Click here to claim exclusive savings on expert-led tours worldwide.

Taste wines from historic wineries and soak up the beauty of one of Europe’s most magnificent landscapes

The Douro Valley teems with sleepy villages, rolling hills, and terraced vineyards. Explore this lovely corner of Europe on this luxury river cruise, where you'll be plunged into a Port-infused journey through Iberia. This eight-day tour is a must for anyone interested in fine wine and authentic cuisine.

Porto, Portugal's second largest city, is your gateway on this trip; discover the UNESCO world heritage listed old town, with its colourful little houses and meandering alleyways, before setting sail along the glistening Douro.

This region of Portugal is world-famous as the world's oldest wine region, and you'll sample many of the valley's finest vintages as you tour working Quintas - beautiful, rural vineyard estates. In Porto you'll enjoy a Port wine tasting and a traditional dinner before setting sail. You'll also sample Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine, and visit the wonderful Quinta de Sezim with Susy Atkins.

Susy is an award winning wine expert and author of many books on the subject. She'll join you for dinner and a drinks reception following your visit, where she'll give an insightful Q&A on all things wine.

This cruise will also take you to the Spanish city of Salamanca, an ornate beauty with an intriguing past. Revel in the ancient charms of this university town, fantastically preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

You'll be gliding along the glittering Douro on the AmaDouro, a sleek, stylish river cruise ship with spacious riverside rooms. Most rooms have balconies where you can gaze out onto spectacular landscapes and sweeping vineyards as you sail.

To read more about this trip:
PDF

Tour Highlights

Share this trip

Your expert guides

Susy Atkins
Telegraph writer and wine expert
An award-winning broadcaster, journalist and author, Susy Atkins has travelled the world writing, tasting and educating about wine. Susy has written 11 books about wine, is the Telegraph’s online weekly wine columnist and has been an expert on several TV shows, including BBC's Saturday Kitchen and Channel 4’s Richard & Judy.

Price includes

  • International flights and transfers
  • Sail for seven nights in luxury on board the stylish AmaDouro with all onboard dining included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, and unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Stay in an outside stateroom (most with outside balconies) with views of passing vineyards
  • Enjoy an exclusive excursion, drinks reception, Q&A and dinner with Susy Atkins
  • Indulge in several wine tastings and mouth-watering authentic dinners at beautiful, traditional Quintas
  • Benefit from the personal service of an expert cruise manager both on board and on land
  • Meet your fellow travellers with a welcome cocktail, welcome dinner, captain's cocktail and gala dinner
  • Take part in immersive tours in every destination, including historic Salamanca and the important pilgrimage city of Lamego
  • Choose between a variety of included excursions to suit you, with gentle, regular, active and late-riser options available

Availability

From
Sat, Sat, May 6, 2023
To
Sat, Sat, May 13, 2023
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£3,349*

* Please note, this price is for all other Telegraph readers, per person based on two sharing a room in a lead-in cabin category. Single supplement and room upgrades available on request. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Taxes and gratuities are not included but can be pre-paid at £111 per person. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events and the overall itinerary may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Holiday is sold by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Tours and operated by AMA Waterways. All companies are wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to the Data Protection Notice in today's Personal Column and see telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.

From
Sat, Sat, May 6, 2023
To
Sat, Sat, May 13, 2023
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£3,299*

* Please note, this price is for Telegraph subscribers only, per person based on two sharing a room in a lead-in cabin category. Single supplement and room upgrades available on request. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Taxes and gratuities are not included but can be pre-paid at £111 per person. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events and the overall itinerary may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Holiday is sold by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Tours and operated by AMA Waterways. All companies are wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to the Data Protection Notice in today's Personal Column and see telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.

Call now to book 02045 796 175
Quote ref: TEL TST DOURO SUSY ATKINS
Got any questions about this trip? Send us an enquiry

Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Porto
    Porto, Portugal

    Today you'll board your ship for the week, the lovely AmaDouro.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Entre-os-Rios
    Entre-os-Rios, Portugal

    Entre­os­Rios translates to "between the rivers," and this small village is, quite appropriately, located at the confluence of the Tâmega and Douro rivers. This tranquil village offers an authentic slice of Douro River life. In the afternoon, indulge in a traditional Portuguese lunch with your fellow travellers in Entre­os­Rios at a local quinta - a country estate - for a truly authentic culinary experience.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Régua – Pinhão
    Regua, Portugal

    Visit the Baroque ­style Palacio de Mateus and its gardens. Inside the house, you'll see interesting furnishings, paintings and a ceiling of intricately carved wood. The gardens here are considered some of the most beautiful in Portugal. Later in the day, savour the flavours of Portugal's renowned fortified wine, vinho do porto, made exclusively in the Douro Valley. Head to a local quinta for your authentic Port­ wine tasting experience and enjoy the sweet nectar of this fascinating region.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Vega de Terrón
    Vega de Terron, Spain, Portugal

    Drive to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built of golden sandstone, Salamanca is known as a "living museum," and you will have an opportunity to step back in time to the Middle Ages during your escorted tour, which includes the city's elegant university buildings, the New Cathedral, the intriguingly decorated House of Shells and Plaza Mayor.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Barca d'Alva – Pinhão
    Barca d’Alva, Portugal

    Spend time soaking up the beauty of the Douro River as you cruise to Barca d'Alva, where you will visit Castelo Rodrigo, a small fortified village perched high on a hilltop with centuries ­old walls, steep narrow streets and fantastic views. You can also opt to hike up to the village should you wish a more active exploration. While here, taste some delicious locally grown produce. Be treated to an exclusive dinner at Quinta da Avessada, where you'll enjoy an authentic and traditional dining experience complete with entertainment. Quinta da Avessada is also a fascinating interactive museum commemorating the history and culture of wine in the Alto Douro region, so you'll have fun discovering all the various stages of wine production as well as doing plenty of tasting.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Régua
    Regua, Portugal

    Travel to picturesque Lamego, home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal, where you'll go to the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies). The shrine features a staircase of nearly 700 steps, beautifully decorated with white and blue tiles, which the more active adventurer will want to climb on a guided hike. Concluding both tours, you will have the opportunity to sample local traditional specialties, such as bôlas de Lamego, bread filled with smoked ham; presunto, a type of dry­cured ham; and Espumante, a Portuguese sparkling wine.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Porto and exclusive evening event with Susy Atkins
    Porto, Portugal

    The colourful city of Porto blends the best of old and new, which you can discover on an escorted tour of the historic quarter, a UNESECO World Heritage Site, including the Cathedral, one of the city's oldest monuments; and the São Bento Railway Station, known for its blue and white tile panels depicting scenes from Portuguese history. You'll also enjoy a tasting of Port, Portugal's most renowned contribution to the world of wine. If you prefer to get more active, you can go on a guided hike and then enjoy a Port wine tasting. After lunch, you'll enjoy an exclusive visit the UNESCO Heritage Site of Guimarães, a charming town known for its well-preserved medieval buildings and as the historic residence of the President of Portugal.

    You'll then visit the lovely Quinta de Sezim and enjoy a visit to its winery, where you'll be joined by Susy Atkins. Susy will accompany you on the wine tour and as you enjoy a wonderful wine tasting on the Quinta's sunny terrace.

    Later that evening you'll enjoy a drinks reception on your ship with Susy, as well as a Q&A where she will answer your questions on all things wine, followed by a delicious dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Depart Porto
    Porto, Portugal

    Today you'll disembark the ship and prepare for your flight home.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

AmaDouro

0
Cruise ship

Comfortable cruise ship with panoramic lounge, sun deck and swimming pool

The AmaDouro features spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, most of which include balconies where you can take in views of the rolling hills and terraced vineyards along the Douro.

There is a lounge bar where you can enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail along with nightly entertainment. The ship also features a restaurant, massage room, fitness room, sun-deck and swimming pool.

Brought to you by

TS Tours
This tour is operated solely by TS Tours
TS Tours Ltd is the UK's leading specialist in creating bespoke tours, cruises and rail journeys in the company of experts. Its exclusive trips combine unique experiences as well as access to inspirational people. All trips are ATOL-protected and financially bonded.

For general information, click here.

What our customers have to say...

"Every one of the team I met yesterday gave a fantastic service and it is really appreciated the efforts you all went to. Not just for Mum and myself but for all your clients."

"We are delighted that every member we met yesterday went above and beyond and gave such great service. What a great team you must be to all work together in this way."

"I had a very enjoyable few days. Suzannah Lipscomb was amazing. I shall be doing more tours with you."

To view TS Tours’ supplier’s terms and conditions click here.

This tour is protected by the following:

Availability

From
Sat, Sat, May 6, 2023
To
Sat, Sat, May 13, 2023
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£3,349*

* Please note, this price is for all other Telegraph readers, per person based on two sharing a room in a lead-in cabin category. Single supplement and room upgrades available on request. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Taxes and gratuities are not included but can be pre-paid at £111 per person. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events and the overall itinerary may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Holiday is sold by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Tours and operated by AMA Waterways. All companies are wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to the Data Protection Notice in today's Personal Column and see telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.

From
Sat, Sat, May 6, 2023
To
Sat, Sat, May 13, 2023
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£3,299*

* Please note, this price is for Telegraph subscribers only, per person based on two sharing a room in a lead-in cabin category. Single supplement and room upgrades available on request. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Taxes and gratuities are not included but can be pre-paid at £111 per person. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events and the overall itinerary may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Holiday is sold by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Tours and operated by AMA Waterways. All companies are wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to the Data Protection Notice in today's Personal Column and see telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.

Call now to book 02045 796 175
Quote ref: TEL TST DOURO SUSY ATKINS