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Valley of the Douro from Porto to Spain

8 Day River Cruise

Portugal, Europe
All Meals Included

The vibrant, riverside city of Porto is the starting point of this cruise, which makes its way down the Douro River, through the Douro Valley - one of the most dazzling landscapes in Portugal - and into Spain. Explore the architectural treasures of Porto's historic centre, enjoy fantastic food and wine experiences, visit the impressive Ducal Palace and tour the hillside town of Lamego on this thrilling eight-day voyage.

2021 Dossier

2022 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Cruise through the dramatic Douro Valley
  • Evening entertainment including a wonderful flamenco show
  • Chance to explore vineyards and enjoy a port tasting
Number of nights


Day 1
UK to Porto, Portugal


Depart London on your scheduled flight to Porto. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your ship, MS Infante D Henrique. Enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew before dinner then take a tour of Porto, enjoying the city sights by moonlight.

Day 2
Porto to Regua

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Explore Porto on a guided tour, visiting San Francisco Church, with its gold-laced interior, and the beautiful Palacio da Bolsa located in the UNESCO-listed historic centre of Porto. In the afternoon begin your cruise through the Douro Valley where you will pass granite cliffs, whitewashed estates and 18th Century vineyards carved into mountains. Arrive in Regua, gateway to the Alto Douro, in time for an evening of dancing or some free time to explore.

Day 3
Regua to Vega de Terron

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Relax on board before disembarking for a visit to Vila Real with the chance to stroll through the landscaped gardens of Mateus Palace and taste the delicious local speciality of 'cristas de galo', a sweet pastry shaped like a rooster's crest. Later tonight, enjoy an entertaining flamenco performance.

Day 4
Barca d'Alva and Salamanca

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Arrive at Barca d'Alva early in the morning, a tranquil town shadowed by mountains and surrounded by countryside rich in orchards and vineyard. Later, join a day tour to the Spanish university town of Salamanca, a place blessed with a dazzling array of beautiful buildings awash with golden sandstone, including the exceptional Plaza Mayor with its magnificent cathedral.

Day 5
Barca d'Alva, Ferradosa & Pinhao

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cruise through the locks of Valeira and Pocinho, en route to Ferradosa. Take part in a port wine tasting experience at a local estate. The ship docks at Pinhao, a town encircled by terraced hillsides and home to some of the world's finest port, where there will be a spectacular gala dinner on board.

Day 6
Pinhao to Porto

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Disembark for a tour to Lamego, an elegant town dotted with Baroque buildings and nestled among the terraced slopes of the Douro Valley. This afternoon, cruise to historic Porto.

Day 7

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Guimaraes, birthplace of Afonso Henriques, the first independent King of Portugal, to visit the impressive Ducal Palace built by the first Duke of Braganca in the 15th Century.

Day 8
Porto to UK


Disembark for your airport transfer and flight to the UK

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Dates & Prices

Price (per person)
Dates available
April 2022
from £1,799
2 Dates
6th Apr - 13th Apr
13th Apr - 20th Apr
May 2022
from £1,649
1 Date
16th May - 23rd May
June 2022
from £1,899
1 Date
22nd Jun - 29th Jun
July 2022
from £1,549
4 Dates
1st Jul - 8th Jul
11th Jul - 18th Jul
18th Jul - 25th Jul
27th Jul - 3rd Aug
August 2022
from £1,799
3 Dates
3rd Aug - 10th Aug
12th Aug - 19th Aug
22nd Aug - 29th Aug
September 2022
from £1,689
2 Dates
5th Sep - 12th Sep
26th Sep - 3rd Oct

Your Cruise Ship

MS Infante D Henrique

The MS Infante D Henrique is an attractive 3 deck ship consisting of 71 cabins. As you sail through the Douro admire the beautiful scenery from the large relaxing sun-deck. Facilities include a lounge bar with dance floor, dining room and gift shop.


All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, safe. Spaced across the Upper and Main Decks, all cabins are outside facing and located above the water affording outstanding views from the large picture window.

All-inclusive Dining

Your day will always begin with an impressive buffet breakfast. Chefs prepare succulent 3-course meals for lunch and dinner which are served in the onboard restaurant. Midday and evening meals are paired with excellent and carefully chosen beers and wines, included in the price. An open bar is available throughout the voyage (not including Champagne, special wines, premium spirits or fine brandies).

Life Onboard

All cruises start with a welcoming cocktail reception where you'll meet the captain, crew and staff of your ship. Facilities onboard include a comfortable lounge with a dance floor for your enjoyment and relaxation as well as a gift shop. FREE Wifi is available in lounge bar and reception. The sun deck, complete with deckchairs, offers a panoramic view of the landscape's beauty as you cruise.

Important Information

A visa is not required for British nationals travelling to Portugal and Spain. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Your flight is to Porto Airport, Portugal with TAP Air Portugal (TAP) departing from London Gatwick South Terminal. Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalized on your E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-In should be at least 2 hours before departure. If you wish to arrange Airport car parking, lounges or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extra Tel. 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This river cruise is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking on cobbled streets and getting on and off the cruise ship. This cruise is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Optional excursions are escorted by an experienced, English speaking guide.

The currency in Portugal and Spain, as well as onboard, is the Euro (EUR). We recommend that you exchange currency before you leave the UK, however cash machines are available in most towns and cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses This cruise is All-Inclusive, so you will only need to take a little extra money with you to cover any premium drinks on board and souvenirs, drinks and snackspurchased when off the ship, as well as any optional excursions you wish to book. Tipping is at your discretion. There is an envelope in your cabin for this purpose that can be handed to teception at the end of your cruise. Credit cards are accepted on board ship and throughout Portugal nd Spain.