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Douro River Cruise

New
  • 17 April 2025
  • 7 Nights
  • From 2395pp Per Person
  • MS Estrela
Sail from sunny Porto along this outstanding Douro River Cruise on a 8 days adventure aboard your river ship, the MS Estrela, discovering the beautiful gems and vineyards of Portugal and Spain.

Flowing from the northern reaches of Spain, through Portugal and into the Atlantic, this river is bordered by countless vineyards. From Pinhao in Portugal, which holds amazing views over the Douro Valley, to Vega de Terron in Spain, a tiny village located atop a hill overlooking both Spain and Portugal; or Salamanca, known for its ancient university.

Join an excursion to the splendid Gardens and Palace of Mateus, discovering the connection between this beautiful 18th Century palace and Mateus Rose wine for yourself.

Dance along an energetic performance of traditional Portuguese folk music back on board at a special Captain’s Dinner. In Vila Nova De Gaia, Porto, you will visit a local port winery for a tour and tasting before you disembark back to Porto.

Life-enriching, relaxing and unique – a Travel Marvel river cruise is the ultimate holiday experience. Discover unforgettable destinations as you travel in total comfort and style. Wake up each morning in a new location, ready to explore new sights.

Departures from April to October 2025 now on sale.

*EARLY BOOKING OFFER SAVE €500* PER PERSON

Talk to the JWT Cruises experts to book your place on the Douro River Cruise.

Douro River Cruise

Sail from sunny Porto along this outstanding Douro River Cruise on a 8 days adventure aboard your river ship, the MS Estrela, discovering the beautiful gems and vineyards of Portugal and Spain.

Flowing from the northern reaches of Spain, through Portugal and into the Atlantic, this river is bordered by countless vineyards. From Pinhao in Portugal, which holds amazing views over the Douro Valley, to Vega de Terron in Spain, a tiny village located atop a hill overlooking both Spain and Portugal; or Salamanca, known for its ancient university.

Join an excursion to the splendid Gardens and Palace of Mateus, discovering the connection between this beautiful 18th Century palace and Mateus Rose wine for yourself.

Dance along an energetic performance of traditional Portuguese folk music back on board at a special Captain’s Dinner. In Vila Nova De Gaia, Porto, you will visit a local port winery for a tour and tasting before you disembark back to Porto.

Life-enriching, relaxing and unique – a Travel Marvel river cruise is the ultimate holiday experience. Discover unforgettable destinations as you travel in total comfort and style. Wake up each morning in a new location, ready to explore new sights.

Departures from April to October 2025 now on sale.

*EARLY BOOKING OFFER SAVE €500* PER PERSON

Talk to the JWT Cruises experts to book your place on the Douro River Cruise.

Itinerary

DOURO RIVER CRUISE ITINERARY

Day 1 – Arrive Porto, Vila Nova De Gaia, Embark Ship

Fly into Porto today, a perfect introduction to sunny Portugal.

Day 2 – Regua, Lamego, Pinhao

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

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.

Day 3 – Vega De Terron, Castelo Rodrigo

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.

Day 4 – Salamanca, Barca D’Alva

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.

Day 5 – Pinhao, Regua

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 Pinhao to Regua. After your Insider Experience on arrival in Regua, this afternoon, enjoy a guide tour in Regua followed by free time to visit the Douro Museum.

Day 6 – Regeua, Mateus Palace, Entre-Os-Rios

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.

Day 7 – Vila Nova De Gaia, Porto

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.

Day 8 – Disembark Ship, Depart Porto

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

 

  • Seven nights on a brand-new river ship, the MS Estrela
  • 20 meals – 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Enjoy a Flamenco show and lunch and be entranced by captivating Flamenco dancers
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Cruise Director and local guides
  • 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
  • In Pinhao, enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional dishes and dessert at a picturesque local quinta
  • Shore excursions and unique Insider Experiences
  • Prices are correct as of 25th March 2024.
  • Based on 2 Adults Sharing Window Cabin – Lower Deck.
  • Departing Porto 17th April, 24th April or 23rd Oct 2025.
  • All prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • Discounts and offers can be revoked at any time.
  • Subject to availability
  • T&C’s apply

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