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The Douro Valley Tour

November 8, 2020

8 Days | 7 Cities | 2 Countries

MS Infante d. Henrique

Overview

Teeming River Cruises invites you to begin your Douro Valley Tour on the slopes above the Douro River estuary – Porto. Known as a historic mercantile city with a rich and varied heritage and an Old-World atmosphere, lined with its medieval walls, gleaming Baroque churches and famous Port wine cellars, it is an arresting destination of choice for the adventurous traveler.

Traveling the Douro, the MS Infante d. Henrique finds itself positioned on the Portuguese border at the confluence of the rivers Douro and Águeda, the small Spanish port town of Vega de Terron. A charming settlement across from the beautiful Douro International Nature Park. Its quiet streets and lush landscapes remain beautifully unspoiled and give travelers an authentic taste of western Spanish life. Wind along and be encircled by terraced hillsides that produce some of the world’s best port wine!

Your Douro Valley Tour comes to an end where it all began, the perfect place to explore or simply relax before heading off back home…or wherever your travels may take you!

Itinerary

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On the slopes above the Douro River estuary, Porto is a historic mercantile city with a rich and varied heritage and an Old-World atmosphere. Porto put ‘Portu’ into Purtugal dating back to early 800 AD. With its medieval walls, gleaming Baroque churches and famous Port wine cellars, it is an arresting destination of choice for the adventurous traveler. Don’t let the cobblestone streets and compact layout of this city fool you, it is easy to navigate these streets by bike or foot! Wander your way through the Batalha district, where centuries’ worth of architecture are bundled into one structure. After heading to the ship, make sure to head up to the deck to take in one of Porto’s famous sunsets!

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Stroll down the narrow streets and drink in the liveliness of the UNESCO World Heritage Ribeira District, one of the most authentic and picturesque parts of the city in the heart of the Old Town. Pop into shops that line the way and discover traditional restaurants where you can dine facing the river and might catch a glimpse of a Rabelo ((traditional Portuguese wooden cargo boat) along the banks of the Douro.

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Régua played a fundamental role in the production and sale of Port wine, since it was from its waters that the barrels were transported in the special boats known as barcos rabelos to Vila Nova de Gaia, where the wine was left to age in the local wine lodges. In this small river port, vines are grown on terraced slopes leading down to the river, providing spectacular views. If you want to get a feel for the culture and identity of the Douro wine region, visit the Museu do Douro, a museum housed in the fully restored and adapted Casa da Companhia Velha, an 18th-century manor house that is emblematic of the history of the world’s oldest demarcated and regulated wine region. It showcases a wealth of artifacts and engaging displays recounting the history of wine production in the Douro Valley.

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Positioned on the Portuguese border at the confluence of the rivers Douro and Águeda, the small Spanish port town of Vega de Terron is a charming settlement across from the beautiful Douro International Nature Park. Its quiet streets and lush landscapes remain beautifully unspoiled and give travelers an authentic taste of western Spanish life.

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Barca D’Alva is a sleepy village that offers a glance into a sunbaked, slow-paced corner of the world steeped in medieval history and surrounded by terraced vineyards and picturesque olive and almond groves. Explore the vineyards and wind-making facilities or the now defunct train station that was constructed in 1887 to connect the country with the rest of Europe. Be sure to sample the wine, olives and almonds!

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Miles of vineyards line the river banks in this tiny town. Ferradosa’s steep, winding roads lead to the famous 9 chapels of Sao Salvador de Mundo (Savior of the World) where breathtaking views over the Douro valley can be savored.

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Encircled by terraced hillsides that produce some of the world’s best port wine, Pinhão is considered to be the geographical center of the Douro demarcated wine region. It boasts some of the most beautiful views in Portugal and is home to the historic Pinhão Train Station, famous for its gorgeous blue and white Azulejo tiles that depict Duoro Valley scenes related to port production.

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Take in the arresting views of the Douro from a stroll across the Dom Luís I Bridge, which is renowned for being designed by a student of Gustave Eiffel, the mastermind behind the Eiffel Tower. Climb up the 225 steps of Clérigos Tower to access a 360-degree view of the city. Keep an eye out for the the red-tiled warehouses where large amounts of port wine are blended and stored! Sip and saunter through Vila Nova de Gaia to taste the region’s famed port wine at its finest wine lodges.

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Visit Sandman Winery and Museum to tour the cellars and join in a wine tasting at the end. Perched on a hilltop standing watch over the city, the Porto Cathedral (known as the Sé) was originally built between the 12th and 13th centuries and features a variety of architectural styles, including Romanesque, baroque and gothic. Whether it is your first time in Porto, or you are a returning traveler, strap on your best exploration shoes, and venture down the less-traveled paths!

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Although this is the end of your Douro Valley Tour, we encourage you to continue exploring Portugal, or wherever your travels may take you! Thank you for cruising with Teeming River Cruises, where vacations come first and memories last.

Please Note: For navigational reasons and passenger safety, Teeming River Cruises and the captain reserve the right to modify the cruise itinerary as necessary. These Optional Excursions may or may not be offered, since availability is subject to number of participants and weather conditions.

Deck Plans

Cabin Options

Your cruise will take place on the MS Infante d. Henrique. To learn more about this ship, click here.

Availability & Pricing

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Single Cabin

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Double Cabins

101 ~ $1,299/$186 night
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201 ~ $1,551/$222 night
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207 ~ $1,596/$228 night
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203 ~ $1,600/$229 night
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323 ~ $1,649/$236 night
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305 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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301 ~ $1,999/$286 night
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What's Included

Highlights and Notes

Highlights of What’s Included:

  • Welcome & Farewell Receptions with Sparkling wine & hors-d’oeuvres
  • Welcome Aboard Dinner & Farewell Dinner
  • All Meals Included Daily (onboard your ship)
  • Locally inspired cuisine
  • Buffet Breakfast, and a set menu for lunch and dinner
  • At TeemingRC, we are committed to offering our passengers on each cruise the best combination of both value and service.
    • The standard drink menu on the MS Infante d’Henrique offers a variety of reasonably priced drinks. For example, wine by the glass is 4 Euro, draft beer is 3 Euro, a soft drink is 3 Euro, and whiskey, gin, & vodka are 4 Euro. Based on these negotiated prices and in keeping with our business model & value proposition, you may buy drinks on an à la carte basis.
    • Instead of a drink package on the MS Infante d’Henrique, drink cards will be available for purchase by cash or charge to any passenger. These drink cards will come with a pre-loaded limit of 30 Euro. Each time you purchase a drink, it will be deducted from your pre-paid card. If you run out of Euros on the card, you can purchase a new 30 Euro card. At the end of the cruise, if you have any unused funds on your drink card, they will be refunded back to you.
    • You are welcome to bring your own wine on board, and there is a corkage fee of €5,00 per bottle
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi will not support large photos, videos, streaming movies, etc. It is only good enough for texting and emails of minimal size)
  • TeemingRC/PopGuide App City Walking Tour in all ports
  • Tech Talks
    • Using Your Smartphone As Your Personal Tour Guide
      • How to Navigate with your Smartphone without cell service or date
  • Daily Port Talks- We Give You the Tools to “Explore More for Less!”
    • Museums/Sites/History/Architecture
      • Opening Times
      • Information on Entry Fees
      • Location
      • Explore On Your Own Information
  • Onboard Entertainment
  • Daily Housekeeping Service
  • Non-Smoking Ship Interior

Trip Notes:

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
  • Disruptions in cruising and itinerary may occur (low/high water levels).
  • Prices are for cruises only. Flights are not included.
  • Transfers to and from the airport are not included in the cruise fare.
  • Shore Excursions are not included in the cruise fare. These may be purchased for an additional cost.
  • Due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased.
  • Port Taxes and Fees are not included
  • Please be sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to many common questions.