Sunset on Portugal’s beautiful ‘River of Gold’

14–21 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

Our cruise along Portugal’s ‘River of Gold’ once again offers exclusive use of a boat: the luxurious 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.