Overview

Discover the Douro: Solo Adventure from Portugal to Spain. An Unforgettable Cruise Through the Heart of the Douro Valley

Begin a Solo Journey Through Scenic Porto, the Douro Valley, and Historic Salamanca

Step aboard an unforgettable cruise tailored for the single traveller, journeying through the majestic Douro Valley with a group of like-minded solo adventurers. Each stop promises captivating adventures and enriching experiences in one of Europe's most emblematic regions. Start in the lively city of Porto, known for its unique charm and vibrant atmosphere. Then, delve into the heart of the Douro's winemaking heritage in Regua, and cross into Spain for a memorable visit to the historic city of Salamanca.

For wine enthusiasts, the Port Wine Route offers an unparalleled experience. Conclude your voyage with visits to the culturally rich destinations of Lamego, Guimarães, and the charming village of Afurada, each brimming with historical significance, stunning architecture, and warm hospitality. This cruise promises breathtaking scenery, historical insights, and unique experiences that will stay with you long after your journey ends. Enjoy the camaraderie and shared experiences of travelling with other singles on this extraordinary adventure.

7 Nights 8 Days 12 Jul
Cruise Ship

MS Gil Eanes *****

Named after the famous Portuguese navigator, the MS Gil Eanes is a Premium three-deck ship specially designed for cruising the Douro River in Portugal. Launched in 2015, this elegantly designed vessel boasts a bright, modern ambience with ample space throughout for passenger comfort. The ship features splendid panoramic windows, allowing guests to take in the stunning scenery.

The interior of the MS Gil Eanes is adorned in elegant taupe, bronze, and white tones, perfectly complemented by blue shades reminiscent of Portuguese tile designs and colours. The harmonious decor creates a sophisticated and inviting atmosphere.

Accommodation

The ship offers a variety of cabins across its three decks:

Upper and Middle Decks: These cabins come with French balconies, providing guests with the opportunity to enjoy fresh air and stunning views. Both decks also feature four luxurious suites, with two suites on the upper deck equipped with sun loungers.

Dinning and Entertainment

All meals during the cruise are served in the cozy dining room located on the main deck, ensuring a delightful culinary experience. The middle deck bow houses the lounge and bar, where guests can enjoy music, dancing, and a variety of onboard entertainment. An additional outdoor area is available near the bow for those who prefer to relax outside.

Sun Deck

The sun deck is a highlight of the MS Gil Eanes, featuring a pool for cooling off and sun loungers where guests can relax and soak up the sun. This area is perfect for enjoying the warm weather and scenic views while cruising the Douro River.

With its modern amenities, elegant design, and focus on passenger comfort, the MS Gil Eanes offers an unforgettable cruising experience through one of Portugal's most beautiful regions.

Itinerary

Captivating Douro: An 8-day itinerary from Porto to Salamanca

Day 1: PORTO

Welcome aboard our luxurious ship at 5:00 p.m. Settle into your comfortable cabin and join us for a welcome cocktail, where you'll meet our friendly crew. Enjoy a delightful dinner on board, and in the evening, embark on an optional CLASSIC or DISCOVERY excursion by coach to see the vibrant city of Porto by night.

Day 2: PORTO - REGUA

Experience Porto through one of our optional excursions:

  • CLASSIC: Take a guided tour of Porto, starting with the historic St. Francis Church, a remarkable landmark near the Douro riverbank. Next, explore the magnificent Bolsa Palace, also known as the Stock Exchange Palace, a neoclassical treasure in the heart of the city. Conclude with a visit to an azulejo tile workshop to learn about this traditional art form.
  • DISCOVERY: Discover Porto via a charming tram ride, visit the fascinating tram museum, and sample local specialties in the city's old quarters.

In the afternoon, relax and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of the Douro Valley as we cruise to Regua. In the evening, you can dance the night away or explore Regua at your leisure.

Day 3: REGUA - VEGA DE TERRON

Choose from the following optional excursions:

  • CLASSIC: Visit the stunning Casa de Mateus and the informative Douro Museum.
  • DISCOVERY: An alternative, unique exploration of the area.

In the afternoon, we continue our cruise through the heart of the famous Porto vineyards, arriving in Vega de Terron in the evening. Enjoy a lively Flamenco show onboard.

Day 4: VEGA DE TERRON - SALAMANCA - BARCA D'ALVA

Discover Salamanca through one of these optional excursions:

  • CLASSIC: Explore the beautiful city of Salamanca, known for its impressive Roman, Arabic, and Christian architecture.
  • DISCOVERY: Take a tantalizing tapas tour through Salamanca.

Return to the ship in Barca d'Alva for an evening filled with entertainment.

Day 5: BARCA D'ALVA - FERRADOSA - PINHAO

Spend the morning cruising the serene waters. In the afternoon, partake in an optional CLASSIC or DISCOVERY excursion to Pinhão, where you'll enjoy a tasting of the region's renowned port wine. Celebrate the evening with our gala dinner and festivities.

Day 6: PINHAO - PORTO

Select an excursion that suits your interest:

  • CLASSIC: Guided tour of the historic city of Lamego.
  • DISCOVERY: Explore the quaint and picturesque village of Afurada.

Spend the afternoon cruising back to Porto, where you will be treated to an evening of enchanting Fado-themed entertainment.

Day 7: PORTO

Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring Porto on your own. In the afternoon, join one of the following optional excursions:

  • CLASSIC: Discover the historic town of Guimarães, often referred to as the birthplace of Portugal.
  • DISCOVERY: Visit the charming village of Afurada, known for its unique character and friendly locals.

Day 8: PORTO

Enjoy one last sumptuous buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. As you bid farewell to new friends and the exceptional crew, take with you memories of a journey filled with stunning scenery, rich history, and unforgettable experiences.

 

DATES & PRICES
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  • Price Includes

    What is included in the tour

    • Stay 7 nights on board on MS Gil Eanes
    • Your own single occupancy air-conditioned cabin 
    • All Inclusive - All meals and drinks included
    • Welcome cocktail and Gala Dinner
    • Flights from London Stansted
    • Flights from your local airport at a small supplement
    • Free Wi-Fi onboard
    • Excursions and activities (Optional Extra)
    • Official welcome from the captain and crew
    • Onboard activities
    • All port fees included.
    • Airport Transfers
    • Meet other single, like-minded travellers who wish to socialise and make new friends

    Flight Timings - 

    Outbound - London Stansted 14:00 - Porto16:25

    Inbound - Porto 11:10 - London Stansted 13:15

    Price & Itinerary may be subject to change

    Destination
    European River Cruise
    Holiday Types
    All Inclusive, Singles Cruises, First Singles Holiday, Over 50s, Discovery Tours, Late Deals