Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon 2020 Emerald Waterways River Cruise
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From Porto to Lisbon, uncover the secrets of the Douro on a 7 night luxury river cruise visiting Salamanca, Pinh\xC3£o & Régua followed by 3 nights in Lisbon.
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Waterways Star-Ship, where a sunset cruise will introduce you to the best of Porto’s illuminated skyline.
EmeraldPLUS: A sunset cruise through Porto.
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, your captain will host 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 Guimar\xC3£es (extra expense)
After breakfast, disembark your Star-Ship and soak in your picturesque surroundings as we travel along the Atlantic coast. When you arrive in Lisbon, a three-night stay in a centrally located hotel will be yours to enjoy.
Today, join your local guide for a walking tour of Lisbon’s historic city centre, where a peaceful atmosphere can be found among tree-lined boulevards.
Enjoy a visit to Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and one of the most prominent examples of late Gothic Manueline architecture in Portugal.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lisbon
Lisbon is yours to explore at leisure today, perhaps indulging in some traditional cuisine or entering one of its many charming boutiques and museums. Your tour director will be available to help you plan your day of independent exploration.
DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Sintra
After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow guests and be transferred to the airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of sun-kissed Spanish streets and prehistoric carvings with you.
|Date||Fares from (pp)|
|7 November 2020||£2,160|
|21 November 2020^||£1,860|
- Return flights from a choice of up to 9 UK regional airports.
- 7 nights in a suite or stateroom of your choice
- 3 nights city stay in Lisbon.
- 23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 8 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