Cruise on board the S.S. Sao Gabriel to visit the beautiful vistas of northern Portugal
April 30 - May 7, 2023
Cruise the Douro River Valley of Portugal
An extraordinary journey designed for culturally curious travelers.
As you follow the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain, you’ll cruise past steeply terraced hillsides, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards. Enjoy private tastings of Port. Explore Porto’s historic Ribeira district, home to iconic rabelo boats, cutting-edge cuisine and a thriving art scene. Wind your way through the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, heading ashore to visit charming quintas and meet the winemakers who operate them. In Salamanca, Spain, you’ll see the city’s famous university. Return to Portugal with a visit to the fortified village of Castelo Rodrigo and historic Guimarães. There’s no better way to discover Europe’s best-kept secret than this scenic and all-inclusive river cruise!
*All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
*Welcome and Farewell Gala 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 “Let's Go,” “Do as the Locals Do” programs
*State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
*7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the chic S.S. Sao 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
*Transfers are included on arrival and departure days (please see terms and conditions for transfer guidelines)
*Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour *Captivating onboard local entertainment
Day by Day Itinerary
Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.
Oct. 23: Bordeaux (Embark)
Arrive at Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.
If you are not flying directly to Bordeaux, your travel advisor, Mike Berger, will help you with your transfers.
Oct. 24: Blaye, Bourg sur Gironde
The Route de la Corniche Fleury…could this be the most beautiful road you’ve ever traveled? Find out today on the drive to Blaye Fortress, passing through one impossibly picturesque hamlet after another. Once you arrive, you’ll find your center with a unique and expertly led yoga session in the heart of this historic fortress, a UNESCO-designated citadel that once protected Bordeaux from attacks by sea.
Oct. 25: Cussac Fort Médoc, Pauillac la Fayette
The legendary Médoc region abounds with prestigious wine châteaux in a dizzying array of architectural styles, as well as miles of grapevines stretching to infinity. Take a scenic drive through the storied Médoc wine route, followed by a wine tasting at a beautiful wine estate. Enjoy the waters of the Garonne River and the Gironde Estuary before heading to the pretty town of Pauillac, gateway to the storied Médoc wine route, the Atlantic coast and remnants of the Atlantic Wall erected during WWII.
Oct. 26: Cadillac
The French phrase “la douceur de vivre” is an accurate description for your time in Cadillac, known for its deliciously flavored dessert wines. Visit Château Royal de Cazeneuve, site of Henry IV’s and Queen Margot’s tempestuous love. Meet the owner around a glass of Sauternes in the reception hall.
Oct. 27: Libourne (Saint-Émilion)
The medieval town of Saint-Émilion is an ideal place to linger. Wander its cobblestone lanes lined with wine shops and bakeries, and stop to admire the amazing rock-hewn church that extends beneath the city’s streets. Another treasure awaiting you underground? A wine tasting in the cellars of a Grand Cru estate. With Libourne as your base, travel to nearby breathtaking Saint-Émilion and immerse yourself more deeply in the region’s history and wine culture.
Oct. 28: Libourne, Bordeaux
France’s rich agricultural tradition is the heart and soul of the region’s exquisite cuisine—and what better way to get a taste for the freshest vegetables, cheeses, breads and fruits than with a visit to Libourne’s lively farmers’ market?
Oct. 29: Bordeaux
Discover Bordeaux’s many charms today, either on foot with a local expert or on two wheels—the locals’ preferred way to navigate the city’s charming backstreets. You have a wonderful selection of active opportunities to see this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Oct. 30: Bordeaux (Disembark)
Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport for your flight home.
If you choose to extend your vacation in France, your advisor, Mike Berger, can help you make those arrangements.
Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include the $200 port charges