Hike in Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca
8 days with CroisiEurope Rating:
DAY 1 PORTO
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 5:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Presentation of our hiking program. In the evening, depending on the weather, we'll cruise to the mouth of the Douro River.
DAY 2 PORTO - REGUA
We'll set out for a guided tour of Porto. The afternoon will be spent sailing towards Regua. Enjoy an evening of dancing or a stroll through the city on your own.
DAY 3 REGUA - PINHAO - VEGA DE TERRON
Hikers' Program: Hike to Provesende. You’ll wind your way up through the low brush, green forests, and rolling hills to the one of the oldest villages in Portugal, Provesende. (2.5- to 3-hour hike, 4.3 miles (7 km), 1,050-foot elevation gain (320 m).)
Non-hikers' Program: Trip to Vila Réal and stroll through the beautiful gardens of the Mateus Palace.
The afternoon will be spent sailing through the very heart of the most famous vineyards in Porto. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.
DAY 4 VEGA DE TERRON - SALAMANCA - BARCA D'ALVA
Join us on a guided tour of Salamanca, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We'll return on board in the end of the afternoon. Enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.
DAY 5 BARCA D'ALVA - SENHORA DA RIBEIRA
Hikers' Program: "Vultures' Cliff" This hike begins in a wild mountainous setting with magnificent panoramic views of the Douro River and Spain. Picnic lunch. (Length 3 hours, 8 km (5 miles) with about 530m (1,740 ft) of elevation gain.)
Non-hikers' Program: Excursion to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo.
We'll return on board. The afternoon will be spent sailing to Senhora da Ribeira. Tonight's our gala evening and dinner
DAY 6 SENHORA DA RIBEIRA - FERRADOSA - PINHAO - REGUA - BITETOS
Hikers' Program: Hike through the vineyards. Discovery of a real paradise where nature has been protected (picnic lunch). (Length 4 hours, 14 km (8.6 miles) with about 500m descent (1,650 ft.))
Non-hikers' Program: "Wines of Porto¿ excursion with a tasting* of Porto wines.
We'll cruise to Bitetos, reaching it in the evening. Enjoy an evening of Fado entertainment.
DAY 7 BITETOS - PORTO
This morning will be spent sailing to Porto.
Hikers' Program: Hike along the banks of the Douro River to its estuary, admiring breathtaking views of the city and the ocean. (Length 2 to 2¿ hours, 8 km (5 miles) on flat, level ground)
Non-hikers' Program: Excursion to Guimaraes, birthplace of Portugal in the 12th century.
Enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.
DAY 8 PORTO
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.
All This Included
Embark on a cruise through the heart of authentic Portugal and explore beautiful and unspoilt areas such as the Douro Nature Park and the Portuguese vineyards. Our hiking and walking programs offer you the opportunity to contemplate the natural beauty of these magical places. Far from the hustle and bustle of city life, this cruise is ideal for the nature and scenic enthusiasts.
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Infante Don Henrique
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