Douro River Cruises
Douro Cruises are one of the main tourist attractions of the region. Every day different types of boats travel the Douro River from Oporto to Régua, Pinhão or Barca d'Alva. There are several types of vessels, from traditional cruises, boats built in the image of Rabelo boats, hotel-ships where you can spend several days and know the river in its fullness, sail boats and yachts. Take a boat ride on the Douro river – Visit the Port wine cellars – Discover the farms in the Douro region – Buy some bola de Lamego
Book a 8 days - 7 nights Douro Cruise in one of the hotel ships for a unique experience.
The Spirit of Chartwell defines luxury Douro River barge cruising and sets the standard for service and quality. Very recently designed and refurbished for, and used by Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee on 3 June 2012. The Spirit of Chartwell offers select travellers a cruise experience worthy of its Royal Heritage. The finest interior furnishings, the impressive amount of space, and the high number of staff members per guest, create an elegant, club-like atmosphere for experienced travellers; an environment where every need is predicted and promptly attended to during the calm passage through the majestic Douro River Valley.This state-of-the-art river ship is unique with a distinctive chocolate and cream livery that brings to mind a Pullman train. Indeed, the inspiration behind the ship’s public areas was the Rene Lalique 1929 Pullman car ‘Cote d’Azur’ operated by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits. Amazingly, the vessel’s creator was able to acquire exquisite glass panels with classical figures and original (there are 33 in fact) Cote d’Azur Pullman Express armchairs in the lounge/restaurant which have been lovingly restored.
In addition, genuine pieces from great ocean-going liners are also on show on the ship, such as two magnificent portholes, an art deco clock and bar stools from the RMS Windsor. The staterooms are illuminated by wall lights from the SS France – one of the longest ever passenger ships. These ‘talking points’ along with the ship’s role in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations will elevate your cruise into a very special experience. The vessel’s 20 staterooms continue the grand theme, each with rich cream mahogany finishes, fully restored antique details such as Royal Navy Ships badges. All are air-conditioned, with private bathroom including shower. There are two staterooms on the upper deck. There are no lifts on the vessel.
Day 1 -Vila Nova de Gaia: Installation in the cabin and presentation of the cabin crew. Welcome cocktail. Dinner on board. In the evening optional excursion by bus to discover Porto by night.Full Program:
Day 2 – Porto: Breakfast on board. Then we will be able to participate in an optional excursion with guide to the city of Porto (one of the oldest in Europe) classified as World heritage by UNESCO. In Vila Nova de Gaia we will visit a winery and wine tasting of Porto wine. Lunch on board and free time. Later dinner on board followed by a night of Fado (The Portuguese national song).
Day 3 – Porto / Régua: Breakfast on board. Free morning to visit Porto or an optional excursion to the city of Braga. Lunch on board. Cruise to the weight of the ruler. Travel by Crestuma dam and Carrapatelo. At 8 p.m. we will arrive in Régua. Dinner on board. Performance of dance or simply option for a free evening walk in Régua.
Day 4 – Régua / Barca d’Alva: Buffet breakfast on board. Departure to Vila Real, optional excursion to the city with its churches and extensive range of architectures, walk through the beautiful gardens of Solar de Mateus. During this time the boat will cruise to Pinhão. Lunch on board. Navigation to Barca d’Alva. Dinner on board followed by a flamenco night music.
Day 5 -Vega de Terron (Spain): Departure to Salamanca where we will have the opportunity to participate in the optional city tour also classified as a UNESCO World heritage. Lunch in Salamanca. Return to the ship. Later dinner and entertainment aboard the night in Vega de Terron.
Day 6 -Vega de Terron / Pinhão: Departure in the morning and breakfast. We pass through the locks of Pocinho and Valeira. Lunch on board. At 2 p.m. we will arrive at Ferradosa, where we will start an optional excursion “The Route of the Porto Wine. “ At 6 p.m. arrival at Pinhão. Free time, later gala dinner on board.
Day 7- Pinhão / Porto: Breakfast on board. Departure for an optional excursion to Lamego. Arrival in Porto at night fall. Dinner and traditional night on board.
Day 8 –Vila Nova de Gaia: Breakfast on board. End of our services.
Inclusions: Cruise, accommodation and full board (excluding drinks.) All activities on board. Off ship diners with wine. Prices do not include: Private tours. Selected wines.
|PRICES IN EUROS PER PERSON|
|Dates||Duration||Ship||Price||Single Sup.||Superior||Suite||Tour Package|
|April 21||8 days||Spirit of Chartwell||1.950€||825€||N/A||2.820€||Included|
|May 12||8 days||Spirit of Chartwell||1.950€||825€||N/A||Booked||Included|
|July 7||8 days||Spirit of Chartwell||1.950€||825€||N/A||2.820€||Included|
|July 14||8 days||Spirit of Chartwell||1.950€||825€||N/A||2.820€||Included|
|July 21||8 days||Spirit of Chartwell||1.950€||825€||N/A||2.820€||Included|
|July 28||8 days||Spirit of Chartwell||1.950€||825€||N/A||2.820€||Included|
|August 18||8 days||Spirit of Chartwell||1.950€||825€||N/A||Booked||Included|
|Sept 15||8 days||Spirit of Chartwell||2.030€||855€||N/A||Booked||Included|