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    Discover the beauty along the pristine Douro River on a leisurely voyage up the river from Porto on the Atlantic Ocean to the Spanish border.

    The journey begins in Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, on the Atlantic Ocean and winds its way up through the stunningly beautiful UNESCO-designated Douro Valley with its steeply terraced vineyards and verdant vegetation cascading down the hill slopes towards the river and its numerous tributaries. Established in the 18th century when the port wine industry developed, this was the world’s first demarcated wine region and there are many famous port wine estates, quintas, located on the steeply terraced hillsides. Along the way learn about the region’s winemaking history, with a visit to the Douro Museum in Regua and to the prestigious Quinta do Seixo wine estate, or hike through vineyards in pretty Pinhao to a charming family-run quinta to sample some fine port wine.

    In Salamanca, Spain, pay a visit to the city’s famous university and stop at a bustling food hall to perhaps pick up some fine Spanish chorizo and olive oil before the ship starts on its journey back to Porto. Hike to the archaeological park in Coa Valley to see prehistoric carvings or spend time in the medieval village of Castelo Rodrigo and take in the views from its hilltop castle. Dine at a hilltop winery producing delicious Moscatel wine and venture off on a tour of UNESCO-listed Guimaraes and its well preserved old quarter; or make the most of the time left in Porto and explore its historic Ribeira district.

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Discover the beauty along the pristine Douro River on a leisurely voyage up the river from Porto on the Atlantic Ocean to the Spanish border.

The journey begins in Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, on the Atlantic Ocean and winds its way up through the stunningly beautiful UNESCO-designated Douro Valley with its steeply terraced vineyards and verdant vegetation cascading down the hill slopes towards the river and its numerous tributaries. Established in the 18th century when the port wine industry developed, this was the world’s first demarcated wine region and there are many famous port wine estates, quintas, located on the steeply terraced hillsides. Along the way learn about the region’s winemaking history, with a visit to the Douro Museum in Regua and to the prestigious Quinta do Seixo wine estate, or hike through vineyards in pretty Pinhao to a charming family-run quinta to sample some fine port wine.

In Salamanca, Spain, pay a visit to the city’s famous university and stop at a bustling food hall to perhaps pick up some fine Spanish chorizo and olive oil before the ship starts on its journey back to Porto. Hike to the archaeological park in Coa Valley to see prehistoric carvings or spend time in the medieval village of Castelo Rodrigo and take in the views from its hilltop castle. Dine at a hilltop winery producing delicious Moscatel wine and venture off on a tour of UNESCO-listed Guimaraes and its well preserved old quarter; or make the most of the time left in Porto and explore its historic Ribeira district.

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S.S. Sao Gabriel

Step aboard the brand new S.S. Sao Gabriel for an extraordinary journey starting in Porto and following the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain before returning to Porto.

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S.S. Sao Gabriel

Step aboard the brand new S.S. Sao Gabriel for an extraordinary journey starting in Porto and following the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain before returning to Porto.

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