ABTA 38 Years | Mon - Fri: 9am to 5:30pm | Sat: 9am to 5pm | Sun: 10am to 4:00pm
Can’t find your holiday?
Call 0800 707 6229 free and for extra savings £££
Can’t find your tour?
Home » Destinations » Europe » Portugal » Riviera Travel Gastronomy of the Douro
The Douro River might be a hidden gem in Europe, but the culinary treasures cultivated and enjoyed along its shores are no secret. The Portuguese, known for their passion for excellent food, offer a delightful array of fresh, locally grown flavours. Anticipate indulging in sweet treats, flavourful dishes, and, of course, ample servings of port wine. Journey to Porto, the historic Roman city and birthplace of Port wine, where you’ll savor Portuguese wines at charming quintas. While exploring the footsteps of St. Francis, relish the renowned almond products of Castelo Rodrigo. Venture across the border to Salamanca for a delectable tapas lunch in one of Spain’s oldest cities. And that’s just the beginning of our onshore adventures – although the once-wild Douro River has been tamed by locks, the valley’s stunning rolling hills retain an untouched wildness.
Day 1: Arrival in Porto
Arrive in Porto and transfer to the ship
Day 2: Mateus Palace Gardens & Qunita da Pacheca
After leaving Porto, a morning talk introduces Portugal’s diverse cuisine, encompassing fish, meat, cheese, spices, and fruits, shaped by centuries of culinary influence.
Have lunch on board before visiting the grounds of Mateus Palace in Peso da Régua, known for its iconic Mateus Rosé bottle. In the evening, head to Quinta da Pacheca for dinner, offering dramatic river views and a chance to explore the historic estate, the region’s first quinta to bottle wine in 1738 under owner Mariana Pacheco Pereira. Spend the night moored in Régua.
Day 3: Castel Rodrigo
Relax during breakfast with panoramic views of the changing Douro landscape, once a wild river tamed by dams and locks. Indulge in Portuguese Pastel de Nata treats, learning their history and preparation.
Cruise though rural landscapes, enjoying onboard facilities like the sun deck pool or catching up on reading. Savour local vinho verde and explore the exceptional Portuguese wine list. In the afternoon, visit the 12th-century walled village, Castelo Rodrigo, sampling regional delights and traditional fare. Experience the opening of a celebratory vintage port wine using port tongs.
Day 4: Salamanca
Crossing into Spain, you’ll explore Salamanca, hailed as one of Spain’s top gastronomic cities. Salamanca features two cathedrals and the oldest Spanish university, founded in 1218. Explore its ornate cathedrals, medieval streets, and the 18th-century Plaza Mayor. Discover the local marketplace for fresh produce and indulge in a lunch of notable Spanish tapas.
Returning to Portugal, your on-board dinner will showcase a tempting array of traditional Portuguese dishes.
Day 5: Quinta da Avessada & Pinhão
In port wine territory, terraced vineyards replace lush hillsides, showcasing a warmer, drier Mediterranean landscape. Disembark and visit Quinta da Avessada in Favaios, renowned for Moscatel de Favaios. Learn about the wine’s origins and savor a traditional Douro Valley lunch featuring Portuguese delicacies.
Returning to the ship, the ship moors overnight in the wine town of Pinhão. Explore the picturesque town, known for its white buildings and terracotta roofs. Visit the charming train station adorned with azulejos, depicting Pinhão’s grape harvest history.
Day 6: Lamego
After breakfast, a short drive brings you to historic Lamego, known for Portugal’s sparkling wine, Raposeira, and its 12th-century reclamation from the Moors. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies atop a baroque staircase offers panoramic views; try the local bôla, a savory bread with meats and cheeses, accompanied by regional sparkling wine.
Returning to the ship, enjoy a chef-prepared lunch as the ship departs for Leverinho. Relax on the sun deck or read in the lounge. The evening brings the Captain’s Dinner, featuring regional specialties and a vibrant performance of traditional Portuguese folk music.
Day 7: Porto
Explore Porto’s rich history with a guided tour and visit renowned port wine producers like Cálem, Sandeman, Graham’s, and Ferreira. Indulge in a port tasting paired with complementary snacks. After onboard lunch, discover Porto’s terraced streets, cobbled alleyways, and historic landmarks.
The evening brings a final dinner served onboard. Reflect on the Douro’s splendours in the lounge, perhaps with a glass of port.
Day 8: Return home
After breakfast, transfer to the airport at the appropriate time for your flight home
MS Douro Splendour
*All transfer times listed are approximate, and dependent on traffic.
Please call us free on 0800 707 6229 for pricing and availability
Need more information?
Riviera Travel Special Offers
Save £100pp on European Tours | £1 million Birthday giveaway | Free Premium Drinks package on Greek Islands Cruise | Save up to £500pp on tours | Save up to £250pp on Burgundy River Cruise | Free enhanced drinks packages on 2024 River Cruises | Group savings. Plus, extra savings on top from us!
Get A Quote
Huge & Exclusive Savings, Call Now!
0800 707 6229
Prices subject to Terms and Conditions
From picturesque countryside to historic landmarks, enjoy a different perspective on a variety of destinations in style and luxury.
Why Book With Us?
Please Call Free:
0800 707 6229
Get The Latest Offers
Looking to Book?
Ready to Book?
Socialise With Us
© Travel Club Elite 2023
Sign Up to Our Newsletter
"*" indicates required fields