Douro River Cruise - 8 days Porto to Porto (PPH)

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The Douro Valley, a nature preserve

7 Nights Cruise Porto to Porto

* Themed Cruise: Hiking *

Douro Cruise
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Porto to Porto - 8 days (ROP)

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Ship - Infante don Henrique

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Program Dates: April 17 - 24, 2017 and October 16 - 23, 2017

Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1: PORTO (Embarkation Day)

Board the ship at 5:00PM. 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.

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 - 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 (Disembarkation Day)

Buffet breakfast on board. Disembark. End of our services.

Difficulty of Hiking Program: at 2.5 (on a scale of 5)
The proposed hikes during our cruises are trips of 2 to 5 hours of work involving uneven higher or lower depending on the destination (150-850 m). They allow discovery and an approach to the rhythm of walking, some natural or cultural sites in the program of your cruise.

The times specified in the program are provided for information only and do not include breaks.
For these tours, you do not need a training athlete, however, get fit and relaxed if you want to fully enjoy your cruise.

Your equipment:

The backpack
It is essential to have a backpack (30L maximum). May contain sweater, rain jacket, picnic, a bottle of water and sunscreen essential hiking.
The choice of your bag often will determine your comfort and your enjoyment so during the hike. Take a bag to size, solid, padded shoulder straps, a durable fabric and waterproof.
No port is performed.

Footwear
A good shoe must above all be comfortable and not hurt you. Be in your shoes, try and test them before leaving.
Whatever the difficulty of the hike being considered, the base must be of quality, that is to say, well, not sewn on varied terrain and slippery wet. Prefer boots with soles that absorb shock, you will avoid the ankles, back injuries and joints.

Clothes
Hiking equipment must include:
• underwear more or less hot depending on the planned hike
• Quick drying lightweight trousers
• warm sweater or fleece
• rain cape or raincoat
• hat or cap
• purposes of hurricanes and a hat will be assessed at the beginning or end of the season.

The material
Remember to bring:
• Sunglasses
• sunscreen
• Small personal first aid kit (see below)
• gourd
• toilet paper
• Folding Knife
• telescopic walking sticks for those who are accustomed to use them (recommended for the Douro)

The pharmacy
For all our tours the guide has a first aid kit.
However, it is compulsory to carry a personal first aid kit, which varies according to destination, which will include at least:
• the élastoplast
• the "double skin"
• an analgesic
• possibly a mosquito repellent
• eye drops
• an intestinal antiseptic

... and your personal medication if you are on treatment.

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Advisements:

  • Please check with us regarding availability of English excursions.
  • A valid passport is required for travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

2017 Departure Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin and the SINGLE TRAVELER rate.
From Porto
Cruise Embarkation Date
Ship
Lower Deck Cabin w/ picture window - 2 twin beds
Middle Deck Cabin w/ picture window - 2 twin beds
Upper Deck Cabin w/ picture window - 2 twin beds
Lower Deck Cabin w/ picture window - Single Traveler
Middle Deck Cabin w/ picture window - Single Traveler
Upper Deck Cabin w/ picture window- Single Traveler
Apr 17, 2017
Infante don Henrique
$2,239
$2,480
$2,534
$3,027
$3,268
$3,322
Oct 16, 2017
Infante don Henrique
$2,239
$2,480
$2,534
$3,027
$3,268
$3,322

Prices Include:

Your cruise with all meals from dinner the D1 to breakfast on the D8 drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served during meals on board, drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list) double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess welcome cocktail the gala dinner and evening Spanish, Fado, flamenco, and traditional folk themed evenings on board all excursions and hikes listed in the itinerary services of a qualified mountain guide all port fees

Prices Do Not Include:

Individual arrival and departure (airfare) • The drinks served in the bar, those on the wine list and the drinks at meals served during excursions or transfers • Travel Insurance • All other services not mentioned in the itinerary • Personal expenses

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