9 Day Douro River Cruise

From

$1199

Land Only

$2359*

Air & Land

9 Day Douro River Cruise

From

$1199

Land Only

$2359*

Air & Land



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2022 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $1000
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
$1049 $2189*
$1049 $2359*
$1299 $1999*
Sep 10  (Sold Out) $1299 $1949*
Oct 29  (Sold Out) $1049 $1939*
$1049 $1789*
2022 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $1100
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
$1199 $2339*
$1199 $2669*
$1449 $2349*
Sep 10  (Sold Out) $1449 $2099*
Oct 29  (Sold Out) $1199 $1949*
$1199 $1909*
2022 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $1400
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
$1499 $2639*
$1499 $2799*
$1749 $2659*
Sep 10  (Sold Out) $1749 $2399*
Oct 29  (Sold Out) $1499 $2249*
$1499 $2239*
2022 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $1500
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
$1649 $4109*
$1649 $3119*
$1899 $2579*
Sep 10  (Sold Out) $1899 $2579*
Oct 29  (Sold Out) $1649 $2669*
$1649 $2359*

Not Included:
Optional shore excursions and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Optional tours may only be purchased as a package and are not available for individual sale.

Embarkation will begin at 3 pm however early arrivals may rest in the lounge if their assigned cabin is not ready upon check-in.

Passengers returning from Porto on Day 9 should select flights that depart no earlier than 8 AM.

Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed on motor coaches and/or river cruises. There are no elevators or chair lifts on board. Kindly refer to our Terms for additional information.

While sailing with MS Douro Cruiser, passengers are subject to the cruise's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: MS Douro Cruiser Terms & Conditions.


Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.

Accommodation Details





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Flight Details




River Cruise Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Porto, Porto-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights outside cabin aboard the MS Douro Cruiser
  • Cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Cruise director throughout cruise
  • Shore excursions per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
 

Special Features

  • See magnificent panoramic views of Douro River
  • Dock at the historic town of Régua, in the heart of Portugal's famous wine region
  • Visit Salamanca with its ancient sandstone buildings, a UNESCO World Heritage City
  • Stop at the picturesque town of Pinhao, surrounded by terraced vineyards
  • Explore the medieval Guimarães Castle and Palace of the Dukes of Braganza
 

River Cruise Features & Amenities

  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner
  • Complimentary basic Wi-Fi access in public areas
  • Lounge serving premium spirits
  • Non-smoking ship interior

Know Before You Book - High & Low Water

European river cruising has gained in popularity for very good reason. It's a relaxing and convenient way to experience Europe while enjoying the comfort of a deluxe ship. However, before making the decision to reserve your vacation, please be aware of potential conditions which may impact your cruise. While most of the time river cruises operate exactly as planned, weather conditions may result in high or low water levels which impact a ship's itinerary and, on occasion, render a ship unable to sail at all. On very rare occasions, other events such as heavy fog, a damaged lock, or an incapacitated vessel blocking the river, may impact a sailing. These events typically occur with little or no notice. In the event that a cruise is partially or completely impacted, the itinerary will be operated by deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a Tour Manager, with overnights in hotels. When the option exists, the operator will "swap ships" with another vessel sailing in the opposite direction, retaining the sailing experience. Crew, ship and cabin configuration may differ. The itinerary will include as many of the originally scheduled sightseeing features as possible, considering the travel time and distances required, as well as meals. While it is not possible to recreate the more leisurely comforts of sailings, we will endeavor to provide a comparable itinerary. These alternative services will be provided at no additional charge.

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. There is a potential for a small number of sailings to be impacted by river water levels, or other factors which may impact safe navigation. This may cause part or all of the cruise itinerary to be operated by motor coach and may also involve hotel accommodations.

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The sequence of the port of calls and shore excursions may be changed by the local port authorities.


DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Portugal
Depart for Portugal

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Porto, Cruise Embarkation
Arrive in Porto and transfer to the port in Covelo. Embarkation begins at 3 PM. After arrival formalities, time to relax on board. Tonight, meet your Cruise Director and enjoy a gala dinner, as it sets the mood for your lovely Douro river cruise
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Cruise to Regua
Sail along the Douro, and arrive in Regua, a historic town in the heart of Portugal's most famous wine region, in early afternoon. Passengers joining the optional Quinta Do Vallado tour will debark and visit a well-known vineyard and taste some of the finest wines of the region. If you choose to remain onboard the ship, continue sailing this afternoon and arrive to Pinhao in the late afternoon
Optional: Douro River Optional Shore Excursion Package - Visit Quinta Do Vallado
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Arrive in Pocinho
Continue your scenic cruise, admiring the region's beautiful landscapes of terraced vineyards and lush valleys. This afternoon, make a brief stop in Pocinho, where passengers may depart for the optional Feigueira Castelo Rodrigo tour. Visit the medieval village of Castelo Rodrigo, perched on a hilltop and surrounded by imposing walls. Stroll along the steep narrow cobblestone alleys and learn about its fascinating history. The ship sails this afternoon to Vega de Terrón for overnight
Optional: Douro River Optional Shore Excursion Package - Feigueira Castelo Rodrigo
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Explore Salamanca
Today, embark on a full day excursion to Salamanca, Spain which includes a traditional lunch. Travel through the Spanish countryside to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View ancient sandstone buildings, Plaza Mayor, the Clergy, the University, the striking 12th-century Old Cathedral with its mysterious carvings, Casa de las Conchas, and the historic center of the city. Afterward, return to the ship
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Arrive in Pinhao
Spend time absorbing the beauty of the Douro River before docking at Pinhao. You may remain onboard the ship and continue cruising, or participate in the optional Avassada Farm with lunch. Arrive at the Avessada Farm where you will be treated to tasty appetizers and live music. Then, take a guided tour to the Enoteca Museum and learn about the methods used for making muscatel and port wine. Conclude the tour with a traditional lunch, where dishes are prepared in iron pots according to the old customs. This evening arrive in Regua, where the ship docks for the night
Optional: Douro River Optional Shore Excursion Package - Avassada Farm with lunch
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Visit Guimarães Castle
This morning, the ship sails towards Entre-os Rios, a town located at the confluence of two rivers, the Douro and Pavia. Arrive in the afternoon and head to the medieval city of Guimarães, located in northern Portugal. Explore the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its wealth of architectural treasures. Visit the Guimarães Castle where Alfonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal was born, and Palace of the Dukes of Braganza. Spend time at leisure before heading back. Continue sailing towards Porto. Tonight, the ship will dock at Villa Nova de Gaia
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Villa Nova de Gaia
Spend the day at leisure in Villa Nova de Gaia, located just a short distance from Porto. This afternoon, join the optional Cellar Tour in Porto with tasting. Discover the history of the renowned Burmester Cellars, overlooking the Douro River, offering views of Luiz I Bridge. Learn about the port wine production process and enjoy a unique wine tasting session with chocolates and an assortment of cheeses. In the late afternoon, sail for Covelo
Optional: Douro River Optional Shore Excursion Package - Cellar Tour in Porto with tasting
Overnight: River Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart Portugal
This morning, disembark and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Disembarkation will end at 10 AM
Meals: Breakfast

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MS Douro Cruiser Drink Package

This drink package includes unlimited house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinners on board the ship.

Day #2 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022 $92.00
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Douro River Optional Shore Excursion Package

(1) Visit Quinta Do Vallado, a well-known vineyard where you will taste some of the finest wines of the region; (2) Tour Feigueira Castelo Rodrico, a medieval village perched on a hilltop; (3) Visit Avassada Farm, where you will be treated to tasty appetizers and live music; (4) In Porto, join a cellar tour with Port wine tasting

Day #2 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022 $289.00
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Dear GATE 1....Just came from our Portugal escorted tour April5-12. I want to give you some feedback and let you know that we had a great time and Kudos to our tour manager Rui who made our trip really enjoyable and unforgettable one He was so friendly and always there to attend to our needs making it comfortable at all times. He was really so nice with a great sense of humor. Very organized and so knowledgeable. We look forward to our next tour with Gate 1.

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It was my fourth Gate 1 trip, and my girlfriend and I had a marvelous time throughout! We booked our next Gate 1 trip as soon as we came back from our recent trip to Portugal and Spain with Gate 1. That speaks volumes of the remarkable job Gate 1 does. Our tour manager, Ercilia was absolutely wonderful. She was always so thoughtful, knowledgeable, thorough, fun and delightful to perfection. We enjoyed each and every city and location, rich with history and culture, and learned so much about them, thanks to the great local guides. Gate 1 makes logistics so easy for us, as well. We could not have possibly seen as much as we did, had we traveled on our own. Gate 1 just keeps impressing me! Thank you!

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8 Day Affordable Portugal, March 2022
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We want to comment on the wonderful and knowledgeable staff who served us during our trip. Carlos, the tour director was exceptionally knowledgeable about our trip and was dedicated to both Gate 1 and his home country of Portugal. Carlos truly made our trip into the wonderful experience we have grown to accept from our numerous Gate 1 vacations. We also want to comment on George, the driver, who was a skilled and professional driver and who was always willing to provide us with any additional assistance which we required.

William R.
8 Day Affordable Portugal, February 2022
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We began our Portugal tour by booking two pre nights in Lisbon. Upon check-in we received a cordial, informative letter from our tour guide/manager Carla. That graciousness was a portent of the tone for the tour. Such management, problem solving skills, and depth of knowledge make for a rare find in a guide. With well over 20 fabulous tours with Gate1, Carla has set an even higher standard. The group became a family, and it's a result of this skilled professional.

Susan G.
8 Day Affordable Portugal, February 2022
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Rui was a breath of fresh air. Very knowledgeable and always willing to answer our questions. Very impressed with how he made sure we had all our information for the tour and organizing our covid testing before heading back home. Our local guides on the tour was absolutely the best. Very uplifting about their city, bought humor and a willingness to make you want to visit again. Rui was kind, always wanting to know how we were and treated everyone with dignity and respect. His smile was a joy daily. Thank you Rui for a job well done!!!

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