieval castle, the church of Almacave with its azulejo lined walls and gilded woodwork on the altars, and the Cathedral. After lunch on board, the ship continues its journey to Oporto. Tonight, there is a fado evening on board, where you can hear the traditional songs of Lisbon. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : Oporto – UK.

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Ofir. Includes Breakfast

Optional Excursion Package

The following Cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking for £186 per person and includes:

Oporto

Day 1 – ‘Oporto by night’ excursion

Day 2 – Guided city tour

Braga

Day 3 – City visit

Vila Real

Day 4 – City tour and visit to Solar de Mateus manor and gardens

Salamanca

Day 5 – City visit

Ferradosa

Day 6 – ‘Wines of Porto’ vineyards route and wine tasting

Lamego

Day 7 – Guided tour

Note: All optional excursions are subject to change and a minimum number of participants are required for them to operate.

All Inclusive Drinks

Includes all drinks throughout your cruise, with the exception of champagne and selected wines and spirits.

River Cruise operated by Croisieurope Cruises

Ship – MS Infante de Henrique

Alternative Ships

The 13 April departure will be operated by MS Vasco de Gama and the 22 July, 19 August and 21 October departures will be operated by MS Fernao de Magalhaes. Facilities are similar and they are of the same standard. We also have several departures on MS Gil Eanes, please call for more details.

 

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2015 dates and prices with return flights from UK.

Price per person based on two sharing.

April

Mon 13th – £1049  Special Offer

May

Mon 18th – £1128 SAVE £171 Special Offer

Mon 25th – £1177 SAVE £122 Special Offer

June

Mon 15th – £1145 SAVE £184 Special Offer

Fri 26th – £1577 Special Offer

Mon 29th – £1159 SAVE £170 Special Offer

July

Fri 3rd – £1326 Special Offer

Mon 6th – £1029 SAVE £120 Special Offer

Fri 10th – £1369 Special Offer

Mon 13th – £1023 SAVE £126 Special Offer

Fri 17th – £1437 Special Offer

Wed 22nd – £1054 SAVE £95 Special Offer

Fri 24th – £1378 Special Offer

Mon 27th – £1088 SAVE £61 Special Offer

Fri 31st – £1449 Special Offer

August

Fri 7th – £1423 Special Offer

Mon 10th – £1065 SAVE £94 Special Offer

Fri 14th – £1436 Special Offer

Wed 19th – £1049 SAVE £110 Special Offer

Mon 24th – £1054 SAVE £105 Special Offer

Mon 31st – £1063 SAVE £96 Special Offer

September

Fri 4th – £1599 Special Offer

Mon 7th – £1199 SAVE £130 Special Offer

Mon 21st – £1199 SAVE £130 Special Offer

Mon 28th – £1150 SAVE £179 Special Offer

October

Fri 2nd – £1359 Special Offer

Mon 5th – £1043 SAVE £56 Special Offer

Fri 16th – £1341 Special Offer

Wed 21st – £1057 SAVE £42 Special Offer

 

 

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