Lisbon & Secrets of the Douro 2019 Emerald Waterways River Cruise
Taking in Portugal’s two major cities, the Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon cruise provides a spectacular way to explore the Iberian nation. Starting and ending in Lisbon, you’ll be given four days to explore Portugal’s enigmatic capital – discovering the architectural wonders and charming anomalies which line the ancient cobbled streets. From Lisbon, you’ll make your way to Porto where the Douro empties into the sea before navigating the Douro region aboard the Emerald Radiance – entering into service in 2017. The Douro region is responsible for much of Portugal’s viticulture, with celebrated port-producing vineyards dotting the banks of the waterway. After emerging at the far end of the Douro region, we’ll transport you to Salamanca, an ancient Spanish city with medieval city walls and wonderfully traditional architecture.
Spread across steep hillsides that overlook the Rio Tejo, Lisbon has captivated visitors for centuries. The amazing vistas reveal the city in all its beauty: Roman and Moorish ruins, white-domed cathedrals, grand plazas lined with sun-drenched cafes. Today check into your hotel, and later in the evening join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink and reception.
Today you will have an exciting tour of the city center and view some of the famous points, as well as experience the sights of the yellow trams clattering through tree-lined streets.
Today enjoy your day at leisure in Lisbon; your tour director is at your service to help you plan your day in this vibrant city.
Discover More: Excursion to Sintra (extra expense)
Today travel north along the Atlantic coast and visit the enchanting town of Nazare, home of one of largest waves in Europe. Once in Porto, board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner on board.
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. 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: 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.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Walk through Vineyards in Pinhao
EmeraldPLUS: Cocktail Lesson on board
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.
EmeraldPLUS: Local Entertainment
This morning arrive in Pocinho and either embark on an excursion to the Coa Valley Museum or take part on the Emerald Active canoeing experience. The Coa Valley Museum is a concrete structure that details pre-historic stone carvings made by the early inhabitants of the Douro, which were uncovered during the construction of the nearby dam. Later return to your ship for lunch and enjoy your idyllic surroundings as you sail towards Regua.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Canoeing Experience.
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
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. This afternoon, join a painting class of local mosaic tiles which typically depict traditional motives.
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board EmeraldPLUS: Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons 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.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Active Walking Tour Discover More: Excursion to Guimaraes (extra expense)
After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to Porto airport for your onward or homebound flight.
|Date||Fares from (pp)|
|08 June 2019 (in reverse)||£2,919|
|24 July 2019||£3,569 Cat A Balcony Suite|
- Save up to £1,000 per person PLUS receive unlimited free drinks OR €200 per cabin to spend on board if booked by 30 April
- Return economy flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh. Call for details on regional departures.
- 7 nights on a luxury European river ship
- 23 superb meals including 10 Full Breakfasts, 5 Lunches , 7 Dinners , 1 Highlight Dinner
- Captain's Welcome Reception & Dinner
- Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner while cruising
- The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise and Tour Director
- Port taxes and charges included
- All tipping and gratuities included
- 3 night stay in Lisbon
- Explore 8 different cities, towns and villages with a guide during our included tours and shore excursions
- Visit a local wine estate
- Tour of Salamanca
- Coa Valley pre-historic museum
- Tour of Lamego
- City tour of Porto including wine caves
- City Tour of Lisbon
- Local dinner at a Douro Valley wine estate
- Cocktail making lesson on board
- All tips included, saving you up to £235 per couple