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Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon

11 Day
Between Porto and Lisbon
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Departing 28 October 2017
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Taking in Portugal’s two major cities, the Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon cruise provides a spectacular way to explore the Iberian nation. Starting and ending in Lisbon, you’ll be given four days to explore Portugal’s enigmatic capital – discovering the architectural wonders and charming anomalies which line the ancient cobbled streets.

From Lisbon, you’ll make your way to Porto where the Douro empties into the sea before navigating the Douro region aboard the Emerald Radiance – entering into service in 2017. The Douro region is responsible for much of Portugal’s viticulture, with celebrated port-producing vineyards dotting the banks of the waterway.

After emerging at the far end of the Douro region, we’ll transport you to Salamanca, an ancient Spanish city with medieval city walls and wonderfully traditional architecture.

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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.

On arrival at the airport in Porto, you’ll be met by a friendly Emerald Waterways representative and transferred by coach to your award winning ship. Here, you’ll have the chance to unpack, relax in your room and explore all of the ship’s fantastic facilities.

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

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

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

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

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 - Lisbon

Travel south along the Atlantic coast and visit the country’s historic capital of Coimbra en route to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow passengers for an included dinner.
Three Night Stay: Lisbon

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9
Lisbon sightseeing

Enjoy a city tour of Lisbon including Jeronimos Monastery, the Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoverers. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to visit other highlights such as the St George's Castle.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 10

Day at leisure in Lisbon.

Discover More: Excursion to the medieval hilltop town of Sintra (extra expense).

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 11
Lisbon > UK

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

Meals included: Breakfast
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