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CroisiEurope offer 2 Types of Excursions: Classic & Discovery

 

THE CLASSIC EXCURSIONS - Are based on culture, architecture and history to give you a more authentic experience!

THE DISCOVERY EXCURSIONS - Are designed for the adventurous, the offbeat, or those who are looking for something new.

 

Booking Excursions - You can pick & mix between Classic & Discovery excursions or book the full package for additional discount. You can pre-book your shore excursions at a discounted price, or wait until you are on on board, however please note these are then subject to availability and are NOT at the discounted price.

25 August 2021

 

Porto by night (Classic & Discovery Package) - A unique opportunity to admire the city of Porto by night during a panoramic tour by bus. You will love the old, preserved districts of this city of immense character, classed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Porto is not only a city rich in vestiges from a glorious past, but also the young-spirited, warm capital city of a region marked by its winemaking as well as its closeness to the ocean. During the tour of the historic centre, your guide will schedule a stop at the Sao Bento railway station to look at its magnificent azulejos. Return on board by coach.

 

Prices - £23.00 Pre Booked / £26.00 On Board

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26 August 2021

 

Guided Tour of Porto (Classic Package) - Departure by coach from the Villa Nova de Gaia Quay, facing Porto from across the Douro River and the famous Dom Luis I Bridge, built between 1881 and 1886 by French engineer Theophile Seyrig, one of Gustave Eiffel's pupils. Porto, the second largest city in Portugal, stands out from the steep banks of the Douro River with its mixture of grey facades and red tiles interspersed with unusual architectural masterpieces. UNESCO listed its historical centre as a World Heritage Site in 1996. You will discover The Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Building), built in 1834 by the city's Commercial Association. It has remained their headquarters to this day. After climbing up the beautiful granite and marble stairway, we will visit the former Tribunal Room, the Golden Room and the Arab Room, decorated in the exotic Moorish Revival style. Afterwards, you will visit the Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis), also known as the "Golden Church”. It was originally a modest convent founded by Franciscan monks in the 12th century, before being further altered by prominent Porto families in the 15th and 16th centuries. They were responsible for the Baroque style interior, which mingles with the large, elaborate rose window in Gothic style on the main façade in a fascinating mixture of styles reflecting the various eras it went through. You will cross the Dom Luis I Bridge again back to Villa Nova de Gaia for the visit of a wine cellar. Porto's pride notably stems from its famous wine known the world over, which you will get to taste. You will return on board by coach.

 

Prices - £44.00 Pre Booked / £49.00 On Board

 

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Touring Porto via tram and visiting the Tram Museum (Discovery Package) - You will leave from Vila Nova de Gaia by coach for downtown Porto. Once we arrive, You will board one of the city's trams and partake in this urban-tourism experience all the way to the mouth of the Douro. Our visit will include a stop at the tram museum (Museu do Carro Eléctrico), housed in a former thermo-electric power plant. The museum collection comprises the oldest cars pulled by horses, called "Americanos,” to the last trams from the 1950s and 1960s. You will finish the excursion with a tasting of some of the local specialties. Return to the ship by coach.

 

Prices - £45.00 Pre Booked / £50.00 On Board

 

27 August 2021

 

Vila Real and Mateus Palace – (Classic & Discovery Package) - You will leave from Regua or Pinhão for Vila Real, where aristocrats built grand palaces during the 16th and 17th centuries. The architecture of the religious buildings is here extremely varied. You will take a panoramic tour of the city by coach, followed by a tasting of the local pastry, Cristas de Galo.

You will then set out to explore Mateus Palace, the most beautiful and astonishing manor in all of Northern Portugal. This 18th-century beauty is set in a hilly landscape reminding us of Mexico. The subtle mixture of granite, white walls and extravagance from the Age of Enlightenment such as ledges covered in statues and Baroque style pilasters is a striking feature. Behind the manor is a delightful garden with box hedges, more statues, and a spectacular 115-foot cedar tunnel. After our tour, you will return to our ship in Regua or Pinhão.

 

Prices - £50.00 Pre Booked / £56.00 On Board

28 August 2021

 

Guided Tour of Salamanca (Classic Package) - Departure by coach towards Salamanca where you will meet up with your guides.

Since 1988, UNESCO has listed the Old Town of Salamanca as a World Heritage Site. The classified area extends on the major part of the city as it used to be until the middle of the 20th century and is responsible for its growing popularity. You will visit the cathedral whose successive extensions created a mixture of styles going from late Gothic to Baroque, including Renaissance. Afterwards, you will visit one of the world's oldest Universities, which first opened in 1218. Also known as "Escuelas Mayores”, the University building has a sumptuous gate adorned with the city's most famous design: a frog atop a skull - symbolic of the sin of lust being punished after death. Its wonderful library brims with old manuscripts dating back from prior to the 19th century. You will enjoy lunch and be free to discover the city on your own. Return on board in Vega de Teron. PLEASE NOTE: - Lunch in a restaurant included (drinks are not included).

 

Prices - £75.00 Pre Booked / £83.00 On Board

 

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Salamanca by Bike (Discovery Package) - You will leave by coach with your host/hostess from Barca d'Alva for Salamanca where you will meet up with your guides. Is there a more unusual way to tour this Spanish city than on a comfortable bike? Along with your guide, you will ride along the banks of the Tormes River before discovering Salamanca's Old Town, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will get to know all the must-see sites but also the places off the typical touristic paths. The tour includes a visit of the gothic cathedral whose successive extensions created a mixture of styles going from late Gothic to Baroque, including Renaissance. Afterwards, you will visit one of the world's oldest Universities, which first opened in 1218. Also known as, "Escuelas Mayores”, the University building has a sumptuous gate adorned with the city's most famous design: a frog atop a skull - symbolic of the sin of lust being punished after death. Its wonderful library brims with old manuscripts dating back from prior to the 19th century. You will have lunch in a local restaurant before enjoying some free time to wander the city alone. After our long day, you will return to the ship in Vega de Terron.

 

Prices - £95.00 Pre Booked / £106.00 On Board

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