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Douro River Portugal Cruise Package

Douro River Cruise and Portugal Package including return international flights, 7 night cruise along the Douro River, accommodation in Lisbon and Porto and more!

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  • 16 day Douro River Cruise and Portugal Package with flights
  • 16 day Douro River Cruise and Portugal Package with flights
  • 16 day Douro River Cruise and Portugal Package with flights
  • 16 day Douro River Cruise and Portugal Package with flights
  • 16 day Douro River Cruise and Portugal Package with flights
  • 16 day Douro River Cruise and Portugal Package with flights
  • 16 day Douro River Cruise and Portugal Package with flights
  • 16 day Douro River Cruise and Portugal Package with flights
  • 16 day Douro River Cruise and Portugal Package with flights
  • 16 day Douro River Cruise and Portugal Package with flights
  • 16 day Douro River Cruise and Portugal Package with flights
  • 16 day Douro River Cruise and Portugal Package with flights
  • 16 day Douro River Cruise and Portugal Package with flights
  • 16 day Douro River Cruise and Portugal Package with flights
 

Highlights

 

Prepare to set sail on this 16 day Douro River Cruise and Portugal Package.

Begin your journey by experiencing some free time in Lisbon, a city filled with light standing next to the River Tagus and the sea. Make your way around town with your Hop on Hop off bus pass, the best way to explore this colourful city. 

Arrive by train into the coastal city of Porto, where historic centre of the city stands on UNESCO’s world heritage site and is a breeze of narrow streets, archways and impressive churches.

Now, get ready to embark on your cruise down the Douro River Enjoy lunch in the wine region of Regua; visit churches, castles and villages in the quaint town of Vega de Terron. Step into Barca D’Alva, the last Portuguese village along the Douro, an join your historical tour to Salamanca. Relax on board your cruise while sailing through terraced vineyards before arriving back into Porto where you will disembark and be transferred back to Lisbon for your flight home. 

This is an independent package – no guide services are provided. Packages includes return International flights, 7-night cruise along the Douro River on the 5-star MS Douro Splendour river ship, some meals, accommodation and more

See Inclusions for more details

 
 

Day 1: Australia –airplane-takeoff-Lisbon

Depart Australia today to begin your Portuguese river cruise getaway!

Day 2: Arrive Lisbon

Arrive in Lisbon and make your own way to your Lisbon hotel.

Day 3: Lisbon (B)

Today you can explore the sites of Lisbon at your own pace. Use your Hop on Hop off  bus pass to explore the city. Valid for 24 hours. 

Day 4: Lisbon (B)

Enjoy a free day of leisure to explore Lisbon at your own pace.

Day 5: Lisbon –train-icon– Porto (B)

After breakfast you will be met at the hotel and transferred to the train station to board your train to Porto. On arrival in Porto, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 6: Porto (B)

Enjoy a free day of leisure to explore Porto at your own pace.

Day 7: Porto (D) cruise-icon

At the appropriate time, you will be met and transferred to the cruise terminal to board the cruise ship. Prior to dinner, meet your fellow passengers and Cruise Staff for a cocktail, crew introduction followed by an information meeting. Then enjoy your first dinner on board, followed by a well-deserved rest.

Day 8: Regua (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Early in the morning, the ship departs and the Douro journey begins, stopping at Entre-os-Rios, where river Rio Tãmega flows into Douro. Here we drive by bus to the famous Vinho Verde restaurant, where we have a delicious lunch. Return to the ship and we sail towards Régua. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. We arrive at Régua before dinner. Regua municipality is regarded as part of the most important wine producing region in Portugal, and was even named “the international city of wine”. The appealing city also offers an array of cafés on the riverside and several beautiful bridges over the Douro river.

Day 9: Vega de Terron (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Toda the ship sails further up the valley towards the border with Spain. After lunch we arrive at Vega de Terrón. From here, there is an optional excursion to the small village of Castelo Rodrigo. The Romans built a fortress here. Later, the village was a period of Spain before it came under the Portuguese kingdom in 1297. Throughout the centuries, Jews, Arabs and Christians lived in peaceful coexistence here. You first visit the ruins of the old castle which have great views of the olive groves and vineyards of the valley. From the castle you stroll through the village, where you can still see traces of the Jewish population who lived here during the Spanish Inquisition. The visit ends with a stop to the little church. In the evening, there is a party dinner on board with the Captain’s aperitif and five-course menu. The ship is located at the pier in Vega de Terrón overnight.

Day 10: Barca d’Alva (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Today you can join an optional full day excursion to Salamanca in Spain. Salamanca’s history extends several thousand years back in time, and the historic centre of the city is on UNESCO’s world heritage site. The University of Salamanca is one of the oldest and most famous in Europe. Here, scholars from both Christian and Arab and Jewish cultures were met from the 1200s to the 1400s while there was religious persecution elsewhere in Europe. After arriving, you gather at Plaza Mayo in the heart of the city to get a brief orientation about the city’s attractions, shops and cafes. Then you will have time to explore the city on your own before meeting for lunch at a local restaurant. The lunch includes a rewarding flamenco show. In the afternoon there is a tour of Salamanca, which ends with visits to the “new” cathedral, built between 1513 and 1733. Return to the ship, which has meanwhile sailed to the border town of Barca d’Alva. The ship is located at the dock in Barca d’Alva overnight.

Day 11: Pinhao (B,L,D) cruise-icon 

Enjoy a relaxing morning on board while the ship sails back down the river and through the locks of Pocinho and Valeria. Now we are sailing through the heart of the wine district in the Douro valley. On both sides of the river there are terraced vineyards up the steep valley sides. After lunch, we arrive at Pinhão, which is beautifully surrounded by vineyards that produce some of the country’s best port wines. From here, an optional excursion is offered. First stop the Solar de Mateus Palace, immortalized on the label of the Mateus Rosé bottles. The 17th-century palace is considered to be one of the most beautiful baroque buildings in Portugal. It will be time for a stroll in the beautifully landscaped garden. There is also a tour of Vila Real, a city of varied religious architecture. Return to the ship in Pinhão. Take the opportunity to take a stroll in the old town of Pinhão on your own. The city’s old railway station, famous for its beautiful azulejos (traditional Portuguese tiles), is well worth a visit. Tonight, we eat dinner at land in la Quinta, a local vineyard and restaurant. The menu we serve is inspired by the traditional Portuguese cuisine, based on local produce. Each dish is accompanied by a local wine, which helps to enhance the taste experience. The ship is docked here overnight.

Day 12: Entre-os-Rios (B,L,D) cruise-icon

We sail on early in the morning and arrive at Régua in the morning. Explore the city on your own or join an optional excursion to Lamego, the highlight of which is the visit of the beautiful Baroque church, Nossa Senhora dos Remédios – one of Portugal’s most important pilgrimage. During the day there will be a visit to one of the many vineyards in the area, where we will see how the port wine is produced. And of course, we can taste the noble drops. After lunch, the cruise continues, and we pass the high Carrapatelo and Bagaúste slopes. Before dinner, the ship arrives at Entre-os-Rios. After dinner, we will visit a local group who entertains with Portuguese folk music in the lounge.

Day 13: Porto (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Early in the morning we leave Entre-Os-Rios and sail the last stretch back to Porto, arriving before lunch. Porto, with its approximately 300,000 inhabitants, is Portugal’s second largest city. The historic centre of the city stands on UNESCO’s world heritage site and is a breeze of narrow streets, archways and impressive churches – including the 11th-century Cathedral. But above all, Porto is famous for the wine that carries the city’s name. On the other side of the river to the city centre, in the Vila Nova de Gaia district, are the old 17th-century port wine houses. The grapes are transported here from the vineyards of Douro valley, processed and stored in the large portraits before bottling and distribution throughout the world. In the afternoon there is an optional city tour in Porto. The tour ends with visits to one of the Port Vila houses of Vila Nova de Gaia. Here there are tours and tastings on the “precious nectar”. In the evening, there is a dinner party on board. The ship is located at the dock in Porto overnight.

Day 14: Porto –train-icon– Lisbon (B)

Today sees the end of your Douro river cruise experience. After breakfast, disembark the ship and you will be met and transferred to the train station for your journey back to Lisbon. On arrival in Lisbon, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 15: Lisbon –airplane-takeoff– Australia (B)

At the appropriate time, make your own way to the airport for your onward flight home.

Day 16: Australia

Arrive home today.

Please note: some flights may arrive home 1 day later. 

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international economy airfares with a full service airline
  • 7-night cruise along the Douro River on the 5-star MS Douro Splendour river ship
  • All meals whilst on-board your river cruise
  • Drinks during meal times – wine, beer, water, tea and cofee
  • Free Wi-Fi 
  • Gala farewell dinner with the Captain
  • Services of an experienced, multilingual Cruise Director
  • Daily on-board music and entertainment
  • 3 nights’ centrally located accommodation in Lisbon prior to your cruise
  • Hop on hop off Lisbon city sightseeing tour
  • Return train travel from Lisbon to Porto
  • 2 nights’ centrally located accommodation in Porto
  • Return transfers from the train station and cruise terminal

 Please note: This is an independent package – no guide services are provided
Highlights:

  • Enjoy a delightful journey that takes you along the Douro River to the Spanish border
  • Stop at ports in Regua, Barca d’Alva, Pinhao plus more
  • Sample the wines of Douro valley, the oldest wine region in the world
  • Explore Porto, the beautiful ‘City of Bridges’
  • Enjoy time exploring Lisbon at your own pace
 

Fine Print

 

How To Book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once booked and confirmed, no cancellations permitted
  • Must book by the 65 days prior to departure. 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Excludes:

Travel insurance
Visas
Tipping and on-board gratuities
Shore Excursions 
Anything not mentioned or “optional” or “own account” in the itinerary
Beverages (except during meal times)
Minibar
Personal expenses
Lisbon city tax not included, to be paid by customer directly on arrival. EUR1 per person per night to a maximum of 7 nights. Subject to change without notice. 

Tipping: it is entirely at your discretion whether you wish to give tips and how much you wish to give. These should show your acknowledgement of good service. At the end of the cruise, you will find a tip box for the entire crew at the reception. Of course, at any time you may give the employees individual tips or pay them through your on-board account.

Single Supplement: Not available

Triple Share: Not available

Group Sizes: Minimum 2 

Accommodation: 

Lisbon – Hotel Lisboa Plaza or similar
Porto – Hotel Das Artes or similar
River cruise ship – MS Douro Splendour

Ship Plans:

To view the ship deck plan please click here

Shore Excursions: You can view shore excursions by clicking here

Paid direct on-board your cruise 

Deposit Information: 

  • A deposit of $999 per person plus any applicable surcharges are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date. We offer a FREE date change policy allowing you to change your departure date any time up until your final payment is made.
  • Final Payment is due 60 days after initial deposit. Once this payment is made, no cancellations or amendments are permitted and all prior payments become strictly non-refundable. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment. Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Free Date Changes:

  • After booking your travel and paying the deposit, you may change your travel date subject to the following terms.
  • Changes can only be made up until your final payment has been paid, whichever is earlier. After this point, your booking becomes non-changeable and remains strictly non-refundable.
  • Any change is subject to availability
  • To request a date change, please email customerexperience@webjetexclusives.com.au with your existing booking details and your requested travel date
  • If you choose to change your travel date, you will be requested to complete another booking form. Please ensure you include all preferences and special requests, as prior submissions will not be considered in finalising your booking.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

 

Travel Dates

 

4 May 2018
18 May 2018 
25 May 2018
6 July 2018
13 July 2018

Surcharges may apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfares from Melbourne, Sydney or Perth with Qatar, Etihad, China Southern or similar
  • Adelaide or Brisbane – A $200 Interstate surcharges applies per person. You can purchase your interstate surcharge after you click ‘Buy Now’ 
  • Including minimum 20kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before the itinerary and involve up to 2 transits. These changes are beyond our control and are subject to availability and airline schedule changes.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights. 
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person is applied per person should you wish to arrive early and/or extend your stay. Fee is non-negotiable and must be paid before your flight variation can be confirmed.
  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your flight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference in addition to the flat fee.
  • You will be sent an invoice for the additional fee after your booking form has been received. Once this invoice has been paid, your flights will be ticketed based on the days you have requested. Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If the invoice is not paid by the expiry date, you will be automatically booked on the promotional airfare for the standard dates of the package.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the final payment.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

Option 3: Choose an alternative airline

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to travel with a premium airline for your tour.
  • Please specify your preferred airline in the Special Request field of your booking form.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the final payment.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to confirm your flights as per the tour itinerary.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your airline preference, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares
  • 7 night 5-star Douro River Cruise
  • All meals whilst on-board your cruise plus drinks during meal times
  • Hop on hop off Lisbon sight seeing tour
  • 3 nights 4-star accommodation in Lisbon with breakfast daily
  • 2 nights 4-star accommodation in Porto with breakfast daily
  • Return train travel to Porto
  • Return transfers to cruise terminal in Porto
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