Secrets of the Douro & Lisbon

From Porto to Lisbon, uncover the secrets of the Douro on a 7 night luxury river cruise visiting Salamanca, Pinhão & Régua followed by 3 nights in Lisbon.

11 Days
Porto to Lisbon
From (GBP)
£ 3,210
£ 3,010
Dates & Pricing
A cruise ship in a river near a bridge with a roundel overlay

2020 Porto > Lisbon

Tour Map
Tour Code:
EPDL
Duration:
11 days
Departure City:
Porto
Return City:
Lisbon

11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK – Porto

    Return economy flights from one of up to 9 UK regional airports are included in the price of your holiday. Please call us to check if we can offer your local airport.
    You will be met at the airport and transferred to your contemporary Emerald Waterways Star-Ship.
    EmeraldPLUS: Cruising Through Porto Enchanting Waters

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Porto – Pinhão

    Relax on board today and enjoy a full day of sailing through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley. This fascinating area was inscribed because it hones in on two millennia of wine producing history, where viticulture has shaped the surrounding landscape and small, sleepy villages are peppered with dozens of sun-drenched vineyards. Tonight, your captain will host a welcome dinner and cocktail reception.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Pinhão – Vega de Terrón

    Begin your day with a visit to the beautiful Quinta do Tedo vineyard in the heart of Portugal’s Douro Valley, nestled on the confluence of the Douro and Tedo rivers. This 18th-century estate is environmentally sound, creating organic produce by using traditional viticulture methods.
    Alternatively, enjoy a guided walk through local vineyards, stopping along the way to admire your surroundings.
    This afternoon, enjoy sailing to Vega de Terrón, perhaps relaxing on the Sun Deck before your included Port wine cocktail demonstration or cooking demonstration on board.
    EmeraldPLUS: A Port wine cocktail lesson on board
    EmeraldPLUS: A Portuguese cooking demonstration on board
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided walk through the vineyards
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to Quinta do Tedo with tasting

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Vega de Terrón – Salamanca

    Founded in Roman times, the ancient city of Salamanca and its UNESCO World Heritage-listed old quarter have an illustrious past, having been held by the Carthaginians, Romans and Moors.
    Travel to the beautiful golden city for a walking tour, starting among the postcard-worthy galleries and arcades that adorn Plaza Mayor. You will have the opportunity to see Casa de las Conchas, a building that has been lovingly decorated with more than 300 shells.
    EmeraldPLUS: Enjoy local entertainment from a tuna music band
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Salamanca

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Pocinho – Régua

    This morning, arrive in Pocinho where you’ll have the opportunity to embark on a canoeing excursion or to visit the Côa Valley Museum. Later, return to your ship for lunch and soak up your idyllic surrounds as you sail towards Régua, taking part in a casa painova tasting on board. A rural dinner at a wine estate is certain to be a highlight of your trip.
    EmeraldPLUS: A Casa Painova product tasting on board
    EmeraldPLUS: A rural dinner with entertainment at Quinta da Pacheca
    EmeraldACTIVE: A canoeing excursion
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to the Côa Valley Museum

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Régua

    Today, on an included excursion, you will visit the marvellous Baroque village of Lamego, stopping to see the picturesque Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies, a structure that stands gracefully over the town
    EmeraldPLUS: A mosaic tile painting lesson on board
    EmeraldACTIVE: Walk down the steps of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lamego
    DiscoverMORE: A visit to Mateus Manor House with wine tasting (extra expense)

    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. Famous for its exports of Port wines, it’s easy to imagine how British merchant ships would have once clustered together in the medieval harbour, waiting to take Port wines across the water.
    Your included tour of the coastal city will touch on the fortified structures of Castelo da Foz and Castelo do Queijo, a building whose pentagonal façades overlook the ocean.
    EmeraldACTIVE: A guided active walk in Porto
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Porto
    DiscoverMORE: An excursion to Guimarães (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Porto - Lisbon

    After breakfast, disembark your Star-Ship and soak in your picturesque surroundings as we travel along the Atlantic coast. When you arrive in Lisbon, a three-night stay in a centrally located hotel will be yours to enjoy.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Lisbon

    Today, join your local guide for a walking tour of Lisbon’s historic city centre, where a peaceful atmosphere can be found among tree-lined boulevards.
    Enjoy a visit to Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and one of the most prominent examples of late Gothic Manueline architecture in Portugal.
    EmeraldEXCURSION: A guided tour of Lisbon

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Lisbon

    Lisbon is yours to explore at leisure today, perhaps indulging in some traditional cuisine or entering one of its many charming boutiques and museums. Your tour director will be available to help you plan your day of independent exploration.
    DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Sintra

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  11. Day 11 - Lisbon > UK

    After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow guests and be transferred to the airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of sun-kissed Spanish streets and prehistoric carvings with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Port wine & the flavours of the Douro

Port and Portugal are one and the same. It is impossible to imagine where the country would be without it. 

An introduction to the desserts of Portugal

The sweet-toothed among you will be well catered for under the Iberian sun, with everything from pastries to rice pudding in Portugal’s dessert repertoire.

Fado: The soul of Portuguese music

Acquaint yourself with the timeless rhythm of fado, as we explore the origins, legacy and stars of this beloved Portuguese folk genre.

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