Madrid to Lisbon & Secrets of the Douro

Begin your 13 day adventure in Madrid and soak up the culture before travelling to Porto to begin your river cruise through the picturesque Douro Valley.

13 Days
Madrid to Lisbon
From (GBP)
£ 3,740
Dates & Pricing

2019 Madrid > Lisbon

Begin your 13 day tour in Madrid before travelling to Porto to start your roundtrip sailing along the Douro river. End your adventure in the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon.
Admire the picturesque Douro Valley as you cruise past terraced slopes strewn with grapevines on your Emerald Waterways Star Ship. Call into destinations including Regua, Pocinho and Salamanca; Vega de Terron and Pinhao where you can soak up the history and savour the sights during an immersive city tour and your on shore excursions. End your journey in the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon to soak up the culture and sample the delicious local cuisine.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EDLM
Duration:
13 days
Departure City:
Madrid
Return City:
Lisbon

13 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK > Madrid

    Return economy flights from one of up to 15 UK regional airports are included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your local airport.

    Welcome to Spain’s capital, the enchanting Madrid. Many say that no other city on earth is more alive than Madrid, an enticing place full of sheer energy. Included is a two-night stay in Madrid.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Madrid

    This morning, join your tour director for a vibrant city tour of Madrid, including the Sabatini gardens, Plaza Mayor, Market, Austrian quarter, Gran Via. The rest of the day is at your leisure to continue exploring.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Madrid - Porto Embarkation

    Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flights to Porto. A warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. This evening, join your fellow travellers for welcome dinner.
    EmeraldPLUS: Sunset Cruise Through Porto

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - 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

  5. Day 5 - 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

  6. Day 6 - 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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - 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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - 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

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - 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)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Porto Disembarkation - Lisbon

    After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship and travel south along the Atlantic coast stopping at the enchanting town of Nazaré, 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

  11. Day 11 - 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

  12. Day 12 - 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

  13. Day 13 - Lisbon – UK

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

    Your flight home is included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your preferred airport.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Guided Tour of Madrid
  • Visit to Quinta in the heart of Douro Valley
  • Tour of Salamanca
  • Excursion to Coa Valley Museum
  • Tour of Baroque Village of Lamego & Sanctuary
  • City tour of Porto
  • Guided Tour of Lisbon

EmeraldPLUS:
  • Sunset Illumination Cruise
  • Cooking Demonstration on Board
  • Cocktail making lesson on board
  • Local Entertainment in Salamanca
  • Rural Dinner Experience
  • Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons on Board

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided Walk through Vineyards
  • Yoga Lesson on Board
  • Canoeing in Pocinho
  • Active Walk up the steps of Sanctuary in Lamego
  • Guided Active Walking Tour in Porto

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 26 superb meals including 12 Breakfasts (B), 5 Lunches (L), 9 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

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