Douro River Cruise on the Royal Barge
24 May — 31 May 2019 | Tour Director: Martin Symington
• Sail aboard the Spirit of Chartwell, formerly Her Majesty’s royal barge, as it cruises along the ‘River of Gold’
• Take in the vineyards and historical towns of Portugal’s northern valleys
• Learn about the history of port, Oporto and the Douro Valley
Martin Symington, BA, is a travel journalist and is the author of the Dorling Kindersley guidebook to Portugal and the AA Essential Guide to Portugal.
Depart Gatwick 1150 on TAP Portugal, arriving Oporto 1400. Walking tour of Oporto. Embark Spirit of Chartwell for seven nights. Overnight Vila Nova de Gaia.
24 May — 31 May 2019
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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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The Spirit of Chartwell
Recently refurbished for use by Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012, the Spirit of Chartwell, is the flagship vessel on the River Douro.
Overall, this tour is not especially strenuous, and participants can easily opt out of the more difficult elements.
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.
travel insurance, supplement for the Royal Suite £125, cabin for single use supplement £1675.