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November 19, 2019 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

Fares from Five Australian Cities – Special Free Drinks Package Book by December 31, 2019

Australians can cruise Portugal’s Douro River – one of Europe’s best-kept secrets – and sail past vine-covered hillsides and medieval villages lost in time as part of a new 2020 fly, cruise and tour package released by Riviera Travel River Cruises and Australian small ship specialists, Cruise Traveller.

The 11-night ‘Portugal Perfection’ package combines four nights’ pre-cruise accommodation in Portugal with a seven-night river cruise along the beautiful, vineyard-lined Douro River right up to the Spanish border. Guests will cruise aboard Riviera Travel’s Douro Elegance, a luxury, 121-guest river ship.

Also included in the package are flights from five Australian cities, accommodation at Lisbon and Porto and a free onboard drinks package.

Three departure dates from Australia are available in 2020 – April 26, August 2 or October 4. After landing in Portugal, guests will stay three nights in Lisbon to explore one of the oldest cities in the world, established in 1255.

A fight north to Portugal’s second biggest city, Porto, follows for another night’s stay before guests board the river ship, Douro Elegance, for a seven-night, round-trip journey from Porto east through the dramatic river valley, with its rustic wineries, quaint villages and rugged cliffs.

Highlights of the river cruise include visits to vineyards and port cellars, dinner at a typical Portuguese farmhouse, a flamenco show, a full-day excursion to the historic Spanish city of Salamanca, a tour of the walled medieval village of Castelo Rodrigo and the 18th century, baroque Mateus Palace and its extensive gardens.

Relaxing time cruising on the river during the day is also a highlight, with the Douro Elegance offering a restaurant, bar and lounge, pool, spa, gym and tea and coffee-making facilities.  After disembarking in Porto, guests fly back to Australia.

Including return flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth, four nights’ pre-cruise accommodation in Lisbon and Porto, domestic flights and transfers in Portugal and the seven-night cruise with all onboard meals and shore excursions, the 11-night ‘Portugal Perfection’ package is available from $7495 per person, twin-share. A bonus onboard cruise drinks package including drinks with lunch and dinner is available, courtesy of Cruise Traveller, for booking made before December 31, 2019.

To view and book the package, visit or call Cruise Traveller on 1800 507 777.

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Riviera Travel River Cruises will carry 45,000 passengers on 13 ships over 300 sailings on 15 different cruise itineraries in 2020.  Already the biggest river cruise operator in the UK market, Riviera Travel is this year attracting 73 per cent more Australian bookings compared to 2017. The British company first launched its European river cruises in the Australian market in 2017.

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