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Fernao de Magalhaes

Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca 6 Day Cruise

Explore the attractions and stunning river vistas of the Douro Valley in Portugal aboard the Fernao de Magalhaes, a three deck ship constructed in 2003. The ship is able to accommodate up to 142 guests in 71 comfortable double cabins, on a variety of itineraries which represent excellent value for money. Cruise in a unique setting, amid unspoilt nature and breathtaking landscapes. On board, swim in the pool or soak up the sun on the spacious sundeck, complete with shaded area. This cruise ship also features a lounge bar with a dance floor and restaurant serving French inspired cuisine.

 

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Embark

Embark in Porto at 17:00hrs.

Day 1: Porto

Check in from 17:00 hours and settle into your cabin at leisure. There will be a presentation from the crew. A welcome cocktail will be served in the lounge, followed by dinner on board the ship. In the evening you may wish to join the optional coach excursion to explore Porto by night.

Day 2: Porto - Regua

After breakfast, take an optional guided tour of Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe. The historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with an enticing maze of winding narrow streets, arcaded houses and beautiful churches. Porto is renowned for its wine, produced from the vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see along the banks of the Duoro. You will have the opportunity to visit a famous cellar in Vila Nova de Gaia and of course enjoy a tasting session. Return to the ship for lunch as the cruise continues onto Regua, passing the locks of Crestuma and Carrapelato. Arrive at around 7.30pm and enjoy a dinner and crew show.

Day 3: Regua – Pinhao - Vega de Teron

Enjoy an optional morning excursion to Vila Real where you can discover a number of beautiful churches and take a very pleasant walk around the gardens of Solar de Mateus. Join the ship again in Pinhao for lunch on board the ship. The cruise continues into the heart of the Porto, passing magnificent hillsides covered in trellised vines planted in terraces up to 700m, plunging majestically down towards the river. The boat traverses through locks in Valeira and Pocinho to reach the final destination of the day, Vega de Teron. Dinner on board followed by a Spanish evening.

Day 4: Barca d’Alva - Senhora da Ribeira

After a buffet breakfast, join an optional excursion to Salamanca, Spain. The city has been awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO for the outstanding beauty of its Roman, Arabic and Christian architectural treasures. Lunch in Salamanca. Return to the ship in Barca d’Alva as the ship continues onto Senhora da Ribeira for dinner and gala evening.

Day 5: Senhora da Ribeira - Ferradosa - Folgosa - Leverinho

Early breakfast, followed by a morning of sailing to Ferradosa. Take the optional 'Wines of Porto' excursion, which takes you into the heart of the wine country. Stop at a local vineyard and take part in a wine tasting, sampling some of the very best wines of the region. Join the boat in Folgosa for lunch and sail onto Leverinho passing some impressive wild landscapes. Dinner on board followed by a folk evening.

Day 6: Porto

After breakfast you will disembark the ship in Porto.

Disembark

Disembark in Porto at 09:00hrs.

Includes

  • 5 Nights' accommodation on board the Fernao de Magalhaes
  • DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at onboard bar
  • Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Complimentary Samsung Galaxy Tablet for guests' use
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • **Please note that the dominant language on board is French, although all announcements are prerecorded in English

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Beverages other than those listed above
  • Optional excursions
  • Visas
  • Personal insurance
 

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