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Hike in Porto, the Douro Valley (Portugal), and Salamanca (Spain)

8 Days - ROP_AIPP
# Description

Cruise

PORTO - REGUA - PINHAO - VEGA DE TERON - Salamanca - BARCA D'ALVA - SENHORA DA RIBEIRA - FERRADOSA - PINHAO - REGUA - BITETOS - PORTO

Embark on a cruise through the heart of authentic Portugal and explore beautiful and unspoilt areas such as the Alvao or Douro Nature Parks and the Portuguese vineyards. Our hiking and walking programs offer you the opportunity to contemplate the natural beauty of these magical places. Far from the hustle and bustle of city life, this cruise is ideal for the nature and scenic enthusiasts.

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All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walking tours with a qualified mountain guide:
    • The Alvao National Park
    • The Portuguese vineyard
    • The Douro National Park all the way to the Vultures' Cliff
    • Along the coastline in Porto
  • Non-hikers program:
    • Porto and its historic riches
    • Vila Real and the formal gardens at the Mateus Palace
    • Salamanca, beautiful university city
    • The Porto Wine Route
    • Figueira de Castelo Rodriguo, one of the 12 historic villages in Portugal

Cruise

Day 1

PORTO

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 5:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Presentation of our hiking program. In the evening, depending on the weather, we'll cruise to the mouth of the Douro River.

Day 2

PORTO - REGUA

We'll set out for a guided tour of Porto. The afternoon will be spent sailing towards Regua. Enjoy an evening of dancing or a stroll through the city on your own.

Day 3

REGUA - PINHAO - VEGA DE TERON

Hikers' Program: Hike through the heart of the Alvão Natural Park. Mountainous scenery, granite statues, deep valleys, and remote villages line our route. (Length 2¿ - 3 hours, distance of 7 km (4.5miles), with about 320m (1,050 feet) of elevation gain.)
Non-hikers' Program: Trip to Vila Réal and stroll through the beautiful gardens of the Mateus Palace.
The afternoon will be spent sailing through the very heart of the most famous vineyards in Porto. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 4

VEGA DE TERON - Salamanca - BARCA D'ALVA

Join us on a guided tour of Salamanca, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We'll return on board in the end of the afternoon. Enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.

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. (Length 3 hours, 8 km (5 miles) with about 530m (1,740 ft) of elevation gain.)
Non-hikers' Program: Excursion to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo.
We'll return on board. The afternoon will be spent sailing to Senhora da Ribeira. Tonight's our gala evening and dinner

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). (Length 4 hours, 14 km (8.6 miles) with about 500m descent (1,650 ft.))
Non-hikers' Program: "Wines of Porto¿ excursion with a tasting* of Porto wines.
We'll cruise to Bitetos, reaching it in the evening. Enjoy an evening of Fado entertainment.

Day 7

BITETOS - PORTO

This morning will be spent 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. (Length  2 to 2¿ hours, 8 km (5 miles) on flat, level ground)
Non-hikers' Program: Excursion to Guimaraes, birthplace of Portugal in the 12th century.
Enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.

Day 8

PORTO

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

Dates & Prices

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  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%
  • 3rd person discount in triple cabin : - 30%

Formalities

Valid passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.

Included :
Not included

Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - onboard drinks included (except for drinks from our special lists) - double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom - all excursions and hikes listed in the itinerary - services of a qualified mountain guide - assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess - welcome cocktail - gala dinner - onboard entertainment - Flamenco entertainment - Fado entertainment - traditional folk entertainment - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - all port fees.

Drinks from our special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points - personal expenses - all other services not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.

Shore Excursions

6 Shore excursions
Included in tour package Guided tour of Porto Trip to Vila Réal Guided tour of Salamanca Excursion to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. "Wines of Porto” excursion Excursion to Guimaraes
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Guided tour of Porto and wine tasting

Departure by coach from the Villa Nova de Gaia Quay, facing Porto from across the Douro river and the famous Dom Luis I Bridge, built between 1881 and 1886 by French engineer Theophile Seyrig, one of Gustave Eiffel's pupils. Porto, the second lar...

Duration 4h00

Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo

Situated in the northern foothill of Marofa Mountain, in the middle of cultivated plains, this once-medieval town is a historic treasure thanks to the outstanding renovations that preserved the houses and important buildings. Here, we'll visit the Mu...

Duration 3h30

Wines trail of Porto

Departure from Ferradosa for our excursion along the Porto wine route. We'll discover this incredible vineyard extending over 100 km along the Douro river all the way to the Spanish border. We'll visit San Salvador do Mundo and Sao Joao da Pe...

Duration 4h00

Vila Real and Mateus Palace

We'll leave from Regua or Pinhão for Vila Real, where aristocrats built grand palaces during the 16th and 17th centuries. The architecture of the religious buildings is here extremely varied. We'll take a panoramic tour of the city by coach, followe...

Duration 4h00

Guimaraes

We'll leave by coach from Porto for Guimarães. With our guide, we'll begin the tour of this university town on foot to discover its historical treasures. We'll get the chance to discover the Nossa Senhora de Oliveira Church (outdoo...

Duration 4h00

Guided tour of Salamanca

Departure by coach towards Salamanca where you'll meet up with your guides. Since 1988, the Old Town of Salamanca has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The classified area extends on the major part of the city as it used to be until th...

Duration 10h30

HIKING EXCURSIONS PACKAGE

Included in tour package Guided tour of Porto Hike through the heart of the Alvão Natural Park Guided tour of Salamanca Hike to the "Vultures' Cliff" Hike through the vineyards Hike along the banks of the Douro River...

Duration h00

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

MS Infante Don Henrique

3 Decks

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. Our boats may be moored side by side. Arrival times at ports of call and the order of the excursions can change.

*Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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