The Delights of the Douro with Mary Berry

8 Days
Porto to Porto
From (GBP)
£ 2,545
Dates & Pricing
The Delights of the Douro with Mary Berry

2019 Porto > Porto

She’s a national treasure and one of our favourite ever cooks. Now we’re giving you an exclusive opportunity to meet her on our fabulous new 8-day cruise down the Douro through Portugal and Spain...
Who better to explore Portugal’s stunning wine region with than the marvelous Mary Berry? The Douro, which runs through one of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of countryside, is one of her favourite destinations and there’s no better way to see it than on our wonderful Emerald Waterways river cruise. “I can see why people are so taken with river cruising,” says Mary. “As someone who is fascinated by travel, culture and food destinations, I think it’s the perfect way to experience them plus Portugal’s Douro valley, which has remained unchanged for centuries, is a real hidden gem.” Mary will join you on the Emerald Radiance, a luxury ship custom-built to navigate the Douro. Your wonderful itinerary, which starts and ends in the ancient city of Porto, includes the chance to visit some of the region’s best Port producing wineries. There will be plenty of opportunities to sample some of the finest vintages as well as visit the brilliant Douro Museum where you’ll discover all you’ve ever wanted to know about the region’s wine-making heritage. You’ll also get to visit the ancient Spanish city of Salamanca and have time to wander around the grand squares and lively tapas bars. Plus our exclusive Emerald Waterways experiences include a once in a lifetime chance to take tea and taste pastry with Mary, listen to a fascinating talk by the nation’s favourite cook and enjoy a three course gala dinner curated by her and consisting of her very best recipes.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EPDC
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Porto
Return City:
Porto

Mary Berry

Food writer and TV presenter With over 60 years of cooking experience, Mary Berry is considered to be the doyenne of British baking. 
She trained at the prestigious Cordon Bleu in Paris at the age of just 17, and quickly established herself as a leading cookery writer and broadcaster. She has published over 70 cookery books. In 2012 she received a CBE for her contribution to the culinary arts.
Mary Berry sitting on a couch

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 travelers. Your Cruise Director will also conduct a port talk to review the activities and itinerary for the days ahead.
    EmeraldPLUS: Sunset Illumination Cruise

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. 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 also host a lecture on board showcasing the history and wine culture of the region. 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. 
    EmeraldPLUS: Cooking Demonstration on Board
    EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Pinhao - Vega de Terron

    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. Alternatively, take part on a guided hike through local vineyards. Return to your ship for lunch and an afternoon sailing to Vega de Terron, your gateway into Spain.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Walk through Vineyards in Pinhao
    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 Terron 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

  5. Day 5 - Pocinho

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Regua

    This morning you will visit the former roman settlement of Regua. After the village tour, visit the Douro Museum for a look at wine making in the region. This afternoon, Mary Berry will join you on-board for a delicious afternoon tea and pastry tasting. You will also hear tales from her career and discover insights from her much-loved BBC series during an informal Q&A session.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board
    EmeraldPLUS: Mosaic Tile Painting Lessons on Board

    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. 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. This afternoon, join Mary Berry for an exclusive book signing and receive a complimentary copy of her latest publication. This evening, join Mary & your fellow Guests for a 4-course Mary Berry inspired Farewell Gala Dinner.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Active Walking Tour
    Discover More: Excursion to Guimaraes (extra expense)

    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

Reasons to book

What's included?

  • Return flights
  • Taxes and transfers
  • Seven nights’ luxury accommodation on-board Emerald Radiance
  • All meals & all inclusive drinks on board
  • A private talk, Q&A and book signing with Mary Berry
  • A private talk, Q&A and book signing with Mary Berry
  • A gala dinner of Mary’s curated recipes
  • All complimentary activities and excursions as listed in the itinerary
  • All tips and gratuities

Pricing & Availability

Free Premium Drinks Package is available for all new bookings made before 20 June 2019 only and excludes Champagne, wine by the bottle and cabin mini-bar. Itinerary and talent are subject to change in the case of unforeseeable circumstances.