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Spain & Portugal
Douro River All-Gay Cruise & Tour 2019

July 5–13, 2019
CroisiEurope MS Miguel Torga

9-day all-gay adventure starting in Madrid during Pride; then sail the lush Douro River Valley with it’s enchanting towns and celebrated wines of Portugal.

Reward your inner explorer with Portugal & the Douro River, an all gay adventure that blends captivating cities, picturesque villages and unparalleled scenic cruising through this less-traveled corner of Europe.

 

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Indulge your passion for food, history, and music as you discover the warmth of Portugal and Spain. Experience the “sunny side” of Europe, starting in radiant Madrid, then follow the Douro River through Spain and into Portugal. Feel the warm sun on your skin as you cruise past terraced hills, quaint villages and acres of ripe vineyards. From taking in a traditional flamenco show to visiting a local café to, of course, memorable local food and wine tastings, this all-gay Brand g cruise and tour gives you the very best of the region.

 

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Cruise through the UNESCO-designated Douro Valley, where grapes have been grown for 2,000 years. Visit picturesque quintas and meet the winemakers who run them. In Porto, where the Douro River meets the Atlantic Ocean, explore architectural wonders, shop the bustling Rua de Santa Catarina and sip the city’s storied port wines at its preeminent cellars. Travel overland through the countryside and stop in Coimbra, Portugal’s third-largest city and birthplace of six of the country’s kings.

It’s the perfect combination of inspiring places and rich history in the comfort of an all-gay environment.

 

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The Ship

CroisiEurope is a family-owned company that has been in operation since 1976. As Europe’s largest and most experienced river cruise line, passengers will encounter warm hospitality, gourmet cuisine, comfortable accommodations, and a well-executed shore excursions.

The MS Miguel Torga is at home in the beautiful Douro Valley, Portugal’s revered wine region. A ship designed specifically for serene river cruising, the panoramic windows and spacious sun deck of the Miguel Torga provide guests with a perfect platform to discover and be immersed in this idyllic region. It is spacious, and bright with a passenger capacity of 132 with 66 cabins. Once on board, you will find all of the amenities and comforts which distinguish CroisiEurope’s fleet, and the outstanding and friendly service which is the trademark of the staff and crew.

 

Miguel Torga restaurant

 

All cabins are equipped with cruise amenities like air-conditioning, central heating, bathroom with shower, satellite TV, safe, hairdryers, 220 V electrical outlets — and each gives you a view of the river.

The MS Miguel Torga offers a lounge for your enjoyment and relaxation. Free Wi-Fi is available in the reception and lounge. The sun deck, with chaise lounges, offers panoramic views and a large 258 square foot pool.

 

Miguel Torga pool at night

 

Travel Itinerary

Friday, July 5, 2019
Madrid, Spain

Gay MadridWelcome to Madrid! Our guides will meet you at the airport to assist with your transfer to the InterContinental Madrid Hotel or similar, conveniently located in the heart of Madrid. After settling in to the hotel make the most of the remainder of your day by exploring the city on your own and taking in the many festivities of Madrid Gay Pride.

 

Saturday, July 6, 2019
Madrid, Spain

Madrid gay tourYour panoramic tour of this lively metropolis will take you to some of Madrid’s most famous sights. Then explore the massive Prado Museum, which features one of the world’s finest collections of European art. With nearly 7,600 paintings among its holdings, the Prado’s assemblage is truly stunning in both its depth and breadth.

 

Sunday, July 7, 2019
Madrid / Salamanca / Barca d'Alva, Portugal (Embarkation)

Spain gay tour - SalamancaFrom Madrid travel overland to Salamanca, a UNESCO world Heritage city. The architectural purity of this charming town has endured through the centuries, during which time its sandstone buildings have acquired the exquisite glow that gives Salamanca its nickname, “The Golden City.” Walk under plateresque arches and past ornately decorated masonry walls as you explore the university. Then visit Salamanca’s extraordinary Old and New Cathedrals. Continue on to Vega de Terrón on the Spanish border and board the Queen Isabel.

 

Monday, July 8, 2019
Barca d'Alva, Portugal

Douro river gay cruise - wine barrelsThe last Portuguese village along the Douro, Barca d'Alva is less than 2km from the Spanish border. Surrounded by mountains, and on a placid bend in the Rio Douro, it’s a curious spot – on one hand, there’s a long-abandoned railway line and a row of elderly cottages; on the other, there’s a sparkling quayside with huge pontoons to accommodate the large Douro cruisers which disgorge passengers for a souvenir hunt. Visit the 12th-century walled village of Castelo Rodrigo (one of the twelve historic villages of Portugal), with its medieval streets and stone- walled houses vantage point.

 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Pinahao / Lamego, Portugal

Douro river gay cruise - Lamego, PortugalLamego, a small, picturesque town that is rich in history, invites you to explore its streets today. Lamego houses one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of Portugal: the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies. Sitting atop a hill, the sanctuary overlooks the town and can be reached by climbing its 686 steps. You’ll get to see it up close on today’s tour and have a chance to admire its gorgeous panels of blue and white tiles before enjoying another treat—a delicious wine tasting. In the evening, enjoy a Gala Dinner onboard your ship.

 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Regua, Portugal

Douro River gay cruise - Mateus gardens The Douro River winds through one hundred miles of granite mountains, carving out a valley whose steep slopes hold terraces that were cut by hand into the rocky soil and planted with grapes centuries ago. Visit the Douro Museum to learn about the river and its wines. See, too, Mateus Palace, which has one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. In the evening, you’ll tour the family-owned Quinta da Avessada, which produces premium Moscatel. After strolling the grounds and meeting the owner, you’ll partake in a rustic dinner featuring fine local wines and traditional live music.

 

Thursday, July 11, 2019
Regua / Porto Antigo, Portugal

Douro river gay cruise - ReguaToday you’ll venture to the charming, old-world town of Amarante, which is situated between the bends in the Tamega River and the cliffs of the surrounding mountains. Many of its remaining historic structures are Romanesque in style, several of which you’ll see on your guided walking tour through this lovely riverside town.

 

Friday, July 12, 2019
Porto, Portugal

Douro river gay cruise - PortoBirthplace of Henry the Navigator (who launched Portugal’s voyages of exploration) and longtime hub of the Port wine trade, Porto combines well- preserved historic buildings with cutting-edge architecture and a booming cultural revival. Your tour will take you to the 19th-century Palácio da Bolsa and then on to the cathedral and the bustling shopping street, Santa Catarina. After lunch, you’ll visit one of the city’s famed Port cellars.

 

Saturday, July 13, 2019
Porto, Portugal (Disembarkation)

Morning disembarkation. Transfer to Porto airport(OPO) or join the 2-night post cruise extension in Lisbon.

 

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Accommodations

Madrid, Spain
InterContinental Madrid Hotel

InterContinental Madrid Hotel InterContinental Madrid is located on Madrid’s Paseo de la Castellana Avenue, 150 metres from Gregorio Marañón Metro Station. This converted 18th-century palace has an attractive restaurant with a garden terrace.

The spacious, air-conditioned rooms at the InterContinental feature classic-style décor. Each one comes with flat-screen satellite TV, a minibar and a private bathroom. Wi-Fi is available for an extra cost.

The El Jardín Restaurant serves a daily buffet breakfast, and on Sundays there is an extensive brunch. Bar 49 offers a wide range of wines, cocktails and gourmet tapas.

InterContinental Madrid Hotel roomThe InterContinental has a 24-hour gym, and massage is available on prior request. The suites and club rooms have access to the hotel’s InterContinental Club, which includes a lounge where you can enjoy an all-day buffet, computers, free ironing service and late check-out.

The hotel is just 400 metres from Calle Serrano Street, famous for its shops. Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu is just 1 metro stop away. Barajas Airport is 12 km away.

Additional Pre Night(s):
Single - TBD ; Double - TBD, per person, breakfast included.

 

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Spain & Portugal
Douro River All-Gay Cruise 2019 Itinerary

  Date Destination  
  05 July Madrid, Spain Arrival day
  06 July Madrid, Spain Overnight
  07 July Madrid / Salamanca /
Barca d'Alva, Portugal
Embarkation
  08 July Barca d'Alva, Portugal  
  09 July Pinahao, Portugal  
  10 July Regua, Portugal  
  11 July Regua / Porto Antigo  
  12 July Porto, Portugal Overnight
  13 July Porto, Portugal Disembark

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Included Features

• 2 nights hotel accommodation in InterContinental Madrid (or similar), with daily buffet breakfast and half-day guided city tour of Madrid including visits of the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum.
• Hospitality desk at the hotel on arrival day.
• Transfer from Madrid to ship in Vega de Terron, with stop in Salamanca.
• Experience multiple Unesco World Heritage sites.
• 6 nights deluxe cruise accommodation.
• Life enriching tours and excursion.
• State-of-the-art portable audio-headset system on all excursions.
• Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise.
• Unlimited free-flowing beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, coffee, tea, mineral water and soft drinks.
• Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily.
• Wireless Internet in all public areas.
• Welcome Dinner and Farewell Cocktail Party & Dinner.
• Onboard special highlights including cultural performances, educational discussion forums, theme dinners and ship tour.
• Transfer from ship to Porto airport.
• Optional 2-night post cruise extension in Lisbon.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Tips You Need To Know Before Your Cruise
Thank you for choosing Brand g. Your itinerary has been carefully selected to ensure you have memorable vacation. We hope you will enjoy your special journey as much as we have enjoyed putting it together. Our representatives are experienced professionals committed to delivering outstanding service. We will do everything within our power to make your river cruise experience the best ever! So, relax and absorb the ambiance of the magical settings and fascinating places you will visit.

To help prepare you for your vacation, we have compiled some important tips. We encourage you to read this information carefully and to bring it with you as a reference during your travels. While traveling, please keep in mind that patience, understanding and the flexibility to adapt to a changing environment will enhance your vacation experience. Despite careful planning, unavoidable circumstances may require last minute changes to your itinerary. However, we have discovered that these deviations often reveal unexpected discoveries.

Traveling reveals new and exciting lifestyles, cuisines and traditions that may be different from what you are used to. Respecting these differences will create an infinitely more pleasant and rewarding experience. We wish you an exciting and memorable vacation.

 

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Passports & Visas
A valid passport is required for all Brand g charters; your passport must be valid for at least six months after your return. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and secure all required visas. Consult with the appropriate consulates to determine if any visas are needed. Vacations can be disrupted, or altered if the correct documents cannot be supplied at airports or border crossings; please check your itinerary carefully. In the event that you lose your passport while traveling, we recommend you photocopy the first pages of your passport, airline tickets, driver’s license and/or birth certificate to simplify and expedite the process of replacing lost documents. Keep the originals separate from the copies. This will make replacement easier if you lose them en route. It is also useful to carry spare passport photos. You may wish to scan your passport, airline tickets and credit card numbers and email them to yourself as attachments, so you may download copies to assist in obtaining replacements.

 

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What To Wear
Comfortable clothes and good walking shoes while on land. And, since there are spa facilities, a putting green, shuffleboard and fitness room on the ship, we suggest workout clothes. Jackets and ties are not required. We recommend country club casual for dinner.

Special Diets
Please advise us prior to departure if you have any special dietary requirements. We will make every effort possible to always accommodate your requests, however, please note that local conditions and seasonality can restrict our ability on occasions.

 

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Settling Your Bill Onboard
The day before your cruise ends you will be given an invoice for any onboard charges you may have made. Please check the invoice to make sure all items are accounted for before payment/closing of the account. All onboard charges will be in Euros. Payment is accepted in cash (Euros) or by credit card. Your bank/credit card company will convert this into your card currency at their own exchange rate. Some bank/credit cards may charge a separate fee, as well.

ATMs
ATM machines are widely available throughout Europe and readily accessible during shore excursions; the ship does not have an ATM machine onboard. Prior to traveling, we recommend that you notify your bank of your travel plans so they can inform you of any applicable transaction fees and provide any information on restrictions, etc.

Currency
For Spain and Portugal the currency is the Euro.

 

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Who travels with Brand g?
All of our vacations are created for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) travelers, along with straight allies, who enjoy innovative escorted vacations to international spots. None of our current trips are designed for participants under the age of 21.

 

What can I expect on Brand g travel program?
All of Brand g Vacations will have at least two trip escorts. Depending on the size and location of the program, we will also include signature Brand g entertainment, including cabaret artists, DJs and comedians. The true stars of any Brand g travel program are the travelers themselves. Whether you’re traveling with a partner or interested in making new friends, our trips provide excellent opportunities to explore the world with others that share similar values.

 

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Do you offer a single supplement or a roommate sharing program?
We do offer a single supplement on all of our travel programs; however, it may vary depending on the destination. Our goal with roommate matching is to help facilitate an introduction with other solo travelers prior to your vacation to see if there is compatibility to share a room.

I am traveling by myself; will I be the only single traveler?
Not at all, depending on the trip, anywhere between 15 to 40% of the group will be solo travelers!

Should I buy travel insurance?
Brand g Vacations strongly recommends the purchase of travel insurance to protect against unforeseen circumstances that might prevent you from traveling with us or unfortunate circumstances during your trip. Travel Insurance is an excellent way of protecting your vacation investment. We recommend Travel Guard, however you are welcome to shop and compare plans from other companies to find the best fit for you.

 

Is it hard meeting others?
Even the shyest among us end up in group hugs by the end of our cruises. The intimate size (generally 60-150 passengers) provides an opportunity for people to get to know each other in a way not at all possible on large ocean cruises. Countless guests have commented that they aren’t outgoing, and did not anticipate meeting anyone on their cruises, yet made extraordinary new friends – and, in some cases, partners – onboard.

 

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What does all-inclusive vacation mean?
All-inclusive can never mean every single thing; but at Brand g, we come as close as possible. Our trips almost inevitably include pre-cruise hotel stay, all transfers, unlimited wine and beer at lunch and dinner onboard, guided walking tours in every port, etc. When we say “inclusive”, we mean it! The specifics for this vacation are listed above.

 

Will I be the youngest onboard?
Mainstream river cruises sometimes have the perception that all the guests are well past retirement age. Brand g cruises, on the other hand, host a wide range of ages, from 20’s-80’s. The average age is mid-50’s, but on any given cruise there are a number of much younger and older guests. Brand g’s entertainment offerings onboard – from shows to parties – make our cruises, in the words of countless cruise staff, “the most fun group we’ve ever had on this ship”.

 

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Spain & Portugal Douro River All-Gay Cruise & Tour 2019 Prices
Category Description
Rate Per Pers.
USD $

Availability
 

Grand Suite

 

Upper Deck. Spacious and comfortable cabin equipped with two beds, private balcony, bathroom with shower and bath products, telephone, satellite TV, safe, hairdryer, air-conditioning, radio and wardrobe with hangers. Located at the main deck it offers a panoramic view.

$ 6,199

Signature Suite

 

Middle Deck. Cabin equipped with two beds (with optional twin-bed configuration), private bathroom with shower and bath products, telephone, satellite TV, safe, hairdryer, air-conditioning, radio and wardrobe with hangers. Located at the middle deck.

$ 5,499

Category A

 

Upper Deck. Spacious and comfortable cabin equipped with two beds (with optional twin-bed configuration), private bathroom with shower and bath products, telephone, satellite TV, safe, hairdryer, air-conditioning, radio and wardrobe with hangers. Located at the upper deck it offers a panoramic view.

$ 4,999

Category B

 

Middle Deck. Cabin equipped with two beds (with optional twin-bed configuration), private bathroom with shower and bath products, telephone, satellite TV, safe, hairdryer, air-conditioning, radio and wardrobe with hangers. Located at the middle deck.

$ 4,699

Category C

 

Main Deck. Cabin equipped with two beds (with optional twin-bed configuration), private bathroom with shower and bath products, telephone, satellite TV, safe, hairdryer, air-conditioning, radio and wardrobe with hangers. Located at the main deck.

$ 4,299


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Air Information
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Hotel Information
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Additional Terms, Conditions and Fees

Prices are per person based on double occupancy.

All prices in U.S. dollars and are cruise/land only.

Port fees of $199 and pre-paid gratuities of $175 are additional.

Single Supplement for Cruise is $2,500 of twin price, limited to categories A, B, C.

Initial deposit is $850 per person, with final payment due by March 7, 2019.

 

 

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