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Douro River Cruise on the Royal Barge

22 May — 29 May 2020 | Tour Director: Martin Symington

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Martin Symington,

BA

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.

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Gatwick 1150 on TAP Portugal, arriving Oporto 1400. Walking tour of Oporto. Embark Spirit of Chartwell for seven nights. Overnight Oporto.

Day

2

Cruise up the river through the Douro Valley to Entre-os-Rios. Continue to Régua for the Douro Museum and overnight stay. Evening lecture: Douro River & the Region.

Day

3

Lamego (pilgrimage town): museum, Sanctuário Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies). Cruise to the riverside town of Pinhão for walking tour and overnight stay. Evening lecture: Port.

Day

4

Sail past rolling hills and terraced vineyards to Barca d’Alva (on the Spanish border). Afternoon excursion to the medieval Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. Evening lecture: Portugal’s History followed by Captain’s dinner on board. Overnight Barca d’Alva.

Day

5

Whole day excursion to Salamanca (UNESCO World Heritage site): Plaza Mayor, Casa de las Conchas (Gothic building dating from 1493), Salamanca University, New Cathedral (16th–18th century). Overnight Pocinho.

Day

6

Morning cruise to Régua. Visit to Mateus Palace (beautiful gardens, chapel and winery). Evening lecture: Portugal in the 20th Century. Overnight Porto Antigo.

Day

7

Morning cruise down river to Oporto (UNESCO World Heritage site): visit to the historical Factory House of the British Association and visit to Graham’s Port Lodge (Symington Family Estates). Overnight Oporto.

Day

8

Disembark Spirit of Chartwell. Some free time in Oporto and Vila Nova de Gaia. Depart Oporto 1755, arriving Gatwick 2005.

Tour Dates

22 May — 29 May 2020

Days

8

Cost

£3150

Tour Code

DRR1-20

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Testimonial

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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FLIGHTS

For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of: £200.00

FITNESS /

PRACTICALITIES

Overall, this tour is not especially strenuous, and participants can easily opt out of the more difficult elements.

VESSEL

 

The Spirit of Chartwell

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. 
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Cost of £3150 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded cabin, full board with unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks, tea & coffee with lunch & dinner, shore excursions & admissions, crew gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, supplement for the Royal Suite £125pp, cabin for single use supplement £1750.

 
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