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Douro Discovery

Embark on your enchanting Douro Discovery cruise and immerse yourself in the picturesque landscapes of Portugal.

Explore the Mateus Palace gardens in Régua and enjoy traditional Portuguese folk music in Pinhão. Discover Salamanca, relish a flamenco show, tour Quinta do Seixo for port wine tastings, and more!

Discover the Douro and all her natural beauty while you relax aboard your luxury cruise ship, embarking on an adventure filled with unforgettable blend of culture and excitement.

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  • Cruise Line: Saga
  • Ship: Douro Spirit
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Oct - Nov
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Douro Discovery Itinerary

Your carefully-crafted cruise itinerary offers a delightful blend of cultural experiences and scenic wonders. You’ll explore stunning gardens, indulge in traditional Portuguese cuisine, and be captivated by the rhythms of folk music. Discover the heart of Spain in Salamanca, savour port wine at a renowned winery, and explore historic sites like Lamego’s Gothic cathedral. Wonders abound aboard your Douro Discovery cruise.

Day 1

UK to Oporto

Fly to Oporto and board the Douro Spirit.

Day 2

Oporto to Régua to Pinhão

After a morning cruise, visit the Mateus Palace gardens in Régua. Arrive at Pinhão in the evening and enjoy a Portuguese folk music show after dinner.

Day 3

Pinhão to Vega de Térron

Join an afternoon excursion to Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. Taste a traditional Portuguese dinner on board your ship.

Day 4

Vega de Térron to Barca d’Alva

Go on an excursion to Salamanca, Spain: lunch and a flamenco show are included. Moor in Barca d’Alva overnight.

Day 5

Barca d’Alva to Cais Foz do Tavora to Pinhão

After a morning sail to Cais Foz do Tavora, visit Quinta do Seixo for a tour and port wine tasting. Embark on an evening visit to a local quinta for dinner.

Day 6

Pinhão to Régua to Bitetos

Cruise to Régua and take a coach trip to Lamego for sightseeing. Alternatively, visit the Gothic cathedral. Return to your ship in Régua and sail to Bitetos.

Day 7

Bitetos to Oporto

Sail back to Oporto. Tour Oporto and visit a port wine cellar for a tasting. Remain moored in Vila Nova de Gaia overnight.

Day 8

Oporto to UK

After breakfast, disembark the Douro Spirit and catch your return flight to the UK.

About The Douro Spirit

Prepare to embark on an extraordinary voyage aboard the Douro Spirit, where every moment is an invitation to indulge in luxury and adventure with every deck converging to craft the perfect blend of elegance, convenience and comfort. Join us for a captivating Douro cruise that promises sophistication and exhilaration at every turn.

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Indulge in a sumptuous dining experience aboard the Douro Spirit. Our exquisite meals are served in the open seating restaurant located on the Lower Deck, offering you a fantastic ambiance to savour delectable cuisine while enjoying stunning river views. Whether you're looking for a romantic dinner for two or a delightful gathering with fellow travellers, our restaurant provides the perfect setting for memorable culinary moments during your cruise.

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Our accommodation includes 62 double cabins, each designed to ensure your stay is both elegant and comfortable. You'll enjoy the convenience of the French balconies, providing picturesque views of the surrounding scenery. Our cabins also feature practical amenities such as a built-in wardrobe, hairdryer, safe, and a flat-screen HD television for your entertainment, as well as a well-appointed private bathroom.

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Health & Fitness

Relax in the onboard spa after a long day of adventuring, or perhaps try out our gym’s facilities.

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Deck Plan

On the Lower Deck, there's an open-seating restaurant for meals, a rejuvenating spa, and a well-equipped gym. The Main Deck houses modern double cabins with French balconies, providing scenic views and essential amenities. Moving up to the Upper Deck, passengers can find the reception area, a bar, and a comfortable seating space, along with a small shop for souvenirs. The Sun Deck invokes relaxation with a splash pool and ample seating to enjoy the river views. Throughout the ship, Wi-Fi keeps you connected, and an elevator eases access between decks, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable cruise experience.

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7 Nights
Oct Nov

Douro Discovery

  • Barca d’Alva
  • Cais Foz do Tavora & Pinhão
  • Oporto
  • Régua & Bitetos
  • Régua & Pinhão
  • Vega de Terrón
£2,046pp Est. Price per person
  • Douro Spirit

Douro Discovery Cruise Review

“Our Douro Discovery cruise was an incredible blend of luxury and adventure! We had the pleasure of exploring the Mateus Palace gardens and embarking on an excursion to the beautiful city of Salamanca. Our evenings were filled with scrumptious dinners and delightful entertainment. I quite liked listening to Portuguese folk music after dinner. The ship’s cabins were lovely and comfortable and my husband made great use of the spa while I favoured the refreshing splash pool. The elevator made our journey easy and convenient as my husband has mobility issues. All in all this cruise perfectly combined cultural immersion with indulgence.”

Madeleine and Solomon Parks, Colchester, Essex

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Douro Discovery FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Can I pre-book excursions?

Yes, you can. You can book some excursions in advance and others when you’re on board.

Do I need to pay tips for excursions?

You don’t have to tip your guide or driver. However, they’ll always appreciate it if you do!

What is the best time to take a Douro River cruise?

The best time depends on your preferences. Spring and fall offer pleasant weather and fewer crowds, while summer is warmer but more popular.

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