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The Douro Valley Tour

November 1, 2021

8 Days | 7 Cities | 2 Countries

MS Vasco da Gama

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, MS Vasco da Gama 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! To continue on, explore the prominent 11th-century city of Salamanca which boasts ornate sandstone architecture, and the world-renowned Universidad de Salamanca.

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!

Most photos below were taken by Jeff & Gina on this very itinerary.

Itinerary

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Arrival: Check In 5 PM
Depart: Overnight

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 Portugal 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 is bundled into one structure.

After dinner 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 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.

Quebrantoes Dock – Vila Nova de Gaia

Click for printable pdf map – boarding-porto-docking-douro-cruise-croisieurope

Take the direction of Vila Nova de Gaia (the “twin” city of Porto, located on the other side of the Douro river). At the Vila Nova de Gaia, take the Avenida da republica (the main street) in direction of the river. Just before the river, take the street “rua de Camos” on the right. Once you got to the traffic circle, follow “Quebrantoes Deck” to access the boat directly. The deck is under the Sao Joao railway bridge.

For a good Porto, site click here. The last day of the cruise is spent in Porto so you will have a full day at the end of the cruise.

GPS Coordinates

Rua Manuel Pinto de Lima 41.137314 – 8.596249

Arrival: Overnight
Depart: 07:00 AM

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.

Arrival: 02:00 PM
Depart: Overnight

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.

Arrival: Overnight
Depart: 09:00 AM
Arrival: 12 Noon
Depart: 12:15 PM

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.

Arrival: 08:15 PM
Depart: Overnight
Arrival: Overnight
Depart: 08:00 AM
Arrival: 08:30 AM
Depart: 03:00 PM

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.

Vega de Teron, Portugal is the farthest east we can travel and this is our jumping-off point to take transportation to Salamanca, Spain. When we dock here we are about 2km from the Spanish border. By the time we reach this small town, most everything will be closed. It is a great time to take a walk along the old bridge and watch the sunset. Bus transportation will be provided for a fee. We will have a drop-off point in the city that is convenient the sites. You will be able to spend the full day there.

Salamanca, Spain

Known for its unique sandstone architecture and the historical University of Salamanca, this ancient city is both mesmerizing and unforgettable. Nicknamed “La Dorada” or Golden City, its sandstone structures create a warm golden glow as the sun reflects off them. Its Old City with its lively central plaza, Playa Mayor, is both dazzling and awe-inspiring, with its towering monuments, majestic Baroque style buildings, and imposing Roman bridge. Being home to one of the oldest universities in Spain is just one of the things that makes this UNESCO World Heritage Site so special.

When you enter the monuments of Salamanca, a world of legends and history awaits you. A good stroll could start in its famous Plaza Mayor, the meeting point par excellence in the city. Enjoying a coffee in the legendary Novelty while looking at its 88 arches or sitting quietly on any of its terraces are all highly recommended.
When you are ready to “investigate”, a good place to start is the two Cathedrals of Salamanca (yes, two!). On the Puerta de Ramos of the New Cathedral, you need to find the figure of an astronaut carved from stone and then go up one of its towers on the leronimus tour, to experience unbeatable views.
More secrets? The University of Salamanca features a stone frog “hidden” in the façade which is said to bring luck to students; legend has it that the palace of Casa de las Conchas hides a treasure, the Huerto de Calixto y Melibea, which is really a garden linked to a literary tale; it is said that the Devil taught witchcraft in the Salamanca Cave … And there are thousands of more stories like these in a city that has so many landmarks to discover, such as the Casa Lis, the Cielo de Salamanca, the Clerecía, the Roman bridge.

The pedestrianized streets of Toro and Zamora are full of shops and in the Plaza del Liceo you can even go shopping in a refurbished church, part of the old convent of San Antonio el Real. They also have suggestions for One Day in Salamanca at this link.

Bus transportation will be arranged and provided for a small cost.

Offical Tourism website link.

Google Map Link

Arrival: 03:00 PM
Depart: 03:15 PM
Arrival: 07:00 PM
Depart: Overnight

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!

Arrival: Overnight
Depart: 7:30 AM
Arrival: 08:30 AM
Depart: 09:00 AM

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.

Arrival: 12 Noon
Depart: 01:30 PM

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.

Arrival: 08:00 PM
Depart: Overnight
Arrival: Overnight
Depart: 08:00 AM
Arrival: Midnight
Depart: Overnight

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!

Arrival: Overnight
Depart: Overnight

Experience Jeff & Gina’s favorite port “shipper” tour- Taylor’s

Arrival: Overnight
Depart: 09:00 AM Disembarkation

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.

Departure and Arrival Docking Information

Quebrantoes Dock – Vila Nova de Gaia

Click for printable pdf map – boarding-porto-docking-douro-cruise-croisieurope

GPS Coordinates

Rua Manuel Pinto de Lima 41.137314 – 8.596249

If you are joining us on our Seine River Cruise this same day here are suggested Nonstop Flights from Porto to Paris on November 8

We recommend flying into Orly as the airport is closer to the ship and is a much easier airport logistically. Below are some nonstop flights we have found.

Tap Air Portugal TP452 |  6:25 am  9:35 am  |  Porto to Orly 

Vueling VY8860 |  9:10 am  12:30 pm  |  Porto to Charles de Gaulle

Flights with stops.

Tap Air Portugal TP1933 connect in Lisbon TP430 | 10:00 am  4:00 pm  |  Porto to Orly 

Tap Air Portugal TP1931 connect in Lisbon TP442 |  8:00 am  2:30 pm  |  Porto to Orly 

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 Vasco da Gama. To learn more about this ship, click here.

Availability & Pricing

Reserve Your Cabin

Double Cabins

105 ~ $1,138/$163 night
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107 ~ $1,138/$163 night
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209 ~ $1,225/$175 night
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101 ~ $1,299/$186 night
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102 ~ $1,299/$186 night
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103 ~ $1,299/$186 night
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104 ~ $1,299/$186 night
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111 ~ $1,299/$186 night
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113 ~ $1,299/$186 night
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114 ~ $1,299/$186 night
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205 ~ $1,299/$186 night
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206 ~ $1,299/$186 night
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208 ~ $1,299/$186 night
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213 ~ $1,299/$186 night
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106 ~ $1,348/$193 night
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108 ~ $1,348/$193 night
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109 ~ $1,348/$193 night
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110 ~ $1,348/$193 night
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112 ~ $1,348/$193 night
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202 ~ $1,453/$208 night
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201 ~ $1,551/$222 night
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204 ~ $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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210 ~ $1,600/$229 night
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212 ~ $1,600/$229 night
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214 ~ $1,600/$229 night
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215 ~ $1,600/$229 night
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216 ~ $1,600/$229 night
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217 ~ $1,600/$229 night
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323 ~ $1,649/$236 night
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324 ~ $1,649/$236 night
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325 ~ $1,649/$236 night
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326 ~ $1,649/$236 night
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338 ~ $1,649/$236 night
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306 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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307 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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308 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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310 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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312 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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314 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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315 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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316 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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317 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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318 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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319 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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320 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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321 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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322 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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328 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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329 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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330 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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331 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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333 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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336 ~ $1,698/$243 night
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211 ~ $1,897/$271 night
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303 ~ $1,999/$286 night
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304 ~ $1,999/$286 night
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301 ~ $2,037/$291 night
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302 ~ $2,037/$291 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 Vasco da Gama 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 Vasco da Gama, 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, the 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.
  • If you are booking the France trip in conjunction with Portugal we suggest booking your flight to France into Orly airport as it is closer to meeting the ship and a smaller airport.

Departure and Arrival Docking Information

Quebrantoes Dock – Vila Nova de Gaia

Click for printable pdf map – boarding-porto-docking-douro-cruise-croisieurope

Take the direction of Vila Nova de Gaia (the “twin” city of Porto, located on the other side of the Douro river). At the Vila Nova de Gaia, take the Avenida da republica (the main street) in direction of the river. Just before the river, take the street “rua de Camos” on the right. Once you got to the traffic circle, follow “Quebrantoes Deck” to access the boat directly. The deck is under the Sao Joao railway bridge.

GPS Coordinates

Rua Manuel Pinto de Lima 41.137314 – 8.596249

Nonstop Flights from Porto to Paris on November 8

We recommend flying into Orly as the airport is closer to the ship and is a much easier airport logistically. Below are some nonstop flights we have found.

Tap Air Portugal TP452 |  6:25 am  9:35 am  |  Porto to Orly 

Vueling VY8860 |  9:10 am  12:30 pm  |  Porto to Charles de Gaulle

Flights with stops.

Tap Air Portugal TP1933 connect in Lisbon TP430 | 10:00 am  4:00 pm  |  Porto to Orly 

Tap Air Portugal TP1931 connect in Lisbon TP442 |  8:00 am  2:30 pm  |  Porto to Orly