DOURO RIVER VALLEY | Nov. 8-15, 2020
7-Night Cruise Aboard Uniworld’s New Ship S.S. Sao Gabriel
PORTUGAL | RIVER: DOURO | SPAIN
As you follow the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain, you’ll cruise past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards. Enjoy private tastings of Port. Explore Porto’s historic Ribeira district, home to iconic rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene. Wind your way through the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, heading ashore to visit charming quintas and meet the winemakers who operate them. In Salamanca, Spain, you’ll see the city’s famous university. Return to Portugal with a visit to the fortified village of Castelo Rodrigo and historic Guimarães. There’s no better way to discover Europe’s best-kept secret than this scenic and all-inclusive river cruise!
Day 1 | Porto (Embark)
Arrive in Porto, the port city at the mouth of the Douro.
Day 2 | Porto, Entre-os-Rios
The city is a fascinating combination of historic buildings and cutting-edge architecture, tradition and vivacious modernity. Choice of Porto city tour or “Do as the Locals Do” Porto walking tour.
In the evening, a special Gala Dinner will be prepared for you.
Day 3 | Entre-os-Rios, Régua, Pinhão
As you cruise along the river today, take note of the little chapels you see along the banks. Today we learn about wine, which has been cultivated in the Douro River Valley since ancient Roman times.
Featured excursion: Douro Museum Lunch at a local quinta.
Day 4 | Pinhão, Vega de Terrón
Feel the centuries fall away as your ship winds its way through the pristine, dramatic, UNESCO-protected landscapes of the Douro River Valley.
Choice of Quinta do Seixo guided tour with tasting or vineyard hike and wine tasting at a local quinta.
Day 5 | Vega de Terrón (Salamanca), Barca d’Alva
The ship docks near the Spanish border today, where you may head across the country to the historic university town of Salamanca—the “Golden City”—famous for its sand-colored buildings and abundance of churches.
Day 6 | Barca d’Alva, Régua
A tiny village surrounded by mountains, Barca d’Alva is your base for today’s adventures.
Choice of Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley or Castelo Rodrigo
Day 6 | Régua (Guimarães), Porto
Guimarães or Porto? That’s the question of the day today (you really can’t go wrong either way).
Choice of Guimarães city tour or Porto surprise discovery tour. A special farewell dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
Day 6 | Porto (Disembark)
You’ve experienced the best of Portugal, Spain, and the pristine Douro River, but now the journey comes to a close and it’s time to disembark the ship.