Divine Douro 2022

Lisbon, Regua, Pocinho, Barca D’Alva, Pinhao, Entre of Rios, Porto

Highlights:

  • Presentations on Portuguese culture and language lessons plus traditional Portuguese dinner with additional activities per itinerary
  • Wine tasting world-renown local libations and locally hosted lunch
  • Take a dip in the Douro Cruiser’s onboard pool
  • Sailing through vineyard-lined Douro Valley
  • Welcome & Captain’s Farewell dinner with 5-course menu and drinks

7 Sightseeing Tours Included:

  • REGUA
  • POCINHO 
  • BARCA D’ALVA
  • PINHAO
  • GUIMARAS
  • RIOS
  • PORTO

Included Features:

  • 9n/8d cruise onboard MS Douro Cruiser in river-view cabin category of your choice 
  • Total of 20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners including special meals
  • Drink Package: Free mineral water, soft drinks, local house white and red wine, beer, coffee or tea for all onboard lunches and dinners
  • 1 small bottle of water per person, replenished in cabins nightly
  • Complimentary 24/7 Coffee and tea stations
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktail party with snacks
  • Daily sightseeing programs, onboard lectures, and presentations along with other surprises as outlined in the itinerary 
  • Audiovox devices for all shore excursions
  • Free WI-FI onboard the ship (subject to signal and sailing conditions)
  • Professional English-speaking Cruise Manager and local guides throughout
  • Audio units included on all tours and excursions
  • New and enhanced safety protocols applied to all sailings 

Not Included:

  • International airfare (can be priced separately)
  • Port fees and cruise fuel surcharges (listed separately in Pricing & Departures)
  • Transfers if purchasing Cruise Only (must be arranged and paid for in advance)
  • Any travel and document fees including Visa requirements
  • Optional tours as outlined in itinerary (minimum number of people required to operate)
  • Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone, liquor, souvenirs, etc.
  • Tips to Crew, Cruise Directors, local guides and other staff along the route (suggested Tipping amounts will be advised)
  • Any increases in costs due to unforeseen circumstances such as: additional fuel surcharges, exchange rates or Government imposed taxes and fees not known at this time
  • Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)

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Day 1 – Depart via overnight flights to Portugal

Meals and services per airline policy.

Day 2 – Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto), Embarkation after 4pm   (D)

Check in after 4 pm. Prior to dinner, meet your fellow passengers and Cruise Staff for a cocktail, and crew introduction followed by an information meeting. Then enjoy your first dinner on board, followed by a well-deserved rest.

Day 3 – Vila Nova de Gaia – Regua – Pinhao   (B, L, D)

Enjoy a relaxing morning on board while the ship sails down the river and through the locks of Pocinho and Valeria. Now we are sailing through the heart of the wine district in the Douro valley. On both sides of the river there are terraced vineyards up the steep valley sides. Around lunch time, we arrive at Regua, which is beautifully surrounded by vineyards that produce some of the country’s best port wines. After lunch from there, we depart on your included excursion to Quinta Do Vallado. Demarcated and regulated way back in 1756 by Marquis de Pombal, this region is known for one of the first “classic” wines in this part of the world. Your tour of the vineyard will include tasting of some of the best wines of the region. Return to the ship in Pinhão. Take the opportunity to take a stroll in the old town of Pinhão on your own. The city’s old railway station, famous for its beautiful azulejos (traditional Portuguese tiles), is well worth a visit. Overnight.

Day 4 – Pinhao – Pocinho – Vega de Terron   (B, L, D)

Enjoy a quiet morning while the ship sails further up the valley towards the border with Spain. After lunch we arrive at Pocinho. From here, we depart on an included excursion to the small town of Castelo Rodrigo home to an ancient Roman fort. The town was part of Spain before it came under the Portuguese kingdom in 1297. Throughout the centuries, Jews, Arabs and Christians lived in peaceful coexistence here. Your first stop will be at the ruins of the old castle which have great views of the olive groves and vineyards of the valley. From the castle you will stroll through the center of the town, where you can still see traces of the Jewish population who lived here during the Spanish Inquisition. The tour ends with visits to the little church. Re-board the ship in Vega de Terrón for overnight.

Day 5 – Vega de Terron – Barca d’Alva   (B, L, D)

Today you will delight in your included full day excursion to Salamanca, Spain! Salamanca’s history extends several thousand years back in time, and the historic center of the city is on UNESCO’s world heritage site. The University of Salamanca is one of the oldest and most famous in Europe. Here, scholars from both Christian and Arab and Jewish cultures met from the 1200s to the 1400s while there was religious persecution elsewhere in Europe. On arrival to Plaza Mayo and a brief orientation about the city’s attractions, shops and cafes, you will have time to explore the city on your own before meeting for lunch at a local restaurant which will include a fabulous flamenco show! After lunch you will tour the main sites of Salamanca, including the “new” cathedral, built between 1513 and 1733. Return to the ship, which has meanwhile sailed to the border town of Barca d’Alva for overnight.

Day 6 – Barca d’Alva – Pinhao – Regua   (B, L, D)

Relax and take in the scenery while you sail back into Pinhao. From here you will depart on your included excursions to Avessada Farm to experience an authentic locally hosted lunch. After appetisers, welcome music and time to enjoy the gorgeous views, visit the Enoteca Museum where you will learn about the traditional process of making Muscatel and Porto wines. Then its time for a traditional Portugese lunch featuring meals made in iron pots including cod fish cake, traditional sausage, soup, stuffed beef and regional deserts. Return to the ship in Regua for dinner time and overnight.

Day 7 – Regua – Entre-os-Rios – Villa Nova de Gaia (Porto)   (B, L, D)

Enjoy the passing vistas as you sail back toward Porto. After lunch, depart on your included excursion to Guimaras renowned for its castle and historic center, a Unesco World Heritage site. The city played a fundamental role in the formation of the country a fact proudly remembered in its walls by the inscription “Portugal was born here!” On your sightseeing tour you will visit the castle and the Palace of the Dukes where the first king of Portugal was born After the tour return to your ship and continue sailing toward your home port. Dinner and overnight in Villa Nova De Gaia.

Day 8 – Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto)   (B, L, D)

The morning is reserved for a half day city tour of this magnificent city. Porto, with its approximately 300,000 inhabitants, is Portugal’s second largest city. The historic center of the city stands as a UNESCO’s world heritage site and is a breeze of narrow streets, archways and impressive churches – including the 11th-century Cathedral.
But above all, Porto is famous for the wine that carries the city’s name. In the Vila Nova de Gaia district, are the old 17th-century port wine houses. The grapes are transported here from the vineyards of Douro valley, processed and stored in the large port barrels before bottling and distribution throughout the world. This afternoon you will visit one of the Port Vila wine cellars and taste the “precious nectar”. In the evening, enjoy your farewell dinner on board.

Day 9 – Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal Disembark at 9:00am   (B, L, D)

After breakfast, bid your crew goodbye as you disembark and transfer to the airport for flights home.

Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, located on the estuary of the Tagus River, owes its historical prominence to its natural harbour, one of the most beautiful in the world. With its pastel colored buildings to the Vasco de Gama Bridge, Lisbon retains the air of a 19th century city. This city extension combines sightseeing of this vibrant city with a wonderful train ride to Porto offering you amazing sights of the countries rural areas!*

Included Features

  • Duration: 3 nights/4 days
  • Arrival transfer from Lisbon airport to Lisbon hotel
  • Accommodation at centrally located 4+* hotels with breakfast daily, (Duque de Loule, Turim Marques or similar)
  • Half day city tour (seat on coach basis)
  • Transfer Hotel to Train Station for 3 hour ride to PortoHigh speed train Alfa Pendular form Oriente station Lisbon to Campanha station in Porto
  • Transfer from Porto train station to port

Optional Half day tour
to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril: $69 pp

Head to the national park to visit the Pena Palace, the greatest example of romantic architecture in Portugal. Visit Sintra’s historical center, world heritage site by UNESCO since 1995. Walk through the medieval streets of the fairy tale village, and taste the traditional sweets of the region. Then journey to Cascais, a fishing harbor and former summer residence of the Portuguese royal family. Then return to Lisbon with a stop in Estoril, famous as a major international luxury tourist entertainment destination, to see the casino and its gardens.

Day 1 Lisbon
Private transfer from Lisbon airport to your hotel.

Day 2 Lisbon (B)
Monumental Lisbon – regular seat on coach City tour. One of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Belém, historical area, Tower of Belém exlibris of Lisbon jewel of Manueline art. Stop at the Monument to the Discoveries, a modern monument dedicated to the Portuguese maritime discoveries. We stop at Jerónimos Monastery, a greatest example of Manueline art. Visit of the church and old part of Coach Museum, one of the best coach collections in Europe. (Both closed on Monday replaced by Ajuda Palace). Porto Wine tasting. Then we head to Alfama, we walk through the oldest and most picturesque section of Lisbon. See Comercio Square, the biggest and most beautiful square in Lisbon, to Downtown, Rossio Square. Liberty Avenue and, Marquês de Pombal. Balance of the day is free.

Day 3 Lisbon (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Day is free at leisure. Overnight in Lisbon.

Day 4 Lisbon (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer from the Lisbon hotel to Porto pier.

Rates

Per person based on double occupancy Single Sup.
All Departures $ 697 $ 296
Upgrade to private car/guide/tour of Lisbon & private car transfer to Porto for $250 per person.

 

M/S Douro Cruiser

Welcome on board the MS DOURO CRUISER . You are guaranteed the best views here! Relax on the sun deck and enjoy the magnificent landscape of the Douro valley with its terraced vineyards. The swimming pool on deck invites you to a refreshing cooling in between. Comfort is a key factor on board. The cabins furnished in style are even equipped with a private balcony with sitting accommodation on the upper deck. In the comfortable restaurant, you will be enjoying the excellent cuisine typical for the country and international dishes as well as fine wines from the world famous wine region.

Cabins

Category A/B: Upper Deck: 15 m2 meters (162 sq feet) with FULL walk out balconies

  • All cabins are outer cabins.
  • Shower/WC
  • Air conditioning system that can be regulated
    separately,
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • SAT TV.
  • Comfortably furnished cabins offer beds positioned next to each other
    that can be pushed apart on request

Category C.D: Upper Deck:  15 m2 (approx 162 sq ft) with panorama window

  • All cabins are outer cabins.
  • Shower/WC
  • Air conditioning system that can be regulated
    separately,
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • SAT TV.
  • Comfortably furnished cabins offer beds positioned next to each other
    that can be pushed apart on request

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FAQ's

Will I need to obtain a visa for the Divine Douro Cruise

No. Visas are not required for US citizens traveling on this program.

Are transfers included?

If you have purchased your air tickets through us, your transfers will be included. However, transfers are still available for those who would like to arrange their own airfare, for a fee. For more information about transfer rates for this program, please call our office at (714) 556-8258 or toll free (800) 795-1633.

Which ship will be chartered for the 2022 Divine Douro Cruise?

M/S Douro Cruiser 

You are guaranteed the best views here! Relax on the sun deck and enjoy the magnificent landscape of the Douro valley with its terraced vineyards. The swimming pool on deck invites you to a refreshing cooling in between. Comfort is a key factor on board. The cabins furnished in style are even equipped with a private balcony with sitting accommodation on the upper deck. In the comfortable restaurant, you will be enjoying the excellent cuisine typical for the country and international dishes as well as fine wines from the world famous wine region.Non-smoking interiors, on board currency is EURO (€) and Visa/Mastercard also accepted. Welcome on Board!

Will I be able to make phone calls and check emails while aboard the ship?

There are no telephone lines for outgoing calls on our vessels. Communication from ship to shore can only be done through the Captain’s radio. However, you may bring your US cell phone to use – just please make sure it is “unlocked” by your US provider in order to use it. Free internet and Wi-Fi are available ship-wide and computers are provided near the bar. The service is free, but the level of signal may vary depending on sailing itinerary and location of ports.

What is the currency should I be prepared to use?

The EURO. For the rate of exchange to the US dollar, please check online a few days prior to your departure as some of these currencies fluctuate daily. Due to varying foreign currency laws, our ships do NOT have exchange offices on board. Therefore, we highly recommend that you BRING A SUFFICIENT QUANTITY OF EUROS OR DOLLARS in CASH prior to your departure. You will then have ample opportunity to change either Euro/dollar to local currencies.

What methods of payment are accepted on board and on shore?

While on board the ship, all costs are quoted in Euros. Direct payments are accepted in cash (Euros) or signed to your cabin and paid at the end of the navigation by cash or credit card (Visa or MasterCard only). However, a service may be applied to credit card transactions. Please check in advance and remember – cash is still “king” in most European countries. Personal and Traveler Checks are not accepted.

Due to strict foreign currency laws, here are important notes regarding on shore expenses:
Cash: is accepted and preferred. (Euros & USD)
Credit Cards: are accepted, VISA OR MASTERCARD ONLY! (Limited use outside of urban areas.)
*Credit Card Note: As of May 2014, European credit card processors require credit cards with chips and a 4-digit PIN code. Your USA magnetic strip cards may NOT work at local ATM’s requiring a PIN. Ask your bank for a chip card and/or bring along a debit card with your PIN (or enough cash to cover your expenses!)

If cash is still “king,” any recommendation of how much I should bring?

Although everyone is different, we suggest that you set aside at least 700 Euros/$1000 USD per person – to cover your optional tours and shopping expenses. If you are planning on purchasing more expensive items you may want to bring more.

I’m super excited for all the tours! But will I have any free time during the program?

Most definitely! We do our best to ensure that each of our programs offer a healthy balance of cultural immersion through our included tours and free time for our passengers. You will have plenty of free time to shop for souvenirs, explore on your own, or take one of the optional tours (when provided.)

Are optional tours offered in this program?

Yes, a number of optional excursions will be offered for sale during your cruise. These optional services are priced in Euros. They may be signed to your cabin and paid at the end of the cruise with cash or via Visa or Matercard.

What if I have special dietary needs or food allergies?

Special meal requests are possible. If you have any food allergies or special dietary needs, please be sure to notify our office at least 90 days prior to your departure. We and the restaurant staff will make every effort to arrange for special meals, however, if you have strict dietary restrictions, you may want to bring some non-perishable snacks, crackers, dried fruits, dietary sweeteners, or other items that will compliment the limited variety of special meals.

Anything else I should make sure to pack?

For a complete list of suggested items to bring, please read our detailed Travel Tips For Danube Discovery Cruise. But here are a few important items that often get overlooked!

Electrical current in hotels and on the ship is 220 volts/50MHZ. In order to use appliances, including shavers, hair-dryers, chargers for movie cameras, etc., you will need to bring:
1) Universal Transformer: to convert from US 110 Volts to 220. (Note: recent electronic equipment such as laptops and cameras MAY automatically convert. Please check your individual item.)
2) Universal Adapter Plugs: Round pins for sockets that are different than at home. Since there are no supplies of converters/ adapters, we recommend you purchase a transformer/ adapter plug set at any electronics or appliance store before you leave.

PLEASE DO NOT FORGET: Medications which are vital to your health. A letter should accompany these from your doctor (signed and dated), certifying that such medications are vital to your health. Dosage should be indicated. Always pack any personal medications in your carry-on luggage, not in your checked baggage. Additionally, those passengers with lighter physical disabilities must report them to us at the time of booking.