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PORTO - REGUA - BARCA D'ALVA - FERRADOSA - BITETOS - PORTO

DAY 1: France - PORTO

Special charter flight (1) from France to Porto. Boarding in the end of the afternoon. Presentation of the crew and welcome cocktail. Dinner on board. In the evening, if weather permits, cruise to the mouth of the Douro River. Discovery of Porto illuminated by night from the boat: a truly magnificent sight.

DAY 2: PORTO - REGUA

Full board on board. Guided visit of Porto with our accompanist. Afternoon spend sailing: relax and admire the wonderful landscapes and scenery as we cruise. Dancing evening or evening free to explore Régua by night on your own.

DAY 3: REGUA - PINHAO - VEGA DE TERON

Full board on board.
Hikers' Program: Hike through the heart of the Natural Park of Alvão. Mountainous scenery, granite statues, deep valleys, and remote villages line our route. (Duration 2½ - 3 hours, distance of 7km (4.5miles), with about 320m (1,050 feet) of elevation gain).
Non-hikers' Program: Trip to Vila Réal, a town with a great variety of religious architecture. We will continue our tour with a wonderful walk through the beautiful gardens of the Solar de Mateus.
Afternoon spend sailing through the very heart of the most famous vineyards in Porto, passing alongside magnificent hills covered with vine trellises. Evening of entertainment by our crew.

DAY 4: VEGA DE TERON (excursion to Salamanca) - BARCA D'ALVA

Full board on board. Guided excursion to Salamanca. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this beautiful town boasts many extraordinary Roman, Arabic and Christian architectural treasures. Return on board in the end of the afternoon. Evening of Flamenco entertainment. Overnight.

DAY 5: BARCA D'ALVA - SENHORA DA RIBEIRA

Full board.
Hikers' Program:Vultures' Cliff” This hike begins in a wild mountainous setting with magnificent panoramic views of the Douro River and Spain. Picnic lunch. [Duration 3 hours, 8km (5 miles) with about 530m (1,740 ft) of elevation gain]
Non-hikers' Program: Excursion to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. Set high upon a rocky peak, in the middle of flat cultivated plains, this restored village has managed to keep its authentic charm.

Return on board. Afternoon spend sailing on the Douro River to Senhora da Ribeira. Gala evening.

DAY 6: SENHORA DA RIBEIRA - FERRADOSA - PINHAO - REGUA - BITETOS

Full board.
Hikers' Program: Hike through the vineyards. Discovery of a real paradise where nature has been protected (picnic lunch). [Duration 4 hours, 14km (8.6 miles) with about 500m descent (1,650 ft)]
Non-hikers' Program: “Wines of Porto” excursion. We will follow the wine route and stop at a panoramic overlook in the middle of the vineyards for a tasting of Porto wines in a “quinta”.
Non-hikers will return to the boat at Pinhão for lunch, while the hikers will return on board in the afternoon in Régua. Cruise to Bitetos, arrival in the evening. Evening of Fado entertainment on board.

DAY 7: BITETOS - PORTO

Full board on board. Morning spend sailing to Porto.
Hikers' Program: Hike along the banks of the Douro River to its estuary, admiring breathtaking views of the city and the ocean. [Duration 2 to 2½ hours, 8km (5 miles) on flat, level ground]
Non-hikers' Program: Excursion to Braga, often nicknamed “Portugal's Rome”, thanks to its magnificent, religious architecture.

Traditional folk entertainment.

DAY 8: PORTO - France

Buffet breakfast on board. Disembark. Flight to France. End of our services.

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.
The number of moorings on the Douro is limited. Vessels may be moored side by side.

(1) Special charter flights to/from Porto, excluding airport taxes. Flight schedules are not currently available. We would like to remind you that flight schedules are only guaranteed a few days prior to departure when flight times are confirmed. Moreover, these flights may give rise to an overnight stop on the outbound and/or inbound journeys. It is recommended therefore, that you make provisions for potential additional expenses that may arise as a result (hotels, transfers, etc.).
Alcohol can damage your health. Please drink in moderation.
Transport

Special flight (1) Paris/Strasbourg to Porto and Porto to Strasbourg/Paris included. For more information about flights and transfers, please contact our call center by clicking on “Request a quote” and filling out the form, or by calling 1-800-768-7232.

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Level
The hikes that are proposed during our cruises are 2 to 5 hours walks, implying changes in altitude that range between 150 and 850 meters (500 to 2800 ft) depending on the destination. During the hike, you'll get a chance to see and discover some of the natural and cultural areas on your cruise's program.
The lengths of time indicated for the hikes in the program are given as rough estimates and do not include time taken for breaks.
No athletic training is necessary for these hikes, but you should be in good shape and well-rested to fully enjoy this cruise.
 

Equipment needed
Backpack
You'll need to bring a backpack (max 30 liters / 1,830 cubic inches) to carry the things you'll need for the hike: sweater, raincoat, picnic, bottle of water and sunscreen.
So that you'll be comfortable and enjoy your hike, make sure that you choose a good backpack. We recommend a backpack that is well-made and of the appropriate size, with padded straps, and made of strong fabric that is waterproof. You must carry all materials for your hike yourself, as no porter services are provided.
 

Shoes
Most importantly, you should bring a pair of good-fitting, comfortable shoes. It is best that you use these shoes prior to leaving for your cruise. It is important that you be comfortable in them.
Regardless of the level of difficulty of the hike, your shoes should have a good quality, well sewn-on and non-slip sole for wet or uneven terrain. It is best to choose shoes that provide ankle support and that have shock-absorbing soles to prevent injury to ankles, and back and joint problems.
 

Clothes
You'll be well-prepared for your hike with these essentials :
Undergarments / base layers that are appropriate for the planned hike• Lightweight, quick-drying pants
Warm sweater or fleece jacket
Rain poncho or raincoat
Hat or cap
Thin gloves and a knit cap for the beginning and the end of the season
 

Equipment
Do not forget to bring:
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Small personal first-aid kit (refer to the following paragraph)
Water bottle
Toilet paper
Folding knife
Telescoping hiking poles if you are used to using them
 

First-aid needs
Your guide will have a first-aid kit for each hike.
Even so, you must bring your own first-aid kit, which differs according to the destination, but will at least include:
Plastic strip bandages
“2nd Skin” or similar blister treatment bandages
Pain reliever
If necessary, mosquito repellent
Eye drops
Anti-diarrhea medication, etc.
You should also include any of your personal medication that you require (prescriptions, for example).