Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon

Resort: Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon
Operator: Emerald Waterways
Destination: Portugal
Price From: £2020.00

Overview

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival Porto

Welcome to Porto. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the ship where a warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your luxury Emerald Radiance river cruise ship. Tonight, enjoy dinner on board with your fellow travellers. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.
EmeraldPLUS: Sunset Cruise Through Porto

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 – Porto Pinh£o

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 afternoon, your Cruise Director will host a lecture on board showcasing the history and wine culture of the region. Later, arrive in the village of Pinh£o which is situated on a river bend surrounded by terraced hillsides producing some of the worlds 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

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – Pinhao – Vega de Terrn

Begin your day with a visit to a beautiful Quinta vineyard in the heart of the Douro Valley. Alternatively, join the EmeraldACTIVE walk through the vineyards. Later, sail to Vega de Terrn, your gateway into Spain.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Walk through Vineyards
EmeraldPLUS: Cocktail Lesson on board

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Salamanca

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 Terrn 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

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 – Pocinho

This morning, arrive in Pocinho and either embark on an excursion to the Ca Valley Museum or take part on the Emerald Active canoeing experience. The Ca 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 Rgua.
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 Rgua area

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – Rgua

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. As part of your EmeraldACTIVE feature, walk up the stairs of the Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary.
EmeraldACTIVE: Walking up the Stairs of the Sanctuary
EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
EmeraldPLUS: Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons on Board

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Mateus Manor House with wine tasting (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – Porto

Located at the mouth of the Douro River, Porto is a fascinating eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture. Enjoy your city tour passing by numerous landmarks of this beautiful city.
EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Active Walking Tour

DiscoverMORE: Visit to Guimar£es (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 – Porto Disembarkation – Lisbon

After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and travel south along the Atlantic coast stopping at the enchanting town of Nazare, home of one of largest waves in Europe. Continue your journey until you arrive in Lisbon. Spread across steep hillsides that overlook the Rio Tejo, Lisbon has captivated visitors for centuries, with amazing vistas that reveal the city in all its beauty. Included is a three-night stay in Lisbon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 – Lisbon

Today you will have an exciting tour of the city centre and view some of the famous points, as well as experience the sights of the yellow trams clattering through tree-lined streets.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 – Lisbon

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.

DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Sintra (extra expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 – Lisbon Farewell

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight.

Please note: Pre release itinerary subject to change

Meals Included: Breakfast

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