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Douro, Porto & Salamanca River Cruise with Lisbon Extension

Selected departures up to October 2020 & April to November 2021

Experience more with so much included

  • Seven nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, with river views 
  • Three nights in an excellent hotel in Lisbon
  • Return scheduled flights from 9 regional airports
  • Eight guided visits and tours during the cruise including a full-day excursion to Salamanca with a walking tour; lunch and a flamenco show; a guided tour of Porto with a wine-tasting; tasting at a typical Portuguese quinta; and visits to Castelo Rodrigo, Mateus Palace gardens and Lamego
  • Guided tour of Lisbon with its magnificent squares, Baixa and Moorish quarters, cathedral and castle
  • Visit to the spectacular historic town of Sintra and its Royal Palace, summer residence of the Portuguese monarchy
  • Visit the astounding Monastery of Jeronimos with its outstanding 16th-century stonework
  • See the holy shrine of Fatima, famous for its apparitions and one of Catholicism’s most renowned pilgrimage sites
  • Tour Coimbra University, founded in 1290, one of Europe’s oldest seats of learning and a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Traditional Portuguese folk music show 
  • All meals on board from dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure, including welcome cocktails, a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner 
  • Breakfast at the hotel in Lisbon
  • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides 
  • Complimentary on-board tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
  • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director
  • All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers 
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At a Glance
7 nights on a 5-star ship
3 nights in hotel accommodation
Return flights & transfers
8 visits & guided tours plus 4 days in Lisbon
Full board cruise, B&B hotels
Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
Expert cruise director
Expert tour manager during extension
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

Immerse yourself in the eclectic charm of this vibrant capital, with its wide tree-lined boulevards and an atmospheric Moorish quarter with its maze of cobbled streets plus delightfully picturesque Sintra and the beautiful Roman city of Coimbra, steeped in history and tradition.

Commencing in the Roman city of Porto, the home of Port wine, Portugal’s once wild river Douro has been tamed by locks into resembling a series of finger lakes, adding greatly to the valley's ambience. Leaving behind the Atlantic influenced greenery of the coast you are soon immersed in a Mediterranean land of olives, vines, and picturesque, medieval hilltop villages. Our destination is the higher reaches of the valley from where we visit Salamanca - home of one of Europe’s oldest universities, two of its finest cathedrals, Spain’s finest city square and even the Inquisition!

You will adore the away-from-it-all experience and visit some of Iberia’s most beautiful medieval towns, monasteries and vineyards, and feel you have been away for months!

Your Itinerary

The Douro, Oporto & Salamanca River Cruise

Price Includes

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a cabin and hotel room. Single cabins/rooms are available at the relevant supplement. The price includes: 

The Cruise

  • Full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day of the cruise; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant
  • Morning/afternoon tea and coffee on board the ship
  • All visits and excursions as mentioned
  • Airport transfers
  • Coach travel as mentioned
  • Travel to and from port of embarkation
  • The services of a Riviera Travel cruise director during the cruise

The Extension

  • Three nights in a hotel in Lisbon with breakfast
  • An expert Riviera Travel tour manager

Early Booking Offer

Our Drinks Package

Pouring red wine into glass
 

7 night drinks package available from £99 per person

Tea, coffee and water will be served complimentary throughout your cruise, but should you wish to indulge in a glass of wine or a beer with your lunch or dinner, we would recommend adding our drinks package to your booking.

Simply relax and when it’s time to dine in the restaurant, take your pick from a range of: draught beer; non-alcoholic beer; soft drinks; juices; red, white and rosé house wines; and wine recommendations from the menu by the glass.

If you choose not to purchase a drinks package, there is a vast selection of drinks on board each ship available for individual purchase. To see an example bar list please click here.

To purchase the drinks package please call our reservations team.

Please note that drinks packages must be purchased by all guests occupying the same cabin or suite, and do not include drinks from the bar. The bar menu is an example, with brands and prices varying across ships and itineraries.

Meet Cruise Director Lale

Useful Information

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £250 per person
  • Flight Time: 2 hrs 30 mins to 3 hrs
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Time Zone: GMT
  • Country: Portugal

Wi-Fi

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship for the duration of your cruise. Please note that speeds may vary.

Visa Information

UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Portugal or Spain however must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal/entry-requirements and https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements

We are unable to accept responsibility if you are unable to travel because you have not complied with any passport/entry/immigration requirements.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Airport or train station Ship or hotellocation Transfer time
Porto Airport Porto (ship) 45 mins
Lisbon Airport 4 hrs including comfort stop
Lisbon Airport Lisbon (hotel) 30 mins


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