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Wednesday 30 September 2020

7-Days including one day/night in Porto

Croisi Europe  

except 1 x lunch & 1 x dinner in Porto last night 4* hotel stay




The Douro weaves through one of Europe’s most striking natural regions. … our Douro River cruise starts and end in this illustrious city, offering a cultural bookend to a journey boasting picturesque surrounds every step of the way. Immerse yourself in the festive and warm atmosphere of Portugal and Spain where you will discover a unique way of life. You will visit Porto, a subtle mixture of modernity and history famous for its wine, and Salamanca with its cathedral and as Spain’s “golden city”, it has a rich architectural, religious and gastronomic culture.

September is the last month of summer and as such, enjoys an excellent climate, filled with hot and sunny days and just a tiny amount of rain to cool the lands. The average temperature is steady at an average of 19°C, the same as in August.

We love Family Run businesses and Croisi Europe is no exception! A family business, fiercely proud of its continued independence, has held its position for three generations. Nowadays, the Company is known throughout the world from its home port: Strasbourg, where it was founded in 1976, more than 40 years ago.

CroisiEurope, the leader in European river cruises, welcomes nearly 200,000 passengers aboard its 50 standard and premium boats that crisscross the rivers of Europe and the World every year., including Russia, Mekong, Birmania, Africa, South America and United States. The company also offers cruises on seas, like the Mediterranean Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Black sea. You will not be disappointed if you love ‘class’ and ‘comfort’, which lies not only in the elegance, refinement and harmony of the living environment on board, but also in the cuisine, which pays homage to French gastronomy with a great chef who runs the kitchens throughout the fleet.

Our Douro River Valley cruise glides along the river from Porto to Salamanca and back on Croisi Europe’s 132 passenger vessel the ‘Gil Eanes’. Whilst Croisi Europe is a French cruise line there will probably be passengers from all over Europe and far away shores such as  Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Brazil, with an excellent crew looking after everyone with impeccable service. 

The Gil Eanes is a  beautiful modern ship (built 2015) with compact, comfortable cabins and good bathroom. Rooms on the two upper decks have large sliding windows. A spacious lounge, dining room and sun deck with pool all provide for comfortable relaxation. Wines, beer, mixer drinks and the daily cocktails are complimentary throughout the day. You will find that the cuisine on board is the consistently high standard of a top city restaurant, with evening menu themed to the local area. Entertainment can be enjoyed each evening.

The cruise passes through several impressive locks raising the ship up to 36 metres each time. All our excursions are included and with excellent English speaking guides each day,  exploring the many historic, scenic and cultural highlights will be interesting and enjoyable. The Douro wines are of course excellent and the scenery along the way is absolutely stunning!

We have found that the luxury Croisi Europe line offer a great value, high standard cruise which, in our minds, cannot be beaten!

A non-returnable deposit of just £350pp will confirm your place – but they are almost sold out already – so be quick!

NB. The River Douro, along with the Rhine and the Danube, is one of the most popular rivers in Europe, as is  the Croisi Europe. The Gils Eanes is also a very popular ship and cabins book very quickly (even 2 years ahead!).
The maximum number of cabins allocated to Solent Events on Tour will be around 10 for a maximum of 20 passengers. Therefore, if you have already decided that you wish to join us, please book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!
See the itinerary below, which will be updated when more specific details are revealed.


£2,399 pp

Luxury Return Coach Travel to
a London Airport

Only FOUR local pick-ups

Personal Travel Treats

The comfort of a UK Airport Lounge

Return scheduled flights to Porto

5 nights accommodation
on the PREMIUM ship
MS Gil Eanes

FULL board including drinks with meals
and at the bar

Refined French Cuisine and
Gala Dinner Evening

Excursions as per itinerary

Local Guides

1 night accommodation with breakfast 
in Porto at the Grande Hotel

Free Wi-F in lounge and bar

Headsets for excursions

Onboard activities

All port fees 

Air conditioned coach travel

All UK and overseas airport taxes
and security charges

Solent Events Escort throughout
and in Porto for excursions

Personal Travel Insurance

Single Supplement £450pp
(Limited places available)

Meals & Drinks in Porto
other than stated in itinerary

Items of a personal nature


For your peace of mind and financial protection, our holiday has
been arranged with Croisi Europe and Success Tours, who are fully bonded.

View the Itinerary

Proposed Itinerary (full, detailed itinerary TBC)







Day 1 – Travel to a London airport by Luxury coach from  four local pick-ups and relax in an airport lounge before our scheduled flight to Porto, Portugal. A coach will be waiting for us at the airport to whisk us to Porto for some free time, before being welcomed on board our  newest, modern cruise ship, the  MS Gils Eanes, at 5:00 p.m. After settling into our comfortable cabins with sliding patio window, the crew will be introduced with a welcome cocktail. Tonight: Tour of Porto “by night” excursion.

Day 2 –  PORTO – REGUA
Join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Porto, one of the oldest cities in Europe, whose historic center was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
DISCOVERY: Discover Salamanca’s old town by bike. Tonight’s our gala dinner and evening.

Join us on an excursion for both packages : Discover the formal gardens at the Mateus Palace and Vila Real. Tonight’s evening will have a Spanish flair.

Join us for the excursions proposed
CLASSIC: Discover Salamanca, its unusual cathedral and its famous university dating back to 1218, making it one of the oldest in the world.
DISCOVERY: Discover Salamanca’s old town by bike. Tonight’s our gala dinner and evening.

Join us on an excursion for both packages : Discover the Porto wine route*. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising.
Enjoy an evening of traditional folk entertainment. 

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m to meet our waiting coach and transfer to our Porto Hotel. 


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