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River Cruising

Villages and Vintages: Cruising the Douro River Valley

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$4,490 USD
Journey Type
River Cruising
Time of Year
Sep - Oct
Cities & Landmarks
Porto, Pinhão, Guimarães, Peso da Régua, Côa Valley
Duoro River Cruise
Douro River Valley Portugal

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TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Dinner at 16th-century Château du Taillis in Duclair

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Private visit to the Musée du Louvre

 

tauck value includes

 

All gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director 

 

Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $1,560

 

Choice of sightseeing including visits to the Opéra Garnier, a walking tour of the Latin Quarter, or a visit to Père Lachaise cemetery

 

A locally guided walking tour of historic Rouen, including the Cathedral painted by Monet more than 30 times and Joan of Arc Square

 

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

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Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Exclusively inclusive river cruising

Along the River Seine to the coast of Normandy and back features art and daily life in Paris, stops in historic, small villages and towns, and a memorable visit to the beaches of Normandy.

Unique experiences include a Tauck Exclusive evening at Château du Taillis, a palatial private residence in Normandy, where guests will enjoy a reception, dinner, music, and a tour of the château’s small museum of World War II artifacts; and a private early-opening guided visit to the home and gardens of the painter Claude Monet at Giverny, where he painted many masterpieces, followed by free time to explore the nearby Impressionist Museum as you please; and in Paris, a choice of activities including a visit to Père Lachaise Cemetery, known for its ornate tombs and notable “residents” linked to Parisian history, like Marcel Proust, Frederic Chopin, and Edith Piaf, and a choice of museum visit. Highlights include Versailles, for guided visit inside Louis XIV’s magnificent palace and gardens at Château de Versailles; Rouen, where a walking tour includes visits to Cathédrale de Rouen and Joan of Arc Square with a local guide; the D-Day Beaches of Normandy, with guided visits to Pont du Hoc, Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetery along with lunch at the Omaha Beach Club; Les Andelys for a guided walking tour and a visit to Château Gaillard; and Tilly, for cider and Calvados tastings and a Normandy farm tour.

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Join us for a peek at Portugal's golden Douro River, home to our newest river cruises

Private wine-pairing dinner at Quinta do Portal

Sample the bounty of the Douro Valley at Quinta do Portal

Situated near the village of Pinhão in the Cima Corgo region of Portugal’s Douro River Valley wine country, the family-owned wine estate of Quinta Do Portal has produced premium Port wine on this land since the latter part of the 19th century, and began producing fine non-fortified wines on a boutique winery model in the 1990s. Your visit to Quinta do Portal introduces you to the estate’s vineyards and winemaking process, and includes a delectable wine pairing dinner featuring wines created on the estate.

The pleasures of Pinhão

Hiking in pretty-as-a-picture Pinhão

The idyllic village of Pinhão, situated at a scenic bend of Portugal’s Douro River, is considered the gateway to the quintas and large wine estates of the Douro River Valley, one of Europe’s oldest and revered wine making regions. Enjoy a hike through some of the area’s lush vineyards on your visit to Pinhão and its stunningly beautiful landscapes.

Prehistoric art at Museu do Côa

Discover Paleolithic rock art at Museu do Côa

During excavations for a dam on the Côa River in the 1990s, thousands of engraved prehistoric rock drawings were discovered along the river in Vila Nova de Foz Côa. Archaeologists determined that these petroglyphs – originally created in the open air – dated to the Paleolithic era, between 10,000 to 22,000 years BC! The dam was eventually canceled, and 23 Côa Valley rock art sites became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. View and learn about this remarkable art on a visit to the high-tech Museu do Côa, rising over the valley.

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More Time – For all 2021 bookings, final payment will not be due until 60 days prior to departure – giving you more time and flexibility should your plans change.

No change fees – Any Tauck, any time. If your 2021 plans do change any time up until the day of departure, your full deposit (or tour payment) can be applied to a future Tauck journey of your choice.

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