Cruise
Gil Eanes
CroisiEurope
Gil Eanes, (PPH) From Porto to Spain ex Porto Return
Ship: Gil Eanes
Cruise Line: CroisiEurope
Selected Sailing Date: 04 Apr 2018

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Cruise Description

7 Night Cruise sailing from Porto roundtrip aboard Gil Eanes.

DAY 1 PORTO
Welcome on board from 5.00pm. Settling into your cabin and presentation of the crew followed by a welcome cocktail served in the lounge and dinner on board. In the evening, an optional excursion by coach to explore Porto by night.

DAY 2 PORTO
After a buffet breakfast on board, we will set off to explore Porto on an optional guided tour. One of the oldest cities in Europe, whose historic centre is classed as a world heritage site by UNESCO: unspoilt old quarters, a maze of winding narrow streets, arcaded houses, superb churches… But above all, Porto is Port wine: among the wine properties that extend as far as the eye can see along the Douro in Vila Nova de Gaia, we will visit a famous cellar where this exceptional wine slowly ages in the greatest secrecy. Tasting of the “precious nectar”. Back on board for lunch, followed by a free afternoon to discover Porto at your own pace, or ask to be transferred downtown by rabello. Return on board for dinner and a fado evening.

DAY 3 PORTO - REGUA
Buffet breakfast on board. Optional excursion to Braga, nicknamed the “Rome of Portugal” because of its religiousarchitecture of very high quality. In the meantime, the boat will move to Leverinho. We will board there and have lunch. We will then enjoy the fabulous landscapes while we cruise to Regua. We will go through the lock in Carrapatelo, the highest in Europe at 36 m. Arrival in Regua around 8.00pm. Dinner on board followed by a dinner-dance or enjoy a free stroll through Regua by night.

DAY 4 REGUA - VEGA DE TERON
Buffet breakfast on board and departure for the optional excursion to Vila Réal, a town in which the religious architecture is very varied. A little further down, you will get the chance to take a beautiful walk in the gardens of Solar de Mateus. During this time, the boat will sail to Pinhao where we will join it for lunch. Continuation of the cruise. We will be sailing into the heart of the vineyards of Porto, past magnificent hillsides covered in trellised vines planted in terraces up to 700m plunging majestically down towards the river. We will go through the locks in Valeira and Pocinho to reach Vega de Teron during the evening. Dinner followed by a flamenco evening on board.

DAY 5 BARCA D'ALVA (optional excursion to Salamanca)
Buffet breakfast on board. Departure for the optional excursion to Salamanca, awarded world heritage status by UNESCO. This town of dazzling beauty houses some extraordinary Romanesque, Arab and Christian architectural treasures. Lunch in Salamanca. Back to the boat in Barca d'Alva. Dinner and an evening’s entertainment on board.

DAY 6 BARCA D'ALVA - FERRADOSA - PINHAO
Departure early in the morning and buffet breakfast during the cruise. Through the locks in Pocinho and Valeira. Morning’s sailing. Lunch during the cruise. Stop in Ferradosa around 2.00pm. Departure for the optional “wines of Porto” excursion. You will follow the road through the vineyards and stop at a belvedere in the heart of the vines. You will then take part in a tasting of the wines of Porto in a quinta. Back on board in Pinhao around 6.00pm. You will also be able to explore the old station in Pinhao at your own pace, with its splendid “azulejos” (typical Portuguese tiles). Dinner and gala evening on board.

DAY 7 PINHAO - PORTO
Buffet breakfast on board. Departure from Pinhao by coach for the optional guided tour of Lamego. You will discover the Nossa Senhora dos Remedios sanctuary and the cathedral. Back on board in Regua. Lunch during the cruise. An afternoon’s sailing, passing through a number of large locks. Arrival in Porto at the end of the evening. Dinner and traditional evening on board.

DAY 8 PORTO
Buffet breakfast on board, disembarkation. End of our journey.

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