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Secrets of the Douro

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After leaving the pastel-coloured metropolis of Porto behind, you’ll take to the Douro and navigate a striking path through some of Portugal’s most enchanting countryside. Steeply terraced vineyards rise from the river banks, historic landmarks pepper horizons and charming townships lay hidden in the rural hillsides. The golden city of Salamanca glows in a vibrant mix of colours both day and night, while your return journey back to Porto is filled with even more cultural and historical treats.

A symbol of Portugal’s birth and growth as a nation, the Douro has long been the country’s lifeline with Porto at the very heart. Transporting the region’s famed port wine, and serving as an epicentre for Portugal’s celebrated global explorers, the Douro continues to be a huge influencer in the nation.

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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 by a representative and transferred to your luxury Emerald Waterways river cruise ship where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. In the evening you'll enjoy a welcdome reception and dinner on board in the Reflections Restaurant

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 host a lecture on board showcasing the history and wine culture of the region. Perhaps join a painting class of local mosaic tiles which typically depict traditional motives. 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.

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

Today visit the marvelous baroque village of Lamego, where history stands still. Visit the remains of a Roman sanctuary and battlements. Return to your ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing to Vega de Teron, your gateway into Spain. EmeraldPLUS: Join your barman for a lesson on how to make cocktails using port wine 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. With its grand squares and medieval structures, a walking tour here is more like stepping back in time. Tapas bars feature on every street and traditional Spanish music trickles out of buzzing bars and restaurants. Board your coach this morning in Vega de Terron and travel to this beautiful golden city with plenty of free time to explore independently before returning to the ship later this afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5
Pocinho

This morning arrive in the picturesque village of Pocinho and embark on an excursion to the Coa Valley Museum. This impressive concrete structure 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. EmeraldPLUS: This evening dinner will be hosted at a local winery estate.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
Regua

Wake up this morning in the former roman settlement of Regua. Visit the Douro Museum for a look at wine making in the region.

Discover More: Guided excursion to the Mateus Palace (extra expense) guests on this option will not be able to attend the included tour of Regua

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.

Discover More: Excursion to Guimaraes (extra expense)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Porto > UK

After a delicious buffet breakfast to prepare you for the day ahead, it’s time to say your goodbyes to your fellow guests, crew and your Captain before you’re transferred to the airport and your journey home begins.

** Please note - Our Discover More excursions are optional excursions that guests can book with their Cruise Director once on board. Further details of all our Discover More excursions and their costs are sent with guests documentation.
Meals included: Breakfast
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