Duration
9 Nights
Fitness
Relaxed
Travel
Multiple dates in 2019
Destination
Portugal
Wine and dine your way along the Douro with this 9-night luxury river cruise through Portugal and Spain. Savour the understated but self-assured grandeur of 5-star boutique vessel MS Douro Elegance or MS Douro Splendour as you enjoy the finer things in life. Tailor your trip to your travel style by staying put on the sun deck or venturing out on day trips, such as a visit to the 12th century walled village of Castelo Rodrigo, a resting place on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage. Fall in love with the scenery as Atlantic coast melts slowly into vine-laden Mediterranean countryside, dotted with medieval hilltop castles resembling thumb tacks on a sun-washed map.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Included return flights between Australia and Europe
  • 7 nights on board 5-star vessel MS Douro Splendour or MS Douro Elegance, starting and ending in Porto
  • Enjoy a port wine cellar visit in Porto, flamenco show in Salamanca, medieval castle tour at Castelo Rodrigo, traditional sparkling wine in Lamego and more
  • All meals included
  • Excellent guest to crew ratio; only 126 passengers on board to 36 crew

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
Return economy flights between Australia and Europe
7 nights on board 5-star ship
8 visits and tours, including tour of Castelo Rodrigo and flamenco performance in Salamanca
All meals included
Expert cruise director
Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
All port charges and taxes
Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi (speeds may vary)
1 crew member for every 4 guests, ensuring first-class, personalised service

SAIL DATE Multiple Departures in 2019:
  • Sep: 01, 22, 29
Call us for an up to date quote on 1300 404 606

ITINERARY 
    • Day 1: Fly from Australia to Porto
    • Day 2: Embark in Porto
    • Day 3: Porto
    • Day 4: Castelo Rodrigo
    • Day 5: Salamanca
    • Day 6: Mateus Palace Gardens
    • Day 7: Lamego
    • Day 8: Porto
    • Day 9: Disembark in Porto
    • Day 10: Fly home from Porto to Australia
For full itinerary information CLICK HERE
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WHY BOOK WITH MY DISCOVERIES?
At MyDiscoveries we want to help you make ‘one day’, today. Whether you’re into cruising or glamping, or if you’d prefer to holiday at home or abroad, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for you. Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site?
Call us on 1300404606 and one of our travel consultants can create an incredible package for you.
The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back
Pay over 5 x monthly, interest-free instalments. Credit card holders can spread their payments over 5 months on all MyDiscoveries holidays

VISA
A visa gives a non-citizen permission to enter and stay in a certain country. MyDiscoveries cannot issue visas for your trip. You will need to research Visa requirements and contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Australian Government’s travel advice service smartraveller.gov.au is a good place to start. Read more Visa information here.

FINE PRINT 
  • Multiple departures in 2019.
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only
  • Advertised price is based on a twin package staying in a Standard stateroom on 01, 22 & 29 Sep 2019.
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior
  • Itinerary Subject to change without notice
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees.  In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a $100 per person cancellation fee. We recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you have booked your travel dates so you have protection against emergency cancellations that might be needed.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • Once your MyDiscoveries Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by the MyDiscoveries Reservations team who will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements (e.g. vegetarian etc)
  • The MyDiscoveries team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.
  • Excludes: Travel Insurance, Visas
 
Book your holiday by buying online at www.mydiscoveries.com.au or calling us on 1300 404 606
1

Fly from Australia to Porto

2

Embark in Porto

Embark the ship in Porto and familiarize yourself with your five-star floating hotel.From the moment you board, the welcoming crew are at your service. In no time you’ll be settled into your luxurious, thoughtfully furnished accommodation and familiarising yourself with all the first-class aspects of this floating boutique hotel. Meals: Dinner
3

Porto

This morning our guided tour of Porto unveils some of its major and more surprising sights. You’ll experience the tangled lanes of the medieval quarter, the splendid Praça da Ribeira square with its characteristic tiled townhouses and fine views to the wine lodges across the river. We return to the ship and there’s an air of expectancy on board as during our first delicious lunch, we’ll slip our moorings and begin our stately passage upstream. The Douro is one of Europe’s most captivating rivers and you can enjoy a leisurely afternoon up on deck or watching the glorious scenery drifting by from the comfort of your own cabin. Tonight, as you enter the restaurant for the Welcome Dinner, feel free to choose your table. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
4

Castelo Rodrigo

As we cruise into ever more rural territory towards the Spanish border, the river here is at its most peaceful. It’s the perfect time to take a refreshing dip in the Sun Deck pool – a rare treat on a cruise ship – or catch up on some reading, perhaps with a cool pre-lunch glass of vinho verde, the local, gently fizzy white wine. This afternoon we visit Castelo Rodrigo, a delightful 12th-century walled village tucked away in the picturesque highland ranges bordering Spain. Its church was a resting place on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela and it is said that Saint Francis himself stayed here. The views are simply stupendous, stretching across almost-deserted ochre hillsides. This evening after dinner head up on to the sun deck to listen to the unmistakable sound of crickets and breathe in the scents from the surrounding valley slopes that pervade the warm evening air. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
5

Salamanca

Today we visit historic Salamanca, one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this journey, regarded by many Spaniards as their nation’s most beautiful city. Over lunch you enjoy a traditional flamenco show, then you are free to explore Salamanca as you wish. You may choose to linger, admiring the ornate interiors of its cathedrals – the more recent dates from the 16th century – or explore its tiny streets, medieval squares, traditional shops, gardens and marketplaces. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
6

Mateus Palace Gardens

One of the benefits of life aboard a river cruise is the sheer sense of relaxation it brings; our elegant ship slips its moorings during breakfast, after which there is plenty of time for a spot of pampering in the on-board spa, or simply watch the seamless changing of the riverbank scenery passing by from the comfort of a cosy seat in the lounge. After another superb lunch on board, we cruise into the small town of Peso da Régua, from where we visit the grounds of the splendid Mateus Palace. This evening we take the short drive to the 126-acre Quinta da Pacheca for dinner. Enjoying dramatic views over the Douro, it dates back to the 18th century and is simply one of the most beautiful and distinguished properties in the region. You have time to wander through part of the estate before sampling a selection of its finest wines at dinner. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
7

Lamego

This morning after breakfast we take a short drive to historic Lamego, home of Portugal’s sparkling wine, Raposeira, and one of the first places to be reclaimed from the Moors in the 12th century. Later we enjoy a little indulgence as we visit one of the region’s best port quintas, or estate-vineyards, to learn how the legendary fortified wine is produced. This experience culminates in a much-anticipated tasting of the delicious final product. By the time we return to our ship, our chef and his team will be adding the finishing touches to another delicious lunch, ready to be served as we depart for Entre-os-Rios. After lunch there’s the perfect opportunity to take to the sun deck to enjoy the kaleidoscope of Douro views – or perhaps a spot of reading in the lounge over a cup of tea. This evening is the Captain’s Dinner, a truly memorable experience featuring exquisite regional specialities, followed by a colourful performance of traditional Portuguese folk music by a local cultural group. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
8

Porto

There’s a perfect opportunity to avail yourself of some of the ship’s range of five-star facilities this morning – maybe a little gentle exercise in the fitness room before heading up to the sun deck to enjoy a coffee whilst chatting with newly-made friends as our ship makes a graceful arrival in Porto once more, passing under the city’s spectacular bridges. After lunch you’ll have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore this truly fascinating city. This evening, enjoy a final dinner on board expertly served by our restaurant staff under the supervision of the maître d’. Afterwards, perhaps settle into the lounge to chat into the evening and reflect on the splendours of the remarkable River Douro – over a glass of port, of course. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
9

Porto

This morning, the crew bids you farewell before you disembark. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
10

Fly home from Porto to Australia

Cabin categories
Standard Cabins – Lower Deck
Standard cabins on the lower deck are slightly smaller at 12 square metres (129 square feet), have smaller fixed windows and as a unique bonus, Stern Cabins on this deck are available for sole occupancy at no extra cost. Single supplements apply for other cabins and decks, all subject to availability.
  • Sparkling marble bathrooms
  • Beautifully designed
  • All feature shower with fully glazed screen
  • WC plus fluffy towels
  • Bathroom cosmetics
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Flat screen high-definition satellite TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
Standard Cabins – Middle Deck
The Upper Deck and Main (middle) Deck have full floor to ceiling windows which slide down halfway so you can watch the stunning river scenery drifting past without leaving the comfort of your cabin!
  • Sparkling marble bathrooms
  • Beautifully designed
  • All feature shower with fully glazed screen
  • WC plus fluffy towels
  • Bathroom cosmetics
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Flat screen high-definition satellite TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
Standard Cabins – Upper Deck
Best of all the Standard Cabins on the Upper Deck and Main (middle) Deck have full floor to ceiling windows which slide down halfway so you can watch the stunning river scenery drifting past without leaving the comfort of your cabin.
  • Sparkling marble bathrooms
  • Beautifully designed
  • All feature shower with fully glazed screen
  • WC plus fluffy towels
  • Bathroom cosmetics
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Flat screen high-definition satellite TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
Ship Features: 
  • Stunning restaurant on the Main Deck serving buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and four-course dinner
  • Magnificent lounge and bar (where early risers’ breakfast is served)
  • Lift from Lower to Upper Deck
  • Laundry Service
  • Spa and wellness area featuring a fitness room for those of you who like to enjoy a work-out to kick-start your day
  • Boutique gift shop for your holiday souvenirs
  • Reception area open 24hrs
  • Outdoor swimming pool located on the Sun Deck
  • Thoroughly air conditioned public areas and individual heating controls in the cabins
  • Tea and coffee making facilities in every cabin and suite
What is included in The Deal?
Please refer to the ‘Includes’ section in The Deal for details of what’s included. If you are unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 404 606 for more information.

Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that I need?
We recommend you see your doctor at least six weeks prior to travel to get their advice and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations.

Can I arrange my flights with MyDiscoveries?
MyDiscoveries is a full-service travel agency and we can arrange flights to any destination. Call us on 1300 404 606 to get a personalised quote.

Do I need travel insurance?
We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you – call us on 1300 404 606

How many people in a cabin?
At MyDiscoveries we can book a cabin that is right for you. For Solo, Triple and Quad cabins call us on 1300 404 606 

Can MyDiscoveries organise my travel insurance?
We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote at competitive rates for you – call us on 1300 404 606

What is the cancellation procedure? / Can I cancel or make changes to my booking?
If for any reason you need to cancel your booking, contact the MyDiscoveries Reservations team on 1300 404 606. Once we have received your verbal request for cancellation we will ask you to confirm the request in writing (email or post is fine) so that we can accurately start processing the cancellation. Make sure you include your travel voucher number and traveller names when requesting and confirming the cancellation. Please be aware that the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee for cancellations outside our 30 Day Booking Guarantee period.

How do I book shore excursions?
This depends on the cruise line. Bookings for shore excursions can only be made once your cruise has been paid in full and the cruise line has opened up the booking capability in their system (typically this is around 6 months before departure).

Can I take alcohol on my cruise?
This depends on the cruise line, however, the in most instances the answer is no.

What will I pay for on board?
This depends on the cruise line and the type of fare you have purchased. To find out the specifics for the cruise you are interested in please contact us on 1300 404 606.

I haven’t received my MyDiscoveries voucher yet. What do I do?
If you have not received your voucher contact MyDiscoveries on 1300 404 606 and we will resend your voucher by email or post.

How fit do I need to be?
We have graded all MyDiscoveries products with a fitness level. Relaxed, Moderate & Active. For more information on the My Discoveries Fitness Levels CLICK HERE

How do I take advantage of the 5 monthly payments plan?
At time of booking online, you should be able to select our 5 monthly instalment plan as a payment option. If booking over the phone, please mention you wish to pay in 5 monthly payments and our team will ensure this is set up. This is a free of charge service that allows you to pay off your holiday in 5 equal payments. How does it work? Pay only 1/5th of the total of your Holiday at time of booking. Your remaining 4 payments will be taken automatically from the same credit card on the same day of the next 4 months. Easy!

Where can I find the full terms and conditions for MyDiscoveries?
Specific terms and conditions for each holiday can be found in the Fine Print section of every holiday. Full terms and condition for My Discoveries can be found HERE

What type of clothes should I bring?
Dress during the day is casual including shorts (if the season is warm), trousers or jeans and comfortable shoes for walking tours. There are no “formal nights” and recommended evening dress is “elegant casual” such as a dress, skirt or slacks with a sweater or blouse for ladies; for gentlemen, trousers and a collared shirt. Ties and jackets are optional. We suggest you pack comfortable walking shoes, dressier shoes, a collapsible umbrella/lightweight rain gear; items you can layer like lightweight jackets/sweaters; sunglasses, a sun hat/visor, sunscreen; and toiletries including a travel-sized hand sanitizer. Depending on the season and destination, you may also want to add a warm coat, gloves and water-resistant footwear.

When will I receive my documentation?
This depends on when you are travelling and when you booked your cruise. If you haven’t received your documentation 30 days before departure please contact us on 1300 404 606 and we can investigate further for you.