Q. On several cruise programs the departure local is other than the arrival local (and
vice-versa). For example departure is at Vila Nova de Gaia quay and the
arrival at S. Bento Train Station (Porto). How far apart are they from each other?
A. Usually on cruises Porto - Régua -
Porto, among others, the departure
and arrival locals are the Vila Nova de Gaia Quay and S. Bento Train
Station. The cruise programs do not include any transfer between
Quay and Train Station. The distance between these places is about 1,8
km that means 25 minutes walking, nevertheless you can easily pick
a taxi on both places.
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Q. Once arrived to Régua how
far is the Train Station from the Quay?
A. The distance is about 600 meters.
The cruise programs do not include any transfer between Quay and
Train Station. The walk between Régua Quay and Régua
Train Station is along the riverside and commonly considered very
pleasant nevertheless you can easily pick a taxi nearby.
Q. I live quite far from Porto so I
my car up to Gaia (V. N. Gaia) however I wonder where to park my car.
Can you explain me the best procedure ?
Even if the departure place of the cruise starts at S. Bento Train
Station we strongly recommend you to park the car nearby the Vila Nova
de Gaia Quay because it will be easier to park your car there than
nearby the train station. There are 2 parking lots. Click links below
to see them on Google Maps:
Parking lot 1 and Parking Lot 2 .
This shall be the 1st step for the tour.
After parking the car you can walk to the Quay for just a couple of
minutes (2 - 4 minutes) or pick a taxi to transfer to S. Bento Train
Station, located in the other side of the river. If you appreciate a
pleasant walk you will need about 20 minutes from Vila Nova de Gaia
Quay to the S. Bento Train Station which stays 1,5 km far.
Q. which route would you recommend
to the Vila Nova de Gais quay ?
A. That will depends on your location. We
suggest you to use a GPS or simply check at http://maps.google.com
wish to participate on a cruiser Porto - Régua - Porto however I
want to stay for some days in Régua to know more deeply the
region of the famous "Porto Wine". Is it possible ?
Yes sure. Please you must mention it clearly in the "Booking Request Form"
and the tour operator will take care of everything for your best
comfort. The tour operator will get in touch with you as soon as
Q. There will be a handicap person
on a wheelchair on my group. Can he participate with us in the cruise ?
all ships operating in Douro River are equipped and adapted to
receive passenger in a wheelchair, anyway you MUST mention it clearly
in the "Booking Request Form". The cabin crews of the ships kindly will
support the handicap person along the cruise as necessary.
Q. What type of vessels operate in
A. Generally there are
4 type of vessels operating in Douro River, namely:
- boats similar to the old and traditional boats of the Douro River
(rabelos) with capacity for 90 persons, +/- 25m length and +/- 6m width
- ships medium size with capacity for 350 persons +/- 45m length and
+/- 9m width;
- Hotel ships with capacity 65 double cabins, +/- 78m length and +/-
- Sailboats for private tours in Douro River.
Q. Which is the menu for he lunch on
A. Each cruise provider company will
offer a different menu anyway the menu on board can be as follows:
- Vegetable soup cream,
- Roast pork with roast potatoes, rice and salad;
- Sweet dessert or fruit,
- Red or white wine and coffee expresso.
If you wish an alternative menu such as vegeterian meal please mention
it clearly in the "Booking Request Form".
Q. Are the ships equipped with
toilets? Do they have bars on board?
Definitly Yes. All the ships operating in Douro River are equipped with
toilets and bar. Expenses in the Bar with drinks and others usually are
not include in the price of the tour / cruise.
Q. Are the ships equipped with air
Yes, generally all the ships have inner areas and outer decks. The
area is equipped with air conditioners for your comfort.