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Spirit of Chartwell

Douro Valley 8 Day Cruise

The Spirit of Chartwell is the unique vessel that was chosen and specially adapted to carry the Queen and other members of the Royal Family during the Jubilee River Pageant in June 2012. The deluxe three deck ship was refurbished in 2009 to recreate the understated stylish elegance of the Pullman railway carriages popular in the 1920s. The Spirit of Chartwell now resides in Portugal offering luxury cruising on the Douro river and provides impressive features including tastefully decorated outward facing en-suite cabins, accommodating up to 30 passengers. The observation deck offers alfresco dining and is the ideal vantage point from which to observe the passing scenery, whilst the opulent lounge bar provides a tranquil retreat.





Embark the ship in Porto.

Day 1: Porto

Board the Spirit of Chartwell and settle into your cabin at leisure. A welcome cocktail will be served on the sun deck, followed by dinner on board the ship.

Day 2: Porto - Entre-os-Rios

After your first breakfast aboard the ship, join a Porto city tour and its beautiful hilly medieval streets, golden rooftops and excellent wine bars. Your tour also includes a visit to a local cellar. Return to the ship for lunch as it departs for Entre-os-Rois. Later enjoy a Vintage Port ceremony and dinner on board.

Day 3: Entre-os-Rios - Regua

After breakfast the ship sails to Regua situated on a wonderfully scenic stretch of the Douro. After lunch on board the ship join a tour of Lamego, an attractive town nestled among the terraced slopes of the Douro valley. Here you will find the most striking building of Lamego is the sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Remedies which stands overlooking the town. Dinner will be at a wine producing Quinta.

Day 4: Regua - Barca d'Alva

After breakfast the ship sails to Barca D'Alva. After lunch join an excursion to Castelo Rodrigo, surrounded by pine forests and rolling hills. In the evening enjoy dinner followed by a Portuguese fado and folk music show.

Day 5: Barca d'Alva - Salamanca

After breakfast join a tour to the Spanish town of Salamanca, awarded world heritage status by UNESCO and packed with extraordinary Romanesque, Arab and Christian architectural treasures. You will also visit the small cathedral city, Ciudad Rodrigo, where you can enjoy a traditional Spanish lunch and Flamenco show. Return to the ship in the evening for a traditional Portuguese barbecue on the sun deck.

Day 6: Barca D' Alva - Regua

Spend a leisurely morning aboard the ship as she sails from Barca D'Alva to Regua. Lunch onboard followed by an afternoon tour of the Mateus Palace. Built in 1745, it is considered a perfect example of baroque architecture with an impressive facade and delightful garden. Join an afternoon lecture entitled 'Portugal Today'.

Day 7: Regua - Entre-os-Rios

Relax on board the Spirit of Chartwell this morning as the ship sails towards Entre-os-Porto. Today you will visit Quinta da Aveleda, a vineyard which has been owned by the Guedes family for several generations. Explore the exotic gardens and admire the romantic style buildings which overlook the beautiful vineyards. Later the ship returns to Porto and enjoy your final dinner aboard the ship.

Day 8: Porto

After breakfast, disembark the ship in Porto.


Disembark the ship in Porto at 09:30hrs.


  • 7 Nights' accommodation on board the Spirit of Chartwell
  • Full board (from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8)
  • Complimentary drinks with all meals
  • All on board activities
  • Off ship dinner events
  • Wine at off ship events
  • All tours above, with guide and/or tour escort.


  • International transportation
  • Beverages other than those listed above
  • Passport and Visas
  • Personal insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Private tours
  • Select wines

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