Includes a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Salamanca, plus a full programme of shore excursions.
Portugal’s Douro River, originating in Spain and reaching the Atlantic Ocean in Porto, has created the spectacular Douro River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mile after mile of winding tranquil river is flanked by vineyards rising in steep terraces, their supporting walls painstakingly erected by hand over the centuries. The Douro River Valley is the oldest officially demarcated wine region in the world and we are delighted to offer you the chance to experience this enchanting area from one of the finest vessels on the river, the Douro Queen, at a fantastic value price.
This morning we drive to Figueira da Castelo Rodrigo, the small medieval town situated on top of a hill where we visit the fortress and church. This town has medieval fortifications with round towers, and the ruins of a mansion where Cristóvão de Moura lived in the 17th century. Many Portuguese considered this famous statesman a traitor as he was in favour of the union of their country with Spain. His house was burned down by a mob in 1640 when Portuguese independence was restored. We return to the Douro Queen at midday in time for lunch. This afternoon and evening is spent cruising the Douro valley en-route to Pinhão