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DAY 1 : UK - Oporto.

Fly to Oporto where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for one night. Includes Dinner

DAY 2 : Oporto- Vigo - Rias Bajas - Sanxenxo.

After breakfast, start the day by visiting Oporto, the second largest city in Portugal, located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The ''Ciade Invicta'' or the city from where the country originally expanded is nowadays famed not only for the Port wine cellars, but also for several monuments, museums, churches, bridges, markets, fairs, green space and popular dynamics. Continue to Rias Bajas to enjoy the fantastic natural setting of the city of Vigo. Transfer to the hotel in Sanxenxo for check-in. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 : Santiago de Compostela.

After breakfast depart to visit Santiago de Compostela: the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia, Spain. The old city quarters have been designated UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and also home to the Cathedral and your destination for today. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 : O Grove - La Toja - Combarro - Poio - Pontevedra.

Head north to the charming fishing village of O Grove for a delightful boat trip to taste some of the local delicacies such as oysters and mussels. Cross the O Grove bridge to the island of La Toja and admire the tranquil, pretty gardens and spectacular coastal scenery. From here, head back to Combarro, with a stop en route atop Siradella Mountain for breath taking views of the region. Spend some time in Combarro enjoying the unique ambience of this traditional fishing village, before continuing to Poio for a visit to the Monastery, which in 1548 became a college of theology and now houses the largest library in Galicia. The day ends in Pontevedra, a city rich in historical and religious heritage, where the included sightseeing tour will introduce you to the city's fascinating monuments. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 : La Coruña.

Today journey to La Coruña, the 'Balcony over the Atlantic'. The city has its origins in sea trade and its icon is the Tower of Hercules, a roman lighthouse still guiding seamen to this day. La Coruña is a city of contrasts, with elements of the shipping trade that have remained unchanged for years set side by side with a modern, vibrant metropolis laden with shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants. The included sightseeing trip will acquaint you with the highlights and you will have plenty of time to explore at leisure. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 : Atlantic Coast scenic drive to Finisterre.

Enjoy a scenic drive along the Atlantic Coast to Finisterre, often called 'the end of the earth' because of its position as one of the westernmost points on the European mainland. This route offers up some truly stunning coastal scenery; a blend of cliffs and rocks, white sandy beaches and lush marshlands. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 : Ourense - Cañon de Sil - Oporto.

Head to Ourense, a tranquil city made up of narrow streets, pretty squares and pleasant gardens. It is home to many interesting religious buildings of varying styles with the pinnacle being the 12th century Cathedral. Whilst in Ourense visit the Burgas, unusual thermal springs which reach 70 degrees and date back to Roman times. Next, head to Cañon de Sil, an impressive canyon which is hundreds of metres deep. You have a chance to explore the villages and monasteries that lie on its ridges before continuing to Oporto for the night. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 : Oporto to embark your cruise ship.

Transfer to Oporto and your ship for embarkation. This evening, an optional excursion to see Oporto by night is available. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 : Oporto.

After breakfast, there will be an optional guided tour of medieval Oporto, Portugal's second largest city. Venture the steep, winding lanes of the town, edged by grand archways and magnificent churches, before travelling to Vila Nova de Gaia. Visit one of the producers of the port wine that the region is famous for, followed by wine tasting. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover Oporto at leisure. After dinner, there will be a folk evening on board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 : Oporto - Régua.

The morning is yours to discover Oporto at leisure or for you to take an optional excursion to Guimarães. The birthplace of Afonso Henriques, the first independent king of Portugal. Guimarães is renowned for its historical treasures including many museums. Return on board and cruise to Régua and pass through the gigantic lock at Carrapatello. Perhaps enjoy a stroll through Régua by night. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 : Régua - Vega de Teron.

This morning, enjoy an optional excursion to Vila Real for a visit to the beautiful manor and gardens of Solar de Mateus. In the afternoon, rejoin your ship in Pinhão, the geographical centre of the demarcated port wine making region. Later, your ship continues cruising amidst the steep, terraced vineyards that line the banks of the river, en route to Vega de Teron. Enjoy a flamenco evening on board. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 : Barca d'Alva.

After breakfast, there is a full day optional excursion to the Spanish city of Salamanca, home to one of the oldest universities in the world. The city has been well-preserved and has beautiful stone-built noblemen's houses, convents and palaces scattered among the faculty buildings. The architecture reflects its Roman, Arabic and Christian past, and it is also said to have the most impressive town square in the whole of Spain Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 : Barca d'Alva - Ferradosa - Pinhão.

Continue your journey through the stunning countryside of the Douro Valley, arriving in Ferradosa after lunch. There is an optional excursion in the afternoon that takes you through vineyards where grapes are grown for the production of local wines before heading to a Quinta to taste Port wine. Rejoin the ship in Pinhão before your Gala evening tonight. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 : Pinhão - Oporto.

This morning, there is an optional excursion to the ancient town of Lamego, 12km from the banks of the Douro. This includes a visit to the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary, 600m above the town, the medieval castle, the church of Almacave with its azulejo lined walls and gilded woodwork on the altars, and the Cathedral. After lunch on board, the ship continues its journey to Oporto. Tonight, there is a fado evening on board, where you can hear the traditional songs of Lisbon. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15 : Oporto - UK.

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Porto with 2 nights at the Hotel Teatro or 7 nights at the Axis Ofir situated against a long sandy beach near the Northern Littoral Natural Park. Includes Breakfast

What's Included

Flights UK - Porto - UK
Accommodation twin room in hotel and outside lower deck cabin on cruise
34 Meals: 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 14 dinners
All Inclusive Drinks throughout the cruise
Services of a tour director on tour
Porterage on tour
Transfers
All local, port and airport taxes
VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)


Holiday Highlights

Santiago de Compostela City sightseeing
Wine tasting
Combarro Guided visit
Poio Monastery
Pontevedra City sightseeing
La Coruña City sightseeing
Ourense City sightseeing
Cañon de Sil
Oporto
Regua
Barca d'Alva