Madrid & Secrets of the Douro 2022 Emerald Cruises River Cruise
Begin your journey in Madrid, the centre of all roads in Spain, before flying to Porto to join your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship in Porto. A symbol of Portugal’s birth and growth as a nation, the Douro has long been the country’s lifeline. Leaving the pastel-coloured metropolis of Porto, venture through the enchanting countryside. Terraced vineyards rise from the river banks, historic landmarks pepper distant horizons and charming townships lay hidden in the rural hillsides. Salamanca shines both day and night and canoeing experiences in Pocinho provide a new perspective on the Douro.
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel in Madrid, your home for the next two nights.
Today, you can enjoy an informative tour of Madrid’s city centre and experience the lifestyles of the people who call the city their home. Enjoy visiting Sabatini Gardens, Plaza Mayor and the Austrian quarter, Gran Via. The rest of the day is yours to spend exploring in leisure, perhaps relaxing in one of Madrid’s postcard-worthy terraced gardens.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Madrid
Today, you will be transferred from your centrally located hotel in Madrid to Porto, where you will be welcomed on board your luxurious Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.
EmeraldPLUS: Cruising Through Porto Enchanting Waters
Relax on board today and enjoy a full day of sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley. This fascinating area was inscribed because it hones in on two millennia of wine producing history, where viticulture has shaped the surrounding landscape and small, sleepy villages are peppered with dozens of sun-drenched vineyards. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and cocktail reception.
Begin your day with a visit to the beautiful Quinta do Tedo vineyard in the heart of Portugal’s Douro Valley, nestled on the confluence of the Douro and Tedo rivers. This 18th-century estate is environmentally sound, creating organic produce by using traditional viticulture methods.
Alternatively, enjoy a guided walk through local vineyards, stopping along the way to admire your surroundings.
This afternoon, enjoy sailing to Vega de Terrón, perhaps relaxing on the Sun Deck before your included Port wine cocktail demonstration or cooking demonstration on board.
EmeraldPLUS: A Port wine cocktail lesson on board
EmeraldPLUS: A Portuguese cooking demonstration on board
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided walk through the vineyards
EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to Quinta do Tedo with tasting
Founded in Roman times, the ancient city of Salamanca and its UNESCO World Heritage-listed old quarter have an illustrious past, having been held by the Carthaginians, Romans and Moors.
Travel to the beautiful golden city for a walking tour, starting among the postcard-worthy galleries and arcades that adorn Plaza Mayor. You will have the opportunity to see Casa de las Conchas, a building that has been lovingly decorated with more than 300 shells.
EmeraldPLUS: Enjoy local entertainment from a tuna music band
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Salamanca
This morning, arrive in Pocinho where you’ll have the opportunity to embark on a canoeing excursion or to visit the Côa Valley Museum. Later, return to your ship for lunch and soak up your idyllic surrounds as you sail towards Régua, taking part in a casa painova tasting on board. A rural dinner at a wine estate is certain to be a highlight of your trip.
EmeraldPLUS: A Casa Painova product tasting on board
EmeraldPLUS: A rural dinner with entertainment at Quinta da Pacheca
EmeraldACTIVE: A canoeing excursion
EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to the Côa Valley Museum
Today, on an included excursion, you will visit the marvellous Baroque village of Lamego, stopping to see the picturesque Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies, a structure that stands gracefully over the town
EmeraldPLUS: A mosaic tile painting lesson on board
EmeraldACTIVE: Walk down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lamego
DiscoverMORE: A visit to Mateus Manor House with wine tasting (extra expense)
Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Famous for its exports of Port wines, it’s easy to imagine how British merchant ships would have once clustered together in the medieval harbour, waiting to take Port wines across the water.
Your included tour of the coastal city will touch on the fortified structures of Castelo da Foz and Castelo do Queijo, a building whose pentagonal façades overlook the ocean.
EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk in Porto
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Porto
DiscoverMORE: An excursion to Guimarães (extra expense)
After breakfast, it is time to say farewell to your fellow guests and disembark the ship for your transfer to the airport, taking memories of delicious Port wine with you.
|Date||Fares from (pp)|
|7 May 2022^||£3,695|
|12 May 2022||£3,595|
|26 May 2022||£3,595|
|4 June 2022^||£3,645|
|9 June 2022||£3,645|
|4 August 2022||£2,895|
|29 September 2022||£3,195|
- Save up to £1,600 per couple plus €200 onboard credit per cabin
- Save an extra 10% on selected cabin grades when you pay in full 12 months before departure*
- Return flights from a choice of UK regional airports
- 7 nights in a suite or stateroom of your choice
- 2 nights city stay in Madrid
- 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
- Complimentary wine, beer & soft drinks to accompany lunch & dinner on board
- Complimentary tea & coffee on board & bottled water in your suite or stateroom, restocked daily
- A variety of on board evening entertainment
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
- All port charges, airport taxes and overseas transfers.
- All tips, saving you £235 per couple on this cruise