Secrets of the Douro 2019 Emerald Waterways River Cruise

Sail along the Douro on board the Emerald Radiance! After leaving the pastel-coloured metropolis of Porto behind, you’ll take to the Douro and navigate a striking path through some of Portugal’s most enchanting countryside. Steeply terraced vineyards rise from the river banks, historic landmarks pepper distant horizons and charming townships lay hidden in the rural hillsides, tucked away from the unforgiving grasp of the modern world. The golden city of Salamanca glows myriad colours both day and night, while your return journey back to Porto is filled with even more cultural and historical treats.

Porto, Douro

Itinerary

On arrival at the airport in Porto, you’ll be met by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to the ship where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. In the evening you’ll enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board in the Reflections Restaurant.
EmeraldPLUS: Sunset Illumination Cruise.

Today enjoy a full day sailing the windy turns and twists of the Douro Valley. A UNESCO world heritage site this area is sparsely populated by small quaint villages and typical communities working vineyards and small farms. In the morning join a painting class of local mosaic tiles which typically depict traditional motives. Your Cruise Director will also host a lecture on board showcasing the history and wine culture of the region. Later this afternoon arrive in the village of Pinhao which is situated on a river bend surrounded by terraced hillsides producing some of the world’s best Port. Tonight your captain will be delighted to host the welcome dinner and cocktail reception.
EmeraldPLUS: Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons on Board & Cooking Demonstration on board.
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on board.

Today you will have a choice to visit the marvelous baroque village of Lamego and the picturesque Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary where history stands still. Alternatively, take part on a guided hike through local vineyards. Return to your ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing to Vega de Terron, your gateway into Spain.
Included excursion: Visit the baroque village of Lamego & Our Lady of Remedies. OR
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Walk through Vineyards in Pinhao.

Founded in Roman times, the city of Salamanca is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, the seat of the Spanish language, and still a lively student town. Board your coach this morning in Vega de Terron and travel to this beautiful golden city for a guided walking tour passing through its grand squares and medieval structures, where you will feel like stepping back in time. Tapas bars feature on every street and traditional Spanish music trickles out of buzzing bars and restaurants. You will also have plenty of free time to explore independently before returning to the ship later this afternoon.
Included excursion: Guided tour of Salamanca.
EmeraldPLUS: Local Entertainment

This morning, arrive in Pocinho and either visit one of the most famous wine estates in Portugal – Quinta do Seixo or take part on the Emerald Active canoeing experience. Later return to your ship for lunch and enjoy your idyllic surroundings as you sail towards Regua.
Included excursion: Visit to Quinta do Seixo OR
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Canoeing Experience.
EmeraldPLUS: This evening your highlight dinner will be hosted at a traditional rural wine estate in the Regua area

This morning you will visit the former roman settlement of Regua. After the village tour, visit the Douro Museum for a look at wine making in the region.
Included excursion: Guided tour of Regua & Douro Museum Visit.
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Its most famous export is of course fortified wine, and the hillside across from the city centre features numerous wine caves and tasting boutiques in the area of Vila Nova de Gaia. Sample the local fair in one of these specially adapted wine cellars and learn about the long adapted craft of creating port.
Included excursion: Guided Tour of Porto & Port Tasting.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Active Walking Tour.
Discover More: Excursion to Guimaraes (extra expense).

After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Price Guide

Date Fares from (pp)
25 May 2019 £5,295
01 June 2019 £2,595
08 June 2019 £2,695
15 June 2019 £3,495
29 June 2019 £2,545
06 July 2019 £2,345
13 July 2019 £2,345
20 July 2019 £2,295
27 July 2019 £3,195
10 August 2019 £2,345
17 August 2019 £2,295
24 August 2019 £2,995
31 August 2019 £2,545
19 October 2019 £3,095
09 November 2019 £2,595

What's Included

  • Save up to 30% plus an additional £100pp in our festivale sale!*
  • Return economy flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh. Call for details on regional departures.
  • 7 nights in a Stateroom or Suite of your choice
  • 5 shore excursions
  • 3 EmeraldPLUS activities
  • 20 on-board meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks to accompany lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on-board
  • Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom re-stocked daily
  • A variety of on-board evening entertainment
  • First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on-board
  • All port charges, airport taxes & transfers within Europe
  • All tips included, saving you up to £235 per couple