Sunset on Portugal’s beautiful ‘River of Gold’

16–23 March 2018

THE SCRATCH® RIVER OF GOLD

A musical cruise along Portugal’s ‘River of Gold’ – the spectacular River Douro – through the oldest wine-growing country in the world

Important announcement: For operational reasons associated with the annual maintenance of the locks, the dates of our Douro cruise have had to be changed slightly. It will now start on 16 March and end on 23 March 2018. We have also been upgraded to a larger, more modern boat, the Douro Serenity. Further details are available from Specialised Travel Ltd.

Our cruise along Portugal’s ‘River of Gold’ once again offers exclusive use of a boat: the luxurious Douro Serenity (upgraded from the Douro Spirit) – a modern, five-star river boat in the grand style. The Douro remains an undiscovered gem for many cruise regulars, but this means you travel through breathtaking scenery – steep gorges, terraced vineyards, almond groves, ancient farmhouses – without seeing another boat from one day to the next.  There will be a variety of optional off-boat excursions, including wine-tasting, Porto city tour, village explorations and many more.

Brian Kay has selected music with universal appeal. Bob Chilcott’s Dances of Time is, as you might imagine a set of part-songs with texts on the subject of time and music derived from different dance-forms. As with all Bob’s music this is inventive, tuneful and approachable, and will be huge fun to learn. For contrast, we also have a volume of 16th-century madrigals, many of which will doubtless be familiar. 

Join us for a wonderfully relaxing week at this most beautiful time of the year: go to the bookings page (see link above) and send off for the full brochure.