Delightful Douro 2020 Scenic River Cruise

From windswept seaside meanderings to the astonishing beauty of the Douro Valley, this is a journey of contemplation and elegance.

Board the luxurious Scenic Azure which will transport you along the hidden gem that is the Douro Valley. Days will be spent immersed in the proud history and culture of a unique land that still retains many of its traditions.

Scenic 2020 River Cruises
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Porto

Itinerary

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.

Visit the remarkable village of Provesende, showcasing the Portugal of yesteryear. Wander the atmospheric streets of this quaint village with the locals as they proudly introduce you to their way of life – an experience exclusive for Scenic guests.

The beauty of São Francisco Church is sure to impress. The facade is a mixture of Gothic and Baroque architecture, while the interior glows with intricate wood carvings covered in gold. Witness a spectacular private concert in these wondrous surroundings.

Today, discover the historic treasures of Porto, including a visit to Palacio da Bolsa, a neoclassical-style building that started construction in 1842 and took over 65 years to complete. Tour Guimarães, the seat of the first King of Portugal, including the impressive Ducal Palace, or enjoy a tasting in the fairytale environs of Quinta da Aveleda

After breakfast, transfer to Porto airport for your flight to the UK.

Price Guide

Date Cabin Price (pp)
27 May 2020 Cat E Stadard Suite £3,045
Cat D Stadard Suite £3,169
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What's Included

  • Savings of up to 15% plus free private door-to-door chauffeur transfers!*
  • Pay for your holiday in full by 31st December & receive an extra Early Payment Discount of £125pp
  • Return flights from a selection of up to 16 UK airports with a choice of airlines
  • 7 Nights on board a 5-star Scenic Space-Ship
  • 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
  • Breath-taking excursions hosted by local expert guides
  • Tipping, transfers, port charges and airport taxes worth £440 per couple
  • Complimentary WiFi