The Most Premium River Cruises Tours for a Memorable Summer

Posted by: Soraia Costa

Post Date 01-Jun-2021 09:30:00

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The secret to a memorable river cruise experience is simple – everything's included. From the moment you step onboard, you will just relax and enjoy all the services and experiences that are prepared for you. 

If you are searching for hand-crafting unforgettable holidays, our Premium River Cruises Tours have a unique and all-inclusive service that will delight you in every way. Experience some unmissable wineries, unique wine tastings, authentic and delicious Portuguese gastronomy, and the best Portuguese cultural highlights. Find out more about these Premium River Cruises.

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3-Day Premium Tour in Douro in a Private Yacht

Start this 3-day premium tour, arriving at Porto city in which you will go onboard the Private Yacht that will be departing to Régua. After arriving at Régua you will have the chance to disembark and enjoy some leisure time in this fantastic place. At the end of the day, you will be transferred to the fantastic Quinta da Pacheca in which you will enjoy a delicious dinner at their restaurant.

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Start the second day waking up on board with a delicious breakfast. After you will depart to Pinhão in which you will visit the beautiful Quinta do Ventozelo and enjoy a visit to the Museum, its Cellar, and a fantastic Wine tasting.

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After you will enjoy a fantastic meal in their restaurant in which you will experience the flavors of Douro and Trás-os-Montes and of course the products of this estate.

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After this gastronomic experience, you will get back to Pinhão in order to visit the Quinta de La Rosa Winery, in which you will learn more about its renowned wines and how they are made.

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After, you will have a wonderful dinner at Cozinha da Clara, Quinta de la Rosa's Restaurant. While enjoying a wonderful meal you will also savor fabulous views over the river. The philosophy of Cozinha da Clara is to serve local Portuguese cuisine at its best – simplicity is the key, including a touch of the family’s heritage, by adding some of Claire’s favorite recipes, and all the dishes are paired with the wine estates.

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For the third and last day, you will also start the day with a wonderful breakfast aboard. Next, you will visit the amazing Quinta Nova Nossa Senhora do Carmo. Precisely 250 years ago, the traditional winery Quinta Nova, owned by the Amorim Group, was harvesting its first grapes, the estate is composed of historic sites that likee the creek, the gazebo, the stone mark of the Marquis of Pombal dated 1758, the cellar's crest, two chapels, and three secular orchards. Visit in detail all the production of its outstanding wines, the vineyard, the winery of 1764, the underground wine cellar, and end your visit with an authentic tasting.

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After, have an extraordinary lunch at Conceitus Restaurant - the restaurant of the estate -. Indulge yourself in the delicacies that Conceitus Winery Restaurant has to offer, in which the menu appeals to the senses and emotions, in a relaxed and curious way. The proposals are different every day and guests never know the menu, letting themselves be guided by the inspiration of the Chef. In the end, you will go back to the yacht and will be slowly sailing in the direction of Porto.

 

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7-Day Premium Tour in Douro with Private Yacht Cruise

This fantastic 7-day tour will start aboard in direction of Régua. When arriving at the destination you will have dinner in the wonderful Castas & Pratos Restaurant. This restaurant is located in a historic space, in the old warehouses of CP, the Portuguese Railways, in Régua, luxuriously renovated with all the necessary comfort to make you aware of the best of the region of the Douro. At the end of the night, you will be back on your private yacht in order to rest after a beautiful first day.

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Wake up to the beautiful Douro landscape and have a fantastic breakfast served on board. After you will be sailing in the direction of Pinhão. When arriving at Pinhão, a fantastic day awaits for you in which all is prepared at the amazing Quinta de La Rosa. First, you will enjoy a delicious meal in the estate restaurant that is called Cozinha da Clara. Here you will savor local Portuguese cuisine at its best, including a touch of the family’s heritage, that consists in some of Claire’s favorite recipes. After lunch, you will visit and have a wine tasting at Quinta de La Rosa Winery in which you will learn more about its wines, the history's estate, its production and so much more.

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For the third day, you will have a day of learning about some of the archaeological sites that the region has to offer. When arriving at Pocinho, you will visit the 'Côa Museum'. Located on one of the slopes where the Douro and the Côa rivers meet, the Côa Museum uses state-of-the-art technology to present a view of the Côa Valley's cave art, particularly from the Palaeolithic era (+/- 25,000 to 12,000 years ago). The museum is one of the facilities belonging to the Vale do Côa Archaeological Park. It is simply amazing.

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The fourth and fifth days will consist of outstanding wine and food experiences. On the fourth day, you will visit Quinta Nova and will visit the production of its wines, the vineyard, the winery of 1764, the underground wine cellar, and in the end will have the opportunity through of a wine tasting to taste its magnificent wines. After you will have lunch in the restaurant estate - Conceitus Restaurant -, in which you will taste fantastic food that will appeal to your senses and emotions.

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On the fifth day, you will be departing from Pocinho in direction to Régua, but first, you will stop at Folgosa in which you will have lunch at DOC Restaurant. In this space, you will enjoy modern and creative gastronomy, with Douro flavors, all cooked by the hand of the Michelin Starred Chef Rui Paula Team. Every menu is organized with precious details in which is always added an element of surprise.

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 After, and while sailing in the direction of Régua and enjoying the region's views you will be transferred to Six Senses Douro Valley in which you will enjoy a fantastic unique Chef's Table experience, which consists of a very personal journey of food and wine. The 10 courses meal will be prepared and hosted by the Chef, right before your eyes, and in order to complete the experience, there be selected the right wines to be paired perfectly with the food.

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For the last two days, you will be sailing and enjoy the best scenic views that the Douro Valley has to offer while sailing back to Porto. In Porto, you will have a last fantastic gastronomic experience that will consist of dinner at Decastro Gaia Restaurant. A place for tasting, where wines are matched with Portuguese snacks.

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The gastronomy embraces the concept of innovation, diversification, and modernity challenging visitors to taste new experiences that test the palate in an informal yet stylish ambiance. First, enjoy a Sunset Port Cocktail on the rooftop with 360º views over the Port Cellars and Douro River and have a fantastic meal at the restaurant.

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Why book now your 2021 tour? Because by booking all your tours with us you will have flexibility in the future, plus all the COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines. Through these unique times, we are available to plan, reschedule, and move your trip around your needs, as always. If your new dates may no longer work with your initial travel plan, a dedicated consultant will be available to tailor and reschedule your time in Portugal according to your needs and preferences, and to assure you that you will have the best and most memorable experiences.

 

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Soraia Costa

Written by: Soraia Costa

Soraia has a Bachelor Degree in Communication and she is natural from Azores (the Portuguese islands) which she knows from end to end, as well, as mainland Portugal. She loves to travel and know all about the culture and food of each country. She also loves to cook new recipes, some of the most renowned chefs in the world. In her articles, she shares the knowledge of her travels about heritage, culture, wine, gastronomy, and must-see places.

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