CRUISE THE DOURO

Cruise The Douro and Explore the River of Gold · 09/11/2021

We were last on the Douro in 2017, and everyone agreed it was one of our very best adventures. 

Our cruise departs from Porto and journeys through the heart of the wine-growing region in the Douro valley. Stops for wine and port-tasting sessions along the way are a must! 

Every night we have a concert featuring our international professional artistes, we add some flamenco-themed dancing, Portuguese Fado entertainments and traditional folk music too!

We encourage you to join in and rehearse a semi-staged HMS Pinafore, which we will present after the Gala Dinner. 

Your cruise includes all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day; complimentary wine or beer with lunch and dinner; all excursions listed in the itinerary; a welcome cocktail reception and gala dinner and entertainment of the quality you will only find on a Theatrical Adventure. 

You will love this Theatrical Adventure that takes you on a journey through magnificent landscapes. Directors Neil and Oliver will be there to ensure you enjoy a fantastic holiday.. 

All port fees are included.

Itinerary

Ports of call include Porto, Regua, Pinhao, Vega de Teron, Salamnca, Barca d’Alva and Ferradosa.

DAY 1 - PORTO

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Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 5:00pm After comfortably settling into your cabins, we will introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail reception. After dinner, there will be a Theatrical Adventures concert. Performance: "For the merriest fellows are we" - a feast of Gilbert & Sullivan

DAY 2 - PORTO - REGUA

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Join us for a guided tour of Porto followed by a wine tasting session in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaïa. The afternoon will be spent sailing. Performance: "Hereupon we're both agreed" - a night of Double Bass with Matt and Stephen

DAY 3 - REGUA - PINHAO - VEGA DE TERON

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Take part in our excursion to Vila Réal, a town with a great variety of religious buildings and architecture. We’ll stroll through the formal gardens at the Mateus Palace. The afternoon will be spent sailing. Enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment. Performance: "An Abandoned tip-topper" - Simon Butteriss

DAY 4 - VEGA DE TERON - SALAMANCA - BARCA D’ALVA

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Join us for an excursion to Salamanca (lunch included). We’ll visit its unusual cathedral and its famous university dating back to 1218, making it one of the oldest in the world. We’ll return on board after our tour and enjoy an evening of entertainment from our cabaret team. Performance: "It's love that makes the world go round" - in song and duet!

DAY 5 - BARCA D’ALVA - FERRADOSA - PINHAO

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This morning will be spent cruising. We’ll set off on our excursion along the Porto Wine Route. We’ll discover the vineyards famously arranged in rows as well as small typical villages, followed by a wine-tasting session in a true Portuguese quinta. Performance: "Filled to the Brim With Girlish Glee" - with Bee and Kate

DAY 6 - PINHAO - PORTO

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Join us on a guided tour of Lamego. The afternoon will be spent sailing towards Porto. Enjoy an evening of Fado entertainment and party piece night from our guests. Performance: "Now to the banquet we press" - Party night, hosted by Matt Siveter

DAY 7 - PORTO

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This morning you can discover Porto at leisure. Afterwards, join us for an excursion to Aveiro, a charming medieval town surrounded by salt marshes, beaches and lagoons. Enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment and our semi-staged production of HMS Pinafore. Performance: "We sail the ocean blue" - HMS Pinafore concert

DAY 8 -PORTO

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Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Performance: It's "adeus" from us - see you on the next one!

What's included

What’s Included?

  • Complimentary wine or beer with lunch and dinner
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception
  • Gala Dinner and Cocktail Reception
  • Nightly entertainment
  • All excursions listed in the brochure

What's not included

This offer does not include :

  • Flights
  • Drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points.
1

Porto

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 5:00pm After comfortably settling into your cabins, we will introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail reception. After dinner, there will be a Theatrical Adventures concert.

2

REGUA / Vila Nova de Gaia

Join us for a guided tour of Porto followed by a wine tasting session in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaïa. The afternoon will be spent sailing.

3

PINHAO

Take part in our excursion to Vila Réal, a town with a great variety of religious buildings and architecture. We’ll stroll through the formal gardens at the Mateus Palace. The afternoon will be spent sailing. Enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment.

4

Salamanca

Join us for an excursion to Salamanca (lunch included). We’ll visit its unusual cathedral and its famous university dating back to 1218, making it one of the oldest in the world. We’ll return on board after our tour and enjoy an evening of entertainment from our cabaret team.

5

BARCA D’ALVA

This morning will be spent cruising. We’ll set off on our excursion along the Porto Wine Route. We’ll discover the vineyards famously arranged in rows as well as small typical villages, followed by a wine-tasting session in a true Portuguese quinta.

6

Lamego

Join us on a guided tour of Lamego. The afternoon will be spent sailing towards Porto. Enjoy an evening of Fado entertainment and party piece night from our guests.

7

PORTO

This morning you can discover Porto at leisure. Afterwards, join us for an excursion to Aveiro, a charming medieval town surrounded by salt marshes, beaches and lagoons. Enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment and our semi-staged production of HMS Pinafore.

1 - Porto
2 - REGUA / Vila Nova de Gaia
3 - PINHAO
4 - Salamanca
5 - BARCA D’ALVA
6 - Lamego
7 - PORTO

MS Infante Don Henrique

Map of the deck plan
Legend for the deck plan

At a Glance

Your holiday includes 

  • Complimentary wine or beer with lunch and dinner 
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception 
  • Gala Dinner and Cocktail Reception 
  • Nightly entertainment 
  • All excursions listed in the brochure 

Excursions

  • Vila Nova de Gaia and Wine Tasting 
  • Vila Real and Mateus Palace Gardens 
  • Salamanca 
  • Porto Wine Route and Wine Tasting 
  • Lamego
  • Aveiro 

Onboard

  • Elegant restaurant which has panoramic views of the stunning Douro Valley
  • Lounge bar and dance floor
  • Sun Deck with plenty of reclining loungers
  • Full length windows in upper and middle deck cabins

Meet your performers

Your one of a kind Entertainment aboard the MS Infante Don Henrique

Our entertainers will include G&S Opera Company director and principal Simon Butteriss and Festival favourites Matthew Siveter and Stephen Godward. They will be joined by fabulous soprano Bee Bradley and musical director Chris Milton. 

Chris Milton

Musical Director

Chris grew up in Somerset before studying music at Oxford and Cambridge. He now lives in Suffolk where he works as a freelance musician, lecturer and arts and education consultant. He is a specialist in the music of Benjamin Britten and has appeared frequently on BBC TV and radio discussing his music. He is working on a new biography of Elgar.

Simon Butteriss

Entertainer

Simon is well known to Festival patrons having starred and directed in over twenty G&S productions since 1996. He was a chorister at Westminster Abbey and has since performed the G&S patter roles at the Savoy Theatre, the BBC Proms and globally. He wrote and presented the television series A Motley Pair and appeared in Mike Leigh’s Oscar-winning G&S film, Topsy-Turvy.

Matthew Siveter

Entertainer

Following a degree at Royal Holloway, Matthew has been working professionally as a freelance opera singer and entertainer. He is a regular principal with the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, Opera della Luna and Iford Arts Festival to name but a few. He has performed on board P&O ships and appears as the Pantomime Dame every Christmas.

Stephen Godward

Entertainer

Stephen studied at the Guildhall School of Music. He has played in many Sondheim productions and he won ‘Best Male Performer’ at the G&S Festival in Buxton on four occasions, Stephen regularly performs with the NGSOC.

Bee Bradley

Entertainer

Bee appeared in our recent production of Haddon Hall at the G&S Festival. She performs on the concert platform around the world and in opera and musical theatre roles nationally. Films include Mike Leigh’s ‘A Sense of History’, and Waldemar Dziki’s ‘Lazarus’

Ian Bradley

Guest Lecturer

Ian Bradley is Emeritus Professor of Cultural and Spiritual History at the University of St Andrews. He is a regular journalist and broadcaster and the author of over 40 books, including several on Gilbert & Sullivan, operetta and musical theatre.

Reverend Fergus Butler-Gallie

Guest Lecturer

We are delighted to welcome the highly entertaining man of the cloth and self-proclaimed bon viveur, author of A Field Guide to the English Clergy: A Compendium of Diverse Eccentrics, Pirates, Prelates and Adventurers and Priests de la Resistance.