Please join us as we explore the enchanting Douro river in Portugal
This is an extraordinary journey designed for culturally curious travelers. As we follow the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain, we’ll cruise past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards. Wine has been produced in this region for the last 2000 years. It’s only been relatively recently – well if the 18th century is considered recent – that what is now known as Port wine has been produced.
Picture yourself doing all of this – enjoying private tastings of Port. Exploring Porto’s historic Ribeira district, home to iconic rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene. Winding our way through the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, heading ashore to visit charming quintas and meeting the winemakers who operate them. In Salamanca, Spain, we’ll see the city’s famous university. Returning to Portugal we visit the fortified village of Castelo Rodrigo and historic Guimarães.
It’s time. Time for you to take a relaxing vacation with us in historic and scenic Portugal. It’s time for you to enjoy a luxury river cruise experience with friends.
Cruise Dates – April 9 to April 16, 2023
DAY 1: Porto (Embark)
Arrive in Porto, the port city at the mouth of the Douro.
Day 2: Porto, Entre-os-Rios
Portugal’s second city (after Lisbon), Porto gave its name to the nation’s most famous export, Port wine, and to the nation itself. Today, choose between two distinctively Portuguese ways to explore Porto.
Choice of Porto city tour or “Do as the Locals Do” Porto walking tour
In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
DAY 3: Entre-os-Rios, Régua, Pinhão
Today is all about wine, which has been cultivated in the Douro River Valley since ancient Roman times. Get a crash course on the history of Port during your visit to the Douro Museum.
Lunch at a local quinta
Raposeira visit with wine tasting
DAY 4: Pinhão, Pocinho, Vega de Terrón
Head ashore for a choice of excursions, including a tasting at a prestigious Port wine estate or a vineyard hike with a wine tasting at a local quinta. Later, lace up your hiking boots and unleash your inner Indiana Jones with an up-close gander at some prehistoric carvings at an archaeological park.
Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley
Choice of Quinta do Seixo guided tour with tasting or Vineyard hike and wine tasting at a local quinta
DAY 5: Vega de Terrón (Salamanca), Barca d’Alva
Today, you can visit the historic university town of Salamanca—the “Golden City”—famous for its sand-colored buildings and abundance of churches. Feel the centuries fall away as your ship winds its way through the pristine, dramatic UNESCO-protected landscapes of the Douro River Valley.
Salamanca – the Golden City and Spain’s oldest university
DAY 6: Barca d’Alva, Régua
Go medieval today at Castelo Rodrigo, both the name of a hilltop castle as well as the village that surrounds it. The view from the top is incredible and the village is a charming place to ramble, relax and replenish.
DAY 7: Régua (Guimarães), Porto
Explore Guimarães, the town where Portugal was born. Its well-preserved architecture and stylish young residents make it a pleasure to visit. Or opt for a leisurely walking tour through Ribeira’s quaint cobbled streets.
Choice of Guimarães city tour or Ribeira walking tour
In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
DAY 8: Porto (Disembark)
If your cruise/tour package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Porto Airport for your flight home.
The S.S. São Gabriel
Designed specifically to navigate the narrow Douro River in Portugal, the all-new S.S. Sao Gabriel brings the best of the region to life with public rooms, decor and cuisine all designed to highlight this stunning river valley and famous epicenter of port wine production.
S.S. São Gabriel is the newest ship on the Douro River. Designed to embody the beautiful Douro River Valley region, this ship offers lavishly appointed suites and brings the destination to life through its décor and delectable food and wine. New to Uniworld’s Portugal offering – butler service is onboard, giving guests the option to dine at any time they’d like while enjoying the ship.
With 50 cabins and ability to host only 100 passengers, the S.S. São Gabriel provides the intimate, immersive and relaxing experience our river cruise passengers crave.
Local wines, beers and hand-made craft cocktails await us in the Vintage Bar.
Do you need a little pick-me-up espresso, cappucino, cafe americano or tea? Stop by the easy to navigate Bistro and help yourself anytime day or night.
São Gabriel Staterooms
There are 5 stateroom categories on the São Gabriel
At the highest level there are the amazing Grand Suites – 307 sq. ft. There are 4 Grand Suites on board all of them on the Azores deck
There are 12 stunning Suites on board at 220 sq. ft. All suites are also on the Azores deck
There are 20 wonderful 156 sq. ft. French Balcony Cabins all on the Cape Verde deck.
Deluxe Cabins are located on the Madeira deck. They are 156 sq. ft., same size as the French Balcony staterooms, but of course without the integrated balcony.
All the Inclusions
- All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
- Welcome and Farewell Dinners
- Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
- 6 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
- Guided “Do as the Locals Do” program
- State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
- 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the chic S.S. São Gabriel
- Beautifully appointed riverview staterooms and suites with hotel-style beds, draped in fine linens with a choice of pillows
- Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
- 2 countries: Portugal & Spain
- Multiple UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
- All transfers on arrival and departure days
- Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour
- Captivating onboard local entertainment
The next step is easy – call us with any questions you have, and then if you’re thinking this GetAway is right for you – just sign up. We’re ready for an amazing adventure in Portugal on the S.S. São Gabriel and we bet you are too!
We have special group pricing, pay-in-full savings and if you have sailed with Uniworld before – past passenger savings as well.