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Douro Discovery Cruise

Private Travel | Cruises | Non-exclusive 8 Days & 7 Nights Lead-in price: £2,745 Current prices from: £2,745
Wind your way through the Douro valley's heavenly scenery on a journey aboard the MS Douro Serenity. This 7-night cruise travels through the heart of the Douro valley and includes visits to villages where time has stopped, family-owned quintas and sun-drenched cities. One of the highlights of the cruise is a visit across the Spanish border to the beautiful city of Salamanca, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Dinner at a local quinta, a traditional Portuguese winery
  • Discover the golden sandstone architecture of Salamanca on a guided tour, including a traditional flamenco show
  • Port tasting and tour at a beautiful quinta winery

Coimbra

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1457 1559 1763 1966 2272 2577 2882 2882 2781 2272 1763 1457
Min temp (C)(F) 643 745 745 948 1152 1457 1661 1559 1559 1254 948 745
Sunshine hours 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 10 8 6 5 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1365 1385 873 894 743 462 110 120 482 1044 1275 1325
Rainy Days 17 16 14 15 12 9 6 5 9 13 15 14
Humidity L M M H H VH VH VH H M L L
UV 2/L 3/M 5/M 6/H 7/H 9/VH 9/VH 8/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Funchal

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 1660 1660 1660 1762 1864 2067 2170 2272 2272 2169 1965 1762
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 90 90 80 40 20 10 0 0 30 90 110 90
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Lisbon

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 1254 1254 1457 1559 1763 2068 2272 2373 2272 1864 1457 1254
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 110 110 70 60 40 20 10 10 30 80 110 110
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Porto

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 948 1050 1254 1355 1559 1864 2068 2068 1966 1661 1254 1050
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 171 171 110 110 90 50 20 20 60 131 151 181
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Day 1: Fly to Porto

Make your own way to Porto and board the MS Douro Serenity for a 7-night cruise. (D)

Day 2: Regua • Pinhão

Morning cruising on the Douro. Afternoon excursion to the Palace of Mateus and its gardens. Enjoy an optional excursion of a delicious dinner at a local quinta. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Vega de Terrón • Castelo Rodrigo

Cruise to Vega de Terrón in Spain and visit the tiny hilltop village of Castelo Rodrigo. Evening folk show on board the ship. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Salamanca • Barca d’Alva

Drive to Salamanca, a university town dating back to the pre-Roman era. View the Plaza Mayor, the grandest and largest square in Spain, and the University of Salamanca. Flamenco show in the evening. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Lamego • Regua

Morning Portuguese cooking demonstration on board. Cruise to Pinhão and transfer to a quinta winery for stunning views over the Douro and wine tasting. Visit to the picturesque village of Lamego. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Regua • Entre-os-Rios

Day at leisure, with time to explore Regua in the morning and Entre-os-Rios after lunch. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Villa Nova de Gaia • Porto

Sail to Vila Nova de Gaia. On arrival, enjoy a city tour of Porto including all the main sights and a local port winery. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Porto • Disembark

Disembark from the MS Douro Serenity. (B)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information

Drive to Salamanca, a university town dating back to the pre-Roman era. View the Plaza Mayor, the grandest and largest square in Spain, and the University of Salamanca. Flamenco show in the evening. (B, L, D)

Please note

This tour does not include return flights.

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

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  • MS Douro Serenity
    MS Douro Serenity

    Aboard the <em>MS Douro Serenity</em> you will cruise beneath a sapphire sky down the river's tranquil waterways, while you relax beside the pool, enjoy a drink in the lounge or take an afternoon siesta in your air-conditioned suite or cabin. All cabin categories feature an en suite bathroom with a shower, air conditioning, hairdryer, safe and television. All rooms have windows, and rooms on the Upper and Main decks have floor-to-ceiling windows that slide down to create a French-style balcony allowing passengers to fully absorb the surroundings and the fresh air of the Douro river. Onboard entertainment includes Portuguese folk music, history lectures and evenings of wine, song and dance. A range of Portuguese, Mediterranean and international dishes are served in the main lounge, with a selection of wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany both lunch and dinner. Four-course dinners are served in the evenings, and buffet style breakfasts and lunches ...

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Dates & prices

DOC2020

Guideline Prices

Low season from £2,745 per person

High season from £2,745 per person

 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

    https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/europe/portugal/porto
  • Porto

    Portugal's second-largest city, Porto was built along the hillsides overlookin...

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