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Douro, Porto and Salamanca River Cruise for Solo Travellers

Douro, Porto and Salamanca River Cruise for Solo Travellers

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8 days from only £2,039pp

New for 2023 - Extend your cruise with a City Stay

Plus save £150pp when you add an extension package to your 2023 river cruise.

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Time to Catch Up

Explore even more! Book a second 2022 holiday and save 20% if your second holiday is a river, yacht or ocean cruise of 8 days or more.

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Experience more with so much included

  • Happy by day two or we'll bring you home with a full refund
  • Seven nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, with river views 
  • Return scheduled flights from 9 regional airports
  • Eight guided visits and tours including 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
  • Traditional Portuguese folk music show on board
  • 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 
  • Five-star service from an English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides 
  • Complimentary on-board tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
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At a Glance
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7 nights on board a 5-star ship
Return flights & transfers
8 visits & tours
Full board with Welcome Dinner
Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi
Expert cruise director
All port charges & airport taxes
Checked Luggage
 

 

Offers available on this holiday

 

Book either two new holidays or a second holiday between 1 April and 31 July 2022 and save 20% on your second holiday if it is a river, yacht or ocean cruise departing in 2022. Savings will be applied to your final balance post-booking. Find out more

 

 

Our promises

Flexible Booking

Change your holiday for free for any reason right up until your final balance payment is due.

 

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Holiday Happiness. Guaranteed

If you're not happy by day two, we'll bring you home at no extra charge and offer you a full refund.

 

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Price Promise

If the price of your holiday reduces after you've booked, we'll reduce the price for you - or refund you the difference.

 

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Quality Promise

You can't find the same quality of holiday for less with a competitor - if you do, we'll match the price.

 

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Overview

One of Europe’s best kept secrets in one of its most undiscovered corners, explore the sleepy villages and medieval towns unchanged for centuries, amongst the breathtaking rolling hills and terraced vineyard slopes of the stunning Douro Valley.

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

Douro & Porto River Cruise for Solo Travellers

Price Includes

Prices are per person, based on one person in a cabin for sole occupancy. The price includes:

  • Full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day (excluding one lunch) 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
  • 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

Extend Your Cruise

City Stay Option

3 night City Stay in Porto from only £1150pp

In 2023 - add four days to your holiday, staying at the centrally located Pestana Vintage Porto.

Porto is a coastal city famous for its stately bridges and port wine production. In the medieval Ribeira district, narrow cobbled streets wind past merchants’ houses and cafes. Why not explore São Francisco Church which is known for its lavish baroque interior or book a wine cellar and cheese tasting experience. Find out more.

Plus save £150pp when you add an extension package to your 2023 river cruise. Find out more

Porto, Portugal old town skyline from across the Douro River.

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. View the example bar list.

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.

Useful Information

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • 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 location Transfer time
Porto Airport Porto 45 mins
Lisbon Airport 4 hrs including comfort stop

Ships Available

MS Douro Elegance on the Douro River
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