The Douro, Oporto & Salamanca - MS Douro Serenity


The Douro is one of Europe’s most photogenic river valleys with tourism being almost completely undeveloped. Furthermore the topography has prevented extensive riverside roads to be built. You immediately feel you are discovering something the masses are completely unaware of.

Commencing in the Roman city of Oporto the home of Port wine, Portugal’s once wild river Douro has been tamed by locks into resembling a series of finger lakes adding greatly to the valleys ambience. Leaving behind the Atlantic influenced greenery of the coast you are soon immersed in a Mediterranean-land of olives, vines, and picturesque, medieval hilltop villages. Our destination is the higher reaches of the valley from where we visit Salamanca home of one of Europe’s oldest universities, two of its finest cathedrals, Spain’s finest city square and even the Inquisition.

You will adore the away from it all experience and visit some of Iberia’s most beautiful medieval towns, monastery’s and vineyards and feel you have been away for months.

Holiday Highlights

  • Guided tour of Oporto with visit to Port Wine cellars
  • Scenic cruising through the picturesque Douro Valley with its dramatic cliffs and vineyards
  • Enjoy a full day excursion to Salamanca with guided tour and Flamenco show
  • Tour to the castle and medieval village of Castelo Rodrigo
  • Traditional music recital with dance display
  • Visit the famous Mateus Palace Gardens
  • Experience dinner at a typical Portuguese quinta
  • Visit to the picturesque town of Lamego and its Sanctuary of Our Ladies of Remedy church
  • Lunch at Alpendurada Monastery overlooking the river

What's Included

  • Return flights from selected airports
  • Seven night's full-board cruise accommodation