Exclusive Director’s Cruise along the Douro

Journey from the pastel-coloured metropolis city of Porto along the picturesque Douro River on this 8 day exclusive river cruise.

8 Days
Porto to Porto
From (GBP)
£ 2,945
£ 2,545
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Join Colin Downing, Managing Director of Emerald Waterways UK, and his wife on this special invitation only river cruise along the Douro from Porto, with special guest, wine expert, author and broadcaster, Susy Atkins.

Travelling on board our newest Star-Ship, Emerald Radiance, you are invited to an exclusive dinner hosted by Colin and Susy, where you’ll have the opportunity to get to know them and hear about Susy's incredible career during a personal Q&A. And, she’ll also hold a wonderful on-board wine masterclass, offering her insights into her pick of Portuguese wine, as you enjoy a tasting.

Onshore, we have planned a number of exclusive excursions to iconic destinations, like that of the stunning Mateus Palace, a Baroque 18th century palace, you may recognise from the label of Mateus rosé wine. You’ll embark on a guided tour with wine-tasting, alongside Susy who will be offering her hints and tips on how to best enjoy it. And, in Porto, after a city tour, you’ll join Colin at Café Guarany for coffee and delicious traditional Portuguese delicacies such as the Pastel de Nata.

As well as all these incredible exclusive extras, we’re treating you to free drinks throughout your cruise on top of all the fantastic inclusions you’ve come to expect from Emerald Waterways. Fine-dining comes as standard, as well as your daily excursions and all flights, transfers and tips.

This exciting 8-day itinerary is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the man behind Emerald Waterways. Ask those burning questions while treating your taste buds to some of the country’s finest wines, on this fascinating journey through Portugal.

2019 Porto > Porto

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8 Day Itinerary

  1. 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

  2. Day 2 - Porto – Pinhão

    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 Pinhão 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

  3. Day 3 - Pinhao - Vega de Terrón

    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 Terrón, your gateway into Spain.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Walk through Vineyards
    EmeraldPLUS: Cocktail Lesson on board

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. 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 Terrón 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

    Exclusive Group Event – This evening, join Emerald Waterway’s Managing Director UK, Colin Downing and award winning wine expert and author, Susy Atkins who will host an exclusive dinner. You’ll have the opportunity to chat and find out more about the life and work of both.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Pocinho

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

    Group Exclusive – Join wine expert, Susy Atkins for an on board wine masterclass and tasting of a selection of special Portuguese wines selected by Susy herself.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Régua

    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

    Exclusive Group Event – Enjoy a guided tour and wine tasting as the stunning Mateus Palace accompanied by both Susy Atkins and Colin Downing. The Palace is a Baroque 18th century building, regarded as one of the most lavish manor houses in Europe, attributed to the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. 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 Guimarães (extra expense)

    Exclusive Group Event – After your city tour, meet Managing Director UK, Colin Downing for traditional coffee and Portuguese delicacies at Café Guarany before lunch back on board your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Porto Disembarkation

    After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and transfer to Porto airport for your onward or homebound flight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

What's included?

  • Return flights
  • A private talk and Q&A with Susy Atkins
  • Seven nights’ luxury accommodation on-board Emerald Radiance
  • Exclusive excursion to Mateus Palace including private wine tasting with Susy Atkins
  • All meals & all inclusive drinks on board
  • All complimentary activities and excursions as listed in the itinerary
  • FREE drinks courtesy of our premium drinks package
  • Taxes and transfers
  • All tips and gratuities

Managing Director, Colin Downing

“I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled on a number of our river cruises and thoroughly enjoyed them, sailing sublimely along, visiting new exciting places of interest and enjoying the finest of hospitality, food and wine… I’d like to personally invite you to join my wife and I on an exclusive, invitation only, river cruise and have the opportunity come and find out for yourselves.”
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Wine expert, Susy Atkins

An award-winning wine writer, broadcaster and weekly columnist for The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella Magazine, Susy Atkins is the author of 11 popular wine books and has travelled the world writing, tasting and educating on wine for over 25 years.
Susy Atkins will join guests for a wine-tasting excursion to Mateus Palace and on board for an insightful masterclass. 
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