01 May 2019
The pace is gentle, the wine rich and the smiles warm on a journey along Portugal’s tranquil Douro River aboard MS Douro Serenity. A world-class vessel offering an intimate experience for only 126 passengers, this premium river ship is the perfect place to spend eight days discovering the delights of Portugal and Spain with Travelmarvel.
Gateway to the Douro Valley, this vibrant city is alive with colour. Porto’s seafaring history is met by a satisfying modern twist, complete with a cutting-edge gastronomic scene, first-class architecture and street art rivalling any modern city.
On this journey, you’ll visit villages where locals honour timehonoured traditions. Watch vintners stomp ruby-red grapes beneath their feet and fisherman head out on small boats to make a living from the sea. Pinhão, Lamego, and Barca d’Alva; each village is overflowing with character and a community ready to welcome you.
Known as the Golden City, Salamanca’s sandstone buildings ignite an exquisite blonde hue when bathed by a spectacular sunset. Famous for its ancient university, Salamanca also boasts a superb town square, which seems to turn to liquid gold under the blaze of the sun. Soaking up the relaxed Spanish culture passes the time, while a Flamenco performance enlivens the senses.
When not sampling local delicacies in towns and villages along the way, the MS Douro Serenity serves exceptional fare. Portuguese, Mediterranean and international cuisine is offered in the dining lounge, where sumptuous four-course dinners, buffet-style breakfasts and lunches tempt tastebuds. A selection of wine, beer, juice and soft drinks are offered at lunch and dinner, with tea and coffee available throughout the day.
River cruising is all about taking things slowly and the MS Douro Serenity has everything you need to unwind. When you’re not exploring the region’s villages, wineries and seaside towns, choose to relax beside the pool with a good book, enjoy a cool drink in the lounge or take an afternoon siesta in your air-conditioned suite or stateroom.
Can’t get enough of this intoxicating corner of Europe? Why not gain a deeper understanding of this region by extending your Douro River cruise with a city stay or land journey? Get to know lively Lisbon by spending three nights in Portugal’s carefree capital, or travel through Spain before your cruise, visiting Barcelona, Seville and Madrid. There’s no shortage of incredible places to explore in Spain and Portugal!
Interested in cruising the Douro River? Speak to your Travel Counsellor about booking a berth on Travelmarvel’s MS Douro Serenity.