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Douro River Cruise on the Royal Barge

26 May — 2 Jun 2018 | Tour Director: Martin Symington

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Tour Director

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Martin Symington

one of Britain's most prolific travel journalists and has journeyed to Burma several times since the tourism boycott

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Gatwick 1150 on TAP Portugal flight TP331, arriving Oporto 1400. Walking tour of Oporto. Embark Spirit of Chartwell for seven nights. Overnight Oporto.

Day

2

Cruise up the river through the Douro Valley to Entre-os-Rios. Continue to Régua for the Douro Museum and overnight stay. Evening lecture.

Day

3

Morning excursion to Vila Real and tour of Mateus Palace (beautiful gardens, chapel and winery). Continue to riverside town of Pinhão for evening lecture. Overnight Pinhão.

Day

4

Sail past rolling hills and terraced vineyards to Barca d’Alva (on the Spanish border) for two nights. Afternoon excursion to the medieval town of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. Evening lecture and Captain’s dinner on board.

Day

5

Whole day excursion to Salamanca (UNESCO World Heritage site): Plaza Mayor, Casa de las Conchas (Gothic building dating from 1493), Salamanca University, New Cathedral (16th to 18th century).

Day

6

Early morning cruise to Régua for afternoon excursion to Lamego (pilgrimage town). Evening lecture. Overnight Régua.

Day

7

Early morning cruise down river to Oporto (UNESCO World Heritage site): visit to the historic Factory House of the British Association and visit to Graham’s Port Lodge (Symington family estate). Overnight Oporto.

Day

8

Disembark Spirit of Chartwell. Depart Oporto 1755, arriving London Gatwick 2005.

Tour Dates

26 May — 2 Jun 2018

Days

8

Cost

£2975

Tour Code

DRRB-18

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Testimonial

The visits and excursions in and around this stunning and interesting area of Portugal, together with its history, made this a very special tour for me.

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Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded cabin, full board with unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks, tea & coffee with lunch and dinner, shore excursions & admissions, crew gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, supplement for the Royal Suite £125, double cabin for single use supplement £1675.

 
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