Delightful Douro 2018 Scenic River Cruise
The rustic grandeur of Portugal once formed a mighty seafaring kingdom that conquered and helped to colonise the known world, from America to the Far East. Today, some of that grandeur is still evident in the palaces and manors that litter the fertile landscape. However, there's also a pastoral simplicity that belies the magnificence of days past. From their welcoming demeanor to their relaxed love of the good life, fine wine and fresh food, it's the people that make this land so memorable and charming. As you make progress down the Douro, you'll soon become accustomed to the pace of local life, and visiting the charming villages and stunning cities that neighbor the river's banks turns into a never-ending pleasure.
Choose from a selection of ways to travel to Porto. Pick from one of up to 5 UK regional airports. You’ll then be transferred to the luxurious Scenic Azure where a warm welcome awaits you from your crew. Tonight you'll enjoy a celebratory welcome reception on board.
Today, enjoy on board activities such as traditional tile painting, or simply relax as your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship meanders its way to Régua. On arrival, you’ll get to tour the award winning Régua Museum.
Sundowners: After the doors close to the general public, you’re invited to enjoy the expansive views of Régua’s surrounding vineyards at an exclusive cocktail event hosted on the beautifully manicured terrace of the Douro Museum.
Freechoice: Tour the Baroque-style town of Lamego, a unique destination nestled among the terraced slopes of the Douro valley. Alternatively, enjoy a guided visit of Mateus Palace, the historic icon depicted on the labels of Portugal’s famous Mateus rosé wine.
Later, enjoy an afternoon cruising the Douro Valley’s Vinhateiro wine growing region
Take your time absorbing the architectural splendour of Salamanca, a city known for its ornate sandstone architecture and for the Universidad de Salamanca, said to be the third oldest university in Europe. Later, celebrate the Spanish culture with lunch showcasing the regional cuisine whilst enjoying an energetic Flamenco dance performance.
Freechoice: Visit the award-winning Côa Valley Museum and enjoy a pre-historic workshop, which will uncover the secrets behind the famous prehistoric rock carvings found in Côa Valley. If you’re feeling more adventurous, take a canoeing excursion on the Sabor River.
Alternatively, you could join the ‘Tastes of the Côa Valley’ excursion and visit Casa Painova for a sweet almond workshop and a tasting of their almond, olive and fruit products.
Today you’ll visit the remarkable village of Provesende. Wander the tranquil streets of this quaint village with the locals as they proudly introduce you to their way of life – including their local bakery, and the bar with its wonderfully eclectic collection of regional wares. This delightful experience is unique to Scenic guests. This afternoon, you'll be invited to attend a hands-on cork jewellery presentation on board as you cruise to Porto.
Enrich: This evening enjoy a unique dining experience accompanied by a traditional Fado music performance at the fabulous Burmester Cellars. Enjoy mesmerising views overlooking the Douro River and Porto skyline whilst dining on delicious Portuguese cuisine. Situated in the heart of the Vila Nova de Gaia district of Porto, dinner at Taylor’s Cellars makes for a truly unforgettable experience, once again exclusive to Scenic guests.
Today, discover the unique treasures of Porto, which includes a visit to Palacio da Bolsa.
Freechoice: Guimarães is dominated by the impressive Ducal Palace, which dates back to Medieval times. You’ll soon learn all about this classical city in northern Portugal, which was once the first seat of the king. Alternatively, you could choose to indulge in a tasting at the fairy tale-like property of Quinta Aveleda, a renowned regional sparkling wine producer. The incredible gardens alone make the excursion worthwhile.
After breakfast, transfer to Porto airport for your flight to the UK.
|29 October 2018||£2,620|
|05 November 2018||£2,490 Cat BB Balcony Suite|
|12 November 2018||£1,770|
- Save up to 40%* PLUS complimentary private chauffeur transfers+ if booked by 15 February 2018
- Return flights from a selection of up to 5 UK airports with a choice of airlines
- 7 Nights on Europe's most luxurious 5-star ships
- 20 superb meals: including 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
- All your drinks wherever, whenever whilst on board your cruise†
- An on-board butler service for every guest
- Unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime events
- 7 flexible and exclusive excursion options
- Tipping, transfers, port charges and airport taxes worth £440 per couple
- Complimentary WiFi
- No hidden extras whatsoever