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Secrets of the Douro

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Between Porto and Porto
Douro
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This 8-day roundtrip sailing from Porto introduces some of the region’s most inspiring destinations, including Régua, Pocinho and Vega de Terrón, and includes a visit to the exquisite Spanish city of Salamanca.

The Douro cuts a unhurried course through Portugal’s fertile and mountainous north, stretching from Spain’s Soria Province to the illustrious second city of Porto on the wild Atlantic coast.

Enveloped for much of its passage by terraced slopes strewn with grapevines, the Douro is one of the most fruitful wine regions of the Iberian Peninsula, renowned for its legendary port wines and cosy, authentic quintas.

Your journey on this rousing waterway begins and ends in Porto, one of Portugal’s oldest and most beautiful cities, and sees you travel upstream through the twists and turns of the World Heritage-listed Douro Valley, calling at charming destinations like Pinhao, Vega de Terrón and Pocinho.

The 8-day itinerary also includes a visit to the extraordinary city of Salamanca in neighbouring Spain, where you can marvel at such architectural wonders as the University of Salamanca, La Plaza Mayor and the Casa de las Conchas.

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* From price is for a 28 April 2018 departure. For a full list of pricing and availability, please see below. All prices are per person, twin share in GBP, based on two guests sharing. Terms and conditions apply and we reserve the right to withdraw our offers at any time. Please note, the ship operating a particular cruise is subject to change.
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Day 1
UK > Porto
Return economy flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh are included in the price of your holiday. Please call for details on other regional departures which are available from selected UK airports at a supplement from £49 per person.

Welcome to Porto. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your Star-Ship where a warm welcome awaits you from your captain and crew on-board Emerald Radiance.

This evening, join your fellow guests for your first delicious dinner. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Porto – Pinhao

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Pinhao - Vega de Terron

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

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 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

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5
Pocinho

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Regua

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

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. 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)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Porto > UK
After breakfast, you'll transfer to Porto airport for your onward or home-bound flight.

Your flight to London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow or Edinburgh is included in the price of your holiday.

Please call for details on other regional departures which are available from selected UK airports at a supplement from £49 per person.

Meals included: Breakfast
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