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
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
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.