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Take in the Scenic Beauty of the Mississippi River on a One-Day Boat Cruise
The Mississippi River is one of the most iconic rivers in the United States. It is a source of beauty, history, and culture for many people. Taking a one-day boat cruise along the river is an excellent way to take in the scenic beauty of this great waterway.
Experience Nature and Wildlife on the River
One of the best parts about taking a boat cruise along the Mississippi River is experiencing nature and wildlife up close. You can see bald eagles soaring overhead, or spot deer grazing along the banks. There are also plenty of opportunities to fish, as well as explore some of the many islands that dot the river. The boat cruise will also take you past some of the most beautiful scenery in America, including lush forests, rolling hills, and stunning sunsets.
Learn About History and Culture Along the Way
The Mississippi River has played an important role in American history and culture for centuries. On your boat cruise, you will learn about some of these stories from knowledgeable guides who will provide insight into this fascinating part of our nation’s past. You will also get to visit some historic sites along the way, such as old forts and plantations that are sure to leave a lasting impression.
Enjoy Delicious Cuisine and Relaxing Accommodations
On your one-day boat cruise, you can enjoy delicious cuisine prepared by experienced chefs. You can also relax in comfortable accommodations while taking in all that nature has to offer. The crew will make sure that your experience is enjoyable from start to finish with attentive service and helpful advice about what to do during your stay.
A one-day boat cruise along the Mississippi River is an excellent way to experience all that this great waterway has to offer. From breathtaking views of nature and wildlife to learning about history and culture, there is something for everyone on this amazing journey. So come aboard and take in all that this incredible river has to offer.
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Day 1: Porto (Embarkation)
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe, whose historic center was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
DISCOVERY: Touring Porto via tram and visiting the tram museum. We'll board one of the city's trams and partake in this urban-tourism experience all the way to the mouth of the Douro. We'll finish up our excursion with a tasting of some of the local specialties.
After our tours, we'll return on board and spend the afternoon sailing. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.
Join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Discover Salamanca, its unusual cathedral and its famous university dating back to 1218, making it one of the oldest in the world.
DISCOVERY: Discover Salamanca's old town by bike.
Tonight's our gala evening and dinner
Join us on an excursion common for both Classic and Discovery excursions packages : Discover the Porto wine route.
We'll spend the afternoon cruising. Enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment.
Early morning start cruising towards Porto. Arrival around 9.00am in Porto before disembarking. End of our journey.
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- A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
- Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
- For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise .
- The number of moorings on the Douro is limited. Our boats may be moored side by side.
- Until further notice, it is only possible to select one of the 2 excursions packages on offer. You will thus only be able to book the Classic Package OR the Discovery Package . Please advise at the time of booking the excursion package you wish to choose.
Accommodation in a double air-conditioned cabin with shower and WC • Full board cruise from dinner of the first day to the breakfast of the last day • Drinks included with onboard meals (wine, water, beer, fruit juices, coffee) • Drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne & drinks from the wine list) • Welcome cocktail • Entertaiment onboard • The Gala Evening • The assistance of our hostess on board • The Spanish theme evening • Traditional folk evening • The excursions included in the package selected (Choose only ONE excursions package: Classic -or- Discovery) • Port charges
Prices Do Not Include:
Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers) • Champagne at the bar and all drinks on the wine list • The d rinks served during excursions or transfers • T ravel Cancellation Insurance • Gratuities • P ersonal expenses
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5-Day Tour in Douro with a Sailing Cruise in the Douro River
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Exclusive. Memorable. Historical. A 5-day Wine Tour with full access to the best wineries in the Douro Valley, the oldest Demarcated Wine Region in the World .
A trip that is abundant in singular moments. You will savor a Private River Cruise , have hands-on experience in a Cooking Workshop , visit the historic and picturesque village of Lamego. With food prepared by renowned chefs, wine tastings, and regional products, this is the ultimate Wine Tour Experience.
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Hotel Category B: From € 1.980 (price per person based on double occupancy)
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Day 1: Discover the Douro Valley
Welcome to Portugal. Wine Tourism in Portugal will invite you to discover the amazing Douro Valley.
You will have a Private Transfer from Porto or Porto International Airport (OPO) to the Douro Valley.
Enjoy the scenic 2-hour road trip to the Douro Valley.
Check-in at the chosen Hotel . You will be accommodated in a Wine Hotel (Category B) or a Luxury Resort (Category A).
Category A – Six Senses Douro Valley – Superior Room or similar/ Category B - Quinta da Pacheca or Quinta do Vallado or Quinta de la Rosa or Quinta de Ventozelo – Double Room or similar
Day 2: Cooking workshop and the finest wines
Wake up to the beautiful Douro landscape and recharge your batteries with a fantastic breakfast.
The Private Driver is waiting for you in the Hotel Lobby.
Visit Quinta da Pacheca , one of the most emblematic and historical properties located in the Douro. This Quinta has references to it since the 1700s. Quinta da Pacheca stands out for being the first to bottle wine under its own brand. Here you will get to know its history better as well as the olive oil production processes directly at the Lagares , and the winemaking processes of Quinta da Pacheca’s wines. Stroll the vineyards, breathe Douro Valley’s green nature and join the wine tasting of 2 table wines and 2 Port wines to end this tour in perfection.
At this point, you will be both curious and ready to taste the fresh ingredients of Portuguese cuisine at Quinta da Pacheca Restaurant . We invite you to join the cooking workshop , led by the Pacheca’s Wine House Hotel Chef. This is a great way to relax, learn and taste the richness of Portuguese gastronomy. Interact with the Chef participating in the making of the meal, learning or developing your cooking knowledge and the love for the food. In the end, savor it and pair it with Pacheca's wines.
After lunch, discover Quinta do Vallado Winery . Quinta do Vallado belonged to the legendary Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira. This lady was an entrepreneur and a leader, a businesswoman in a world of man. Ferreirinha, an affectionate nickname given to her because of the caring way she treated the working people at her lands, brought to Portugal some of the most modern progress in winemaking during the 19 th century. For nearly 200 years the Quinta do Vallado was primarily engaged in the production of Port wine, this is one of the places you can’t miss in the Douro Valley. Here you will have a Tour to the Winery and Wine Cellar and end the afternoon with a Vallado’s Wines Tasting.
Return to the Hotel.
End of day.
Day 3: The finest wineries in the region
Delicious breakfast will be served at the Hotel.
The Private Driver is waiting for you in the Hotel Lobby and will take you to 2 Quintas in Douro Valley during the day.
The first stop will be at Quinta do Crasto . Located on the right bank of the River Douro, between Régua and Pinhão. Quinta do Crasto is owned by the family of Leonor and Jorge Roquette for more than a century. Its origin dates back to the 19th century. The first known references date back to 1615. One of the greatest acknowledgments came in 2008, when Wine Spectator, an international reference of the sector, considered Quinta do Crasto Reserva Vinhas Velhas 2005, coming from vineyards with 70 years, the third-best wine in the world that year, giving it a rating of 95 in one hundred points. Since then, this wine has always been in the Top 100 of American publications. Here you will visit the vineyards , including the famous old vineyards of Quinta do Crasto, a winery, and a barrel cellar, where the Premium table wines and Port wines are staged. Then you will have a tasting of 5 wines, duly presented by a manager of Quinta do Crasto, who will guide you through the experience.
After the experience, enjoy Lunch and the view of the Terraçu's Restaurant . Here, the menu appeals to the senses and emotions, in a relaxed and curious way. The proposals are different every day and the menu is defined by two factors: The fresh ingredients available at the vegetable garden and the inspiration of Chef José Pinto.
Then, you will discover Quinta Nova, Nossa Senhora do Carmo 250 years ago, the traditional Quinta Nova winery, owned by the Amorim Group, was harvesting its first grapes. This is undoubtedly one of the oldest wineries in the Douro region, producing port wine for the Quinta and for many other plots of neighboring farms, given its large size. You will have a Guided Tour through the vines, winery dated from 1764, and the underground cellar. The visit ends with a tasting of 3 wines at the Wine Shop.
For the nature lovers and the adventurers, there is a pedestrian circuit with 3 different routes, properly signed, in a certified total trail of 8km's. With a map in hand and the freedom to stroll and explore the estate, you will discover the details at your own pace. A tip: crossing the orchards, make sure you pick some fresh fruit !
Day 4: Exclusive Douro River Cruise
Breakfast will be served at the Hotel.
In the morning we will take you to Real Companhia Velha's crown jewel and the largest wine-producing estate in the Douro region, Quinta das Carvalhas . A property of immense beauty and grandiosity whose oldest written reference date back to 1759. This is one of the most emblematic Douro properties and it is considered by many the "Douro image" because it allows a view of the territory and of the most beautiful Douro has to show. Nowhere else, you can see so much in so little time. The mountain of Carvalhas, at 550 meters of altitude and from where you can enjoy a landscape in 360 degrees, is the site of "excellence" for the observation of the property and Douro. The Vineyard Guided Tour is a visit to the Vineyards accompanied by Quinta das Carvalhas guide. Appreciate direct contact with nature in the vines, Mediterranean forests, and gardens, alongside the people who work them. We offer the chance to see the Douro through the eyes of a local and to relish the greatness of the region with a detailed explanation of everything happening at the Quinta. The tour finishes at our wine shop for a tasting of a white, a red, and a Port paired with local cheeses.
Throughout the EN222 Road, elected the best road to drive by AVIS rent a car, you will enjoy the best views by the riverside.
Lunch is waiting for you at DOC Restaurant . Situated in Folgosa, Armamar, on the road between Régua and Pinhão, in what is one of the most beautiful scenic routes in the country, the restaurant occupies a building of contemporary lines with a picket based that extends along an elegant wooden deck overlooking the river. It is a place of enormous beauty, blending the magnificence of shale hills covered with vines with the stillness of the Douro river and the serenity of lakeside villages, only awakened by the regular passage of the train. The Michelin star chef Rui Paula organizes everything in detail, DOC operates as an open window on this breathtaking scenery, which makes every meal unique and unforgettable.
Close to the restaurant, the private cruise is waiting for you. You will enjoy a magnificent exclusive Douro River Cruise . Onboard a sailboat live moments of intimacy with nature as it travels emotionally through history to the times when the Rabelo boats were moved through the force of the sails. Be amazed by the scenarios that the Douro has to offer .
Day 5: Lamego Heritage
Breakfast at the Hotel followed by Check-out.
You will enjoy a cultural break in Lamego . The culture, architecture, heritage, historical center justify a visit.
The Lamego Castle , within the urban area, Ex-libris of the town, from the top of its walls can be sighted the waters of the rivers Coura, Balsemão, and Varosa. The construction of the castle began in the 13Th Century with the goal of protecting the city inhabitants. In the 17th century, a niche in homage to Our Lady Nossa Senhora da Graça was erected.
Then, you will visit the Lamego Museum . An astounding collection of ancient art and artifacts, including a fully reconstructed chapel dripping with gold, is displayed within the walls of an 18th-century bishop’s palace. Among the many highlights are the set of paintings by one of Portugal’s most renowned painters, Grão Vasco, 16th century Flemish tapestries that depict the Greek legend of Oedipus and colorful 17th Century panels Azulejos (painted tiles).
Nearby is the Lamego Cathedral , a succession of different styles from various periods can be seen on both the outside and inside of Lamego cathedral, and yet, despite this, the building as a whole exudes a sense of beauty and monumentality. The tower windows are the oldest surviving feature, with their delicately carved capitals providing one of the finest examples of the twelfth-century Romanesque style of architecture. In 1738, Nicolau Nasoni was commissioned to paint the vaulted ceilings. The brightly colored and well-preserved frescoes taught those worshippers who could not read or write about various episodes in the Old Testament. And in the chancel of this ancient church, there is yet another delightful highlight: an eighteenth-century marble and gilded altarpiece and two beautiful organs dating from 1753.
Visit the Lady of Remedies Shrine in Lamego . From one of the central avenues in Lamego, climb to the top of the hill up an imposing baroque staircase with 686 steps ending in a shrine built in the rocaille style in the mid-eighteenth century for the worship of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, although it was not completely finished until 1905. The same Nicolau Nasoni who painted the cathedral ceilings designed some of the baroque works that decorate this monument, in particular, a very beautiful granite fountain next to the shrine itself. Various landings enrich the monumental staircase with interesting sculptures, making the long climb of the pilgrims less arduous.
The Private Driver will drop you off in Porto or Porto International Airport (OPO).
End of the Tour.
- Private Cruise in the Douro River
- Enroll in a Cooking workshop – Unveil the traditional Portuguese gastronomy
- Enjoy the Wine tour to the best Douro wineries
- Savor Wine tasting and sampling of regional products
- Cooking workshop
- Stay at a selected prime accommodation Boutique Estate or a Luxury Resort in the Douro Valley
- Breathe this unique landscape protected by UNESCO
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Kingdom of the Golden River
Cruise the Douro Valley from Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s oldest towns, to the Spain border. Full range of optional excursions including the Spanish World Heritage city of Salamanca.
Cruise Only 5 nights from £920pp
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Sail the River Douro through an untouched landscape of high hills, vineyards famous for producing Port wine, and onwards through the amazing cliffs and gorges of the upper Douro river.
After exploring Porto, with an optional visit and tasting at a Port wine shippers, cruise upriver through the deepest lock in Europe to the riverside town of Regua. From there maybe visit Vila Real and the Solar de Mateus, famous for its portrayal on the Mateus wine bottles but also noted for beautiful gardens.
The ship calls at the riverside village of Pinhao, whose railway station has blue-tiled frescos of riverside scenes, before cruising upriver through stunning scenery to the Portuguese border. Next day join the optional excursion to Salamanca, noted for its beauty and architecture, before cruising back downriver to Porto.
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POF: Kingdom of the Golden River Itinerary
Day 1 - porto (portugal).
Embark your cruise ship in Porto from 5pm. This evening enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner onboard, followed by an optional coach tour of Porto by night.
Day 2 - Porto - Regua
After a buffet breakfast onboard, you may wish to join the optional tour of Porto, Portugal's second largest town, and one of Europe's most ancient and historic towns. Porto is the home of Port wine, with Port vineyards all along the Douro. There is a second optional excursion available - a tram tour through the city concluding with a tasting of some of the local specialties. After the tours, back on board for lunch and an afternoon of relaxed cruising as we admire the wonderful landscapes of the Douro Valley.
Day 3 - Regua - Pinhao - Vega de Teron (Spain)
Today there is an optional excursion to discover the formal gardens at the Mateus Palace and Vila Real. Enjoy an evening with a Spanish flair.
Day 4 - Barca d'Alva - Salamanca (Spain)
After breakfast on board there will be an optional tour of Salamanca, awarded world heritage status by UNESCO for its outstanding beauty and its Roman, Arabic and Christian architectural treasures. There is an additional optional excursion available - Salamanca by bike. Return to the ship in Barca d'Alva and cruise to Senhora da Ribeira. Dinner and gala evening on board.
Day 5 - Senhora da Ribeira - Ferradosa - Folgosa - Leverinho (Portugal)
This morning there is an optional excursion discovering the Porto wine route. Spend the afternoon cruising before enjoying an evening of traditional folk entertainment.
Day 6 - Leverinho - Porto
Early this morning our ship sets sail for Porto, where we disembark after breakfast.
For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary
- Five nights accommodation on board on a full-board basis
- Unlimited complimentary house wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks on board
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- Optional Excursions Porto by night; Porto half day city tour; Vila Real and Solar de Mateus; Salamanca full day tour, including lunch; Wines of Porto half day excursion. These excursions can either be pre-booked with your cruise or booked on board.
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