Visit characterful towns, sample delicious port wines and take part in a traditional grape harvest festival on this enchanting cruise along the Douro

Glide along the glittering Douro on this delightful river cruise and explore a region of Portugal best known for its excellent wines. Gaze out onto beautiful landscapes and sweeping vineyards as you travel between pretty riverside towns where famous vintages have been produced for generations.

Portugal's second city of Porto is your gateway to this trip; full of charm and atmosphere, the historic old town (a UNESCO world heritage site) is made up of colourful little houses and narrow alleyways. Marvel at the traditional tiled facades of the buildings and enjoy views of the river from one of the city's many viewpoints.

Your journey around the Alto Douro, the name of this wine-producing valley region which also holds UNESCO status, begins with a stop at Régua, a town that has produced port wine since the 18th Century. You'll continue on to the little town of Pinhão, surrounded by vineyards and quintas - local wine producers. You'll visit a quinta here and experience the traditional grape harvest, including picking and crushing the grapes underfoot in traditional granite troughs.

The trip continues with a port wine tasting at Vega Terron in Spain, and a visit to Barca d'Alva in the Parque Natural do Douro. Here you can also choose to go on an excursion to Spain (not included) to visit the historic university town of Salamanca. The Linha do Douro railway, which dates from the late 1800s, runs through the region and on a stop-off at Pocinho you'll see the railway terminus and railway bridge, both listed monuments.

You'll then return along the Douro, back through the towns of Pinhão and Régua, and finish with a final full day to enjoy the sights and charming atmosphere of Porto.

Your home for the duration of the trip is the ship A-ROSA ALVA. This comfortable ship has just 63 cabins, a casual dress code, heated pool and panoramic lounge with a bar.

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Price includes

  • Return flights from the UK to Porto
  • Transfers between Porto airport and the ship, the A-ROSA ALVA
  • River cruise with choice of preferred cabin (subject to availability and supplement applies for upgrades)
  • All onboard meals
  • High-quality drinks throughout the day (some exclusions apply**)
  • A tour, dinner and tasting at Quinta Avessada plus an onboard cooking demonstration
  • Free use of on-board facilities such as sauna and fitness centre, swimming pool and sun deck
  • 15% discount on treatments in the on-board spa
  • English and German speaking cruise guide
  • Free Wi-Fi on board

Availability

From
Wed, Wed, Oct 12, 2022
To
Wed, Wed, Oct 19, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,885*

* From price based on two sharing. Single supplement applies. Deposit: 25%. Prices shown include all discounts and are subject to availability and change. **Exceptions are specialities subject to surcharges and champagne. For full deposit terms and conditions, go to: tstours.co.uk/assets/tandc.pdf. Always check the FCDO travel advice, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more information, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

From
Wed, Wed, Oct 18, 2023
To
Wed, Wed, Oct 25, 2023
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,899*

* From price based on two sharing and includes a £100 super early booking discount for trips booked by 30 November 2022. Single supplement applies. Deposit: 25%. Prices shown include all discounts and are subject to availability and change. **Exceptions are specialities subject to surcharges and champagne. For full deposit terms and conditions, go to: tstours.co.uk/assets/tandc.pdf. Always check the FCDO travel advice, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more information, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Porto
    Porto, Portugal

    You'll fly from London Heathrow to Porto, where you'll be met and transferred by coach to the ship.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Porto – Régua – Pinhão
    Pinhão, Portugal

    You'll set sail for the Alto Douro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the wine growing valley where local wines are produced. First stop is Régua, the largest city in the valley and central to the production of port in the region. Next is the little town of Pinhão in a particularly picturesque part of the valley, surrounded by vineyards and quintas that produce the wine.

    You'll have the unique experience of taking part in a traditional grape harvest. You'll learn about the harvesting process at the Adega Cooperativa de Favaios and visit Quinta da Avessada to pick grapes and even help to crush them underfoot in traditional granite troughs. You'll also experience traditional Portuguese hospitality including a delicious menu of regional specialities and of course the local wines.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Pinhão - Vega Terron
    Vega de Terron, Spain, Portugal

    You'll spend the morning in enchanting Pinhão and visit another quinta, Quinta da Roeda, for a port wine tasting. In the afternoon you'll reach the Spanish town of Vega Terron, where the Douro and Agueda rivers meet.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Vega Terron – Barca d’Alva
    Barca d’Alva, Portugal

    There's an opportunity to take an excursion to the historic university town of Salamanca in the morning (not included). At lunchtime you'll sail on the Barca D'Alva in the beautiful Parque Natural do Douro. Trains on the Linha do Douro line used to stop here and you can still see the station today.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Barca d’Alva – Pocinho – Pinhão
    Pocinho, Portugal

    Visit Pocinho, the terminus of the Linha Douro line which dates from the late 1800s. The railway station and bridge across the Douro are listed monuments. In the afternoon you'll return to Pinhão.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Pinhão – Régua– Porto
    Regua, Portugal

    You'll spend the morning back in Régua and arrive in Porto in the late afternoon.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Porto
    Porto, Portugal

    You have a free day to explore Porto, Portugal's second city. Explore the narrow streets of the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and admire the patchwork of houses, many carved from granite and decorated with exquisite azulejo tiles. Climb to one of the viewpoints around the town to enjoy wonderful views of the Douro.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Depart from Porto
    Porto, Portugal

    Take your transfer to the airport and catch your return flight.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

A-ROSA ALVA

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Cruise ship

Comfortable ship with spacious cabins, great facilities and an inviting sun deck

The A-ROSA ALVA is your home from home as you cruise along the Douro. Most of the spacious cabins have panoramic windows so you can enjoy the sensational river views, and all have ensuite bathrooms with a shower and toilet, as well as air conditioning, TV, telephone, hairdryer and a safe.

Enjoy delicious meals onboard at the breakfast and lunch time buffets, and at dinner time where main courses are served alongside appetiser and dessert buffets. High-quality drinks are served throughout the day.

There's a sun deck with recliners and sunshades as well as a heated outdoor pool and crazy golf. A lounge area, bar and dance floor are great for relaxing into the evening.

The onboard spa provides the perfect place to treat yourself. Choose from the range of beauty and body treatments on offer from the professionally trained spa and beauty team. There's also a sauna and gym with cardio equipment, as well as a relaxation room.

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Availability

From
Wed, Wed, Oct 12, 2022
To
Wed, Wed, Oct 19, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,885*

* From price based on two sharing. Single supplement applies. Deposit: 25%. Prices shown include all discounts and are subject to availability and change. **Exceptions are specialities subject to surcharges and champagne. For full deposit terms and conditions, go to: tstours.co.uk/assets/tandc.pdf. Always check the FCDO travel advice, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more information, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

From
Wed, Wed, Oct 18, 2023
To
Wed, Wed, Oct 25, 2023
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,899*

* From price based on two sharing and includes a £100 super early booking discount for trips booked by 30 November 2022. Single supplement applies. Deposit: 25%. Prices shown include all discounts and are subject to availability and change. **Exceptions are specialities subject to surcharges and champagne. For full deposit terms and conditions, go to: tstours.co.uk/assets/tandc.pdf. Always check the FCDO travel advice, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more information, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Call now to book 02045 796 119
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