Saga’s first river cruise for solo passengers sold out so quickly that a second all-inclusive sailing has been created to meet demand.
The company's exclusive Douro Discovery cruise, on November 3, offers single travellers the opportunity to take in the landscapes and quaint towns on a sailing through Portugal and Spain.
Guests fly to Oporto to meet their river cruise ship, Douro Princess, at Vila Nova de Gaia on the south bank. After an overnight mooring, guests start the cruise with lunch at the 14th-century former Monastery of Alpendurada, before sailing to Régua. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the ancient city of Lamego to view the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, which overlooks the town.
Douro Princess then cruises on to Pinhão for a wine tasting at nearby Quinta do Seixo and an excursion to Figueira Castelo de Rodrigo, a medieval village set atop a hill beside the River Côa. After an overnight mooring in Vega de Térron, guests can prepare for a full-day’s excursion to Salamanca in Spain, where the old town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour includes viewing the city’s twin cathedrals and main square.
The next day’s tour takes guests ashore for lunch at the family-owned winery of Quinta da Avessada in the heart of the Douro region, followed by a visit to the 18th-century Casa de Mateus Palace and gardens, which features on the Mateus rosé wine label. After an overnight mooring in Régua, the itinerary then takes guests to Oporto, on the Douro estuary, with a tour of a port wine cellar for a tasting and the chance to take home a bottle as a memento.
Prices for seven nights lead in at £1,299 including flights, transfers, all meals, a welcome cocktail party, porterage, optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights or a discount if the passenger has their own insurance.
For details call 0800-300 400 or visit saga.co.uk/rivercruises